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.

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
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.

juice of 1 lemon
½ teaspoon freshly crushed pepper
½ teaspoon roasted cumin (jeera) powder
1 bottle (200 ml.) soda water
salt to taste
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.

2 tablespoons ginger powder (soonth)
6 tablespoons jaggery (gur), grated
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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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.

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

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
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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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.

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
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.

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
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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What is Insomnia?
In simple terms, insomnia is lack of sleep. Insomnia deprives a person of mental rest and thereby interferes with our day-to-day activities. It is most commonly experienced in old age.
What are the reasons for Insomnia?
1. Insomnia attacks those who are extremely hyper or are stressed and over exerted. On the other extreme even those who do not have a very active lifestyle can be insomniacs.
2. Lack of physical activity.
3. Lack of nutrients due to an unbalanced diet.
4. Constipation, over eating, anger and mental tension are some other causes of sleepless nights.

Try one of the following remedies before going to bed to enjoy a peaceful night of restful sleep.

1. Milk: A glass of milk with or without honey, turmeric powder etc. taken just before going to bed daily is the best remedy for insomnia. Try Soothing Sleep Inducer, for all-in-one remedy to insomnia.
2. Curds (dahi): Consume plenty of curds throughout the day. This helps in inducing sleep.
3. Low sodium fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables like orange, guava, sweet lime, plums, cucumber, green peas, french beans, ladies Onion (pyaz): Consumption of raw onion at dinner time helps to overcome restless nights.
4. Nutmeg (jaiphal): Nutmeg powder mixed with water is an effective remedy for insomnia.
5. Khus-khus: A paste made with 2 grams of khus-khus, ½ teaspoon of sugar and ½ teaspoon of honey should be taken at night for curing insomnia.
Foods to be Avoided
Tea and coffee
Aerated drinks
Canned and preserved foods
Deep fried foods
Confectionery and mithai
Spicy and strong flavoured foods especially before going to bed
7 Sleep Inducers
1. Adhere to a regular sleeping schedule, going to bed at a fixed time each night and getting up at a fixed time each morning. Early to bed and early to rise is a good rule.
2. Take a warm bath just before going to bed. Wear loose clothing and curl up with a relaxing book to unwind and induce restful sleep.
3. Try and avoid smoking and caffienated beverages as they can make you more hyper and retard relaxation.
4. Consume plenty of fruits and vegetables, in any form, as deficiencies of nutrients often lead to lack of sleep. An easy way to meet your nutrient requirement is to make salads a part of both your major meals – lunch and dinner.
5. Limit liquids of any kind for at least 1½ hours before bedtime as the need to urinate wakes you up in the middle of the night and break your restful sleep. It takes about 90 minutes for the body to process liquids. This problem is faced especially in older people.
6. Controlled breathing is also a great help in inducing sleep. The method is to lie on your side in bed and then take three deep breaths expanding the abdomen completely. Then hold your breath as long as you can. Holding the breath leads to accumulation of carbon dioxide which induces sleep.
7. Regular, active exercising during the day and mild exercise at bedtime enhances the quantity and the quality of sleep.
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Posted on August 14, 2009. Filed under: Home Remedies | Tags: , , |

This fruit and oat porridge with low fat milk makes a hearty and high fibre breakfast that helps to keep a close check on blood cholesterol levels. Have this daily and make a great beginning everyday.

Cooking Time : 10 mins.
Preparation Time : 5 mins.

Makes 3 1/2 cups.

2 cups cornflakes
1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
4 tablespoons wheat bran
¼ teaspoon vanilla essence
3 tablespoons sultanas (kismish)
For serving
low fat milk
few pieces of chopped apples
1. Combine the oats and wheat bran and lightly toast them in a non-stick pan over a slow flame for 5 to 7 minutes.
2. Cool completely, add the cornflakes, vanilla essence and sultanas. Mix well.
3. Store in an air-tight container.
4. For serving, place ¼ of the muesli into an individual bowl with the apples and pour the milk on top.
5. Serve immediately.
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