Home Remedies From your Kitchen Shelves
Illness never comes with prior notice, and you may not have medicines in your cabinet all the time. Do not worry as home remedies from your kitchen shelves may help you get rid of your illness or at least will ease pain and discomfort. Below is the list of common home remedies from your kitchen shelves. Have a look.
1.Ginger for Menstrual Cramps
Ginger has been used in traditional Chinese and Indian herbal medicine since many centuries; it is loaded with compounds like gingerols, zingerone, parasols, sesquiterpene, monoterpenoid, and shogaols. It can treat various ailments like- arthritis, rheumatism, constipation, indigestion, hypertension, vomiting and cancer. Ginger has anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties.
Few females can experience menstrual cramps as a usual symptom of menstruation; they usually start 1-2 days before menstruation or at the beginning of your cycle. Extreme unbearable pain can be dysmenorrheal; it is indicative of other associated complications. It is always advised to consult your doctor if you have severe menstrual cramps.
You can make yourself a cup of ginger tea, slice or grate a small piece of fresh ginger in 1 cup of water, bring it to a boil. Strain the ginger from water and drink it warm.
Although ginger is considered safe, you should avoid its consumption in case you suffer from peptic ulcer, bleeding disorder, gallstones, heartburn and diarrhoea.
2.PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) and Calcium-Rich Food
PMS is a group of symptoms like – irritability, bloating, breast tenderness, crying spells and fatigue. They can occur typically occur between ovulation and a period. About 80 %– 85% of women may be affected from the symptoms of PMS. Luckily, Symptoms of PMS can be easily managed and reduce by modifying your daily diet.
Frequent and smaller meals can help you avoid bloating and water retention. Limit your salt intake, choose food like fresh fruits, whole grains and vegetables, they are loaded with complex carbohydrates. High fibre foods help in estrogen release. Consume food rich in calcium, because calcium helps in managing mood swings and muscle cramps.
3.Turmeric in cold
Turmeric is rich in bioactive compounds; it is used in India as a spice and medicinal herb since many years. Curcumin is a strong antioxidant, natural anti-inflammatory agent; it helps in repairing damaged cell and tissue. It is effective in reducing symptoms such as sneezing, itching, congestion and runny nose. You can add turmeric in your milk, or add in warm water.
There are no significant side effects of turmeric, but some people may experience nausea, diarrhea, dizziness and stomach upset.
4.Anti-inflammatory foods and holy basil leaves for PCOS
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine condition among women; it happens when a woman’s adrenal glands or ovaries produce more male hormones as compared to the normal range. Symptoms may include – pain in the pelvic area, infertility, excess hair growth on the face, chest and stomach, baldness, acne, oily skin. You can easily manage these symptoms by adopting certain dietary modifications like – consume whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables.
Add anti-inflammatory food like tomatoes, green leafy vegetables in your daily diet. Holy basil or tulsi can do wonders for you; it helps in lowering your cortisol levels. It controls androgens and balances insulin levels. Chew about 10 – 15 tulsi leaves in empty morning stomach; you can also boil tulsi in water and consume tulsi tea every day.
5.Cinnamon for diabetes
Cinnamon has an impressive history as a medicinal spice. It is readily available as dried tubular form known as sticks or quills. It contains vital oils and important derivatives like – cinnamic acid, cinnamaldehyde and cinnamate. Several studies have revealed the potential role of cinnamon in lowering blood glucose and cholesterol levels. A study has proven a significant reduction in fasting blood glucose levels after six weeks of regular consumption of cinnamon. It is recommended to consume about 1 gram of cinnamon for almost 12 weeks.
You can boil a small cinnamon stick in water, add lemon or honey for taste and drink this daily. You can also sprinkle cinnamon powder on your smoothies, vegetables and fruit juice.
6. Fenugreek for digestive problems
Fenugreek is consumed by mouth for various digestive problems such as loss of appetite, constipation and gastritis. India is the biggest producer this herb, the seeds also known as methidana are widely used as flavor enhancer and the leaves are used to make leafy green vegetables. Fenugreek is rich in fiber and is a natural digestive. Fenugreek decoration can be consumed in morning to relieve constipation. It also helps in naturally curing heartburn and acid reflux. Mucilage in fenugreek helps in soothing the gastrointestinal inflammation; it coats and soothes the intestinal lining.
Home remedies from kitchen shelves are cost-effective and readily available. If you want to add on more home remedies to the lists, add in the comment section below.
Dr Reena Prajapat is a dentist, she post graduated in hospital management from Apollo Institute of hospital Administration, Hyderabad. Her strong belief in natural and home remedies lead her to Pursue bachelor in naturopathy.