"Common Cold also known as acute coryza, is an inflammation of the
upper respiratory tract caused by infection with common cold viruses.
Lemon is the best home remedy for cold. One Lemon should be diluted
in a glass of warm water. A teaspoon of Honey should be added to this
water. One should take this drink twice a day. Use of Garlic, ginger
and turmeric are highly valuable during cold.
Cough is caused due to distraction in the air passages of lungs by
cells, secreting mucus. It may be caused by inflammation of the
larynx or the pharynx. Grape juice mixed with a teaspoon of Honey is
an effective home remedy to treat cough. Almonds are also useful.
Seven pieces are soaked in water overnight. Then the brown skin is
removed and a paste is made. This paste should be taken twice a day.
Constipation is a common disturbance of the digestive tract, leading
to difficulty in elimination of the hard faecal matter.
Fruits like bel, Grapes, Pears, Guava, Orange and Papaya are
beneficial in the treatment of constipation.
Dandruff refers to the condition of the skin wherein shiny, silvery
scales separate from the scalp and collect amidst the hair.
The use of Fenugreek seeds is the most effective remedy in the
treatment of dandruff. Two tablespoons should be soaked overnight in
milk or water and grounded into a fine paste in the morning. This
paste is applied over the scalp for half an hour. Then the hair is
washed with lime water and soap-nut (ritha) solution removing
stickiness and prevents dandruff.
Headaches are caused by temporary upsets and are not related to
organic changes in the brain.
There are various remedies from headaches varying from the types of
headaches. For nervous headache, a herb called marjoram is
beneficial. For headaches resulting from cold, Rosemary is boiled in
water, then the head is covered with a towel and the patient inhales
steam. Cinnamon is useful in headaches caused by exposure to cold
air. Its paste is applied to obtain relief. Apples and Lemon are
valuable in all types of headaches.
Diarrhea is characterized by more than three watery stools in a
single day. The most effective home remedy for diarrhoea is
Buttermilk. It is taken with a pinch of salt three or four times a
day. With this a teaspoon of boiled Fenugreek seeds fried in butter
is also taken. One of the best remedies is fresh or dry ginger taken
along with rock salt. If the patient develops weakness, Pomegranate
juice is taken on account of its astringent properties. White rice
with curd is valuable in diarrhea.
Low Blood Pressure refers to the fall in blood pressure below normal.
Beetroot juice is an effective remedy for blood pressure. Indian
spikenard is another effective home remedy. It should be taken in
doses of 30-40 grains with a pinch of Camphor and Cinnamon. Until the
blood pressure reaches normal the patient should take salty foods and
half a teaspoon of salt in water daily.
High Blood Pressure is caused by the increasing industrialized and
metropolitan environments, due to which mental and physical pressures
are caused. Garlic is an effective means of lowering blood pressure.
Indian Gooseberry (amla) is another effective remedy for high blood
pressure. A tablespoon of fresh amla juice mixed with Honey, should
be taken every morning. Lemon, a rich source of vitamin, is essential
for preventing capillary fragility. Rice is a prefect diet for high
Anaemia is caused due to a fall in the quantity of haemoglobin.
Vitamin B12 cures anemia. It is found mainly in animal protein.
Other remedies are Beets, Fenugreek, Lettuce, Spinach, Soyabean,
Almond, Honey and Sesame seeds. These have a rich source of iron.
Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. It is a chronic disease
process and occurs in the form of Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid
Potato juice and other raw juices are considered to be a successful
biological treatment for arthritic conditions. To prepare Potato
juice, cut a medium sized Potato into thin slices and place them in a
large glass of water overnight. The water should be drunk in the
morning empty stomach.
Well, forget the quick trip to the all night chemist. Look in your
fridge. It's full of medicine and first aid treatments. Foods have
been used as medicines for thousands of years. They are safe to use
and readily available.
Honey has a long history of healing. It relieves coughs and helps
fight off colds and fevers. Take it with lemon as a cough reliever
or as a hot lemon drink for colds. Its antiseptic properties make it
perfect for external healing as well. Placed on wounds and ulcers it
can help speed up the healing process, while fighting off any
infection. Pus and poisons can be drawn out with honey, making it
idea for pimples, boils and infected wounds. Just dab on some honey.
Cucumbers are great in summer not just for salads, but also for
sunburn relief. Their cooling and soothing properties make them
ideal for use on all sorts of minor burns. Burning inflamed skin
conditions, such as hives, eczema and insects' bites, can all so find
relief with a slice of cucumber skin. Tired puffy eyes will be
cooled and refreshed with a slice of cucumber. Cucumber is a great
internal cleanser used for fluid retention and removal of toxins,
making it ideal for conditions such as arthritis and gout.
Potatoes are a traditional heart and circulation remedy, but can be
used to soothe inflammations and encourage the healing of skin
infections, dermatitis, wounds and ulcers. They can be used as a
juice, grated or sliced. As a juice it can be used to relief
indigestion, and constipation. Grated potatoes mixed with olive oil,
is useful for sunburn, cracked skin and swollen eyelids. Slices of
potatoes are great for sores, chilblains, headaches and migraines.
Cabbages are highly nutritious, having many healing properties and
can be used for many different conditions. Cabbage juice is great
for relief of all sorts of ulcers, from peptic ulcers to skin
ulcers. The juice can also be used on burns, bites, cold sores and
acne. The cabbage leaf is both soothing and antiseptic, also having
the ability to draw out toxins from the skin. A poultice can be made
from cabbage leafs and used on such conditions as: wounds, burns,
boils, bruises, ulcers, blisters, stings, cold sores, shingles, and
headaches. Cabbage leaves have a good reputation for relieving sore
and inflamed breast during breastfeeding. Its anti-inflammatory
properties make it idea for relief of swollen joints. The poultice
can also be used to help soothe harsh coughs. To make a cabbage
poultice: remove the ribs from the greenest leaves, Soak in warm to
hot water to soften the leaves. Crush with a rolling pin, then wrap
the area using a bandage or cling wrap to hold the cabbage in place.
This can be left for a few hours.
Egg whites can also be used to soothe the skin. Beaten egg whites
can be spread on minor burns, sunburn or nappy rash. It is an old
remedy used not just for burn relieve but also sprains and whitlows.
Egg whites can also be used to soothe the mucous membranes of the
stomach or bowel, for heartburn, indigestion, constipation or
Carrots are a highly nutritious vegetable with great restorative
properties. Carrots can bring relieve to both constipation and
diarrhoea. It can be used to expel mucus from the chest. A raw
carrot poultice can be used to help the speed healing of wounds,
varicose ulcers, burns, whitlows, boils, and abscesses. A broth
made with half a kilogram of carrots to a litre of water, blended is
good for chilblains, chapped skin, cold-sores and soothing itching
Olive oil has long been considered the healthy oil. But its use can
go further than salad dressing. Olive oil has a soothing effect so
it can be used for wind, indigestion, heartburn, gastritis, peptic
ulcers and constipation. It can help relieve harsh dry coughs,
laryngitis and croup. Skin irritations can also be soothed with
olive oil, being useful for conditions such as eczema, chapped skin,
cold sores and cradle-cap. A few drops of warmed oil dropped into
the ear can help soften wax of a blocked ear. A liniment can be made
with garlic and olive oil by putting crushed garlic cloves in some
oil. The liniment then can be used for joint pains, neuralgia and
Garlic, which has antibiotic properties, has always been considered a
great cold and flu remedy. Crushing 4-6 cloves and mixing into a jar
of honey can make up a cough mixture. The garlic can later be
filtered off. This can be used to help ward of colds, when you feel
one coming on. The mixture can then be used to sooth sore throats
and other respiratory infections. Crushed garlic in oil can also be
used for cuts, inflamed joints, rheumatism, sprains, ringworm, stings
and bites. Also, the garlic oil can be rubbed into the chest to
relieve coughs and chest infections. Garlic helps to purify the
body and improves the general immune system. Parsley will help rid
your breath of garlic!
Onions have been used for centuries for their healing properties, and
were considered by the ancient Egyptians to be a "cure-all". Onion
was used as an antiseptic for wounds during the war. Onions have a
powerful ability to fight many bacteria, making it ideal for use in
colds, flues and other respiratory problems. A mixture can be made
using a chopped raw onion drizzled with honey and left over night,
and then a dessertspoon can be taken every 2 hours. This mixture can
be used for sore throats, colds, sinusitis, and catarrh, breaking up
of mucous and as a cough mixture for coughs. Onions are a great
tonic for those suffering from tiredness, exhaustion and anaemia.
For those with water retention, arthritis, gout, urinary gravel, and
diabetes, onions are a great addition to the diet.
Not only are these foods great to have on hand for first aid
treatment, they're even better to eat.
A regular diet of fresh fruit
and vegetable will help maintain a healthy life and speed up recovery
when illness and accidents occur. While the foods listed here will
bring relief and treat minor conditions, it is important to seek
professional advice for more serious complaints or where no relief is