Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Natural Remedies for Upset Stomach

Natural remedies for upset stomach due to indigestion are banana, ginger ale and mint tea. You should also make sure that you drink plenty of water.

An upset stomach could be due to a variety of reasons. Some of the common reasons are indigestion, motion sickness, food poisoning and heartburn. Indigestion could be due to greasy or oily food. Heartburn can also cause indigestion.

  • You have to identify the cause of upset stomach. If a certain food is causing stomach upset you have to stop eating it.

  • If the cause of upset stomach is indigestion then ginger candy, ginger ale or ginger tea would be a very effective cure.

  • If it is due to heartburn then antacids can be taken.

  • Take half a glass of water and add half tea spoon of baking soda and stir it well. Drink it two to three times at an interval 2-3 hours.

  • Banana is a very good natural remedy for upset stomach.

  • Mint tea is also a very good remedy.

  • If the upset stomach is due to stress or emotional disturbance then take a hot bath and go to sleep.

  • Another effective remedy is drinking butter milk with two teaspoons of amla powder added to it.

  • Light exercises like walking is also good for the problem.

Food poisoning can cause upset stomach. Contaminated and unhygienic food could be the problem. If you are suffering from diarrhea, fluid intake has to be increased. If the fluid lost is not replaced it may cause dehydration.

Things that have to be avoided when you have an upset stomach are aspirin alcohol and cigarettes. Eat as little as possible. If you are hungry eat fruits and vegetables. They can be digested easily as the have fibers. Avoid all diary products including milk.

These are some of the natural remedies for upset stomach

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Home Remedies for Conjunctivitis

Home remedies for conjunctivitis will reduce the pain and bring down the inflammation. Conjunctivitis is a very common eye disorder. This can affect adults as well as children. The condition causes the inflammation of the thin mucous membrane covering the white portion of the eyes called conjunctiva. One of the main causes of such a condition is bacteria. The other causes are allergens and viruses. The infection causes the expansion of the small blood vessels in the eyes. This results in red, swollen eyes. Conjunctivitis is highly contagious. It also causes a white discharge from the eyes. The affected eye will experience itching and burning sensation.

Conjunctivitis Precautions

Several precautions have to be taken to stop the disease from spreading. Infected persons should not touch their eyes. They should wash their hands frequently. Conjunctivitis could be accompanied by watery eyes and runny nose. It has to be treated by a doctor. The eyes can be wiped with moist warm cloth to remove the gum like residue from the eyes. Avoid going to work or school till the disease is cured. Towels and handkerchiefs should not be shared. Through away tissues are preferable. It is also advisable to disinfect countertops, door knobs and sinks to stop conjunctivitis from spreading.

Conjunctivitis Treatment

A variety of remedies have been used to cure conjunctivitis over the years. Several home remedies are also used to treat conjunctivitis.


If the disease is due to bacterial infection then antibiotics is the best solution.  The doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics, drops or ointment.

Anti Allergy Eye Drops

If conjunctivitis has been caused by allergens then anti allergy eye drops are used. At times steroid creams are also used to reduce inflammation.

Saline Eye drops

At times dust and dirt can get into the eyes and cause conjunctivitis. Saline eye drops are quite effective in such circumstances.

Home Remedies

1.  Keeping a cold bread slice over the eyes will help remove the excess fluid and reduce the itching.

2. Cold moist sterilized cotton can be used as cold compress to reduce itching and remove the discharge

3. Add a few drops of chamomile or lavender oil to warm water and use it as a warm compress. Use a clean cloth for the compress. The cloth can be sterilized using a pressure cooker. The cloth has to be used only once. 

4. Add a few drops of baby shampoo to water and wash your eyes with it

5. Cold chamomile tea bags can be kept on the eyes for immediate relief.

Home remedies for conjunctivitis will help to provide immediate relief and reduce the symptoms.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Uses of Neem Plant

Neem plant has several uses. Both neem oil and leaves have medicinal properties  

Neem oil is extracted from the seeds of the neem tree. A majority of the Ayurvedic remedies contain neem oil. It is being used for its insecticidal and medicinal properties for thousands of years in India. It also has wide ranging uses in medicine and cosmetics.

Neem  Plant

            Source: Wikimedia Commons:  Thamizhpparithi Maari                          
Chicken pox and Warts

Neem leaves are used in the treatment of chicken pox and warts. It is made into a paste and directly applied to the skin. Water soaked with neem leaves is used for bathing. 

Tooth Paste 

In the earlier days neem twigs were used as tooth brush in India. Now neem toothpaste is available in the market. It is very useful in combating tooth decay. 

Fertilizer and Pesticide

The residual cake that remains after extracting oil from the seeds is used as a fertilizer and pesticide. It is an excellent organic fertilizer. It is also a very good insecticide. 

Neem Oil

Neem oilhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=httprareremeb-20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B000VUWEZI is used to prevent hair loss
It is also good for the scalp. 

It is used as a moisturizer. 

It is an excellent antiseptic. 

When applied to insect and bug bites it helps to reduce the pain. 

It has a very strong odor and used as a mosquito repellent

It is used in the manufacture of soaps and shampoos.

Ointments containing neem oil are used for lice, scabies, ring worm and athletes foot. 

A combination of hair oil with neem oil is very good for the hair as it kills bacteria. It also helps to get rid of dandruff and is good for itchy scalp

It is used to cure scalp infections.

Neem Leaves

Eating raw neem leaves is good for diabetes. Fresh neem leaf paste is used in the treatment of acne. 

Neem leaf soap has anti fungal and anti parasitic properties. It is also good for treating acne. Neem leaves are boiled in water. Then the water is cooled and applied on acne. 

Capsules made from leaf extract are helpful in purifying blood. 

Neem leaf paste is used as face mask to cure pimples and acne

Dried neem leaf powder helps to keep the insects away from cupboards and bookshelves. 

Neem leaf is used as a natural eczema remedy. Its anti fungal and anti bacterial properties keep the bacteria from entering the skin.

These are some of the uses of neem plant