In an age when popping pills in the norm, a very large section of the Indian population still goes back to natural home remedies for minor ailments. Home remedies do not have any side effects and are useful while dealing with common colds, headaches, digestion issues and skin problems. Here’s a list of our favorite natural remedies:
Disclaimer: These remedies are widely used and have been found to be effective, but it is advisable to consult your physician at all times.
Ginger for a sore throat:
Ginger is easily available everywhere and is used extensively in Indian homes to treat colds and coughs. Boil grated ginger with water and add a spoon of honey to it to soothe a sore throat.
Lemon to boost immunity:
Vitamin C helps increase the body’s resistance and lemons are loaded with it. Drink lemon and honey in warm water twice a day to ward off colds. You could also use lime juice instead of lemon juice.
Tulsi (Basil) Leaves for Acidity:
Boil a few leaves of tulsi in water and drink morning and evening for minor acidity.
Potatoes for Dark Circles:
Grate raw potato and soak a cotton ball in it. Place the cotton balls over closed eyes and leave on for ten minutes. Then wash off.
Coriander Juice for Indigestion:
Add two teaspoons of coriander juice to a glass of buttermilk and drink to get relief from indigestion. Puree some fresh coriander leaves in a blender and strain it to make juice.
Yoghurt for Dandruff:
Keep yoghurt out for three days and massage your hair with it for half an hour before washing.
Eucalyptus for Sinus Problems:
Dilute a few drops of eucalyptus oil with warm water and apply it to the cheek bones.
Turmeric for Skin Problems:
Apply a blend of turmeric, chick-pea flour (besan), almond oil, a little fresh cream and honey. This helps to clear up skin blemishes- leaving your skin glowing. Turmeric paste can also be applied to minor cuts to speed up the healing process.