Thursday, November 29, 2012

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 Gas and Bloating

Take one charcoal tablet after meals or as prescribed.

Cinnamon and Honey for Gas

Mix ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder with 1 tablespoon honey and take after meals to treat gas and bloating.

Home Remedies for Clogged Drains

Hot Water and Salt for Clogged Drains

  • 4 liters water
  • 2 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

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 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

  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • Hot 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 drains use any of the above remedies on drains once a month.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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:
  • Overweight
  • Have a defect or injury in the joint
  • Have joints which are not properly developed are also at risk of suffering from Osteoarthritis
  • Straining the joints while playing sports or when doing certain jobs can also cause Osteoarthritis.
Listed below are some home remedies which can be used to treat Osteoarthritis.

Epsom Salt for Osteoarthritis

Add 1 cup Epsom Salt into a warm bath and soak in it for 15 to 20 minutes. The Epsom Salt will soothe the pain. Do this treatment 3 to 4 times a week.

Dead Sea Salt for Osteoarthritis

Add ½ cup of Dead Sea Salt into a warm bath. Soak in it for 15 to 20 minutes. Do this treatment 3 to 4 times a week for best results.

Dead Sea Mud for Osteoarthritis

Apply a later of Dead Sea Mud on the painful joint and allow to completely dry before rinsing off with warm water. The mud contains healing ingredients which help to reduce the pain and swelling.

Turmeric Paste for Osteoarthritis

First compress the joint area for 5 to 10 minutes with a bowl of warm water which has 1 teaspoon of Epsom Salt added to it. Then apply turmeric paste on the area. To make the turmeric paste mix 1 teaspoon turmeric powder with a little water. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

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 system and lower the risk of respiratory problems such as the common cold and cough and helps in the healing of wounds.

The phytoalbumins contained in dragon fruit are antioxidants and helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

The famous health specialist Dr. Oz says the Lycopene in dragon fruit is ‘known for helping to reduce damage to the skin when exposed to the sun.’

How to Make Dragon Fruit Smoothie

To make this recipe make sure all the ingredients except for the sugar has been chilled.

  • Flesh from 1 red skinned dragon fruit
  • ¼ cup blackberries
  • ¼ cup raspberries
  • ¼ cup yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


Place all the ingredients in the blender and blend till smooth. Serve immediately.

© Suranee Perera 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

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 memory some students are known to consume it in the hope it will help them with their studies.

Taking ginkgo is said to bring relief to intermittent claudication sufferers. Intermittent claudication is caused by block arteries and brings about cramps and pain in the legs since there is insufficient blood flow to the legs. Apart from the pain and cramps in the legs, ankles and feet are also known to swell up. By taking gingko it can improve blood flow hence reducing the pain and swelling. Other blood circulation problems the herb is taken for treating is peripheral vascular disease and Raynaud's syndrome.

People taking anti-depressant drugs should avoid taking gingko and so should those taking medication to treat blood clotting. Anti-depressant drugs work on the brain similar to gingko and by taking both it can increase the levels of activity in the areas of the brain these two medications are treating. 

People with blood clotting problems take blood thinner medications and ginkgo too is consumed in treating insufficient blood flow. Again by taking both it can increase the effects of blood flow in such a way it can be harmful to the body.

Gingko can be taken in the form of tea, tincture or capsules. Make sure to consult your doctor before using gingko. 

© Suranee Perera 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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 and flu like symptoms without fever.

If you suspect you have shingles immediately go to your doctor to get a confirmation. By doing so you can use the correct treatment to cure it.

Listed below are a few home remedies you can try to get relief from shingles.

Crisco Shortening for Shingles

To soothe the pain caused by shingles apply a layer of Crisco shortening on the area. You can also place an ice pack on the area.

Oatmeal for Shingles

Oatmeal is another remedy you can use to bring relief to pain. Cook some oatmeal with only water and place in the fridge. When fully cold apply a generous layer on the affected area and leave on for 15 minutes. Gently rinse off with cold water.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Shingles

Make a solution by mixing 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar  with 1 cup water. Apply on the area using cotton whenever the pain flares up. 

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 known as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). Some people have debris which collects in their inner ear. The debris is not dirt but tiny calcium carbonate crystals referred to as ‘ear rocks’ or "otoconia." Such people are the ones who get top self vertigo.

The following is an image of a popular exercise which can be done to treat vertigo. A more in depth explanation of how the exercise should be done can be found here. More on BENIGN PAROXYSMAL POSITIONAL VERTIGO can be read here.

© Suranee Perera 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

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 alcohol before going to bed since the chemicals can affect our sleep patterns and cause dehydration in the body forcing us not to have a restful sleep but instead one which will leave us drained of our energy and irritable the next morning.

Sleep in a quite dark room for our body needs such an environment to produce the sleep hormone melatonin which helps us fall asleep.

Make a point to go to bed at around the same time every night since this will help to promote healthy sleep patterns.

© Suranee Perera 2012 

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. Then wipe dry. Next do any of the following exercises. Some experts claim plantar fasciitis sufferers should avoid adding heat to the foot since it can make it worse. So keep this in mind. You can pass the warm salt water soak and go straight to doing the exercises. Personally I have found the warm salt water soak and doing the exercises right after has brought much needed relief to my troubled heel.

1) Stand with your toes on the edge of a stair step. Make sure to support yourself by keeping one hand on the stair railing or wall to avoid falling. Lower your heels slowly to the ground to stretch it. Return back to the original position and repeat the exercise. Do 2 sets of 10 reps.

2) Place a tennis ball under the foot and begin rolling it back and forth for 30 seconds. Do this exercise for about 3 minutes every day.

It can take between 3 months to a year to treat plantar fasciitis. People who are overweight and those who wear the wrong kind of footwear are more likely to suffer from plantar fasciitis.

© Suranee Perera 2012