Next time you have a common problem or illness, don’t rush to pop a pill. Instead, remember that food is medicine. Traditional Indian knowledge suggests a number of natural elements to tackle common problems. Here’s a few that might help.
1. Regulation of Blood Sugar for Diabetics
Have a ½ teaspoon of ground bay leaf, ½ teaspoon of turmeric & 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel twice a day before lunch & dinner.
2. Threat of Miscarriage
Boil a ¼ teaspoon of ground bay leaf and ½ cup of milk, and consume twice a day, after it cools, to help protect the foetus.
3. Chronic Fever
Have one teaspoon of basil, ¼ teaspoon of black pepper powder and 1 teaspoon of honey in 1 cup of hot water.
Add a mixture of cumin seeds, coriander and fennel seeds to a cup of boiling water, and consume.
5. Vaginal Infections (leucorrhea, white discharge)
Mix a teaspoon of cumin seeds, a teaspoon of clarified butter, a teaspoon of chopped liquorice root into I pint of boiling water. Let this steep for at least 10 minutes – strain and use as a douche.
6. Burning Eyes
Apply castor oil to the soles of both feet. Or, put 3 drops of pure rose water into the affected eye. Apply Aloe Vera gel on the eyes.
Down a cup of Aloe Vera juice thrice a day. Or, take two parts honey with one part castor oil.
- Bleeding – External
Apply ice cubes or sandalwood paste.
- Bleeding – Internal
Drink a glass of warm milk with a ½ teaspoon of saffron & turmeric powder.
- Bleeding of Gums
Massage the gums lightly with coconut oil. Drink a cup of water, containing half of a squeezed lemon.