Archive for April, 2010

Remedies For Asthma

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Asthma is a very common respiratory disease, it affects the trachea and bronchial tubes by becoming inflamed and plugged with mucus. This causes the airways to narrow, restricting the amount of air going to the lungs, and makes it very difficult to breathe. Asthma can occur in anyone but is very common in children and young adults. Typical symptoms of an asthma attack are coughing, wheezing, tight chest, difficulty breathing. Home remedies for asthma can help breathing.

There are 2 types of asthma, allergic asthma and non allergic asthma.  Some of the allergens that can trigger an asthma attack are: chemicals, drugs, smoke, dust, food additives, pollution, mold, etc. Non allergic asthma can be cause by anxiety, exercise, dry or humid weather, fear, laughing, stress etc. Home remedies for asthma can help these conditions as well.

The rate, in which asthma attacks have increase in the pass few years is alarming, specially in children. Scientists believe that, there is a strong link between contamination in the air we breath and asthma, evidence suggest that the percentage of people who live in big cities, and have asthma attacks is far greater, than those of people who live in rural areas. However, this may not be the only reason, it is believed that genetic, food additives, toxins etc. could also contribute to asthma attacks.

Home Remedies for asthma 1: Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12 are very important nutrients to treat asthma decreasing the inflammation in the lungs.

Home Remedies for asthma 2: Vitamin C Is needed to fight infection, increase the amount of oxygen and reduce inflammation.

Home Remedies for asthma 3: Use ginkgo biloba, this herb contains ginkgolide B which is very helpful. Some studies indicate that ginkgo biloba reduces the frequency of asthma attacks.

Home Remedies for asthma 4: Mullein oil is used to fight respiratory congestion, is very important to make it as a tea for faster results. 

Home Remedies for asthma 5: Pau d’arco is a natural antibiotic and reduces inflammation. 

Remedies For Anxiety

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Physical aspects of anxiety include stomach upsets, colitis, migraines, palpitations, hypertension and sweating. Anxiety after trauma, post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), is also increasingly common. Underlying, contributing factors are low blood sugar, food allergy, nutrient deficiency (fatty acids, B complex, etc.) and imbalances of the thyroid, ovaries or adrenals. Home remedies for anxiety can help you get this nutrient in.

Many of the herbs that help anxiety work on the same brain receptor sites as drugs like Valium, Xanax and Halcion. Herbs however, tend to be gentler, safer and non-addictive. They have relaxant properties but also nourish and strengthen the nervous system. There are hundreds of home remedies for anxiety and nervous disorders.

Home remedies for Anxiety 1: California Poppy**—Eschscholtzia californica
• A tension-relieving, sedative, anti-anxiety and antispasmodic herb.
• Helps sleeplessness, quells headache and muscular spasm from stress.
• Gentle, non-addictive action that is safe for children and the elderly.

Home remedies for Anxiety 2: Chamomile***—Matricaria recutita
• Tranquilizing effects, with action similar to drugs, i.e. Halcion, Valium.
• Reduces effects of stress-induced chemicals in the brain, while promoting healthy adrenal hormones (e.g. cortisol). Relieves pain and spasms.
• Aids digestion, cramping and back pain. Promotes restful sleep.

Home remedies for Anxiety 3: Hops**—Humulus lupulus
• Calms nerves, eases anxiety, restlessness and tension. For headaches from stress, insomnia / sleep loss, indigestion or effects of alcohol.
• Its sedative properties are not appropriate for use during depression.

Home remedies for Anxiety 4: Kava Kava***—Piper methysticum
• Reduces anxiety, fear, tension; alleviates stress from many emotional, interpersonal and career factors. Improves performance; no grogginess.
• Relaxes muscles, relieves pain, insomnia and promotes restful sleep.
• Compares favorably to tranquilizers and benzodiazepines for anxiety.

Home remedies for Anxiety 5: Lemon Balrn*—Melissa officinalis
• Relaxing and tonic herb, reduces anxiety, restlessness and nervousness.
• Helps with panic disorder, palpitations, racing heart, overactive thyroid.
• For digestive upset from stress or anxiety; nausea, indigestion, colic.
• Anti-depressant. Good in synergistic combination with other herbs.

Home remedies for Anxiety 6: Linden**—Tilia europaea
• Reduces tension, promotes relaxation; mild mood-elevating qualities.
• Protects against illness due to stress, anxiety and overactive adrenal glands, including high blood pressure, palpitations, gastric ulcers.

Home remedies for Anxiety 7: Mothervvort**—Leonarus cardiaca
• A relaxing, tonic herb and mild sedative that gently relieves tension, anxiety when feeling under pressure. A heart, uterine and thyroid tonic.
• Relieves symptoms like a racing heart, shallow breathing.

Home remedies for Anxiety 8: Passionflower* *—Passiflora incarnata
• Sedative herb that relieves anxiety, tension, spasms, pains, neuralgia.
• Promotes restful, refreshed sleep; induces relaxation, mild euphoria.
• Gentle action, suitable for nervousness in children and the elderly.

Home remedies for Anxiety 9: Skullcap***—Scutellaria laterifolia
• Relaxes, yet tones and renews the nervous system. Calms oversensitivity.
• Helps hysteria, depression and exhaustion, eases stress during PMS.
• Pain reliever and antispasmodic, decreases restlessness, nervousness.

Home remedies for Anxiety 10: St. John’s Wort***–Hypericum perfoliatum
• Effective long-term action for anxiety and tension, as well as irritability and depression. Also for mood changes during menopause and for pain syndromes, including fibromyalgia, arthritis and neuralgia.

Remedies for Alcohol Detox

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Addiction is a complex mix of physical and psychological causes, but for many people, alcohol is a form of self-medication, related to low levels of brain chemicals, such as serotonin, dopamine and noradrenalin. Alcohol is the oldest intoxicant and addictive, in use for over 10,000 years. Alcohol directly damages the liver, esophagus, stomach, intestines and colon, and greatly increases the risk of various cancers. It is a special risk to pregnant woman, who should avoid it completely, since irreversible fetal alcohol syndrome can occur at low doses. Alcohol is also involved with an estimated 60% of all violent crimes. Despite these negatives, only 20% of alcoholics can stop successfully.

Herbal medicines offer a valuable resource for the effects of, and addiction to, alcohol. Initially, there are herbs to detoxify and lessen cravings, while reducing the symptoms of withdrawal. Acorn tincture (Quercus glandis) or angelica can be used in all cases to create a powerful aversion to alcohol. Other plant medicines help repair the damage done, including liver herbs like milk thistle. Adaptogenic and tonic herbs can correct biochemical and neurological imbalances that contribute to drinking, by doing such things such as increasing the manufacture of neurotransmitters like serotonin.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 1: Acorn***—Quercus robur glandium
• Diminishes alcoholic craving, antidotes its effects, such as enlarged spleen and liver. Diarrhea may appear during treatment as a curative effect.
• Available as a homeopathic liquid under the name Ouercus glandis.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 2: Angelica**—Angelica atropurpurea
• Reduces craving or creates dislike for alcohol; use 5 drops, 3 times daily.
• A warming circulatory tonic that relieves gas, bloating, colic, headache.
• Helps with enlarged spleen; anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 3: Calanatts*—Acorus calamus
• Reduces the craving for alcohol; restorative for brain, nervous system.
• Relieves gas, cramps, distention. Improves appetite, helps exhaustion.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 4: Cayenne***—Capsicum frutescens
• Helps stop morning vomiting and gnawing stomach, reduces intense cravings for alcohol and promotes appetite; use in single drop doses.
• Reduces irritability, anxiety and tremor and induces calm sleep.
• Delirium tremens, chills, exhaustion can often be speedily relieved.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 5: Celandine***—Chelidonium majus
• Specific for liver problems from alcohol; extreme sensitivity to, and bad
effects from, drinking. Liver healer and detoxifier, even for cirrhosis.
• Calms emotions (i.e. anger, depression) during withdrawal or cravings.
• For general sluggishness, difficulty concentrating and mental dullness.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 6: Hops**—Humulus lupulus
• Sedative that relieves anxiety-related withdrawal symptoms; aids DTs.
• Helps irritability and restlessness, promotes healthy digestion.
• Relieves insomnia, frequent wakings; not suitable during depression.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 7: Khella**—Ammi visnaga
• Ayurvedic herb that alleviates the acute and chronic effects of alcohol.
• Powerful antispasmodic and pain remedy. Used for asthma, angina.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 8: Kudzu***—Pueraria lobata
• Traditional use in China to sober a drunk person and for various side
effects of alcohol (hangover, thirst, gastric bleeding, loss of appetite).
• Recent research shows it can dramatically reduce craving for alcohol.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 9: Milk Thistle**—Silybum marianum
• Protects against damage to the liver by alcohol, drugs and toxins.
• Powerfully regenerates damaged liver tissue; essential for cirrhosis.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 10: Oats***—Avena sativa
• Excellent for weaning off alcohol, drugs, opiates, narcotics. Invigorating without intoxication or overstimulation. Improves clarity, focus.
• Restores proper nerve functioning; eases a racing heart or palpitations.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 11: Passionflower*—Passiflora incarnata
• Treats insomnia, delirium tremens or spasms related to withdrawal.
• Useful to induce restful sleep without producing hangover effects.
• Combines well with kava, skullcap, valerian, hops or Jamaican dogwood.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 12: Quassia*—Picrasma/Quassia excelsa
• Antidotes effects of alcohol, rejuvenates the spleen. A bitter that stimulates appetite and digestive function; tonifies a weak digestive system.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 13: Schisandra**—Schisandra chinensis
• Controls anger and aggression without sedation; combats depression.
• A liver tonic for hepatitis and an adaptogen that assists the body in bal-
ancing stress; effective for nervous exhaustion, weakness, insomnia.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 14: Wild Lettuce*—Lactuca virosa
• Produces a general sense of well-being, calms excitability, relieves pain.
• Mild sedative and cure for insomnia; safe for both young and old.

Remedies For Allergies

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

An allergy is a hypersensitive reaction to a normally harmless substance. There are a variety of substances, termed allergens, that may trouble a sensitive individual. Common allergens include pollen, animal dander, house dust, feathers, mites, chemicals, and a variety of foods. Some allergies primarily cause respiratory symptoms; others can cause such diverse symptoms as headache, fatigue, fever, diarrhea, stomachache, and vomiting. This entry addresses respiratory allergies, both chronic and seasonal (for a discussion of allergic reactions caused by foods. Home remedies for allergies can help reduce and treat allergies symptoms.
If you have allergies, you may suffer from a stuffy and/or runny nose, sneezing, itchy skin and eyes, and/or red, watery eyes. Needless to say, it can be very uncomfortable. These symptoms occur because, in the presence of an allergen, the immune system releases chemicals called histamines to fight what it perceives as an invader. Home remedies for allergies can treat all of the above mentioned symptoms.

Histamines cause a string of reactions, including the swelling and congestion of nasal passages and increased mucus production. This is essentially a hypersensitive, or overactive, response by the body to an external stimulus. You will not suffer any of these side effect using this home remedies for allergies.

Whether allergies are seasonal or chronic depends on the particular allergen or allergens involved. Seasonal allergies tend to be caused by pollen. Ongoing or chronic allergies are usually caused by factors that are present in the environment year-round, such as animal dander, dust, or feathers. Chronic allergic rhinitis is a persistent inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the nasal passages that is caused by an allergic reaction. It is characterized by a stuffy, runny nose, frequent sneezing, and a tendency to breathe through the mouth. The eyes may be red and watery. Headache, itchiness, nosebleeds, and fatigue may be secondary complications. Dark circles under the eyes (called “allergic shiners”), along with a puffy look to the face, are frequently seen.

Home remedies for allergies 1:  Drink lots of water to thin secretions and ease expectoration.

Home remedies for allergies 2:  If you have respiratory allergies, you may be allergic to certain foods. In addition to dairy products and wheat, common culprits include eggs, chocolate, nuts, seafood, and citrus fruits and juices. Try eliminating one of these foods for two weeks and watch for an improvement. Use an elimination or rotation diet to discover and work with food allergies.

Home remedies for allergies 3: Try eliminating dairy foods from your diet. Dairy foods can thicken mucus and stimulate an increase in mucus production. If your allergies are seasonal, it may also be helpful to avoid whole wheat during the allergy season; many allergy sufferers are sensitive to wheat.

Home remedies for allergies 4: Cut out cooked fats and oils. When your body is under any type of stress, including the stress of an allergic reaction, the digestive system is not as strong as usual, and fats—which are difficult to digest at the best of times—can put a strain on the digestive system. Also, undigested fats contribute to mucus production and foster a toxic internal environment.

Remedies For Acne

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Infections within the pores and sebaceous glands of the skin can manifest as abscesses, boils and pimples. In acne, hormone imbalance overstimulates the skin’s oil glands, making it particularly common during infancy, adolescence, menses and menopause. Underlying factors include nutritional deficiencies, hypoglycemia, stressed adrenals, food allergies and environmental toxins. Though these skin infections are caused by bacteria, they indicate a toxic overload in this, the body’s largest detoxification organ.

Eliminating as much waste per day as the kidneys, the skin must take over when other detox organs, such as the colon and liver, are not functioning up to par. Poor liver function also increases the buildup of acne-producing steroids in the body. Suppression with antibiotics or topical treatments have significant side effects and are hardly a cure.
Herbs and home remedies for acne with natural antibacterial effects can be used alongside those that strengthen the immune system and improve various detoxification pathways—especially the liver and intestines. Elimination of dairy, coffee and individual dietary allergens is crucial. Appropriate plants are also needed to restore hormonal balance. Locally, calendula, witch hazel, tea tree oil or Hauschka or Weleda products are beneficial and non-suppressive.

We recommend home remedies for acne.

Home Remedies for Acne 1: For acne on the back take orally and apply directly on the affected area Colloidal silver, it’s used as a natural antibiotic.

Home Remedies for Acne 2: Kitchen remedies for acne.Take garlic capsules, they boost the immune system and kill the bacteria found in acne.

Home Remedies for acne 3: To help the liver eliminate toxins from the blood, take Burdock root and dandelion which contain inulin. This helps to kill bacteria thus improving the skin.

Home Remedies for acne 4: Take the homeopathic remedies Kali bromatum, Sulphur, Antimonium tartaricum, Herpa sulphuris. These help to prevent the formation of pimples or quickly bring them to a head.

Home Remedies for acne 5: Use Lavender oil to apply directly on the acne area.

Home Remedies for acne 6: Severe acne remedies. Put Tea tree oil on the acne affected skin. This is a natural antibiotic. It will destroy a broad range of invading microorganisms, as effectively as benzol peroxide, but without side effects. It reduces redness, itchiness and stinging.

Home Remedies for acne 7: Eat foods high in fiber. This will keep the colon clean.

Home Remedies for acne 8: Eat Shellfish, soybeans, sunflower seeds, and nuts, these are all rich in zinc which is and antibacterial.

Remedies For Acidity and Gas

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Home remedies for Acidity 1: Use elder bark, hops, and willow for acidosis.
Home remedies for Acidity 2: Externally, apply ginger compresses to the kidney area.

Home remedies for Acidity 3: Eat a diet of 50 percent raw foods. Raw foods not only maintain the correct acid/alkaline balance within the body,but they are also richer in nutrients that are easily assimilated into the body. Recommended foods include apples, avocados, bananas, bilberries, blackberries, grapefruit, grapes, lemons, pears, pineapples, strawberries, and all vegetables. Fresh fruits, especially citrus fruits and vegetables reduce acidosis. Start with small amounts of citrus fruits and gradually add larger amounts.

Home remedies for Acidity 4: Chew your food slowly, and do not overindulge. Make sure food is mixed well with saliva to form a liquid consistency before swallowing. Do not drink fluids during meals.

Home remedies for Acidity 5: Prepare cooked foods with care. Maintain clean working surfaces and wash vegetables and fruit. Keep meat and vegetables separate—you can contaminate vegetables with bacteria from raw meat. Do not overcook vegetables, as this makes them lose not only their flavor, but also their nutritional value. Eat processed foods in moderation only. They are low in nutrients and overexert the digestive system. Both cooked and processed foods tend to make the body more acid. Also avoid eating late at night, as this makes the body work more on digestion and less on restoration.

Home remedies for Acidity 6: Drink potato broth every day.
Home remedies for Acidity 7: Avoid animal protein (especially beef and pork), as they lead to acidity.

Home remedies for Acidity 8: Avoid beans, cereals, crackers, eggs, flour products, grains, oily foods, macaroni, and sugar. Plums, prunes, and cranberries do not oxidize and therefore remain acid to the body. Avoid these until the situation improves.

Home remedies for Acidity 9: Since excess vitamin C may lead to acidosis, reduce your intake of vitamin C for a few weeks. When taking vitamin C, use a non-acid-forming (buffered) variety.

Home remedies for Acidity 10: Heartburn and indigestion can be the result of food di gesting poorly. If you suffer from heartburn, taking small swallows of a teaspoon or two of natural cider vinegar in a glass of water may be of some help. It may cause a burning sensation when you swallow it, but then, in approximately twenty minutes, you should feel relief. If the cider vinegar method works, this may indicate that you lack suffficient acid in your stomach and the cider vinegar compensated for this insufficiency. In this case, consider taking digestive enzyme supplements containing hydrochloric acid (HC1). Stomach acid is important for breaking down food, and also prevents germs from irritating the intestines.

Home remedies for Acidity 11: Check your urine pH daily using pH paper.

Home Remedies for Children

Monday, April 26th, 2010

As a parent, when our children get sick, one of the first things we want to do is to run to the doctor, some people start dosing their children with everything in the medicine cabinet, needless to say ether of the two alternatives y the correct one. Even physicians agree lately that prescribing antibiotics and other drugs is not recommended for children, however doctors sometime feel pressure by the parents to prescribe something even though he knows that the condition will disappear en a few day without drug intervention.

In most children a middle ear infection clears up on its own with in a few months, yet 90% of doctors will prescribe an antibiotic for this condition just to make the parent feel that the visit was time and money well spend.

Most ailments that affect children can be treated with over the counter medicine but many professionals are questioning the long term effects of giving synthetic drugs to a child since a very early age . Besides if the condition is treatable with over the counter drugs, with no doubt herbs can do a better job and by using herbs you get peace of mind knowing that the problem is being taking care of, and that you are boosting his or her immune system without harming your child with side effects. In my case I feel very proud of myself every time my son gets better thanks to some herb preparation I made for him, and it makes me happy to know that I choose to keep my child chemical free as much as I can.
 

But lets face it, children will run away every time they need to take a medicine made of herbs, and soon you find yourself running around the table trying to catch the patient. There is a better way, herb preparation can be made in a way that children look forward to, by following the steps and instructions in this part of the our website you will learn how to make a sweet tasting cough syrup, a spray for sore throats , a delicious tea for indigestion, or if your baby is allergic to rash prevention products, we’ll show you how to make your own totally natural baby powder, diaper rash cream, and baby oil. For more serious ailments, you’ll learn how to make your own infection fighting antibiotic by mixing the right herbs. Also you’ll find formulas to make laxatives for your child’s constipation and ear drops.

Home Remedy for Gaining Weight

Sunday, April 25th, 2010
  • The most effective and simple remedy to gain weight is to consume banana milk shake. It is a fast way to gain weight.
  • Another effective way would be to have banana thrice a day. This should be followed with curd or milk.
  • Muskmelon is beneficial in treating underweight problem. Have muskmelon three times a day as it helps in gaining weight.
  • Another effective way to cure underweight problem would be to have fruit diet with milk. While fruits nourish the body with sugar, milk provides the proteins.
  • An effective way to gain weight would be consume a glass of hot milk with a tablespoon of honey.
  • Take a cup of milk and put some almonds, date palm and anjeer in it. Boil this milk and have it when warm. This is helpful in treating underweight problem.
  • Mangoes are useful in gaining weight. Have a mango followed by a glass of milk. The other way would be to have a glass of mango milk shake every day for a month.
  • Raisins are beneficial in solving underweight problems. Have 30 grams of raisins every day for about a month. This would surely cure underweight problems.
  • Take 3-4 dry figs and immerse them in water. Keep them overnight. Have this twice a day to get cured of underweight problem.
  • Combine equal amounts of pomegranate seed powder, white muesli powder and Indian ginseng root powder. Intake this mixture, twice a day for about a month, along with a glass of water or milk. Not only does it helps gain weight, but also tones up the body.
  • Intake 100 to 150 grams of bran with fruits. The best deal would be to take it with papaya. It works as an excellent appetizer improving digestion and reducing constipation.
  • Increase in the intake of fatty foods such as flour, rice honey, raisins, figs, dates, butter, germinated wheat, etc.

Home Remedy for Vomiting

Sunday, April 25th, 2010
  • One of the effective ways to cure vomiting would be to have ginger tea. Make sure it has less amount of sugar.
  • Chilled lime juice also proves effective in treating vomiting. In a glass of cold water, squeeze 1 lime. Add sugar and salt to taste. Put in some ice, to chill it. Drink this mixture after every two hours.
  • If the vomiting is due to excess intake of alcohol, eat a slice or two of bread slowly, so that it soaks the liquid.
  • Do not eat any solid food until after 12 hours of vomiting. Instead, have loads of vegetable juices, water and other non-acid drinks. Then only, start having solid foods, such as mashed potatoes, rice and oatmeal.
  • On a non-stick pan, heat 2 cardamoms. Once heated, crush them to form a powder and add a tsp of honey to it. Have this several times a day.
  • Prepare a mixture by combining 1 tsp each of mint juice and lime juice, with 1/2 tsp ginger juice and a tsp honey. Have it 2-3 times in a day.
  • Boil a cup of water and add a tsp of cinnamon or one cinnamon stick to it. Steep it for sometime and strain the water. Now, add a tbsp of honey, for sweetening it. Have this decoction 2-3 times in a day.
  • Holy Basil, catnip and peach bark tea are helpful for treating vomiting. You can have them in any form you like.
  • A tsp of onion juice, taken after every two hours, proves beneficial in curing vomiting.
  • Mix ¼ tsp powdered ginger, 1 cup apple juice and ¼ cup water together. Blend the mixture well, until the ginger gets dissolved, and add enough ice to make it slushy.
  • Mix 1 tbsp each of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of normal water and drink it before going to bed.
  • Put some cloves, cardamoms or a cinnamon stick in your mouth. This is an effective way to treat vomiting.
  • Cut a lemon into two halves. Sprinkle some rock salt on one of its piece. Lick this piece till all the juice runs out.
  • Boil ½ cup of rice in 1 to 1½ cup of water. When the rice gets cooked, strain the water and drink it. It will help cease vomiting.
  • Intaking half a tsp of grounded cumin seeds, along with water, is helpful in stopping vomiting.
  • Avoid too much of oily, spicy food, heavy and indigestible food, when you are suffering from vomiting.
  • Home Remedy For Urinary Tract Infection

    Saturday, April 24th, 2010
    • Baking soda is effective in curing urinary tract infection. In an eight ounce glass of water, add ½ tsp of baking soda. Mix this well and drink it.
    • Have plenty of water in a day, as this would help in diluting and flushing out the unwanted substances from the body.
    • Drinking cranberry juice is another effective way to treat urinary tract infection. For people who cannot have pure cranberry juice, mixing it with some apple juice is an option.
    • Mix equal proportions of sandalwood, bergamot, tea tree, frankincense and juniper oil. Rub this combination of oil in the abdominal area once a day, for three to four days.
    • Mix equal parts of pipsissewa, buchu, echinacea and urva ursi tinctures. Have 20 drops of this mixture, every two hours, for the first two days and 1 tsp of this mixture, four times a day, later on.
    • Another useful remedy for UTI would be to boil the leaves of blue brinjal plant in water. Cool the decoction, strain it and have an ounce of it two times in a day.
    • Boil some coriander seeds in water. Cool the decoction, strain it and have an ounce of it two times in a day. It will increase the urine flow.
    • The seeds of carrot are useful in treating urinary tract infection. They can either be taken as an infusion or as a decoction.
    • In a bowl of water, put some petals of lotus and pink rose and bring it to boil. Strain the liquid after it cools. Have an ounce of this, three times a day.
    • Chameli plant decoction is helpful in curing urinary tract infection. In a bowl of water, put chameli plant and bring it to boil. Allow it to cool. Strain the liquid and drink it once daily.

    Common Rashes

    Friday, April 23rd, 2010
    • An effective home remedy for healing body rash would be to wash the affected area with chamomile tea. Take a cup of boiling water and steep 2-3 tsp fresh or dried chamomile flowers in it. Strain the decoction and cool it down.
    • Olive oil is said to have therapeutic qualities. Apply olive oil to the affected area. It would penetrate the skin and cure the rash.
    • A simple way to treat body rash would be to apply Aloe vera gel or pulp. Apply this on the affected region. This would be very helpful in treating the body rash.
    • Apply baking soda on the affected body part. After applying it, press the area gently. It would provide relief from the irritation and also cure the rash.
    • A poultice made from yellow dock root, chaparral and dandelion would be effective in treating skin rashes. Take a handful of herb and blend in the mixer, with water, to form a puree. Apply on the affected area and cover with cheesecloth or bandage.
    • Take a piece of cotton cloth and dip it in calcium water or comfrey. Place this cloth on the affected area. Not only would it be calming, but also help reduce inflammation.
    • Blend 10-15 basil leaves with 1 tbsp olive oil, 2 garlic cloves, salt and pepper. Apply a coat of this mixture on the rashes.
    • Increase the intake of food rich in Vitamin C. Citrus fruits will work best in this regard.
    • Oatmeal bath proves useful in treating body rashes. Take a cup of uncooked oatmeal and pour it into the bathwater. Immerse your body in this water. Apart from providing instant relief, it would also heal the rash.

    Home Remedies for Asthma

    Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

    Asthma is an allergic condition resulting from the reaction of the body to one or more allergens. It is the most troublesome of respiratory diseases. A person suffering from asthma gets frequent attacks of breathlessness which leads to coughing, wheezing, difficult to breathe and trouble sleeping. Asthma is a life threatening disease and should be treated carefully.

    Symptoms of Asthma

    Following are the major asthma symptoms:

    1. Coughing and wheezing
    2. Shortness of breath
    3. Chest tightness

    Causes of Asthma

    Following are the major asthma causes:

    1. Allergy from particular weather condition
    2. Allergy from some specific food, drugs and perfumes
    3. Allergies to dust
    4. Air pollution
    5. Respiratory infections
    6. Presence of sulfites in food

    Natural Home Remedies for Asthma

    Following are some of the effective home remedies for asthma:

    1. Take a steam inhalation of eucalyptus or lavender essential oils just during an attack and immediately afterwards to ease panic and help open airways. It is very common natural cure for asthma.
    2. Mix one tsp fresh ginger juice with a cup of fenugreek decoction and honey. This mixture is very effective home remedy for asthma.
    3. Make a glass of juice by adding 2/3 glass of carrot juice and 1/3 glass of spinach juice. Take it thrice a day for asthma relief.
    4. Make a mixture of 1/4 cup of onion juice, 1 teaspoon honey and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. It gives immediate relief from congestion and alleviate breathlessness.
    5. Boil 8-10 cloves of garlic in ½ cup of milk and drink it at night. It is beneficial for early stages of asthma.
    6. Add 1 tsp of honey in very hot water and sip slowly before sleeping to remove phlegm from the throat. It is also good home remedy for asthma.
    7. In 1 cup of water soak 1 tspn of Fenugreek seeds overnight. Strain it and add 1 tspn of Ginger juice and 1 tspn of honey to this solution. Drink it every morning and evening.
    8. Mix mustard oil with little camphor and massage it over the chest. This will loosen up phlegm and help in breathing.

    Remedies for Pimples

    Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

    What are Pimples?

    When hairs, sebum, and skin cells group together, they may form a plug, which serves as a breeding ground for bacteria. Soon, swelling sets in and as the plug starts to “break down,” the result is an unattractive pimple. There are no age limitations when it comes to pimples. While teenagers and young adults suffer a greater chance of reoccurrence, there are some individuals who never lose their susceptibility. Men and women in their 50s and 60s may still show signs of acne outbreak.

    The signs of pimples are unmistakable and may appear on the face, neck, shoulders, back, or chest. Whiteheads and blackheads are the most common type of pimples you will encounter. Additional signs or symptoms associated with the pimple include:

    a) Pain:

    Blemishes on the face can be quite painful because of the pressure associated with clogged pores.

    b) Pus:

    Pus is a sign associated with an infected pimple. Pustules, nodules, and cysts most commonly bring about this symptom.

    c) Scarring:

    When pus-filled pimples appear on the body and face, there is a chance that scarring may occur. This outcome is often helped along when an individual doesn’t properly care for their face. Picking at and squeezing infected pimples only increase the chances of suffering scars.

    d) Extreme Redness:

    Infected pimples, such as pustules, nodules, and cysts display rather red features.

    Causes of Pimples

    Home Remedies for Pimples

    a) Vitamins:

    Pimples have been known to positively react to the addition of niacin (100 mg; three times per day), and vitamin A to a diet. 400 mg of vitamin E taken once per day also works wonders. You may also take 50mg of therapeutic zinc in tablet or capsule form (three times per day).

    b) Fenugreek:

    A useful paste can be created from the leaves of this vegetable, which is then applied to the face before you retire each night. At the start of the morning, the paste should be washed off using warm water. Pimples, especially blackheads are treated with this home remedy.

    c) Orange Peel:

    When orange peels are pounded and combined with water, an effective home treatment for pimples is created. Apply to affected areas and watch the results.

    d) Lemon:

    Apply lemon juice to pimples to reduce their size and intensity.

    e) Garlic:

    If you rub raw garlic on problem areas several times a day, you can clear up skin. You may also eat three seeds of raw garlic once daily for a month to see results. The garlic seeds purify the blood, which aids in keeping pimples at bay.

    f) Coriander and Mint Juice:

    A helpful herbal remedy for pimples includes the mixing of one teaspoon of coriander juice, combined with a pinch of turmeric powder. Every night, after thoroughly washing the face, apply the juice for an effective home remedy. Mint juice may also replace the coriander for this home treatment for pimples.

    g) Hot Epsom Salts Bath:

    It is believed that a hot Epsom salts bath taken two times per week will ease all cases of acne [2].

    h) Cucumber:

    Try applying grated cucumber over the face, neck, and eyes for the treatment of pimples and blackheads. This process should only take 15-20 minutes of your time.

    Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

    Symptoms of Diabetes Mellitus

    Following are the major diabetes symptoms:

    1. Increased thirst
    2. Frequent urination
    3. Increase in appetite
    4. Weight loss in type 1 diabetes
    5. Obesity in type 2 diabetes
    6. Skin irritation or infection
    7. Decreased healing capacity
    8. Weakness or loss of strength
    9. Erection problems

    Causes of Diabetes

    Following are the major diabetes causes:

    1. Hereditary factors
    2. Excess intake of carbohydrate foods like chocolates, rice etc
    3. Insulin deficiency
    4. Insulin resistance
    5. High blood pressure
    6. High cholesterol
    7. Stressful and over burdened life
    8. Lack of exercise or physical activities
    9. Excess eating habits

    Diabetes Complications

    1. Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)
    2. Heart problems
    3. Eye problems
    4. Blindness
    5. kidney problems
    6. Nerve problems

    Natural Home Remedies for Diabetes

    Following are some of the effective home remedies for diabetes:

    1. Boil 15 fresh Mango leaves in 1 glass of water. Leave overnight. Filter this water and drink first thing in the morning. It is an effective home remedy for diabetes
    2. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of ground bay leaf and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric in 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel. Take this mixture two times a day before lunch and dinner. It is also good diabetes mellitus treatments.
    3. Drink a watery juice of a small Bitter Gourd (remove seeds) every morning. It is one of the best home remedies for diabetes.
    4. Add 3-table spoon of cinnamon to 1 litre of boiling water. Simmer for 20 minutes in a low flame, and then strain the mixture. Drink this mixture daily to cure diabetes.
    5. Eat tender curry leaves (fresh) twice a day to reduce sugar.
    6. Take the juice of crushed fish-berry (amruth) soaked in water for a day first thing in the morning.

    How to Make a Home Remedy for Dry Eyes

    Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

    1.  Close your eyes and place a warm, damp wash cloth over your eyes. Keep it on for about 5 to 10 minutes, re-wetting with warm water as needed. This helps open clogged oil glands in the eyes, thus restoring moisture.

    2.  Cut fresh slices of cucumber to place on each eyelid. This is one of the home remedies where you must lie down and close your eyes. Keep the cucumbers over your closed eyes as long as possible. The cucumbers help to relax the eyes and stimulate moisture.

    3.  Put warm water in a bowl and add 2 to 3 drops of lavender oil. Take 2 cotton balls and dip them into this stirred mixture. Squeeze out the excess liquid and place 1 cotton ball on each of your closed eyelids. The lavender oil helps to replace the lost oil in your dry eyes.

    4.  Brew some tea. Put 2 cotton balls into the warm tea and soak them well. When saturated with tea, place a cotton ball on each eyelid. Leave the tea bags on your dry eyes for about 5 minutes.

    Natural Home Remedies for High Cholesterol

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

    1. Add one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of lime juice in one cup of hot water. Take it daily in morning for natural lowering cholesterol
    2. Take lecithin rich diet like egg yolk, vegetable oils, wholegrain cereals, soyabeans, and unpasturised milk. With proper intake of lecithin, cholesterol cannot build up against the walls of the arteries and veins. It is one of the most effective cholesterol lowering diets.
    3. Take foods rich in Vitamin E like sunflower seeds, safflower, soyabean oils, butter, and sprouted seed and grains
    4. Take Vitamins B6, choline and inositol rich diet such as wheat germ, yeast or vitamin B extracted from bran
    5. Boil two tablespoons of dry seeds of coriander in a glass of water and strain the decoction after cooling. Take this decoction twice a day for lowering cholesterol
    6. Take onion juice to reduce cholesterol, clean the blood, and regulate the heart
    7. Add a teaspoon of methi powder in a glass of water. Take it empty stomach for one month
    8. Take fenugreek seeds to control high serum cholesterol

    Remedy for Sinusitis

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
    • Raw vegetable juice is beneficial in treating sinusitis. Combine 300 ml of carrot juice, 100 ml of cucumber juice, 100 ml of beet juice and 200 ml of spinach juice and drink on a daily basis.
    • Consuming fruits rich in Vitamin A is effective in sinusitis. One of the richest sources of the vitamin is mango. So, patients suffering from sinus should have lots of mangoes. Other food products rich in Vitamin A include pumpkin, leafy vegetables, egg yolk, tomatoes, papaya, carrots, curd and whole milk.
    • Roast 100 grams of cumin seeds and mix them with 200 grams of pure ghee. Consume daily. It is one of the most effective ways to cure sinusitis.
    • Take a tsp of black cumin seeds and tie them in a thin cloth. Inhaling from the cloth would be effective in reducing sinusitis.
    • Boil a tsp of fenugreek seeds in half a glass of water, until the decoction reduces to half. Consuming 3 to 4 cups of this tea would help in expelling all the toxins, increasing the perspiration rate and thereby reducing fever, along with sinusitis.
    • Pungent smelling vegetables, like onion and garlic, are helpful in curing sinusitis. Inhaling their smell would also prove to be beneficial.
    • Steam is effective in curing sinusitis. It opens the nasal passage by draining the sinuses and making mucous flow easy.
    • Avoid cold items and oily stuff. They trigger the upper respiratory diseases, instead of lessening them.
    • Gargling with salted lukewarm water is beneficial in treating sinusitis. For this, add a pinch of salt in a glass of lukewarm water and gargle with it.
    • Prepare ginger or cinnamon tea and drink it when it is slightly on the hotter side. It is helpful in curing sinusitis.

    Autism

    Monday, April 19th, 2010

    What is Autism?

    Autism is a life-long developmental disorder that affects an individual’s ability to interact with the world around them.

    While we have all heard about autism, most of us have only vague ideas of what the diagnosis means. Individuals with autism have difficulties making friends and participating in everyday social interactions. They often have restricted interests and behavioral patterns, and find comfort in routine and repetition.

    Since it is a spectrum disorder, autism affects children in different ways, and no two autistic children are exactly alike. This makes things very confusing for parents who are battling to come to terms with what is best for their child, as signs of autism vary greatly. It may be helpful to devise an autism symptoms checklist to aid in diagnosing the disorder.

    What Causes Autism?

    There is no known single cause of autism.

    It is known that autism is a neurological disorder, and that there are differences in the shape and the structure of the brain of autistic children as opposed to non-autistic children – although this is not always the case. 

    While it is not known whether autism has a genetic link, the exact genes involved are unclear. Families with one autistic child have 3% – 5% chance of having a second autistic child (this differs to the 0.5% risk of the general population).

    Certain ‘triggers’ have been implicated as possible precipitators of the disorder. These could include problems in pregnancy and birth, viral infections, exposure to certain environmental chemicals or pollutants, or even allergies to certain foods (i.e. gluten or dairy products).

    There are also suggestions that autism may be caused by a reaction to childhood vaccines, especially those containing high amounts of mercury. Obviously more research is needed in this area.

    It is important for parents to note that autism is not a mental illness and is NOT caused by bad parenting or problems in the home.

    Help for Autism

    While there are many different theories about the best course of treatment for autism, most professionals agree that the earlier treatment begins, the better the chances are that the child will be helped.

    While there is a place for prescription medication in certain cases of autism, careful consideration and caution should be taken due to possible side effects.

    There are also natural treatments for autism, including herbal and homeopathic remedies which can help maintain harmony, health, and systemic balance in the brain and nervous system, without side effects or sedation.

    The best results are usually achieved by using a multidisciplinary approach and combining different therapies. It may take some time and experimentation to find the right combination of therapies for the individual.

    Home Remedies for Hair Loss

    Monday, April 19th, 2010

    Hair loss is a metabolic disorder where hair starts thinning, falling, or disappearing. The papilla which is an upgrowth at the base of the follicle, actually produces hair when a special group of cells turn amino acids into keratin, a type of protein of which hair is made. The rate of production of these protein ‘building blocks’ determines hair growth. Hair loss is more common to men than to women.

    Symptoms of Hair Loss

    Following are the major hair loss symptoms:

    1. Falling of hairs.
    2. Thinning of hairs

    Causes of Hair Loss

    Following are the major hair loss causes:

    1. Lack of vitamins (specially vitamin B6 and folic acid) in diet
    2. Inadequate nutrition and improper diet
    3. Stress, worry, anxiety, and sudden shock
    4. Heredity factors
    5. Prolonged Illness (like typhoid, syphilis, chronic cold, influenza, and anaemia)
    6. Unclean condition of the scalp
    7. Poor blood circulation

    Natural Home Remedies for Hair Loss

    1. Boil one cup mustard oil with four tablespoon heena (mehendi) leaves. Filter it and keep it in a bottle. Message it on the bald patches regularly. It is very effective natural remedy for baldness.
    2. Grind fenugreek seeds with water and apply on the head. Leave for at least 40 minutes before washing. Continue it for a month.
    3. Do a vigorous rubbing of the scalp with fingers after washing the hair with cold water. It is also a good natural hair loss treatment.
    4. Rub the bald area with onions till it becomes red. Then apply honey on the bald area. It is very effective natural cure for baldness
    5. Make a mixture of honey with egg yolk. Properly massage on the scalp and hairs. Leave for a 1/2 hour, then wash
    6. Prepare a home made shampoo by adding 5 tbsp of curd, 1 tbsp of lemon juice and 2 tbsp of gram raw (chholia) powder. Apply it on the head for an hour and then wash
    7. Apply fresh leaf juice of amaranth to the hair. It will help the growth of the hair and keep it soft.