Monthly Archives: October 2015

Bird flu (Home remedies)

symptoms-of-bird-flu-in-humans-and-bird-flu-preventionSymptoms of Bird Flu
The symptoms of bird flu usually develop about two to five days after infection. In many cases, these symptoms appear similar to those of influenza. Some of the common signs and symptoms of bird flu include:
• Coughing
• Sore throat
• Muscle ache
• Fever
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Eye infection
Turmeric
Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin which has strong anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It is useful as a natural cure for people suffering from bird flu as its anti-inflammatory properties help to treat the fever and fight the infection effectively.
Steam Inhalation
Steam inhalation is very effective in easing nasal congestion that is caused by a bird flu infection in your body. Add steaming hot water to a bowl and inhale the steam for about five to ten minutes. You can cover your head with a towel to make this natural cure more effective.
Green Tea
Green tea is rich in antioxidants and contains substances that have strong anti-viral properties. Bird flu virus requires an enzyme called neuraminidase in order to reproduce, and green tea helps to prevent its release, thus acting as an effective natural cure for bird flu.
Stay Hydrated
Drink plenty of water if you are suffering from bird flu. This will help flush out toxins from your system and keep your nasal membranes well hydrated as well.
Maintain Proper Hygiene
Hygiene plays a very pivotal role in the prevention of bird flu. Wash your hands well with soap, especially under the fingernails, before eating food and also throughout the day. Raw poultry and meats should be cooked properly before consumption.
Olive Leaf Extract
Both antibacterial and anti-viral, olive leaf extract is a strong immune system enhancer, supporting the blood and lymphatic systems to fight bird flu.
Oil of Oregano
An essential oil whose germ-killing properties are reported to be as potent as those of most antibiotics, oil of oregano is also considered an effective antiviral treatment for beating avian flu.

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Autoimmune disease (Home remedies)

autoimmune_1Autoimmune diseases affect many parts of the body. The most common organs and tissue affected are:
• joints
• muscles
• skin
• red blood cells
• blood vessels
• connective tissue
• endocrine glands
Dietary changes: ‘We are what we consume’ is an eternal truth of life. Be it the air we breathe or the food we eat or drink. Enrich your immune system by providing it natural and healthy diet. Unprocessed, unadulterated food, wholesome food free from preservatives and additives, just as the nature intended it supplies the much needed nutrition to various systems of the body including the immune system.
Opt for a balanced diet rich in all the essential nutrients as far as possible. Inclusion of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, foods rich in complex carbohydrates, basically choosing from each food group help in strengthening the body defense. However, some nutrients may score more over other in curing specific disorders for instance- vitamin C rich foods and essential fatty acids are recommended for people suffering lupus and diet rich in calcium and magnesium works great for fibromyalgia, folate and vitamin B12 rich diet works for people suffering from vitiligo. In general, considering a low-fat, high protein, low glycemic diet may contribute beneficially in preventing many autoimmune disorders such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, scleroderma. For a detailed disease specific advice, you may consider a medical expert to better understand the diet requirement.
Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a nutrient that influences over 200 genes. One of its responsibilities is to regulate your body’s ability to fight infection, including chronic inflammation and autoimmune disorders.
Vitamin D3
Vitamin D3 plays an important role in healthy immune system function and a deficiency of vitamin D3 has been proven to play a role in autoimmune diseases. I recommend that people get tested to find out their levels of Vitamin D3 and then use the sun or supplement accordingly to have optimal levels. I like to see people at least above 50, but closer to 80 is better.
Fish Oil
Fish oil contains important omega-3 fatty acids. These fats help reduce inflammation in the body and lessen the immune response.
Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps rebalance the immune system and restores its natural function. Supporting general function of the immune system helps reduce the disease response and relieve autoimmune disorders.
• eat a balanced and healthy diet
• exercise regularly
• get plenty of rest
• take vitamin supplements
• decrease stress
• limit sun exposure
• avoid any known triggers of flare-ups
The following alternative therapies have provided relief for some people:
• herbs
• chiropractic therapy
• acupuncture
• hypnosis

Hearing loss (Home remedies)

images (1)Diet recommendation: Strawberries, raspberries and blue berries to strengthen long term memory.Foods that have a long tradition of being considered beneficial to the ears based on their antioxidant properties include colorful fresh fruits and berries (especially blueberries and blue elderberries); adzuki; kidney and black beans.Green leafy vegetables like kale, collards, and mustard greens; dark yellow vegetables such as pumpkin, acorn, and butternut squashes; garlic; and onions are also beneficial. You can also eat wild violet leaves in salads for strengthening the ears.
Apple cider: Apple cider vinegar is rich in magnesium, potassium, zinc and manganese. Deficiency in any one of these minerals can cause problems with hearing.
Onion: Onion pack can also be a home remedy for middle ear infections in children. Scientists, however, feel that there is not sufficient evidence to prove this, but some parents feel this treatment helps. 300g of onion in one litre of water for 12 hours. Take 3 glasses per day.
Marjoram :The herb marjoram has citrus flavors and sweet pine. Marjoram is very effective for anti-arteriosclerotic properties and blood pressure lowering.To see best results, you can add one teaspoon of dry marjoram to one cup of boiling water and then keep it stand for five minutes. It is suggested to take two cups daily. You should remember not to drink it for more than ten days.
Ginger :Using ginger is one of the most effective home remedies for hearing loss. To see quick results, you add three slices of fresh ginger and one heaping tablespoon each of cilantro, dried oregano, sage, rosemary and cinnamon to four cups of water for at least 15 minutes. Then strain and drink three cups per day for about three weeks.
Tea Tree Oil :Tea tree oil has many effects for curing hearing loss and deafness. For instant results, you take three drops of tea tree oil, two tablespoons of olive oil, one teaspoon of colloidal and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. You mix them well and next to heat this mixture slightly. Afterwards, you put the mixture into your ear. Keep it for five minutes. You should follow this for 4 times every day for at least two days to get best results.
Garlic: Garlic is also another home remedy for hearing loss and deafness. Using garlic helps improve lower cholesterol, circulation and blood sugar levels. For good results, you can macerate 400 grams of alcohol and 100 grams of garlic in wine. It is recommended to take half a teaspoon before going to bed. You can add garlic in your daily diet by eating raw garlic in your salad.

Curly hair ( Home remedies)

download (2)Almond oil and Egg: Almond oil acts as a natural hair emollient while the egg proteins repair the hair strands.
Mix 1/4th cup of almond oil with one raw egg and blend it well to form a smooth paste.
Apply this on hair and scalp, and wait 40 minutes before washing hair.
Rinse hair as usual with clean water.
Make sure to use a rich nourishing shampoo and conditioner.
Coconut oil:
Mixture of unscented coconut oil and pure Vitamin E oil can do the trick too.
Mix 1 part of Vitamin E oil with 4 parts of coconut oil, shake well and store it suitably. Warm this oil and treat yourself to a hair and scalp massage.
Wash your hair after about 40 minutes.
Banana: Bananas are great for hair conditioning! A banana mask for hair is just the kind of pamper your hair deserves. Use a mixture of banana, honey and coconut/almond oil whenever you feel dryness creeping in.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Mix together equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water.
Shampoo your hair and use this solution as a hair rinse.
Let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse with cool water.
Follow this remedy once or twice per month.
Hot Oil Massage:
Warm the oil for two to four minutes in the microwave.
Allow the oil to cool to room temperature or until it is comfortably hot.
Applky the oil and gently massage your scalp and hair, from root to top.
Put on a shower cap and then wrap your head in a hot towel.
Leave it on for one hour and then shampoo and condition your hair as usual.
Repeat at least once a week.
Avocado: Avocado has a well-deserved reputation for one of nature’s perfect foods. Its oils and proteins will smooth and moisturize your locks without weighing down fine hair.
Mash up half an avocado and add a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil.
Shampoo hair, squeeze out water and apply mask. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse. My hair came out super soft – not flat or greasy. And the added scent made sitting around with green goop on your head much more pleasant.
If you’re not worried about weighing down your hair you can amp up the moisture by adding 1-2 tablespoons of oil, egg yolk or yogurt.

Yellow Teeth (Home remedies)

download (1)Baking Soda: Baking soda is one of the best ingredients that you can use to get rid of yellow teeth. It will help remove plaque and make your pearly whites shine.
Mix a quarter teaspoon of baking soda with a little toothpaste. Brush your teeth with this gritty mixture and rinse with warm water. Use it once or twice a week.
Alternatively, you can combine baking soda with lemon juice, white vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide.
You can make a whitening mouthwash by mixing one tablespoon of baking soda and one and a half teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide with one cup of cold water. Rinse with the mouthwash two or three times a day.
Strawberries: Strawberries contain a good amount of vitamin C, which helps make your teeth whiter.
Grind a few strawberries into a paste. Rub the paste on your teeth gently. If done twice daily for a few weeks, the yellow tinge on your teeth will vanish.
Another option is to mix the pulp of one strawberry with one-half teaspoon of baking soda and spread the mixture onto your teeth and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse out your mouth and brush your teeth with toothpaste to get rid of any residue.
Orange Peel: Cleaning your teeth with fresh orange peel on a regular basis will reduce the yellow tinge accumulated on your teeth.
Rub orange peel over your teeth every night before going to sleep. The vitamin C and calcium in the orange peel will combat the microorganisms throughout the night.
Hydrogen Peroxide: The mild bleaching effect of hydrogen peroxide can help make yellow teeth white again.
Rinse and gargle with a mouthwash that has hydrogen peroxide. Make sure not to swallow the hydrogen peroxide.
You can also make a paste of baking soda with hydrogen peroxide and gently brush your teeth with it. Later, brush your teeth with your regular toothpaste.
Salt: Salt is one of the fundamental dental cleansing agents that has been used for ages. It helps replenish lost mineral content in the teeth and helps revive their white color.
You can use common salt regularly each morning as a tooth powder instead of toothpaste. Another option is to mix common salt with charcoal and brush your teeth with it regularly.
You can also mix common salt with baking soda and gently rub it on your teeth.
Lemon: The bleaching property present in lemons can also help get rid of yellow discoloration. In fact, gargling with lemon juice and scrubbing your teeth with lemon peel is one of the best ways to make your teeth white again.
Mix together a few drops of lemon juice and some salt.
Apply the mixture on the stained teeth and rub the paste vigorously over your teeth and gums. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.

Weight loss (Home remedies)

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Obesity is mainly caused due to overeating. Some people have the habit to consume more food than is required for them for a long period of time. This excess energy stored in the body is converted to fat and sugar and gives the person the appearance of being overweight.
Top remedies for reducing weight.

Ginger: Ginger is also very good weight loss home remedy. Chew a thin slice of fresh ginger for a few minutes before meals or grate a little ginger and mix in some lime juice and salt, have a pinch of this frequently.
Honey & Lemon Juice: A diet of only lemon juice is also very good home cure for obesity. lemon juice Honey and lemon together work wonders for controlling the body weight. Take a glass of lukewarm water. Add a tsp of honey, 3 tbsp of lemon juice and a pinch of black pepper to it. Mix it well and drink it on an empty stomach, every morning. It acts as a natural weight loss drink.
Papaya: Papaya is also a very good home remedy for fast weight loss. Eating papaya soup instead of dinner for two or three months will reduce weight of the patient.
Cabbage: Cabbage is an excellent home remedy for loosing weight fast. Tartaric acid present in cabbage prevents conversion of carbohydrates and sugar into fat. Substituting a meal for a cabbage salad is the best way to lose weight.
Tomato: Tomato is also very useful home remedy for obesity. One or two ripe tomatoes instead of breakfast, for a period of about two months is a very good and safe way to reduce weight.
Cinnamon Tea:Place the cinnamon in a mug and cover with 8 ounces of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes before straining. Drinking 1-2 times a day.
Green Tea:Green tea has long been debated as a weight loss aid, and more research is needed to confirm or deny how well it works. While some studies have turned up nothing, others have identified three main components in green tea that could help manage weight-caffeine, catechins, and theanine.
Chew Gum:Chewing gum is a great way to trick your brain (and your stomach) into thinking it’s getting more than it is. The flavor of the gum reduces appetite and curbs the urge to snack on something unhealthy, and also stimulates the flow of saliva, whose enzymes help break down starches and fats.
Bottle Gourd Juice:Bottle gourds are old-world hard-shelled fruits that anecdotal evidence suggests can help you lose weight. People who swear by it find that, due to its high fiber content, it creates a sensation of fullness and curbs appetite. It also has high water content (always a good thing) and has a number of great nutrients.
Apple Cider Vinegar:Apple cider vinegar has been proven to benefit in weight loss. Mix apple cider vinegar with water. Consume it every morning and see, how it works to make you get rid of unwanted fats.
Water:Drink plenty (at least 8 glasses) of water on the daily basis as water has electrolytes that aide in reducing weight.
Cucumber:Cucumber contains 90% water and is helpful in breaking fat cells. So, eat lots of cucumber. It’s a natural remedy for weight loss.

Home remedies for dandruff

Dandruff-and-Herbs

Neem: One way to address your dandruff woes is by using a home-made pack containing neem. Celebrity naturopath Dr Nirmala Shetty in her book ‘Beauty At Your Fingertips’ shares an anti-dandruff pack.
Mix all the ingredients together and massage the pack into the scalp.
Wash it after 20 minutes with a herbal shampoo and conditioner.
Do this once a week to see results. Click to reap in other beauty benefits of neem.
Baking soda: Yes, baking soda can help you get rid of dandruff. It is alkaline in nature and helps eliminate dead skin cells by acting as a mild exfoliant. It also helps in controlling oil secretion on the scalp.
Wash your hair with warm water.
Add a few drops of water in baking soda to form a paste.
Apply it on your scalp and massage it for a few minutes.
Rinse your hair with plain water or shampoo.
Lemon: This citrus fruit has abundant vitamin C and is acidic in nature which helps keep dandruff at bay. You can either squeeze out its juice or rub it directly on the scalp. Here’s how to use lemon for other beauty problems.
Rub lemon slices on your scalp and leave for 10-15 minutes.
Rinse with plain water.
Do this once a week to see results.
Aloe vera gel: Aloe vera gel is effective in keeping dandruff in-check. Apart from its anti-fungal properties, it also is soothing to the scalp and keeps itching at bay. Aloe vera gel also has several benefits for your skin and health.
5 tbsp aloe vera gel
You can either scoop out gel from aloe plant or use gel sold in drugstores.
Simply massage it on your scalp and let it stay for 30 minutes.
Make sure your hair isn’t oiled.
Wash with plain water or mild shampoo.
Aspirin contains the same active ingredient (salicylic acid) as many medicated dandruff shampoos.
Keep flaking in check by crushing two aspirins to a fine powder and adding it to the normal amount of shampoo you use each time you wash your hair.
Leave the mixture on your hair for 1-2 minutes, then rinse well and wash again with plain shampoo.