Home Remedies Put to the Test

 

Often communicated by a trusted source, it is easy to believe in the healing powers of home remedies. However, it can be difficult to differentiate a successful home remedy from an old wives’ tale. To clear up the confusion, Dr. Oz took some remedies YOU swear by and put them to the test!

 

Pepto Bismol Facial

 

Method: Apply Pepto Bismol to face. Leave on for 10 minutes and peel off.

Verdict: It works! When applied to the skin, Pepto Bismol does the same thing it does to your stomach: It soothes and coats it. While it is an off-label use of this product, the aspirin and bismuth sub-salicylate contained in this classic pink medicine transforms dull skin and cleans out pores, giving you a healthy glow.

 

Sweet Almond Oil and Sugar to Cure Chapped Lips

 

Method: Mix 100% pure sweet almond oil with sugar to create a paste. Dip toothbrush in mixture and scrub lips.

Verdict: It works! The sweet almond oil helps to moisturize your lips while the sugar gently exfoliates away dead tissue. Be careful not to scrub too hard to avoid doing harm to your lips.

 

Manuka Honey to Soften Fine Lines and Wrinkles

 

Method: Apply manuka honey directly to trouble spots. Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes and then rinse away.

Verdict: It works! Thanks to its healing powers, this potent honey is used in hospitals to treat wounds. It costs about $15 in health food stores. Whatever is left over can be eaten, because it tastes delicious, too!

 

Chopped Garlic and Honey/Turmeric Powder and Milk for Joint Pain

 

Method: For the first step, chop garlic and add to 1 tablespoon of honey. For the second step, add 1-teaspoon turmeric powder to a half a glass of warm milk. Swallow the honey-garlic mixture and chase it with the milk mixture.

Verdict: It works! Inflammation is a major cause of joint pain. Garlic, honey, turmeric and milk all have anti-inflammatory properties. Mixing turmeric into warm milk (instead of water) makes it easier to drink.

 

Gin Soaked Raisins for Arthritis

 

Method: Put raisins in a bowl and pour in enough gin to cover the raisins. Allow the gin to evaporate, which should take about 1 week. Place the moist raisins in a sealed jar and eat about nine a day.

Verdict: It works! Drinking alcohol has been shown to cut the risks of developing rheumatoid arthritis in half. Gin is flavored by the juniper berry, which contains anti-inflammatory properties. Raisins contain ferulic acid, gentisic acid and salicylic acid – all natural pain relievers.

 

Tickle the Roof of Your Mouth to Stop Hiccups

 

Method: Use a cotton ball to tickle the roof of your mouth at the point where the hard and soft palate meets.

Verdict: It works! Hiccups are caused by a spasm of the diaphragm. Tickling the roof of your mouth stimulates the vagus nerve, which interrupts that spasm.

 

Play the Didgeridoo to Help Snoring

 

Method: The didgeridoo is a wind instrument that produces a droning sound. Play this instrument, or as an alternative, blow into a wrapping paper roll before bed to help with snoring and sleep apnea.

Verdict: It works! Snoring and sleep apnea are caused by collapse of upper airways. Playing the didgeridoo strengthens those muscles and prevents them from narrowing. It uses circular breathing – storing air in your cheeks for one continuous breath. This practice can also lessen daytime sleepiness, a complication of snoring and sleep apnea.

 

Lemon Slices for Constipation

 

Method: Cut a lemon into pieces and then eat it.

Verdict: It works! Raw lemon is high in vitamin C, and in high doses, vitamin C can cause diarrhea.

 

Headband to Cure a Headache

 

Method: Pour rubbing alcohol into a bowl, wet the bandana in the alcohol and then tie it tightly around your head

Verdict: It doesn’t work. Although there might be some comfort in cooling your forehead, the fumes of the alcohol can actually worsen your headache. Additionally, high levels of alcohol absorbed through the skin and may cause nausea. Instead, soak the bandana in water that has been mixed with a little bit of rosemary or lavender.

 

Cabbage Juice to Cure Ulcers

 

Method: Take raw cabbage and blend in a juice extractor to remove the pulp. Drink the juice while fresh. You can sweeten the taste by adding carrot juice.

Verdict: It works! Fresh, uncooked cabbage has been proven to heal ulcers. In a study conducted in the 1950s, over 90% of participants were completely rid of their ulcers through this method.

 

Olive Oil Rinse to Prevent Gingivitis

 

Method: Take a bit of olive oil, and swish it around in your mouth. Swallow.

Verdict: It works! Because olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats (the good kind of fat) and antioxidants that reduce plaque buildup, it works to prevent gingivitis. It can also minimize the discomfort from other sores in your mouth. Additionally, the antioxidants in olive oil help to kill off H. pylori, the bacteria that infect stomach lining and causes ulcers.

 

Milk and Cabbage Gel for Back Pain

 

Method: Chop up 5-6 large leaves of cabbage into halves or quarters. Add them to 2 cups of milk. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and heat for around 20-35 minutes until it boils and starts to look and feel sticky. Spread the mixture onto your back and leave on for around 20 minutes.

Verdict: It does not work! Although the heat may help to loosen up the muscles and bring relief, there is no science behind milk or cabbage being useful for back pain.

Curry Rice Drink for an Upset Stomach

Method: Take boiled rice, add around 10 crushed curry leaves, 1 tsp cumin seeds and then fry together. Then add 1 glass of water and bring to a boil. Have the drink on an empty stomach.

Verdict: It works! Rice usually helps an upset stomach. Additionally, there is also some evidence that curry leaves contain a protein that slows down digestion, and could be helpful to treat diarrhea.

 

Onion Wrap for Fever Aches & Pains

 

Method: Peel and slice an onion. Then cut the tops of panty hose and place the slices inside. Wrap around you ankle like a bracelet. Put a sock on over the onion. Wear overnight to reduce your fever.

Verdict: It might work. Onions have anti-inflammatory properties, which could reduce a fever, but only when eaten. There is no evidence that this would work through the skin.

 

Olive Oil and Garlic for Ear Infections

 

Method: Heat 1 tsp olive oil. Cool oil until it’s tepid. Make sure you test first. Add less than 1/3 of a pressed garlic clove – make sure you use only tiny pieces that will dissolve and not chunks. Use a clear dropper and add a couple drops into the ear canal.

Verdict: It works! Garlic has anti-bacterial properties which relieves pain and cures infection.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar for Heartburn

 

Method: Swallow a few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar rather than popping antacids to soothe heartburn.

Verdict: It does not work! Apple cider vinegar works for a lot things (like killing germs, weight loss and hair health) but unfortunately, there is no evidence that supports it can help heartburn. In addition, if it tastes bad, skip it altogether.

 

A Warm Drink for PMS Symptoms

 

Method: This homemade warm, spicy drink contains oregano, rosemary, anise seeds and cloves. Drink before bed to ease the bloating, cramps and back pain that accompany your monthly period.

Verdict: Dr. Oz delivers his first ‘maybe!’ All the ingredients in this warm drink reduce bloating and gastrointestinal cramps, but there is no research that links those ingredients to PMS symptoms. Here is the recipe for this drinks – try it at home and let us know if it works for you!

 

Nuvia’s Cramps Remedy

1 tbsp oregano

1 tbsp rosemary

1 tbsp anise seeds

1 tbsp cloves

Directions

Add two cups of water. Let it simmer until there is only half cup left, drink while is still very warm preferably before bedtime.

 

Clove of Garlic for an Ear Infection

 

Method: Insert a glove of garlic into your ear. Make sure the garlic you use is not broken, because it can burn you.

Verdict: It works! Herbalists recommend garlic drop to shorten duration and reduce the pain of ear infections. Garlic has potential to prevent or destroy pathogens, so this is a successful treatment option.

 

Turmeric Powder for Cuts and Scrapes

 

Method: Take turmeric powder and cover the area that is bleeding. For a deep cut or gash, cover with turmeric and apply pressure to stop bleeding and prevent infection.

Verdict: It works! Turmeric contains a raw material called curcumin, which are an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. Curcumin prevents some extra chemicals from being released from injured cells, reducing damage.

 

White Rum with Lemon Juice and Water as a Fever Reducer

 

Method: Mix together rum, lemon juice and water and then use a wash rag to apply to your arms, back and forehead.

Verdict: It Does Not Work! Alcohol works to cool the skin so quickly that you begin to shiver, which works to raise your core body temperature. A 5-10 minute sponge bath with lukewarm water is far more effective. This treatment prevents a sharp decline in temperature by bringing it down gradually.

 

Water and Baking Soda for Acid Reflux

 

Method: Mix together and drink 3 times a day, 5 days a week for 3 weeks.

Verdict: It Works! When you have acid reflux, acid is burning your stomach causing indigestion and discomfort. Chemically, the bicarbonate ion present in the baking soda will react to neutralize this acid, effectively treating acid reflux.

 

Glue for Removing Splinters

 

Method: Put glue over the splinter, let it dry, and peel it off to remove splinter.

Verdict: It Works! Glue will stick to a variety of materials, so it can work for many types of splinters. The splinter will be pulled out at the same angle that it entered your body thereby alleviating the need for picking and scratching with needles. This procedure is safe and easy.

 

Mayonnaise for a Burn

 

Method: Apply mayonnaise to a burn immediately after it occurs and leave on for 10 minutes.

Verdict: It Does Not Work! Applying mayonnaise or other types of food can actually breed bacteria and complicate the healing process. After a burn occurs, the most important thing is to cool it down. Direct ice can hurt the skin, but cold running water will work. Aloe is proven to help, and you should cover with sterile gauze to protect the wound.

 

Hydrogen Peroxide for Ear Infections

 

Method: Pour hydrogen peroxide directly into the ear.

Verdict: It Works! Bacteria in the wax that builds up inside your ear cause ear Infections. The hydrogen peroxide causes a chemical reaction with the bacteria which results in visible bubbling. The hydrogen peroxide dissolves this bacteria and wax, making it an effective home remedy.

 

 

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Three things

Three things in life

that never come back: 

Time

Words

Opportunities

Three things in life

that should never be lost:

Peace

Hope

Honesty

Three things in life

that are most valuable: 

Love

Faith

Prayer

Three things in life

that make a person: 

Hard-work

Sincerity

Commitment 

Three things in life

that can destroy a person:

Selfishness

Pride

Anger

Three things in life

that are constant:

Change

Death

God.

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Shakespeare said:

 

I always feel happy, You know why?

Because I don’t expect anything from anyone,

Expectations always hurt…

Life is short..

So love your life..

Be happy..

In addition, keep smiling…

Just Live for yourself and

Before you speak, Listen

Before you write, Think

Before you spend, Earn

Before you pray, Forgive

Before you hurt, Feel

Before you hate, Love

Before you quit, Try

Before you die, Live…

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 Amla, is acclaimed for its contribution in digestion, beauty, and many other physiological benefits.

Amla, or Indian gooseberry, is considered as dhatri, or motherly figure. Thanks to its health benefits, amla has also been worshipped in Indian culture since ages.
Ayurveda, which is the oldest health system in the world, appreciates and uses amla to treat a host of diseases and promote positive health.
Amla [Emblica officinalis, or emblic myrobalan], is called amalaki in Sanskrit. It is extensively used as a rejuvenator in ayurveda. It is also used widely in combination with other two [chebulic and belleric] myrobalans [fruit-bearing plant species] as triphala. Amla is, indeed, the key ingredient in the popular ayurvedic recipe, Chyavanaprasha. More than anything, it may be called as “King of Rasayana” [rejuvenation], owing to its multiple health benefits.
Amla in ayurveda
Ayurveda describes amla as a cooling, astringent, digestive, laxative, stomachic, and aphrodisiac medicine. It also has anti-pyretic, anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. Due to its numerous therapeutic effects on various organs and systems, it has been found to be useful in problems ranging from chest diseases such as cough, asthma, and bronchitis, digestive ailments like dyspepsia, hyperacidity and ulcers and anaemia, jaundice, diabetes, bleeding conditions, eye diseases, allergic and other skin problems to gynaecological problems.
Food and digestion

Amla strengthens absorption and assimilation of food. It improves digestion and stimulates our taste buds to relish food better. Everyone without fear of gastric irritation, or increased acidity can use it. It can also be used to ease “too much heat” – a popular belief – in the body. It aids in better absorption and assimilation of iron from the gut. It also acts as a laxative in large doses due to its high fiber content.
Amla is best used as an ingredient in our diet regularly. It can be used as an alternative to tamarind, lemon or such other fruits to add flavour to food. It can be used as dry powder, fresh juice; or for dressing, by grating it coarse, or fine. It can also be used to prepare chutneys [paste] to be used as an adjuvant in our meals. It can be preserved for a long time in sugar syrup or as pickle and used regularly.
Amla is one of the best sources of natural vitamin C. It contains 20 times more vitamin C than an orange. Even when it is dried, or baked, it contains tannins, which prevent loss of vitamin C. Vitamin C, an anti-oxidant, fights free radicals, which cause many chronic and grave diseases like arthritis, high blood pressure, heart problems, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and so on. Vitamin C is also required for our body’s natural defences and healing mechanisms.

Look good

Amla boosts absorption of calcium. Thus, it helps in the formation, maintenance, and repair of bones, teeth, nails and hair. It also helps maintain youthful hair colour and retards premature graying. In addition, it supports the strength of the hair follicles. This translates to less thinning of hair with age.
Amla enhances protein synthesis by means of which bodily tissues, especially the muscles, are strengthened and toned up. It is, therefore, very useful to athletes and those who exercise regularly for maintaining muscular health and eliminating toxic products, the result of muscle activity.

Physiological benefits

Amla is useful in reducing LDL [“bad”] cholesterol and thus preventing arterial blockages that may cause heart attack or stroke.
Amla, when consumed in its natural form, as raw fruit or dry powder, can reduce chest congestion and facilitate the removal of sputum from the respiratory tract. It can soothe and heal inflamed airways and thus, is useful in cough, bronchitis, and other problems of the respiratory system.
Amla is also known to act as a very good brain and nerve tonic. It improves memory, tolerance, and nervous function.
Exposure to chemicals and consumption of chemically treated food or drinks results in the accumulation of toxins in body tissues. This affects the functioning of the liver. Amla helps in elimination of toxins. It strengthens the liver in the process. Regular use of amla will result in an efficient defence system in the body against harmful substances.
The fresh juice of amla acts as a diuretic; it also normalises acidic urine. It is helpful in burning urination and urinary infections.
It is known that amla is beneficial during chemotherapy and radiotherapy due to its adaptogenic[balancing effect on your body’s systems]
In addition, rejuvenating properties.

Amla for common ailments

Dry Cough

Take half tsp amla powder mixed with a little ghee [liquefy the ghee]. Take frequently.

Piles

Take wild amla juice, or powder, with cream top of yoghurt, twice a day.

White vaginal discharge [leucorrhoea]
Take 1 gm amla powder with one tsp honey and one tsp crystal sugar mixed together, thrice a day.
Internal bleeding [Rakta Pitta]
Wild amla one gm, with one tsp honey, thrice a day.

Hiccups

Wild amla powder with long pepper [or, black pepper]. One gm amla, with 3-4 pinches of pepper.
Slow and burning urination
Juice of amla, half cup [approx 30 ml], twice a day. This should be supplemented with extra fluid intake and/or liquid diet.

Diabetes

Amla and turmeric, as juice or powder, twice a day, before food; use two tsp each for juice and half tsp each for powder.
Despite its supreme safety and therapeutic value, it is useful to consult an expert in ayurveda or herbal medicine to have a more specific and individualised prescription to suit your amla needs – especially when you have medical, or surgical, concerns.

Add Amla to Your Diet

Amla fruits are available at local fruit sellers. Amla is seasonally available from, October to January in India. You can buy fresh amla and make a murabba [sugar syrup preparation] with either whole fruits or grated amla. You could also make an amla pickle that is tangy and spicy. In case you prefer a drink, you can choose Amlana, which is a cool appetizer, or an amla-ginger punch.
Ready-to-eat packaged Amla also is available in a number of stores. Normally these are local brands. Options like dehydrated amla, amla in tablet form, packaged amla juice, amla pickles, amla chutney, amla candy are a good bet for trial.
You could even start off on Triphala or Chyawanprash both of which contain amla as a major ingredient.

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I think we all should follow this ” LIFE BOOK 2012″…….make a calender !!!

Health:

1. Drink plenty of water

2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar

3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants, and eat less food that is

4. Live with the three E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy

5. Make time for prayer

6. Play more games

7. Read more books than you did in the last year -2011

8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day

9. Sleep 7 hours a day

10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day —- and while you walk, smile

Personality:

11. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is

all about.

12. Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead, invest  your energy in the positive present moment.

13. Don’t over do; keep your limits

14. Don’t take yourself so seriously; no one else does

15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip

16. Dream more while you are awake

17. Forget issues of the past. Do not remind your partner with his/her mistakes..

18. Make peace with your past so it will not spoil the present Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

19. Smile and laugh more

Community:

20. Call your family often

21. Each day give something good to others

22. Forgive everyone for everything

23. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6

24. Try to make at least three people smile each day

25. What other people think of you is none of your business

26. Your job will not take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will. Stay in touch.

Life:

27. Do the right things

28. Get rid of anything that is not useful, beautiful or joyful

29. GOD heals everything

30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change

31. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up

32. The best is yet to come

33. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it

34. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

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Health benefits of Meditation:

Though meditation is usually recognized as a largely spiritual practice, it also as many health benefits. The yoga and meditation techniques are being implemented in management of life threatening diseases; in transformation of molecular and genetic structure; in reversal of mental illnesses, in accelerated learning programs, in perceptions and communications beyond the physical, in solving problems and atomic and nuclear physics; in gaining better ecological understanding; in management of lifestyle and future world problems.  Hundred  benefits of meditation are:

Physiological benefits:

1. It lowers oxygen consumption.

2. It decreases respiratory rate.

3. It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.

4. Increases exercise tolerance.

5. Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation.

6. Good for people with high blood pressure.

7. Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.

8. Decreases muscle tension

9. Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.

10. Reduces Pre-menstrual Syndrome symptoms.

11. Helps in post-operative healing.

12. Enhances the immune system.

13. Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress

14. Enhances energy, strength and vigour.

15. Helps with weight loss

16. Reduction of free radicals, less tissue damage

17. Higher skin resistance

18. Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.

19. Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing.

20. Decreases the aging process.

21. Higher levels of DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone)

22. Prevented, slowed or controlled pain of chronic diseases

23. Makes you sweat less

24. Cure headaches & migraines

25. Greater Orderliness of Brain Functioning

26. Reduced Need for Medical Care

27. Less energy wasted

28. More inclined to sports, activities

29. Significant relief from asthma

30. Improved performance in athletic events

31. Normalizes to your ideal weight

32. Harmonizes our endocrine system

33. Relaxes our nervous system

34. Produce lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity

35. Helps cure infertility (the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation).

Psychological benefits:

36. Builds self-confidence.

37. Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behaviour.

38. Resolve phobias & fears

39. Helps control own thoughts

40. Helps with focus & concentration

41. Increase creativity

42. Increased brain wave coherence.

43. Improved learning ability and memory.

44. Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.

45. Increased emotional stability.

46. Improved relationships

47. Mind ages at slower rate

48. Easier to remove bad habits

49. Develops intuition

50. Increased Productivity

51. Improved relations at home & at work

52. Able to see the larger picture in a given situation

53. Helps ignore petty issues

54. Increased ability to solve complex problems

55. Purifies your character

56. Develop will power

57. Greater communication between the two brain hemispheres

58. Respond more quickly and more effectively to a stressful event.

59. increases one’s perceptual ability and motor performance

60. Higher intelligence growth rate

61. Increased job satisfaction

62. Increase in the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones

63. Decrease in potential mental illness

64. Better, more sociable behaviour

65. Less aggressiveness

66. Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol addiction

67. Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills & pharmaceuticals

68. Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation

69. Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia

70. Increases sense of responsibility

71. Reduces road rage

72. Decrease in restless thinking

73. Decreased tendency to worry

74. Increases listening skills and empathy

75. Helps make judgments that are more accurate

76. Greater tolerance

77. Gives composure to act in considered & constructive ways

78. Grows a stable, more balanced personality

79. Develops emotional maturity

Spiritual benefits: 

80. Helps keep things in perspective

81. Provides peace of mind, happiness

82. Helps you discover your purpose in life

83. Increased self-actualization.

84. Increased compassion

85. Growing wisdom

86. Deeper understanding of yourself and others

87. Brings body, mind, and spirit in harmony

88. Deeper Level of spiritual relaxation

89. Increased acceptance of one self

90. Helps learn forgiveness

91. Changes attitude toward life

92. Creates a deeper relationship with your God

93. Increases the synchronicity in your life

94. Greater inner-directedness

95. Helps living in the present moment

96. Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love

97. Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego

98. Experience an inner sense of “Assurance or Knowingness”

99. Experience a sense of “Oneness”

100. Leads to enlightenment

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Discourse on Good Will

May all beings be filled with joy and peace. ?

May all beings everywhere,

The strong and the weak,

The great and the small,

The mean and the powerful,

The short and the long,

The sub­tle and the gross:

May all beings everywhere,

Seen and unseen,

Dwelling far off or nearby,

Being or wait­ing to become

May all be filled with lasting joy?

Let no one deceive another,

Let no one anywhere despise another,

Let no one out of anger or resentment

Wish suffering on anyone at all.

Just as a mother with her own life

Pro­tects her child, her only child, from harm,

So within yourself let grow

A boundless love for all creatures.

Let your love flow outward through the universe,

To its height, its depth, its broad extent,

A lim­it­less love, with­out hatred or enmity.

Then, as you stand or walk

Sit or lie down,

As long as you are awake,

Strive for this with a one pointed mind;

Your life will bring heaven to earth.

  

-This passage is from the Metta Sutta, part of the Sutta Nipata, A collection of dialogues with the Bud­dha said to be among The old­est parts of the Pali Buddhist canon