Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Home Remedies

By Brandi M. Seals

Every family has home remedies that have been passed down from one generation to the next. The following are a few home remedies for common illnesses. While I cannot guarantee that any of these work, there are a number of people that swear by them.

Constipation
Relieve constipation by eating bran cereal. The added fiber should help move things along.

Guava when eaten with seeds provides some relief from constipationAdd more fruits to the diet. Prunes, pears, grapes, and Orange juice are good choices.

Drink a small glass of water with one tablespoon of corn syrup added.
Add a small amount of sugar or some honey to a glass of milk. Drink twice a day

High Cholesterol
Onion juice reduces cholesterol. Onion juice is supposed to have many benefits. It is said to clean the blood, help the digestive system, cure insomnia and regulate the heart and lower cholesterol. Use sunflower seed oil instead of butter or other oils. Sunflower seeds contain an acid which helps reduce cholesterol deposits in the arteries.

High Blood Pressure
The best way to control blood pressure is to manage stress and exercise. To keep stress levels low consider taking up breathing exercises, meditation and yoga.

Use aromatherapy to lower blood pressure. Blue chamomile and lavender oils are soothing when under stress. Get some message oils in those scents and really relax as your mate rubs your back.

Manage your diet. Reduce intake of fatty foods and increase consumption of vegetables and fruits.

Cloves of garlic help lower cholesterol levels and increase circulation of blood. Increase the use of garlic in your diet or supplement with garlic pills.

Acid Reflux
To relieve acid reflux, take a piece of clove and suck on it slowly.

Eat some vanilla ice cream or drink a glass of cold milk to get relief immediately.

Heartburn Eat a handful of almonds to stop heartburn symptoms.

Lemons can prevent heartburn. Eat thin lemon strips dipped in salt before a meal to prevent heartburn.

If you prefer, eat a bit of lemon rind to prevent heartburn.

Bad Breath
Sweeten breath by chewing on some cardamom seed.

Those little parsley garnishes on the plate finally have a purpose. Chew on some parsley leaves to freshen breath.

Rinse the mouth with a glass of water that has the juice from half a lemon mixed in for relief of bad breath.

Bladder Infection
Drink a teaspoon of garlic juice. The garlic may be able to kill off the bacteria in the bladder responsible for the bladder infection.

Drink a teaspoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of garlic juice mixed in a small glass of warm water before meals to help combat bladder infections.

Ear Infection
Extract a teaspoon of juice from mango leaves. Warm the liquid a little and use as ear drops to treat the ear infection.

Use drops of garlic oil in the ear canal to treat an ear infection. To make the garlic oil, heat some olive oil and add 2 cloves of garlic. Heat the oil through for several minutes then remove the garlic bulbs.

Store the garlic oil in a glass jar in the refrigerator. To use, heat some of the oil, then drop it in the ear canal using a dropper. Plug the ear canal with a cotton ball. Repeat this process as needed until the pain goes away. Do not use this remedy if you have a punctured eardrum.

Acne
Pound a piece of orange peel with water then apply the peel to the areas affected with acne.Apply grated cucumber or cucumber leaves over acne to get relief.

Rub the problem areas with cloves of garlic. Make sure the cloves are fresh.

Yeast Infection
Be aware of what causes yeast infections and avoid them in order to prevent yeast infections. Common causes of yeast infections include:
-Taking broad spectrum antibiotics, steroids, and certain birth control pills
-Wearing tight pants or tight clothing that would restrict "breathing" room
-Staying in wet bottoms for an extended period of time
-Being pregnant or experiencing hormone shifts
-Douching and/or using harsh cleansers in the vaginal area

Yogurt is one of the best home remedies. Eat it regularly to avoid yeast infections.

Drink at least two glasses of buttermilk a day whether or not you currently have infection.

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