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Find the doctor at home; in your kitchen

herbal remediesMedicine…. life saver for many; but habit for some. Do you belong to pop the Medicine like candy group? If yes, then you should tone down your habit because your body is slowly getting immune to the medicines. The medicines might not work when you would really want them to. Many of the world’s healing traditions have their roots in the kitchen. Hippocrates the father of medicine rightly said ‘Let food be thy medicine’. So for minor hiccups try these herbal remedies which might even save few of your trips to doctors’.

Sore Throat: a common problem faced by many of us during winter months or even when we have too much to talk. A simple problem and a simple cure; gargling with salt water and taking in ginger-honey paste. Grate ginger and extract its juice. Mix this juice with honey (1:1 or 1:2 if you cannot take bitterness of ginger) and take for immediate relief. Ginger has been also considered useful for bronchitis, colds, cough, digestion and flu.

Toothache: Try clove oil or a paste of cloves if clove oil is unavailable. Clove will immediately numb the gum and would also fight if there is any infection. Make a thick paste of cloves and apply as a pack on the affected area for a few minutes. Spit and repeat if needed. Clove oil if available can be used in place of clove paste. Cloves also work in nausea, vomiting and other digestive problems. Sucking on a clove can prevent bouts of cough.

Cold: First line of defence to treat cold is keeping you warm, rested and hydrated. Apart from this, ingesting raw garlic with honey (either by chewing or swallowing) works wonders in cold. But it works best when taken at the onset of cold. Garlic is also useful for asthma, bronchitis, blood circulation, cough, gas, and high blood pressure to name a few.

Cough: Anise (choti saunf) is very useful for breaking up mucus and is used for hard, dry coughs where expectoration is difficult.  Make a concoction by adding a cup of boiled water to three teaspoons of crushed seeds and steep for 20-minutes. Taking in a paste of powdered licorice (mulatthi) mixed with honey or drinking concoction of licorice is also excellent in breaking mucus stuck in the system.

Indigestion: one of the most common remedies is to take two spoons of lime and ginger juice, and honey mixed in a glass of warm water, after a heavy meal. Another effective remedy is to have a teaspoon of roasted Carom (ajwain) seeds along with a pinch of black salt.

Urinary Tract Infections: Lots of researches have given thumbs up on the consumption of cranberry juice for the treatment of UTI. Though it cannot replace antibiotics, still it can prevent or cure minor infections effectively. Research indicates consumption of 1 cup of cranberry juice 3 or more times a day till symptoms subside. A doctor should be contacted in case there is no improvement after 2 days of treatment.

Skin troubles: use turmeric to soothe acne, scrapes, cuts, wounds, blemishes and sunburns. Make a thin paste of turmeric using water / rose water / aloe-vera juice and apply on the affected area. Leave for some time and rinse. Turmeric also acts as a blood purifier and antiseptic. It can be used internally and externally to heal wounds, relieve pains in the limbs and break up congestion in chest.

Few other herbs of advantage Coriander Seeds (sabut dhania / dhaniye ke beej): Steeped in tea, it is useful to relieve fevers. Cinnamon (dalchini): Very helpful for digestive problems especially when accompanied by gas and cramping. Cinnamon can also be used to treat colds, flu and arthritis. Bay Leaf (tej patta): good to stimulate appetite, promote digestion, relieve colic and flatulence. Black Pepper: The mixture of pepper and honey is useful to overcome cold mucous diseases and sore throats. Cardamom: Cardamom is often used to treat indigestion and gas.

Home remedies are often considered safe and effective but they should only be practiced till the disease is in the nascent stage. When the disease is acute or takes a serious form then doctors should definitely be consulted for timely intervention.

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Cranberries: the small wonder

Cranberries the small wonderCranberry is called as the berry of all seasons. Though it is a native to North America; still through preservation techniques it is available all over the world as fruit, juices and capsules. The berries are small, hard oval in shape and a little sour to taste.  Cranberry juice is a major use of cranberries; it is usually either sweetened or blended with other fruit juices to reduce its natural severe tartness.

Cranberries score among the highest of all fruits in antioxidant activity. This wonder fruit apart from helping us in preventing premature aging and lifestyle disorders, has lots of other benefits. Cranberry juice may inhibit formation of plaque and subsequent tooth decay. Consumption of cranberry juice has also been found to be beneficial in preventing urinary tract infections.

 Urinary tract infections: A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is an infection that can happen anywhere along the urinary tract. It is a very common complaint seen among females. Cranberry has long been recommended as a preventive measure against repeated urinary tract infections (refer to links mentioned at the end). It works by preventing Escherichia coli or E. coli, the most common cause of urinary tract infections from adhering to the walls of urinary tract, making it difficult for infection to take hold. It will not, however, kill the bacteria once they have settled and start multiplying in the body. It is also taken to prevent kidney stones.

Diets including cranberries may help support memory function, coordination and healthy immune system.

A Healthy Snack! Cranberries are high in vitamin C and fiber along with being cholesterol free, fat free and low in sodium which makes it an excellent snack for weight watchers and health conscious people.

Cranberry or cranberry juice can be taken at any age or with any medical condition because it has no side effects and it has not been contraindicated at any stage of life. It can be safely taken by pregnant women and nursing mothers.

Though it helps in preventing UTI it should be noted that Cranberry will not cure an active infection. For this, you need a course of antibiotics.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16329274

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health/Cranberry-juice-fights-urinary-infection/articleshow/6175855.cms

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2631561/

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