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Jun 18, 2014

Health Benefits of Spice Cardamom | Elaichi

Cardamom is a seed pod, known since centuries for its culinary and medicinal properties. The spice is native to evergreen rain forest of southern India and grown in only few tropical countries. Botanically, it belongs to the family of "Zingiberaceae" and consists of two genera; Elettaria and Amomum.

Cardamom commonly known in India as "choti elaichi", cardamom's scientific name is Elletaria cardamomum. In Ayurveda it is considered to be a very useful and effective medicine. In Ayurvedic texts cardamom is referred to as "ela".

In the traditional Indian medicine, Ayurveda, cardamom seeds are also used as lozenges to suck on after meals to help digestion. From an Ayurvedic perspective, acid from tea and coffee, and spicy foods like curries, irritate the intestines, leading to an increase of gas-producing mucus that then makes congestive ingredients such as milk, cheese, and wheat much more difficult to digest.

It turns out that the tiny cardamom seeds reduce mucus buildup caused by heavier foods—especially rich desserts—and contain natural carminatives, which reduce gas. Cardamom is also alkaline, making it a natural antidote to acid. As a member of the ginger family, cardamom has been used to make heavy and acidic foods easier to digest for more than 5,000 years. Throughout the Middle East even coffee is brewed with ground cardamom seeds, reducing its acid and neutralizing the stimulating effects of caffeine (plus, it tastes good!). Cardamom is also one of the richest sources of the phytochemical cineole, a potent antiseptic for bad breath, gum disease, sore throats, and respiratory conditions.

Cardamom is known to be helpful in balancing all three 'doshas' in the human body. Hence it is termed as "tridoshic”. A little quantity of cardamom is especially beneficial in balancing "kapha”. It can be used for balancing "vata" and "pitta" also.

Health Benefits
  1. Cardamom helps in cleansing the body as it has detoxifying properties. 
  2. Their warming and stimulating effects are recommended for those feeling run down and tired, especially in the winter. Their ability to dispel cold and damp may account for their ability to reduce phlegm which is often a symptom of such wintery conditions. Added to milk products and puddings they can actually counteract the mucus-forming properties of milk. Their stimulating expectorant action helps to clear phlegm from the nose and sinuses as well as the chest, making them a good remedy for colds, coughs, asthma and chest infections.
  3. It improves blood circulation to the lungs and can be helpful in prevention of spasms or convulsions. Hence, cardamom in small quantities is beneficial for those suffering from asthma or bronchitis. 
  4. Cardamom enhances appetite and provides relief from acidity in the stomach. It is used in the cure of halitosis. It is beneficial for those suffering from various kinds of respiratory allergies. When you have sore throat, you can try out a little quantity of this medicinal spice. 
  5. Its also beneficial for those suffering from nausea.
  6. Along with some other medicines, it can be used for treating mouth ulcers. 
  7. It is known to be a good cure for weakness in general. 
  8. The tonic effect of cardamoms extend to the kidneys and urinary tract. In modern herbal medicine they are used as a strengthening remedy for a weak bladder, involuntary urination and bedwetting in children as well as to treat urinary tract infection.
  9. Beats bad breath: If you have bad breath and have tried every sort of remedy out there, give elaichi a try. The spice is packed with antibacterial properties, has a strong flavour and a pleasant smell. Moreover since it helps improve your digestive system – which is known to be one of the leading causes for bad breath – it is very effective in weeding out the root cause of the problem.
  10. Elaichi is a potent tonic and stimulant. It not only helps to strengthen the body it also fights sexual dysfunctions like premature ejaculation and impotency. Not only does it relieve the problem it also helps you feel energetic and last longer in bed.

Simple Home Remedies
  1. If you suffer from indigestion this tip is for you. Take a two to three pods of cardamom, a small piece of ginger, a few pieces of cloves and a few dhania seeds. Grind them well and eat this with warm water. It acts as an instant remedy for indigestion, bloating and gas.
  2. Another great remedy for headaches caused due to indigestion is to make cardamom tea. All you need to do is infuse it into some regular green tea and drink it while it’s warm. This mixture works well right at the onset of the symptoms of indigestion.
  3. Chew on a pod of elaichi after every meal. You could alternatively drink some elaichi tea every morning to help detoxify and strengthen your digestive system. 
  4. If you have a cold, cough or a congested chest , elaichi is the best natural remedy to relieve the symptoms. All you need to do is add a few drop of elaichi’s essential oil to your vessel of steaming water during steam inhalation.
  5. Add a pinch or two of elaichi powder and turmeric to a glass of warm milk. You can add a little sugar for taste if you like. Drink this every night to help relieve weakness and other symptoms of anaemia.
  6. In modern Ayurvedic medicine cardamoms are a popular remedy for nervous digestive upsets in children, and are often combined with fennel. When simmered in water for a few minutes and taken as a hot tea, they will relieve colic, wind and indigestion, and help to quell nausea and vomiting.

One of my favourite recipes using cardamom pods is a deliciously warming tea which I drink regularly in the winter to keep me warm and ward off colds, coughs and flu. Take:

4 cardamom pods
4 black peppercorns
4 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
a few slices of fresh ginger


Place all ingredients in 1 pint of water, heat to nearly boiling, covered, for 20-30 minutes. Strain. Add a little milk or honey. Drink a cupful hot twice a day.


Selection and storage
Fresh cardamom pods as well as its powder are available in the market year around. Both varieties of pods are readily sold in the markets. "Elettaria" pods are small and light green, while 'Amomum" pods are larger and dark brown. Fresh pods feature heavy and give sweet aroma when rubbed with the finger tips. Avoid pods that appear light and that are with surface discoloration or spots, which may feature mold (fungal infection).

Medicinal use
The therapeutic properties of cardamom oil have found application in many traditional medicines as antiseptic and local anesthetic, antioxidant in addition to health promoting and disease preventing roles.

Culinary uses
In general, cardamom seeds are sought-after in sweet and dessert preparations. The pod is split open to its expose underlying seeds either with fingers or small knife. The seeds are then crushed (powdered) using a hand mill just before their use in cooking. However, whole pods are preferred in savory dishes, which give a further punch to the recipe since their peel contains certain amounts of valuable essential oils.

Here are some preparation tips:
This delicate spice is being used as flavoring agent in both foods, soups and refreshing drinks.

The pods have been in use in the preparation of sweet dishes in many Asian countries. Elaichi-pista (cardamom and pistachio) kulfi is a famous summer dessert in India, Pakistan, and Iran. Elaichi kheer is another popular rice pudding with added pistachio, and raisins in these regions.

It is used as a flavoring base in the preparation of tea, coffee, and cold drinks.

Black cardamom (badi elaichi) is mostly preferred in savory dishes; to prepare rice-pilaf, meat stews, and lentil-curry in many parts of Nepal, India, and Pakistan.

Dec 11, 2013

Home Remedies for Water Retention

A tendency toward water retention indicates a weakness in the adrenals/kidneys, the circulatory system or possibly the heart.Water retention problem in modern times, is more due to our lifestyle and wrong food habits! It’s better to be alert before it’s too late and take steps to prevent water retention that may prove fatal in the course of time. And if you already suffer from water retention, you should not only take self help to flush out excess fluid out of your body but also seek medical assistance to rule out any serious pathological condition. It could be anything ranging from heart, kidney, liver, lungs, or thyroid disorders. If your medical tests are negative then you should understand that your body water retention may be due to some generalized causes including excessive salt and alcohol intake or hormonal imbalances or even some wrong lifestyle habits!

Water Retention in Women
Bloating in females is the cause of many health-related problems, including high blood pressure, PMS, and even certain maternity issues. Worse, it makes it extremely difficult to lose weight on a diet or fitness routine!

Women will see symptoms of water retention at about the time of menstrual cycle. There would also be sudden increase in weight. This happens due to imbalances in our estrogen levels which turn on production of a hormone called "aldosterone". Aldosterone then causes our kidneys to retain fluids throughout the body, and we see a sudden gain in water weight quickly. Which is why many of you would experience swollen knees and legs during this time. Pain, discomfort, and inconvenience all add up to a tough time for anyone going through this tough issue.

The simple way to get rid of excess water is cut back on the foods and ingredients that hasten and increase its retention within our bodies.


  1. Limit your intake of salt/sodium: High salt intake leads to retention of sodium and thereby water in your body. This expands extra cellular volume in the body. Said simply, when you eat salt, your body tries to dilute it by holding water around your cells and in this process supplies more water to your bloodstream. This not only increases water weight in your body but also leads to other complications. As your heart has to deal with extra fluid in the blood vessels, it may increase your blood pressure which in turn may increase the risk of developing heart disease and stroke. Also, when you eat more salt, your body flushes out more calcium through urine which may lead to osteoporosis and reduced bone density. So, it is wise to lower the intake of salt not only to cure water retention but also to keep other health complications at bay.

    Tips to reduce salt intake for elimination of water retention
    • Cook food at home most of the time. Hotels and restaurants are loaded with sodium.
    • Use lesser amount of salt while cooking food at home.
    • Remove salt shaker from your dining table. Don’t add salt while eating food. Instead, you may use other herbs and spices for flavor.
    • Avoid canned foods including canned veggies, soups, sauces etc. as they use more salt as preservatives and also to make the foods flavorful.
    • Avoid having processed foods like potato chips, salted peanuts as well as junk foods.
    • Women should especially reduce taking salt prior to their menstrual cycle every month. Hormonal change during this period leads to greater water retention in the body of a woman.

    In normal situation, the recommend level of salt in diet is a maximum of 2,300 mg of sodium per day. People with heart disease and high blood pressure should have less than 1,500 mg of sodium per day. However, when you need to eliminate water retention, you need to reduce your salt even less than these recommended levels.

    Suggestion: Sugar too indirectly helps in water retention. It increases general insulin level in your body, which in turn decreases your body’s ability to flush off sodium or salt. Therefore, sugar intake should also be reduced along with salt consumption.

  2. Increase intake of food rich in potassium: Potassium  is an important mineral which is needed for proper functioning of body cells, tissues and organs and helps wipe out fluid retention. Potassium is an electrolyte which along with sodium maintains normal water balance in body. Potassium also helps stimulate the kidneys so that they may flush off waste along with excessive salt out of the body.

    Potassium deficiency may lead to water retention causing edema, swelling, and weight gain. So have foods rich in potassium too. Most of the fruits are rich in potassium as also certain vegetables.

    Some good options are bananas and raisins. Bananas contain high amounts of potassium, which helps eliminate fluid retention. If you are not that banana freak try raisins as a substitute as they can also serve the same purpose.

    You can also include following potassium rich fruits and other foods for water retention:
    • Apricot
    • Blackberries
    • Peaches
    • Strawberries
    • Apples
    • Oranges
    • Raspberries
    • Spinach
    • Fresh Mushrooms
    • Bell Peppers
    • Avocados
    • Sunflower seeds
    • Melons
    • Watercress

  3. Water. When you feel waterlogged, guzzling a glass of H2O might be the last thing on your mind. But it may be the best thing for you. Water flushes out the system better than anything else and can reduce premenstrual bloating. Drink 8 to 10 glasses a day; more when you exercise. (NOTE: This advice is only for PMS bloating. If your water retention is caused by any other medical condition, be sure to ask your doctor before drinking extra water -- it may not be good for you.)

    Tips for drinking more water for elimination of water retention
    • Drink water whenever you feel thirsty. Don’t postpone this for other works. Always keep water in your reach. Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go.
    • Drink at least 6-8 glasses of filtered water every day whether you are thirsty or not. Sometimes, we do not recognize the thirst signal and mistake it for hunger.
    • Watch your urine. If it is yellow and thick or you do not urinate much during the day, your body is in need of water. Your urine should be clear.
    • If you feel weakness, dizziness, cramping, headaches and dry mouth without any explainable reason, it might be dehydration. Drink water.
  4. Natural diuretics, or foods help your body release more urine. When you urinate frequently, your body not only releases extra water but also flush off the toxins and lower your blood pressure by resuming water-sodium balance. You can always have one or the other diuretic foods on daily basis. However, if you are already on diuretic or anti-diuretic medication, consult your doctor before including diuretic food in your diet.

    List of diuretic foods to help eliminate water retention
    • Cranberries
    • Grapes
    • Watermelon
    • Leafy greens
    • Lemon
    • Pineapple
    • Juniper Berries
    • Tomatoes
    • Pumpkin
    • Asparagus
    • Artichokes
    • Beets
    • Onion
    • Brussels Sprouts
    • Cabbage
    • Leeks
    • Carrots
    • Cucumber
    • Lettuce
    • Watercress
    • Celery
    • Eggplant
      However, urinating often means your body also releases potassium along with water and toxins. So, you need to have foods rich in potassium to maintain your potassium levels.




  5. Garlic Remedy for Water Retention
    Garlic is one herb that we use extensively in our cooking and that’s good. Garlic along with all its medicinal values is also an excellent diuretic. It releases water as well as toxin out of your body. Not only this, garlic also beaks down body fat thus helping you lose weight. If you don’t use garlic in your dishes, start adding it as a cure for your water retention.




  6. Eat Yogurt to Eliminate Water Retention

  7. Yogurt is an excellent source of protein. Lack of protein in your blood can lead to water retention. Protein aids in holding salt and water inside your blood vessels so that fluid does not leak out into your tissues. When the blood protein, albumin, becomes too low, fluid retention happens and you suffer from edema, particularly in your feet, ankles and lower legs. Most of the times, protein level goes down in blood due to malnutrition, kidney and liver disease. Yogurt gives you a healthy boost of protein. It is also high in potassium. While all types of yogurts are rich in protein, Greek yogurt has most of it to keep your albumin protein levels up. Greek yogurt is nothing but yogurt which is strained using cloth or paper bag and which attains a consistency between that of yogurt and cheese. Other foods high in protein include milk, cottage cheese, egg white, fish, tofu etc.

    Warning: If you are on dialysis and take low protein diet for your kidneys, consult your doctor before adding yogurt or any other protein rich food in your meals.


  8. Dandelion Leaves Tea for Eliminating Water Retention
    Dandelion herb has been used traditionally for its medicinal values particularly for liver and kidney disorders as well as heartburn and other digestive problems. Dandelion herb also acts as a natural diuretic and facilitate the kidneys to increase the volume of urine which flushes out the extra salt out of your body. Dandelion is also high on calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese and potassium, making it further useful in treating fluid retention.

    Precaution: Dandelion herb is generally considered safe. However, some people may be allergic to the weed and sometimes the herb may lead to mild gastric trouble. As dandelion may interact with certain medications like diuretics, diabetes drugs and lithium, consult with your doctor before including dandelion tea as a remedy for water retention.





  9. Parsley Remedies for Water Retention
    Parsley is high on antioxidants, calcium, iron, and B complex vitamins. It inhibits the re-absorption of sodium and potassium which causes more water to flow through osmosis. This increases the volume of urine. Due to its excellent diuretic properties, parsley has been used to treat kidney stones, urinary tract infection and edema or the swelling due to water retention.




  10. Barley water: Ayurveda, the Indian medicine recommends barley water for edema. It is comparatively a healthy drink having mild diuretic properties. It is also safe for pregnant women who suffer from swollen legs due to hormonal and blood chemistry changes during pregnancy.




  11. Coriander seeds are diuretic in nature and can help prevent as well as eliminate water retention. It is also rich in potassium further making it beneficial for fluid retention. The other components of coriander seeds include Vitamins-A, C, and K, thiamin, riboflavin, folic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium and small quantities of niacin, vitamin-b6, phosphorous and zinc. Ayurveda recommends coriander for fast elimination of water retention.




  12. Fennel Seeds: Fennel seeds have in them anethole, the compound which give it the anise flavor and is responsible for most of its medicinal values. Fennel tea had been used in traditional medicine as a cure for water retention due to its diuretic properties.So, use fennel seeds to eliminate water retention in your body.




  13. Exercise continuously: Exercise has been shown to reduce the water retention by flushing out the water and salt through sweating, higher respiration and increased urine flow. If you have been sitting for a long time, walk up and down or climb stairs every hour. You can also try the following exercise: point the toes downward, then raise them up as high as possible which pumps up the calf and foot muscles. You can also raise your hands up overhead. Exercising over time allows the reversal of water retention because of strengthening of the circulatory system and the repairing of damaged capillaries.




  14. Try Ice Packs to reduce Inflammation: a solid ten minutes of treatment with a ziplock bag full of ice (wrapped in a towel) can reduce inflammation dramatically and will ease the pressure of knees, ankles, and feet. If on the other hand you are suffering from a diabetic condition please check with your family physician before performing any ice-related treatment.




  15. Essential oils that may help fluid retention include cypress, geranium, juniper, lavender and rosemary. Essential oils may be used in a number of ways including inhalation, baths, vaporizers, mouthwashes and gargles, compresses and massage.




  16. Lie down with feet up: Recline with feet up in the raised position. This will allow the fluid collected in the legs to go to the circulatory systems and from there to the kidneys for excretion.

May 1, 2013

Home Remedies for Acidity


ACIDITY is a state in which the stomach produces acid in excess by the gastric glands of the stomach which normally is essential in the digestive process as that helps in breaking down the food during digestion. Dyspepsia, heartburn and the formation of ulcers are some of the symptoms. It is more common in highly emotional and nervous individuals.

Common Causes of Acidity
  1. Consumption of Alcohol
  2. Highly spicy foodstuffs
  3. Non-vegetarian diets
  4. Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID's)


Most acidity problems occur
  • After meals
  • When lifting weight or straining and applying pressure in the intra-abdominal area.
  • At night when lying down.
  • Ulcers also occur as a result of over secretion of acid.

Home Remedies for Acidity

Tip 1:

After all three meals, take a small piece of jaggery and keep it in your mouth and suck. Voilá no more acidity.

Tip 2:

Boil one cup of water. To this add 1 tsp of Aniseed (Saunf). Cover and leave overnight. Strain the water in the morning, add 1 tsp of honey. When this is taken 3 times a day it prevents acidity.

Tip 3:

To 1 ½ liters of water add 1 tsp Caraway seeds (shah jeera). Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Sip while warm. Have the concoction 2-3 times a day for 5-6 days.

Tip 4:

Powder one clove and one cardamom; use the powder as a mouth freshener after every meal. No more acidity and no more bad breath.

9 Foods That Fight Acid Reflux

  1. GingerIn moderation, ginger is one of the best foods for acid reflux. It has been used throughout history as
    an anti-inflammatory and as a treatment for gastrointestinal conditions.

    Ginger root can easily be peeled, sliced, diced, or shaved using a grater. You can use it while cooking or add it to smoothies.
  2.  Aloe vera
    Aloe vera is famous as a natural healing agent and also seems to treat acid reflux.

    It is available as a living plant, but the leaves or liquid form are sometimes sold separately in groceries and health-food stores.

    Aloe vera can be used in recipes as a thickener and for congealing liquids.
  3. Salad
    You could do worse than to eat a salad every day. Salad is a primary meal for acid refluxers, although tomatoes and onions should be avoided, as well as cheese and high-fat dressings.

    Dressings that have some acid or fat can be added, but only one tablespoon (or less)—as measured, not guesstimated!
  4.  Banana
    Bananas make a great snack, and at pH 5.6, they’re usually great for people with acid reflux.

    However, about 1% of acid refluxers find that their condition is worsened by bananas.

    So keep in mind that what works for most people may not work for you.
  5. Melon
    Melon (pH 6.1) is good for acid reflux. However, as with bananas, a small percentage (1% to 2%) of those with acid reflux need to avoid it.

    Also included in the good-for-reflux category are honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon.
  6.  Fennel
    Fennel (pH 6.9) is a great food for acid reflux and actually seems to improve stomach function.

    This crunchy vegetable has a unique taste—a mild licorice flavor.

    Sliced thin (the white bottom part), it makes a healthy salad with arugula and baby spinach. It’s also great in chicken dishes, and makes a fine snack if you love the taste.
  7.  Roots and greens
    Cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, green beans, and other greens are all great foods for the acid refluxer.

    Pretty much all of the green and the root vegetables are recommended for people following this diet.
  8. Celery
    Celery has almost no calories because of its high water content, and is a good choice if you have acid reflux.
    It is also an appetite suppressant and excellent source of roughage.
  9.  Parsley
    For thousands of years, parsley has been used as a medicinal herb to settle the stomach and aid digestion.

    Flat-leaf and curly parsley are widely available, and they make a great seasoning and garnish.


May 6, 2012

Allergy: Allergy (Allergies) Symptoms, Causes, Signs & Treatment


Introduction
Learn how allergy relates to the immune system. You will begin understanding how and why certain people become allergic. The most common allergic diseases are discussed briefly and the natural remedies to cure them.

What does an allergy mean?

An allergy refers to an exaggerated reaction by our immune system in response to bodily contact with certain foreign substances. Allergy-producing substances are called "allergens." Examples of allergens include pollens, dust mite, molds, danders, and foods. These allergens are substances that are foreign to the body and can cause an allergic reaction in certain people. Therefore, people who are prone to allergies are said to be allergic or "atopic."

Common allergic reactions include eczema, hives, hay fever, asthma attacks, food allergies, and reactions to the venom of stinging insects such as wasps and bees.

Allergy Symptoms & Types

Allergy symptoms can be categorized as mild, moderate, or severe.

Mild Allergy Symptoms

Mild allergy symptoms can include:
  • Rash
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Congestion
Mild allergic reactions do not spread to other parts of the body.

Moderate Allergy Symptoms

Moderate allergic reactions can include symptoms that spread to other parts of the body, including:
  • Itchiness
  • Difficulty breathing

Severe Allergy Symptoms (Anaphylaxis)

Anaphylaxis is a rare, life-threatening emergency in which the body's response to the allergen is sudden and affects the whole body. Allergy symptoms may begin with sudden itching of the eyes or face and within minutes progress to more serious symptoms, including:
  • Varying degrees of swellings that can make breathing and swallowing difficult
  • Abdominal pain
  • Cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Mental confusion or dizziness

Causes of Allergies

- Dust, pollens, poisonous plants, serums, vaccines, animal hair.
Heat, cold and sunlight.
- Certain foods like nuts, wheat, oranges, milk, eggs, fish and other sea foods, chocolates, strawberries, tomatoes etc.
- Various types of chemical products like cosmetics, drugs.
- Genetics factor. It has been seen that twins generally possess the same kind of allergic disease.
- Certain refined, processed foods.
- Emotional and psychological stress etc.

Allergy Home Remedies

  • Potato Flour: One of the popular home remedies for allergies like rash is to melt 3 full tbsp of potato flour in a glass of water. Add this to a bucket of water. Take a bath using this water. If you have a bath tub, fill it with more buckets and relax in the tub 2-3 times a day.
  • Avocado: Apply avocado paste on rash.
  • Green tea: Green tea has natural antihistamine and is one of the best home remedy for allergies. If you don’t like green tea, you can also have black tea. Chamomile tea is another alternative. Sweeten it with honey and have 2-3 times a day.
  • Honey: Have 1 or 2 tsp of pure honey twice a day as honey is also considered to be good home remedy for allergies. You can also check out some more benefits of honey.
  • Ginger: This a well tested and trusted home remedy for allergy. Crush a piece of ginger after peeling it and place it into a mug. Now add boiling water over it. Steep it for few minutes and have it at once. This is a mild decongestant and considered one of the best diet for allergies.
  • Apple cider vinegar: You can apply apple cider vinegar after diluting it with little water on bug bites or hives to get relief from the itching. You can also put a little vinegar in a bathwater.
  • Neem: Neem (Azadirachta indica) is another useful herb and in Ayurveda it is considered as best anti-septic and disinfectant. Neem juice is popularly used even today for blood disorders, skin allergies, boils, skin infections etc. For more information on this herb, check out Azadirachta indica.
  • Castor Oil: If you have allergies of the intestinal tract, skin, and nasal passages, castor oil is a good option. Add five drops of castor oil in half a cup of water or any fruit or vegetable juice. Drink this on an empty stomach in the morning. This is very helpful.
  • Lime: This is an effective remedy for any kind of allergy. Take a glass of of lukewarm water , squeeze half a lime in it and sweeten with a teaspoon of honey. Have this daily in the morning in an empty stomach. This helps you prevent getting allergic reactions. It flushes the system of toxins and is also antitoxic and antiallergic agent. This is also an effective weight loss technique. However, those who are allergic to citrus fruits should not resort to this remedy.
  • Bananas: If you have skin rashes, digestive disorders, or asthma, you can have one or two bananas a day. Bananas are useful to those who are allergic to certain foods.
  • Vegetable Juices: Vegetable juices like carrot juice mixed with beet and cucumber juices, has been proved to be beneficial in the treatment of allergies.
  • Fresh fruit juices: One of the most ideal method to prevent or overcome allergies is to strengthen overall physical resistance. For this you should have a proper diet of nutrients which should include fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh fruit juice is very helpful for preventing allergies. For this the patient should fast on fresh fruit juices for a week. Repeated short fresh fruits juice fasts are likely to result in better tolerance to allergies.
  • Other allergies treatments: Avoid stress, do meditation, exercise, yoga and mind control

May 5, 2012

Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Dry Skin, Useful Herbs for Dry Skin

Mankind has been coping with ailments since the beginning of its existent. Home remedies have often proved useful and passed along for many generations. Some home remedies have been improving and changing with current fashion. Even though the medical field has developed a lot in the last century, we often see the home remedies to be the most effective solution. Some home remedies for dry skin, in particular, are known for their effectiveness. Home remedies for dry skin are widespread mainly because they are not risky or dangerous nor are they expansive. So don't spend your hard earned money on doctors. Try to help yourself first with home remedies.

Dry skin typically happens in most people during the winter season. Dryness typically occurs because your skin lacks moisture. This means that there is a lack of water in your skin. In the past various magazines have suggested home remedies for dry skin like drinking at least eight glasses of water a day will cure this ailment. However, medical professionals have proven this home remedy false, this will basically keep your body hydrated, not your skin. Instead, medical professionals suggest that the best way to re-hydrate the skin is to soak it in water, rather than take water in by mouth. Soaking for a short period of something like fifteen minutes in lukewarm water could put water back into the skin and help to ease the dryness. Doctors also remind patients with dry skin that bathing everyday can be negative for their condition. In fact, patients with excessively dry skin must only bathe every other day in cooler water than normal.

Perhaps the most helpful thing a person may do at home for dry skin is to moisturize. Moisturizing skin with a moisturizing lotion will help immensely. The lubrication of the lotion will almost immediately be sucked into dry skin. Moisturizing lotion put on the skin after a bath or shower will also help contain the moisture from the bath or shower in the skin. The moisturizing lotion will also work to moisturize by itself which gives your skin twice the hydration.

According to Ayurveda, dry skin is the result of Vata Dosha or Vata vitiation. When vata dosha rises in a body, it leads to reduced kapha and makes body and facial skin dry and wrinkled. Kapha is the element responsible for keeping skin soft and smooth. Dry skin problem aggravates due environment and weather conditions also. Most of the people experience excessively dry skin in winters when the dry and cold weather does not let the skin remain moist enough.

Some useful home remedies for Dry Skin

  • Mix equal quantities of glycerin and rose water. Store this
    excellent dry skin lotion in a clean bottle and apply it on dry facial
    skin or skin of hands and feet whenever required. It is best to be
    applied after having bath for those who suffer from excessive dry skin.
    Always shake the bottle before use as glycerin settles down at the
    bottom of bottle (Mix lemon juice to this mixture if you have a mixed
    type of skin having combination of oily and dry skin).
  • Mix equal quantities of petroleum jelly and glycerin and apply it on
    your dry skin of face and body and keep it overnight.
  • Mix equal quantities of petroleum jelly, vitamin E oil and glycerin.
    Apply for half an hour over face and body before taking shower.
  • Take plain water and glycerin in the ratio of 10:1 and apply it on
    your dry skin of hand and feet before going to the bed. This will give
    you soft skin in a few days.
  • For having a special hand wash soap, mix glycerin with your liquid
    soap and fill it in a bottle. Wash your hands with this soap to avoid
    dry skin on hand.
  • Take 1 tsp each of egg yolk, rose water, lime juice, olive oil and
    orange juice and mix them thoroughly. Apply this smooth home made dry
    skin lotion to your face in the morning and wash it off after 20
    minutes.
  • Make a face mask by mixing honey, egg, olive oil and rose water and
    use it as dry skin facial mask.
  • Get ayurvedic massage with herbal oil (made with vata balancing
    herbs). It is good to have daily body massage for people with dry skin
    but if that is not possible, take such massages at least once a week.
  • Lavender oil and sandalwood oil are also good for dry skin for their
    soothing and cool effects. A few drops of these oils can be used in
    bathing water.
  • Mix glycerin, castor oil and rose water with 1 tbsp of 'malai' or
    milk cream. Apply this mixture on face, neck and on hands before going
    to bed. Wash it off with water in morning. This keeps dry skin hydrated
    during the day.
  • Mix ground almonds, honey and malai (milk cream) and apply the
    mixture at least twice a week and keep it for half an hour.
  • Mix 1/4th cup yogurt, 1tsp honey and 1tbsp milk powder. Apply on face
    for 10 minutes and wash it off with cold water.

Herbs for Dry Skin

Aloe Vera- Aloe vera /indian-herbs/aloe-vera.html is the miracle
herb for all skin types and not only for dry skin treatment. It has been
used since ages for wounds, minor burns, and itchy skin treatments. The
leaves of aloe vera plant contains about 96% of water and other active
ingredients like essential oil, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glycoproteins. All these ingredients help in providing natural glow to the skin and in retaining moisture of the dry skin even in harsh climates. Aloe vera gel directly taken from the crushed leaves can be applied on face and body.

Chamomile- Chamomile has a very soothing and anti-inflammatory
properties. As such, it is used for treating most of the skin problems
including eczema, rashes, itchy dry skin etc. Tie one or half cup fresh
or dried chamomile herb in a cloth bag and put it in tub water. Allow it to get soaked for ten minutes before having bath.

May 4, 2012

Headache Natural Home Remedies

Headache Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment


What is a headache?
A Headache is defined as a pain in the head or upper neck. It is one of the most common locations of pain in the body and has many causes.

What are the Different Types of Headaches?
Common headache types are:
  • Tension-Type Headache
  • Migraine Headache
  • Cluster Headache
  • Hormone Headache

Tension Headache

-are the most common type of primary headache. Up to 90% of adults have had or will have tension headaches. Tension headaches occur more commonly among women than men.

Symptoms
pain description: dull pressure or tightness
location: both sides of head & sometimes neck
duration: 30min to a full week
frequency: infrequent to daily
other common symptoms: fatigue, sensation of a rigid band circling and pressing on the head.

Migraine Headache-

are the second most common type of primary headache. Migraine headaches affect children as well as adults. Before puberty, boys and girls are affected equally by migraine headaches, but after puberty, more women than men are affected. It is estimated that 6% of men and up to 18% of women will experience a migraine headache in their lifetime.

Symptoms
pain description: moderate to severe throbbing
location: 60% on one side, 40% on both sides
duration: four to seventy two hours
frequency: recurrent, with widely variable frequency
other common symptoms: nausea, vomiting, light, sound and smell sensitivity, increasing pain with routine physical activities.

Cluster Headache-

are a rare type of primary headache affecting 0.1% of the population (1 in a 1,000 people). It more commonly affects men in their late 20s though women and children can also suffer these types of headache.

Symptoms
pain description: sharp, boring, severe pain developing rapidly over minutes.
location: one sided, usually around or behind the eye
duration: 15 to 180 minutes
frequency: one or more daily during “clusters”
other common symptoms: nasal congestion, runny nostril, tearing on one side, redness of eye, a feeling of agitation.

What Causes Headache?

Headaches are caused due to imbalances & aggravation of three different doshas. Common causes are:
- Sinusitis, Hypertension, Fever
- Over work, Mental stress, Sleeplessness
- Constipation, Indigestion, Acidity
- Excessive consumption of tea, coffee, aspirin or nicotine is also known to contribute to headache
- Nervous weakness
- Anemia, Deficiency of oxygen in the blood
- Sitting too close to the television, Reading with insufficient light, Reading in a moving train or car.

Common Home Remedies for Headache

Take clove, cinnamon and almond in equal quantities (around 1 teaspoon each) and grind together with a little water to make a paste. Apply paste on the forehead. A paste made of sandalwood powder can also be applied on the forehead.

Henna: The flowers of henna have been found valuable in curing headaches caused by hot sun. The flowers should be rubbed in vinegar and applied over the forehead. This remedy will soon provide relief.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon is useful in headaches caused by exposure to cold air. A fine paste of this spice should be prepared by mixing it with water and it should be applied over the temples and forehead to obtain relief.

Marjoram: The herb marjoram is beneficial in the treatment of a nervous headache. An infusion of the leaves is taken as a tea in the treatment of this disorder.

Rosemary: The herb rosemary has been found valuable in headaches resulting from cold. A handful of this herb should be boiled in a litre of water and put in a mug. The head should be covered with a towel and the steam inhaled for as long as the patient can bear. This should be repeated till the headache is relieved.

Ghee: Take a few drops of ghee (clarified butter) on your palm. Mix 3 or 4 pieces of saffron in it, and rub it for two minutes. The saffron does not dissolve in the ghee, but its qualities are absorbed. Remove saffron and put two drops of this ghee in each nostril. · Dosage: Follow procedure twice a day.

Oil Massage: Oil massage on the scalp also relieves tension and headache. Sesame oil, almond oil, mustard oil or ghee (clarified butter) can be used for massage.

Enema: cleansing enema with water temperature at 37 degree C, a cold throat pack, frequent applications of towels wrung out from very hot water to the back of the neck , a cold compress at 4.4 degree C to 15.6 degree C applied to the head and face, or an alternate spinal compress. Hot fomentations over the abdominal region just before retiring relieve headaches caused by stomach and liver upsets.

Hot Foot Bath: Hot foot baths are also beneficial in the treatment of chronic headaches. The patient should keep his legs in a tub or bucket filled with hot water at a temperature of 40 degree C to 45 degree C for fifteen minutes every night before retiring. This treatment should be continued for two or three weeks.

Ice Packs: Apply an ice pack to the painful area of your head. Try placing it on your forehead, temples, or the back of your neck.

Accupressure: Apply gentle, steady rotating pressure to the painful area of your head with your index finger and/or thumb. Maintain pressure for seven to 15 seconds, then release. Repeat as needed.

Yogasanas: Yogic kriyas like jalneti and kunjal; pranayamas like anulomaviloma, shitali and sitkari; and asanas such as uttanpadasana, sarvangasana, paschimottanasana, halasana, and shavasana are also beneficial in the treatment of headaches.

Other useful tips to relieve headache

  • Peppermint Tea can calm you and ease the pain
  • Listen to relaxing music while you lie down
  • B6 or B complex vitamins can prevent headaches or lessen their severity
  • Chamomile tea can also calm you, so you can sleep which will help your headache

Acne: Types of Acne, What causes Acne, How to get rid of Acne, Acne Home Remedies


Introduction

Effective home remedies for acne and Natural Acne Treatments to have clear and smooth skin permanently. Get rid of whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, nodules, cysts and more.

What Causes Acne

All acne is a disorder of the pilosebaceous unit, which is made up of a hair follicle, sebaceous gland, and a hair. These units are found everywhere on the body except on the palms, soles, top of the feet, and the lower lip. The number of pilosebaceous units is greatest on the face, upper neck, and chest. Sebaceous glands produce a substance called sebum, which is responsible for keeping the skin and hair moisturized. During adolescence sebaceous glands enlarge and produce more sebum under the influence of hormones, also called androgens. After about age 20, sebum production begins to decrease.

Acne & Bacteria

A bacteria, known as Propionibacterium acnes, is a normal inhabitant of the skin. It uses sebum as a nutrient for growth, therefore increases in follicles during puberty. People with acne have more Propionibacterium acnes in their follicles than people without acne. The presence of bacteria attracts white blood cells to the follicle. These white blood cells produce an enzyme that damages the wall of the follicle, allowing the contents of the follicle to enter the dermis. This process causes an inflammatory response seen as papules (red bumps), pustules, and nodules. The bacteria also cause the formation of free fatty acids, which are irritants, increasing the inflammatory process in the follicle.

Types of Acne

There are many variations of acne, ranging in severity from mild to severely disfiguring.
  • Acne Vulgaris - mild/moderate
    Acne Vulgaris is the most common form of acne. Acne vulgaris lesions include blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules and cysts.
  • Acne Vulgaris - Severe
    Severe acne vulgaris is characterized by nodules and cysts
  • Acne Rosacea
    Acne Rosacea can look similar to the aforementioned acne vulgaris, and the two types of acne are sometimes confused for one another.
  • Severe forms of acne
    Severe forms of acne are rare, but they inflict great hardship to the people who experience them.

    1. Acne Conglobata: This is the most severe form of acne vulgaris and is more common in males. It is characterized by numerous large lesions, which are sometimes interconnected, along with widespread blackheads.
    2. Acne Fulminans: This is an abrupt onset of acne conglobata which normally afflicts young men. Symptoms of severe nodulocystic, often ulcerating acne are apparent.
    3. Gram-Negative Folliculitis: This condition is a bacterial infection characterized by pustules and cysts, possibly occurring as a complication resulting from a long term antibiotic treatment of acne vulgaris.
    4. Pyoderma Faciale (Rosacea Fulminans): This type of severe facial acne affects only females, usually between the ages of 20 to 40 years old, and is characterized by large painful nodules, pustules, and sores, all of which may scar.

How to Get Rid of Acne

Unclog your pores with salicylic acid. Acne begins to form when pores get clogged with a "plug" of keratin and sebum. Salicylic acid loosens the plug by softening the keratin (it's a keratolytic). Make sure you use sunblock simultaneously, however, because salicylic acid makes your skin more sensitive to UV light.

Use a gel, cream, or soap containing benzoyl peroxide twice a day. Benzoyl peroxide is a "bactericide" that's particularly effective against Propionibacterium acnes. The drawback is that it often irritates your skin, resulting in dryness and redness, so you should supplement this treatment with a non-comedogenic moisturizer. If your skin still gets irritated, use a product with a lower concentration. Also be careful when using it, as benzoyl peroxide bleaches fabric and hair.

Look for products with triclosan or chlorhexidine gluconate, which also kill Propionibacterium acnes. They are less effective than benzoyl peroxide, but they are gentler on your skin.

Clove oil has also been shown to be effective against Propionibacterium acnes.

Be consistent and patient. Most acne treatments take time to work. It usually takes between two and eight weeks before you see any significant improvement, so you are going to have to maintain a routine.

Consult a dermatologist. There are many effective treatments which are only available with a prescription, since the side effects can be harmful. For example, mild antibiotics can help reduce acne but its overuse (taking antibiotics when you really don't need them or for something they don't treat) and misuse (not taking medication for the specified amount of time) can lead to the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria (which translates into especially stubborn, untreatable acne).

Home Remedies for Acne

  1. Make a thicker paste out of baking soda and water. Apply to face for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Follow up with a light moisturizer.
  2. Make orange peel paste by grinding it in some water. Apply on and around pimples.
  3. Rub garlic on and around pimples.
  4. Pulverize 1/3 cup uncooked oats and then add ¼ cup of water. When it becomes the consistency of paste, add approximately 1/4 cup honey and mix thoroughly and allow to cool then apply on the pimples for 10-20 minutes. Do not leave it on too long or it will become difficult to remove. You can also try oatmeal, yogurt and sour cream with a few drops of lemon juice. These ingredients are mixed together and applied on affected areas for 15 minutes and then rinsed with water.
  5. Mix equal parts lemon juice and rose water. Apply directly to skin. You might feel an initial sting from the lemon juice. Rinse after 15-30 minutes. Be careful of exposing your skin to direct sunlight if you have been using lemon juice on your face. Also, though a strong reaction is unlikely, do not continue this treatment if it irritates your skin.
  6. For acne scars, “Tomato is known to remove acne scars”. You can easily get tomatoes from your kitchen and slice it. Apply the tomato slices to your scars. Regular application of tomato slices on your scars can visibly give you excellent results. Another technique frequently used to get rid of acne scars is rubbing ice cubes against the pimples to reduce inflammation and slowly erase the scars.
  7. Aloevera for Acne
    There are hundreds of varieties of aloe that grow all over the world. Most have medicinal properties. However, it is aloe barbadensis that is known as aloe vera, the species with the most value as a natural remedy. Transparent gel from the pulp of the meaty leaves of Aloe vera has been used topically for thousands of years to treat wounds, skin infections, burns, etc. Use aloe vera juice on the pimples daily morning and night or as long as necessary (perhaps five months or longer). It is also a natural antibiotic
  8. Mint for Acne
    M. balsamea (peppermint) Peppermint is preferable to spearmint as a medicinal herb because it contains menthol which is a natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory.

    • Take a handful of mint (pudina) leaves and crush them thoroughly with a mortar and pestle.
    • Rub the leaves and juice on affected skin and leave for 5-10 minutes.
    • Rinse with cold water.
    • Repeat as often as desired to alleviate pain and inflammation.
  9. Make a paste by mixing honey and cinnamon powder. Apply the paste while sleeping and wash the face next morning as this is a good natural remedy for acne.
  10. Drink a glass of wheat grass juice daily to remove acne.
  11. Apply a paste of fresh fenugreek leaves in water, keep it overnight and wash the face with warm water next morning.

Some Useful Tips

  • Reduce the oiliness of the skin.
  • Remove the blackheads regularly.
  • Have a well-balanced, regular diet with lots of fresh fruit juices.
  • Try to avoid chocolates, nuts, fried and fatty foods.
  • Diet for Acne - Vitamin C and vitamin E are antioxidants that rejuvenate the skin, so the diet rich in these vitamins should be included.
  • Vitamin E is also important to prevent scarring from acne and removing old scars.
  • The mineral zinc is also beneficial in the treatment of acne. It should be taken in a dose of 50 mg three times a day. The dose can be reduced with the improvement in the acne.

Mar 19, 2012

Simple Tips & Home Remedies for Viral Fever

Fever is caused due to the aggravation of any one or all the doshas of the body. Fever can occur as a result of infection, because of external injury, insect bite or poisoning. It must be kept in mind that fever can also be a symptom of many conditions, like bronchitis, pleurisy, tuberculosis, jaundice, malaria, measles or influenza.

Following are the signs that indicate the presence of this ailment:
• High temperature
• Headache
• Muscle ache
• Burning eyes
• Loss of appetite
• Coated tongue
• Excessive production of saliva
• Feeling of heaviness and nausea

It is highly recommended that in Viral Fever you take ample amount of rest with easily digestible diet and lots of liquid to flush out the toxins from the body.

Simple Helpful Tips for Viral Fever
  • In viral fever it is strongly recommended to consume soup made up of raw garlic and onion. 
  • A mixture of honey, lime juice and brandy is recommended to consume four times daily. 
  • The vitamin C in the lime helps in increasing the resistance of the body and helps in reducing the illness. 
  • Lukewarm orange juice acts as an energy booster if consumed during the fever. This washes out the body toxin without any artificial treatment. alterey helps in speedy recovery of viral fever. 
  • Similarly, drinking juice made out of sweet basil leaves twice or thrice a day is beneficial. 
  • You can also boil 2 to 3 tablespoon of dry roasted fenugreek seeds, strain the water and add a drop of clarified butter to it in order to cure viral fever.
  • Khichadi is very good with spices like cumin seeds, coriander, turmeric, ginger and salt can be also be added to it. Small amounts of whole grain bread or biscuits can be taken with milk. Heavy foods that are difficult to digest like fried foods, fast foods, meat, chicken, fish, and raw foods should be completely avoided.
  • Also gargling with salt and water is helpful, as it helps cure cough and throat related problems. Try using vaporizer in this situation as it soothes both cough and cold. One can also use margosa leaves which act as a natural antiviral and prevent the spread of infection.
  • During viral fever, it's very common that the patient loses his appetite. But in this situation, it's very important to take fluid diet and food rich in vitamins and minerals. Apricot juice mixed with one   tablespoon of honey or glucose supplements the body with required minerals and vitamins. Also, you can take grapefruit juice. The extract of raisins is also valuable in case of viral fever.
  • Tulsi leaves when chewed directly or taken in water or tea works wonderfully in this case. 
  • Make sure you drink boiled water. When suffering from viral fever, always consume clean and fresh fruits and vegetables. Always consume home cooked food to prevent the problem from increasing. 
  • You can also take a spoonful of honey mixed with ginger syrup after every meal to cure viral fever.

Feb 6, 2012

Top 13 Tips To Prevent Common Cold!


There's no cure for common cold till date, not even vaccines to prevent it. While a majority of common cold infections aren't life-threatening, its symptoms including sneezing, fever, runny nose, etc, are enough for you wish for an effective pharmaceutical drug cure. Perhaps in the absence of a vaccine or a cure, prevention seems to be the best bet.



Tips to Prevent Common Cold

1.
Frequently washing your hand is critical, especially after a visit to a public place, gym, or contact with a person with cold. Washing hands will wipe off the virus from your hands.



2. If you send kids to a child care or a day care center then choose those which have a policy of keeping sick kids at home.


3. Stay clear from cigarette smoke as it can irritate your airways making you more vulnerable to catching a cold.


4. Disposing off used tissues is important because they can easily contaminate surfaces they come in contact with.


5. If you've been in the proximity of people with cold ensure that you don't touch your face, nose, mouth, or eyes.


6. Keep your stress levels well managed. Studies have shown that stressed out individuals become more vulnerable to catching a cold.


7. If someone in the family is infected then try to use disposable items such as cups and glasses so as to minimize exposure to a utensil laden with a cold virus after being used by an infected person.


8. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle keeps your immune system intact and may make it better equipped to prevent a virus from establishing a cold infection. Your healthy lifestyle may include diet, exercise, rest and sleep, etc.


9. Often cold viruses can thrive for hours at a stretch on door knobs, drawer pulls, keyboards, light switches, telephones, remote controls, etc. As a result, it makes sense to keep these surfaces clean after use by an infected person.


10. Avoid persons afflicted with common cold from sneezing or coughing in your direction. Encourage them to use tissues, which need to be discarded ASAP after use.


11. When someone in the family has cold don't share cloth towels. While generally using separate towels is a healthy practice doing so during colds becomes all the more important. If possible replace cloth towels with disposable paper towels.


12. Avoid close and prolonged contact with a cold sufferer.


13. If any kids in the family have cold, make sure that you clean their toys after use.


Try you best, but if you catch cold don't worry consult your doctor who may advise you or may prescribe medication for alleviating the symptoms of cold and/or you may try alternative medication to make you feel better till your body is able to knock out the virus by itself.


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With no cure in sight for the cold or the flu, current treatments can at best to bring symptomatic relief or shorten the duration of those symptoms. You can take one of variety of medications that may help relieve your symptoms. Or you can take the natural approach. Following are some home remedies that may help you feel better.


Blow your nose often: it is important to blow your nose regularly when you have a cold rather than sucking mucus back into your head.


Stay rested: Resting when you first come down with a cold or the flu helps your body direct its energy towards the immune battle.


Gargle: Gargling can moisten a sore throat and bring temporary relief. Try a teaspoon of salt dissolved in warm water.


Drink hot liquids: Hot liquids relieve nasal congestion, help prevent dehydration.

Take a steamy shower: Steamy showers moisturize your nasal passages & relaxes you.


Use a salve under your nose: A small dab of mentholated salve under your nose can open breathing passages & help soothe the irritated skin at the base of the nose.


Apply hot or cold packs around your congested sinuses: You can soak cloth in hot or cold water for few minutes & apply on the affected areas, this helps you further relieve.

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Jan 31, 2012

Baby Constipation Home Remedies

Babies or infants have their own pattern of bowel movements depending upon their foods, activity and digestion abilities. However, if your child gets constipation, you get to know it if s/he does not have a bowel movement in 3 or more days or has hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass. Treatment for baby constipation can be done by using certain home remedies. Here is a list of such constipation remedies for providing relief to your baby.
  • If your baby has just started taking solid  baby food, it might be a cause of constipation as these foods are low in fiber. Request your doctor to change the baby food brand that might help in constipation treatment of your baby.  With consultation of doctor, switch from rice cereal to barley or oat cereal, or you might add pureed fruits or vegetables to regular cereal.
  • If your baby crawls, motivate her to do a few laps and if she isn't crawling, try pumping her legs gently. This will give her some exercise.
  • Dehydration can be one of the causes for your baby's constipation. Increase the amount of fluid which will also keep her stools soft.
  • Give 1 ounce of prune juice diluted with equal amount of water, twice a day. Alternatively, give  apple juice to your baby.
  • Rub the area surrounding baby's anus with a considerably warm cloth. This helps in relaxing the muscles and allows gas and other matter to escape.
  • Mix a capful of corn syrup in your baby's food to get rid of constipation.
  • Soak 1 tsp Psyllium Husk or Isabgol in a cup of water. Feed 1-2 spoon of this liquid in the food that you give to your baby. This can even be used as a precautionary method for avoiding constipation in babies.
  • Avoid such foods as rice cereal and bananas as they may aggravate constipation. Instead give your baby prunes, apricots, or pears.

Tonsillitis Home Remedies

Tonsillitis
Tonsillitis refers to acute inflammation of the tonsils, which lie, one on each side of the throat. Chronic tonsillitis is a term applied to cases in which there is enlargement of the tonsils accompanied by repeated attacks of infection.

Symptoms:
Major symptoms of tonsillitis are headache, fever, sore throat, pain in several parts, weakness, difficulty in swallowing. Some time patient feels pain in ears. 

Causes of Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is most commonly a result of viral infections, but in around one third of the cases, a bacterial infection may be the cause. It is impossible to recognize the difference between bacterial or viral infections and only medical tests can help identify the exact cause. There are different possible tonsillitis or tonsil stones causes that could include the following:

• Close contact with any individual suffering a tonsillar or pharyngeal infection could increase the risk of developing tonsillitis.
• A prolonged sore throat caused by an infection could at times develop into tonsillitis.
• Sharing of personal items like toothbrushes with an infected person could cause tonsillitis.
Although tonsillitis can occur at any age it is more common among younger children.

Tonsillitis home remedies and natural cures

Tonsillitis treatment using Lime

Lime is one of the most effective remedies in the treatment of acute tonsillitis. A fresh lime squeezed in a glass of warm water, with four teaspoons of honey and a quarter teaspoon of common salt, should be sipped slowly in such cases.

Tonsillitis treatment using Milk

Milk has been found valuable in tonsillitis. A glass of pure boiled milk, mixed with a pinch uf turmeric powder and pepper powder, should be taken every night for three nights in the treatment of this condition. It will bring beneficial results.

Vegetable Juices
Tonsillitis treatment using Vegetable Juices

Juices of carrot, beet, and cucumber, taken individually or in combination, are especially beneficial. The formula proportion recommended, when used in combination is 300 ml of carrot juice, 100 ml of beet juice, and 100 ml of cucumber juice.

Tonsillitis treatment using Banafsha Flowers

Banafsha flowers, botanically known as Viola odorata, are beneficial in the treatment of tonsillitis. About 12 gm of these flowers should be boiled in 50 ml of milk. This milk should be taken hot after being filtered. The filtered banafsha can also be lightly fried in clarified butter and worn round the throat as a poultice at night.

Tonsillitis treatment using Fenugreek Seeds

Chamomile
A gargle made from fenugreek seeds is very effective in severe cases of tonsillitis. To make such a gargle, two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds should be allowed to simmer for half an hour in a litre of water and then set aside to cool. The entire quantity should be used the same day as a soothing gargle. It will have beneficial results.

Remedy for Tonsillitis

Keep in mind that tonsillitis should not be treated lightly and while tonsillitis treatment with home remedies and natural methods may be helpful, medical attention is absolutely necessary. Methods of home treatment can be used as complimentary treatment to facilitate healing and provide relief.

Tonsillitis treatment using Salt water

The best way to prevent tonsil stones is to gargle with salt water. This simple home remedy not only helps in removing the tonsil stones but it also prevents the growth of additional stones. This salt water gargle helps in cleaning out the crypts and food particles lodged inside, thereby arresting the development of new tonsil stones.

Tonsillitis treatment using Chamomile

Chamomile tea along with honey and lemon is a great home remedy for providing relief from the symptoms of tonsillitis.

Tonsillitis treatment using Figs

A paste can be prepared from water and boiled figs and this paste can be applied externally on the throat area to provide a cooling and soothing effect.

Tonsillitis treatment using Alum

Epsom-salt-baths
Purified alum can be used for gargling or powdered alum can be applied over the tonsils to reduce the inflammation.

Other Tonsillitis Treatment

• Warm-Water Enema and Exercises
•  Daily dry friction and a hip bath, as well as breathing and other exercises, should all form part of the daily health regimen. The bowels should be cleansed daily with a warm-water enema during the period of fasting
•  Cold pack and Hot Epsom Salts Bath
  A cold pack should be applied to the throat at two-hourly intervals during the day. A hot Epsom salts bath taken everyday or every other day will also be beneficial.

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