It was not too distant past that elders in the families controlled and cured small medical emergencies and ailments through home remedies. A variety of brew for fever and colds, a bruise ointment, pain relief and poison relief lotions were made from commonly available herbs and minerals. These elders had their own secret recipes which they passed to the next generation. One can cure most of the common disease with the help of these herbs and spices . Also these are better as they leave no side effects or harm your body. These mixtures are easy to prepare. In India, the Vedas contain rich material on the herbal lore
Is a resinous gum of a tree. Used in diseases of the stomach. One of the best remedies for flatulence. An inevitable ingredient of most digestive powders, also an antidote for opium.
Used frequently as mouth freshner after meals and in betal . It subsides the water and air elements, increases appetite, soothes the mucus membrane.
Coriander (Dhania) leaves
Coriander is used to relieve headaches. Used as spice for curries, it’s a carminative and cooling agents. It checks diarrhea if taken with curdled milk.
Cumin Seed (Jeera/Zira)
Well known for its carminative effect, relieves nausea and vomiting among pregnant mothers and increase milk yield for breast feeding. A essential Indian spice.
Root of a plant used as a spice. It is well known for its quality of helping digestion. It also increases appetite and reduces flatulence. Very beneficial in disorders connected with formation of phlegm. In India, Ginger or Adrak Chai are quite famous for relief from cold and coughs.
Holy Basil (Tulsi)
Considered sacred and planted in most Hindu homes, it keeps mosquitoes away, a good remedy for fever, cough and cold and a very good prophylactic against malaria. Infusion made of tulsi leaves, dried ginger, pepper and Jaggery (Karipatti in tamil and malayalam) is very effective in trating coomon cold and cough. Inhaling tulsi relieves cold and headache. Fresh juice (10 ml or less) taken internally helps cure jaundice and tulsi paste applied externally helps leucoderma patients
Used in cooking, helps prevent flatulence. Cures injuries and wounds, an ingredient of poultices for boils. Prevents inflammation, used for gonorrhea. Very effective if the turmeric paste is applied on a bee or wasp sting.