Friday, June 22, 2012

Home Remedies for a Sty

A sty is a tiny boil or bump resembling a pimple which forms on the eyelid and can be itchy and painful. We have oil glands within our eyelid and when these glands get blocked bacteria can set in causing an infection thus resulting in a sty to appear on the eyelid.

The sty may be red, white or yellow in color and will cause the eye to swell. A sty should clear up within 4 to 5 days. If it doesn’t you should seek immediate treatment from a doctor.

Some causes for a sty are:
  • Using old make up and eyeliner
  • Poor hygiene
  • Hormonal changes
  • Stress
 Never rub, squeeze or break a sty since the infection can spread to other parts of the eyelid or even to the other eye.

A sty can be contagious so do not share your towel or soap with others or they may end up getting it too.

Make sure to wash your hands in case you touch the infected eye.

The following are some home remedies used to treat a sty.

Tea Bags

Soak 1 to 2 tea bags in warm water for 1 minute. Remove and squeeze out excess water. Place the tea bag on the infected eye and leave on for 10 minutes. The tannin in the tea will help soothe the pain and bring down the swelling.

Johnson’s Baby Shampoo

Mix 2 drops of Johnson’s Baby Shampoo in ¼ cup warm water. Dip a Q-tip or cotton bud in the solution and gently wipe around the sty. Do this two to three times a day.

Compress

Soak a clean cloth in hot water and squeeze out the water. Place it on the infected eye. Leave on for a few minutes or until the cloth is no longer warm. Do this three to four times a day.

Potato

Grate a potato and place it on the closed infected eye. Leave on for 4 to 5 minutes. The potato will help reduce the swelling and soothe the pain.

If your baby is suffering from a sty apply a warm clean wet wash cloth on the infected area and leave on for 4 to 5 minutes. Do this when the baby is in a calm and relaxed mood such as during sleeping or at feeding time. This treatment should be done three times a day. If the sty does not clear within 3 to 4 days seek medical help.

© 2012 Suranee Perera

Friday, June 8, 2012

Home Remedies to kill cockroaches

Some facts about cockroaches

Have been in existence for over a million years

Can live without water for 2 to 4 weeks

Can live without a head for about a week.

Cockroaches are nocturnal insects. If you find one during the day it may mean the roach has been forced to leave its nest due to overcrowding. This is usually a sign you may have a heavy roach infestation in your home.

Although there are over 3000 varieties of cockroaches, the common types found in homes are:
  • American cockroach
  • Oriental cockroach
  • German cockroach
  • Brown-banded cockroach


 Remedies to kill roaches

Boric Acid, sugar and flour

Mix equal parts of boric acid, sugar and flour and sprinkle a thin layer near areas cockroaches frequent. Do not apply in areas children and pets have access to since boric acid can be toxic when swallowed.

Baking soda and sugar

Mix 1 part baking soda with 1 part sugar and spread a thin layer near areas cockroaches are frequently found.

Borax, flour and cocoa powder

Mix together 4 parts borax, 2 parts flour and 1 part cocoa powder. Spread a thin layer on areas cockroaches frequent.

Places cockroaches frequently visit are the:
  • Kitchen
  • Bathrooms
  • Near sinks
  • Gas stove
  • Cracks
  • Drains
  • Crevices
  • Vents
  • Sewers
  • Drain pipes




Thursday, June 7, 2012

Home remedies for fly control

Certain herbs when kept in a home play a significant role in keeping away flies.

Basil and mint are two such herbs which give out an odor flies detest.

Keep potted mint and basil plants around your home or snip some mint or basil leaves and place in a vase and keep in rooms flies tend to visit.

Lavender is another effective remedy for repelling flies. Keep fresh lavender flowers in rooms prone to flies. If you’re unable to find fresh flowers you can use lavender oil.

How to make Lavender Oil Spray for Fly Control

Find an empty glass spray bottle and fill it with a cup of water. Add 15 drops of lavender oil and shake well till water and oil has mixed well. Then spray rooms susceptible to flies.


How flies transmit germs to food

Some of the places flies breed is in garbage cans and pits including manure piles. Bits of garbage and manure will get attached to their hairy legs which in turn will be transferred to the food it lands on. The fly will also ‘regurgitate’ bits of its ‘last meal onto the surface of wherever it lands.’

Breeding places of flies
  • Garbage
  • Compost piles
  • Septic tanks which are not properly sealed
  • Manure (e.g. horse manure, cow manure, pig manure, chicken manure etc)


Diseases caused by flies
  • Typhoid
  • Cholera
  • Salmonella
  • Bacillary dysentery
  • Tuberculosis
  • Anthrax