Monday, June 25, 2012

Things you need to know....

Written by Divya Sawhney   
Reading THIS, you'll NEVER look at a BANANA in the same way again!!
Bananas which contain three natural sugars (sucrose, fructose and glucose) and fiber gives an instant, sustained, and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous, 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
Reducing Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
PMS: Forget the pills -- eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
Anaemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Brain Power: Two-hundred students at a Twickenham (Middlesex, UK) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood-sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Mosquito Bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Overweight and at Work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood-sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every 2 hours to keep levels steady.
Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in chronic cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Temperature Control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer, tryptophan.
Smoking Cessation: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6 and B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Stress Relief: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. They can be re-balanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
Stroke Risk: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
Wart Removal: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!
Splinter Removal: For those hard-to-remove wood splinters, rather than poking and prodding with tweezer and needle, take a small piece of banana skin, large enough to cover the splinter wholly, yellow side out, and carefully tape it over the splinter with a band-aid or tape. Overnight the banana and its enzymes will work the splinter out, dissolving it and sealing the wound. So in the morning, when you remove the band-aid, the pad will be yucky brown mush and no more splinter!
Conclusion: So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around!
So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say: "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"
1. It relieves gas and heart-burn caused by onion & garlic.
2. It increases appetite & soothes the mucous membrane.
3. Tea made from cardamom is useful in headache caused by indigestion.
4. Ground cardamom seeds mined with ginger cloves & coriander is an effective remedy for indigestion.
5. Cardamom is a breath freshener.
6. The herb is used in several dysfunctions like impotency & premature ejaculation.
7. The powdered seeds of cardamom mixed with a table spoon full of banana leaf & amla juice taken thrice a day serves as an excellent diuretic for the treatment of gonorrhea, cystitis & nephritis.
8. A pinch of powdered cardamom seeds boiled in milk & sweetened with homey every night gives good results but its excessive use should be avoided.
9. Cardamom oil stimulates the mind & heart & brings joy.
10. It detoxifies caffeine if used in coffee.
11. When feeling week & mentally fatigued, cardamom oil can help with its refreshing & uplifting effect.
12. Cardamom's expectorant property helps to clear cough.
13. Cardamom is good for Pitta because it kindles Agni.
14. Current research has revealed cardamom's potential therapeutic value as an inhibitior of human platelet aggregation.

Dhania: (Coriander stivum): It is rich in various elements. It has mineral & vitamin contents like calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin C. It is also having sodium, potassium & oxalic acid. Here are some of the medicinal properties of coriander:
1. The leaves of coriander are stimulant & tonic.
2. It strengthens the stomach & promotes its action, relieves flatulence, increase secretion & discharge of urine & reduces fever.
3. It also act as aphrodisiac & help in the removal of phlegm from the bronchial tubes.
4. The leaves can be used by making chutney or by putting in curries & soups.
5. For digestive disorders of all sorts one or two teaspoon full of coriander juice is added to fresh buttermilk & taken twice a day.
6. A chutney made of dry coriander, green chilies, grated coconut, ginger & black grapes without seeds are a remedy for abdominal pains due to indigestion.
7. Regular drinking of coriander water helps lower blood cholesterol because it stimulates the kidney.
8. A decoction prepared from freshly dried coriander is an excellent eye wash in conjunctivitis.
If these herbs are used along with taking proper rest, sleep, sex, exercise, meditation & a regulated dincharya & ritucharya all the three dosha remained balanced & perfect health prevails.

Tulsi Sacred & Medicinal HerbPrint
Written by Dr. Parveen Kumar   
Considered as lord Krishna’s wife, it has a mythological background and therefore is the most worshipped plant in Hindu culture. It is a strong belief that those who implant Tulsi in there houses never get sick, as it is very lovable to lord Krishna and lord Krishna has blessed this herb with this property. Tulsi contains such a chemical composition that no mosquitoes and flies can come near the plant because of it s peculiar odor. This herb is found everywhere in India. Plant height varies from 2 - 4 ft. It flowers in winter season i.e. from December to February
Ayurvedic energetics : Tulsi is bitter and pungent in taste & hot in potency. It has light and dry properties with vata and kapha pacifying properties.
Varieties of Tulsi are Krishna Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Rama Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) & Vana Tulsi (Ocimum gratissimum) Tulsi finds great importance in respiratory tract disease. It gives marvelous results in upper respiratory tract infection. It acts rigorously on kapha hence it works as good expectorant relieving from wet cough. It is also very useful in bronchitis, asthmatic conditions and allergic conditions. Tulsi acts as antibacterial and antiparasitic and is thus widely used in infectious diseases. It acts on nervous, relieves stress and is also helpful in relieving pain, as it is vata suppressant. It is a good appetizer and promotes digestion by helping in secretion of digestive enzymes. It is also heipful in preventing any infection that might invade our digestive system. It also helps to eliminate any toxins that might be circulating in the blood. Tulsi finds great use in fever as it act as antipyretic, pain reliever, and provides strength to our body.

1. Healing Power: Tulsi leaves promote the removal of the catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tube. The seed of the plant are mucilaginous.
2. Fever & Common Cold: Tulsi leaves are used for many fevers. During the rainy season, when malaria and dengue fever are widely prevalent, tender leaves, boiled with tea, act as preventive against theses diseases. In case of acute fevers, a decoction of the leaves boiled with powdered cardamom brings down the temperature. The juice of tulsi leaves can be used to bring down fever.
3. Sore Throat: Leaves boiled in water or as a herbal tea can be taken as drink in case of sore throat. This water can also be used for gargles.
4. Respiratory Disorder: A decoction of Tulsi leaves, with honey and ginger is an effective remedy for bronchitis, asthma, influenza, cough and cold. A decoction of the leaves, cloves and common salt also gives immediate relief in case of influenza. It helps to mobilize mucus in bronchitis and asthma. Chewing tulsi leaves relieves cold and flu. It checks infections of the respiratory tract.
5. Heart Disorder: It reduces the level of blood cholesterol, which prevents various ischaemic heart diseases like angina pectoris and myocardial infections.
6. Stress: Tulsi leaves are 'adaptogen' or anti-stress agent. Recent studies have shown that the leaves provide significant protection against stress. Even healthy persons can use Tulsi to prevent stress.
7. Mouth Infections: The decoction of the leaves as a mouth wash is quit effective for the ulcers and infections of the mouth. Its leaves, dried in the sun and powdered, can be used for brushing teeth. It can also be mixed with mustered oil to make a paste and used as toothpaste. This is very good for maintaining dental health, counteracting bad breath and for massaging the gums. It is also useful in pyorrhea and other teeth disorders.
8. Insect Bites: The herb is a preventive and curative for insect stings or bites. Fresh juice should be applied to the affected parts. A paste of fresh leaves and roots is also effective in case of bites of insects.
9. Skin Disorders: Applied locally, juice of the leaves is beneficial in the treatment of ringworm and other skin diseases. It is also useful in the treatment of leucoderma.

Written by Dr. Chander Shekhar Sharma & Dr. Amrita Sharma   
Since ancient times, plants have been an exemplary source of medicine. Ayurveda and other Indian literature mention the uses of plants in treatment of various human ailments. Acharyas have written that there is nothing in this world that cannot be used to keep one disease free or to maintain the health.
Meetha Neem (Murraya koenigii) is commonly known as curry patta is a herb which is available in our surrounding, and also used as an ingredient in recipes
Meetha Neem (Murraya koenigii) has not been mentioned in detail in major Ayurvedic classical texts. In ancient texts, this plant has been described by the Neem of Kaidrya and Surbhinimba.
A small spreading shrub, about 2.5 meters high; the main stem, dark green to brownish, with numerous dots on it; its bark can be peeled off longitudinally, exposing the white wood underneath
Flowering starts from the middle of April and ends in the middle of May. The fruiting season was observed to continue from the middle of July to the end of August. The peak fruiting season, however, was found to continue from the last week of July to the 1st week of August.
Pulp of the fruit contains 64.9 per cent moisture. The content of total soluble solids of the fruit juice is 16.8 per cent. The vitamin C content of the fruit is 13.35 mg per 100 gm of the pulp.
The leaves, the bark and the roots of Murraya koenigii (curry leaf) are used as a tonic and a stomachic.
They are bitter, acrid, astringent, cooling, aromatic, demulcent, antihelminthic, febrifuge, stomachic, carminative, appetizing, anodyne, anti-inflammatory, mild purgative. They are useful in vitiated conditions of Kapha and Pitta, burning sensation, pruritis, skin diseases, bruises , dyspepsia, colic, flatulence, diarrhoea, dysentery, vomiting The green leaves are stated to be eaten raw for curing dysentery and the infusion of the washed leaves stops vomiting .
Strong odiferous oil occurs in the leaves and seeds of Murraya koenigii. This oil exhibit a strong antibacterial and antifungal activity. The shiny-black fruits are liked both by children and adults. As revealed by the chemical composition of the fruits, they are very nutritious. The leaves are used as a spice in different curries and impart a very good flavor to the preparations. These fruits have also many medicinal properties. Branches of Murraya koenigii are very popular for cleaning the teeth as datun and are said to strengthen the gums and teeth.
How to use
1. An infusion of roasted leaves is used to stop vomiting
2. The bark, root and leaves are crushed and applied externally to cure eruptions.
3. The green leaves are to be eaten raw for the cure of dysentery
4. Crushed leaves may be applied over bruises.
5. The decoction of leaves is given to reduce or eliminate fever.
6. The powder of leaves dried in shadow has shown remarkable results in curing ailments such as hyperacidity, sour eructations, dyspepsia etc.


Daadi Maa ke Nuskhe - Home remedies to deal with day-to-day problems

n the present times, natural cure home remedies are gaining momentum. Many people are heading their way towards adopting home remedy treatment to get rid of several forms of diseases. There is a natural home remedy for almost every ailment. The best part about them is that, they have no side effects and are absolutely inexpensive. Thus, not only are they safe for health, but also turn out to be an economical option.

This trend for resorting to home remedies is not new. In fact, they have their origin in the ancient times. To deal with day-to-day problems, like cough and cold, headache, vomiting, upset stomach etc; there are plenty of effective cure home remedies. Home remedy treatment makes use of things bestowed on us by nature like fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Home Remedy for Acidity

• Consume a small piece of jaggery after having all three meals and see what wonders it can do to keep acidity away.
• Take a cup of water and boil it. Add 1 tsp of Aniseed (Saunf) to the water and leave it overnight. On the next morning, filter the water and add 1 tsp of honey to it. Drink it thrice a day and bid goodbye to acidity.
• Take a cardamom and a clove and powder it. Consume it like a mouth freshener after having your each meal. Not only this remedy will take care of your acidity problem, but also will keep away bad breath.
• Take about 1-½ liters of water and add 1 tsp Caraway seeds (shah jeera) to it. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Drink it while warm at least 2-3 times a day for 5-6 days.

Home Remedy for Acne

• Gently apply fresh limejuice on pimples and blackheads.
• Dab the mixture made by combining 1 tsp fresh coriander powder and a pinch of turmeric powder on the pimples, while going to bed in the night and wash it off when you wake up the next morning.
• Take a few fresh curry leaves and make a paste. Apply the paste on the acne-affected area and keep it overnight and wash it off with warm water the next morning.
• Apply the paste made of nutmeg (Jaiphal) and raw milk on acne and wash it off after 20 minutes. Do it for about 10-12 days and see the magical effects.
• Take some fresh fenugreek leaves and make a paste to apply on the acne pimples overnight.
• For people with oily skin, the perfect home remedy is to apply a paste made by mixing sandalwood and few drops of rosewater on the acne affected area for about an hour and then wash off gently.
• For dry skin, the best remedy is to take a piece of sandalwood and rub it on a smooth stone and make a paste using a few drops of raw milk. Apply the mixture on the acne and keep it for an hour and thereafter gently wash with water.

Home Remedy for Backache

• Limejuice serves as an excellent home remedy for backache. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon and add common salt in it. Drink it two times in a day. It will act as a great back pain reliever.
• As a part of back pain home remedy treatment, raw potato in the form of poultice is to be applied on the pain affected area. Usually potato is used to treat lower back pain.
• Vitamin C that is mainly found in citrus fruits is considered valuable for getting rid of backaches. Consume about 2000 mg of this vitamin everyday.
• Applying garlic oil on the back gives immense relief from back pain. Take about 10 small garlic pieces and fry them in oil on a low flame. You can either use sesame oil, coconut oil or mustard oil. Fry till the garlic cloves turn light brown. Let the oil prepared from garlic cool completely. Thereafter apply it on the back and keep it for about three hours. In a couple of days, you’ll feel its magical effects.

Home Remedy for Blackheads

• In 3-4 cup boiled water, add 2 tsp of soda bicarbonate. Steam a towel with this. Thereafter, place the towel gently on your face. Do it for about 5-6 times. Make a paste by mixing 1 tsp curd and 1 tsp rice flour. Apply the paste on the affected area. After some time, wash your face with cold water.
• Take a pinch of soft portion of glycerin soap and mix with a pinch of table salt. Apply this mixture on the blackheads. Do it for about a week and see the magical results.
• Take about 1 tsp of juice extracted from fresh coriander leaves and add ½ tsp of turmeric powder in it. Apply this mixture while going to bed. Wash your face the next morning with cold water.
• Make a paste by mixing 1 tsp limejuice and 1 tsp of finely powdered cinnamon. Apply it on the affected area before going to bed. Wash it off in the morning.

Home Remedy for Body Odor

• To overcome the problem of unpleasant body odor, use antibacterial soap or deodorant soap while bathing.
• During summers, it’s a good idea to wear cotton clothes that soak sweat.
• Eating habits also tend to affect body odor. Avoid consuming refined foods; hydrogenated oils and other processed foods. Eat healthy food that contains loads of fiber, whole grains, wheat, soy products and green leafy veggies.
• To combat the unpleasant armpit odor apply cider vinegar. It serves as the best body odor home remedy treatment.
• Applying baking soda on the underarms helps to kill bacteria and also aids in absorbing sweat.
• In the bathing water, add a few cups of tomato juice and soak yourself in water for about 15 minutes.

Home Remedy for Body Rashes

• The best home remedy for body rashes is to apply olive oil on the rash affected area.
• As a part of skin rashes home remedy treatment, baking powder is applied gently on the rash affected area.
• Wash the rash affected body part with chamomile tea.
• Take Aloe Vera gel, cod liver oil and Vitamin E and apply on the rashes. 

Home Remedy for Boils

• Apply the juice of onion or garlic on the boils, as it helps in evacuating the pus.
• For boils filled with blood, bitter gourd acts as the perfect boils home remedy treatment. Take 1 cup juice of bitter gourd and add 1 tsp limejuice to it. Consume this mixture empty stomach in the morning on a daily basis for a couple of months and see the magical results.
• Milk cream is considered valuable in the treatment of boils. Take 1 tsp of milk cream and add ½ tsp vinegar and a pinch of turmeric powder to it. Apply it on the blood filled boils.
• Cumin seeds are beneficial in healing the boils. Grind the seeds in water so as to form a paste and then apply on the boil-affected area.

Home Remedy for Common Cold

• Lemon can be used effectively to treat common cold, as it increases the body resistance. Take one glass of warm water and pour some limejuice and a tsp of honey in it and consume it once or twice on a daily basis.
• Take a tbsp of carom seeds (ajwain), crush and tie them properly in a muslin cloth. Inhale in case of nose blockage.
• Take 1 tbsp of pepper powder and boil it in a cup of milk. Also add on a pinch of turmeric to it. Put some sugar for taste. Drink it once in a day for about three days.
• Take 3-4 tsp onion juice and 3-4 tsp honey and mix well before consuming.

Home Remedy for Common Fever

Holy Basil:
One of the effective home remedies for common fever is the holy basil. Make a potion using about twelve grams of these holy basil leaves, boiling them in half a liter of water. This should be given twice daily with half a cup of milk, one teaspoon of sugar and a quarter teaspoon of powdered cardamom (chhoti elaichi) to the diseased. This will help in bringing down the temperature

Fenugreek Seeds:
Drink tea made from fenugreek seeds twice daily. It is very beneficial as a cleansing and soothing drink. It is specifically helpful in dissolving mucus.

Another useful home treatment is tea made from saffron. Prepare this tea by putting half a teaspoon of saffron in 30 ml of boiling water. Give a tsp of this tea to the patient every hour till the temperature returns to normal.

The extract from raisins is quite helpful in the treatment of common fever. Prepare this extract by soaking twenty-five raisins in half a cup of water and crushing them in the same water. Strain the potion and discard the skin. The raisin water thus prepared becomes a tonic. Adding half a teaspoon of limejuice to the extract for enhancing its usefulness. Take this twice daily.

A cup of fresh juice of apricots mixed with one teaspoon of glucose or honey is quite good for fevers. It quenches the thirst and eliminates the waste products from the body. It also supplies vitamins and minerals to the body. Thus, it helps in toning up the eyes, stomach, liver, heart, and nerves.

The juice of grapefruit is valuable in all fevers. Helpful in quenching thirst, it also removes the burning sensation produced by the fever. Half a glass of grapefruit juice should be taken with half a glass of water.

Another ideal food in all types of fever is orange. It provides energy, increases urinary output, and promotes body resistance against infections. It is especially effective when the digestive power of the body is seriously hampered.

Home Remedy for Constipation

• Bael fruit works wonders in treating constipation. Consume the fruit everyday for about 2-3 months.
• Consume a medium sized pear either with breakfast or else before dinner. It is the best home remedy for constipation as it aids in clearing the entire faecal matter.
• As a part of constipation home remedy treatment, it’s a great idea to eat guava with seeds, which provides adequate amount of fiber to the diet and aids in normal evacuation of the bowels. Consume about one or two guavas on a daily basis.
• Other effective laxatives are papaya, figs, grapes and orange. Consume about four or five dry figs soaked in water overnight.
• Spinach is a perfect vegetable oriented home remedy for constipation. The best is to eat it raw or else you can go in for 100 ml spinach juice mixed with an equal quantity of water and drink it twice in a day.

Home Remedy for Cough

• Take three peppercorns and add a pinch of black cumin seeds and salt to it before consuming.
• On a hot pan, burn a clove by stirring. Keep it in your mouth and suck it.
• Take 1 cup water and bring it to a boil. In this add on 1 tsp turmeric powder and 1 tsp carom seeds (ajwain). Boil till half. Add 1 tsp of honey and drink it twice a day.
• Grapes help a great deal in treating cold in a few days. Consume 1 cup grape juice and also add 1-teaspoon honey to it.
• Almonds are excellent for dry coughs. Soak about seven almonds in water and keep them overnight. Next morning peel off the brown skin. Now grind them to form a powder and add twenty grams each of butter and sugar and form a paste. Consume it twice a day, once in the morning and the second time in the evening.

Home Remedy for Corns

• Liquorice serves as the perfect home remedy for corns. All you need to do is to grind three to four liquorice sticks and add half tsp sesame oil or mustard oil to it. The hardened dead portion of skin also known as corn is to be smeared with this mixture while going to bed.
• Lemon is of great value in the corns home remedy treatment. Cut out a fresh slice of lemon and tie it over the painful corn affected area and keep it for the whole night.
• Take about a half tsp of papaya juice and apply it over the dead skin of foot and do it at least three times in a day and see its magical effects.
• The milky juice of green figs is very beneficial in treating the corns of long duration. Apply about half tsp of this juice thrice a day.

Home Remedy for Dandruff

• Soak 2 tbsp of fenugreek seeds in water and grind them the next morning to make a paste. Apply this paste all over the scalp and leave for half an hour. Thereafter wash your hair with ritha solution or shikakai. It serves as the best dandruff home remedy treatment and you’ll see the amazing results it gives in a couple of days.
• Fresh limejuice is considered valuable as a part of home remedy for dandruff. All you need to do is to apply 1 tsp limejuice on your scalp for the last rinse. It will not only aid in removing stickiness and getting rid of dandruff, but also lend a glow to your hair.
• Rubbing snake gourd juice on the scalp has been found to be beneficial in treating dandruff.
• Beets can be used to your advantage in treating dandruff. Boil its tops and roots in water and then massage your scalp with this water every night.

Home Remedy for Dark Skin

• Prepare a natural skin pack by mixing 1 tsp of milk powder, 1 tsp of honey, 1 tsp of lemon juice, and ½ tsp of almond oil. Apply the pack on face and wash it off after 10-15 minutes. It is an effective remedy to lend glow to the skin.
• Take a raw potato and cut fine slices. Place a potato slice on your face. It will help in removing the tan and improving your skin tone.
• Make a paste using limejuice and turmeric powder. Apply it on your face. It acts as fabulous natural bleach.
• Mix dry orange peels with curd and apply on the blemishes. Wash it off with cold water after 15 minutes.

Home Remedy for Discoloration of Lips

• If the discoloration of lips is caused by smoking, there is a need to control this habit.
• Drink plenty of water, at least 10 glasses on a daily basis. It helps in flushing out the toxins from the body.
• Take some Vaseline and apply it on your lips. It will help to keep your lips smooth and shining.
• Apply some limejuice on your lips everyday. It helps in retaining the color of your lips.
• Apply some sunscreen lotion on your lips, so as to protect them from harmful UV rays.

Home Remedy for Dry Chapped Lips

• Drink plenty of water everyday.
• Cut fine slices of cucumber and rub on lips.
• Apply Aloe Vera gel on your lips.
• Take a saline bath
• Apply neem leaves extract on your lips.

Home Remedy for Gaining Weight

• Muskmelon is considered valuable in the underweight home remedy treatment. Consume muskmelons thrice a day for about 40 days and see its wonderful effects.
• To gain weight, adopt mango-milk diet for a month. Eat two medium sized ripe and sweet mangoes, followed by a glass of milk. Consume mangoes three times in a day. Mango acts as a rich source of sugar, but lacks the necessary proteins required by the body. On the other hand, milk is rich in proteins but deficient in fats. Thus, the deficiency of mango is made up by milk and vice versa.
• For instant weight gain, you can go in for an exclusive milk diet, in which milk has to be taken after every 2 hours.
• Soak 3 dry figs in water and consume it two times in a day.
• Raisins act as a good remedy for increasing weight. Consume about thirty grams of raisins on a daily basis

Method 1:- Slightly roast a big onion on a naked flame. Mashit and add 1 tsp of turmeric powder and ghee each. Apply it on the area affected with boils and tie a bandage.
Method 2:- Fresh garlic cloves (lasan) can be crushed and applied externally on the affected area.
Method 3:- Neem leaves ground into a fine paste can also be applied on the affected parts.
Method 4:-Equal amounts of ginger (adrak) powder and turmeric (haldi)can be mixed and applied on the boils.
Method 5:-A paste of some black cumin (kala jeera)seeds prepared in water can be applied on the affected areas.
Method 6:- Heat black pepper powder in ½ teaspoon ghee until charred. Use this as an ointment on the affected area.
Method 7:- Make a paste of fenugreek leaves (methi patta), heat it and when lukewarm, apply on the affected parts of the body.
Method 8 : - Soak bread in warm milk and sandwich the mixture in between the folds of a clean cotton cloth. Apply this poultice to the boil and hold in place with a cotton bandage. This draws the dirt to the surface of the skin and simultaneously bursts the boil.

Constipation In Adults:
Method 1 : - 'A healthy stomach is a healthy body". Constipation is a very common problem affecting a lot of people. Wrong eating habits,sedentary lifestyle & sluggish intestines are the main reasons. If the stomach is not cleared well, it leads to a lot of problems such as headaches, gas etc.However, use of laxatives should be discouraged as it is habit forming and also harmful in the long run. Here are some tips to relieve you of your problem. (It will take some time but be persistent and you will surely benefit)
Method 2 : - Take a glass of warm water with the juice of 1/2 lime and 1 tsp honey on waking up every day in the morning on an empty stomach. Drink one litre of water first thing in the morning.
Method 3 : - Eating 6-8 dates (khajoor) soaked overnight in a cup of water first thing in the morning also helps relieve constipation.
Method 4 : - Consume approx. 250-300 gms fresh grapes (angoor) everyday. When not in season, soak 12-15 raisins (kishmish) in water and have them.The water in which they are soaked should also be consumed.
Method 5 : - Liquorice (mulathi) sticks can also be eaten to relieve constipation. One of its many properties is that it is a natural laxative.

Constipation in children:
Method 1 : - Soak 6-8 raisins (kishmish) in hot water (depending on the age). When crushed and 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.)
Method 2 : - Consumption of 6-8 apricots (khurmani) a day or 2-3 cucumbers (kheera) a day or 1-2 bananas a day is also very useful.
Method 3 : - Bulk forming vegetables like carrots, radish, spinach,cabbage or roughage creating things should be consumed.
Method 4 : - Always eat the whole fruit instead of taking a juice fruit.The fibre content which provides roughage is lost during the process of juicing the fruit
Method 5 : - Include Whole wheat flour and avoid processed foods(maida, cheese, confectionery) in the diet
Method 6 : - Taking 2-3 teaspoon of isabgol in milk or warm water either first thing in the morning or at bed time is very beneficial.

Hair Greying :
Method 1 : - Wet a lemon half and rub lemon juice into the scalp well. Wash off after it turns dry.
Method 2 : - Soak shredded ginger (adrak) in honey. Eat a spoonful every morning.

Memory improvement :
Method 1 : - Add a pinch of finely powdered cinnamon (dalchini) to 1 tsp of honey and have it at bedtime regularly every night regularly.
Method 2 : - Mix ½ teaspoon black cumin (kala jeera) powder with honey.This paste needs to be taken throughout the day at regular intervals.
Method 3 : - Take 1 tsp each amla root powder and white sesame seed (safed til) powder.Mix it with 1 tsp honey and consume it daily for a few days.

Method 1 : - Massaging the area where wrinkles have set in with coconut oil every night at bed time helps lessen the wrinkle lines.
Method 2 : - Shred ginger (adrak) and soak it in honey. Eat a spoonful of this every morning regularly
* For A Glowing Face
• Method 1 : - Mix 2 drops of lemon juice with 2 drops of rose water and apply on the face in case there are pimples on the skin. Wash after an hour if required.
• Method 2 : - Make a paste of neem powder and fresh turmeric rhizome and apply it on the face before going for a bath for glowing skin and to remove scar
• Method 3 : - To remove tanmarks on the skin add 2 drops of lemon / orange juice to a spoon of honey and apply on face.
• Method 4 : - Aloe vera pulp mixed with turmeric powder and applied on the face improves the complexion. Applying a paste of tulsi leaves on face also does wonders.
• Method 5 : - Massaging the face for a few minutes with a mixture of Aloe vera gel, paste of marigold flowers, lemon juice and orange juice for half an hour also improves complexion.
* For General Good Health
Method 1 : - Include the amla fruit (gooseberry)or drink it's juice to increase body's immunity.
Method 2 : - Cut amla fruits (gooseberry) and keep it in honey for a month. Eat this daily fresh amla fruit is not available

To Remove Tan
apply buttermilk on the face & body -and wash after  20 min
mix tomato juice  + curd  -keep it for  15 min on face...

Effective home remedy for infants, small kids and adults as well - Nutmeg.
Nutmeg is also known as Jaiphal in hindi, Jadhikkai in Tamil, Jajikaya in telegu. Refer to picture of Nutmeg on your left.
Nutmeg is very effective in loose motions. It helps arrest the motions and also gives a peaceful sleep to the baby.
  1. MOUTH ULCERSMouth Ulcers or Canker sores are small boils which appear in the inside of your mouth, on the tongue or inner lips. Sometimes they are so painful that the person cannot speak, eat or drink anything.
    Causes of Mouth Ulcers are:
    Lack of Vitamin B2 in the diet
    Eating acidic or spicy food
    Bad stomach
    Eating antibiotics or other medications which cause heat in the body
    Viral infections
    Sometimes minor injuries can also cause it.
    Home remedies for mouth ulcers
    Avoid stress, Have a good sleep and eat a balanced diet
    Avoid eating hot and spicy food, avoid drinking hot tea/coffee.
    Have a diet of Rice mixed with cold yogurt and a pinch of salt till your mouth ulcers are gone.
    Take B-Complex capsules (Becosules) twice a day, it is quite effective.
    Keep rinsing the mouth with salt water. Take more salt, about 2 tsps in one cup of lukewarm water.
    Make a solution of 1tsp salt and ½ tsp turmeric powder in lukewarm water and rinse 3-4 times a day.
    Gargle alternately with hot and cold water.
    Take 4-5 leaves of Tulsi ( Holy Basil) and chew them in the morning and evening with water. This can be done 5-6 times a day. This not only cures mouth ulcers but also prevents bad breath.
    Biting on to small pieces of coconut, chew until the coconut milk starts to flow, swish the coconut milk in your mouth, this is one home remedy suggested by my grandmother which is quite effective.
    Apply Coconut milk mixed with honey 3-4 times a day on the ulcers for relief.
    Mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder to one teaspoon of glycerine and apply this solution on the ulcers
    For bad mouth ulcers take raw coconut break it into pieces and chew it with little sugar. Do this 4-5 times a day.
    Application of Peppermint oil to the mouth ulcers gives relief from pain and irritation.
    Make a paste of Amla (Indian Gooseberry) and apply to the ulcers, this also works effectively.
    Have Mint leaves (Pudina), 2-3 in the morning and chew onto it. You can do this 2-3 times a day. Mint is very cooling for the system.
    Remove the gel from aloe vera and put it in a blender with some distilled water. Keep this solution in a bottle and regularly, swish it round your mouth, holding and swishing for a few minutes then just swallow it, if you also have a sore throat gargle before swallowing. Aloe vera can also be used on other ulcers.
    Boil one teaspoon of coriander seeds in a cup of water. When this is warm, gargle with it 3-4 times a day.
    Baking soda and lemon juice is very effective in ulcers of the oral cavity relieving pain as well as the severity of the sores.
    Gargle a solution of 1 teaspoon of apple vinegar with half a cup of water three times a day.
    Bicarbonate of Soda dabbed on the ulcer will clear it up quickly. Dip finger in powder and apply to ulcer, leave for as long as possible. It will sting at first but will give relief soon after.
    For mouth ulcers, use alum. Take a cotton swab and place alum on infected area.
1. Soak two teaspoonfuls of ajwain seeds(bishops weed) in cold water. Add a pinch of common salt. Using this infusion as a common gargle substantially eases the acute sore throat.
2. Two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds should be added to a litre of cold water and simmered on a gentle flame. This should be allowed to cool to a temperature that could be tolerated by the buccal cavity. Strain this mixture and gargle with it several times a day. This cures a sore throat.
3. Coarsely powder the cinnamon bark. Boil a teaspoonful of this powder in water. Strain the extract and add a pinch of black pepper and a teaspoonful of honey. Consuming this decoction every three hours in a day cures a sore throat.