Home Remedies

Sun stroke

Posted on August 14, 2009. Filed under: Home Remedies | Tags: , , , , , |

What is Sun Stroke?
It’s a serious condition caused by excessive exposure to hot sun which is characterized by dizziness, dehydration and a high body temperature but does not perspire. Constant exposure to excessive heat may also burn the top most layer of skin which will eventually peel off.
Remedies

Try the following remedies if you ever experience sunstroke.

1. Raw Mango: Raw mango is considered to be one of the most common cooling foods for sunstroke. Panha, a drink made with raw mango is most refreshing on a sunny afternoon.
2. Water rich fruits: Consume plenty of water rich fruits like watermelon, pineapple, orange etc. These help to relieve excessive thirst and remove summer heat too.
3. Fluids: Drink plenty of fluids (water and fruit juices) to maintain your fluid and salt balance. Buttermilk made with fresh curds is considered to be one of the best fluid as it helps cool your system and relieves the heat from your body.
4. Onion: Onions provide a cooling effect and it’s good to have them raw in the form of salads or chutney for lunch everyday. You can also try the recipe of Raw Mango and Onion Chutney.
Foods to be Avoided
Tea and coffee
Nuts
Easy Ways to Relieve Sun Stroke
1. If you happen to go out during sunny afternoons use sunscreens and wear a hat. Also wear lightweight natural fabrics to stay cool and protect your skin.
2. Apply a cool washcloth to the upper spine and back to decrease body temperature.
3. Have plenty of fluids in the form of natural juices and avoid alcoholic, carbonated and caffeineated drinks.
4. Take cool baths or showers at least 2 to 3 times a day.
5. Moisturize the skin to decrease body heat and also eases sun burnt skin.
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Digestive soda

Posted on August 14, 2009. Filed under: Home Remedies | Tags: , , , |

Whip up this soda, drink it immediately and chase away the stomachache in minutes.

Cooking Time : Nil.
Preparation Time : 5 mins.

Makes 1 glass.

Ingredients
juice of 1 lemon
½ teaspoon freshly crushed pepper
½ teaspoon roasted cumin (jeera) powder
1 bottle (200 ml.) soda water
salt to taste
Method
1. Combine all the ingredients except the soda water in a tall glass.
2. Just before serving, add the soda water and drink it immediately before the fizz settles down.
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Tummy reliever

Posted on August 14, 2009. Filed under: Home Remedies | Tags: , , , , |

An easy and effective remedy for stomachache due to indigestion or constipation.

Cooking Time : Nil.
Preparation Time : 5 mins.

Makes 12 portions.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons ginger powder (soonth)
6 tablespoons jaggery (gur), grated
Method
1. Combine both the ingredients and mix well.
2. Divide into 12 equal parts and shape each portion into round balls.
3. Have 2 potions daily before going to bed.
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Lemon and coriander soup

Posted on August 14, 2009. Filed under: Home Remedies, Starter | Tags: , , , , , |

An aromatic and healthy soup. This is an interesting deviation from the regular clear vegetable soup. Fragrant lemon grass makes this clear soup very appetizing and the coriander lends its own district flavour and colour.

Preparation Time : 10 mins.
Cooking Time : 15 mins.

Serves 4.

For the stock
2 to 3 pieces lemon grass, washed
1 to 2 chillies, slit
Other ingredients
¼ cup carrots, sliced
¼ cup mushrooms, sliced
¼ cup cabbage, finely chopped
2 spring onions, sliced
1 teaspoon oil
salt and pepper to taste
For the garnish
1 tablespoon chopped coriander
1 teaspoon lemon juice
For the stock
1. Combine the lemon grass and chillies in a pan with 6 cups of water and bring to a boil.
2. Simmer till it reduces to approx. 4 cups. Strain and keep the stock aside discarding the lemon grass and chillies.
How to proceed
1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the carrots, mushrooms, cabbage and spring onions and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes.
2. Add the stock, salt and pepper and bring to a boil
3. Simmer till the vegetables are crunchy.
4. Serve hot garnished with coriander and lemon juice.
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Stomachache/Indigestion

Posted on August 14, 2009. Filed under: Home Remedies | Tags: , , , , , , |

What is a Stomachache?
Stomachache is the abdominal discomfort caused due to pain in the stomach or abdomen.
Reasons for Stomachache
Stomachache is the abdominal discomfort caused due to pain in the stomach or abdomen.
Remedies

The number of remedies for this ailment are as many as the number of reasons that can lead to stomachache.
Here are some remedies that are tried and tested over generations.

1. Ginger (adrak): Mix 2 teaspoons of ginger juice with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and a pinch of salt and black pepper and drink it with or without water.
2. Ajwain (carom seeds): One teaspoon of ajwain combined with 2 pinches of salt should be chewed and swallowed for quick relief from flatulence
3. Mint (phudina): The juice of mint combined with honey is one of the age-old remedies for stomachache. Refer to the recipe of Lemon Phudina Pani, for instant relief.
4. Ginger powder (soonth) and jaggery (gur): The tummy Reliever, is soothing for your stomach and also in cold weather to keep your spirits warm. Mountaineers carry this magic portion to keep their strengths up in the harsh mountain terrain.
Foods to be Avoided
Spicy and oily foods
Deep fried foods
Aerated drinks
Fast foods like pizza, burger etc.
Refined foods like maida, sugar, pasta and polished rice
Canned and preserved foods
Handy Easy Tips for a Stomachache
1. Try to serve foods at room temperature or lukewarm as too hot food may cause irritation
2. Have small and frequent freshly cooked meals throughout the day as it aids in digestion.
3. Eat easily digestible foods. Consume foods that are liquid or semi-liquid in consistency.
4. Have plenty of fibre as it initiates regular bowel movements. Fibre rich foods include fruits, vegetables and whole grains like whole wheat, wheat bran, oats, buckwheat etc.
5. Restrict the consumption of fat to minimal as fats take a long time to digest.virus.
6. Chew the food slowly and eat in a relaxed environment, as sometimes tensions tend to upset our tummy.
7. Avoid eating in unhygienic environments on roadside.
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Sore throat/throat pain

Posted on August 14, 2009. Filed under: Home Remedies | Tags: , , , , , , , |

What is Sore Throat?
Sore throat is the inflammation (infection) of the throat.
Causes of sore Throat
1. Infection like a cold and cough
2. Pollution
3. Change of Weather
Remedies

Though there is not much one can do to it make disappear at will, but these remedies are sure to make your throat feel a lot better.

1. Salt water gargle: Gargling with warm water made by dissolving two to three pinches of salt is best recommended. Repeat this as often as possible for a speedy recovery.
2. Clove (laung): Two to three lightly roasted cloves should be kept in the mouth. The oils released from the cloves helps to soothe the throat and also keeps your breath fresh.
3. Cinnamon (dalchini): Add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and a teaspoon of honey to a cup of warm water and sip on it.
4. Lemon: Combine the juice of ½ lemon with 1 teaspoon of honey in a cup of hot water and sip it while it is still warm. Repeat this at least two or three times a day.
5. Ajwain (carom seeds): A quarter to half teaspoon of ajwain mixed in warm milk helps to ease the sore throat. Check out the recipe of Ajwain and Turmeric Milk
6. Tulsi (Holy basil) leaves: A concoction made by boiling basil leaves in water is a very well known remedy for the sore throat. See the recipe of Tulsi Tea.
Foods to be Avoided
Spicy, oily and salty foods
Aerated drinks
Deep fried foods
Ice-creams
Confectionery and mithai
Canned and preserved food
Easy Tips for a Soothing Throat
1. Try to serve foods at room temperature or lukewarm as too hot food may cause irritation
2. Have semi-liquid and soft foods which do not require much chewing. However eat enough to meet up your daily nutrient requirement. For example, a bland khichdi, a milk shake, roti dipped in dal are all good choices to ease a sore throat.
3. Do not eat meals in a hurry as this may be irritating as this may be irritating for the throat. Sit down in one place and eat in a calm and relaxed atmosphere.
4. Avoid smoking as it aggravates the throat and interferes with the infection-fighting activity of the cells.
5. REST a lot as it gives your body a better chance to fight off the virus.
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Usli

Posted on August 14, 2009. Filed under: Chaat, Home Remedies | Tags: , , |

Usli is a mixture of healthy stir-fried sprouts. Sprouting not only kills the anti-nutritional factors in the pulses but also enhances their nutrient content and makes them more digestible.

Cooking Time : 10 mins.
Preparation Time : 10 mins.

Serves 4.

Ingredients
¾ cup sprouted moong (whole green gram)
1/3 cup sprouted red chana
1/3 cup sprouted (chick peas) kabuli chana
1/3 cup sprouted peanuts
1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
½ cup onions, chopped
½ teaspoon ginger (adrak), chopped
4 cloves garlic (lehsun), chopped
2 green chillies, chopped
½ cup tomatoes, chopped
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tablespoon chopped coriander
½ teaspoon chilli powder
1 large potato, boiled and chopped
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons oil
salt to taste
Method
1. Boil the moong sprouts, red chana sprouts, kabuli chana sprouts and sprouted peanuts till they are tender. Do not cook in a pressure cooker. Drain.
2. Heat the oil in a tava (griddle) and add the cumin seeds.
3. When they crackle, add the onions and sauté for a few seconds.
4. Add the ginger, garlic and green chillies and fry again for a few seconds.
5. Add the tomato, turmeric, coriander, chilli powder and fry again for a while.
6. Add the potato, drained sprouts, lemon juice and salt. Mix well.
7. Serve hot.
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Protein poha

Posted on August 14, 2009. Filed under: Home Remedies | Tags: , , , |

A simple breakfast prepartion made of poha and kabuli chana which is full if energy and protein to keep you going for the day.

Cooking Time : 20 mins.
Preparation Time : 10 mins.

Serves 4.

Ingredients
2 cups poha (beaten rice)
1/3 cup kabuli chana (chick peas)
1 onion, chopped
1 green chilli, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon oil
salt to taste
For the garnish
2 tablespoons chopped coriander
Method
1. Wash and soak the kabuli chana for about 6 hours.
2. Pressure cook the kabuli chana. Drain and keep aside.
3. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the oinion and green chilli and saute till the onion turns translucent.
4. Add the tomato and cook for a further 2 minutes.
5. Add the kabuli chana, lemon juice and salt and mix well. Remove from the fire.
6. Sprinkle some water on the poha to moistern it and add it to the kabuli chana mixture.
7. Mix well and garnish with the coriander. Serve hot.
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Protein deficiency

Posted on August 14, 2009. Filed under: Home Remedies | Tags: , , , , , |

Protein
Protein is essential in our diet as it carries out an important function of repair and maintenance of body cells and tissue. A deficiency of protein can lead to impaired growth in children and general deterioration in adults. A balanced diet should provide 15 to 20 % of our daily calories from protein.
Ways to Detect Protein Deficiency

A deficiency of protein in the diet leads to

1. Weight loss
2. Anaemia
3. Swollen abdomen
4. Graying of hair
5. Slow healing of wounds
6. Decreased resistance to diseases
7. Muscular pain
8. Overall retarded growth
Remedies

A deficiency of protein in the diet leads to

1. Black raisins: A sherbet made with black raisins, sugar and fennel seeds (saunf) helps to bring quick results as it cleans the digestive tract and chases body heat away. See the recipe of Fruitful Healer
2. Fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables like cucumber, oranges, watermelon, papaya, chickoo, mint, spinach etc. are rich in fibre and nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E which help to have a glowing skin. Include the Cooling Cucumber Raita, in your meals everyday and you will see the results yourselves.
3. Multani mitti (Fuller’s Earth), rose water and sandalwood paste: A paste made with equal proportions of these three ingredients when applied on the face for 15 to 20 minutes will rejuvenate acne prone oily skin
4. Tomato: Rub the slices of ripe tomato over the skin. Dry it for ½ an hour and wash off with lukewarm water.
5. Tulsi (Indian basil): A mixture of juice of tulsi with lemon or ginger (adrak) will also help to cure the pimples with its scars.
Foods to be Avoided
Tea and coffee
Spicy and oily foods
Confectionery and mithai
Full fat dairy products
Pickles, canned and preserved foods
Refined foods like maida, sugar, pasta and polished rice
Creamy salad dressings
Enhance the Intake of Protein in the Following Ways
1. Have small and frequent meals equally distributed throughout the day as protein deficient individuals are often seen to have lower appetite.
2. Have dals and pulses for both the major meals of the day.
3. Consume 2 to 3 glasses of milk in any form to overcome protein deficiency.
4. Include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet as protein deficiency is usually accompanied by other nutrient deficiencies
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Soothing sleep inducer

Posted on August 14, 2009. Filed under: Home Remedies | Tags: , |

This milk flavoured with powdered herbs and spices from different parts of India is sure to help overcome insomnia especially after a warm bath.

Cooking Time : 10 mins.
Preparation Time : 10 mins.

Makes 1 cup.

For the masala powder
¼ cup khus-khus (poppy seeds), toasted
¼ cup almonds (badam), roasted
½ nutmeg (jaiphal), chopped
½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
For the milk
1 tablespoon masala powder, recipe above
1 tablespoon honey or jaggery (gur)
1 cup milk
For the masala powder
1. Combine the khus-khus, almonds and nutmeg and grind it to obtain a fine powder.
2. Add the turmeric powder and mix well. Store in air-tight container.
3. Use as required.
How to Proceed
1. Bring the milk to a boil and add the masala powder and the honey. Mix well.
2. Serve hot.
Tips
The masala mixture can be stored refrigerated in an air-tight container for upto a month.
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