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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.
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Home Remedies for Clogged Drains

Hot Water and Salt for Clogged Drains
Ingredients: 4 liters water2 cups salt
Method:
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
Method:
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
Method:
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. …