Four easy home remedies for chronic indigestion

Indigestion

Indigestion has many aspects, from simply feeling bloated and too full to full blown IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or IBD (inflammatory bowel disease). The latter includes both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Basic eating habits can prevent simple indigestion and keep gastrointestinal disorders away or minimize them if they already exist. Start with a good eating environment that’s without stress, bad feelings, or talking about stressful activities. Actually, too much of any gabbing interferes with good digestion.

That’s because digestion begins with enzymes and beneficial bacteria from the saliva in the mouth. Cramming in to much food with each bite and swallowing after only two or three chews overwhelms the beginning of digestive function.

It’s also a good idea to avoid cold beverages while eating. Liquids should not be cooler than room temperature. Ayurveda and Chinese medicine point respect to what they call the fire of digestion that begins in the stomach. Also, drink sparingly while eating, lest you drown the fire of digestion.

The foundation for proper food mixing is based on not mixing foods that require different time spans for complete digestion. Animal foods, especially meats, take the longest. Next comes complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains. Then simple carbohydrates, refined grains, etc.

Fruits are digested the quickest. That’s why they should be eaten away from main meals. The same goes for processed carbohydrate or sugary desserts. When slower digesting foods mix into the faster digesting foods, fermentation can occur leading to indigestion.

It’s also a good idea to include soluble fiber foods with insoluble fiber foods, with an attempt toward eating soluble fiber foods first. For example, your main dish with rice or potatoes (soluble fiber) should precede salad (insoluble fiber). Source [1] below contains lists of soluble and insoluble fiber foods.

Herb and spice remedies for indigestion

(1) Aloe vera juice is great for digestive problems and healthy in so many other ways. It can be regarded as a miracle plant juice. Look for unadulterated, unsweetened, unpasteurized, and non-irradiated aloe vera juice, whether pressed from whole leaves or the fileted gel within the leaf.

The whole leaf versus gel only controversy is one you should explore to decide what makes sense to you. Aloe vera is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-oxidant, and anti-cancer. It requires only a little aloe vera consumption to handle digestive problems, but much more to cure cancer. It also facilitates detoxification.

Aloe vera has been clinically proven (though not publicized by MSM) to handle both extremes and a lot of health issues in between. (https://www.naturalnews.com/021858_aloe_vera_gel.html)

(2) A simple technique of thoroughly chewing a handful of dry fennel seeds after eating can facilitate good digestion. These are usually available in Indian restaurants the way mints are up for grabs in many western eateries. But you can have them on hand at home cheaply. Some swear by fennel tea for indigestion.

(3) Ginger and coriander aid digestion. Ginger powder or ground ginger root can be used as a spice. Ginger tea or capsules soothes many digestive disorders or upset stomachs from motion sickness or other causes.

Coriander seeds or powders are used in Indian and Chinese cuisine. Their additions are great for promoting good digestion. Using the coriander anti-inflammatory plant leaves, commonly known as cilantro, helps remove heavy metals from your system. (https://www.naturalnews.com/035741_heavy_metals_cilantro_detox.html)

(4) Fermented foods contain naturally produced probiotic beneficial bacteria. They should be eaten often. They include sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, pickles, aged cheese, “live” yogurts, and fresh sourdough bread baked without bromine and without preservatives.

Making your own milk or water kefir helps you maintain the proper beneficial to pathogenic balance of 85 to 15 in your gut. (https://www.naturalnews.com/036419_probiotics_immunity_bacteria.html)

Reversing or reducing this optimum ratio leads to Candida overgrowth and a plethora of weird symptoms too difficult to diagnose for most MDs.

Less sugar and fewer refined carbs in your diet will also help maintain that intestinal flora balance. Avoid antibiotics. Be prepared to take heavy doses of probiotic supplements if you’re forced into antibiotic use.

Eliminate restless leg syndrome with home remedies and natural treatments

Restless leg syndrome

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) affects approximately 10 percent of the populace, with onset commonly occurring among woman in their 50s. RLS involves moving the legs constantly — seeking relief from pains, twitching, burning, crawling, tingling and unease — all made worse when you’re lying still in bed.

There is no known conventional treatment for restless leg syndrome; however, certain home remedies and alternative treatments often provide relief.

Homeopathic remedies

Rhus tox: People needing Rhus tox often experience joint and muscle pain with stiffness. The person may be extremely restless, anxious, suspicious and depressed — symptoms being worse at night and when lying still, forcing the individual to move to obtain relief. Continued motion, heat and rubbing bring relief, making this one of the first remedies to think of for RLS.

Tarantula hispanica: People needing this remedy are often excessively restless, over-stimulated, rageful and impatient. RLS symptoms often include twitching, numbness and jerking; and are made better by exaggerated movement, dancing, music, pressure and rubbing.

Zincum metallicum: The person needing Zincum often has involuntary movement of the legs accompanied by mental and physical fatigue. There may be twitching of the feet with trembling and a need to move the legs and feet constantly. The symptoms worsen from exhaustion, noise, touch and drinking alcohol; and are better with warmth and pressure.

Phosphorus: The individual needing this remedy may have cramping, numbness, stiffness and jerking of the toes and feet. Symptoms improve when the individual lays on the right side. The person is often mild-mannered, insecure, prefers company and is thirsty for large quantities of icy cold water.

Magnesia carbonica: Legs and feet often feel tired, achy and restless — especially noticeable after sitting in one position for many hours. There may be cramps and pains in the lower legs with weakness of the calves and jerking motions. The restless leg symptoms are made worse by changes in the weather and getting warm in bed.

Causticum: Restless legs at night are often accompanied by paralytic numbness and arthritic or rheumatic pains. There may also be tearing pains in the knees and ankles with cracking noises.

Arsenicum album: The person needing this remedy is generally afraid of being alone, chilly, anxious and restless in general. There is a feeling of uneasiness in the legs and they can’t lay still at night, feeling the need to continually move the legs. There may be leg cramps in the calves. The person is often thirsty for cold water and craves company.

Home remedies and treatments

· Stretching and walking exercise leg muscles
· Drink 1/4 cup of tonic water with quinine before bed; the quinine settles the nervous system providing relief
· Add black strap molasses to your diet. High in iron, it helps relieve RLS.
· Warm soaks in the tub before bedtime with Epsom salts, apple cider vinegar, or baking soda
· Add foods rich in magnesium to your diet or take magnesium supplements to help reduce cramping
· Use hot and cold therapy to reduce cramping
· Implement relaxation techniques
· Add vitamins to your diet, especially iron — but only after speaking to your doctor and having a blood test for iron levels
· Have frequent massages to low back and legs
· Visit an acupuncturist, who may be able to help relieve symptoms of restless leg syndrome
· Reduce or eliminate caffeine consumption
· Use herbal relaxants — try chamomile tea, valerian, kava, mucuna pruriens
· Take B vitamins
· Wear socks to bed to keep feet warm and protected
· Check your medication to be sure RLS is not a side-effect

Seven spices, food medicines and home remedies that could save your life

Lifesaving foods

What does vibrant health actually look like, and how can an individual accurately assess his own quality of life? These are some of the questions that an increasing number of Americans are now asking as they witness a cascade of ill health sweep the nation in the form of allergies, autoimmune disease, neurological problems, developmental disorders, and chronic illness. But the answers to these important questions have to be experienced in order to be fully understood, and the only way to experience them is to actually live them.

Here are seven spices, food medicines and home remedies that can not only help you experience a dramatic and noticeable health renewal, but may also end up saving your life later on down the road:

1) Turmeric. This extraordinary member of the ginger family has not been dubbed the “king of all spices” for no reason. Both the short and long-term health benefits of turmeric make it a “superfood” of the highest order, offering support for bone, joint, skin, immune, digestive, circulatory, and neurological health. Rich in disease-fighting curcuminoids, turmeric is virtually unmatched when it comes to providing both immediate and perpetual relief from a variety of ailments. Turmeric has even been shown to help prevent and treat cancer, which is a leading cause of death today.

“Extensive research over the past five decades has indicated that curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) reduces blood cholesterol levels, prevents low-density lipoprotein oxidation, inhibits platelet aggregation, suppresses thrombosis and myocardial infarction, suppresses symptoms associated with Type II diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease; inhibits HIV replication, suppresses tumor formation, enhances wound healing, protects against liver injury, increases bile secretion, protects against cataract formation, and protects against pulmonary toxicity and fibrosis,” explains a comprehensive analysis on the benefits of turmeric. (http://www.wellnessresources.com)

2) Natural sunlight (vitamin D). There is virtually no other nutrient more suitable, or easily obtained, for achieving vibrant health than vitamin D. Ample research has established that vitamin D, which is naturally produced in the body as a response to sunlight and ultraviolet B (UVB) exposure, is critical for preventing cardiovascular illness, diabetes, endocrine disorders, infections, organ failure, mental health problems, neurological conditions, and skin disease.

The Vitamin D Council has a wealth of information about the health benefits of vitamin D and its importance in promoting longevity. You can learn more about it, including whether or not you and your family are vitamin D deficient, by visiting: http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/

3) Almonds. The most nutritionally-dense nut known to man, almonds are a powerhouse of nutrition that can provide immediate and lasting relief from pain and other conditions. A rich source of potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E, and iron, almonds help regulate cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and promote healthy weight loss. Likewise, eating a handful of raw almonds every day can not only help ward off long-term health conditions like heart disease, but also provide instant relief for digestive discomfort, inflammation, and even headaches. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22296169)

4) Camu camu. The densest known plant-based source of vitamin C, camu camu is a phenomenal superfood that just might be the world’s most nutrient-dense fruit. With roughly 50 times more vitamin C per volume than oranges, camu camu berries provide solid protection for your central nervous system, which is responsible for regulating the function of your brain, eyes, lungs, muscles, and heart. Eating camu camu berries or powder regularly can also help you avoid developing dementia, and protect your body against bacterial and viral infections.
(https://www.naturalnews.com/report_camu_camu_0.html)

5) Clean water. Because your body is constantly being bombarded with toxic chemicals, both from environmental and food sources, clean water is essential for maintaining a healthy internal ecosystem. Many common health conditions are aggravated and even caused by dehydration, and potentially millions of people needlessly take pharmaceutical drugs for conditions resulting from a lack of clean, fluoride-free water. Simply drinking more water, in other words, will help you stay healthy and disease-free.

6) Cruciferous vegetables. Broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and the many other members of the cruciferous vegetable family are sulfur-rich foods that help fight systemic inflammation, which is a primary cause of chronic illness today. Regular consumption of cruciferous vegetables, which also contain high levels of an anti-cancer nutrient known as sulforaphane, can help detoxify your gastrointestinal tract and promote the growth and repair of bodily tissues. (https://www.naturalnews.com/cruciferous_vegetables.html)

7) Garlic. The health benefits of garlic are numerous, which is why this common herb often makes an appearance as one of the most beneficial herbs for promoting health and wellness. Rich in a medicinal compound known as allicin, garlic has the potential to revolutionize your health, as it can help effectively prevent colds and flu and reduce the risk of cancer, among many other benefits. Fresh garlic is especially beneficial for wellness, as it contains the highest levels of therapeutic allicin.

The 8 best herbal home remedies to fight Avian flu or bird flu virus

Avian flu

Avian, or bird flu virus, was confined primarily to birds, mostly chickens, up to the 1990s. Until then it was not considered a health threat to humans. Early cases in humans emerged in Hong Kong in 1997. Although the original bird flu was a rare strain, individuals may still be susceptible to another contagious avian flu epidemic. Why? A new bird flu pandemic has arisen in China including the original strain, now intensified with additional pathogens. There are no conventional treatments for avian flu; however herbs and home remedies protect against the flu and speed recovery in those who become ill.

Astragalus

Used in China for centuries, astragulus is an immune-enhancing herb that strengthens the body. It supports the bone marrow by increasing the production of interferon and building disease-fighting blood cells enabling an individual to resist and fight the bird flu virus.

Echinacea

The traditional herbal cure for flu is Echinacea. Used by herbalists for centuries as a blood purifier and immune system stimulant, echinacea is an herbal star for strengthening the system. Echinacea is most effective when taken in liquid extract form.

Garlic

Garlic is a potent natural medicine with outstanding ability to protect against and fight the flu. It is respected by herbalists and Chinese medical doctors and has been used for centuries for its anti-viral and antibiotic characteristics. Garlic is most potent when crushed first and then eaten raw or made into tea.

Forsythia and Honeysuckle

Forsythia and honeysuckle, two herbs frequently used in Chinese medicine, are often mixed with lemon balm, to make a soothing tea that helps ward off avian flu. All three herbs possess strong antiviral properties, and combining them into a tea increases their efficacy.

Turmeric

The compound curcumin, from turmeric, is anti-inflammatory and relieves fever while reducing some of the lethal effects of the bird flu cytokine storm. This is a biological event expressed by an out-of-balance immune system. It involves certain inflammatory agents that become heightened during the bird flu, and persist in stimulating additional increases in similar immuno-agents; The compounding of one-upon-the-other of these inflammatory agents creates tremendous health risks, furthering the avian flu inflammation.

Blue Green Dragon

This potent Chinese herbal formula is highly effective against bird flu virus and is a combination of eight traditional herbs, each with the ability to strengthen the immune system in its own way. One of the main herbs present is Ma Huang or Ephedra, who’s main action dilates the body’s pores allowing sweating, which encourages the release of toxins. See below for NaturalNews article discussing Blue Green Dragon formula. Ma Huang has been banned in the U.S. by the FDA; however, there are other herbs and supplements that have similar action and can be taken along with the remaining Blue Green Dragon formula maintaining its efficacy. Both cayenne pepper and the B-vitamin niacin dilate surface capillaries in the skin, opening pores and causing sweating.

Olive Leaf Extract

Both antibacterial and anti-viral, olive leaf extract is a strong immune system enhancer, supporting the blood and lymphatic systems to fight bird flu.

Oil of Oregano

An essential oil whose germ-killing properties are reported to be as potent as those of most antibiotics, oil of oregano is also considered an effective antiviral treatment for beating avian flu.

Seven home remedies for a sore throat

Home remedies

A Sore throat is one of the most common conditions affecting people from all walks of life. Making basic activities such as talking and swallowing difficult, it is a major annoyance to say the least. This involves the swelling of the pharynx caused by factors such as bacterial infection, allergies, and acid reflux. If you have a sore throat, you may want to deal with it immediately. Here are some home remedies you can use for treating sore throat.

Home remedies for a sore throat

Decongestants. Oftentimes, all you need is to make things clear for your nose. Remember that the nasal and oral cavities are connected to each other, and if one area is not right, it will affect the other. Using decongestants such as pseudoephedrine and saline nasal spray will provide immediate relief for your sore throat as well as your breathing.

Rest. A sore throat is sometimes caused by fatigue. If that is the case, it might be best to get yourself some rest. Not only does it ease the pressure on your throat to work hard, but it also provides you with more energy to combat an infection.

Gargling. Particular gargles are effective in providing both immediate and lasting relief for your sore throat. Among the most effective gargles you can use for treating a sore throat include raspberry tea, sage, warm saltwater, and mouthwash.

Create cure concoctions. Particular mixes are known to be very effective in treating sore throat. One of the most effective mixes around is a honey-cider vinegar mix. Another is using a mix based on horseradish and cloves. You’ll be surprised at how these mixes can get your throat back to tiptop shape.

Citrus fruits. Citrus has a remarkable effect on those who are suffering from a bad throat. Not only do these fruits have a natural antimicrobial effect, but they are also rich in vitamin C that can boost immunity. Lemon and lime are two of the best citrus fruits you can use for these conditions.

Analgesics. Particular analgesics are effective in providing relief for a sore throat. While some precaution (and some doctor’s advice) is a must before taking these, analgesics such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen are known to provide impressive sore throat relief.

Eat something warm and cold. Both temperatures can have a unique effect for the throat. Eating something cold can soothe the itching caused by sore throat. Meanwhile, eating something warm improves blood circulation around the throat. Of course, avoid using foods that contain ingredients that can further irritate the throat.

Those are just some of the most effective remedies you can use for your sore throat, and the best part is you don’t even have to leave home and see a doctor to use them.

Simple home remedies for hayfever and allergies

Home remedies

More than 10 million Americans suffer from allergy and hay fever symptoms. Spring, summer and fall produce a wide variety of tree, flower and grass pollens. These pollens in turn create a wide variety of symptoms ranging from nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy eyes, headaches, insomnia and depression. Complications can also arise such as bronchitis, sinusitis and earaches. There are many home remedies that you can use to relieve your symptoms as well as various homeopathic remedies that are available over the counter.

Five basics to consider if you have severe allergies

1. If possible, avoid the outdoors from 5-10 a.m., which are peak times for high pollen counts.
2. Have a set of indoor and outdoor shoes, so you don’t track dust and pollen in your home.
3. Shower and change your clothes after being outside. Be sure to wash your clothes immediately, so no pollen remains in your home.
4. Use a neti pot after being outside to rinse away any pollen in your nasal passages.
5. Use an eye wash cup with a saline solution to rinse your eyes.

Home remedies and supplements

Hay fever inhaler: Make a simple inhaler by adding 1/2 ounce of thyme to a one pint canning jar. Cover with boiling water. Close the jar tightly and let steep and cool for thirty minutes. Remove the lid and breathe in the vapors. Inhale as needed. Thymol reduces swelling in the bronchial tract as well as offering antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties.

Local raw honey will contain various pollens from your area. When it is consumed on a regular basis it helps to desensitize your immune system to pollen. This can reduce the severity and number of allergy attacks.

Horseradish is a natural decongestant. Try spreading some jarred horseradish on crackers or toast.

Lemon tea with honey: Steaming tea rouses the nasal cilia so that you’re not coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose first thing in the morning. You can add anise, fennel or sage to stimulate the cilia even more.

Saline solution: Mix a 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. baking soda in 8 ounces of warm water. Place the saline solution in a neti pot, and tipping your head to one side, pour the solution in one nostril. It will run into the other nostril and down the back of your throat. Drain by spitting out the remnants and blowing your nose. This treatment is a great idea to remove any lingering pollen from the outdoors.

Quercetin in lab studies has been shown to prevent immune cells from releasing histamine. Quercetin is also available in foods such as apples, garlic, onions and tea.

Vitamin E: In a study of allergy sufferers who took 800 IU of vitamin daily, a noticeable decrease in allergy medications was achieved. Since some studies are cautious about taking more than 400 IU get the rest from your food sources such as wheat germ, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts and pistachios.

Homeopathics

Individual homeopathic remedies can be chosen based on your symptoms. Many homeopathic companies make multi-symptom remedies for allergies and hayfever. Here’s a partial list of some common remedies, with their related symptoms:

Allium cepa: Violent sneezing and acrid watery nasal discharge. Burning, sensitive, watery red eyes.

Ambrosia: Swollen red nose and acrid watery discharge. Stringy mucous and pus discharge from the eyes. Wheezy cough.

Arsenicum iodatum: Sneezing, watery discharge if acute, thick and green if chronic. Post nasal drip, hoarse cough.

Napthalium: Sudden allergy attacks, constant sneezing, acrid discharges. Sinusitis with a frontal headache. Spasmodic cough, asthma, difficult mucus to expel.

Sabadilla: Sneezing, runny watery discharge, itching and tingling in nose and mouth. Sinusitis with a frontal headache.

Home remedies to alleviate psoriasis

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a complex disease of the skin. What makes it complex is the fact that it is incurable, because the problem is directly related to some malfunction of the immune system. There is a need to first correct the disorder happening inside the body before the reddening and flaking of the skin can be stopped. In the meantime, there are home treatments available to alleviate the symptom.

What’s Inside the Medicine Cabinet?

Dietary supplements are known to help control symptoms of psoriasis, especially if they contain evening primrose oil, milk thistle, vitamin D or fish oil. Direct application of fish oil on the affected skin surface has been effective for some patients.

Air Moisture Should Be Maintained

Keep the air moist. This is to avoid drying out the skin, which can be very painful. One may also use skin moisturizers for the same purpose.

Stop Using Perfumes and Dyes

Use skin products that are especially formulated for sensitive skin and avoid using products that have fragrances and dyes in them. These ingredients are irritating to the skin and can only worsen the condition.

What Foods to Eat?

Good management of psoriasis entails keeping watch on the diet. Fatty foods and red meat are a big no-no. The National Psoriasis Foundation recommends eating cranberries, nuts, soy and chocolate.

What Oils Can Do

Vegetable oil and olive oil have also been found to work wonders for psoriasis patients. Apply the oil on the affected area to keep it moist. In the process, nutrients necessary for healing are also kept from escaping from the area. You can also try massaging the oil on your scalp to get rid of stubborn plaques.

What Water Can Do

Your dermatologist might tell you to be careful with hot water, because it can burn the skin. For psoriasis cases, however, bathing with lukewarm water is highly recommended. Put some olive oil, milk, mineral oil or Epsom salt in lukewarm water. The mixture will help relieve itching and loosen obstinate plaques and scales. Use a moisturizer after the bath for maximum benefits.

Conclusion: No Single Answer

The key to relief is right management, but there’s no single treatment that works for everyone. What you can do is apply the suggested home remedies here. As you go along, you will discover the kind of treatment that brings the best relief for you. Some of the treatments mentioned here may even aggravate the condition rather than bring relief. When that happens, discontinue using those treatments.

In any case, it is important that you keep your surroundings clean as well as employ the best hygienic practices. Also, keep yourself updated with the latest researches on psoriasis and its treatments.

Home remedies to cure dark circles, puffy eyes

Puffy eyes

A lot of women these days put up with dark circles under their eyes or puffy eyes. Underlying factors that cause this condition include inherited traits, cigarette smoking, inadequate hours of sleep, improper diet, excessive alcohol drinking, pollution and allergies.

Having to live day to day with circles under the eyes can be exasperating and uncomfortable for many. Because the first thing other people notice is your face, they will surely see those puffy eyes first and that does not make a good first impression. You appear very tired, old and haggard-looking.

Fortunately, this can be addressed easily with inexpensive natural remedies right at home.

Cold tea bags

There are numerous ways to reduce dark circles under the eyes and puffiness within the home. Among common methods is the application of cooled tea bags on the eyes. Immerse the tea bags in cold water. Let this sit on the eyes for about fifteen minutes. They are sure to refresh the area underneath and help diminish puffy eyes.

Cucumber juice

Aside from the common cooled cucumber slices, cucumber juice serves as an effective toner and astringent for the skin. Spread this liquid around the eyes for about ten to fifteen minutes. Wash the area with tepid water. This always helps in lessening the strain that is apparent on the eyes.

Orange juice

Not only is this a great source of vitamin C, but it also serves as a convenient preparation to eradicate any sign of tiredness on the eyes. Prepare a mixture with orange juice and glycerine. Dab some of the mixture on the affected area of the eyes three times a week. Soon after, the appearance around the eyes will noticeably improve.

Tomato paste

Households always have tomatoes in the kitchen. The fruit is used not only in lots of food preparation but also in home remedies. Among the best concoctions to treat the dark circles of the eyes is tomato paste. This is made using fresh tomatoes, some lemon juice, a small amount of turmeric powder and gram flour. Spread some of the mixture around the eyes and allow it to stay for the next ten to fifteen minutes. Do this natural treatment on a daily basis and results will be apparent in time. Puffiness and dark circles will eventually go away.

Mint leaves

Application of crushed mint leaves can help in reducing dark circles under the eyes. The prepared paste is applied on the affected areas. Let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes then wash off with lukewarm water. This treatment soothes and relaxes the eyes.

Almond oil has always been handy in the management of circles under the eyes.

Spread some of the prepared paste comprised of almond oil and milk around the eyes. This can be done before going to sleep, leaving the paste on for the rest of the night. In the morning, you will feel invigorated and your skin refreshed after washing off the treatment.

Get plenty of rest and sleep

As recommended, people should have at least eight hours of undisturbed and restful sleep. This is especially necessary for individuals who have puffy eyes or circles under their eyes.

With these home remedies, you no longer have to suffer the embarrassment of having dark circles and puffy eyes. And these can be done without having to spend a lot of money.

Home remedies that guarantee relief from chapped lips

Chapped lips

Dry and chapped lips occur all the time without warning. This is not life threatening, but it can cause inconvenience and affect the way people live their lives. There are different manifestations that can be observed, including the presence of one or several of these symptoms: sores, tenderness, flaking, cracking, redness and dryness. When left untreated, dry and chapped lips can worsen and affect the other parts of the oral orifice.

Causes

Causes of developing dryness on the lips include too much exposure to sunlight, too much licking of lips, smoking, dehydration, allergy, vitamin deficiency and harsh climate.

Home Remedies for Chapped Lips

There are over-the-counter ointments to remedy chapped lips, but there also other home remedies that are considered to be safer and more effective. Among them are:

Natural oils

Natural oils such as coconut oil, olive oil or mustard oil are good in keeping the affected area moist. These oils are best for those cases where the culprit is either dry or cold weather.

Cucumber

Juicing cucumber slices and slathering the affected area with the liquid is a good way of easing the discomfort of dry lips. It is recommended to keep the lips moistened by doing this several times in a day.

Aloe vera

Although its odor and taste are unpleasant, there is no doubt about the healing properties of aloe vera. The advantage of this plant is that it can be grown in your back yard. When the need arises, it will be easy enough to simply pluck a leaf and lather the lips with the juice.

Rose petals

If there is no aloe vera plant available, rose petal extract is a great alternative for relief of chapped lips. This extract mixed with raw milk can serve as a moisturizing agent. The recommended regimen is to apply the mixture two to three times a day and then once before going to bed. If raw milk is not available, glycerin is a good substitute.

Water

The calming and hydrating effects of water can alleviate the pain. Keeping the body hydrated will provide a favorable environment so that it can efficiently perform the chemical processes to repair and rejuvenate the body.

Petroleum Jelly

petroleum jelly can be used several times a day and also once before climbing the bed. If the concentrated greasiness of petroleum feels uncomfortable or if it is causing more pain, coating the lips with honey first before brushing with petroleum may just do the trick.

Milk cream

Milk cream is an excellent skin softener, and it has the ability to hasten the elimination of dead skin. Leave cream milk drops on the lips for ten minutes. Afterwards, rub the remaining traces of milk cream from the lips with cotton dipped in lukewarm water. That will hasten healing.

Conclusion

The key is to moisturize chapped lips as soon as possible to help hasten the healing by avoiding the thing that is causing it in the first place. Keep hydrated, eat cruciferous or juicy foods, avoid the sun and keep warm inside your room during chilly nights.

The best home remedies for treating blackheads

Blackhead treatments

Blackheads are bumps (or ‘plugs’) on the skin that are caused by a buildup of excess oils and sebum in the skin glands. As these oils oxidize, they darken, giving blackheads their trademark color.

Blackheads are extremely common, especially among adolescents. Though not a health concern, they are unsightly and difficult to remove, even when using expensive cosmetic products. Fortunately, the average household is filled with natural remedies for blackheads that are far cheaper, and often much more effective, than their pharmaceutical equivalents. Let’s take a look at the best of them.

List of remedies


Baking soda
– Baking soda is often marketed in the cosmetics industry as a microdermabrasion product. However, regular baking soda is just as effective as the overpriced brand products you’d find in a drug store. To create a paste, mix one teaspoon of baking soda with two teaspoons of purified water. Next, apply to the affected area, massage thoroughly, then rinse. This will not only remove dead or damaged skin but also loosen away the dirt and oil that causes blackheads.

Lemon juice – Lemon juice is used for a wide range of skin problems, including acne, acne scars and blackheads. There are two beneficial ways to use lemon juice. First, combine four drops of lemon juice with one tablespoon of sugar and rub on the affected area. This will aid in blackhead removal and also improve the overall look of your skin. Second, combine lemon with yogurt, honey and salt and apply to the affected area. This will act as an excellent prevention against blackheads as well as an effective moisturizer.

Salt water
– Although salt water is most often associated with home remedies for sore throats, it also works against spots. Salt water works by drying out any excess oil located on your skin. Use daily, and after continuous and consistent use, you’ll notice a large decrease in your number of blackheads.

Toothpaste – Toothpaste, combined with rubbing the area with a toothbrush, fights blackheads in two ways. Firstly, the toothpaste dries out any excess oil there may be on your skin. This helps prevent the future occurrence of spots of any kind. Secondly, rubbing the affected area with a toothbrush acts as exfoliation and is a great way to loosen existing blackheads and leave your skin feeling softer and smoother.

Honey – Honey will not only hydrate and tighten your skin but will also effectively draw out blackheads when used as a mask. To make a mask, combine honey with cinnamon powder to form a paste. Apply the mask and leave on for a few hours (preferably overnight). Remove the mask and you’ll see clearer, healthier skin.

Raw egg – Though it may sound eccentric, nourishing the face with raw egg is an effective home remedy for many skin problems. Beat one to two egg whites mixed with one tablespoon of honey and apply to the affected area for 30 minutes. It will not only remove your blackheads but also leave your skin looking vibrant and healthy.