Natural alternatives for back pain.

Introduction:

Backache is such a common problem and sufferers generally resort to OTC pain killers such as Ibuprofen. Some of these pain killers kill the pain and also slowly kill the patient in the process. There are many safer options in alternative medicine which should be considered.

Here are some natural alternatives worth considering:

  1. Arnica: A study found that arnica, applied topically, was as effective as ibuprofen for relieving symptoms associated with osteoarthritis of the wrist, and with fewer side effects.
  2. Ginger: a study  found that ginger was effective as ibuprofen for pain symptoms associated with difficult menstrual cycles
  3. Thyme: A study found that an extract of thyme was as effective as ibuprofen in reducing pain and spasm symptoms associated with difficult menstrual cycles.
  4. Omega-3 fatty acids: A study found that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation with fish oil helped neurosurgery patients reduce their need for medications, and experienced results consistent with previous research indicating palliative effects at least as effective as ibuprofen.
  5. Cinnamon: a 2015 study found that cinnamon was as effective as ibuprofen for pain associated with difficult menstrual cycles
  6. Mindfulness meditation. Several studies have showed that mindfulness-based stress reduction improved back pain. Mindfulness involves being aware of what the body is doing and using meditation techniques to assist with the pain.
  7. Deep breathing. Taking deep breaths in and out for several minutes can calm the body’s stress response.
  8. Progressive muscle relaxation. This involves tensing and relaxing muscles in the body, focusing on one muscle group at a time. Lying on their back, a person can start with their feet and gradually move up to the shoulders.
  9. Guided imagery. This involves focusing on specific mental images to bring about a feeling of relaxation. One study found guided imagery and music helpful in chronic backache.
  10. Yoga. Yoga focuses on particular poses and breathing and can help with relaxation, and relieve chronic backaches.
  11.  Good sleep. An uncomfortable mattress, pillows that are the wrong size or simply not getting adequate sleep could trigger back pain. When practiced regularly.
  12. Wearing shoes that do not fit or that offer no support could cause muscle strains in the back, legs, and even neck.
  13. Touching the toes: In addition to stretching the hamstrings, bending forward to reach your toes will help loosen the muscles in the lower back.
  14. Cobra Pose: Lying on your stomach, with your hands face down beside the shoulders, gently lift your chest up so that the top of your head points toward the ceiling.
  15. Cat-Cow Pose: Beginning on your hands and knees, slowly alternate between arching your back toward the ceiling and dipping it toward the floor.
  16. Child’s Pose: Sitting on the heels with your knees hip-width apart, lean forward to place your head on the floor, stretching your arms out in front of your head.
  17. Ice packs are most beneficial when a person uses them directly after an injury, such as a strain. Applying an ice pack wrapped in a towel directly to the back can reduce inflammation.
  18. A heating pad can relieve stiff or achy muscles. People should be sure to read and follow the instructions on any heating pad and test the temperature carefully to ensure it is not too hot.

Conclusion:

People can often treat back pain with home remedies and some patience. However, a person should speak to a doctor about chronic or severe back pain.

Old fashioned remedies that actually work. Part -4.

Introduction:

As we continue on our series of ancient remedies, let us explore more amazing remedies that are used in households even today.

Homemade Cough Syrup

If you want to make a good cough syrup from the ingredients of your pantry, mix together ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon of honey, and a few spoons of water. Mix it all together, and have 1-3 teaspoons to ease coughing symptoms.

Cloves for toothache

 While garlic won’t cure the underlying issue, chewing on garlic at night, particularly chewing whole cloves in the affected area, will ease pain tremendously.

Put on Wet Socks to Treat a Cold

Soak a pair of your socks in ice water. Put the socks on your feet, cover them up with a pair of wool socks, and then go to bed. As you sleep with these horribly cold feet, the blood vessels will constrict, pushing nutrients up into your body to push out the infection.

For Dry Skin

To soften dry skin, break down two bananas and mix them with a bit of honey. Apply this paste to the skin, let it sit for about 20 minutes, and then wash it off, and your skin should feel softer.

Teabags for Burns

Get a cool-temperature, wet teabag, of any tea, and place it directly on the burned area. This won’t fix the burn, but it will relieve the pain almost immediately.

 Oil Pulling

Basically, enhance your dental routine by taking a spoonful of coconut oil – though other oils work as well – and swishing it in your mouth for five minutes a day, specifically pulling it through the teeth, and then spit it out into the toilet. The oil will “pull” all of the toxins out of the mouth, allowing you to spit them out in one go. When used in addition to standard brushing and flossing, oil pulling will help digestion, reduce gingivitis, prevent receding gums, get rid of bad breath, strengthen teeth, and much, much more.

Help Eczema with an Oatmeal Bath

You can hugely reduce the itchiness by following your grandmother’s old advice taking a bath of oatmeal. There’s a reason that so many lotions and pharmaceutical eczema treatments contain oatmeal as an ingredient: it really works! For a home solution, just make a bath for yourself, fill it with colloidal oatmeal, and then soak for a while.

Stop Your Snoring

Is your snoring annoying your wife or husband? Try drinking a glass of warm milk with a teaspoon of turmeric powder added to it before bed, and hear your partner’s relief.

Basil Leaves and Ginger for Fever

Crush some ginger and basil leaves together into  paste, then add a teaspoon of honey. Squeeze out the liquid, and then take a drink ever four hours or so.

 Vinegar works in cuticle infections

If you have done too much manicuring and if the cuticles all torn up and infected; make a glass of vinegar and warm water, then put your fingers in it for about 15 minutes. Repeat this procedure once a day and the infection fades away.

Old fashioned home remedies that actually work- Part 3.

Introduction:

Continuing on our series of ancient home remedies, let us explore some more home remedies.

Garlic for Allergies

Garlic contains a lot of the antioxidant quercetin, which eases allergy symptoms. Even onions work as well.

Buttermilk and Ginger for Diarrhea

If you don’t have cumin on hand, another weird-but-effective home remedy for diarrhea is to mix half of a teaspoon of dry ginger into a cup of buttermilk, and drink it. It is a magical home remedy for diarrhea.

Use garlic to drive away mosquitoes

For protection against mosquito bites, rub garlic oil on your skin.

Yams for Menopause

Yams contain vitamin A, lower your cholesterol, and are rich in antioxidants incorporate yams into your regular daily diet. This will help with common menopause symptoms.

Try Vodka for stinky feet

Having trouble with foot odor?  Just soak a thin cloth in some vodka, swipe your foot down, and feel the smell go away. Magically.

Cumin, Honey, Cinnamon and Ginger for Diarrhea

Use a tea made of cumin seeds, honey, cinnamon and ginger and it cures diarrhea like magic. 

Lemons for an Earache

Pain in the ears can be soothed by the application of freshly-squeezed lemons. Just squeeze a lemon onto a Q-tip, and delicately rub this just inside the ear to restore pH balance.

Stinging Nettle for Hair Loss

For hair fall, use stinging nettle, an herb often used for tea. Drinking stinging nettle tea a few times a day should help, and you can also massage stinging nettle itself in your scalp.

Cure Nausea with Olives

Eating olives can cure nausea. This is due to the tannin inside them.

Old fashioned remedies that actually work. Part -2.

Introduction:

Continuing from our previous article. Let us examine some more amazing home remedies that our elders used.

Use Licorice to Eliminate Corns

 If you soak some licorice with oil, apply it all to the corn and wrap it tight under plastic wrap for 6-8 hours—for instance, overnight—this will cause the licorice to soften the corn.

For your Hangover use Apple Cider Vinegar

Drinking might be fun, but hangovers aren’t fun for anyone. Apple cider vinegar balances the pH levels in your stomach after a little too much alcohol throws it off. Just gulp down a teaspoon of this vinegar, or a small shot-glass. If you can’t take it straight, dilute it with some water. This takes care of all hangovers adequately.

Use beets for constipation

The human body needs to eliminate waste. One home solution you may have heard from your grandparents was to eat some fresh-steamed beets, then drink the water they were steamed in. This should clear out your colon like magic.

Potatoes for Spider Bites

If a spider managed to sink its teeth into you, ease the itching and swelling by shredding a potato, wrapping the pieces in cloth, and applying to the bite area. For a more deadly spider bite, such as a black widow, seek immediate medical attention.

Pine syrup.

Pine needles, along with most other conifer needles, are high in vitamin C and can be used as an expectorant for coughs and for relieving chest congestion. When pine needle tea is combined with honey to make syrup, it is highly beneficial for soothing a dry and scratchy throat and helping to tame coughs.

Apples Help the Bowels

Apples are high in pectin, a naturally occurring fiber that both bulks up and softens stools. This means that apples are an effective treatment for both diarrhea and constipation.

Banana Peel for Poison Ivy

While bananas won’t prevent you from getting the allergic rash that 85% of the population contracts from touching poison ivy, they can help. Rub the inside of a banana peel against poison ivy rash for relief from the pain and itchiness.

Honey for Acid Reflux

As soon as the symptoms of acid reflux begin affecting you, swallow three spoons of honey, and it should help you achieve better digestion.

Blackstrap molasses for Constipation

If you suffer from frequent constipation, try injecting a little blackstrap molasses into your diet, whether as a coffee additive or an extra ingredient in cookies. This molasses should ease constipation.

Raw Honey for Chapped Lips

If your lips are chapped, you can simply apply honey to the affected area—rub it on, just as you would Chap Stick—and it will do the job nicely, and taste better to boot. Just make sure the honey is both raw and organic.

Old fashioned home remedies that actually work – part 1.

Introduction:

Our elders used homemade ingredients for various common ailments and some of them are efficacious to this day. But many such home remedies work better than the synthetic pharmaceuticals that so many people stuff their bodies with today.

Some useful home remedies:

Garlic and Olive Oil for Athlete’s Foot

Just shred some garlic cloves, mix them with natural olive oil and then use a bit of cotton to rub this mixture on to the affected area between the toes. It is extremely efficacious in athlete’s foot.

 Vinegar cures a Swimmer’s Ear

Put vinegar in your ears after a swim in the sea. The acidic properties of vinegar can kill off the swimmer’s ear bacteria, leaving you feeling like yourself again. Just take out some white vinegar, dilute it with distilled water, and put three drops into the problematic ear, three times a day, until the problem fades.

Olive Oil for Eczema

Eczema can make anyone grow crazy. But olive oil, which is full of antioxidants and often used as an ingredient in professional skin creams, isn’t just good for athlete’s foot: it can ease the symptoms of eczema as well. Simply rub some olive oil onto the eczema-affected areas of your skin, and it should help greatly to ameliorate the itching in eczema.

 Fix Hiccups with a Spoonful of Sugar

 “Hiccups” are actually just spasms of your diaphragm, so having a spoon of dry sugar will throw off the nerve muscles and cure their agitation.

Get rid of warts with duct tape

 After cleaning a wart off, just apply a strip of the tape to the affected area, and then keep it there for three days. After that, remove, and rub the wart area with a pumice stone, and then apply new tape.  Continue this process every three days until the wart disappears.

Use Coconut Oil for acne

In addition to many other uses, coconut oil is an effective treatment for acne, since its antibiotic properties prevent further breakouts. Just apply coconut oil to the skin, maybe mixing it with a little raw honey.

Have a Little Yogurt for That Bad Breath

Bad breath is known as halitosis.  But the cure for it is right there in your fridge: yogurt. At least two servings a day of this pro-biotic wonder, changes the landscape of your tongue so that it won’t breed any more the bad bacteria that produces that distinctive stink.

For bug bites by use toothpaste

Tooth paste contains peppermint oil inside: if you have the pure peppermint oil itself, that’s even more effective. Either way, applying peppermint oil to a bug bite—even if it’s just through dabbing on a little toothpaste – will immediately reduce the raw itchiness which occurs after a bed bug bite.

Soak Golden Raisins in Gin for Arthritis

If there’s one thing that afflicted so many of our grandparents, it was the terrible swelling pains of arthritis. But they had a home remedy that still works today. Get some golden raisins, soak them in gin, and let it sit overnight until all of the gin has been soaked up. After this is done, eat about ten raisins a day. While this won’t fix the underlying problems of arthritis, it will greatly ease the symptoms.

 Potato Slices in Headaches

For Headaches and migraines; use potato slices.   Just cut a few slices from a raw potato, soak them in a very thin cloth, and apply them to your forehead or directly to the temples.

To be continued…

Best herbs and supplements for natural skin care.

Introduction:

Our skin is the largest organ in the body. It is the first line of defense against injury, pathogens, toxins, air pollution, and overexposure to cold, heat and sun. Since it is the first organ in line to “take a hit” from every day environmental threats, and it is also the first to respond to these stressors with wrinkles, age spots, dryness, redness or pimples.

Some very special herbs and supplements which protect the skin:

Lavender oil has been shown to trigger the production of glutathione and superoxide dismutase –which are two undisputed antioxidants that offer skin protection.  In addition, it spurs the synthesis of collagen, one of the proteins responsible for skin’s elasticity. Lavender oil has antiseptic and antifungal properties and that essential oil of lavender can speed wound healing, while even treating infections resistant to conventional anti-fungal agents.

And another impressive study showed that lavender oil reduced swelling and inflammation as much as dexamethasone and reduced pain as much as tramadol which is an analgesic.   Lavender oil is not to be taken internally. Instead, it should be combined with carrier oil and applied topically.

Calendula, also known as pot marigold, is a close relative to the yellowish-orange marigolds found in annual plantings. It has anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Calendula is a popular ingredient in homeopathic creams and ointments used to treat cuts, contact dermatitis, diaper rash and sunburn.

Tea tree oil, a natural antiseptic, can promote the healing of minor wounds while helping to prevent infection.  Tea tree oil can reduce the severity of this common allergic reaction.

Collagen, a protein found in the body’s connective tissues, is essential for the flexibility and resilience of skin. Aging, air pollution, poor nutrition and smoking can all take a toll on collagen, leading to a loss of the ability of skin to “snap back” and triggering the onset of wrinkles and sagging. Studies suggest that oral supplementary collagen may be able to help. In restoring skin health and vitality.

Vitamin C, hibiscus extract and macqui berry extract caused a significant improvement in skin elasticity and firmness after four weeks. And, as you may know: the antioxidant vitamin C plays an important role in producing collagen.  Good dietary sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, bell peppers and strawberries.

Vitamin A helps to preserve collagen in the body. Retinol, a form of vitamin A, is available in skincare creams and lotions. For best results, look for a formulation that contains vitamin C as well.

Conclusion:

Of course, before trying the supplements listed above, be sure to check first with your integrative healthcare provider or skin care specialist. The skin is a vital organ and has to be cared for. Always keep your skin moisturized. Apply a moisturizer soon after washing your skin to help seal in moisture. For good skin health get enough sleep.   Eat healthy for a glowing and skin and stay adequately hydrated.

HIFU Treatments.

Introduction:

HIFU treatments are ones that were specifically designed to help reduce localized fat and body flaccidity. HIFU stands for high-intensity focused ultrasound. It is nothing more than a non-surgical procedure that utilizes technology available today along with medical aesthetic applications to help reduce localized body fat. It basically uses the energy of ultrasound by applying heat to the fat areas. It uses technology, so that temperatures as high as 70 degrees C can be applied to the desired areas.

These radio frequencies penetrate deep into the skin and destroy fat deposits. It is impressive that all of this can be done without damaging the skin, organs, or other parts of the body. It also allows for immediate contraction as well as regeneration of collagen and elasticity.

Uses of HIFU therapy:

Facial Rejuvenation – When this technology is applied to the face it can also stimulate facial elastin and collagen, reducing fine wrinkles around the mouth and nose, forehead, and eyes.

Reduction of Eye Bags – Fillers are extremely popular for dealing with eye bags, but you might be surprised to learn that HIFU treatments might be more effective. This technology not only has the power to reduce the appearance of dark circles and eye bags.

Hydrating the Skin – This technology can actually improve the skin’s natural hydration. This will prevent future wrinkles while also leaving the skin looking healthy and luminous in a dewy way.

Fighting Acne – Acne is a troubling and common skin condition that million find themselves battling daily. Well, you could potentially eliminate all your acne woes with the power of HIFU treatments. This technology has the power to reduce the size of pores and limit the number of impurities that clog up those pores.

Conclusion:

HIFU has many aesthetic benefits, including:

Wrinkle reduction

.tightening sagging skin on the neck (sometimes called turkey neck)

Lifting the cheeks, eyebrows, and eyelids.

Enhancing jaw line definition.

Tightening of the décolletage.Smoothing the skin.

Home remedies for common stomach upsets.

Introduction:

Childhood abdominal pain is a very common reason for parents to seek medical advice. The good news is that most childhood abdominal pain is benign and self-limiting, resolving rapidly.

A great grandmother remedy for pain due to indigestion and over eating:

Mint leaves

Take a small bunch of crushed fresh mint leaves and put it into 1 cup boiling water.

Cinnamon

Then add a teaspoonful of cinnamon powder to the mix.

Ginger

Then grate half a spoon of ginger into this mix

Cumin seeds &  Fennel seeds

Then add half a spoonful of cumin seed powder, fennel seed powder and asafetida each.

Mango leaves

To this mix add two teaspoonfuls of mango leaves which were previously dried and powdered.

Finally bring the mix to a boil over a small flame.  Cool this mixture and add some honey to taste. Then strain this mix. One glassful of this wonderful mixture worked wonders for any stomach pain or indigestion brought about due to a gastronomic extravaganza.

Conclusion:

A word of caution: Chronic abdominal pain refers to pain that has been present continuously, or occurring at least on a weekly basis when intermittent, for a minimum period of two months. This should not be neglected and must be shown to a physician. Also if the abdominal pain is severe please contact your health care provider immediately.

Home remedies for Summer Boils.

Introduction:

Many of the Home remedies have come to us from generations. Some of them are also called as grandmother’s remedies. Often times these remedies have a lot of hidden scientific sense.

 Summer boils are a very tricky problem and there are several home remedies of great repute and are extremely efficacious.

Warm compresses:

One of the time tested methods is to give frequent application of warm compresses and this helps boils heal without requiring a visit to the doctor. The idea here is scientific and it helps increase the blood supply to the area. Once the boil ruptured and emptied itself of infectious waste, the sore can began to heal.

Garlic with onion:

A mixture of garlic juice together with onion juice in equal quantity, it is very efficacious and when applied on the boils, it helps ripen them and then break them to expel the pus.

Cumin seeds:

A paste of cumin seeds with water when applies on boils has an anti-septic action and gets rid of the boils.

Bitter gourd:

Bitter gourd can also be a very effective remedy for boils. Take 1 cup bitter gourd juice, add one teaspoon of lime juice. Sip it slowly on an empty stomach. It is a cleansing agent and helps in curing boils.

Ginger:

 Is one of the most common boil home remedies. Grate fresh ginger and pack on top of the boil. This increases the blood flow to the boil and helps them burst. Ginger may turn your skin red and this is normal.

Egg whites:

Spread beaten egg whites on the boil and cover with a bandage. This definitely speeds up drying and healing of the boil.

I would like to caution readers that if the boils do not burst or if they become worse, a qualified doctor must be consulted without wasting time.

Home remedies for menstrual cramps

Introduction:

Menstrual cramps in adolescent girls can be quite incapacitating and it results in a lot of loss of school hours. In our Ayurvedic tradition there are many excellent concoctions for the same and these grandmother remedies are very efficacious and do have a scientific basis.

A Brew:

A brew of the following is quite effective and unnecessary allopathic medications can often be avoided.  

Basil leaves.

Basil leaves (Tulsi) can relieve some of the normal pain associated with menstruation because it contains caffeic acid, which has an analgesic, or pain-killing effect.

Cinnamon powder:

This has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties and can be mixed with Basil leaves and heated in water to form a brew.

Fennel.

This was another sure shot cramp cure.  This spice is said to promote better circulation to the ovaries. Crush fennel seeds into a powder. Add to 1 cup boiling water, keep for five minutes, strain, and drink hot.

Ginger.

This is a cramp reliever, and as an added bonus it sometimes can make irregular periods regular. It can be added to the brew however, put 1/2 teaspoon in 1 cup boiling water, and drink three times a day.

Mint.

 Either peppermint or wintergreen can relieve cramps. Steep into a tea and drink a cup or two a day. Mint in a candy form can also be useful.

Mustard.

Add a tablespoon or two of powdered mustard to the brew and this definitely helps relieve the cramps.

Conclusion:

Finally a word of friendly caution, please consult a Gynecologist if the symptoms do not come down in a few days.