New Delhi, July 29, 2017: Now that small time showers have replaced the scorching heat of the sun, its high time that you take care of your feet. The romantic season with a charm of its own, carries along the sweet scent of the wet earth, unboxing props like the umbrellas, windcheaters, and raincoats.
However, we are well-acquainted with the damp and swampy side of the season as well. One of the major impacts it has is on our feet. The foot tends to succumb to the humid climate, becoming more prone to fungal infections and athlete’s foot.
On a brighter note, every problem has a solution. So, instead of going all haywire, just take some time off of your busy schedule and show some love to your feet! Here are the
Here are 4 foot care tips for a ‘happy monsoon’ –
Soaking your feet in a bucket of warm water for about 15 minutes might just do the trick! And wait, there’s more! Don’t forget to add some coarse salt, few drops of lemon or orange juice and tea tree oil in the water for a rejuvenating experience.
We are talking about the herbal homemade lotion! Just follow this simple method – add a few drops of rosewater, lemon juice and pure glycerine in a bowl and mix it all together. Then, apply it on your feet and about an hour and a half later, bask in an invigorating experience!
RELAXING FOOT BATH
Just like your body, sometimes, your foot needs a bath too and a relaxing foot bath is just what you need! Here’s how – simply fill a bucket with cold water. Then add some rosewater, lemon juice and a hint of eau de cologne in it. Now, mix it all and soak your feet in it for a few minutes. This rids off the pungent odor and, cools and cleanses the feet.
Let alone the wet monsoon, even dryness of the skin has its own disadvantages! As is evident, honey is the best suitable ingredient for dry skin. So, what could be better than a refreshing dryness care therapy! Simply add 2tbs honey, 1tbs herbal shampoo, 1 tbs almond oil in a bucket of warm water and soak your feet in it for about 20 minutes, and indulge in a rejuvenating experience!
Massage, with its healing, relaxing and revivifying power, has always been very valuable to human kind. So, don’t forget to stack up some essential oils that might come in handy! And just so you know, a nice mixture of some olive oil, 2 drops of eucalyptus oil, 2 drops of rosemary oil and 3 drops of khus (rose) oil, can prove to be the best relaxing experience when massaged on to your feet. The cooling and revitalizing effect will definitely get the best of you!
– by Ria Chakraborty of NewsGram. Twitter @invincibleria7
From the surface, these 22 square miles of water are unexceptional.But dip beneath the surface — go down 60 or 70 feet — and you’ll find a spectacular seascape. Sponges, barnacles and tube worms cover rocky ledges on the ocean floor, forming a “live bottom.”
Gray’s Reef is little more than a drop in the ocean 19 miles off the Georgia coast, but don’t confuse size for significance. In one of his last official acts, President Jimmy Carter declared the reef a national marine sanctuary at the urging of conservationists who said its abundance of life was unique and worth saving for future generations.
For nearly 40 years, the U.S. government has protected the reef, home to more than 200 species of fish and an amazing array of nearly 1,000 different kinds of invertebrates. Recreational fishing and diving are allowed, but commercial fishing and other kinds of exploitation are not.
And Gray’s Reef has served as a global inspiration. Following the lead of the U.S., other nations have designated similar sanctuaries and protected areas, which now cover about 6% of the world’s oceans — a bonanza for researchers but, more importantly, an important tool for safeguarding the seas.
Doubts remain about how much of the ocean they can truly save. Last year was the hottest on record for the planet’s oceans, and protected areas can’t slow the biggest source of that warming — increasing greenhouse gases. The federal government says more than 90% of the warming that has occurred on the planet over the past half-century has taken place in the ocean.
That has had dramatic effects in the waters that cover 70% of Earth’s surface. Scientists have tied the warming to the rise of sea levels, the disappearance of fish stocks and the bleaching of corals. The ocean also has become more acidic as humans have released higher concentrations of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and that jeopardizes valuable shellfish and the plankton that form the base of the food chain.
The supporters for the protected areas range from sustenance fishermen on the tiniest islands of the Pacific to researchers at the most elite institutions of academia.
“We’re not protecting these areas just for ourselves,” Roldan Munoz, a research fishery biologist with the U.S.’s National Marine Fisheries Service, says during a research trip to the reef, “they’re for our nation.”
On a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expedition to Gray’s Reef, the federal research vessel Nancy Foster is packed with scientists conducting research on subjects ranging from whether invasive lionfish are present to how changing ocean conditions are affecting coral species.
Sanctuary research coordinator Kimberly Roberson and other scientists prepare to dive to collect data about what fish can be found in the area, while Craig Aumack, an assistant professor of biology at Georgia Southern University, peers through a microscope at algae.
Aumack notes that more types of seaweed and tropical species of fish are appearing on the reef as waters warm, like the odd-looking and colorful clown wrasse, a fish native to the Caribbean Sea that was found off the coast of Georgia this summer, most likely pushed hundreds of miles to the north by changing ocean temperatures.
The sanctuary is named after Milton “Sam” Gray, a biologist who studied it in the 1960s and identified it as an ecosystem worth saving — a reef not far from the U.S. coast that teemed with life, especially an “abundance of diversity of invertebrates,” Roberson notes.
Without that designation, the habitat could have vanished due to high-impact industries such as bottom-trawl commercial fishing, which are now prohibited there.
“In some ways, it’s a test of what a marine protected area can do for surrounding areas,” says Clark Alexander, director and professor at the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and a former member of the sanctuary’s advisory board. “It was sort of an ideal spot to preserve this kind of habitat and make it available for research and recreation.”
In the decades since Gray’s was established, large and more stringently protected zones have popped up all over the world.
Phoenix Island Protected Area, established in January 2008, covers more than 150,000 square miles off the tiny island republic of Kiribati and has been cited by scientists for bringing back species of fish in just over a decade. And an area nearly twice as large, the Rapa Nui Marine Protected Area, now surrounds Easter Island after its creation in 2018.
Former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama greatly expanded the U.S.’s protected areas. Bush created the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument off Hawaii and Obama extended it late in his presidency to a whopping 582,578 square miles.
Smaller protected areas, such as the 5,000-square-mile Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument off New England, created by Obama in 2016, also have been established.
Nine years ago, the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity agreed to the goal of protecting 10% of the world’s oceans by 2020. The UN said in 2017 that it was on its way to meeting that target and that protected areas “contribute substantial social, economic and environmental benefits to society” and “provide food security and livelihood security for some 300 million people.”
One commonly cited problem with the protected areas is the difficulty of enforcing rules that restrict commercial fishing and other intrusive industries from vast areas where few people ever venture, particularly in developing parts of the world where resources are limited.
Creating new protected areas without reducing fishing quotas won’t save species, says Daniel Pauly, a professor of fisheries at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
And that is not a small issue, as some estimates say the number of fish in the ocean was reduced by half from 1970 to 2015, with warming oceans expected to add to that loss.
“Rebuilding will require not just new protected areas, but it will require quotas reduced,” Pauly says.
Many scientists believe protecting broad swaths of the ocean simply might not be enough.
Last year, a group of researchers led by University of North Carolina marine ecologist John Bruno published a pessimistic study of the effects of climate change on the world’s marine protected areas. Their findings: those areas will warm by nearly 5 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100, destroying species and marine life despite the existence of protections.
Bruno’s study reflects the reality of coral bleaching in places such as the Great Barrier Reef off Australia, which is heavily protected but still vulnerable to the impacts of a warming world.