Tuesday, September 27, 2011



       Take a tiny piece of jaggery (gur) every hour. Just keep it in the mouth and slowly suck it till acidity subsides.

       Drink coconut water 3-4 times a day. Have a plateful of watermelon (tarbooz) and/or cucumber (kheera) every hour.

       Harad juice, 1-2 teaspoon daily after meals is very effective in controlling acidity. The juice can be mixed with an equal amount of amla juice for better results. To take out amla juice , grate an amla and squeeze the pulp through a clean muslin cloth to get juice.

       Chewing a piece of harad is an age old remedy.

Bed Wetting

       Give 2 walnut halves (akhrot giri) and 1 teaspoon of kishmish to the child before sleeping for 10-12 days

Bad Breath

       Chew a piece of cinnamon (dalchini) put in a betel leaf (paan ka patta).

       Boil some cinnamon (dalchini) in a cup of water. Store it in a clean bottle in your bathroom. Use it as a mouthwash frequently.

       Parsley leaves(ajwain) are rich in chlorophyll, nature's own deodoriser. Chew some leaves regularly and your breath will remain fresh. Alternatively, you can chew some cardamom seeds to sweeten your breath.

       Use neem twigs as tooth paste.

       Powder the dried mint (pudina) leaves. Use as toothpowder.


       Mash a ripe banana and apply on burns.

       Bandage with betel leaves (pan ka patta).

       If you have a minor burn, immediately place an ice pack on the burnt area for 10 minutes.

       Combine 4 teaspoon each of lime juice, coconut oil and betel leaves mixture. Rub till the mixture turns white. Apply on affected parts.

       Apply curry leaves (kari patta) as poultices over affected areas.

       Spread a thin layer of honey over the burn and cover with a dressing. Repeat this regularly every two or three hours till it heals.

Burns (Contd.…..)

       Burns by fire:

       Immediately apply glycerine on the burnt area.

       Burn a handful of mango leaves to ashes and apply this on the affected parts.

       Burns by hot water:

       Take the thin buds of banana leaves. Bandage directly on affected areas. Tie the upper part for two days and then lower parts for two more days.

       Scars because of burns:

       Boil 1 cup neem bark (neem ki khal) in 4 cups water. Remove from fire. Apply the emerging froth on the affected area. Repeat several times and for several days.

Bronchitis In Children

       Mix 1 teaspoon oil of garlic (lahsun) with 3 teaspoons honey and give a small amount three times a  day to the child


       Rub some ginger paste on the affected area. Apply oil of eucalyptus on it

Blood Pressure (High)

       Restrict salt intake and drink plenty of fluids (at least 8-10 glasses of water daily)

       Drink curry leaves (curry patta) juice initially 3 times a day (1 glassful) for a month or two and then reduce to only once in the morning. Have it on empty stomach. For taking out juice: fill your mixy with washed curry leaves, add ½ - 3/4 glass water. Churn well and sieve. Add the juice of ½ or 1 lemon and drink fresh.

       Have single pod of garlic (lahsun), one pod first thing every morning or if this is not available, have 1-2 cloves of ordinary garlic (lahsun). If you get discomfort with having garlic first thing in the morning, have 2 cloves twice a day - swallow with water any time or with meals.

       Mix 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon ginger (adrak) juice, 1 teaspoon cumin (jeera) powder. Have twice a day.

Blood Pressure (High) (Contd..….)

        Go on an apple diet for a few days. It has a diuretic effect and thus brings down the B.P.

       Fruits such as mausami, orange, peaches (aaru), plum (aloo bukhara), watermelon (tarbooz) are also beneficial.

       Having rice, particularly brown rice as the main food is very beneficial. As rice has very low sodium content and low cholesterol, it is a perfect diet for those who have been advised to have low salt diets.

       Consumption of natural diuretics like coconut water, butter milk, coriander (dhania) juice (made from green coriander in the same way as curry leaves juice) is very beneficial. You can also start having fenugreek (methi) juice (made from fresh methi) and if this is also not effective, move to curry leaves juice. Drink each juice for 10-12 days at least before you decide. If it does not work then move to the next one.

       Last but not the least, rest, relaxation and good sleep are effective in keeping B.P. under control.


       Take a hot glass of water with 1 teaspoon honey and juice of ½ a lemon first thing in the morning.

       Drink one litre of water first thing in the morning.

       Soak 6-8 dates (khajoor) in a cup of water at night. Churn in the mixer in the morning & drink first thing in the morning.

Constipation (Contd.…..)

       Constipation in small children:

       Soak 6-8 raisins (kishmish) in hot water (depending on the age). When cool, crush well and strain. When given routinely even to little infants, it helps to regulate bowel movement (however care should be taken - so as not to give too much otherwise the child will get loose motions.)

       Consumption of 6-8 apricots (khumani) a day or 2-3 cucumbers (kheera) a day or 1-2 bananas a day is also very useful.

       Bulk forming vegetables like carrots, radish, spinach, cabbage or roughage creating things should be consumed. Instead of juice always opt for eating the fruit.

       Whole wheat flour should be used and processed foods (maida, cheese, confectionery) should be avoided.

Eyes strain due to TV watching

       Boil ½ teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf) in a cup of water till it is reduced to half. Cool. Use as eye drops (Caution: Beware of contamination) .

Ear infection

       Extract 1 teaspoon juice from mango leaves. Warm it slightly and use as ear drops. Take care that it should be bearable and not too hot otherwise it might scald the ear.

Cholesterol (High)

       Finely dice an onion and mix it with 1 cup buttermilk along with ¼ teaspoon black pepper (kali mirch) and drink.

       Regularly intake garlic (lahsun) cloves for a few days.

       Regularly intake coriander (dhania) decoction made by boiling 2 teaspoon dry seed powder in 1 cup water. (Milk and sugar can be added to improve its taste. This could be a welcome substitute for tea or coffee.)


       A decoction of 15-20 tulsi leaves taken along with a pinch of rock salt (kala namak) helps in the cure.


       Soak cumin seeds (jeera) in lime juice overnight. Keep this mixture under the sun till completely dry. Bottle it. Chew ½ teaspoon of this mixture and drink with a glass of warm water.

       Giddiness due to blood pressure

       Soak 1 teaspoon each of powdered amla, coriander seeds (saboot dhania) and sandalwood in a cup of water overnight. Strain and drink the next day. Continue this for the next few days

Insect bites

       Drink 2 to 3 teaspoon coriander (dhania) leaf juice mixed in 1 cup water. Also apply sandalwood paste on the affected area.

       Take 1 teaspoon basil (tulsi) leaf juice and drink with water. Also apply externally.

Insomnia (Sleeplessness)

       Consume plenty of curd. Also massage head with curd before washing. Very helpful.

       Add 2 teaspoon of honey to a big cupful of water and have it before going to bed. Babies generally fall asleep after having honey.

       A cup of warm milk sweetened with honey should be taken before going to bed. Have it everyday.


       Soak 2 tablespoon fenugreek seeds (methi dana) in water overnight. In the morning grind into a fine paste. Apply all over scalp and leave for ½ an hour. Wash with shikakai or mild shampoo.


       Combine 1 teaspoon each powdered ginger (adrak), powdered cumin (jeera) and powdered cinnamon (dalchini) with honey and make into a thick paste. Take 1 teaspoon thrice daily.

       Boil 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) in a glass of water. Add to this 1 teaspoon fresh juice of coriander leaves (dhania) and a pinch of salt. Drink it after every meal for 2-3 days.

       Mash 1 ripe banana along with a pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon tamarind (imli) pulp. Take twice a day.

       Drinking a strong cup of unsweetened black tea is very effective for stopping diarrhea.

       Peel an apple and shred it. Keep the shredded pieces in a plate for approximately 20 minutes until they turn brown in colour, and then eat them.

Diarrhoea (Contd.…..)

       Slice the tender unripe bel fruit. Sun dry it and then make a powder. Take 1 teaspoon along with warm water twice a day.

       Every night take 3 cloves of garlic (lahsun), chopped and boiled in milk. Make a paste of 1 green chilli along with 2 tablespoon lime juice and ½ teaspoon camphor (kapoor). Take ¼ teaspoon of this paste.

       2 or 3 teaspoon coriander seeds (saboot dhania) soaked overnight in water and taken next morning with 1 cup buttermilk.

       Boil ¼ teaspoon powdered cardamom (chhoti illaichi) seeds in thin tea water and drink.

       Mix juice of 15-20 tender curry leaves (curry patta) with 1 teaspoon honey and drink.

       Apply ginger (adrak) juice around the navel.

       Diarrhoea due to indigestion of food

       Insert ¼ teaspoon nutmeg (jaiphal) powder inside a ripe banana and eat it.

Dark Circles

       Take one teaspoon tomato juice, ½ teaspoon lemon juice, a pinch of turmeric (haldi) powder & a little gram flour (besan). Make a paste & apply. Leave for 10 minute & wash off.

       Drink tomato juice with a few mint leaves, little lemon juice & salt.

       Soak cotton wool in cucumber juice (kheera) or potato juice & apply around the eyes. You will find a change in 2-3 weeks.


       Add ¼ teaspoon salt, 3 teaspoon brown sugar or ordinary sugar and 2 teaspoon lime juice to 1 cup of water, mix  and drink.

       Dehydration due to diarrhea:

       Soak half a nutmeg (jaiphal) in 2 cups water for over 2-3 hours. Take 1 teaspoon of this infusion and mix in 1 cup fresh coconut water. Drink twice or thrice a day.


       Rub a nutmeg (jaiphal) against a smooth stone slab with a little water and make a paste. Apply on affected parts.

       Add 1 teaspoon camphor (kapoor) to 1 teaspoon sandalwood paste and apply on the affected areas.

       Make a paste of turmeric (haldi) and neem leaves (the ratio should be 1:1) in a little gingelly oil (til ka tel) and apply on affected areas.

Ear Ache

       Heat 2 teaspoon mustard oil. Add ½ teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain) and one or two flakes of crushed garlic (lahsun). Boil till they turn red and then filter. Use as ear drops.

       Boil well 1 teaspoon lahsun (garlic) in 2 tablespoon gingelly oil (til ka tel). Cool and filter. Use as ear drops (2 to 3 drops).

       Mix a few drops of lime juice in 1 teaspoon lukewarm water. Put 4 drops of this into the ear.

       Use neem leaf juice as ear drops.


       Soak 3 tablespoon carom (ajwain) seeds in an adequate quantity of lime juice and dry in the shade. When fully dried, powder with a little black salt. Take 1 teaspoon of this mixture twice daily for a few days with a little warm water.

Feet Cracks

       Mix equal quantities of glycerin and lemon juice. Apply every night before going to bed. This mixture can be made and stored in a glass bottle.

       Massage your feet with castor oil every night (in winters) for 2-3 minutes and then wear socks at night.

       Grind equal amounts of neem leaves & turmeric (haldi). Apply on affected area.

       Finely grind a handful of henna (mehendi) leaves. Add 2 tablespoon lemon juice and apply on the feet.

       Mix the juice of bottle gourd (lauki) and sesame oil (til ka tel) in the ratio 4:1 and heat till all the moisture has evaporated. Bottle and use over cracked skin.

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 500 ml (2½ cups) of water for 15 minutes and pour the tea into a basin containing two litres of  cool water.


       Drink ½ glass water, slowly.

       Keep a teaspoon of sugar in your mouth and suck slowly.

       Swallow ½ teaspoon mustard seeds (sarson) mixed with ½ teaspoon pure ghee.

       Grind 4 cardamom (chhoti illaichi) well. Boil it in 2½ cups or ½ litre water. When about 1 cup water remains, remove from fire and sieve it through a muslin cloth. Let it cool. When warm, drink a glassful. Works like magic.

       Suck 2-3 small pieces of fresh ginger (adrak). This helps in hiccups, which keep occurring again and again.


       Roast some ajwain dry on a tawa. Tie it in a muslin bag and sniff frequently.


       Make a paste of 2-3 powdered cloves (laung) and salt. Apply this paste on the forehead.

       A paste made of dry ginger (sonth) with a little water or milk when applied to the forehead also gives relief.

       A ripe apple, after removing the upper rind and the inner hard portion should be taken with a little salt every morning on an empty stomach. Continue for a week. This yields good results even in case of chronic headaches.

       Mix 1 teaspoon finely ground cinnamon (dalchini) in 1 teaspoon water and apply on the forehead. It is very effective in headache due to exposure to cold air.

       Crush an onion and apply the paste on the head.

Headache (Contd.…..)

       Grind 10-15 tulsi leaves with 4 cloves (laung) and 1 teaspoon dried ginger (sonth) into a paste and apply.

       Tulsi Tea: Mix 8-10 basil (tulsi) leaves, ½" piece ginger (adrak), 7 black pepper corns (saboot kali mirch) powdered coarsely with 1 large cup (200ml) water. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and keep for 2-3 minutes. Strain, add boiled milk, sugar and drink warm. Lie down covering yourself with a sheet for 5-10 minutes. It is very helpful in headaches, cold, indigestion. Drink 2-3 times a day. (For children reduce quantity to half)

       Follow the simple Chinese accupressure technique and say goodbye to those nasty headaches. This can be done anywhere and at any time. Place your thumb on the web of skin between the thumb and index finger of your other palm and apply pressure for about two minutes. Repeat on the other hand. However, this Chinese accupressure massage is not recommended for pregnant women.

Headache (Contd.…..)

       Headache due to exposure to cold air: Mix 1 teaspoon finely ground cinnamon (dalchini) in 1 teaspoon water and apply on the affected parts.

       Headache on one side: Powder equal quantities of liquorice (mulathi) and cumin (jeera). Take ¼ teaspoon every day along with 1 teaspoon honey for a month.

       Mix 1 teaspoon each of the following powders and store: camphor (kapoor), nutmeg (jaiphal), cardamom (chhoti illaichi) and cloves (laung). Take 2 pinches with warm water.

Muscular Pain

       Warm the papaya leaf over the fire and apply on affected parts.

       Heat ginger (adrak) paste with turmeric (haldi) paste (ration should be 1:1) and apply over affected areas.

       Soak ½ teaspoon liquorice (mulathi) root powder in 1 cup water and leave overnight. Mix into the infusion 1 cup rice gruel (cooked broken rice) and take every morning.

Mouth Ulcers

       Mix some coconut milk with honey and massage the gums 3 to 4 times a day.

       Gargle with (or apply) freshly extracted coconut milk from a ripe coconut frequently.

       Mix the pulp of a ripe bel fruit with jaggery (gur) and eat once a day.

       Mix 1 tea cup bel pulp with 1 teaspoon sugar and eat early morning on an empty stomach for 3 days.

       Coriander (dhania) decoction prepared by boiling 1 teaspoon coriander seeds (saboot dhania) in 1 cup water, gargled when lukewarm, frequently.

       Chew one or two tender leaves of fig (anjeer) and leaf buds frequently and wash the mouth with warm water.

Mouth Ulcers (Contd.…..)

       Soak 1 tablespoon crushed liquorice (mulathi) root in 2 cups water for 2 to 3 hours and use it for gargling frequently.

       Boil 2 tablespoon fenugreek (methi) leaves along with ½ cup green gram (moong dal) and 10 small onions. Eat regularly.

       Fenugreek seeds (methi dana) fried and powdered should be added to drinking water. Drink 2-3 times daily for a few days.

       An infusion of fenugreek (methi) leaves gargled 5-6 times daily for a couple of days.

Morning Sickness

       Mix 1 teaspoon each fresh juice of mint (pudina) and lime along with 1 tablespoon honey. Take 3 times a day.

       Mix juice of 15-20 tender curry leaves (curry patta) with 2 teaspoon lime juice and 1 teaspoon sugar. Take in the morning.

       Mix 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (jaiphal) powder with 1 tablespoon freshly extracted amla juice. Take 3 times a day.

       ½ teaspoon ginger (adrak) juice with 1 teaspoon each fresh lime and mint (pudina) juice mixed with a tablespoon of honey, taken frequently proves very effective.

Menstrual Pains

       Boil 1 teaspoon saffron (kesar) in ½ cup water. Let it reduce to become 1 tablespoon. Divide this decoction into three portions and take with equal quantities of water, thrice daily for a couple of days.

       Take ½ teaspoon finely ground cinnamon (dalchini) every night along with 1 cup milk.

       Powder 1 teaspoon dried mint (pudina) leaves and take with 1 teaspoon honey, thrice daily.

       Make a mixture of 6 to 8 almonds, crushed and mixed in 1 cup milk along with 1 egg yolk (white), ½ teaspoon sesame powder (til) and 1 teaspoon honey. Take this once or twice a day.

Menstrual Pains (Contd.…..)

       Menstruation, excessive bleeding

       Grind some bel leaves into a fine paste. Take 1 teaspoon with warm water and drink some cold water as well.

       Grind 10 fresh lead buds of figs (anjeer) and apply on the lower abdomen below the navel for a few hours. Repeat this frequently.

       Boil 1 teaspoon coriander (dhania) seeds in 2 cups water till it is reduced to 1 cup. Add sugar to taste and drink when lukewarm. Repeat twice or thrice a day.

       Menstruation, painful and irregular

       A piece of fresh ginger (adrak), ground and boiled in a cup of water. The infusion should be taken thrice daily after meals along with sugar.

Memory Improvement

       Prepare a mixture of 1 teaspoon honey and a pinch of finely powdered cinnamon (dalchini). Take it every night regularly.

       Take ½ teaspoon black cumin (kala jeera) powder and mix it with honey. Eat small quantities of it twice a day.

       Mix 1 teaspoon each amla root powder and white sesame seed (safed til) powder. Add 1 teaspoon honey and eat every day for a few days.

Nose Blockage Due To Cold

       Make a very fine powder taking equal quantities of cardamom (chhoti illaichi) seeds, cinnamon (dalchini), black pepper (kali mirch) and cumin (jeera). Sniff this powder frequently to induce sneezing.

Old Age Problems

       Boil 1 teaspoon ginger (adrak) in 1 cup water till reduced to ½ cup. Add to it ½ cup cow's milk, 2 pieces of cardamom (chhoti illaichi), 5 strands of saffron (kesar) and 1 teaspoon sugar. Drink in the morning.


       Mix lime juice with honey and water. Drink a glass of this every morning.

       Mix 3 teaspoon lime juice with ¼ teaspoon powdered black pepper (kali mirch) and 1 teaspoon honey along with 1 cup water and drink for 3 months.

       Take 1 teaspoon lime juice in a cup of water every morning.

       Eat 10 fresh, fully grown curry leaves (curry patta) every morning for 3 to 4 months.

       Eat a tomato before breakfast.


       Mix 1 teaspoon fresh juice of mint (pudina) leaves with 1 teaspoon lemon juice & 1 tablespoon honey. Take 3 times a day.

       Boil amashed ripe banana in 1 teacup milk & take 2-3 times a day.

       Mix juice of 15-20 tender curry leaves (kadi patta) with 1 teaspoon honey & drink.

       Take 1 tablespoon black cumin seeds (kala jeera) and roast them. Mix in another tablespoon of black cumin seeds (unroasted) and powder them finely. Take ½ teaspoon of this powder with a glass of water everyday.

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