Friday, September 23, 2005

Simple home remedies for common ailments

These simple home remedies tap the chemicals naturally present in herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables, etc, to tackle the pain and infection in your body.

Why home remedies?

~ They are less expensive than other alternative forms of medicine.

~ They do not cause any reactions or side effects.

The following remedies can be used to relieve common discomforts and life's 'little' health problems...

Sore throat

This could be accompanied with cough due to an infection of the lungs, causing a secretion of mucous. Some home remedies that can be used are:

i. Boil water. Add a dash of cinnamon, a little piece of ginger, 1 tsp honey and drink.

ii. Heat water with 2 tsp of lemon juice and 2 tsp of honey and sip.

iii. Heat one glass of water, add a tsp of salt and gargle. Be careful not to swallow the water as it may make you feel like throwing up.

iv. Take 1 tsp fresh ginger juice, ½ tsp honey and a pinch of turmeric. Swallow this mixture at least three times a day.

v. Heat ½ glass milk, add less than ¼ tsp of turmeric and sugar. Drink while warm.

vi. Pour one cup of boiling water over a piece of ginger, ½ tsp ground cloves and ½ tsp cinnamon. Filter it, sweeten with honey and have it sip by sip. This helps when there is mucus in the cough.

vii. Add ½ a raw onion, 2 cloves, 4-5 mint leaves, 2-3 black peppercorns and a small stick of cinnamon to a glass of water. Boil it thoroughly, strain and have while it is still warm. To reduce the spicy taste, you could add 1 tsp of honey.

viii. Avoid milk and milk products if you have excess mucous secretion for one month.

Common cold

i. Blow your nose often, rather than sniffing back the mucous.

ii. Put 2-3 drops of salt water in your nose in the morning and before going to bed. Salt keeps the nasal passage moist; the saline solution also helps thin the mucous so you can get rid of it at regular intervals.

iii. Make hot chicken soup with lots of garlic. Have when hot. It will help unclog your nasal passage.

iv. Have lots of liquids like tea, soups, etc, daily. This will replace important fluids lost during the cold and help flush out impurities.

v. Soak your feet in warm water, it will help relieve any headaches or nasal congestion you get during your cold.

vi. Warm ¼ katori mustard oil to which you have added 4-5 cloves of chopped garlic. Apply this on your nose, chest and back just as you would a bottle of Vicks. Cover up and sleep.

vii. Boil half a bowl of water, add few drops of eucalyptus oil and inhale the steam.


i. Chew 8-10 pudina leaves (fresh mint leaves) early in the morning on an empty stomach for one month. Having raw onions along with your meals will also keep acidity at bay.

ii. Drink a glass of lemon juice before each meal, it will help relieve acidity.

iii. Avoid too much tea, coffee, fried and fermented food as they stimulate acid production.

iv. Take a glass of water, add a pinch of baking soda and drink it at one go. It gives immediate relief.

v. Take a glass of warm water, add a pinch of hing (asafoetida) and have it every morning.

vi. Drink coconut water 3-4 times in a day.

vii. Eat a serving of cucumber or watermelon 4-5 times in a day.

viii. Chew 7-8 basil (tulsi leaves) leaves to get relief from acidity and gas.

ix. A glass of kokum sherbet with little jeera (cumin seeds) added to it helps relieve acidity.


i. Take a spoonful of sugar and keep under your tongue until the sugar melts.

ii. Suck two to three pieces of ginger. This helps stop hiccups from recurring.

. Hold your breath for 30 seconds. If the hiccups do not stop, repeat again two more times.

iv. Take a glass of water and gulp it down non-stop.

v. Boil ½ tsp of cardamom in 1 cup of water and sip like tea.


Soak four to five dried pieces of amla (gooseberry) overnight in water. Drink the resulting solution in the morning on an empty stomach. Repeat this process for at least one month.

Stomach ache

i. Add a pinch of rock salt (black salt) to 1 tsp of ajwain (carom seeds), chew and swallow with one glass of lukewarm water.

ii. Boil 1 tsp of ajwain in one glass of water and keep sipping it through the day.

iii. Take 1 tsp of mint juice, add 1 tsp of honey to it and have with a spoon.

iv. Sip cinnamon tea throughout the day. Boil 1 tsp of powdered cinnamon in 1 cup of water and sip.

v. Chew one betel leaf with one small crystal of rock salt for instant relief.

vi. Make a paste with ½ tsp of hing (asafoetida) and few drops of water and apply on the navel. It helps release the gas.


i. Take 1 tsp of mustard seeds and swallow it with 1 glass of lukewarm water.

. Take 1 tsp of fenugreek seeds, add 1 tsp of curd and swallow.

iii. Eat stewed apples everyday. Steam the apple with the peel on till soft, then skin, mash and consume.

iv. Eat boiled sweet potatoes seasoned with salt and pepper to cure diarrhoea.

v. Take ½ tsp powdered nutmeg, add honey and swallow.

vi. Grind lemon with the seed and skin, add a little salt and have three to four times a day.

vii. Have two or three of the smaller, yellow bananas or one to one-and-a-half of the bigger, regular bananas. This helps to bind the stools.


i. Soak black raisins overnight in water and have in the morning on an empty stomach, for one month.

ii. Add 2 tsp of powdered black til (sesame seeds) to ½ glass lukewarm water, and have every morning.

iii. Eat two to three dates everyday.

iv. Vitamin C is required for iron to get absorbed in the body. Squeeze lemon juice on iron rich foods like rice flakes, dark green leafy vegetables, etc.


i. In addition to your regular water intake, have atleast three to four glasses of warm water with honey added to it.

ii. Eat apples, along with the skin, daily.

iii. Soak black currants overnight and feed this water to your baby in the morning. This will increase his/ her iron level.

iv. Eat bran rotis. Make them by using 50 percent wheat flour and 50 percent bran flour. It will add fibre to your diet.

v. Eat 1 serving of raw salads with every meal.

vi. Eat two to three ripe bananas to add bulk to your stools.

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Monday, September 19, 2005

Web Browsers - Alternative for IE

IE is one of the most targeted browsing software for spreading malicious codes over the Net, be it viruses, worms, hacking or .... Security could be a major reason to migrate from IE to other browsers. So much so, that the US Government has sent out a warning out to Internet users through its Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), pleading users to stop using IE.

Firefox can automatically block unwanted popups and keep your desktop clutter-free with tabbed browsing. Multiple web pages are much easier to handle with a tabbed interface. Built-in pop up window blocking and RSS-support, managing cookies and a good search box (that allows you to add your favorite search engines/sites) are other default features.

You can customize the look and feel of Firefox with one of the many available themes (called think skins). It also throws in an 'import wizard' that imports bookmarks, history, cookies and the likes from IE to help your switchover easier.

Mozilla isn’t just a web browser, it comes in a package that comprises an e-mail programme, a chat client and web page editor. However, at the core of the Application Suite is a powerful browser with features like tabbed browsing and popup window blocking. Mozilla shares much of its code with Firefox and both the browsers share the Gecko core/rendering engine.

Opera comes with a powerful e-mail programme, a great chat client, tabbed browsing and toolbars that let you quickly search the Internet for information. It also has other features like controlling the browser with mouse gestures and a session manager that allows you to save the set of web pages you are currently browsing at shutdown and continue where you left next morning. What’s more, Opera runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and countless other platforms.

Anybody who is paranoid about the security aspect of IE, should go in for Deepnet Explorer. This browser has three levels of phishing alarms. These are classified as high, medium and low. The high level offers the maximum options (three) for detecting a phishing site. The options are: checking the website against existing black lists, intelligent detection of phishing and prompting if an IP address is used in the URL. Interestingly, the look and feel is a lot like IE.

The latest release of Netscape offers some interesting features like site control and live content along with features such as tabbed browsing, download manager, import manager etc. Site control means that it provides the user with the choice of using Netscape’s own rendering engine or IE’s for a particular site. Live content on the other hand allows users to access content such as weather in small widgets like windows that are updated at regular intervals within the browser.

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