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Anise

For congestion resulting from allergies, colds or flu, as well as relief for upset stomach and gas, prepare some tea by soaking 1 teaspoon of anise seeds, in 1 cup of boiling water. Strain before drinking. In addition, chewing anise seeds is effective for treating bad breath.

Cardamom

To aid digestion, prepare an infusion of one teaspoon of cardamom with 1 cup boiling water. Once soaked, drink with a meal.

Bay Leaves

To treat dandruff, soak a handful of bay leaves in 1 liter of water – bring to a boil and then remove from heat. Cover the water for 20 minutes until the liquid cools. Pour on your hair and let it sit for 45 to 60 minutes. Rinse the hair well.

Ginger

For relief from nausea, prepare an infusion of 1/2 teaspoon ginger in 1 cup of boiling water. Strain before drinking. Alternatively, chewing fresh ginger can be all the more efficient.

To alleviate headaches, make a paste by mixing ground ginger with water and smear it over the painful area. For alleviating cough and heartburn mix 1/2 a teaspoon of ground ginger with one teaspoon of honey.

Basil

For relief from a cough, prepare an infusion of dried basil leaves: 1 teaspoon in 1 cup of boiling water. Soak the leaves and then add honey.

Dill Seed

Try to swallow a teaspoon of dill seeds to stop hiccups. In addition, chewing on this herb’s seeds will reduce bad breath.

Fennel Seeds

Chewing fennel seeds can alleviate bad breath and relieve stomach cramps. An infusion can be prepared by soaking 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds in 1 cup boiling water. Strain before drinking. Crush the seeds a little before the brew. This will help to treat gas.

Garlic Powder

Garlic powder is a natural mosquito repellent. Make a paste of garlic powder and water, which can be applied to your pulse points, behind the knees, the ankles, a drop or two on the cheeks, face and neck. Be sure to keep it away from your eyes.

Caraway Seeds

Chewing caraway seeds helps relieve gas. An infusion can also be prepared by soaking 1 teaspoon of caraway seeds in 1 cup boiling water. Strain before drinking.

Cinnamon

To raise the amount of good cholesterol in your body, mix 1/2 a teaspoon cinnamon in coffee or tea. For treating joint pain, you should try 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey.

Cinnamon may also be used to alleviate menstrual cramps. Just add a little cinnamon to your coffee and tea or sprinkle on food.

Cloves

Chew 1 clove root to remove bad breath or to treat dental pain. Place on the tooth until the pain is gone. You can also chew 3-4 cloves roots to relieve nausea or a sore throat.

Ground Black Pepper

To stop bleeding, sprinkle a generous amount of black pepper over the cut and it will neutralize the bleeding and the pain.

Cayenne Pepper

To clear the sinuses, sprinkle some red pepper on food or gargle with water to relieve a sore throat. In addition, cayenne pepper suppresses appetite and speeds up metabolism. Sprinkle a little on your toothbrush or add a cup of water and gargle to rinse your mouth, prevent gum disease, accelerate the healing of gingivitis and treat toothaches. You can also prepare a solution of 1 teaspoon of pepper with 1 cup of water and apply it to the affected area.

Allspice (Also known as: Jamaica pepper, pepper, myrtle pepper, pimenta)

To relieve muscle aches, ground the allspice to powder form, then add a little water to get a thick paste texture. Apply to a strip of clean cloth and put it on the painful area.

Celery Seeds

To relieve fluid retention, prepare a diuretic infusion by crushing 1.5 teaspoons of celery seeds in 1 cup of boiling water, then soak for 20 minutes.

This infusion may also be used to hasten the arrival of a late menstrual cycle. It also helps to treat high blood pressure and anxiety.

Peppermint or spearmint

For treatment of abdominal pain and cramps, prepare an infusion from 1.5 teaspoons of dried mint leaves per cup of boiling water. Strain before drinking.

Salt

Salt is an effective cure for pain and acts as a great disinfectant too. Prepare a solution of salt and water and rub it on the insect bite area or rinse your mouth with salt-water several times a day to disinfect the mouth and throat.

Cumin

Boil 1 cup of water with 1 teaspoon of cumin and let it cook for a few seconds. Cool and drink in one sip to relieve your cold symptoms.

Turmeric

To bring your temperature down, stir 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1 cup of warm milk and add a teaspoon of honey.

Thyme

Get relief from a cough and a sore throat with an infusion of thyme. Mix 1 tablespoon of dried thyme with 1 cup of boiling water. Strain and drink. To ease a gassy situation, mix 1 teaspoon of thyme with 1 cup of boiling water and strain before drinking.

Mustard Powder

To relieve congestion, mix 1 tablespoon of mustard powder with 1 liter of hot water and then soak your feet. Please note that mustard plasters have been used traditionally to treat coughs, colds and the flu.

Coriander

Boil 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds in 1 cup boiling water, it will help you deal with high cholesterol levels.

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Author: txnaturalpediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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