Home Natural Remedies that work
What are home natural remedies? How can we use these remedies to have a holistic and healthy life style? This article is about making people’s lives a little better, one day at a time. This site provides natural health ideas that include information on various herbs, their benefits, some of the home natural remedies that can be followed by all people for various health conditions and also the use of certain herbal supplements.
Since mankind came about there was always a grandma’s pouch of home natural remedies. One will be amazed to know that so many of these natural remedies tricks are within ones range. These will be, many times, some simple adjustments that one can make, including subtle life style changes and also use simple tools that are available at one’s home.
The general belief is that one can not eliminate pharmaceutical solutions for health issues, but there is always a place for some home natural remedies and some herbal solutions. Again, an important advice is no matter what, one should always consult a Medical Doctor when looking at the home natural remedies.
The use of herbal supplements is gaining popularity in the western world. Ayurveda which is an ancient science of organized medicine in India is gaining popularity all over the world. Some of the herbs and their usage go back to a few thousand years in India and the western world has recognized the benefits of using them as food supplements or as dietary supplements. A host of other time tested herbs are also available in the North American market.
I hope all the information that is provided on this site helps one and all to find their holistic health solutions.
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Home natural remedies for ADHD *
ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) sufferers are always in search of remedies which can be beneficial. Here are some home remedies, vitamins, minerals and herbs which are beneficial to relieve the symptoms of ADHD.
Consumption of Fish Oil works as one of the effective home remedies for ADHD.
Omega 3 fatty acids are very essential for children suffering from ADHD. So give Flax-Seed Oil to them. Fish high in Omega 3 fatty acids include salmon, mackerel. Giving omega 3, fatty acids as olive oil, Green oats is also advisable.
Licorice, Gotu Kola, Aloe Weed, Bacopa and Ashwagandha are useful herbs.
Reduce the intake of sugar in case of children.
Blood Sugar Natural home remedies *
Common form of Blood sugar conditions that develops esp. in adults and most often in obese individuals and it is characterized by hyperglycemia resulting from impaired insulin utilization coupled with the body’s inability to compensate with increased insulin production.
A diet should contain moderate proteins, high fiber and fewer carbohydrates.
Cinnamon Tamale is a very powerful antioxidant. Animal studies show
that constituents of Cinnamon stimulate insulin receptors and they
significantly increase the ability of the cells to use glucose.
Herbs like Gymnema, Bitter Melon, Jambolan, Salacia & Fenugreek are useful.
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Home natural remedies for Anxiety *
The causes include Stress, genetics, life threatening illness like cancer produces lingering anxiety, traumatic events of childhood like losing a parent can be responsible for anxiety. For people with anxiety disorders, worry and fear are constant, overwhelming and can be crippling.
The symptoms include an unrealistic view of problems, restlessness, irritability, muscle tension headache, sweating, and difficulty in concentrating, tiredness, dizziness, dry mouth, and feeling of panic, soreness of mouth.
Ashwagandha, Bacopa, Spikenard (Jatamansi), Valerian are useful herbs.
Pass flower or Pass flora incarnate is a folk remedy for anxiety.
Fennel relieves anxiety related gastrointestinal upsets, flatulence and abdominal tension. It has negligible side effects. Herbal supplements containing Fennel with other herbs which have a property to reduce anxiety should be advisable.
Oats relaxes and strengthens the nervous system. Oats is one of the best foods for nervous system.
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Arthritis, Rheumatism, Home natural remedies *
The causes include exposure to water for extended period, to cold, for a long time are some of the common causes of Arthritis and Inflammation. Genetics, age, infections, trauma, deficiency of organic sodium, minerals, mental or physical strain, obesity, cold weather, impurities in the body are also some other causes.
Intake of Garlic in food is recommended. Garlic has the potential to relieve the problems of Arthritis as it has anti-inflammatory properties.
Cut a Potato into small pieces without removing the skin. Soak it in cold water overnight. Drink this water early in the morning.
Regular use of Turmeric in diet or as supplements is recommended.
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Acidity, Constipation home natural remedies *
The causes include burning sensation in stomach & throat, vertigo, nausea, vomiting, uneasiness, burning sensation in esophagus after a meal, frequent hunger & dry throat, flatulence after meal, regurgitation of acid into esophagus etc.
Chew on a piece of Chebulic fruit (available also as supplements) between meals.
Drink cold milk 3 to 4 times a day.
Drink carrot juice and juice of Pomegranate (available also as supplements).
Use Coriander, black pepper, Cumin seeds during cooking, for easy digestion.
Take fiber rich food.
Home natural remedies, Frozen Shoulder, Adhesive capsulitis *
Adhesive Capsulitis or Frozen shoulder mostly occurs in the people suffering from Diabetes, Thyroid issues, chronic inflammatory arthritis, after a chest or breast surgery and after a fracture of the arm.
One should practice mild physiotherapy exercises every day, so that shoulder muscles do not become stiffer.
Apply paste of Curcuma Longa or Turmeric on the frozen shoulder twice a day. One can use Turmeric supplements also.
Home natural remedies for BPH, Prostate health *
BPH or Prostate enlargement is the benign growth of the prostate gland. BPH is a condition in which an overgrowth of prostate tissue pushes against the prostatic urethra and the bladder, blocking the release of urine
Pumpkin seeds are advisable. These seeds are a rich source of zinc. Researchers show that pumpkin seed oil contains a compound, which helps to slow down the growth of prostate. The oil contains Carotenoids.
Soya products are also advisable. Soya based foods help to prevent the growth of capillaries forming around the prostate.
Eat tomatoes daily. Lycopene is a bioflavonoid extracted from tomatoes. It reduces dribbling.
Zinc is advisable in BPH disorders.
Home natural remedies for Dandruff *
The causes include Poor blood circulation in the head, too oily head, poor nutrition, deficiency of zinc, fungus, yeast infections etc.
Take apple juice and warm water in equal quantity. Apply it on the hair. Then leave it for 10 minutes. Then wash the hair.
Application of processed henna powder is advisable.
Apply juice of lime on the head and then wash it. Lime acts as an antioxidant.
Olive oil is a natural moisturizing agent. Take lukewarm olive oil. Apply on the scalp in circular motion. After one hour, wash it with mild hair shampoo.
Soak lemon peels and Shikakai (Acacia concinna) in boiling water. Keep this for 5 to 6 hours. Then strain it. Use this mixture to rinse hair after shampooing.
Home natural remedies for Depression *
The causes include traumatic events such as loss of a job, social isolation, and certain medications like beta blockers can increase the risk of depression, personal conflicts, neurological disorders, nutritional deficiency of B12 or B6, Pre menstrual syndrome, genetics, stressful events, health problems like cancer, heart disease, thyroid problems, chronic pain etc. increase the risk of depression.
The symptoms include continuously in sad mood, feeling hopeless, feeling guilty, inability to concentrate, feeling of getting run down, not getting any enjoyment out of life, change in appetite or in sleeping pattern, having difficulty in maintaining relations within the family or with friends, lack of interest in sex, feeling anxious.
Studies show that have a low level of selenium, become more anxious and depressed. So intake of selenium products like Brazil nuts, oysters and sunflower seed should help.
One should take well balanced diet which includes antioxidants, multivitamins and mineral supplements.
Diarrhea Home natural remedies *
The causes include growth of bacteria in small intestine, inflammatory bowel diseases, infectious diseases; intake of polluted water, etc causes Diarrhea. Non -steroidal -anti-inflammatory drugs, Antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs also cause Diarrhea. The parasite Cyclosporine also can produce this condition.
The symptoms include Stomach ache/stomach pain, nausea, abdominal pain, fevers, headaches, excessive thirst, dry mouth, less urination and others.Increase fluid intake.
Avoid dairy products.
Add lemon juice and sugar to fresh juice of Amla or Indian gooseberry and drink it. Amla extracts also might be available as herbal supplements.
Home natural remedies for Dry Cough *
The causes of Dry Cough include exposure to cold weather, excessive intake of ice cream and cold drinks, excessive intake of sour food like curd, cigarette smoking, sinus problems, allergic Rhinitis, asthma, medications used to control blood pressure, common cold, frequent change in weather result in all the forms of coughs.
Take 2 cups of water. Add 4 to 5 cloves of garlic to it. Boil it, till one cup of water remains. Filter it. Cool it and drink it.
Mix honey with Carrot juice and drink it.
Take Black pepper, Long Pepper and Ginger powders in equal proportions. Mix them and take this powder twice daily with honey.
Menstrual cramps home natural remedies *
The main symptom of menstrual cramps is a pain in lower abdomen or in the umbilical region or in the suprapabic region of the abdomen. This pain may radiate to the thighs and lower back. Dysmenorrhea is often related to the changes occurring at hormonal levels in all women. Nausea, vomiting, headaches, irritation, anxiety, constipation, burning sensation are all the symptoms that can occur along with abdominal pain.
Magnesium is useful to relieve menstrual cramps. Sources – Nuts, Green leafy vegetable and whole grains, Spinach, Yogurt, Peas.
Take Herbal teas like Mint, Blackberry, and Chamomile.
Clinical studies have suggested that calcium supplementation provides relief during this time especially in the women over 40.
Take a piece of ginger; boil it in a cup of water. Filter it and drink it once a day or one can increase the amount of ginger in cooking.
Drink pineapple juice. Pineapple contains brome lain which is known for its muscle relaxant properties.
Dry skin Acne Home natural remedies *
From time, it has been man’s attempt to understand what causes aging, how to slow and delay this process and how to maintain one’s youth. Many herbs were used to develop formulations for Kings and Royal families. Now we shall discuss about such herbs, fruits and vegetables from which home remedies can be made.
Apply Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) juice to remove wrinkles.
The paste of Nutmeg (Myristica Fragrans) is also useful to remove wrinkles from the skin and to give fair complexion to skin.
Make a paste of Almond and Milk and add Rose water to it. Apply this paste on the face for 15 minutes. Wash it with water. It will help remove blemishes and will give a health complexion to skin.
Common cold is a highly contagious, viral infection of the upper respiratory system. The symptoms include running nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, sore throat, cough fever and headache. It is a fact that people suffering from common cold do not take rest. This is a wrong approach as lack of rest further reduces immunity in such conditions. So, it is important to take rest.
The causes for high cholesterol include obesity, excessive intake of alcohol, stress and strain, and hereditary, eating fat rich food.
It is a silent condition, does not give any early warnings, plaque formed can damage and clog the arteries. The main problem which occurs due to increased cholesterol is Heart disease. To reduce cholesterol, dietary habits should be changed. Let us discuss about some home herbal remedies which are known to decrease bad cholesterol.
Eat garlic on an empty stomach early in the morning. Fibers from the outer skin of onion and garlic lowered total lipids, total cholesterol and glyceride levels of plasma and tissues in rats. If clove of garlic is not available take a Garlic Herbal Supplements.
Corns, Calluses, Eczema, Hives, Home natural remedies *
Rub a paste of Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) and Sesame oil on the affected area before going to bed.
Raw Papaya (Carica papaya) juice should be applied over the affected area.
Make a paste of Chalk powder or Calcium Carbonate powder with water and apply it on the affected area.
Fatigue Home natural remedies *
Fatigue is a common problem in the society. Heavy work for prolonged time, excessive mental activity, disturbed sleep, depression is all the causative factors for fatigue. Some of the signs and symptoms include tiredness, slight giddiness, body pains, lack of enthusiasm etc. Some natural remedies for fatigue are listed below.
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) helps to improve appetite and to overcome fatigue. It gives energy and strength to the body.
Ashwagandha helps with fatigue. Take ½ teaspoon powder of Ashwagandha twice daily to help overcome the fatigue of mind as well as body. It is an adaptogenic herb. It also boosts the immune system and helps to improve the stamina.
Grape juice is useful to overcome fatigue as it immediately brings in stamina.
Hair loss Home natural remedies *
Topical herbal treatments stimulate the hair follicles and are also a safe way to cope up with different types of hair loss and to maintain healthy hair. The growth of hair occurs in repeated cycles. Each hair cycle comprises of three stages. The active growth phase, the Catagen phase and the Telogen phase.
Menopause, anemia, excessive intake of coffee, junk food, smoking, excessive intake of oily, spicy foods, fungal infections of scalp, hormonal imbalances, stress, anxiety, inadequate nutrition or imbalanced diet, dandruff etc.
Apply fresh ‘Aloe-Vera’ Juice on scalp. This makes the hair significantly healthier.
Apply a mixture of Rosemary and sage oils on the roots of the hair every day.
Take fruits Indian Gooseberry with Neem leaves, extract the juices from them and add Coconut oil to it. The ratio of the juices and Coconut oil should be 1:4. Boil this till the water gets evaporated and cool it down. Apply this oil to the scalp once a day. It will help hair growth.
I hope the above listed home natural remedies helps all that are trying to address various health conditions.