REMEDIES FOR MINOR AILMENTS-part 1
Acidity

• 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.

Burns

• 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.

• 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

Backache

• 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.

• 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.

Engr.Sulthan

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