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Home Remedies

Anything that is easily available in or around your home, and has a medicinal use, may be used as a home remedy. Most Ayurvedic home remedies are a blend of commonly used herbs and spices to cure common symptoms or prevent any ailment. Substances such as clove, cinnamon, black pepper, cumin, fennel, rock salt, turmeric, coriander, ginger, honey, licorice, garlic, onion, basil and mint are generally regarded as effective home remedies. Ayurveda also prescribes some exercises, massaging techniques, aromas and cleansing therapies as natural home remedies. Simple home remedies can be very effective in relieving symptoms, and preventing further development of a disorder. However, once a disease has fully manifested and reached the final stage of development, specific treatments are required. Home remedies may also support treatments prescribed by a physician.

Home remedies for some common ailments are listed for you.

Abdominal pain
  • Take paste of pieces of cinnamon bark with fennel seeds to avoid indigestion and relieve shooting abdominal pain.
  • Warm small piece of Asafoetida in castor oil and mix well. Can be taken internally by adults and rubbed over the abdomen in infants. Asafoetida powder can be taken with butter milk too.
  • Chew some roasted carom seeds flavored with rock salt and lemon.

  • Rub the affected area with a cut clove of garlic daily twice.
  • Extract fresh cabbage juice and apply over affected area.
  • Apply turmeric neem face pack.

  • Take warm water in case of hyper acidity, as it facilitates digestion of Ama (undigested food).
  • Mixed with hot water, lemon juice can help you get rid of nausea, heartburn and belching.

  • 2-5 figs taken every day with milk helps in iron deficiency anemia.
  • Raisins with honey or milk consumed twice a day conquers anemia.
  • Take amla juice with honey daily once in quantity of small cup.

Body odor
  • Apply juice of fresh leaves of bael fruit all over body everyday to prevent unpleasant odor of body. It prevents excessive perspiration causing foul odor.
  • Mixture of lemon juice and baking soda when scrubbed underarms help to reduce the body odor.
  • While taking a bath add some drops of rose water in the water. There is no need to use deodorant if you do this regularly.

  • Soak dates in hot milk for few hours and then take the preparation at bed time to free bowel movements.
  • Take a glass of papaya juice with breakfast for good digestion and soft stool.
  • A ripe banana with hot milk at bedtime every night is well known smooth laxative for hard stools.

Cough & cold
  • To clear nasal block, crush a tsp of ajowain and tie in a cloth bundle for inhaling.
  • Ginger tea- crushed ginger is added to water boiling for tea. This can be taken with honey. It decreases inflammation and relieves congestion.
  • Drink the juice of leaves of tulsi with a tsp of honey thrice a day.

  • Boil dry ginger and khuskhas roots in a glass of water and take thrice a day to arrest loose motions.
  • Butter milk flavored with roasted cumin seeds is very effective.
  • Banana is helpful in diarrhea.

  • 2 tsp of fenugreek seeds are soaked overnight in water and the softened seeds are grounded and left on scalp for ½ hour to get rid of dandruff.
  • Take curd, coconut oil, neem leaves juice. Make a paste by mixing all together and apply on scalp. Keep for 30 minutes then wash.
  • Apply lemon juice, coconut and salt mixture to scalp. Keep for 30 minutes and wash.

Difficulty in urination/ burning
  • Soak pasted coriander seeds in cold water for couple of hours and take this water with little sugar and honey.
  • Mix a tsp of cardamom seed powder and Amla juice and drink 2-3 times a day.
  • Bamboo acts as a good diuretic added with water.
  • Lotus petals and pink rose buds are made into decoction to promote flow of urine and ease pain.

  • Crush a few fenugreek seed with pinch of rock salt for quick relief from flatulence.
  • To relieve discomfort due to gaseous distension of abdomen chew few cardamoms.
  • Take a tsp of Ajowain seeds and roast in pan. Pour 2 cups of water into the pan and boil until the water is reduces to half. Take this decoction twice a day for gaseous distension of the abdomen.

  • Take an ounce of fresh grape juice to relieve fatigue. This improves blood circulation and gives instant energy & freshness.
  • Dates are great source of instant energy.
  • Ashwagandha root powder can be taken regularly.
  • Clove oil is a celebrated remedy for headache.
  • Apply a thin layer of sandal paste and camphor over the temples to relieve throbbing pain.
  • Tender coconut water relieves headache caused due to overexposure to the sun.

Joint pain
  • To reduce stiffness and pain in joints, apply mixture of mustard oil and camphor and massage lightly. It acts as a counter irritant and improves blood circulation.
  • Pepper, cumin and ginger boiled in mustard oil is an effective massage oil to apply on painful joints.
  • Heat sesame oil, remove from the stove and add a few pieces of camphor to make an effective application on painful joints.

Loss of appetite
  • Cumin powder and jiggery are rolled into small balls and consumed from time to time.
  • Taking 2-3 freshly cut ginger pieces added with salt and lemon before meals helps in inducing appetite.
  • Roast and powder black pepper and mix in molten jiggery. Roll into tiny pills and allow cooling then store. Pills should be taken twice a day to stimulate appetite.

  • Take the juice of carrot added with fennel and sugar before going to bed.
  • Make a powder with black pepper 25 gm, almond 50 gm, fennel 50 gm and crystalline sugar 200 gm. Take this powder once daily with ghee.

Muscle cramp
  • An ointment can be made of camphor and sesame oil and applied to relieve from cramps.
  • Take tomato in salad or as juice. Effective remedy for cramps.
  • Massage the feet and legs with warm mustard oil prepared by adding a few pieces of ginger, some pepper and cumin. This relieves the tires legs and refreshes the muscles.

Mouth ulcer
  • Gargling with decoction of guava leaves is very effective for mouth ulcers.
  • Apply pasted bamboo manna on the ulcers to affect a quick cure.
  • Milk extracted from grated coconut makes a soothing and healing gargle for oral ulcers.
  • Take drumstick leaves liberally to cure mouth ulcers.

Nose bleed
  • Instill a few drops of onion juice in the nose will arrest the bleeding.
  • About 3-4 drops of the juice of the seed kernel of Mango, instilled in the nostrils arrests the bleeding immediately.

  • Take ½ tsp of lemon juice and ½ tsp of aloe juice. Apply on affected area and wash after 15 minutes.
  • Prepare a mixture of 2 tsp ilk, 1 tsp rose water and 3-4 drops lemon. Apply over affected area, keep for 30 minutes and wash.

  • Fitting a pillow with henna flowers before sleeping gives a restful slumber.
  • Take warm buffalo milk flavored with cardamom or nutmeg.
  • Taking a bath before sleeping and hearing light music alsi aids in good sleep.

  • Hold a piece of cotton soaked in camphor oil between teeth to numb ache.
  • The same process can be done with clove oil.
  • Heat Asafoetida in a pan and fill the carried tooth with it.
  • Finely powdered pepper and salt massaged over the gums to relieve inflammation.

Vomiting/ nausea
  • Chew cardamom to prevent and cure nausea.
  • Add few drops of cinnamon oil to water/ milk and drink for nausea and vomiting to subside.
  • Adding sugar, honey and long pepper to tender coconut water makes a good preventive for vomiting.