Ayurvedic Home Remedies
Ayurveda is a natural system of treatment and most of the medicines used for treatment are made of herbs, which are present in abundance in our surroundings. So, we can use those herbs ourselves for ayurvedic home remedies. Ayurveda is very useful for initial treatment and can be as utilized as a home remedies for a healthy life. We are much familiar with all the common herbs and use them in our day-to-day life. All we need to gain some knowledge about the use of those herbs in different situations. We can prepare several juices, paste, powder, infusion and decoctions etc. with the techniques of ayurveda at home, which can be very beneficial for us to maintain good health and also for curing several common diseases. Similarly, all the therapies mentioned in ayurveda such as yoga, meditation, massage etc can be easily carried out at home. These therapies are extremely useful for keeping ourselves fit and healthy. Herbs like clove, cinnamon, black pepper, cumin, fennel, rock salt, turmeric, coriander, ginger, honey, licorice, garlic, onion, basil, amla, tulsi, sarpgandha, aloe, arjun, mint, neem etc. are the most commonly found to us and are very useful.
Thus, we can use them as home remedies for several common diseases like cold, headache, digestive disorders, laziness, burns, hair loss, obesity etc., which are very common problems. Continuous use of some of the home remedies can prevent such diseases.
Some of the major benefits of home remedies are mentioned below: -
1) While suffering from any illness and there is a delay in consulting a doctor, herbal remedies are the best way to keep the symptoms under control.
2) Herbal remedies are also very useful if taken along with medicines but it should be taken after consulting your physician.
3) Home remedies are very useful in proper functioning and growth of body parts of children. Moreover, it can also be used to improve the eating habits of children.
4) Home remedies helps in enhancing our immune system.
5) Home remedies are very helpful during minor health ailments such as constipation, acne, common cold, minor wound etc.
6) They are also very useful in keeping the symptoms of many diseases under control as some disease take more time to be cured. They also help to avoid the side effects.
7) Herbal remedies help us to regain health, strength, digestive capacity and restoration after illness.
Home remedies are very safe and simple. We can prepare some of them in our
home only. We need to follow some procedures that are very simple.
Some of them are: -
Juice: Juice can be prepared by grinding the leaves, flowers or stems of the desired herb in a mortar to make a paste. After that the juice can be extracted with the help of a piece of cloth.
Decoction: First of all the herbs are cut into pieces and soaked in water for one night. Then, it is boiled until the volume reduces to one fourth of original (ratio of herb is to water should be 1:16). The mixture is then filtered and stored.
Tablets: The herbs are first dried separately and then mixed together and crushed to make powder. Water or herb juice can be used in a specific ratio to make it a paste. After that, desired amount of paste is taken and given a shape. These are long lasting in nature.
Infusion: In this herbs are soaked in water in a ratio of 1:8 first. Now, to make hot infusions it is gently heated and strained and stored. We need not to heat the mixture in while making cold infusion. Some flavor can be added e.g. honey.
Paste: The useful part of herb is taken either in dry or fleshy form and crushed to make the paste. Paste is made for external use only.
Powder: The most important thing, which is to be kept in mind while making powder is the herbs, should to dried in a cool, ventilated and shady place. Though some herbs are also dried in direct sunlight. It is then ground to fine powder and is kept in airtight bottles.
Thus, we can see that by following some simple procedures we can make several home remedies at our own. In ayurveda also, these home remedies are prepared in the same way.
Herbs are most commonly used in preparation of home remedies. Some of the
common herbs, which are used for this purpose and for what disease they are
Amla (Emblica officinalis): One of the most commonly used herbs, is very useful against hyperacidity, constipation, ulcers, hepatitis, colitis, high cholesterol, diabetes, anemia, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Brahmi(Bacopa monnieri): Brahmi is used for treatment of memory
loss, debility, cystitis, headaches, epilepsy, ADHD, Asperger's syndrome,
Datura(Datura metel): Datura is one of the most commonly found wild herbs. It is very useful in joint pain, asthma, fevers, lung congestion and dysmenorrhea.
Elaichi(Elettaria cardamomum): Elaichi is a daily use kitchen
spice in our home which can be used for the treatment of bloating, borborygmus,
colic, indigestion, coughs, asthma, nausea, morning sickness and painful
Turmeric or haldi (Curcuma longa): Turmeric is used daily at our home for cooking and can also be as ayurvedic home remedies for diseases like infections, ulcers, dyspepsia, diabetes, gallstones, skin diseases, conjunctivitis, cysts, endometriosis, dysmenorrhea, fevers, septicaemia, high cholesterol.
Cumin or jeera (Cuminum cyminum): Cumin is used often as antiseptic and also used as carminative, digestive, diuretic, galactagogue, antispasmodic cure.
Camphor or Karpoor (Cinnamomum camphora): Generally used in worship, camphor has its medical significance in diarrhea, nervousness, muscular pain and fever.
Black pepper or Mirch (Piper nigrum): Commonly used for cooking daily, it is useful in case of dyspepsia, cough, pharyngitis, headache and diarrhea.
Neem (Azadirachta indica): Neem is one of the most commonly found plants in India. It is medically very important and useful in treatment of skin diseases mainly. It also acts as antibacterial, antifungal, blood purifier, antipyretic, hepatoprotective, antiparasitic, antiseptic and antiemetic.
Ginger or Adarak (Zinginber officinale): Used as the common spice in India, it is also used as stimulant, carminative, antispasmodic, expectorant, emmenagogue, antiemetic.
Tulsi or Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum): Tulsi, the Indian holy plant, found almost in every home has the properties of demulcent, expectorant, anticatarrhal, antispasmodic, anthelminthic, nervine, tonic, diaphoretic, digestive stimulant, antiparasitic and antibacterial.
So, these are some of the most common herbs, with several medicinal properties and the potential to cure several diseases. All these plants are easily available and can be used as efficient ayurvedic home remedies.