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How to Cleanse the Home with Herbs, Lemons and Lime

Some people are not comfortable with using housecleaning products which are made from chemicals for fear of infecting their home and family with toxins emitted out of it. Instead they prefer to use herbs which are safe and do not leave a harsh smell lingering in the air.
Some herbs are also used since it has the power to cleanse and remove negative energy which has stagnated within a home
Listed below are herbs and flowers commonly used to cleanse different areas of one’s home. Keep in mind that home cleaning products made from herbs, spices and flowers should be used immediately for its effects wear off after sometime and therefore becomes ineffective if stored for more than a day or two.
For Kitchen Sinks
Rose-Scented Scouring Powder
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon salt1 cup baking soda¼ cup rose petals
Place all the ingredients into a blender or grinder and crush into a powder. Wet the kitchen sink and generously sprinkle the powder in it and scrub. Rinse off with warm water.
For C…

Home Remedies for Pimples

Try any one of the remedies listed below to get rid of pimples. Make sure to first wash the face with warm water and a mild baby soap before applying any of the remedies on the pimple.
Dead Sea Mud Clay for pimples
Mix one teaspoon of mud clay and water to make a paste. Apply on the pimple and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Cinnamon and honey for pimples
Mix ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder with enough honey to make a paste. Apply on the pimple and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Green tea for pimples
Make a cup of green tea and pour in ice trays and place in freezer. Remove the ice cubes and run on the pimple. This is also a good remedy for oily blemished skin. Allow to dry naturally on skin.
Orange peel for pimples
Take an orange and peel it. Take the peel and add a few drops of water to it and pound it. Then rub on the face for 3 minutes especially areas where there are pimples and blemishes. Rinse off with cold water and pat dry.
Egg White Mask for P…

Home Remedies for Hiccups

Sugar for Hiccups
Place a teaspoon of sugar on your tongue and suck on it while it has all dissolved.
Peanut Butter for Hiccups
Place a tablespoon of peanut butter on your tongue and close your mouth. Hold for 5 seconds and then immediately swallow. Do not chew.
Holding Breath and Drinking Water for Hiccups
Hold your breath and immediately take 5 sips of water. Then exhale slowly. Do this 5 times.
Massaging Ears to treat Hiccups
Massage gently the ear lobes for a few minutes.
Massaging Eyes to treat Hiccups
Close both eyes and gently massage for a few minutes. You can also place pressure on both eyelid using the fingers and hold for a few seconds. Do this a few times.
Cotton bud for Hiccups
Take a cotton bud/swap and tickle the top of your mouth with it for a few minutes.
Seek immediate medical help if the hiccups have gotten worse and has not stopped even after trying the above remedies.

Home Remedies to Remove a Fish Bone Stuck in Throat

Only try these remedies if you’re unable to use your fingers to carefully take the bone out from the throat.

Olive oil or Virgin oil
Take a tablespoon of olive oil or virgin oil and wash it down with a ½ a glass of water. The oil acts as a lubricant and the water will help dislodge the bone and sent it into the intestines where the stomach juices will digest it or send it out of the colon.
Eat a banana and wash it down with a ½ a glass of water. The bone will get stuck to the fruit and travel out of the throat and into the stomach where it will be removed from the body through waste or will be dissolved by the enzymes in the stomach.
Toast and peanut butter
Eat a slice of toast which has a thick layer of peanut butter spread on it and wash it down with a ½ a glass of water. The bread and peanut butter will help dislodge the bone from the throat.
Boiled Rice dipped in melted butter
Shape the boiled rice into a ball which is small enough to swallow. Dip it in the some melted butter…

Home Remedies for Wrinkles

Honey and Vitamin E Mask for Wrinkles
Ingredients: 3 Vitamin E capsules2 tablespoons of plain yogurt1 tablespoon lemon juice1 tablespoon of honey
Remove the oil from the Vitamin E capsules and mix together with the yoghurt, lemon juice and honey. Set aside.
Wash the face with a mild baby soap. Pat dry and apply the vitamin E mask on the face avoiding the eyes and lips. Leave for ten minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Pat dry. Do not apply any makeup or moisturizer on the face until 24 hours has passed. Do this treatment twice a week.
Olive oil and Orange Juice Mask for Wrinkles
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon olive oil1 teaspoon orange juice1 egg yolk beaten2 tablespoons oatmeal
Mix together the olive oil, orange juice, egg yolk and oatmeal in a bowl. Set aside.
Wash the face with a mild baby soap. Pat dry with a clean wash cloth and apply the olive oil mask on the face avoiding the eyes and lips. Leave for 20 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Pat face dry with a c…

Home Remedies for an Enlarged Prostrate Gland

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)  is a condition which causes a man’s prostrate gland to enlarge and get bigger. Men 40 years and over are the ones susceptible to an enlarged prostrate gland.

The prostrate gland shaped similar to a walnut is found around the urethra and is a vital organ for it produces a fluid that helps to nourish sperm. The urethra is like a tube through which urine from the bladder is sent to the penis. When the prostrate gland gets bigger it puts pressure on the urethra squeezing it and making it narrow. This in turn makes it difficult to pass urine effectively.
An enlarged prostrate gland can cause urinary tract infections leading to bladder and kidney damage.
Men over 40 are advised to have a prostrate examination done annually to detect if they may be suffering from an enlarged prostrate gland.
So how is a prostate examination done?
A digital rectal exam – also known as DRE is one type of prostrate examination where the doctor wears a rubber glove and inser…

Home Remedies for Gas

A person can suffer from gas when consuming food rich in carbohydrates or eating a meal high in fat. Gas can also result from laying down to take a nap right after a meal.
You should always chew food before swallowing as this can greatly reduce your chances of getting gas. Avoid eating excess amounts of foods which cause gas: beans, onions, brussel sprouts, corn, prunes and potatoes to name a few.
Listed below are some home remedies which can be used for treating gas.
Ginger Tea for Gas
Drink a cup of ginger tea after your meal to prevent gas and bloating. To make ginger tea add a teaspoon of fresh ginger into a cup. Then fill the cup with boiling water. Cover with saucer and let stand for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain and drink.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Gas
Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 1 (200 ml) glass of warm water. Allow to cool at room temperature and then drink.
Brandy for Gas
Mix 1 tablespoon brandy in 1 cup of warm water. Drink before going to bed.
Charcoal Tablets for…

Home Remedies for Clogged Drains

Hot Water and Salt for Clogged Drains
Ingredients: 4 liters water2 cups salt
Heat the water with 2 cups salt and bring to a boil. Pour the hot water into the clogged drain. Boil more water with salt and pour it down the drain if the drain is still blocked. The hot salt water helps to loosen the grime and dirt.
Baking Soda and Salt for Clogged Drains
Ingredients: 4 cups water1 cup baking soda1 cup salt
Boil 4 cups of water. Remove from fire and add 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup salt to it. Pour the hot liquid into the clogged drain and leave overnight. The next morning wash out the drain with more hot water until the blockage is completely gone.
Baking Soda and Vinegar for Clogged Drains
Ingredients: ¼ cup baking soda½ cup vinegarHot water
Take ¼ cup baking soda and pour into the drain. Next take ½ cup vinegar and pour down the drain. Leave overnight and the next morning wash out the drain with hot water until the blockage is completely gone.
To maintain clean and unclogged…

Home Remedies for Osteoarthritis

Our body is made of a large number of bones. When two of these bones meet it’s called a joint. Each bone is covered with a thick tissue called a cartilage at the point where they meet. The cartilage acts as a cushion by protecting the bones from damage when it rubs against each other during movement.
When the cartilage gets weak and damaged it causes the bones to rub against each other hence causing severe pain and swelling and in extreme cases difficulty in the movement  of the joint. Osteoarthritis is the name given to this form of joint disease.
Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis which only affects the joint and movement unlike rheumatoid arthritis which causes damage to both the joints and certain internal organs.
Osteoarthritis occurs mainly in the elderly although those in their middle age and younger are also known to suffer from the disease if they are: OverweightHave a defect or injury in the jointHave joints which are not properly developed are also at risk of suffering …

Benefits of Dragon Fruit

The Dragon Fruit is a fiber rich fruit which has fragrant flowers that bloom at night. The Dragon Fruit plant also known as the Pitaya fruit cactus is a kind of cactus which bears red-skinned fruit with white flesh (Red Pitaya), red-skinned fruit with red flesh (Costa Rica Pitayas) and yellow-skinned fruit with white flesh (Yellow Pitaya). Many claim the red skinned dragon fruit is the tastiest out of the three. The red dragon fruit’s also said to have the ability to control glucose levels in blood which is good news for diabetic patients. The fruit was first discovered growing in Mexico and Central and South America.
Dragon Fruit plants play a major role in the environment for it has the ability to take in carbon dioxide when its flowers bloom at night and give out oxygen to clean the air.
The fiber in dragon fruit helps to improve the digestive system bringing relief to constipation and help in weight loss. 
Dragon fruit is high in Vitamin C which helps to strengthen the immune s…

Benefits of Gingko

In China an ancient tree can be found having leaves which hold therapeutic powers. The tree is known as Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) and is sometimes called the 'maidenhair tree' and 'yinhsing'. The seeds are toxic but the leaves are not. The leaves are packed with the chemicals flavonoids and terpenoids. Both are high performing antioxidants. Flavonoids safeguard the heart muscle, blood vessels, nerves and retina from damage. Terpenoids (ginkgolides) help in promoting blood flow ‘by dilating blood vessels and reducing the stickiness of platelets.’

Ginkgo has been used for centuries by the Chinese in their medicine and research done has showed it helps to increase blood flow to the brain and protect nerve cells in the brain from damage. This is why in Europe gingko is used in treating dementia. Alzheimer's disease is another sickness ginkgo is claimed to have the potential to treat.
Since gingko is termed as a brain herb and is claimed to improve concentration and memor…

Home Remedies for Shingles

The virus ‘herpes varicella-zoste’ which is also responsible for chicken pox is what causes Shingles.

There are two main ways a person can get shingles:
1) People who have had chicken pox get shingles if the virus is triggered off in the body again. When a person is cured from chicken pox the virus is not destroyed but stays dormant in the body.  But when our immune system is weakened the virus can reappear again. The second time the virus attacks the body is called shingles.
2) Sometimes a person having shingles can pass it on to others who have never had or been vaccinated against chicken pox.
People over the age of 50 who've had chicken pox are at a greater risk of getting shingles since their immune system is not as active and strong because of old age. By getting the shingles vaccine when you reach 50+ you can reduce the chances of getting the disease.
Shingle symptoms include the appearance of a skin rash and blisters which can be extremely painful, itchiness, headache an…

Home Remedies for Vertigo

Vertigo is a disorder which causes dizziness in a person resulting in them feeling as though they are moving or spinning when they are standing. Vertigo can be caused due to the ‘inflammation within the inner ear, decreased blood flow to the base of the brain, head trauma, neck injury or migraine.’
 Vertigo can last for a few days, weeks, months or go on for years.
Apart from finding it hard to keep one’s balance when standing and walking other symptoms of vertigo are nausea, sense of light headedness, ear ache and unclear vision.
Top shelf vertigo is another form of vertigo which has similar symptoms as the common type of vertigo. Top self vertigo usually occurs when the head is tilted back to look upward.  Patients who have to lean their head back when visiting the dentist while sitting on the dental chair or customers at hair salons who have to tip their head back when they need to get their hair shampooed are at risk of getting this type of vertigo.
Top shelf vertigo is also k…

Home remedies for Insomnia

Many of us have experienced insomnia at one point in our life. Insomnia or sleeplessness can be divided in two types: acute (short-term) or chronic (ongoing). Acute insomnia usually lasts a few days to a couple of weeks and is caused mainly due to stress at work or home. Chronic insomnia is continuous and can be due to certain illnesses, medication or a sleep disorder.
Insomnia can have drastic effects on our health causing us to feel irritable and depressed hence making it difficult to go about with our normal work and disrupting our life.
The following are some home remedies you can try to treat insomnia.
Soak in a warm bath for 15 minutes which has 1 cup Epsom salt added to it before going to bed. The warmth of the bath will help your body relax and prepare itself for a good night sleep.  
Avoid drinking caffeine based drinks like coffee and tea before going to bed. Caffeine tends to keep us awake. Instead have a warm glass of milk with a teaspoon of honey added to it.
Avoid taking a…

Home Remedies for Plantar Fasciitis

A thick tissue called plantar fascia can be found at the heel bone extending to the ball of the foot. This is an important tissue for it helps to keep the arch of the foot in good condition and acts a ‘major transmitter of weight across the foot as you walk or run.’ But sometimes the tissue can get inflamed and worn out. When this happens it can cause severe pain especially after you wake up in the morning and begin walking around. When your plantar fascia gets inflamed, worn out and causes pain it’s called ‘plantar fasciitis.’
Plantar Fasciitis is not a serious problem but if not treated during the early stages it can lead to heel spur. So what is a heel spur? Heel spur also known as calcaneal spur is a bony projection which forms at the point where the plantar fascia is connected to the heel bone. It’s only by getting an x-ray can a heel spur be detected.
To treat plantar fasciitis at home soak the affected foot in warm water for 15 minutes which has 1 tablespoon salt added to it. …

Home Remedies for Skunk Odor

Skunks sometimes called ‘polecats’ are well known for spraying a nasty smelling oily pale-yellow liquid through its anal glands as a means to defend itself or as a warning.
Skunk smell is made up of sulfurous chemicals that are called thiols which are stored in the skunk’s anal glands. These thiols contain a strong repellent odor which stays on the skin and fur for sometime making it difficult to get rid of.
Dogs and humans are easily prone to skunk smell attacks since skunks tend to frequent areas such as yards and gardens in homes where garbage is kept.
A skunk smell attack can leave the victim suffering from the following symptoms: Watery eyesNasal irritationNauseaSevere eye inflammation
Skunk smell is not easy to remove. But there are some home remedies which people have turned to in order to get rid of the stench. Listed below is one such remedy.
1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup of baking soda
2 teaspoons of liquid soap
1 quart of lukewarm water

Mix all the ingr…

Home Remedies for Weight Loss

The two golden rules for maintaining a fabulous slim trim figure is to exercise and eat right. But many of us end up doing the total opposite since we find ourselves too busy with taking care of the family or occupied with our career. 
Listed below are some foods and beverages you can include in your daily diet to help you lose weight.
Types of foods to eat for Weight Loss

Eat foods rice in fiber. Fiber foods help to increase your metabolism rate. Metabolism is a process which converts the food you consume into energy. The higher your metabolism rate the more number of calories your body will burn.
Eating foods rich in fiber will also make you feel full and reduce unnecessary hunger pangs to a great extent. You should include about 40 grams of fiber in your daily diet to help with weight loss. Listed below are some popular foods rich in fiber but remember you should eat a total of 40 grams of the foods for it to be effective in helping with weight loss.
Orange – 1 orange contains 3 grams …

Home Remedies for vulvovaginal candidiasis (Yeast Infections)

Yeast infections (also referred to as ‘candidiasis’) is caused by the yeast fungus ‘candida albicans.’
Only certain areas of the body are prone to yeast infections. Such places would be where the skin is always warm and moist such as the mouth, between skin folds and private parts.
The most common type of yeast infection a female gets is vulvovaginal candidiasis. This is a type of yeast infection which infects a woman’s or girl’s vulva causing it to swell up, redden and become itchy.
A person suffering from vulvovaginal candidiasis will also feel a burning sensation when passing urine or during sex.
Females are at risk of getting vulvovaginal candidiasis if they: Wear tight underwear especially ones made of nylon.Wear wet clothes for long periods of time such as a bathing suit.Wear sanitary napkins which are perfumed.Apply strong scented soaps and body washes to their private parts when bathing or showering.Do not wash underwear properly.Do not bathe or s…

Home Remedies for Polishing Silver

As time goes by silver loses its luster and shine if not taken care of properly. To prevent this from happening to your silver keep the following in mind.

When silver is exposed to air it tarnishes easily. Silver also tarnishes/corrodes when dust and grime is allowed to settle on it.

When putting away silver make sure it’s wrapped in clean cotton/polyester cloth or you can purchase specially made bags or cloth designed to keep silver in. This will protect the metal from tarnishing.
Make sure to pack each piece of the silver separately after every use. Silver will corrode and lose its glossy sheen appearance if packed together.
Moisture is one of the biggest enemies of silver since it causes it to tarnish or corrode. If you store your silver in a cupboard or drawer make sure you place a few silica gel packets along with it. This will help to keep humidity levels low. If you’re unable to find silica gel packets place a few camphor balls with the silver.
Materials you should not use to st…

Home Remedies for Headaches

Headaches cause pain in a variety of places inside the head. The pain can be mild to excruciating.

Headaches can be classified into three groups: Primary headachesSecondary headachesCranial neuralgiaPrimary headaches

Primary headaches are the most common type of headaches people get.

Migraine, tension, and cluster headaches are examples of primary headaches. Those suffering from a primary headache will have pain at the back of the head and upper neck, the temples and forehead.
Physical and emotional stress caused to the body by doing physical work, working in front of a computer or concentrating for long periods of time (such as when driving) can cause a person to suffer from this type of headache.
Secondary headaches

Secondary headaches are caused by problems in the head or neck e.g injury caused to the head and neck, whiplash, concussion, bleeding in the brain, tumor, meningitis and encephalitis.
Cranial neuralgia

Cranial neuralgia is a type of headache which occurs when the nerves in the…

Home Remedies for Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin disease which results in the appearance of red, itchy, scaly patches on the skin.

When new skin cells are formed the old ones die. Our body produces new skin cells once a month and the old cells are removed from the skin during bathing or showering.

Sometimes a person’s skin cells may grow rapidly (within a few days) and the excess dead skin cells will not be removed but instead collect on the surface of the skin. When this happens the skin becomes red and itchy and eventually forms lesions. These lesions are called ‘psoriasis.’
There are five types of psoriasis. PlaqueGuttatePustularInverseerythrodermicPlaque, also known as ‘psoriasis vulgaris’ is the most common type of psoriasis people get.

A person suffering from plaque psoriasis will have thick silver or red colored scaly patches on the skin of the elbows, knees, lower back, scalp and even on the fingernails and toenails.

What causes Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is not contagious and can be caused by the abnormal functioning…

Home Remedies for Freckles

The skin is made up of three layers: epidermis (outer layer), dermis (the layer beneath the epidermis which contains blood vessels) and the Subcutaneous Fat ( the bottom layer of the skin made up of fats)
Melanocytes are skin cells found inside the epidermis. Melanocytes produce a pigment called melanin. Melanin is a chemical substance which is brownish black in color. Melanin gives skin and hair its color.
When melanocytes produce high concentrations of melanin a person will have dark color skin. When only a little melanin is produced a person will have a fair complexion. 
Apart from giving hair and skin its color, melanin also protects the skin from damage caused by the sun. It does this by blocking out the harmful rays from the sun. 
Sometime melanin may bundle together instead of being evenly spread out throughout the skin. When this happens there will be tiny brown patches which will be darker than the rest of the skin. These patches are called freckles. The medical term for freckl…

Home Remedies for Goiter

A goiter is a swollen thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is found near the base of the neck. The thyroid gland produces and stores thyroid hormones. 
Thyroxin is the main hormone the thyroid gland produces. Thyroid hormones play an important role since it regulates bone growth, sexual development and the proper functioning of the body organs.

In order for the thyroid gland to produce the hormones it needs iodine from the food we eat. Iodine is a chemical element found in seafood, iodized salt and certain vegetables and dairy foods
When the body does not get enough iodine the thyroid gland is unable to produce adequate amounts of thyroid hormones the body needs . This will result in an under-active thyroid gland causing the thyroid gland to swell up and form a 'goiter.'
Sometimes the body may get too much iodine from food and this too can cause the thyroid gland to swell up.  An excess amount of iodine will result in the thyroid gland producing too much hormones. This type of th…