10 Most Useful Kitchen Gadgets

August 23, 2010

Being a vegetarian throughout my life, I have always found the following list of kitchen gadgets most useful. I thought that my list might help you too. Here they go.

1. Pressure cooker

Pressure CookerHaving been born and brought up in a country like India, Rice has been my staple. I am not able to imagine my kitchen without a pressure cooker, which I use it for every meal to cook rice and to boil vegetables. Rice can be cooked simultaneously when vegetables are boiled. Thats an added advantage when it comes to the usage of a pressure cooker.
Lots of other additional constraints force me to use this. Its definitely more energy saving and root vegetables which take too much time when conventionally cooked can be cooked within very few minutes using a pressure cooker. Due to the very less time it takes, Pressure cooked vegetables are enriched with nutrients and vitamins.

2. Microwave oven

Microwave Oven

The hurry burry mornings when I get ready to office amidst the very quick cooking that I will have to finish necessitates the use of oven. Coffee and Tea becomes hot in a single minute. Vegetables can be cooked in a couple of minutes. Just set the time for cooking, close and press start. Come back in a couple of minutes. You vegetable is cooked and is ready for the other additions to be made. But before buying an oven, just make sure of the size, brand and the type of the oven that you are interested in.

3. Food Processor

Food ProcessorSalads that I have in the mornings need raw vegetables to be sliced with a good food processor. Everyone at home needs onion to be added in almost every dish that we take daily. I use good amount of chopped onions in food. I always want my apples to be sliced into pieces before mixing it in salads. I have to have my cup of fresh orange juice before I start to my office. Only my food processor, which can chop/cut vegetables and apples, and assist me in making the fresh juice can make all this happen. You can also use the processor to knead the dough to the softness that you need.

4. Dish Washer

Dish Washer

Washing dishes when I could look into the other household chores is what I like most with the dishwasher. It never needs me to be around which the dishes are washed. Just configure it to the settings you need and put the vessels to be washed. Close and start the dishwasher. Go in for a hot wash. Come back after an hour. You dishes are clean and your work gets done even when you are away.

5. Citrus squeezer

Citrus squeezer

When I make special recipes that need an enormous amount of lime juice, I have always felt that I will not be able to manage with a squeezer. If its one or two lemons that need to be squeezed, it can very well be done with hand. But when you need a good amount of limejuice, a citrus squeezer is a must.

6. Pasta Express

Pasta Express

Pasta can be made within minutes using the Pasta express. What you need is a kettle of hot water. Put the spaghetti in the canister and let it get cooked for a few minutes. Add the other additives that you need and your pasta is ready. This is just possible only with a pasta express. Try and enjoy the vantages of this pasta express.

7. Pizza stone with Paddle

Pizza stoneI cannot imagine a life without pizzas. Homemade pizzas taste definitely better than the one you get it at a pizza hut. You can start making crisp, tasty pizzas with the pizza stone. Use the paddle to make the pizza taste crispy on both the sides. Do it once and you will definitely feel that you cannot imagine a kitchen without the Pizza stone for sure. Click here to look into the reasons as to why you should buy a pizza stone for yourself?

8. Potato masher

Potato masherI have always felt irritated to mash those hot boiled potatoes to small lumps. But with my newly bought potato masher, that’s all old story now. This really helps me in mashing potatoes, which I make almost twice in a week. It also helps in mashing the broccoli and greens, which really become tasty and fine ground after mashing them with cooked pulses.

9. Vegetable Peeler

PeelerWithout a vegetable peeler, I can’t imagine the effort that would be involved in peeling the skin of the chayote squash, plantain and raw bananas with a knife. I have always found it easy when cooking the root vegetables. The roots are easily and quickly removed with a peeler.

10. Splatter guard

Splatter GuardI would always like to keep myself away from oil splattering on my clothes while cooking and especially frying. Tempering mustards has always been irritating to me because of the oil that they splash around. But you can get away with that by using a splatter guard.


Cosmetic Dentistry Trends

February 3, 2010

The increasing innovation and advancements in the arena of dentistry has given rise to the emergence of cosmetic dentistry. Traditional dentistry aimed at preventive care and oral hygiene while detecting and treating oral ailments on time, cosmetic dentistry aims at enhancing the aesthetic appearance of the individual and offers the desired treatment depending on the needs of the individual.

Latest Advancements in Cosmetic Dentistry

The innovation in the field of cosmetic dentistry ranges from veneers, braces, dental implants, teeth whitening, inlays, onlays, smile makeover to gum lifts. Bio-compatibility and aesthetic appeal has been the cornerstones of cosmetic dentistry. Laser based treatments have gained importance and widespread acceptance in the arena of cosmetic dentistry. Affordable and innovative techniques that render the natural tooth structure without giving rise to side effects have been on the rise. A few of the prevalent cosmetic dental procedures constitute:

The Incorporation of dental veneers as an alternative to Dentures:

Rather than opting for the painful teeth extraction and dentures (false teeth), which was a part of traditional dentistry, cosmetic dentistry gives greater emphasis on veneers, which are seen as a conservative and affordable option that aids in correcting crooked, uneven, chipped, cracked and damaged teeth.

The Internalization of Innovative Tooth Whitening/ Tooth Shaping Techniques

While the white fillings and porcelain caps have not been effective in offering powerful tooth whitening, the cosmetic dentistry has come up with novel techniques of tooth whitening which make use of hydrogen peroxide base cleansers and specially designed laser light that aids in powerful tooth whitening. Zoom tooth whitening is reported to be one of the latest innovations in this arena.

Tooth shaping is seen as a cosmetic dentistry technique that aids in enhancing the smile of a person by enamel removal and reshaping the teeth to improve the aesthetic appeal.

Gum Lifts and Smile Makeovers

Gum lift is one of the latest cosmetic procedures that not only help in overcoming decayed teeth but also help in getting rid of gummy smiles. The gum line falls back and the length of the teeth is enhanced. This technique is often called as crown lengthening.

Smile makeovers involve the assessment of your smile to improve the aesthetic appeal. This generally involves a combination of a few cosmetic dental procedures and is often determined by the dental hygienist or the cosmetic dentist.

Full Mouth Reconstruction

While smile make overs just aim at improving the smile, full mouth reconstruction aims at providing effective treatment to recuperate the functional problems associated with the bones, teeth, gums and tissues surrounding the teeth. The latest innovations in the arena of cosmetic dentistry offer innovative tactics that help in offering durable, effective and powerful full mouth reconstruction that renders aesthetic appeal!

Insight into the Natural Cold Sore Medicines

October 15, 2009

Cold sores are not ugly to look at but are also painful and intolerable. While there are several prescription cold sore medications and over the counter FDA approved Aberva to treat cold sores and fever blisters, natural cold sore medicines continue to remain popular among many. This article offers a detailed insight into the natural cold sore medicines that are in vogue today.

Powerful Natural Cold Sore Medicines

One of the effective natural cold sore medicines is lysine or l-lysine. This is one of the essential amino acids that the body needs to keep away from herpes simplex virus type 2 that is the causal agent of fever blisters. It also helps in the synthesis of carnitine, a nutrient that is helpful in converting fatty acids into energy thereby lowering cholesterol. Additionally, it has proven to be utile in retention of calcium within the body.

Lysine is usually found in pork, chicken, cheese, red meat, soya, egg, cod, sardines and tofu. The recommended intake of lysine per day is 50 to 1000 mg. However, as and when you start noticing cold sore symptoms, it is important that your start taking 300mg of lysine per day if you really want to prevent an outbreak of the herpes virus type 1 infection that causes cold sores.

Minimizing the intake of l-arginine rich products is another important cold sore medicine that can help in controlling the spread of sold sores. Arginine interferes with the absorption of lysine and hence avoiding food items like peanut butter and almonds that are rich in arginine is highly emphasized if you want to keep an outbreak of the infection at bay.

Lemon balm and reishi, a mushroom variant have been proven to be remarkable natural cold sore medicines. Clinical trials conducted in Germany have revealed the fact that the lemon balm is powerful in controlling the blisters twice as powerful as the ones who did not opt to resort to this natural medication. Reishi has testified to power up the immune system and battle against the spread of HSV with ease.600mg of resishi is the usual dosage that is recommended. However, if you are habituated to the intake of aspirin or any other drug that interferes with blood clotting, it is imperative to get the advice of your medical practitioner before you opt for the intake of reishi.

Peppermint oil when applied on the blisters has proven to be effective in healing them quickly. However, this essential oil should not be ingested when applied. Excessive usage of this oil might prove to be harmful too. Topical application of vitamin E creams also help in healing cold sores. Resveratrol, a therapeutic compound found in red grapes is really effective in combating the infection of HSV with ease. Propolis and Self heal are the other herbal remedies that are usually prescribed for treating sold sores.

Whatever be the natural cold sore medicine that you take, it is highly recommended that you take the advice of your doctor before resorting to the same.

Cold Sore Medicine Review: Options for an Appropriate Selection

October 13, 2009

Cold sores become a nuisance at any age. Once you’ve encountered them, they recur as an unpleasant, unwanted guest. Apart from the repulsive presence of sore patches, these cold sores are quite hurtful. The affected person is undeservingly a target of stares and sometimes, ridicule. Hence, these cold sores have psychological implications too.

The cold sore medicines review is imperative for you prior to the selection of the most suitable alternative in treatment. There are different types of medication available for cold sores. Some are applied over the blisters while others are orally consumed. Medicated mouthwashes, toothpastes, solutions, as well as patches are now also available.

Consideration Factors

During any cold sore medicine review, there are three factors upon which all the medications are evaluated: Value for money, side-effects, and effectiveness. Other than these core values, things like their availability, brand, duration for action, etc. are also significant.

Some of the most prominent and extensively sold medicines for cold sores include Abreva, Benzocaine, Docosanol, Zovirax, Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen and Lidocaine. Even though these brands are very much successful in their product categories, they have mixed cold sore medicine reviews. Each has its commendable attributes and associated criticisms. For instance, Zovirax is known to be one of the most effective options in the bunch. It works really fast to not only clear the cold sore, but to prevent it from reappearing too. However, its negative aspect is its relative price. The medicine is offered at a premium price. So, if you review it from the budget aspects, it may not be the most appropriate one for you.

Some of the cold sore medicines contain the ingredients that might cause the allergic reactions. Hence, it works for the worse of your existing condition. For example, an Oralmedic cream for mouth ulcers and cold sores consists of sulfuric elements. So, the presence of sulfur can be adversely-reacting on some patients and might make the sores even more painful and itchy. Regard the side-effects and ingredients vigilantly through your cold sores medicine reviews.

Credibility of the brand has to be backed up by some reliable facts and references. Even though many are the non-prescription drugs, you must get a good recommendation from a health professional. Marketing claims can be false, so do your research well and avoid falling for any scams. You are more prone to such activities when you are purchasing online or reading a passionate tale about how someone got the ‘magic beans’ to ‘ultimate success’. Always rationalize their arguments and logically decide the optimal solution to get rid of these cold sores.

The trend and spread of natural cold sore medicines is catching up. People are resorting to nature and herbal sources for the cure of this irksome problem. While some may not trust the effectiveness of such options like lysine supplements, lemon balm, resveratrol, etc., it’s advisable to opt for these medications if they are from a credible source.

Lipsovir, A FDA Approved New Cold Sore Medicine

October 12, 2009

With the increase in the number of individuals affected by cold sores, many have started looking for the medications that are widely used for treating cold sores. Amidst the existing over the counter medications, many intend to have an in depth understanding of the prescription medications in detail for that would testify to be relatively safe and secure.

The latest innovation in this regard constitutes Lipsovir, a prescription drug and a new cold sore medicine from Medivir. This new cold sore medicine was approved by the FDA on July 31, 2009 and the launch date is still yet to be out.

What is Lipsovir?

Lipsovir, the new cold sore medication aims at treating recurrent fever blisters and curbs the onset of ulcerative cold sores. It has also testified to shorten the sore healing tenure.

Lipsovir constitutes a combination of hydrocortisone and acyclovir. Acyclovir is an anti viral medication that has proven to combat against the ontogenesis and transmission of herpes virus. Though the medication does not cure the sores and wipe out the virus from the body, it has testified to lessen the symptoms and alleviate the inflammation caused due to the fever blisters. Hydrocortisone is a variant of steroid that helps in battling against the chemicals that cause irritation, inflammation and redness on the skin surfaces.

While it is recommended to use Lipsovir for treating cold sores that are at their starting stage, this drug is intended to treat the fever blisters among adults and children who are over 12 years of age.

Interesting Facts about Lipsovir

Since FDA had categorized Lipsovir, the new cold sore medicine as a category C drug, it might be harmful for an unborn baby. Before taking Lipsovir, it is imperative to tell your medical practitioner if you are pregnant or planning to have a family soon.

It is highly emphasized that you apply the cream as per the dosage prescribed for an excess might prove to be detrimental. Ensure that you make use of a glove and apply the cream using a cotton swab as with other cold sore medications for that would be helpful in controlling the outbreak and transmission to others.

While children under the age of 12 are discouraged from resorting to the usage of Lipsovir, care must be taken and proactive discussion is a must if you are allergic to acyclovir or hydrocortisone.

Cold sore medicine reviews reveal that the side effects of this new cold sore medicine might be mild and can constitute itching, irritation and tolerable pain. However, if you notice allergic symptoms like breathing difficulties and swelling around the area of usage, it is imperative that you get medical help immediately.

Top 3 Prescription Cold Sore Medicines

October 11, 2009

While there is ample information floating around the internet about new cold sore medicines, it is vital to understand the top and the most effective FDA approved prescription cold sore medicines for that would prove to be safe and secure whenever used rather than opting for any other treatment for curing cold sores.

This article lists out the top 2 powerful cold sore medicines based on personal experiences. The latest FDA approved Lipsovir is discussed here in detail as the third prescription cold sore medicine option.

Denavir Cream 1%

Generically available in the form of penciclovir topical, Denavir is an antiviral prescription cold sore medication initially approved by FDA in the year 1996. This medication is intended to be used externally and if used near the eyes or inside the nose is likely to cause irritation.

The recommended dosage entails the application of this cream once in every 2 hours during the day. Approximately, it can be used 9 times a day. However, excessive usage of this cream is strictly prohibited and it has to be used during the tingle stage where the individual starts feeling soreness around the areas of prospective infection. Redness or inflammation in the areas of the lips and mouth insinuates the onset of cold sores. It is vital that you start applying this medication at this stage of the inset of the infection for it to be effective.

Zovirax Cream 5%

Commonly referred to as the acyclovir, it works similar to that of Denavir cream. This prescription cold sore medicine is also applied externally. The recommended dosage entails the external application for 4 times a day. It is quite expensive and is recommended that you apply this cream at the onset of the tingling stage of sold sores. However, this cream has proven to be effective in controlling and healing the blisters after they appear.

Working Principle of Denavir and Zovirax

Both these prescription cold sore medications work by managing and limiting the extent of damage caused by cold sores. However, they are neither intended to be perfect cure for cold sores nor are prescribed as the preventive medications for the contraction of cold sores. As such, even after the application of these creams, it is likely that the herpes virus type 1 lingers in the infected patients’ body and remains passive till another infection or outbreak sets in.


This is the recently FDA approved prescription medicine for cold sores. Being a combination of Acyclovir and hydrocortisone, it helps in preventing ulcerative fever blisters and shortens the healing time of the blisters.

Famvir and valtrex are the other prescription cold sore medicines that are in vogue today. Before resorting to any of these, please make it a point to get your physician’s advice for that would render safe and secure usage of these medicines in the long run.

Over the Counter Cold Sore Medicines: A Walkthrough

October 10, 2009

Although there are a handful of prescription cold sore medicines that have flooded the market today, it is critical that you have an idea of the common over the counter cold sore medicines for that would really be handy in case of urgency.

This article educates you about the various types of over the counter cold sore medicines that are available. Additionally it details you about the pros and cons of using over the counter cold sore medications in brief.

Types of Over the Counter Cold Sore Medications

Basically, there are three types of over the counter cold sore medicines.

Lenitive Agents: Lipreve, Denavir, Viraderm and Viroxyn are the popular over the counter cold sore medicines. While Lipreve is taken orally, the others are topical creams that are meant for external use and are mainly used as alleviating agents that quicken the recovery rather than curing agents. Blends of Docosanol are even available in the form of over the counter cold sore medicines and are widely used for speedy recovery of cold sores. Banadyne-3 is used as both an alleviatory and a benumbing agent for combating cold sores.

Benumbing Agents: Banadyne-3, Orajel Multi-Action Medicine Gel, Lysine, Viradent Gel, Phenol, zinc, tannic acid, Campho-phenizue and Zilactin Cold Sore Gel are the OTC drugs that are in vogue today. They offer a numb feeling around the infected areas and aim at alleviating the symptoms and terminating the growth of HSV type 1.

Moisturizing Agents/ Sunscreen Shields: Herpetrol, Herpecin-L, Burt’s Bees Sunscreen and Aberva are the commonly used over the counter cold sore medicines that help in softening the skin and protecting the skin from cracks and bleeds. Lip balms that are sunscreens and contain zinc oxide also help alleviate the symptoms of cold sores thereby expediting the recovery.

Miscellaneous Over the Counter Drugs for Cold Sores

Blistex and Carmex are generally used as lip balms for alleviating the irritation and keep the skin soft in cold sores. Ointments containing benzocaine or benzyl alcohol are used for relieving the pain. Zilactin, Anbesol, Tylenol and Ibrufen are the most common anesthetics used to assuage the inflammation. Antibiotic ointments like Polysporin and sunscreens are used in case of spreading sores.

The Pros

The over the counter cold sore medicines are powerful in reducing the inflammation and irritation caused by the fever blisters though they are not effective in wiping the viruses from the system.


Over the counter cold sore medicines are just alleviatory or lenitive. They aim at bringing down the symptoms and controlling further replication of the Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1. However none of them guarantee to eject the viruses completely out of the system.

OTC drugs, if taken without proper advice of medical practitioners can have unexpected side effects.