ACNE, BLACKHEADS, AND PIMPLES:
Dab a small amount of toothpaste (paste, not gel) on pimples before bed; this helps dry out the pimples.
Mix equal amounts of lemon juice and rose water, apply to face with a cotton ball, and allow to sit for 30 minutes before
rinsing. 15-20 days of this application helps cure pimples and also helps to remove blemishes and scars.
Apply fresh lemon juice on the affected area overnight. Wash off with warm water next morning.
For acne that hasn't seemed to respond to anything, steep 2-3 tsp. dried basil leaves in 1 cup boiling water for 10-20
minutes, cool, and apply to affected area with a cotton ball.
Avoid drinking tea (regular, not herbal varieties) and coffee immediately after meals, as the tannin present in these
interferes in the absorption of iron from the food.
Drink a cup of herbal tea mixed with 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses each day. This provides 80% of the iron needed in one
Foods high in iron: lean beef, lean pork, skinned poultry, shellfish, fish, liver, organ meats, egg yolks, pinto, kidney,
lima, navy, chick peas, black-eyed peas, lentils, split peas, green peas, spinach, kale, collards, beet greens, chard, broccoli,
raisins, prunes, figs, dates, dried peaches, dried apricots, nuts, peanut butter, whole grain breads.
Your body absorbs iron from meats easier than fruits and vegetables. To aid in the absorption of iron from fruits and
vegetables, eat them with a good source of vitamin C.
A daily serving of fresh fish or fish oil capsules helps to give relief of arthritis and other joint pains.
3-4 walnuts eaten daily, on an empty stomach, will help.
Mix 1 tsp. honey with 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and take it at night before going to bed.
Avoid taking aspirin, as this may invoke an asthma attack.
Boil some cinnamon bark in a cup of water. Store it in a clean bottle in your bathroom. Use it as a mouthwash frequently.
Parsley leaves are rich in chlorophyll, nature's own deodorizer. Chew some leaves regularly and your breath will remain
You can chew some cardamom seeds to sweeten your breath.
BLADDER INFECTION: Take a bag of fresh or frozen cranberries and boil them in water (they will fall apart). Cool and drink.
Don't add sugar! This remedy is also useful for people with kidney problems.
BLADDER STONES: Boil 2 figs in 1 cup of water. Drink daily for a month.
BRUISES: Slice a raw onion and place over the bruise. Do not apply this to broken skin.
COLD AND FLU: Here is a delicious recipe for a cold and flu soup: Sauté 6 crushed cloves of garlic in 1 tsp. vegetable
oil until golden. Pour in a quart of beef or chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and whisk in 2 egg whites. Beat
together 2 egg yolks and 2 Tbls. distilled white vinegar; pour this mixture into the soup. Season with salt and pepper and
top with croutons, if desired.
CONSTIPATION (IN ADULTS):
Eat a few black licorice sticks.
Take apple pectin.
Make sure you're getting enough Folic Acid in your diet.
Drinking ginger tea will help start a bowel movement.
CONSTIPATION (IN SMALL CHILDREN): Soak 6-8 raisins in hot water. When cool, crush well and strain. When given routinely
even to little infants, it helps to regulate bowel movement.
COUGHS AND ASTHMA: Steep 3-4 cloves of garlic in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks. Use several drops at a time, several
times a day for coughs or asthma. Garlic is an exceptional cleanser for the body and has antimicrobial action similar to other
DAMAGED, DRY HAIR: A nourishing conditioner for dry or damaged hair which can be used for all hair types: Separate the
white of an egg from the yolk, whip it to a peak. Add 1 Tbls. water to the yolk and blend until the mixture is creamy. Then
mix the white and yolk together. Wet your hair with warm water, remove the excess moisture, and apply the mixture to your
scalp with your fingertips. Massage gently until the froth is worked into your scalp, then rinse the hair with cool water.
Keep applying the mixture until it is used up and then rinsed until all of the egg is washed away.
DANDRUFF: Pour distilled white vinegar onto the hair, as close to the scalp as you can manage; massage into the scalp;
and allow to dry for several minutes before washing as usual. Repeat daily until the dandruff disappears, usually within a
DARK CIRCLES AROUND EYES: Make a paste out of 1 tsp. tomato juice, 1/2 tsp. lemon juice, a pinch of turmeric powder, and
1 tsp. of flour. Apply around eyes. Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing.
DEPRESSION: 3/4 cup of cooked spinach a day is enough to give dramatic relief from depression if you are deficient in
DIARRHEA: Eat boiled sweet potatoes seasoned with salt and pepper before bedtime to cure chronic diarrhea.
DRY SKIN: Combine 1 cup oatmeal, 1 cup warm water, 1 Tbls. vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup baking soda in a blender or food
processor until you have a smooth paste. Pour this paste under the running water while drawing the bath. Very soothing to
dry, itchy skin.
EARACHE: Steep 1-2 tsp. chamomile flowers in boiling water for 10-15 minutes. Strain out the water, and apply the hot
flowers in a cloth for alleviation of the earache.
ECZEMA: Rub a whole nutmeg against a smooth stone slab with a little water and make a paste. Apply on affected parts.
(Note: It is believed by some rural, old fashioned practitioners that instead of water, one's own early morning saliva can
be used for better results.)
ENERGIZER: Simmer 1 cup honey and 3 cup water together slowly. Allow 1 cup of the water to evaporate. Strain off the top
surface, and put the remaining liquid into a stoneware crock or dark bottle. Put a towel over it so it can breathe, yet be
free of dirt. Place in a cool place. You can add cinnamon, clove, or the juice of 2 lemons, if you like.
EYE PROBLEMS: Simmer 1 cup water and 1 tsp. honey for 5 minutes. Dip a cloth in the liquid and apply to the closed eye.
FACIAL CLEANSER: Mix 2 Tbls. cornstarch, 2 Tbls. glycerin, and 1/2 cup water until smooth. Heat in a small pan placed
in a water bath inside another pan. Heat until thick and clear; it will have the consistency of pudding. Do not boil. Cool
completely, Use in place of soap to cleanse your skin. (If mixture is too thick, you may thin it by adding a little water,
1 Tbls. at a time, until you reach the desired consistency.)
FATIGUE: Take a glass of grapefruit and lemon juice in equal parts to dispel fatigue and general tiredness after a day's
GUM IN HAIR: Soak the gum-coated hair in CokeŽ and it should wipe out easily.
HAIR LIGHTENER: To lighten hair, use 1/4 cup chopped fresh rhubarb to 2 cups boiling water. Cool, strain, and apply as
HANG-OVER: Eat honey on crackers. The fructose in the honey will help to flush out the alcohol in your system.
HAY FEVER: Steep 1 tsp. fenugreek seed in 1 cup water, covered, for 10 minutes. Drink 1 cup a day to help hay fever symptoms.
HEADACHE: Eat 10-12 almonds, the equivalent of two aspirins, for a migraine headache. Almonds are far less likely to upset
HICCUPS: Only 2 remedies have I ever know to actually work. The first listed makes the most sense, since a hiccough is
simply a spasm of the diaphragm, and you need to disrupt this spasm. The second offers no rhyme or reason, but works nonetheless.
Breath in as deeply as you can, then exhale as hard as you can; repeat 10 times; when exhaling the last time, keep the
air pushed out, not taking another breath for as long as you can stand. This normally works the first try, but repeat if necessary.
Be sure to sit down when doing this.
This is a remedy only feasible when sitting at a bar. Have the bartender fill a small glass with club soda. Light a match
and drop it, then drink the water quickly (being careful not to drink the match). It works, but I don't know why!
Drink 1/2 glass water, slowly.
Keep a tsp. of sugar in your month and suck slowly.
Suck 2-3 small pieces of fresh ginger.
Take a large mouthful of water with out swallowing, plug both ears, and slowly begin to swallow the water. Unplug your
ears and you're hiccup free! (Submitted by Mrs T. Falkmann)
Eat a heaping teaspoon of peanut butter all at once. (Submitted by Tracy Pletcher)
Coat area liberally with lotion. Rub with the back of a cold spoon vigorously for as long as you can stand to, changing
out spoon for new cold one every 10 minutes. Recommended time for this treatment is 45-60 minutes. Why it works: a hickey
is a bruise; the discoloration of a bruise is caused by blood accumulating under the skin from broken capillaries; this remedy
breaks up the old blood so it can be reabsorbed by the body more quickly, therefore diminished the discoloration.
Rub white toothpaste over the hickey, allow to dry, and later, wipe it off with a warm facecloth. After a few applications,
the hickey will be faded. Do not use gel toothpaste. (Submitted by Hot Rod Anne.)
INSECT BITES: Mix water with cornstarch into a paste and apply. This is effective in drawing out the poisons of most insect
bites and is also an effective remedy for diaper rash.
MORNING SICKNESS: Mix 1 tsp. each fresh juice of mint and lime, and 1 Tbls. honey. Take 3 times a day.
MOSQUITO BITES: Apply lime juice diluted with water on bites with cotton ball.
MUCUS IN COUGH: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1/2 tsp. each of ginger, ground cloves, and cinnamon. Filter. Sweeten with
1 tsp. honey and drink.
MUSCLE CRAMPS: Apply clove oil on the affected body parts.
NAUSEA: Boil 1/2 cup of rice in 1 cup of water for about 10-20 minutes. After it is boiled, drain the water into a cup
and sip at the rice water until symptoms are gone.
Mix lime juice with honey and water; drink a glass of this every morning.
Mix 3 tsp. lime juice, 1/4 tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. honey, and 1 cup water; drink a glass a day for 3 months.
Mix 1 tsp. lime juice with 1 cup water and drink each morning.
Eat a tomato before breakfast.
OILY SKIN: For oily skin, mix 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal, 1 egg white, 1 Tbls. lemon juice, and 1/2 cup mashed apple into
a smooth paste. Apply to face and leave on 15 minutes. Rinse.
OVERWEIGHT: Effective at getting rid of fat, drink up to 3 cups of green tea daily. Regular tea can also be used with
a lesser effect.
PAIN RELIEVER: Mix 3 Tbls. of honey in boiled water and drink. Honey has natural pain-relieving powers.
SMELLY FEET: Soak feet in strong tea for 20 minutes every day until the smell disappears. To prepare your footbath, brew
two tea bags in 2 1/2 cups of water for 15 minutes and pour the tea into a basin containing two liters of cool water.
SMOKING HABIT: Lick a little salt with the tip of your tongue whenever you feel the urge to smoke. This is said to break
the habit within 1 month.
SORE THROAT: Mix 1 tsp. lime juice and 1 Tbls. honey. Swallow tiny amounts slowly 2-3 times a day.
Lay scotch tape over the splinter and pull off.
Soak the area in vegetable oil for a few minutes before removing with tweezers.
STOMACH ACHE: A simple cure for a stomachache is to dissolve 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon in 1 cup warm water, cover and
let sit for 15 minutes, then drink it like tea. This remedy can also ease diarrhea and flatulence.
Drink coconut water 3-4 times a day.
Have a plateful of watermelon and/or cucumber every hour.
SUNBURN: Mix 2 tsp. tomato juice and 1/4 cup buttermilk. Apply to affected area. Rinse after 1/2 hour.
TOOTHACHE & MOUTH PAIN: To ease toothache or other mouth pain, make a tea by boiling 1 Tbls. fresh peppermint in 1
cup water and adding a little salt. Peppermint is an antiseptic and contains menthol, which relieves pain when applied to
VARICOSE VEINS: Take 2-3 tsp. black strap molasses orally daily. This also treats all kinds of circulatory ailments.
VOMITING AND NAUSEA:
Sucking a piece of ice controls vomiting.
Eat 1/2 tsp. ground cumin seeds.
Cinnamon and sliced ginger work by interrupting nausea signals sent from the stomach to the brain. If you are an herbal
tea drinker, simply sprinkle cinnamon on the tea and drink. To make ginger tea, simmer a few slices of ginger in hot tea water.
WARTS: Try taping a slice of garlic to the wart. Be sure to first protect the surrounding skin with petroleum jelly.
WEAK NAILS: To strengthen and shine nails, combine 2 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. castor oil, and 1 tsp. wheat germ oil and mix thoroughly.
Pour into bottle. Shake before using. To use, rub a small amount into your nails. Leave on 3-5 minutes and tissue off. Follow
up with more plain castor oil, if desired.
WRINKLES & SKIN FRESHENER:
Combine 2 Tbls. vodka, 1 Tbls. fennel seeds, and 1 1/2 tsp. honey. Stir well and allow to sit for 3 days. Strain mixture.
Use full strength or add 2 Tbls. water to dilute. Use a cotton ball to apply to face as a toner.
Apply coconut oil on the portions of skin and face where wrinkles set in and gently massage every night at bed time.
YELLOW TEETH: Mix salt with finely powdered rind of lime. Use this as toothpowder frequently.
Home Remedies For Obesity
ˇ Every morning drink a glass full of water mixed with lime juice and some honey.
ˇ The leaves of jujube or Indian plum are another valuable remedy for obesity. A handful of leaves should be soaked overnight
in water and this water should be taken in the morning, preferably on an empty stomach. This treatment should be continued
for at least one month to achieve beneficial results.
ˇ Mint is very beneficial in losing weight. Have some salads, vegetables with it.
ˇ One or two ripe tomatoes taken early morning as a substitute for breakfast, for a couple of months, are considered a
safe method of weight reduction. They also supply the food elements essential to preserve health.
ˇ Eating 10-12 fully grown curry leaves every morning for 3 to 4 months may be helpful in weight loss for obese and overweight
ˇ Drink a cup of water with 3 teaspoons lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon powdered black pepper, and a teaspoon of honey every
day for three months.
ˇ Cabbage is considered to be an effective home remedy for obesity. It contains a valuable content called tartroric acid,
which inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat.
Home Remedies For Dandruff
ˇ The use of a teaspoon of fresh lime juice for the last rinse, while washing the hair, is another useful remedy. This
not only leaves the hair glowing but also removes stickiness and prevents dandruff.
ˇ aloe vera dandruff cure - with aloe vera gel . About 10-15 minutes before you wash your hair, rub a lot of aloe vera
gel into your scalp. leave it on for 10 minutes, and shampoo your hair like you regulary do. if you do this everyday the dandruff
will stay away.
ˇ Soak fenugreek (methi) seeds in yogurt overnight and apply the curd on your scalp for half an hour before washing in
ˇ Massage the scalp with almond oil. Dip a towel in boiling water and wrap it around the hair. Repeat it thrice or four
times when the towel gets cold.
ˇ Rub olive oil on scalp, let sit for several minutes and wash off.
ˇ Beets have been found useful in dandruff. Both tops and roots should be boiled in water and this water should be massaged
into the scalp with the finger tips every night. White beet is better for this purpose.
ˇ Instead of shampooing, massage handfuls of baking soda into the hair and scalp to absorb oil and to loosen dead skin
on scalp. Rinse thoroughly, use no other shampoos. While initially the hair may seem dry, after several weeks, dandruff will
be gone and hair will be smooth and shiny.
ˇ Mix 100 g witch hazel and 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice in 200 ml water. Shampoo your hair and apply with cotton to
the scalp when the hair are still wet. Repeat several times until the dandruff is treated.
ˇ Make a shampoo by mixing 100 g each of amla (Indian goose berry ), reetha, and shikakai, and boil in two litre of water
until the liquid reduces to half. Use this shampoo for one month. Dandruff will vanish and your hair will become thick.
ˇ Give your hair a hot steam bath. Massage hot oil with a hot damp towel and leave it on the head like a turban so that
the steam can fight dandruff. You may use two towels for this purpose.
ˇ Boil a handful of neem leaves in 4 teacups of water. After cooling and filtering, use for rinsing hair.
Home Remedies For Warts
ˇ The use of castor oil is one of the most important home remedies for warts. This oil should be applied generously over
the affected parts every night. The treatment should be continued for several months.
ˇ Take buckthorn, chaparral, mandrake, mullein, niacin, PABA, red clover, and zinc to eliminate warts.
ˇ Apply the milky juice exuding from the stems of figs and leaves.
ˇ Increase the amount of sulfur-containing amino acids in your diet by eating more asparagus, citrus fruits, eggs, garlic,
ˇ Take a piece of Banana peel and place it yellow side out on the planter's wart. Tape it there over night (24 hours if
you can). Change the peel every 12 to 24 hours until the wart is gone.
ˇ Cut fresh pineapple into thin slices. Apply to warts several times a day until they are gone.
ˇ Apply aloe vera gel, cayenne extract, mandrake tea, or vitamin E oil to affected areas.
ˇ The oil extracted from the shell of the cashewnut is useful in warts as it is a strong irritant to the skin. It should
be applied externally over the affected area in treating this condition.
ˇ Rub wart with white chalk (school chalk). This dries the wart up and it slowly will disappear.
ˇ Use tea tree oil to remove warts. It works. Use it for about 7 to 10 days.
ˇ The herb Indian squill is useful in removing warts. A powder of the bulb of this herb should be applied locally over
the affected area for beneficial results.
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Home Remedies For Toothache
ˇ Dip a swab of clean cotton in clove oil and place it under the aching tooth. It relieves pain instantly. This remedy
helps to decrease infection due to its antiseptic properties.
ˇ Rinse your mouth out with hydrogen peroxide. This will kill the infection.
ˇ Clove oil applied to the cavity of the decayed tooth provides relief.
ˇ Place a piece of raw onion on the tooth.
ˇ Put ice cube on the aching tooth or on the nearest cheek for 15-20 minutes at least 3 or 4 times a day.
ˇ Rinse the mouth with some alcohol, such as vodka, to kill any infection.
ˇ The juice of wheat grass acts as an excellent mouthwash for tooth decay and cures toothaches. Wheat grass can be chewed
with beneficial results. It draws out toxins from the gums and thus checks bacterial growth.
ˇ Burn some turmeric (haldi) sticks, make a fine powder and use as toothpowder.
ˇ Add some lime juice to asafetida (hing) powder. Soak a piece of cotton and hold it on the tooth and gum.
ˇ Boil 3-4 guava tree leaves in water and wait till it becomes luke warm. Make mouth full of this and wait for couple
of seconds. Repeat this and this will relieve the tooth ache.
ˇ Gargle a glassful of water mixed with 1 tsp of salt after each meal and at bedtime.
ˇ Pour a few drops oil of oregano on the paining tooth or gum.
ˇ A mixture of a pinch of pepper powder and a quarter teaspoon of common salt is an excellent dentrifice. Its daily use
prevents dental cavities, foul breath, bleeding from the gums, painful gums, and toothaches. It cures the increased sensitiveness
of the teeth. A pinch of pepper powder mixed with clove oil can be put on the cavities to alleviate the toothache.
ˇ Asafoetida grounded in lemon juice cures dental ache. Heat the solution, soak a cotton swab and place it in the cavity
of the tooth to relieve pain quickly.
Home Remedies For Sunburn
ˇ For sun tanning, use lotion with PABA to minimize sunburn risk while still tanning the skin.
ˇ Drink plenty of fluids to keep your body hydrated, and to replace the lost by the sunburn.
ˇ Make a paste of Barley, turmeric and yogurt in equal proportions. Apply it over the area of sunburns.
ˇ Add 20 drops lavender and chamomile essential oil for a cool and soothing bath.
ˇ Grated cucumber can be applied all over the face. The juice is good for the skin around eyes too. Helps to tighten the
skin and has a cooling and refreshing effect.
ˇ A thin paste of sandalwood applied to the sunburn area is beneficial
ˇ Wash the affected area with an antibacterial soap to prevent secondary infection.
ˇ Apply cold aloe vera gel, apple cider vinegar, or plantain to help heal sunburn.
ˇ Add a little lemon juice to milk and apply with cotton wool. Mayonnaise can also be applied by itself. It helps to soothe
ˇ Add 20 drops of urtica urens tincture in four ounces of water and bathe the bruised area. This would provide relief
from the itchy and prickly skin sensation.
ˇ Before and after showering apply coconut or neem oil on your body.
ˇ When you are swimming in the sea, or in an open-air pool, remember to apply sunscreen before and after your swim.
ˇ Make a paste of Barley, turmeric and yogurt in equal proportions. Apply it over the area of sunburns for sunburn relief.
Home Remedies For Sore Throat
ˇ Gargle with warm salt water.
ˇ Mango bark is efficacious in the treatment of a sore throat and other throat disorders. Its fluid, which is extracted
by grinding, can be applied locally with beneficial results. It can also be used as a throat gargle. This gargle is prepared
by mixing 10 ml of the fluid extract with 125 ml of water.
ˇ Add enough honey to balance the lemon juice and make it drinkable (maybe a tablespoon). This also helps soothe the throat.
ˇ Chives and scallions are helpful for a soar throat when simmered in water for 5 minutes. Drink as a tea.
ˇ Tamarind is also beneficial in the treatment of this condition. Tamarind water should be used as a gargle. A powder
of the dry leaves and an infusion of the bark can also be used for preparation of a gargle for treating sore throat.
ˇ An old home remedy for sore throats. Add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, a pinch of cayenne pepper, juice of 1/4
a lemon, and 1 teaspoon of honey to a cup. Add 1 cup of hot water and stir. Drink up to 4 cups a day.
ˇ Betony is a useful astringent which reduces inflammation. Make a tea and use as a gargle.
ˇ Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.
ˇ Boil some pomegranate rinds and drink as a tea. The pomegranate contains astringents.
ˇ Once you get rid of the sore throat, get rid of your toothbrush, it may give you the sore throat again, and you don't
want to get it back, so time to go to the drugstore and get a new one.
ˇ Boil a pint of water and add ˝ teaspoon of powdered goldenseal root. Drink hot. Goldenseal is well known for its antibiotic
Symptoms for GERD
The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn, generally after meals. When heartburn is very frequent or causes more severe
problems then it is medically called GERD.
Apart from heartburn some other symptoms of GERD are regurgitation of gastric acid or sour contents into the mouth, difficulty
while swallowing anything and pain in the chest. Some GERD patients may also experience pulmonary manifestations like coughing,
asthma and inflammation in vocal chords accompanied by wheezing. GERD can also cause dissolution of tooth enamel if the acid
reaches the mouth. It can also cause sore throat.
Causes for GERD
Lower esophageal sphincter relaxes abnormally
When we swallow any food stuff or liquid, the lower esophageal sphincter relaxes temporarily so that the food stuff or
the liquid can reach the stomach. If the lower esophageal sphincter relaxes abnormally it causes gastric acid to reflux, causing
heart burn. In GERD patients the lower esophageal sphincter relaxes more frequently, causing severe heart burn and other complications.
Sometimes obesity and pregnancy can also cause GERD.
Remedies for GERD
Drink small amounts of chilled fat free milk or water after every one or two hours. This will make the burning sensation
mild. Drink jeera (cumin) water rather than plain water, it avoids formation of gas in stomach. Take ginger root extract with
honey after meal.
Remedies for Heartburn
If you experience heartburn then have a cup of vanilla ice cream to relieve yourself from the symptom. Lemons, almonds
and cloves are also effective for heart burn.
Diet for GERD
Avoid spicy and fried foods because they aggravate the symptoms. If possible take few small meals several times in a day,
instead of large ones. Avoid alcohol, smoking, carbonated beverages, tomato sauce, onion, garlic, citrus fruits and chocolates
all these contribute to GERD. Sedatives, channel blockers used for high blood pressure and tranquilizers can also aggravate
the condition. Avoid orange juice on an empty stomach.
Suggestion for GERD
If GERD is left untreated then it can cause permanent damage to the esophagus. Never lie down immediately after meal.
If you have severe complaint then avoid wearing tight clothes and belts. Use some extra pillows while sleeping to raise your
head six to eight inches high.
Intestinal Worms treatment using Coconut
Among the numerous home remedies found beneficial in the treatment of intestinal worms, the use of coconut is most effective.
It is an ancient remedy for expelling all kinds of intestinal worms. A tablespoon of freshly ground coconut should be taken
at breakfast, followed by 30 to 60 ml of castor oil mixed with 250 to 375 ml of lukewarm milk after three hours. This process
may be repeated till the cure is complete.
Intestinal Worms treatment using Garlic
Garlic has been used from ancient times by the Chinese, Greeks, Romans, Indians, and Babylonians for expelling intestinal
worms. It is still used by modern medical practitioners for the same purpose. Both fresh garlic and its oil are effective.
An ancient method of its administration was to place a couple of cloves fresh garlic in each shoe. As the person walked, the
cloves got crushed, and the worm-killing garlic oil was absorbed by the skin and carried by the blood into the intestines
easily, as it possessed a powerful penetrative force. This ancient method is worth a trial by those who do no not like the
taste of garlic and cannot eat it. Those who can eat raw garlic, however, should chew three cloves of garlic every morning.
Intestinal Worms treatment using Carrot
Carrots are valuable in the elimination of threadworms among children as they are offensive to all parasites. A small
cup of grated carrot taken every morning, with no other food added to the meal, can clear these worms quickly.
Intestinal Worms treatment using Papaya
The digestive enzyme papain in the milky juice of the unripe papaya is a powerful agent for destroying roundworms. A tablespoon
of the fresh juice of an unripe papaya, and an equal quantity of honey should be mixed with three to four tablespoons of hot
water and taken as a dose by an adult. This should be followed two hours later by a dose of 30 to 60 ml of castor oil mixed
in 250-375 ml of lukewarm milk. This treatment should be repeated for two days if necessary. For children between seven to
ten years of age, half the above doses should be given. For children under three years, a tablespoon is sufficient. Papaya
seeds are also useful for this purpose. They are rich in a substance called caricin which is a very effective medicine for
expelling roundworms. The seeds should be powdered and taken in doses of one teaspoon with one cup of milk or water daily
in the morning on an empty stomach. The alkaloid carpaine found in papaya leaves also has the power to destroy or expel intestinal
worms. An infusion can be made by pouring 250 ml of boiling water over 15 gm of dry leaves. This can be taken with honey.
Intestinal Worms treatment using Pomegranate
The bark, both of the root and the stems of the pomegranate tree, is well known for its anthelmintic properties of destroying
parasitic worms. The bark of the root is, however, preffered as it contains a greater quantity of the alkaloid punicine than
the bark of the stem. This alkaloid is highly toxic to tapeworms. A cold decoction of the bark, preferably fresh bark, should
be given in quantities of 90 to 180 ml three times, at intervals of one hour, to an adult. A purgative should be given after
the last dose. The dose for children is 30 to 60 ml. The decoction is also used for expelling tapeworms.
Intestinal Worms treatment using Pumpkin
The seeds of ripe pumpkin are useful in intestinal worms, especially tapeworms. One tablespoon of the seeds should be
peeled and crushed, and then infused in 250 ml of boiling water and drunk. This will kill the parasites and help in expelling
the tapeworms. It will be necessary to fast for a day and empty the intestines by taking the juice of boiled dry prunes. The
next day, three or four tumblers of the pumpkin seed infusion should be taken.
Intestinal Worms treatment using Wormwood
The herb wormwood is an ancient cure for expelling intestinal worms. It was extensively used by the Greeks and Romans
for this purpose. The flowering tops have been and are, to this day, largely used in the Tibbi (Unani) system of medicine
in India as a drug to kill intestinal worms. They are usually powdered and given in eight to sixteen gram doses daily for
roundworms and tapeworms. The oil distilled from this plant also possesses the property to kill worms.It should be mixed with
olive oil, the latter being eight times the weight of the former.This mixture can be given in doses of 50 to 100 ml for this
purpose. An infusion of the herb can also be prepared by mixing 2 ml of wormwood oil in 120 ml of water, and be given as an
enema for killing worms in the rectum.
Intestinal Worms treatment using Belleric Myroblan
The herb belleric myroblan, mixed with the seeds of the herb butea ( palas ) on a 50:50 basis is an excellent anthelmintic.
It should be given in doses of one teaspoon thrice a day. It helps remove all intestinal parasites. The seeds of butea can
also be administered alone with beneficial results in expelling intestinal worms. One teaspoon of seeds may be given either
in the form of powder or paste with one teaspoon of honey, thrice daily. They are specially beneficial in the treatment of
roundworms and tapeworms.
Intestinal Worms treatment using Vasaka
The leaves, bark, rout-bark, fruit, and the flowers of vasaka tree also help in removing intestinal parasites. A decoction
of the root and bark can be prepared by boiling 30 gm of the root and bark in 500 ml of water, till it is reduced by one-third.
This decoction may be given in doses of 30ml twice or thrice daily for two or three days. The juice of the fresh leaves can
also be used in doses of a teaspoon thrice a day for three days.
Intestinal Worms treatment using Calamus
Another valuable remedy for expelling intestinal worms is the herb calamus. The bitter element in this herb, acorin, is
Intestinal Worms diet
The treatment for intestinal worms should begin with diet. The patient should be kept on an exclusive fresh-fruit diet
for four or five days.
Thereafter, he may adopt a well-balanced light diet consisting mainly of fruits, vegetables, milk, and wholemeal bread.
Exclude fatty foods such as cream, oil, butter
The diet should exclude fatty foods such as butter, cream, and oil, and all flesh foods.
Short fast of raw fruit and vegetable juices
In some cases, the all-fruit diet may have to he repeated at intervals and in obstinate cases, the patient should resort
to a short fast of raw fruit and vegetable juices.
Other intestinal worms treatment
During the all-fruit or fasting period, the bowel should be cleansed daily with a warm-water enema.
Exact cause of a leg cramp is extremely difficult to pinpoint
The exact cause of a leg cramp is extremely difficult to pinpoint, some of the factors leading to the same are as follows
Muscle fatigue due to overexertion
Electrolyte, hormonal or fluid imbalances
Side effects of certain medicines such as diuretics.
An unusual or a different exercise than what is done normally.
Diminished blood supply.
Nerve and muscle diseases.
Massaging the muscle
What to do when you get a leg cramp?
Stretch the sore muscle, follow your instinct, your body will automatically guide you in the correct manner.
Massage the cramped muscle gently in the natural direction of the muscle. This helps relax the contraction and ease the
A hot shower or warm bath is a good way to relax the muscle.
Use cold packs on the affected muscle. This relaxes the tensed muscles.
For a cramped calf muscle, stretch and massage the leg by straightening it and pointing the toes upward, towards the head.
Use a warm towel or heating pad to alleviate pain or tenderness following a cramp.
Diet rich in potassium and calcium
Increase water consumption to stay well hydrated throughout the day.
Potassium and calcium rich foods will keep the level of these two much required nutrients at optimum levels preventing
Stay hydrated during work
Some preventive measures -
Dehydration causes leg cramps. It is especially important to stay well hydrated during workouts.
Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after exercising.
Stretching prior to starting your exercise routine is extremely important.
Stretches help relax muscles and thus prevent leg cramps.
When beginning a workout regime, it is imperative that you do so gradually. A sudden increase or changes in physical activity
levels can cause leg cramps. Keep rolled up bed sheets or blankets at your feet to prevent your toes and feet from pointing
downward while you are asleep. Riding a stationary bicycle for a few minutes before bedtime could prevent cramps from developing
during the night.
Major cause of flatulence is swallowed air
Swallowed air, though this is a major cause of flatulence, it could still be a reason. Some people swallow air as a matter
of habit, this condition is referred to as Aerophagia. While the oxygen present in the air thus inhaled is absorbed by the
body, the nitrogen is expelled in flatus as it is poorly absorbed by the mucous lining.
Presence of excessive amounts of bacteria in the intestines
Consumption of large amounts of fibrous foods
Consumption of products that contain malt extracts
Digestive disorders that affect the GI tract such as gastroenteritis.
Irritable bowel syndrome
Irregular bowel movements or constipation.
Food or water that may be prepared under unhygienic conditions.
A high-fat diet generates a huge amount of carbon dioxide, some of which is released as flatulence or gas.
Odorous flatulence is caused due to the metabolic breakdown of sulfur-containing proteins and amino acids in the intestines.
Persistent bloating and flatulence that is present consistently over a period may be an indication of a serious medical
condition such as colorectal cancer. This may need deeper investigation and treatment.
Fat malabsorption could be another cause for flatulence. This problem produces loose and light-colored stools accompanied
Tested methods for treating flatulence
Gas or flatulence can to a great extent be remedied at home using kitchen cures.
Here are some of the tried and tested methods for treating the breaking wind problem -
*Mix 1/2 tsp of dry ginger powder with a pinch of asafoetida and a pinch of rock salt in a cup of warm water. Drink this
concoction to get relief from gas.
*Mix 2 tsp of brandy with a cup of warm water and drink this before going to bed.
*Chew on some fresh ginger slices that are soaked in lime juice after meals.
*A drop of dill oil in a tsp of honey taken immediately after a meal should be of great help.
*Dry grind 1 tsp of pepper, 1 tsp of dry ginger and 1 tsp of green cardamom seeds. Add 1/2 tsp of this mixture to water
and drink after 1 hour after meal.
*Chewing peppermint after a meal does a lot more than just freshening your breath. Peppermint contains menthol that soothes
the digestive muscles. It helps in treating flatulence, bloating and abdominal pain that accompanies gas. Peppermint oil combined
with caraway oil has been used since ages to treat abdominal discomfort caused by flatulence.
Avoid foods which produce gas when consumed
*If flatulence is a major problem, a look at your diet is important. There are foods that inherently produce gas when
consumed. You must take care to avoid such foods. These include foods such as beans, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower,
broccoli, yeast-containing foods such as breads and cheese.
*Carbonated drinks produce gas too.
*High carbohydrate content in oats and potatoes make them the culprits for gas.
*Foods that produce negligible amounts of gas are rice, bananas, citrus, grapes, hard cheese, meat, eggs, peanut butter,
non-carbonated beverages and yogurt made with live bacteria.
*Eat smaller meals
*Eating smaller meals is a good idea rather than consuming a large meal at a time.
*Avoid meals containing a large amount of monounsaturated and essential fats.
*Chewing the food slowly and steadily is important. Avoid swallowing or gulping down food. Properly masticated food is
*Regular exercise such as walks keeps the intestinal muscles in ship shape. Regular bowel movements keep the levels of
gas producing bacteria low resulting in less flatulence.
Pain and stiffness in the joints, anaemia, colitis.
The main symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain and stiffness in the joints. The pain usually increases after exercise. Rheumatoid
arthritis is often called the 'cooked food disease'. lt usually develops gradually over several months, with persistent pain
and stiffness in one or more joints. Ultimately the whole body is affected. Symptoms include anaemia, colitis, constipation,
deformed hands and feet.
Cause of Arthritis
Structural changes in the articular cartilage in the joints
Osteoarthritis results from structural changes in the articular cartilage in the joints, usually those which are weight-bearing,
such as the spine and knees.
Hormonal imbalance, physical and emotional stress
Rheumatoid arthritis is due to an inflammation of the synovium or lining of the joints. This is accompanied by swelling
and eventually leads to deformity. The condition may be caused by hormonal imbalance, physical and emotional stress, infection,
severe fright, shock, and injury.
Hereditary factors may also be responsible for the onset of this disease.
Home Remedies for Arthritis
Arthritis treatment using Potato Juice
The raw potato juice therapy is considered one of the most successful biological treatments for rheumatic and arthritic
conditions. It has been used in folk medicine for centuries. The traditional method of preparing potato juice is to cut a
medium-sized potato into thin slices, without peeling the skin, and place the slices overnight in a large glass filled with
cold water. The water should be drunk in the morning on an empty stomach. Fresh juice can also be extracted from potatoes.
A medium-sized potato should be diluted with a cup of water and drunk first thing in the morning.
Arthritis treatment using Other Raw Juices
One cup of green juice, extracted from any green leafy vegetable, mixed in equal proportions with carrot, celery, and
red beet juices is good for arthritis. The alkaline action of raw juices dissolves the accumulation of deposits around the
joints and in other tissues. A cup of fresh pineapple juice is also valuable, as the enzyme bromelain in fresh pineapple juice
reduces swelling and inflammation in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Arthritis treatment using Sesame Seeds
A teaspoon of black sesame seeds, soaked in a quarter cup of water and kept overnight, has been found to be effective
in preventing frequent joint pains. The water in which the seeds are soaked should also be taken along with the seeds first
thing in the morning.
Arthritis treatment using Copper
Drinking water kept overnight in a copper container accumulates traces of copper, which is said to strengthen the muscular
system. A copper ring or bracelet is worn for the same reason.
Arthritis treatment using Calcium
Studies have shown that calcium can help arthritis. Several patients have discovered that joint pains have either been
relieved or have disappeared entirely after taking calcium. This mineral should be taken in the form of calcium lactate. Two
teaspoons of calcium lactate, each teaspoon providing 400 mg of absorbable calcium, may be taken three times daily in water,
before meals for at least four months.
Arthritis treatment using Garlic
Garlic is another effective remedy for arthritis. It contains an anti-inflammatory property which accounts for its effectiveness
in the treatment of this disease. Garlic may be taken raw or cooked according to individual preference.
Arthritis treatment using Bananas
Bananas, being a rich source of vitamin B6, have proved useful in the treatment of arthritis. A diet of only bananas for
three or four days is advised in treating this condition. The patient may eat eight or nine bananas daily during this period
and nothing else.
Arthritis treatment using Lime
Lime has also been found beneficial as a home remedy for arthritis. The citric acid found in lime is a solvent of uric
acid which is the primary cause of some types of arthritis. The juice of one lime, diluted with water, may be taken once a
day, preferably first thing in the morning.
Arthritis treatment using Alfalfa
A tea made from the herb alfalfa, especially from its seeds, has shown beneficial results in the treatment of arthritis.
One teaspoon of alfalfa seeds may be added to one cup of water. Three to four cups of this tea should be taken daily by arthritics
for at least two weeks.
Arthritis treatment using Green Gram Soup
Another home remedy found useful in relieving pains in the joints is the use of green gram soup. This soup should be prepared
by mixing a tablespoon of green gram in a cup of water, with two crushed garlic cloves. It should be taken twice a day.
Arthritis treatment using Castor Oil
Treatment with castor oil has been found beneficial in arthritis. The procedure, as prescribed by a Spanish doctor, is
to boil two tablespoons of castor oil over a stove burner. The oil should then be poured into a glass of fresh orange juice
and taken before breakfast daily till the disease is cured. It was advised to patients to take it for three weeks, wait for
another three weeks and then repeat it again for another three weeks. It is, however, essential that the patient must take
an alkaline diet while adopting this mode of treatment otherwise the value of the treatment will be lost.
Arthritis treatment using Coconut or Mustard Oil
Warm coconut oil or mustard oil, mixed with two or three pieces of camphor should be massaged on stiff and aching joints.
It will increase blood supply, and reduce inflammation and stiffness with the gentle warmth produced while massaging. Camphorated
oil is an ancient rubefacient used for the purpose.
Take fruits and vegetables in the form of salads
The diet of an arthritis patient should be planned so as to produce alkalinity in the blood. It should include fruits
and vegetables in the form of salads, and, at least, two cooked vegetables. In severe cases, it would be advisable to put
the patient on raw vegetable juice therapy three times a day, for about a week. Repeated juice fasts are recommended at intervals
of every two months.
Other Arthritis treatments
Keep body warm, don't bandage joints
The body should be kept warm at all times . Joints should not be bandaged tightly as this limits movement and interferes
with the free circulation of blood.
Take rest, should have plenty of indirect ventilation
There should be plenty of indirect ventilation in the bedroom. Rest is advised when there is acute inflammation in the
Sea bathing has been found valuable in arthritis. The natural iodine in sea water is said to relieve arthritis pain. As
is well known, Iodine regulates the acid-alkaline balance in the blood and tissues, helps to repair and regenerate worn out
tissues and nourishes the skeletal structure. It enters into the thyroid gland's secretion. The hormone uses the iodine to
cleanse the internal toxins. If sea bathing is not possible, the patient should relax for thirty minutes every night in a
tub of warm water, in which a cup of common salt has been mixed. The minerals in the salt, especially Iodine, will be absorbed
through the pores of the skin. This will help correct an internal imbalance.