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Simple Home Remedies

Feb 05, 2005 01:57PM ● Published by Don Kindred

by Dr. Hotosa Ebrahimzadeh

    Tea bags over the eyes are a natural anti-inflammatory for pink eye. Trouble sleeping? Everyone knows a cup of warm milk may help. What not everyone knows is that warm milk stimulates your serotonin, the hormone that induces sleep. Menstrual cramps can be lessened with a cup of chamomile tea. Fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice has been found to lessen a bad cough.
    How is it we tend to know these simple, at-home health solutions?
    Luckily for us, time and experience have accumulated a wealth of home remedies and holistic cures. These remedies have been proven to work on any number of ailments. Although many have found success in curing mild symptoms through such remedies, it must be cautioned that they should be utilized to conquer some of the discomfort caused by common, fairly known symptoms. If you find that your symptoms persist, you should never hesitate to go and see a physician. Often times what you perceive as a small illness is really a symptom of something larger. 
    Want to know a few more? Here is a break down of a few common ailments and the many methods that have been used to heal them the old-fashioned way:
Acne
    Aloe Vera juice applied twice a day can greatly speed up the healing of acne lesions. Most health food stores now carry Aloe Vera juice. 
    Zinc has provided new promise for help against acne. It should be taken in therapeutic doses of 50 mg three times a day. It is available in both tablet and capsule form.
    In the treatment of local acne, orange peel has been found very effective. Pounded well with water on a piece of stone, the peel should be applied to affected areas. 
    Lemon has been found useful in reducing pimples and acne. To obtain relief, lemon juice should be applied regularly.
Alcohol Addiction
    Grapes have been found to be quite helpful in conquering some alcoholism when incorporated into the diet. Grapes contain the purest form of alcohol and are a healthy substitute for the cravings an alcoholic may have during their recovery time. 
    Apples assist as a remedy for alcoholism because they remove the intoxication and help reduce the craving for wines and other liquors.
    Bitter gourd juice (made from the leaves) has been found to be an antidote of sorts for alcohol intoxication. It helps the damaged liver as well. The juice is recommended to be taken with milk or butter milk. 
    Celery has been found to have a sobering effect. Celery juice can be taken mixed with water. 
Allergies
    Bee pollen has been found to help build up natural immunity, if it is taken before hay fever begins. It is recommended that you start up slow and build up to the amount needed.
    A dose of garlic a day works on allergies as well as many other ailments.
    Chewing on honeycomb can help to calm a severe hay fever attack. Lavender and chamomile oils can also relieve some of the symptoms of hay fever.
    Indian physician Dr. Hemant Pathak discovered that five drops of castor oil in half a cup of any fruit or vegetable juice, or plain water, and taken on an empty stomach in the morning, is beneficial for allergies of the intestinal tract, skin, and nasal passages.
Bad Breathe
    Parsley has been found to help neutralize the bad odors that arise from consuming heavily scented foods. Clove, fennel and anise seeds are also recommended. 
Cold
    Vitamin C has been found to reduce the amount of time you have a cold and even assist in making the symptoms appear less severe. Zinc lozenges have been found to have very much the same effect.
    Garlic (yes, again) contains a powerful antiviral agent that assists in knocking colds out. Garlic chewed in the mouth can help release the juices that contain the antiviral agent.
    To help in relieving congestion, try taking a hot bath with a few drops of cinnamon or eucalyptus extract in the bath water. 
Fever
    Drinking plenty of fluids always helps because during a fever, your body sweats and you lose a lot of liquid that needs to be replenished. 
    Herbal teas such as Linden, Willow Bark and Black Elder have been found effective.
    If you have it in you to eat, it is a good idea to do so in order to help boost your immune system.
Headache
    Tension headaches can be relieved by placing a warm pad on the back of your neck, or taking a warm shower or bath.
    Migraine headaches can be assisted with caffeine because caffeine has been found to constrict the blood vessels, which widen during a migraine. 
    Other headaches have found some relief with just a simple aspirin. Sometimes an aspirin and a cup of coffee compliment each other because the coffee assists in making the aspirin work faster and better.
    Home remedies are useful ways to assist in lessening some of the annoyances that come from milder conditions. They are never to be substituted for the attention of a physician. Often times, a mild condition is merely a symptom of a larger and more intense condition. If your condition persists, make sure you seek out the attention of a medical doctor. 
    In addition to these home remedies, nothing beats the positive effects to be found in a life-style filled with a healthy diet, routine exercise and a peaceful and joy-filled spirit. So take care of yourself and utilize the lessons gathered over years of human experience to assist in making you feel better naturally. b 
For more information contact Dr. Ebrahimzadeh at (949)369-6993

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