Sunday, 2 October 2011

Simple home remedies for healthy living Part 2

For natural home remedies, the kitchen is a great place to start. It has almost all the medicines you would possible need at least, to deal with common ailments. All this at no or negligible cost, purity, without side effects and dollops of TLC (tender, loving care)! It is just a little awareness and understanding that you need to make the best out of it. Using home remedies is much easier than going to a pharmacy for medicine to relieve a particular symptoms like headache, insomnia, indigestion. In the first Part 1, we were looking into the wonders of natural ingredients from our pantry and now we will see more of natural ingredients wonders from our kitchen, garden that heals us naturally.

1. Used Tea bags -

Keep the used tea bags in the refrigerator for 15 minutes and use it on your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes to remove the puffiness and to give natural sparkle to your eyes. Dispose the bag later.

2. Cucumber -

Eating cucumber cools our body naturally. Cucumber can be eaten as raw, added to salad preparation, and made as juice with little bit mint leaves and ginger is power packed as energy drink. Cut cucumber into thin round slice and keep it on your closed eyes for 20 minutes. Your eyes will thank you for that!

3.Milk -

Milk acts as a natural moisturiser on the skin. During winter, dab cotton wool with warm milk (honey can be added with turmeric powder), and gently apply it on the face and massage your face with clean fingers in circular motion and wash it off with warm water. You will see instant difference and regular application before going to bed will smoothen dry skin.If Goats milk is available use goat's milk instead of cows milk. Goat milk is loaded with calcium, phosphorous, naturally occurring sodium, potassium, magnesium, Vitamin A,  Vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3 and B-12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, Choline, and many other trace elements. It is suitable for all skin types particularly skin affected by eczema and psoriosis.

4. Hibiscus flower/leaves - 

As a child, I used to have thick and lustrous hair. Thanks to my mother who prepared herbal hair oil using pure coconut oil, dried hibiscus flower and leaves, fenugreek seeds etc. Hibiscus flower prevents hair loss and premature hair greying. The flower crushed and made as a paste can be added to boiled water and used as natural conditioner. It provides rich lather and silkiness to your hair.

5. Aloe Vera - 

Aloe vera has got numerous medicinal properties. It can be used all over the body and can be taken internally also as pure aloe vera juice.  Aloe vera gel can be applied on sun burnt area on the skin to provide instant relief. It has got use as spot application for insect bites.

6. Lavender - 
Aroma from Lavender brings calmness to our mind. It promotes sound sleep. Crush few lavender buds using your palms and inhale the smell to promote sound sleep. Pure lavender oil can be mixed with carrier oil (sweet almond oil, coconut oil). Use it to massage your body and scalp. It has got soothing effect.Lavender nourishes your skin and has got mild anti-bacterial effect.

7. Fenugreek seed - 

To relieve periods cramps, take a teaspoon of Fenugreek and add to boiling water. Allow it to infuse for  three minutes. Dink the infused water to relieve the cramps. It helps Lactating mothers to increase milk supply.

Although most people do not experience problems while taking fenugreek, it is possible for side effects to occur. Indigestion or heartburn, diarrhea, and gas or bloating may occur, but are not typically serious. However, there are some potentially serious side effects of fenugreek that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider, including signs of an allergic reaction or internal bleeding.

8. Cinnamon sticks - 

Cinnamon sticks not only used in cooking, but can be crushed and put in a small organza bag to be used as linen sachet. It prevents bugs from invading your linen cupboard. Aroma from Linen cupboard is uplifting.

9. Holy Basil - 

Most of the Indian homes has holy basil plant. It is associated with purity, divinity and the plant is worshiped by women of the household everyday by watering it and decorating the pot. The pot is in which it is grown is decorated with turmeric and by lighting a lamp in front of the plant. Holy basil leaves infused in boiling water can be drunk to cure cough and common cold. Holy basil can be bade as paste with water and applied to skin affected by insect bites. It has got anti-bacterial and anti-septic qualities.

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