Saturday, January 5, 2008


Here are a few time tested home remedies for common diseases you can try for better health . Know of others? Write to us and we will share with all and give you the credit.

To keep fevers at bay, have 2 -3 Tulsi leaves daily in the morning. Tulsi leaves should be swallowed and not chewed as they are strong enough to damage teeth.
In fever have 1 teaspoon of juice of tulsi leaves and bel flowers with honey twice a day.

Cough Mix 1½ teaspoon of ginger juice with half teaspoon of honey and take 2 -3 times a day.
Take 1 teaspoon of Tulsi leaves juice 1 -2 times a day.
Mix black pepper powder with jaggery (gur) and make small balls. Keep in mouth and suck slowly.

Wet cough
Fry 2 teaspoon of leaf pulp of Aloe vera in half teaspoon of ghee. Eat with a little honey thrice a day for 3 days.

Take juice of 2 lemons in half a litre of hot water sweetened with honey.

For A Glowing Face
Incase of pimples apply 2 drops of lemon juice mixed with 2 drops of rose water. Wash after an hour if required. Paste of neem leaves may also be applied on acne prone area. Apply juice of pudina (fresh mint) on face or paste of nutmeg ( jaiphal) to cure pimples. Pimples disappear without scar when rubbed with raw garlic several times a day.
Apply a paste of neem powder and fresh turmeric rhizome on face before bath for glowing skin and to remove scars.
Add 2 drops of lemon / orange juice to a spoon of honey and apply on face to remove tan.
Apply pulp of Aloe vera mixed with turmeric powder on face to improve complexion. Applying a paste of tulsi leaves on face also does wonders.
Mix Aloe vera gel, paste of marigold flowers, lemon juice, orange juice and massage on face for a few minutes and leave on for half an hour.

Dark Circle around Eyes
Apply a paste of 1 spoon tomato juice, few drops of lemon juice, a pinch of haldi powder and little besan ( gram flour). Wash after 10 - 15 minutes.
Soak cotton wool in cucumber or potato juice and apply around eyes.

Hair Related
Eat plenty of amla (gooseberry) as it is a rich source of vitamin C to reduce hairfall. Eating amla powder before sleeping is especially beneficial.
Apply pulp of amla on scalp or wash hair with amla juice to prevent hair greying and falling. Paste of tulsi leaves can also be mixed in this.
Soak shredded ginger in honey. Eat a spoonful every morning for healthy hair.
Apply pulp of Aloe vera on scalp improving hair's strength and texture. Wash.
Make your own herbal hair wash by mixing equal powdered quantities of dried curry patta, lemon peel, shikakai, methi (fenugreek seeds), and green gram (moong saboot).
Use instead of shampoo.
Crush leaves of the five petaled red Hibiscus and apply on head as a shampoo to reduce hair falling.

Dandruff Soak 2 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds ( methi dana ) in water overnight. In morning grind into a paste and apply over scalp. Wash after half an hour.

Bad Breath
Chew fennel seeds ( saunf) or cardamom seeds ( illaichi) frequently to sweeten your breath.
Use neem twigs as tooth paste.

Eat plenty of curry patta leaves to improve digestion.
Add a pinch of pepper powder and jeera (cumin) powder to a glass of buttermilk. Have after meals.
Make paste of ginger and eat before meals with jaggery.
Incase of gas, dissolve a little hing (asafoetida) in hot water. Apply on abdomen.
Take pomegranate juice with roasted cumin seeds powder and jaggery.
Take juice of Ginger with jaggery

Take 1 –3 tsp of Trifala powder with warm water at bedtime. Trifala is the mixture of 3 fruits: Amla, Harada and Bahera.
Ripe Bael fruit (stone apple) is an excellent laxative. It can be taken as a juice or eaten for 2 -3 months.
Pulp from fruits of Amaltas ( Cassia fistula) are also well known laxative and can be taken by even children. Soak about 50gms of pulp overnight in water. Strain and take in morning with sugar.
Take a hot glass of water with 1 teaspoon honey & juice of half a lemon first thing in the morning.

Take a piece of jaggery (gur) every hour. Just keep in mouth and suck slowly till acidity subsides.
Suck a piece of clove / laung after meals for 2 - 3 days.
Juice of harad (Terminalia chebula) is effective in neutralizing acid in stomach.
Have triphala powder with honey thrice a day. Drink coconut water 3 - 4 times a day.
Make decoction of fruit cover of Pomegranate. Take ½ cup with honey three times a for 7 days

Take 1 teaspoon of neem leaf powder twice daily with milk / hot water.
Dry the ripe fruit bark of anar (pomegranate) fruit in shade and crush to fine powder. Take 1 teaspoon with water in evening and morning for 3 days.
Taking half-teaspoon ground seeds of papaya with water for 3 to 4 days.

Local Burns
Wash affected area with running tap water and apply a thin layer of honey or Aloe vera gel.
Apply curry leaves as poultice over affected areas.

Take pulp of Aloe vera by splitting open leaf . Apply over wound after cleaning it. Repeat twice daily till wound heals. For chronic wounds, sprinkle turmeric powder on pulp. Place it on wound and bandage.

Cracks on Feet soles
Mix henna powder with a little lemon juice and apply on the feet.
Grind equal amount of neem leaves and haldi and apply.

Insect Bites
Apply a paste of sandalwood or tulsi leaves on affected area.

Juice of beetroot, apple or spinach 1 -2 times a day are good remedies for anaemia.
Foods rich in iron are leafy green vegetables like spinach (paalak), salad leaves and fenugreek ( methi), bananas, apple, pomegranate, carrots, grapes, gooseberry (amla), tomatoes, honey. Have plenty of them.

For General Good Health
Eat amla fruits (gooseberry) or drink it's juice to increase body's immunity.
Make several holes / cut in amla fruits (gooseberry) and keep in honey for a month. Eat daily when you can not have fresh amla.

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