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Home Remedies to Get Rid of Warts and Moles

Warts and moles are two separate skin problems and not the same as some people think.

A person gets warts by direct skin contact with a person who has it. 
Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus’s entry point is any area of the surface of the skin which has a cut or abrasion. It enters through the broken skin and settles there. The virus then grows and forms a wart.
There are over 100 types of warts and the common ones are:
Common wart – found on hands and fingers
Plantar warts or foot warts - found on the soles of the feet
Flat warts – common amongst children and can be found in clusters of 20 to 100 on the forehead, the neck, arms and hands. Women also get it on their legs.
Filiform Warts – also called facial warts can form on its own or in clusters ‘around the eyelids, face, neck, or lips.’
Periungual warts – Grows under or around toenails and fingernails. 
Genital warts/vaginal warts – are sexually transmitted and found in the vaginal area.
Progress in the med…

Home Remedies for Ringworm

Ringworm is a highly contagious skin disease which appears on the surface of the skin. It is caused by the Dermatophyte fungus and the medical term for the disease is ‘Tinea.’ 

A person can get ringworm the following ways: Direct skin contact with an infected personSharing towels, hairbrushes and bedding with an infected personFrom infected pets such as dogs or catsHumans are also at risk of getting ringworm from sweating since the fungus thrives in warm moist areas.

Ringworm can be classified according to the regions of the body it attacks. Skin or body ringworm (tinea corporis)Scalp ringworm (tinea capitis)Feet ringworm (tinea Pedis) also known as Athletes Foot.Groin ringworm (tinea cruris) also known as jock itch.Symptoms of ringworm on the skin or body are:
Itchy red scaly patches on skinRed rash will appear on skin and have a ring-like appearanceSkin may get blisters and pus-filled soresSymptoms of ringworm on scalp and beard:
Round bald patchesLoss of hairSwelling of lymph nodes aroun…

Home Remedies for Scabies

Scabies is a contagious skin disease caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei which results in an itchy skin rash.
Scabies can be transmitted by: Touching an infected personSleeping in the same bed with an infected personSexual contact The mites make little tunnels as it digs into the skin and have a tendency to move quickly from one area of the body to another. This is why one should not scratch areas of the skin where the mites may be hiding since it can be easily transmitted to other parts of the body.
Scabies look like small red bumps and blisters. It’s commonly found on the knuckles, ‘backs of the elbows, the knees, around the waist areas, around the nipples, the sides and backs of the feet, the genital area, and the buttocks.’ Once infected with scabies, it can take between 2 to 6 weeks for symptoms to appear.
Neem Oil to Treat Scabies
Neem (Margosa) has been a popular remedy used for the treatment of scabies.
Neem Bath
Mix 3 tablespoons of Neem oil with 1 teaspoon turmeric. Set aside.

Home Remedies for Diarrhea

Diarrhea can be caused by:
Eating food and drinking water contaminated with bacteria, parasites, or virusesHaving a reaction to certain medicationsBeing lactose-intolerant. There are two types of diarrhea: acute diarrhea and chronic diarrhea.
Acute diarrhea subsides after 1 or 2 days but chronic diarrhea can last more than 2 weeks.
Apart from loose bowel movements, other symptoms of diarrhea are: CrampingAbdominal painNauseaChillsIn severe cases blood in the stoolsDiarrhea causes the body to lose fluids and electrolytes thus causing dehydration. This is why it’s important to drink a lot of fluids to replace what is lost.
People who have diarrhea are advised to consume the ‘Bratty Diet.’ The Bratty diet consists of the following foods: bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, tea, and yogurt.
Bananas are rich in potassium and help to put back the electrolytes which the body loses.
Brown rice and toast made from whole wheat bread are recommended. The fiber in these two foods will help to harden the …

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

Malaria, Dengue, Encephalitis, Yellow Fever and West Nile River are diseases caused by mosquitoes.

In certain parts of the world the mosquito menace has become such a huge problem that authorities have not been able to control it. The lack of funds needed to spend on labor and chemicals for disinfecting areas where mosquito breeding grounds exist is one reason the authorities have failed in eradicating this problem.
Certain potted plants like Citronella Grass (Cymbopogon nardus), Catnip (Nepeta cataria), Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Basil, Tansy and Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) are kept on the patio, at either side of the door or on the windowsill to repel mosquitoes. The leaves are crushed to release the scents to keep mosquitoes at bay.
Listerine is a product used to get rid of mosquitoes. Buy a bottle of Listerine and pour it into a spray bottle. Keep the bottle near you and spray when mosquitoes appear.

You can also spray around areas where mosquitoes tend to enter from such as d…

Home Remedies using Oatmeal

Oats (Avena sativa) can be traced to the Bronze Age where it was found growing in caves in Switzerland as well as to 2000 B.C where traces of the grains were discovered in Egypt.

Eventually oats were made into oatmeal and became a popular breakfast cereal in Scotland and many parts of Europe and America. It wasn’t long before it was consumed in other parts of the world too.

Oats contain carbohydrates and fiber including a higher amount of B vitamins compared to other cereals. Because of its high fiber, protein content and high nutritious value it has many health benefits.

For example, the fiber in oatmeal contains beta-glucan which helps to lower cholesterol. The fiber also aids in digestion.

Oats also contain plant lignans which help protect against heart disease and cancer.

Apart from eating, oats has become a popular ingredient to be used in home made skin care products.

How to Make Oatmeal Paste 

A popular remedy to treat blemishes, rashes and insect bites is to apply oatmeal paste on th…

Home Remedies using Lavender

Lavender flowers have been highly valued for its fragrance which is why it has been used in perfumes and oils since ancient times.

The Egyptians used lavender in their cosmetics and even in the products used to embalm the dead. Lavender oil was used as body oil by the Greeks. The Romans were famous for using this amazing flower as an insect repellant and in their baths. 
Apart from its pleasing scent and exquisite looking flowers, Lavender has healing properties which is said to help promote relaxation, sound sleep and bring relief to pain.
English Lavender, French Lavender, Spanish Lavender, Belgian Lavender and Dutch Lavender (Lavendin) are the popular varieties used. Each differs according to the shape of its leaves and how it’s used.

For example, English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has narrow leaves and is used in cosmetics, medicine and in cooking. 
The Spike Lavender (Lavandula spica, latifolia) on the other hand has larger leaves and contains three times more essential oil. I…

Home Remedies using Cucumbers

Cucumbers were first discovered growing in abundance in India nearly 3000 years ago.

Eventually this long green vegetable made its way into countries like China, Iran, Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Spain, Mexico, the Ukraine, Japan, Indonesia, and the U.S (Florida and California).

Cucumbers belong to the Cucurbitaceae family and its biological name is Cucumis sativus.

Slicing, pickling and burpless (seedless) cucumbers are the three common types cultivated and eaten.

‘Slicing’ cucumbers don’t require any cooking and can be eaten raw.

‘Pickling’ cucumbers are called pickles, gherkins or wallies. These type of cucumbers are usually soaked in brine or vinegar and have a sweet and sour taste.

‘Burpless’ cucumbers are milder in taste, less bitter and do not cause one to burp when eaten like most other varieties do.

The bitter taste found in cucumbers is due to the presence of the compound Cucurbitacin. Burpless cucumbers have less cucurbitacin in it.

Cucumbers contain:
Vitamin A – needed for healthy…

Home Remedies using Vanilla

The vanilla (Vanilla planifolia) plant is a climbing vine which produces long green colored pods that contain vanilla beans.

The pods are picked from the vine when it grows to about 5-8 inches and are light yellow in color. It is blanched in hot boiling water and then dried in the sun until it turns brown.

The vanilla beans are then removed from the pods and made into an extract/essence which is used to flavor a variety of foods including cakes, puddings, ice cream and chocolates.

Vanilla is packed with vitamins A and C and minerals like copper, magnesium and calcium. In ancient times men would drink a concoction made of vanilla to treat male potency problems.
Vanilla extract is said to be a powerful remedy for nausea. Adding two drops of vanilla extract into a glass of water and slowly sipping it is claimed by some to help reduce nausea.
Vanilla is considered by some as an aphrodisiac and a mood enhancer which soothes stress and minimizes anxiety.

Because of the many health benefits vanill…

Home Remedies Using Sea Salt

Sea Salt Flush
The sea salt flush is a popular remedy used to remove toxins from the body. Some people claim it also helps relieve fatigue and aids in losing weight.

Fill a 200 ml glass with warm water. Stir in ½ teaspoon sea salt and two drops lime/lemon juice. You should drink this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

Drink 2 glasses every morning for 3 to 5 days. It’s best to drink this on days you will not be going out for at least 5 hours. After 15 to 20 minutes you will be visiting the bathroom to relieve yourself. The visits can last between 1 to 2 hours and sometimes longer. You should do the sea salt water flush once every 2 or 3 months.

Sea Salt Steam

Steam your face once a week with hot sea salt water. This will clear your nasal passages and remove any blockage which leads to phlegm, migraines and colds.

Fill a bowl with 1 ½ teaspoon sea salt. Fill the bowl ½ full with boiling water. Lean over it and inhale the steam. Cover your head and the bowl with a towel to preven…

Home Remedies using Papaya

Papaya, also called papaw or pawpaw is a fruit enjoyed globally and highly valued for its many benefits.
The papaya fruit grows from the Carica papaya plant and was initially cultivated in Mexico, Central America and South America. Today it’s a popular fruit grown in many parts of the world including Asia.

Papaya is used in a variety of ways. The ripe fruit is eaten, consumed in the form of juice, used on the skin and in cooking.
Fresh Papaya Fruit
Papaya is rich in dietary fiber and therefore aids in digestion. Eating a cup of freshly chopped papaya or drinking a glass of freshly made papaya juice 2 to 3 times a week can help the digestive system function more efficiently and remove toxins from the body.
How to Make Papaya Juice 1 lb (450 grams) ripe papaya, peeled and chopped into 1 inch pieces2 glasses of water1 tablespoon sugarPlace all the ingredients in a blender and blend. If the liquid is too thick add a little more water and blend. Transfer to glasses and enjoy.

Papaya fo…

Home Remedies using Grapes

Grapes have been cultivated for thousands of years. The fruit are round or oval in shape and come in the following colors:
yellow- greengreenredpurpleblack  The use of grapes in wine making can be traced to the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Red, purple and black grapes are used in making red wine. The wine gets the red color from the skin of the grapes.

White wine is made from yellow-green or green colored grapes. But it’s not the skin of these grapes that give white wine its color. The skin and seeds are discarded and only the white flesh is used to make the wine.

Sometimes red, purple and black grapes are also used in making white wine but only the flesh of the grapes are used and not the skin.

Although green grapes do not taste as sweet as the dark colored ones, the fruits are rich in Vitamin C and K.

Green grapes contain the antioxidant catechin. Catechins are used in treating heart disease and cancer.

When choosing green grapes pick the yellow-green colored ones since it tastes swee…

Home Remedies using Olive Oil

Olive oil is a native of the Mediterranean where it has been used and cultivated for thousands of years.

Olive trees were planted in abundance in many parts of the Mediterranean and its oil used in food and applied on different parts of the body to maintain healthy hair and beautiful clear skin.

It was a common practice for Greek athletes to rub their bodies with the oil while they trained. Today, Greece, Spain and Italy are the leading global producers of olive oil.

Olive oil is extracted from the fruit ‘Olea europaea’ by taking ripe olives and grinding it into a paste using large millstones or steel drums. The use of millstones is the traditional way of extracting the oil whereas the use of steel drums is the modern way.

Care is taken to only choose ripe olives for producing olive oil since overripe ones may produce oil which is stale and green olives usually turn out oil which is bitter in taste.

The main varieties of olive oil used are:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra Virgin Oil is …