How many times do you wake up in the middle of your good night’s sleep only to figure out that your lower abdomen is bursting with excruciating pangs of pain?
Pimples, zits, acne, pustule, hickey, papule etc. are few of the many words in English language that goes on petrifying people around the world.
Mosquito bites are ideally the most common irritations we face. From tiny toddlers to retired adults, they are not only an annoyance, but also can cause some serious damage. Itchiness, rashes, skin infections and even deadly diseases like dengue or malaria are potential harms that can be done. Well, here are some home remedies for dealing with them:
Onion or garlic –
These underground-grown vegetables can be used as a before or after treatment fr mosquito bites. Mash them and apply to the affected area. They reduce itchiness and soothe the swelling. Moreover, as a ‘before’ treatment, their strong aroma fend off mosquitoes and other insects. As an ‘after’ apply the crushed remedy to the affected area and wash off after a few minutes.
Salt has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Mix table salt and a little water and apply the paste to the bite. Alternately, you could mix seasoning salt, garlic salt and water in equal amounts and apply the paste to the bite. It may burn for a while but gives you relief soon after. You can even swim in salt water if you live near a beach.
Lemons have natural anaesthetic properties. Halve a lemon and rub the inside of one half onto the bite, which relieves you of itchiness. You may even try to rub the rind of the lemon. Lemon juice helps reduce the chances of getting an infection. You can even mix lemon juice with crushed basil to get a solution.
Aloe Vera –
Aloe Vera diminishes itching, swelling and pain and even quickens the recovery. You simply have to cool the gel of the plant in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes and then apply directly to the affected area.
Baking Soda –
Baking soda is alkaline in nature and brings down the pH of the skin once in contact with it; and reduces itchiness and gives relief. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water. Dip a cloth in it and wrap the cloth around your hand for 10-20 minutes. You may even make a paste out of baking soda and witch hazel and apply it to the bite for 10 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.
Ice numbs the itchiness of the bite. Use an icepack or even ice wrapped around a wash cloth over the bite for 10-15 minutes. Experience the relief from the itchiness and swelling. If you don’t have ice let your hand stay under cold, running water. You may even choose to hold a frozen or cool vegetable over it to feel relief.
Well, those were a few effective tips to relieve mosquito bites. Get rid of them in an instant. You may even take an aspirin, rub alcohol on it or even apply peppermint toothpaste over the bite to experience relief. So no more worries about mosquito bites. Mosquitoes will only come for your blood if they can smell it. Use a mosquito repellent to conceal that smell and guard yourself.
Moths are, to many people, mistaken as a butterfly and are merely shooed out of the house. But what people don’t realize is that simply getting them out of your house is not going to help. They may have planted eggs already and that is not good. Your clothes, food and a lot more gets deteriorated, which by extension can affect you. So here are some tips to completely keep your house free from moths.
Moth eggs are already present and to get them out, you must first vacuum the place. The larvae can easily be hidden under furniture, in cabinets, under the carpets etc. So thoroughly vacuum the place. Use crevice extensions for the cabinets. Have your clothes washed thoroughly or even dry cleaned.
Cinnamon sticks –
Cinnamon sticks are useful to repel moths from clothes. They can be used for carpets and other such items, but fair warning, they reek of cinnamon. Yes, you’ll have to wash them with great effort to get the cinnamon scent off of the clothes. Nevertheless, they do kill moths.
Cedar is very effective for keeping moths at bay. The fragrance is very appealing and it keeps those pests away. You can buy the wood and have a carpenter cut it up into smaller components. Make sure to get all the sap drained out though, or lese it will just leak onto and stain your precious clothes. You may try for cedar products – like a spray of sorts – but it is not as effective.
Cloves are effective spices to keep moths out of your house. You can put some in your masala cabinets or even on clothes to keep those insects away. But remember to fully wash your clothes after that to keep the aroma of cloves off of your clothes.
Lavender buds –
Lavender buds are definitely the best way to keep moths out of your home as they have a much more pleasant fragrance than the spices, cloves or cinnamon. Plus, many people have found that there have been no signs or traces of moths.
Pheromone Moth traps –
You can always try out these sophisticated and efficient traps. They are available at chemists usually. They attract the moths specifically, so buy based on what moths have infested your home. You can buy them for the ones that have infested your clothing or the ones in your kitchen. Different pheromones attract different species, so buy accordingly.
Extreme temperatures kill the insects –
The technique is quite good. Take the infected clothing and wrap it in a plastic bag and put it in the refrigerator, taking out all the air. Keep it in there for at least 4 days and before you open it again, let it come to room temperature. You’ll find that the cold will have killed the larvae and pupae. Alternately, you can even use an iron and iron the clothes out. The heat will also terminate those insects.
One of the many things women don’t want to hear – You have been diagnosed with yeast infection. Men also can get yeast infection, but mostly it happens to women. It is caused by a microscopic fungi. But here are some home remedies to help alleviate the infection:
Garlic has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antibiotic properties that help fight yeast infection. Crush a couple of garlic cloves into a paste and apply it to the affected area. Or dilute garlic oil with coconut and Vitamin E oil. Other options include taking garlic tablets or garlic cloves.
Calendula is a plant/herb that contains anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. Smash 2-3 leaves of the plant and apply to the topical area 2-3 times a day. Tea made from this herb’s extracts also help a lot, but avoid it if you’re expecting. You can use as a lotion or ointment even.
Tea Tree Oil –
Make a dilute solution of tea tree oil with sweet almond oil or olive oil. Apply on affected area and follow process several times a day. For vaginal yeast infection, put a few drops of tea tree oil on a tampon and insert for a 2-3 hours twice a day.
Yogurt contains lactobacillus acidophilus, a bacteria that can stop yeast infection. But it has to be unsweetened. Apply yogurt to the affected area for 20-30 minutes to avoid the itchiness. For vaginal infection, drop a tampon into the yogurt and keep it inside of you for two hours twice a day. Add yogurt to your diet plan.
Olive Leaf Extract –
This extract contains anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and restores the good bacteria in your body. To make the extract at home, chop the leaves and put them in a jar covering the leaves with vodka. Cover and store in a dark place for 4 weeks. Strain the liquid into another container and apply to affected area three times a day.
Boric Acid –
A chemical liquid with moderate antiseptic properties. Not useful for pregnant women though. Dilute the acid with water and apply on the area. Leve it for a couple minutes and rinse off. Do this twice a week.
Oregano Oil –
Dilute the oil with olive oil, as it may irritate the skin and then apply to the affected area. You may even take oregano oil capsules (1-2) twice per day. Do this for a few weeks.
Coconut oil –
Apply to the external areas thrice a day. Mix equal amounts of cinnamon and coconut oil and apply to control the growth of the infection. If you have an oral thrush, swish the oil for about 5-10 minutes without swallowing. If necessary, have a few drops of tea tree or cinnamon oil prior. Do this thrice a day.
It’s also used for treating UTI and other bladder infections. But you have to have unsweetened cranberry juice many times in the day. An alternate is cranberry tablets available at chemists.
Apple Cider Vinegar –
Mix two tablespoons of the vinegar with a cup of warm water and drink twice a day for a couple of days. Mix the vinegar in the water for your bath (hot) and soak yourself in it. You can even dilute the vinegar with water and apply to the affected area and wash off with water.
Surplus secretion of melanin in the skin, lack of sleep, overexposure to the sun, vitamin insufficiencies, distress, imbalance of hormones, pregnancy are factors that cause dark spots, patches and discolouration of skin. And we know how embarrassing it feels when it is clearly visible. It brings your self-esteem to the level of a cockroach’s sense of sight. Now while you may opt for getting laser treatments or facial peels done – which are rather expensive and probably harmful, why not try out simple home remedies first? Try the simpler steps before you take a big leap. Here are some Natural solutions to getting rid of dark spots:
By using an oatmeal mask, you can eliminate dead skin cells and dark spots on your face and neck. It exfoliates your skin. So to make the mask/paste, mill half a cup of rolled oats. Then add 3-4 tablespoons of lime juice to make it into a paste. Rub it onto your face and let it dry. Rinse it off with warm water. Do this once or twice per week. Take note that if the paste doesn’t come off easily, wet a washcloth with warm water and finish the job.
Potatoes can be used to rid you of dark spots. You can choose to cut a slice and leave it on the specific area for a couple of minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. The second option would be to mix grated potato and honey to make a mask. A fruit that a few people have had success with for reducing dark spots is the tomato.
Lime Juice –
Limes which are so common and you get them at very cheap prices are known to diminish dark spots as they have Vitamin C present in them. That is why they’ve been infused in soaps, face wash and many other hygienic and skin care products. Take a cotton ball and dab some lime juice on it and apply over affected area. For those with sensitive or delicate skin, dilute the lime juice with honey, rosewater or regular water. Let it dry and wash it off with water. Carry on with this technique for at least two weeks.
While some people love to have an almond before they begin their day – either school or work – almond is known to have great benefits on your skin as well. Take up to ten almonds and soak them in milk overnight, peeling off their skin the next day. Add half a teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of sandalwood powder to it and mix it into a fine cream. Apply it onto your face for about 30 minutes and then rinse it off.
Use a mixture of buttermilk to get rid of blemishes and dark spots. Mix four teaspoons of buttermilk and two of fresh tomato juice and apply and wash off after 15 minutes. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can use regular milk, as the lactic acid slowly and steadily reduces pigmentation and brightens your skin tone and complexion altogether. For regular milk (add honey if you want), dab it on a cotton ball and leave it on for 10 minutes. For both cases, do it twice a day for 5-6 weeks.
Mix sandalwood powder, rosewater (you may use either milk/honey if you don’t have rosewater) and glycerine to get a thick paste. Rub it onto the affected regions and leave it on for a couple of minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. Do this once a day.
Stop being embarrassed about your bacne – we’ve got your back with five natural remedies.
You’ve just been invited to a formal party and you want to wear a backless dress for the occasion. Then you remember that your back is the last part of your body you want anyone to see – because it is riddled with bacne!
‘Bacne’ are acne on the back, and which are surprisingly resilient and take days to clear. They are caused by the same factors that cause acne on the face, neck, shoulders and arms – unclean skin, overactive oil glands and clogged pores.
However, it is quite easy to treat bacne and prevent their recurrence. Try these simple home remedies and rid yourself of bacne forever:
Scrubs. You can prepare a simple and effective scrub at home, but make sure you don’t rub it very hard on the skin. Take two tablespoons of oatmeal/ table salt/sea salt, and mix with a teaspoon of coconut oil or baby oil. Warm this scrub slightly and then massage it onto the affected area. Wash off the scrub with warm water after 30 minutes. Pat dry and dust with anti-bacterial talcum powder before wearing a loose cotton shirt to let the skin breathe. Use this scrub once every day.
Minty fresh.Take five or six large mint leaves, wash them clean, and grind them to a paste in a little water. Add half a teaspoon of turmeric to this paste, mix well and apply on your bacne. Using this paste every day before your bath will help your bacne subside gradually.Do take care to bathe in cold water after using this paste so that you don’t irritate your skin.
Cinnamon and honey. This combination of ingredients cures a variety of skin problems, but it is particularly beneficial for acne and pimples. Take two tablespoons honey and ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder, and mix well to remove lumps. Apply this mixture evenly across the bacne and leave it on for 30 minutes. Wipe off gently with a wet cloth. This paste both removes the bacteria causing bacne and moisturizes the skin.
Baking soda. This wonder ingredient has many applications in skin care, but you have to use it prudently because it can dry the skin out. Take two teaspoons of baking soda and mix it with a little water to make a smooth paste. Apply this paste on the bacne and allow it to dry for not more than 10 minutes. Wash off with cold water and apply a mild moisturizer or anti-bacterial cream.
Clove and almond oil. This is a great remedy for bacne, but it should be applied carefully. Mix one teaspoon clove oil to ten teaspoons of almond oil, and warm the mixture over a low flame so that the two oils mix together. Next, take a cotton ball and carefully apply this oil only over the bacne and not on healthy skin. Wash with cold water after an hour.
A cough can be annoying, painful and sometimes, tough to get rid of. Here’s presenting home remedies to cure cough.
Do you suffer from cough often? It could be allergic reaction, or it could simply be due to an underlying medical condition. If you have got yourself checked and your test results came out fine, it’s possible that your cough is a result of a localized infection in your respiratory tract.
However, it can be a painful condition and make your throat sore and raw. Constant coughing can also cause your chest to hurt. But instead of relying on antibiotics, try a few natural home remedies to heal your cough quickly and without side effects.
Herbal potion. To a small pot of water (about three cups), add 10 leaves of basil, 5 leaves of mint, one inch of fresh ginger, and one teaspoon of turmeric. Boil this water on a low flame till it is reduced to half. Take it off the flame and strain the potion. Add one teaspoon of honey to it before you drink it. It is best to have this potion while it is warm. Do not store the remainder for more than a day.
Ginger tea. This is a very effective remedy but you must not have this tea more than thrice a day or you will develop mouth ulcers. Cut half an inch of fresh ginger and add it to boiling water. Take the tea off the flame and let it steep for five minutes. Have the tea immediately. For a better result, add a spoonful of honey to it before you drink – honey will cut the tea’s sharp and acrid taste.
Medicated steam. This is a tried and tested remedy not just for blocked sinuses but also for a persistent cough. To a vaporizer or steel container, add boiling water infused with three drops of eucalyptus oil or liquid menthol. Now inhale the steam for five minutes through your nose, breathing deeply. Next, inhale the steam through your mouth (this will be tricky at first). Alternate your breathing cycle and inhale the steam till the water cools down.
Pepper drink. Use five fresh peppercorns for this remedy, or fresh pepper powder will also do. Grind the peppercorns in a pestle and place the powder in a glass. Over this, pour one teaspoon of honey. Top with hot water and let the pepper steep in it for five minutes. Drink immediately. Have this drink at least twice a day.
Gargle. People the world over have been opting for salt water gargles to ease their congestion and sore throats. However, simply adding salt to hot water will not cure your cough – salt water only acts as an anti-bacterial agent. To make the gargle more potent, add two drops of clove oil to a glass of hot water, one teaspoon of salt, and half a teaspoon of turmeric. Gargle with this solution twice a day for five minutes.
Have you developed a cold sore and want to get rid of it quickly? Here’s some help.
Have you developed a cold sore and don’t know how to get rid of it? What’s worse, you have to prepare for an important meeting and stand up in front of people to make a presentation. Your cold sore is clearly visible next to your mouth, and you’ve been racking your brains trying to think of ways to get rid of it.
Don’t fret any more. There are easy ways to get rid of cold sores very quickly. Just try these tips:
Ice it. The quickest way to calm a cold sore is to ice it – liberally. Take a large ice cube, wrap it in thin flannel and apply it to the cold sore. Do this till the ice cube dissolves completely. This is a good remedy to try just before you go to bed and first thing in the morning – if you want your cold sore to go away fast, ice it thrice a day for best results.
Peppermint oil. Using an earbud, apply a drop or two of peppermint oil directly on the cold sore. Peppermint has anti-bacterial properties, and it will not just help in getting rid of the cold sore but it will ensure that it does not return. Peppermint oil is one of the best remedies to get rid of the virus that causes cold sores.
Garlic. Take a clove of fresh garlic and crush it with the edge of a knife. Catch the juice that flows out in a spoon, and apply it with a delicate hand directly on to the cold sore. Cover the area with a loose band aid and do not wash off even when it dries. Apply garlic juice thrice a day and your cold sore will be gone in no time.
Hydrogen peroxide bath. This is a mild acid that is used to treat underlying skin infections, remove trapped dirt in flesh wounds and even treat cold sores. Take two or three drops of hydrogen peroxide (available at any drugstore) and apply it directly to the cold sore using an earbud, every two hours. Your cold sore will be gone in a day. Or you could mix three drops of hydrogen peroxide to a pinch of baking soda and salt, and apply this paste to the cold sore. Wash off after an hour, reapply every two hours.
Aloe vera. Aloe vera has several skin care benefits, but it also has applications in medicine. Cut an aloe vera leaf lengthwise and squeeze out the gel on a spoon. Apply the gel directly to the cold sore and reapply every three hours. You will notice a tingling sensation when the gel comes in contact with skin – this is normal.
Vitamin C. Crush a Vitamin C tablet, mix it with a little water to make a thick paste, and apply it on the sore. Wash off gently once it dries.
It’s itchy, disgusting and it may be a sign of an internal infection. Here’s how you can get rid of ear wax safely.
Ear wax build-up is a common problem, and it occurs in every person’s life. It is mostly harmless, and the wax is formed around impurities such as dirt entering the ear canal or a contamination inside the ear. It forms as a soft brown mass that gradually comes out to the opening of the ear, from where you can easily extract it.
However, some people experience abnormal amounts of ear wax build-up, which may impair their hearing and block the ear canal till it is cleared. This may be caused by an underlying ear infection, and must be treated medically. Here are some steps to help you get rid of ear wax:
Do nothing. Ear wax can build up as a normal course of action when the ear cleans itself. It is a discharge that eliminates wastes and dirt trapped inside the ear canal. Normally, the wax will travel towards the ear canal opening and signal its arrival with a sharp itch. Wrap a tissue paper around your little finger and gently remove the wax. Never use ear buds to clean your ears, because they might push the wax further in and cause injury and infection. If you’ve been working or living in polluted environs, the wax build-up will be higher than normal. As long as your hearing is fine and there is no itch or pain inside your ears, you don’t need to take further action.
Check if you ears are blocked. Sometimes, ear wax hardens and you may be unable to remove it yourself. You might experience a temporary blocking in your ears where your hearing may be abruptly impaired. Don’t panic, just see your doctor. He or she will simply suction out the wax or other trapped impurities with a suction cup, or if you have developed dry wax, the doctor will prescribe ear drops to be used for a week. Once the wax softens, it can be removed easily.
A blast of water for stubborn wax. Doctors use a special jet spray to ease a stream of water gently inside the ear canal to irrigate the ear and displace the wax, which is then suctioned out. While cleaning your ears during a shower, pull on the outer ear and ease a thin stream of water into the ear, then tilt your head sideways to drain the water out. Don’t be alarmed if the water comes out hot and thick – this means that it reached inside and brought the dirt out.
Keep them clean. Prevent the accumulation of dirt and water inside the ear by putting two drops of baby oil inside each ear with a dropper. The oil will loosen the wax and protect the ear canal. You might want to protect your ears with flaps or roll a small length of cotton and plug your ears.