Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Onion Home Remedies

Hoarseness in the throat is cured by eating onions baked in hot ashes and mixed with ghee or butter.

Onions for Hemorrhoids:
For those afflicted with bleeding or non-bleeding hemorrhoids, eating raw onions either daily with their food or chopped onions mixed with ghee or sugar is most helpful.

Onions for Constipation:
Raw onions eaten with food helps to relieve constipation.

Onions as Aphrodisiac:
Onions act as an effective aphrodisiac. Steam a few onions, squeeze and extract the juice (1/2 cup), add 2 tablespoons of ghee. Drink daily on an empty stomach.

Onions for Menstrual Disorders:
Eating red onions helps to correct menstrual disorders. Remember to eat raw onions a few days before your menstrual period.

Onions as Sleeping Drug:
Red onions also form an efficacious sleeping drug. Eat raw onions with your dinner. They bring you sound sleep.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Onion Coughs Remedies

Homemade Onions Recipes for Coughs

Onions form a useful remedy for coughs and bronchitis. They can be taken as a decoction.

Cut 3-6 onions, put into a pint of water, boil for 5-10 minutes, strain and sweeten with honey. Drink 5-6 times a day, 3 tablespoonsful at a time.

They can also be prepared as a syrup. Boil quarter pound of chopped onions in half a bottle of water for 5-10 minutes, strain, add 10 tablespoons of sugar and boil gently until it is of a thick syrup consistency.

Dose: 2-6 teaspoonsful per day.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Homemade Onion Recipes for Better Health

Onions are an incomparable aid to health.

Onion Recipes #1
Take four medium size onions, sliced. Pour one cup of hot water, leave to macerate for two or three hours. Strain and drink two or three times a day, before meals.

Onion Recipes #2
Grate one or two onions as finely as possible. Mix together with a spoonful of bee's honey, and take two to three times a day. In the West this same preparation is taken in a glass of wine.

Onion Recipes #3
There is another preparation of onions known among ancient physicians for certain complaints.

Macerate 100 grams of finely chopped onions in a litre of pure coconut arrack for 48 hours; press and strain through a fine cloth, and drink two tablespoonful in the mornings on an empty stomach, for eight or ten consecutive days preferably when the moon is on the wane or at the time of the new moon.

This recipe is effective for anaemia, exhaustion, bronchial complaints, flatulence, dropsy, urinary infections, arthritis, rheumatism, diabetes and gravel retention in urine. It lowers the blood-sugar level.

Health Benefits of Onions

Onions are popular because they add taste to our food. Onions have highly curative values which are known only to a few people.

The botanical name for it is Allium Rubrum. In Sanskrit, Red Onions are known as 'Plapandu' and Bombay-onions or Allum-Sepa is known as 'Bukhadusana' (giving a bad smell in the mouth).

They grow freely in the dry regions of Sri Lanka. Their origin is believed to be from Egypt. The onion is a tonic, a diuretic, vermifuge (expels worms from the body), emollient (having a softening and soothing effect) and an antiseptic.

It has been held in high esteem through the ages. Its uses are many. It has been useful during epidemics of plague and cholera. It has been praised as an aphrodisiac.

The Egyptians have a traditional onion soup after a night's revels, as the custom in some regions. They have the practice of taking onion soup to a young couple after their wedding night.
It has been considered a contributing factor in longevity.

The Bulgarians are known as great eaters of onions and it is believed that they have a good record as centenarians. It has been said that onions help colour the hair, and foster hair-growth.

It has been recommended in old Ayurveda texts for obesity. Those who were fat were advised to eat raw onions.

Onions give the best of results when eaten raw, for cooking partially destroys their active properties contained in highly volatile oil. Their raw juice is an irritant, but onions should be eaten raw as often as possible, in salads or added (chopped finely) to soups and vegetables.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Home Remedies for Indigestion In Children

Indigestion is another common ailment in our country. It is commonest in children. According to Ayurveda indigestion in children is divided into two categories.

Indigestion in infants, children not weaned, and indigestion in children who are weaned. The medicine and method of treatment also differs. Infants who are bottle fed suffer from indigestion more often than those who are breast fed.

The ancient post natal care helped the mother's health and produced enough milk for the baby. The bath given with five kinds of herbal leaves, the fermentation of the breasts and the spine with these boiled leaves helped to preserve the mother's health. The "Tambun Hodda" or the "Kayam Hodda" helped the mother region a healthy womb. The lactating mothers were careful in the selection of food they ate so that no stomach disorders occurred. If the mother has irregular bowel movements, the baby generally contracts it. So, when treating such babies we already consider the mother's health too.

The symptoms of indigestion in infants are often that the stools are of a mixture of water and loose stools. At times they pass mucus. Sometimes even a trace of blood. Infants at times strain even when passing mucus. The stools are usually strong smelling and they also appear green in colour.

Home Remedies for Indigestion In Children

At the start when the infant's stool are loose the following can be administered:

(1) Karapincha stems, Venivelgata, Asamodagam, Walangasal. Take (1 1/4 oz. of each) and boil with four teacupfuls of water. Boil it down to half a cup. Strain and give thrice a day. Dosage: two Table spoonfuls.

(2) Take Cloves, Asamodagam, dry ginger and Walangasal (1/4 oz. of each) and roast and powder. Dosage: 1 teaspoonful in 1 1/4 cup boiled water. Strain and give one teaspoon with 1-4 teaspoon bee's honey.

(3) About 1/2 oz. of Asamodagam slightly roasted and poured like coffee could be given. The dosage is I teaspoonful with 1/4 teaspoon of bee's honey.

The second stage of children's diarrhoea is when children are about one year old.

(1) Take Garlic, Sadhikka, Iriweriya, Asamodagam, Gotukola and raw ginger in equal quantities of 1 oz. Pound them together and steam them. Squeeze the juice and administer three tablespoonfuls at a time, twice a day.

(2) Gotukola stems, Walangasal, dry Ginger, Garlic, Kalanduruala, Elabatumul in equal quantities of 1 oz. should be boiled and simmered in six cups of water bringing it down to 1/2 a cup. The dosage to be given is three tablespoonfuls at a time, twice a day.

(3) If the diarrhoea is not very strong, Gotukola and Kalanduruala in equal quantities of two ozs. Should be pounded together and the juice (two tablespoonsful) with one teaspoonful of bee’s honey should be given twice a day. This is very effective.

If the child vomits give him or her one teaspoonful of lime juice, one teaspoonful of bee's honey and one teaspoohful ginger juice. Mix all together and administer twice a day.

The food is as important as these medicines. The infant's milk if it is not breast fed must be diluted or stopped aJtogether and parboiled rice roasted (Badihal) prepared in canjee form (very thin water), could be given as a feed. Sometimes arrowroot powder in canjee form could be given. .

If the infant is breast fed there is no problem. The mother must be careful to avoid indigestion. Children who are weaned must stop solids until the diarrhoea is reduced. Instead, a light diet of rusks with beef bone soup, strong tea, rice canjee water could be given.

These are very effective medicines in native treatment for this kind of condition. These medicines or decoctions have been administered for many years and have been passed down from father to son for several generations.