Monday, August 27, 2012

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 eyes
  • Nasal irritation
  • Nausea
  • Severe 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.

Ingredients:

1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup of baking soda
2 teaspoons of liquid soap
1 quart of lukewarm water

Method:

Mix all the ingredients in a large bucket. Wash the skin with the mixture. Rinse the skin with warm water afterwards.

If it’s your dog that has suffered a skunk smell attack apply the mixture on its fur and leave on for 3 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water. You might have to repeat the treatment 2 times to fully get rid of the odor.

Use 3% hydrogen peroxide as its not strong.

© Suranee Perera 2012



Monday, August 20, 2012

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 fiber
  • Brown Rice – 1 cup of cooked brown rice has 4 grams fiber
  • Brown bread or whole grain bread – 1 slice has about 2 grams of fiber
  • Almonds – An ounce (2 tablespoons) of almonds contain about 4 grams of fiber
  • Cooked Oats – 1 cup of cooked oatmeal has about 4 grams of fiber
  • Pears – 1 pear contains about 4 grams fiber
  • Raisins – ½ cup of raisins have 4 grams of fiber
  • Blackberries - 1 cup of blackberries have about 7.5 grams of fiber
  • Raspberries - 1 cup of raspberries have about 8 grams of fiber
  • Blueberries – 1 cup of blueberries contain around 5 grams of fiber
  • Strawberries – 1 cup of Strawberries have about 4 grams of fiber 
  • Prunes – 6 prunes contain about 8 grams of fiber
  • Bran Cereal: 1/2 cup of bran cereal contains 10 grams of fiber
  • Lentils: 1/2 cup of lentils contain 6 grams of fiber
  • Broccoli – 1 cup contains about 5 grams of fiber
  • Kiwi Fruit – 1 Kiwi fruit contains 3 grams of fiber
  • Kidney Beans - ½ cup kinder beans has 7 grams of fiber
  • Carrots – 1 cup carrots has 3 grams of fiber
Eating 3 apples or 3 pears or eating 2 cups of chopped pawpaw a day are claimed to help with weight loss.

Types of Beverages to drink for Weight Loss

Green Tea

Green tea helps to increase metabolism hence helping your body to burn more calories.

Drink 3 cups of green tea a day. When purchasing green tea try and buy the ones produced in Japan or China since these green teas are more effective in burning calories and aiding in weight loss.

When making your green tea always remember to brew it for only 2 to 3 minutes. If you brew it for a longer period of time the tea will give a bitter taste.

Apart from helping with weight loss, green tea also promotes brain power and kills bacteria in the mouth which is responsible for bad breath.

© Suranee Perera 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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 shower regularly.
  • Do not dry themselves properly after a shower or bathe.
  • Using birth control pills, antibiotics or steroids.
  • Wiping back to front after using the toilet.

Listed below are a few home remedies for treating vulvovaginal candidiasis.

Honey

Honey is rich in antiseptic properties and is an ideal treatment for vulvovaginal candidiasis.

Go to the bathroom and sit on the toilet. Take some honey and apply generously on the affected area. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Do this treatment in the morning and at night before going to bed.

Garlic

Some women peel a garlic clove and insert it into the vagina. If you feel uncomfortable doing this you can take a garlic clove and mince it. Then apply around the vulva. Leave on for an hour and rinse off with warm water. Do this treatment twice a day (morning and evening).

Apple Cider Vinegar

Pour 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar into a warm bath. Soak in it for 15 minutes. Do this treatment daily.

© Suranee Perera 2012


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 store your silver are:
  • Wool
  • Felt
  • Chamois leather
  • Newspaper


These materials tend to tarnish silver. Cotton felt, wool and velvet are three more types of cloth which should not be used since it contains sulfides that can damage the metal.

Rubber and Stainless Steel are two other materials silver should not be kept near.

Listed below are a few home remedies you can use to polish your silver.

If you plan to wear gloves when polishing silver make sure you wear ones made of nitrile. Nitrile gloves do not contain sulfur. Silver tends to tarnish when it comes into contact with sulfur.

Toothpaste

First rinse each piece of silver under running warm water from the tap. Then gently wipe dry with a soft clean cloth.

Choose white toothpaste (Clogard is a good brand) and apply some to a clean cloth or sponge. Then apply on the silver using back-and-forth motions.

When finished rinse off with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.

Baking Soda

Mix ½ cup baking soda with enough water to make a paste. Apply the paste onto a clean damp cloth or sponge. Then apply on the silver using back-and-forth motions. Leave for a few minutes for the paste soak the dirt and moisture from the silver. Using a damp cloth wipe off the residue and rinse each piece of silver under warm water. Wipe dry using a clean cloth.



© Suranee Perera 2012

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 headaches
  • Secondary headaches
  • Cranial neuralgia
Primary 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 head and upper neck get inflamed.  

Listed below are a few popular home remedies to bring relief to primary headaches.

Ginger

Crush a fresh piece of ginger 1-inch long. Add to a cup of boiling water. Close with saucer and steep for 5 minutes. Strain into a new cup and drink.

Apples

Peel and chop an apple. Eat first thing in the morning. Use this treatment for 7 to 10 days if you suffer from frequent headaches. Apples contain
bioflavonoids which are effective in soothing headaches.

Lemonade/Lime Juice

Make a glass of lemonade or lime juice using 1 lemon/lime mixed in a glass of water (200ml) and drink.



Warm Foot-baths

Taking a warm footbath by soaking the feet in a warm bowl of water which has 1 teaspoon mustard powder mixed into it can bring relief to a headache.

Peppermint Oil

Dab some peppermint oil onto a piece of cotton and apply along the hairline.

Foods that can trigger headaches in some people are:

Eating too much chocolate

Research done by the International Headache Society found cocoa may protect nerve cells which are responsible for causing migraine headaches. But by eating too much chocolate it can have the opposite effect thereby causing a headache.

Drinking too much alcohol and red wine 

When cells in the brain dehydrate due to the lack of fluids in our body we can suffer from a headache. Red wines contain sulfites which can cause dehydration. Alcohol can cause an excess of blood to the brain which can also trigger dehydration. 

Cheese
Consuming certain varieties of cheese which has been left to age for a long time can cause headaches.

When cheese is left to age the proteins in it break down and produce a substance called tyramine.   Too much of this substance can trigger headaches. Blue cheese, Swiss, Cheddar, Gouda, and Parmesan are varieties of cheese that are left to age for awhile. It’s best to avoid eating too much of these types of cheese.

Chinese Food made with MSG

Eating Chinese food rich in MSG (Monosodium glutamate) can cause headaches. Too much MSG can cause blood vessels to expand hence agitating the nerve cells in the brain triggering a headache. 

© Suranee Perera 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

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.
  • Plaque
  • Guttate
  • Pustular
  • Inverse
  • erythrodermic
Plaque, 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 of a white blood cell called T lymphocytes. These cells are responsible for releasing chemicals which cause skin cells to increase rapidly.

Psoriasis can also be caused by certain genes. Certain people have genes which can trigger off psoriasis if he/she suffers from the following:
  • Strep throat
  • Skin injury/abrasions
  • Sunburn
  • Tooth abscesses
  • Impetigo


Listed below are a few home remedies used in treating psoriasis.

Aloe Vera

One of the ideal ways to prevent psoriasis is to keep your skin moisturized using an aloe Vera based lotion after every bath or shower.

Aloe Vera has antiseptic properties which is effective in treating dryness and soothes itchiness and inflammation.

Olive Oil

If you have scalp psoriasis massage some warm olive oil into the scalp. Leave on for 2 minutes. Then wash hair using a mild baby shampoo. Do this treatment thrice a week.

If you are suffering from psoriasis on certain areas of your body soak yourself in a warm bath which has ¼ cup olive oil added to it for 15 minutes.

Olive oil is ideal in soothing the damaged skin and loosening the scaly patches making it easier to be removed from the skin.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix ½ cup apple cider vinegar and ½ gallon water. Soak some cotton in the mixture and apply on the damaged skin. If the psoriasis is on your fingernails or toenails soak it in the mixture for 5 minutes. Use this treatment three times a week.

© Suranee Perera 2012

Monday, August 6, 2012

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 freckles is ‘ephelides.’

Freckles are mostly found on people with a fair complexion.

Although freckles are hereditary its formation can be prompted when skin is exposed to the sun. So always apply a quality sun screen (30 SPF) and wear a hat when going out in the sun.

Listed below are a few home remedies used for treating freckles.

Lemon Juice

Squeeze out the juice of a fresh lemon. Dip a cotton pad or cotton ball in the lemon juice and apply on the freckles. Lemon juice used in treating freckles is an age old remedy.

Dairy Products

Apply any one of the following dairy products on the freckles: yoghurt, sour cream or sour milk. Leave on for 15 minutes and wipe off with a wet washcloth. Do this every other day before going to bed.

Face Mask

Make a face mask by mixing 2 tablespoons wheat germ with enough warm honey to make a paste. Apply on clean face. Make sure you have washed your face with a mild baby soap and have dried it with a face towel before applying the paste. Leave on for 15 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.

You can also mix a tablespoon of yoghurt with a teaspoon of honey and apply on the face. Again make sure you have cleaned your face before applying the mask. Leave on for 30 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.  

Use the face mask three times a week for best results.

© Suranee Perera 2012

Sunday, August 5, 2012

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 thyroid gland is known as an over-active thyroid gland. An  over-active thyroid gland is also referred to as hyperthyroidism.

Goiters can also form due to the following reasons.

Viral infections which causes inflammation of the thyroid gland. This is called ‘thyroiditis.’

Graves' disease – an autoimmune disease which results in the swelling of the thyroid gland due to the overproduction of thyroid hormones.

Side effects to medicines such as Lithium which causes the thyroid gland to swell up.

Hereditary

There are two types of goiters: diffuse smooth goiter and nodular goiters. The difference between the two is in its size and how it’s formed.

Diffuse Smooth Goiters

The size of a ‘diffuse smooth goiter’ is quite large and can be caused by:

Nodular Goiters

Nodular goiters are smaller than diffuse smooth goiters, more like tiny lumps.

Nodular goiters can be divided into two types: multinodular goiter and single nodule goiter.

Listed below are a few home remedies used to treat goiters.

Foods

Eat foods rich in iodine: watercress, yellow vegetables, eggs, carrots, dark green vegetables, fish, kelp, seaweed, apple, pineapple, grapes and papaya.

Supplements

Primrose Oil, vitamin B-complex, Zinc, calcium, copper, magnesium and silicon are supplements taken to maintain a healthy thyroid gland. Consult with your doctor and ask how you can benefit from taking these supplements if you’re suffering from a goiter. 

Exercise

Do the following neck exercise 8 to 10 times every night.

While sitting upright on the bed or chair look up at the ceiling while stretching your neck as far as possible. Stay in this position for 10 seconds. Bring your head back to its original position. Relax for a few seconds and repeat the process. 

Sea Salt

Gargling with sea salt or sea-bathing can bring relief to a goiter.

To make a sea salt gargle dissolve ½ teaspoon of sea salt into a glass of warm water. Use this gargle twice a day (morning and evening) every other day.

© Suranee Perera 2012

Home Remedies for Fibroids


‘Myometrium’ is a smooth muscular tissue in the uterus. When a woman gets pregnant the myometrium expands to allow room for the baby to grow. This smooth muscular tissue also contracts when its time for the baby to leave the womb.

Source: Fibroid
Sometimes benign tumors may develop in the uterus. These tumors called ‘fibroids’ or uterine ‘fibroids’ are made up of the same muscle tissue as that of myometrium.

Fibroid grow on the walls of the uterus.It’s not unusual for a woman to have up to a hundred fibroid in the uterus. A fibroid can be as small as a tiny dot or large as a soccer ball.

Fibroids are round or oval shaped and can be found growing in women who are between the ages of 30 and 50. Sometimes women in their 20’s may also get these tumors.

Leiomyoma, myoma, and fibromyoma are the medical terms for fibroid.

There are a number of types of fibroid and each grows on a different part of the uterus wall.

Intramural fibroid grow in the wall of the uterus and can become as large as a grapefruit.

Subserous fibroid grow on the outside wall of the uterus.

Submucous fibroid are found partly growing along the cavity of the uterus and on the wall of the uterus. 

Submucous fibroid can cause heavy menstrual periods.

Intracavitary fibroid grow inside the cavity of the uterus and can cause severe cramping.

Pedunculated fibroid are attached to the uterus by a stalk. The stalk is called a peduncle and as the fibroid grows the stalk can twist and cause immense pain.

Doctors are not sure what causes fibroid but certain hormones like estrogen can promote the growth of fibroid.

Listed below are a few popular home remedies used for fibroid:

Garlic

Garlic is rich in antioxidants and contains allicin. Allicin is effective in slowing down the growth of tumors and treating infections caused by bacteria.

Crush 2 cloves of garlic and swallow with a glass of warm water. Do this treatment every day.


Foods

When eating fish only consume mackerel, tuna and salmon as these type of fish do not cause inflammation in the body as some other types of fish do.

Avoid eating red meats, white bread and dairy products since these foods can raise the estrogen levels hence promoting the growth of fibroid.

Consume soybeans and soy products as these foods help control the levels of estrogen in the body and can shrink fibroid.

Try to eat ½ a cup of raspberries 3 times a week as its effective in destroying unhealthy cells which promote tumor growth.

If the fibroid are giving you pain make a compress by soaking a towel in hot water, squeezing the excess water and applying on the painful area.

© Suranee Perera 2012

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Home Remedies for Hair Loss

Hair loss can affect both men and women.

Hair loss sometimes called ‘thinning of hair’ or ‘baldness’ is caused by a variety of factors and some are:

The thyroid gland producing unusual levels of thyroid hormone

When the thyroid gland produces an increase amount of thyroid hormone it can lead to thinning of hair. 

When only a little amount of thyroid hormone is released it leads to hair loss.

Hereditary reasons

Hair loss due to genetic or hereditary reasons is called ‘androgenetic alopecia’ (also known as male or female pattern baldness). In this type of hair loss women and men tend to lose their hair if one or both parents suffered from hair loss or thinning of hair.

Certain medications

Telogen effluvium is a type of hair loss caused by certain medications.

In Telogen effluvium hair loss begins after two to four months of taking the medication.

Anticoagulant medications (given to keep away blood clots), Allopurinol (a medication to treat the form of arthritis called gout), large amounts of Vitamin A, medicines taken to increase female hormones (birth control pills, estrogen, and progesterone) and male hormones (testosterone or anabolic steroids) are examples of medicines which can trigger hair loss and baldness.

Telogen effluvium can also occur during and after pregnancy or when suffering from high fever or stress.

Pregnancy

During pregnancy women undergo many physical changes because hormones in the body increase above its normal level. Estrogen is one such hormone. Estrogen promotes hair growth.  But after child birth the hormones decrease and go back to its normal level and in some cases below its normal level.

When estrogen levels fall below its normal level it can trigger off hair loss.

Some women tend to also lose their hair during pregnancy because of vitamin deficiency or if their thyroid is not functioning properly.

Alopecia areata

Alopecia areata is another form of hair loss which results in bald patches on the scalp. Alopecia areata is an ‘autoimmune disorder.’ In this type of disorder the immune system attacks the hair follicles slowing down hair follicle growth and eventually leaving the scalp without any hair.

Listed below are a few home remedies to treat hair loss

Amla (Indian gooseberry)

Amla (Indian gooseberry) which is a small round fruit has been used in the treatment of hair loss and to promote the growth of healthy hair since ancient times. It’s packed with Vitamin C.

Mix a tablespoon of amla powder with lemon juice and make into a paste. Apply on the scalp. Make sure to wash your hair with a gentle baby shampoo before applying the paste.  Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Use this treatment twice a week.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar in one cup of sage tea. Set aside. Wash hair with a mild baby shampoo. Rinse off with warm water. Then apply the apple cider vinegar and sage tea onto the scalp. Allow to dry naturally. Use this treatment twice a week.

Rosemary

Pour 500 ml boiling water into a bowl. Place 2 tablespoons crushed rosemary leaves into it. Allow to soak overnight. Strain the next day and only use the water. Apply the rosemary water twice a day (morning and evening) by massaging it into the scalp.

© Suranee Perera 2012

Home Remedies for Varicose Veins


Varicose veins (sometimes called spider veins) are the result of weak or damaged valves which are present in veins.

Veins play an important role in the body. It carries blood from the organs to the heart. 

Veins have valves. The valves keep the blood moving in one direction towards the heart and prevent the blood from flowing back into the veins. But when valves are weak or damaged the blood will flow back into the veins and collect there. The veins will then swell up and become enlarged and bluish in color. The swollen veins will stick out from the surface of the skin. These types of veins are called varicose veins.

Some of the areas of the body prone to varicose veins are the thighs, legs and calf.

Both men and women are susceptible to varicose veins since it can be caused due to genetic or environmental reasons. But studies done show women are more prone to varicose veins especially during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Hormones released during child birth and breastfeeding can damage the valves thereby causing varicose veins.

Listed below are some home remedies for varicose veins

Exercise

Regular exercise such as walking, swimming, jogging or bicycling will improve blood circulation throughout the body and strengthen the walls of blood vessels such as those of the veins.

Stockings

Wear compression stockings or elastic stockings as it helps to improve circulation and brings relief to pain and swelling caused by varicose veins.

Elevate the Legs

Raise the legs so it stays above the heart level. You can use a footstool or pillows to rest the legs on.

Standing

Avoid standing for long periods of time. Weight from the body can put pressure on the veins after sometime.

Sitting

When sitting avoid crossing your legs at the knees. The veins on the legs can get squeezed when it presses against the knees. This can disrupt and block the blood flow.

Avoid sitting for long periods of time. Traveling can be a nightmare for varicose vein sufferers if they have to sit for hours before reaching their destination. Pain and swelling increases because of the pressure exerted on the legs by sitting in the same position for a long time. 

One of the ideal ways to overcome this problem is to do a few foot exercises to regulate blood flow.

Apple Cider Vinegar or Witch Hazel

Wet a cotton ball or cotton pad with some apple cider vinegar or witch hazel and apply on the varicose veins.

Pineapple Juice

Some people drink a glass of pineapple juice or consume ½ cup of pineapple pieces 3 times a week to treat varicose veins.

Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain which is effective in getting rid of fibrin. Fibrin is a substance found in varicose veins. Fibrin causes varicose veins to become hard hence blocking blood flow.

Cherries, blueberries, blackberries, grapes, and black currants

Cherries, blueberries, blackberries, grapes, and black currants are ideal fruits to eat if one is suffering from varicose veins. These fruits are rich in flavonoids, anthocyanins, and proanthocyanidins which help to strengthen the walls of veins hence lowering the risk of varicose veins.

Castor oil

Applying castor oil on varicose veins after a warm bath is an age old remedy. It reduces both the swelling and pain caused by varicose veins.


Leeches to Treat Varicose Veins

In the late 1990’s a group of doctors in India did an experiment on 20 patients by treating their varicose veins using leeches. They confirmed the leeches were effective in treating the ‘leg ulcers and swelling’ caused by varicose veins.

© Suranee Perera 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Home Remedies for Bad Breath


Bad breath (halitosis) can be caused by:
  • Certains foods we eat
  • A dry mouth
  • From smoking or chewing tobacco.
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Throat infections such as tonsillitis or bronchitis
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease

Bad Breath Caused by the Food we eat

Bacteria love to feed on amino acids. Foods rich in amino acids are protein and dairy products. If we do not brush properly food particles left over from protein and dairy foods get lodged in our teeth thereby inviting bacteria to feed. The bacteria then settle in the mouth and release odors which causes bad breath.

You can also get bad breath from eating foods that give out strong odors like garlic and onions.

Bad Breath caused by a Dry mouth

It’s important for our mouth to be moist with saliva. Saliva helps to remove bacteria from the mouth. When our mouth becomes dry bacteria accumulate hence causing bad breath.

Bad Breath cause by Smoking or Chewing Tobacco

Smoking will cause the mouth to dry up thereby resulting in bad breath.

Chewing tobacco stains our teeth and gums which can cause mouth sores and tooth decay leading to bad breath.

Bad Breath caused by Throat infections

Mucous provides food for bacteria. When a person suffers from a throat infection mucous is produced. Bacteria feed on the mucous and releases unpleasant odors in the mouth.

Bad Breath caused by Diabetes

Diabetes can cause bad breath known as ‘fruity fumes’. Fruity fumes are caused by the ketone body acetone. The following is an explanation on how diabetes is capable of producing this type of smell.

Some of the food that we eat gets converted into glucose (from carbohydrates) while the rest into fatty acids (from fats) and amino acids (from proteins).

The pancreas produces insulin. Without insulin glucose cannot enter the cells in the body and be used as energy. A person having diabetes is unable to release adequate amounts of insulin which results in glucose accumulating in the blood instead of being released into the cells.

The body turns to breaking down muscle and fat to get the energy it needs. When this happens a byproduct called ‘Ketone bodies’ is released.

Ketone bodies are made up of three substances and acetone is one of them. Acetone is responsible for producing fruity fumes in the mouth.

Bad Breath caused by Kidney disease

Kidney failure can produce a foul odor similar to a fishy smell in the mouth.

Listed below are a few home remedies used to treat bad breath.
  • Brush teeth in the morning and at night before going to bed. Make sure to brush for at least 2 minutes and don’t forget to brush the surface of the tongue. The tongue can become a breeding ground for bacteria if left unclean.
  • Make sure you use a mouthwash after brushing and don’t forget to gargle.
  • Some people chew parsley or drink it in the form of juice or tea as they claim it’s effective in treating bad breath.  


© Suranee Perera 2012

Home Remedies for Snoring

When we breathe air first enters the nose and moves through the nasal passages. It then travels down the back of the throat and into the lungs.

We have a set of muscles at the back of our throat which opens to allow the air to enter the lungs.When we sleep these muscles relax. Sometimes when the muscles relax it causes the airway found at the back of the throat to shrink. When this happens air is unable to move freely through the narrow airway and will hit against the throat and nasal tissues. The tissues will vibrate and these vibrations will produce the sounds of snoring.

Some reasons for the airway to shrink are:
  • Obesity
  • Aging
  • Drinking alcohol before going to bed
  • Taking muscle relaxants or sedatives
  • Smoking
  • Sleeping position
  • Nasal and Sinus problems
Obesity:

Obese people are prone to snoring because they have extra fat around their throat which causes the airway to shrink.

Aging

As we age the muscles at the back of our throat get weaker and cannot function as well as it once did thereby causing the airway to become smaller.

Alcohol

The muscles at the back of the throat will be more relaxed as we sleep if we drink alcohol, take muscle relaxants or sedatives before going to bed.

Sleep Posture

Your sleeping position can cause you to snore. Avoid sleeping on your back since it will cause you to block your airways. Instead sleep on your side.

Make sure your head is elevated 4 inches when sleeping.

Nasal and sinus problems

Nasal and sinus problems causes blocked airways making breathing difficult which leads to snoring.

Listed below are some home remedies to treat snoring

Steam Inhalation

Fill a bowl with hot water. Mix in a teaspoon of sea salt. Bend over the bowl and inhale the steam. Cover your head and the bowl with a towel to prevent steam from escaping. The steam helps to clear the nasal passages. Do this treatment three times a week.

Eating

Try to have your dinner at least 3 hours before going to bed. Do not eat dairy products such as milk, soy milk and yoghurt before bedtime. These dairy products tend to produce mucus which can block the nasal passages.

Alcohol, Muscle Relaxants and Sedatives

Do not take alcohol, muscle relaxants or sedatives before bedtime since it can relax the muscles causing blocked airways.

Throat Exercises

Some people turn to throat exercises to help them with their snoring problem.

Say the vowels ‘a,e,i,o,u’ out loud for 1 to 2 minutes twice a day. Do this exercise when you wake up in the morning and before going to bed at night.

Stick out your tongue as far as you can. Hold for 3 seconds. Relax. Repeat 5 times twice a day (morning and evening). This exercise will strengthen the muscles behind the throat.

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Didgeridoo 

Buy a didgeridoo which is a wind instrument. Recent research done on the didgeridoo confirms that by playing the instrument snorers can strengthen muscles behind the throat hence reducing snoring.

Honey

Take a teaspoon of honey before going to bed.

© Suranee Perera 2012