Friday, March 18, 2011

Natural Remedies

Dr. Majeed provides a list of safe, effective home remedies for common ailments that not only allow the body to ingest natural ingredients but also reimprint on our minds the simple ways we can keep our health in check.
Coughing
· Mix 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder with honey and consume five to six times a day.
· Mix 1 teaspoon of fresh white radish juice with honey and drink three times a day.
Cold
· Boil 1/2 tsp of cumin, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp coriander and 1/2 tsp ginger in four glasses of water until reduced to about one cup. Drink it warm with honey twice a day. Add two cloves if you have a cough.
Sore Throat
· Chew fresh ginger cut into small pieces with sugar candy and swallow the juice. Make sure you chew very slowly. Gargle with aniseed decoction (a decoction involves a method of extraction involves a method of extraction by boiling herbs). This aniseed-infused water is made by boiling aniseed in water.
Hair Loss
· Apply 1 tsp of lemon juice with sesame oil, olive oil or almond oil to your scalp at night. Wash with cool water and shampoo (egg yolk is the best shampoo) in the morning. Wrap your hair up in a hot towel to steam. This will open up your scalp’s pores. Doing this regularly will minimise hair loss.
· Eat foods that are rich in iron and vitamin B complex (found in green vegetables, fruits, and salads, fish, nuts and cottage cheese). Ensure you get good and regular sleep; eat regular meals and do yoga regularly. Doing the sun salutation regularly is proven to be most beneficial.
Dandruff
· Apply 1 egg yolk mixed with henna powder to your scalp. Leave for 3 minutes and wash off with cool water. Do the last rinse with 3 tsps diluted in a mug of water. Do it twice weekly and you will notice a difference after three months.
· Cut down on fried foods, sugar, fizzy drinks and white flour.
· Increase your intake of alkaline foods.
To Control Pre-menopausal Symptoms
· Cut down on red meat, fried and processed foods as well as sweets.
· Reduce stress by practicing yoga.
· Start a basic cleansing therapy with cumin (helps to absorb nutrients), coriander (eliminates toxic chemicals) and fennel (reduces bloating and regulates digestion). Add 1/4 tsp of each of these to one and half quarters of warm water. Do not boil. Make fresh everyday.
· Drink fresh carrot juice every day. Add cucumber, beetroot and apple for greater effect; these will also add to the taste. Adding 30ml of aloe juice to a glass helps to detox the uterus.
· Eat a clove of garlic everyday.
· Eat light, fresh, whole foods and eliminate processed foods completely.
Toothache
· Gargle with a clove and fennel decoction to reduce inflammation and infection.
· Make a small poultice with a piece of gauze using clove powder paste in lime juice. Insert into the painful gum. It is best to leave it on overnight.
Earache
· Add 1 tsp of table salt to warm water. Add drops into your ears as this will reduce the pain. If the pain becomes too severe, seek medical advice.
Insect Bites And Stings
· For bee stings, cut a large onion in half and rub on the bite or sting area until the pain subsides.
· Apply table salt and rub onto your skin. This will relieve itching.
Joint Pains
· Prepare a healing oil by mixing castor oil with crushed garlic, ginger and asafoetida. Apply the oil to painful joints and rub in slowly.
· Reduce your intake of dry, spicy, salty and cold heavy foods.
· Eat fresh fruits such as pears and plums, which are especially good.
· Cook with moderate amounts of ginger, turmeric, and black pepper.
· Avoid eating bananas, eggplant, bell peppers and yogurt at night.
· Walk and swim for exercise.
Memory Loss
· Drink a glass of black grape juice everyday as this improves memory.
· Eat foods in their natural forms; avoid processed, canned and refined foods.
· Include healthy proteins such as legumes, beans, and grains in your diet on a regular basis.
· Keep your brain active by remaining stimulated; learn a new language or play the board game 30 seconds with your friends and family. Memory can improve through this kind of mental training. (And it’s fun too!)
· Take short periods of rest in between a busy schedule as this will help you retain your concentration when you get back to work.
Headaches
Headaches, most commonly, are result of anxiety and tension, nasal congestion from colds or sinusitis, muscle spasms or digestive upsets such as constipation. High blood pressure can also be a cause, but this requires medical treatment. To counter minor headaches, these treatments are quite helpful:
· Gently rub a few drops of lavender oil into your temples. This will help relieve tension headaches.
· Apply fresh ginger juice to your forehead and rest.
· Make a paste of cinnamon powder and lemon juice and apply to your forehead. Rest in a dark room.
· Peppermint is good for headaches related to indigestion.
Digestive Problems
· Add 1 tsp crushed coriander seeds and 1 small piece of ginger to 2 glasses of water. Boil for 15 minutes and drink warm with honey to taste.
Stomach Upset
· A decoction made from cloves will offer relief.
· Add black pepper and ginger to food to settle an upset tummy.
Vomiting
· A decoction made from cardamom seeds in about four glasses of water stops vomiting.
· Cardamom seed powder mixed with honey and coconut water three times a day eases nausea.
Acid Reflux
· Boil 2 tsps of coriander powder for 10 minutes in a glass of water. Drink everyday in the morning for 21 days.
· Avoid dry, spicy and salty foods.
· Drink plenty of water and rest properly. Eat promptly when hungry.
· Do not skip meals.
Eczema
· Drink a glass of tomato juice about four times a day.
Anaemia
Crush six dates, five almonds and five raisins. Soak in water overnight. In the morning, grind them with a bit of water and add the fresh juice of 1 apple. Add a pinch of pepper and a pinch of table salt.
*Always consult a doctor before following home therapies.
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