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                                                    Home Remedies



1. Who Invented Home Remedies?......................................................................................................... 2
2. Where Do Home Remedy Ingredients Come from? ........................................................................... 3
3. Are Home Remedies Dangerous? ....................................................................................................... 4
4. Are Home Remedies the Same as Herbal Treatments? ...................................................................... 5
5. Are Home Remedies Like Aromatherapy? ......................................................................................... 7
6. Making Home Remedies for Soap, Polish and Cleaning Products ..................................................... 8
7. Home Remedies for Different Types of Stains ................................................................................... 9
8. Home Remedies for Treating Arthritis ............................................................................................. 11
9. Get Relief from Bites and Stings ...................................................................................................... 12
10. Natural Relief for Constipation and Diarrhea ................................................................................. 13
11. Home Remedies for Indigestion ..................................................................................................... 14
12. Solutions for Skin Problems ........................................................................................................... 16
13. Natural Solutions for Hair Problems ............................................................................................... 17
14. How to Treat Insomnia Naturally ................................................................................................... 18
15. Effective Home Remedies for Stress .............................................................................................. 19




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                           1. Who Invented Home Remedies?

People often rely on a home remedy when they have a mild ailment or a common disease
such as a cold. A remedy from the kitchen cupboard is easier to access than a doctor or
medication from the drugstore, when they are feeling off-color. And often the standard
treatment for a medical condition may be insufficient to relieve the symptoms so sufferers
resort to using home remedies. There are homemade remedies for a wide variety of problems
from insect stings to treating stains. But who actually invented these home remedies?

It is worth defining what home remedies are first. These are different substances that are
made from products commonly found in the home. These include herbs, spices, other cooking
ingredients, vegetables and fruits. The medications are made through different processes. The
instructions for preparation are described in recipes.

It is not known exactly who invented the home remedies that we know today. In the past,
people did not have medications like we do today. Sciences, such as chemistry and biology,
were not invented. It is believed that many of the medicinal properties of different plants and
foods have been discovered accidently. For instance, a person with a stomach upset decided
to chew a good smelling plant and he felt better. In turn, others started using it as well. As
people began to learn more about the plants, vegetables and fruits, they started making more
complex recipes including various ingredients.

In ancient and medieval times people did not have the opportunity to describe the medicinal
properties or the recipe for one treatment to one another. Writing was invented, but it was
accessible only to small privileged groups of people, so the recipes for the home remedies
were passed by word of mouth from one person to another and from one generation to the
next. Basically, home remedies are much like the folklore songs that we know from our
ancestors. Someone somewhere invented them, so they became widespread by word of
mouth.

With the invention of the first primitive machines for printing books, the first cookbooks
began to appear. They often contained various recipes for home remedies as well as for
dishes and drinks. In some cases, the actual dishes were recommended as remedies. One
notable example is the chicken soup that we use today to get relief from colds. Other home
remedies that were used for medicinal purposes solely have lost their original purpose to
some extent. The popular Italian liquors that are served as digestifs today were actually
medications in the past. Indeed, they aid digestion and prevent bloating, gas and constipation.
Another proof that they were originally invented as remedies is that the taste of some of the
popular digestifs is quite bitter.

Some might think that the herbal remedies originating from China and India are actually
home remedies, but this is not necessarily the case. Some were really invented by people and
prepared at home, but others could only be prepared by healers who knew the exact
ingredients and the necessary amounts as well as the methods for preparation. These special
cures were actually not home remedies.

For instance, congee soup was used and is still used as a home remedy in China. On the other
hand, the herbal remedies in traditional Chinese medicine are prepared using different herb
ingredients depending on the individual condition of the sufferer. Acupuncture is another
form of traditional treatment, but cannot be performed at home by a non-professional.

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So in fact it was mankind that invented home remedies. The actual names of the inventors are
not known, which is not the case with modern medications such as penicillin. Over time
single ingredients were often replaced with more complex recipes. As new plants were
discovered and new substances for home use were invented, they inevitably became used as
home remedies, provided that they were attributed medicinal properties. The recipes were
passed from one generation to the other. They have reached us through our ancestors -
grandparents and parents. Home remedies have been used down through the ages and we are
using them today and passing them on to our children.




           2. Where Do Home Remedy Ingredients Come from?


People who like to be a bit independent will find that there are all sorts of treatments that they
can use at home nowadays. You can prepare various home remedies using different
ingredients or get ready-made home remedy products and use them straight away. It is worth
learning all about a treatment that you plan to use. You should know all details - how it
works, whether there are side effects or not, what results to expect and when. It is also
important for you to have an idea of where the home remedy products come from.

The sources of the different home cooking products, fruit and vegetables used for the
preparation of home remedies are known. You usually buy them from one and the same store
and pick products, which have a confirmed origin. You know where the products come from
and are certain about their safety.

The situation with spices and herbs is the same when you buy them from your local
supermarket or from a conventional drugstore. This is usually applicable to herbal tinctures
and oils as well. Generally, every product ingredient for a home remedy that you buy from a
drugstore, which sells medications, has a known origin. They are produced by companies
which have the respective certifications and licenses that guarantee the products are made in
line with the state-approved safety standards.

In turn, the safety of these products is guaranteed to an extent. Usually, they come in specific
safety packages and have instructions for use. A brief description of the effects and of
possible side effects is given as well. Basically, it is much like buying standard medications.
In fact, many of the home remedy ingredient products for home treatment are produced by
large companies that have received good reputation among customers.

Regrettably, there are herbal ingredients for home remedies that are processed in foreign
countries with lower safety standards, and then imported. These products should be safe as
well and should have the necessary papers of origin. However, it is possible for them not to
meet the criteria for safety in your country, due to the absence of hygiene during the
manufacturing process or due to the improper sorting and transportation. This is also
applicable to illegally produced home remedy ingredient products and ones made in
uncertified factories. Unfortunately, the availability of such potentially dangerous herbs is
growing due to the increased trade on the internet.

All of the above facts are equally true for the different home remedy products that are ready

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for use. The ones coming from licensed and certified manufacturers usually have high levels
of safety while the ones with unknown or unclear origin may be dangerous for the health.
They are usually unsafe not because of the active ingredients they contain, but because of the
way in which these have been processed.

For instance, tests on some ready-made home remedies have shown that they contain
potentially dangerous contaminants. In most cases, these come from animal feces that are
normally found near wild plants used for the making of home remedies. If these are removed
effectively, the product will be safe.

Another problem is that even if the ingredients in a product are perfectly safe on their own,
they can become dangerous when mixed. In many cases, lab and other specific tests are not
carried out to confirm the safety of a ready-made home remedy. This also suggests that its
beneficial effects are also doubtful.

The control on the market for home remedy products is not particularly strict at present. That
is why it might be difficult for you to find out where a specific item is coming from. If you
have any suspicions or doubts, you might want to look for another product, which has a
confirmed origin that is known to guarantee safety.

The fact that a homemade product comes from a reliable maker does not make it totally safe,
however. As highlighted earlier, you have to know how to use the product safely and not to
extend its use unnecessarily. Not all home remedies are equally effective for all people – just
like some medications. However, this does not mean that the product is sub-standard.



                         3. Are Home Remedies Dangerous?


We perceive home remedies as safe and natural and most of them are. However, natural does
not always mean safe, even though for many people the two terms are equal. It is easy to find
out the dangers associated with the use of medications; they are written on the accompanying
leaflet. You have an idea of what to expect and what to do in case you feel unwell because of
the treatment. This is not the case with home remedies. We rely on the fact that they have
been used for ages and they have not shown any serious side effect. But can we say that all
home remedies are completely safe?

You cannot put all home remedies in one group. With the easier access to information and to
various goods coming from different countries, the number of treatments used at home has
grown significantly. With the advance of science, new medicinal properties of different
herbs, plants and minerals and their products are constantly being discovered. In turn, they
easily pass as safe home remedies just because they are natural.

In reality no one knows whether they are dangerous or not since they have not been fully
studied yet. For instance, some evidence has been found recently that saw palmetto, a native
North American plant, can be effective for treating hair loss. However, scientists believe that
it might have some dangerous side effects that have not been confirmed yet.

The situation with the traditional home remedies is slightly different. In many cases fruits and

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vegetables and their by-products, such as juices, are used for the treatment of certain
conditions, usually gastrointestinal ones. Usually the sufferer has to consume more of these to
get the desired results. These home remedies are completely safe. The same applies to the
increased consumption of certain foods that can be used for direct relief or as natural sources
of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients that aid healing.

The use of other home ingredients for home remedies, such as salt, baking soda and vinegar,
is also known to be safe. In general, there are no negative effects on the body when these are
used in slightly larger quantities than traditionally for a short period of time. Still, the
effectiveness of such active ingredients for some conditions has been debated. For instance, a
water solution of baking soda is known to be effective for quick heartburn relief. However,
its frequent intake might actually stimulate acid reflux. That is why you should be careful
when, how and for how long to use home remedies.

The situation with herbs and spices is somewhat difference. Most traditional ingredients that
we use are perfectly safe. Some notable examples include chamomile, peppermint, thyme,
rosemary, cinnamon and ginger. You use these to make teas or in dishes every day, so taking
slightly more of them and in different forms cannot cause you any harm.

However, not all herbal home remedies are perfectly safe to use. Some are known to produce
side effects in people with certain allergies and specific medical conditions. It is also possible
for herbal chemical compounds to interact with certain medications and cause trouble. The
long intake of some herbs or their products in large amounts can also have a negative effect
on the body. This is because the different herbs and plants contain various chemical
compounds. Some of them are dangerous, but not when taken in small amounts. When these
chemicals build up in the body, they can affect different organs and tissue and cause
discomfort and/or damage.

There are also cases in which perfectly safe home products can turn into dangerous
substances when used as medicines. One notable yet surprising example is the use of butter
for treatment of burns. It has a cooling effect on the skin, but it is not sterile. In turn, the use
of butter can actually lead to the burn becoming infected. This can lead to serious
complications that require medical treatment. Still, this is a very rare case rather than the
norm.

In general, you cannot judge all home remedies as a whole. Each should be assessed on its
own merits. It is essential for you to find out more about the use of a certain home remedy. In
this way, you will know how it can help you and whether there are side effects associated
with it.



             4. Are Home Remedies the Same as Herbal Treatments?


Many natural treatments have now become extremely popular. A lot of people prefer not to
take prescription or commercial medications for mild medical conditions in order to avoid
negative side effects, or even the cost of commercial medications. But natural remedies can
also be used for additional relief in combination with prescription or over the counter
medication. Both home remedies and herbal treatments are considered to be natural. Despite

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the common misconception, the two terms do not overlap completely. Home remedies are
really nothing to do with herbal treatments, though some may include herbs.

Herbalism, also known as herbal medicine, is, in fact, a form of science. Various herbs or
medicinal plants are used on their own or in different combinations to relieve and cure
specific illnesses. These medicines were gradually discovered in ancient times. As the people
started to have better understanding of herbal plants, the medications became more complex
and specific to prepare.

The home remedies are also part of folklore medicine, at least the older ones we know.
However, they do not necessarily include herbs. In fact, a large number of home remedies we
use are not herbal. For instance baking soda is used for the relief of various skin conditions as
well as an antibacterial drug. Salt is a mineral that is also popular with people who rely on
home treatment. The consumption of different vegetables, fruits and foods is also considered
beneficial. Hence, these are considered home remedies, but they are not herbal treatments.

Another important difference between the two is that home remedies are actually prepared at
home. Various ingredients typically found in the kitchen are used for their preparation. These
may or may not include herbs. The recipes are well known and easy to execute at home
without the use of special utensils or unconventional methods.

The herbal treatments, on the other hand, may require the use of ingredients that are not
present in every home. Some herbs are picked only in specific areas while others appear only
during a short time of the year. In addition, the preparation process is much stricter and often
more complex. Some herbal ingredients may have to be prepared for a very long time while
some treatments may require long fermentation. In addition, herbal medicine is much like
modern day medicine. It aims to recognize the individual symptoms and treat them with the
use of a combinative remedy. In traditional Chinese medicine, for instance, the herbalist
combines different plants to create a unique medication. It is made to treat the specific
symptoms of the sufferer.

The main differences between home remedies and herbal remedies were formed historically.
In most communities, there were people who actually practiced herbalism and traditional
medicine. In some cultures these were recognized as healers while in others they were
shamans. Even nuns and monks practiced herbalism in Europe. Often the administration of an
herbal potion was accompanied by the use of spells and enchantments that were thought to
aid the treatment. Only special people could be healers.

Home remedies, on the other hand, were accessible to all. The recipes were passed from one
person to another and down through the generations. Most of them were actually known as
cooking recipes. In turn, the first written records of home remedies are in cookbooks.

At present, the gap between herbal treatments and home remedies is continually growing.
Ever since the invention of modern day medications, based on specific chemical substances,
people have more or less disregarded herbalism and its medicines. However, as many modern
drugs have side effects or are ineffective to cure medical problems, scientists pay greater
attention to the plants and the beneficial extracts that can be obtained from them. In turn,
more and more modern drugs and topical medications are based on extracts from herbal
plants. These are not home remedies, but fully validated medical treatments.


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So in can be seen that home remedies and herbal treatments do differ to a great extent.
Naturally, both treatments can be used if wanted. Various herbal treatment products can be
bought from specialized stores or you can use ingredients you have at home to make a
remedy. Additionally, if you are interested in herbs and plants you can purchase them to
prepare herbal home treatments.



                    5. Are Home Remedies Like Aromatherapy?


Alternative medicine of some kind may provide treatment for various physiological and
psychological conditions. Often the usual bought medications or do not produce the desired
results. They can sometimes have serious side effects that may damage the health in other
ways. Many people use home remedies or aromatherapy to treat various illnesses or
problematic conditions. However, the two methods are completely different.

Home remedies are treatments that we can make at home using various ingredients that are
found in every house. These can take the form of liquids to drink or solutions to apply
topically. In many cases, fruits, vegetables and certain dishes can be used for medicinal
purposes. In general, home remedies are accessible to everyone.

Aromatherapy is a form of treatment not recognized by conventional medicine, but it is
becoming more and more popular nowadays. Aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils
extracted from plants that contain aromatic chemicals. The oils can be distributed via aerial
infusion, direct inhalation or topical application. In turn, the beneficial chemical compounds
enter the body and produce beneficial effects that can be both physiological and
psychological.

The main difference between home remedies and aromatherapy is that they use different
types of ingredients. The homemade treatments usually include minerals, herbs and herbal
products, such as vinegar. They can involve the use of food substances as well.
Aromatherapy, on the other hand, relies on specifically extracted and prepared essential oils.
In this respect, this type of treatment does not rely on standard ingredients and this is not the
case with home remedies. In turn, it can be safely said that aromatherapy cannot be classified
as a type of home remedy.

In general, aromatherapy is a very specific form of treatment. In most cases, it involves the
smelling and inhaling of the beneficial aromatic chemicals. Even though it this type of
treatment was invented in ancient times, its popularity grew significantly as late as the 20th
century. This is not the case with home remedies that have been widely used since antiquity.
In addition, they have been constantly developed. Newer forms of home treatment have been
invented and accepted by the public.

Another major difference is that home remedies are more accessible than aromatherapy. They
can be easily made and used at home. On the other hand, you need to purchase the essential
oils you need from a specialized store. You have to use a diffuser or another type of
equipment in order to enjoy the benefits from aromatherapy. In this respect, this type of
treatment is much more scientific and complex than the use of popular home remedies. Still,
most people practice some kind of aromatherapy at home, even though the massages are

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usually done in spa centers.

Overall, home remedies and aromatherapy differ in the ingredients used and in the methods
for treatment. Despite these differences, both can be used effectively at home. There are
different home remedies for the different medical conditions. The same is true for the
essential oils used in aromatherapy. Each oil has its own properties and can therefore provide
relieve to different ailments. Still, aromatherapy has a much more restricted scope of
treatment than the traditional homemade medications. Most people use it primarily for
relaxation purposes - for the relief of stress and headaches. This type of treatment is
significantly more limited in terms of the conditions it can relieve.

The differences between home remedies and aromatherapy should be understood. It is
important for you to have good knowledge about both methods of treatment and to known
when and how to use them. When these are not applied correctly, you might not get the
desired results. In addition, it is possible for an overdosing to cause side effects. That is why
you should be particularly careful, especially with aromatherapy, which is not as well studied
as most classic medications prepared with home ingredients.

Some people may like to combine aromatherapy with various home remedies to treat a
condition and there is nothing wrong with this. Neither treatment should have an adverse
affect on the other. The main thing to remember is to be careful with the quantities and
instructions for both.




     6. Making Home Remedies for Soap, Polish and Cleaning Products


Creating your own products to use in the home gives a great feeling of satisfaction and
additionally often saves money. It is possible for anyone to make home remedies for soap,
polish and cleaning products. The tasks are relatively easy and the products you make will be
truly effective and serve a great practical purpose. These cleaning agents are also much safer
than the commercially produced ones. You will not have to buy products that are often
ineffective and costly. Learning to prepare them is not difficult.

You can prepare various home remedies for soap. There are various different recipes that you
can choose from. The results are excellent. You have a soap that you can use for cleaning as
well as for hand and even body washing. You can use any recipe to make a home made soap,
but the procedure is one and the same. You will need lye and the oils which you will make
the soap from. Using olive oil and coconut oil in different proportions is usually a great
choice.

The firs step is to prepare the lye solution. You need to measure the weight of the water you
will use with a scale. Then you have to do the same with the lye powder. Then you have to
add the lye powder to the water very carefully in line with all safety instructions. Then you
need to stir and set aside the solution in a safe place.

In order to make soap, you have to weigh the oils you will use first. Then put the oils together
and melt or heat them in a pot until they reach the temperature of 110 degrees. Let the

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mixture cool to 100 degrees and add the lye solution carefully and stir. You have to mix all
ingredients completely. Then you can add any fragrances or essential oils. Once the mixture
is ready, you pour it into a mold and set it aside to cool and harden for at least 24 hours.

Home remedies for polis are even easier to make. In fact, you do not have to do anything but
use baking soda to remove tarnish from silver, brass or gold. This home product is a mild
abrasive that is naturally alkaline. You simply need to dip a cotton ball in water to make it
moist add as much baking soda and necessary and rub the tarnished surface. Alternatively,
you can dissolve baking soda in the sink or a large container and use it as a dip to clean larger
objects.

Finished wood furniture can be polished with different effective home remedies. You simply
need to add oil and vinegar in a proportion of three to one. Mix very well so that the mixture
can become homogenous. Then dip a soft cloth in it and apply the polish by rubbing it gently
on wooden surfaces to make them shine. Alternatively, you can melt one ounce of beeswax
and add a cup of olive oil. This mixture works brilliantly too.

Vinegar is one of the best natural home remedies for cleaning products. You have to use it in
a diluted form to get the best results. Simple mix equal amounts of vinegar and water well
and you have a great cleaning agent. It is great for cleaning ceramic and hard plastic surfaces
in the kitchen and bathroom. You can even use it to clean your cooker and fridge. Vinegar
will remove dirt as well as odor. Its natural smell will evaporate shortly after application.

Freshly squeezed lemon juice is ideal for cleaning metal surfaces. Its acidic content is
effective for removing soap scum and hard water deposits from kitchen sinks and showers.
You can also use it to clean brass and copper. You can readily mix half a cup of lemon juice
with one cup of olive oil to make a natural cleaning product for wooden surfaces. It removes
stains and polishes furniture pieces and floors perfectly.

Such ingredients are usually safe to use on items in the home, but just to be on the safe side,
try a little out on a portion of the furniture that is not visible first.



                 7. Home Remedies for Different Types of Stains


Many housewives dread trying to get stains out of clothing and other items. Unfortunately, it
is extremely easy for clothes, carpets, leather furniture and wooden surfaces to get stained.
One problem is that commercial stain removers often do not work. Others such as bleach can
literally ruin clothes and surfaces for good.

Thankfully, you can use various home remedies for stains. They are easy to prepare and to
use. They are much safer than standard stain removing products. More importantly, they are
extremely effective.

The stains on clothes are the most stubborn and embarrassing. Plus, you do not want to throw
away a brand new shirt just because it got stained. There are some very effective home
remedies for stains that you can use to save your favorite garments from permanent damage.
The most common stains from fruit, vegetables, juices and drinks are effectively removed

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with the use of common table salt. Try to dry the stain first and then place the garment on a
soft cloth or a towel. Sprinkle as much salt as necessary on the spot and wait for at least half
an hour.

Grease stains on clothes can be effectively removed with a mixture of lemon juice and table
salt. Simply mix as much of the two ingredients as necessary to make a paste and rub it onto
the stain. The stain has to be soaked with the mixture. Then you can remove it and place the
clothing item to dry under direct sunlight for best results. This method is effective for
removing rust stains as well. Ink stains on clothes are effectively removed with alcohol. Just
soak a cotton ball in some alcohol and apply it onto the stain so that the liquid can penetrate
through the fibers. Once the ink is removed, you should wash the garment to get rid of any
remaining coloring.

There are two very simple and effective home remedies for carpet stains. You can use a
quarter of a cup of vinegar and mix it with a cup of water to make an excellent carpet stain
removing solution. Make sure the substance is homogenous. Then pour it into a spray bottle
and spray over the stain. You do not have to do anything else, but let the cleaner take effect.
You can readily use ammonia solution instead of vinegar. The recipe for this home remedy is
the same. The results are equally effective.

Removing stains from leather furniture is extremely easy as long as you have the right home
remedy. You need a quarter of a cup of vinegar and half a cup of warm water. Mix the two
well and dip a soft cloth in the solution. Rub the stain carefully until it is removed. Then you
can use leather saddle soap to make sure all dirt is removed from the stained area. They dry
using another soft cloth.

Wooden furniture is extremely beautiful, but it is quite prone to stains. There are several
natural home remedies for cleaning different types of stains on wood. If there is a greasy stain
on the wooden surface, simply sprinkle as much salt as you can on it. Wait for some time
until the grease is fully absorbed. Then remove the salt and go over with the surface with a
polish to protect it from staining.

Water marks can also be easily removed from wood. You might be surprised but one of the
simplest ways is to use the mayonnaise in your fridge. Simply apply some of it on a soft dry
paper towel. Then place the towel on the water mark and press just a little bit, so that the
mayo does not get spread to the sides. Wait for fifteen minutes and check whether the stain is
gone. If not, rub more mayo into the water mark. Do this until the mark is completely
removed. Then you can clean the wooden surface from the mayo and polish it. Alternatively,
you can rub toothpaste into the water stain. Wait for it to dry and then remove it using a soft
damp cloth.

You should not hesitate to try any of these home remedies for stains, if the need arises. They
have been tested and proven to work. You will get the desired results, as long as you follow
the instructions for preparation and use closely.




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                      8. Home Remedies for Treating Arthritis


Arthritis is a condition for which no cure has been invented yet. Some medications are
effective but have bad side-effects. That is why you should definitely use home remedies for
arthritis. They will usually give you relief but more importantly they are safe to use, so even
if you do not feel better, you will not feel worse either. Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid
arthritis patients can be helped with homemade remedies.

There are various topical home remedies for arthritis that you can readily try. The simplest
one is to warm up some olive oil and massage it into the aching joints. You will feel warmth
and considerably relief almost immediately. But you can prepare some more complex
mixtures. They have stronger and longer lasting effect.

You can mix 10 grams of camphor (around 2 pieces) in 200 grams of mustard seed or
coconut oil. You can put the mixture over little heat so that the camphor can dissolve more
easily. Once the substance is homogenous, you can use it as oil for massaging your joints.
The mixture acts to sooth the pain. Camphor has an excellent anti-inflammatory effect. This
makes the remedy extremely beneficial.

You should not hesitate to try another mixture of oils for treating arthritis. You need juniper,
sage and thyme oils. These have excellent pain relief and tissue cleansing action. The other
ingredients for the mixture include lavender, rosemary and garlic oils. These act as analgesics
and have good anti-inflammatory properties. You should put 10 tablespoons of olive oil into
a bowl and add one tablespoon of each of the other six essential oils. Mix the substance well.
You can warm it up just a little bit for better effect. Use this home remedy for arthritis to
massage aching joints once to two times a day.

If this remedy is a little bit complex for you to prepare, you can try another simpler treatment.
Just crush a handful of garlic cloves and add to one cup of mustard seed or coconut oil. Then
heat the mixture and stir so that the garlic cloves become brown. Then strain the ointment, let
it cool and apply it on your joints every day. You will get relief from inflammation and pain.

There are plenty of other non-topical home remedies for arthritis that you can use. One of the
most popular and effective is potato juice. It has an excellent anti-inflammatory effect. It is
also packed with various vitamins and minerals that can improve your general health as a
whole. Preparing potato juice is easy. You need to take one medium-sized potato and wash it
well. Cut it into thin slices without removing the peel. Soak the pieces in a large glass of
water at room temperature water overnight. Strain the juice and have a cup of it in the
morning on an empty stomach.

Alfalfa seeds are also known to be effective for relieving pain and inflammation associated
with arthritis. Just take one teaspoon of them and place them inside your tea strainer. Place
the strainer into one cup of pre-boiling water and keep it for five minutes. You should drink a
cup of alfalfa tea three to four times a day for a fortnight for best results.

There are other herbs that have excellent anti-inflammatory properties, such as ginger and
cinnamon. You can readily take these in various forms. Grinding some ginger root and using
one teaspoon of the powder to make a cup of tea is a simple and effective recipe. Sipping
some ginger tea throughout the day can give you substantial relief. You can add a pinch of

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cinnamon to a teaspoon of honey every morning as well.

The omega-3 fatty acids can aid the natural lubrication of the joints. You can take
supplements with these nutrients, such as cod liver oil. You should also increase your
consumption of foods containing omega-3 fatty acids. These include tuna, cod and mackerel
as well as walnuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

Drinking up to three additional glasses of milk per day will increase the calcium in your body
and result in the natural strengthening of the bones. Thus there will be less pressure on the
joints and your movement will be made easier.



                          9. Get Relief from Bites and Stings


A mosquito bite is not considered dangerous, unless you live somewhere that malaria is
prevalent. Unless you have an allergic reaction you will often not even be treated for a bee
sting. You simply have to put ice on it and wait for the itching and pain to go away. Or you
can have ready several home remedies for bites and stings that have been tested and proven to
work. These are quite safe to use.

One of the simplest home remedy that you can use is salt. It has a great anti-bacterial effect. It
is effective for reducing itching and skin inflammation. There are various ways in which you
can use salt to relieve bites and stings. Make a paste with one teaspoon of salt and a little bit
of water and spread it over the affected skin area. You can keep it for as long as necessary
and then remove it with a soft cloth.

Alternatively, you can dissolve one teaspoon of salt into a cup of water and spray it over and
around the bite or sting. You should let the solution get absorbed in your skin. There is not
need to wash it off. If you have many bites on different parts of your body, you can make
more of this salt solution and rinse your body with it. The beneficial effect is guaranteed.

Apple cider vinegar is another effective home remedy for bites and stings. It can neutralize
the venom without causing inflammation. It has a beneficial cooling action that will relieve
the pain and itching. The easiest way to apply this home remedy is to soak a cotton ball into a
small portion of apple cider vinegar and apply the liquid on the bite or sting using dabbing
movements. Then you can let the vinegar absorb into the skin and take effect.

You can also make a special paste to double the effect of this remedy. Simply take one spoon
of vinegar and add as much baking soda as necessary to make a not so dense paste. Then
apply to the affected skin area. The paste can stay on your skin for as long as desired.
Another option is to dissolve one cup of vinegar into a bath filled with water. Soaking
yourself for 15 to 20 minutes should relieve all bites or stings on your body.

Honey is a great remedy for bites and stings. It has a natural antibacterial effect. More
importantly, it contains chemical substances that effectively reduce and completely neutralize
the effect of the insect’s venom causing the irritation and itching. You simply need to apply a
little bit of honey on the affected skin area. Rub it in gently and carefully. It should not take
too much for your skin to absorb the honey. Once it is completely absorbed, there will be no

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sticky mark left on your skin.

Cornstarch is another well working home remedy for bites and stings. It has ingredients that
can aid for the absorption of the venom from your skin. Simply mix one tablespoon of
cornstarch with as much water as necessary to make a thin paste. Then apply it on the sting or
bite and keep it until you feel relief.

Papaya contains a special enzyme called papain. It has the power to break down proteins,
present in the venom, and, in turn, reduce its effect on your body. The greener the fruit the
more of the enzyme it contains. You can cut a small piece of the fruit and rub it over your
sting or bite gently. You should feel relief shortly. This home remedy is particularly effective
for bee stings.

Diluted lime juice is quite effective for relieving bites and mosquito bites, in particular. You
simply need to add one tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime juice to a cup of water and apply
the solution on your skin. This remedy can effectively cool the skin and reduce the
inflammation, so itching will stop immediately. Lime juice has a beneficial antibacterial
effect as well.

Don’t forget that before you can begin treatment with any home remedy you must remove the
bee or wasp sting from the skin.



                 10. Natural Relief for Constipation and Diarrhea


Your digestive tract is a very complex system. It is quite natural for any digestive upset to
affect your general health. Constipation and diarrhea are quite common conditions often
caused by overeating, stomach upset, junk food, poor diet and lack of physical activity; intake
of certain medications and even by increased anxiety. But home remedies are particularly
effective for these problems.

Constipation is quite common and is usually not taken seriously, but it can lead to
indigestion, bad breath and hemorrhoids. That is why you should do your best to get relief
from this problem as quickly as possible. One of the simplest home remedies for constipation
is the intake of certain fruits. Prunes, plums, pears, apples, figs, cherries and papaya all
contain soluble fiber. It aids digestion and provides effective stool softening.

Having any or some of these fruits throughout the day will certainly produce the desired
results. You will hurry to the bathroom in no time. If you want to enhance the effect of the
fruits, you can readily drink a glass of water after eating them. This will aid for the absorption
of soluble fiber and speed up the relief.

If you do not want to rely on fruit only, you should try taking flaxseed oil as well. Just have a
teaspoon of it three to four times a day. This oil has a mild laxative effect. It will also aid for
the softening of the stool.

Green tea is a great natural laxative. It aids digestion and boosts metabolism as well. In order
to make the most out of the treatment, you should sip a cup of green tea during each meal.

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This method is effective for treatment as well as for prevention of constipation. You should
feel the beneficial effect of green tea within a day or two, at most.

You can try yet another effective home remedy for constipation. Squeeze half a lime and add
it to a glass of room temperature water. Stir well and add half a teaspoon of baking soda. Mix
again and drink the entire solution. This remedy will stimulate bowel movements naturally
and give you quick relief.

You can also use a different type of syrup for effective constipation relief. Squeeze an orange
to make half a cup of juice. Then add half a cup of olive oil and mix well. Separate this syrup
into two equal dosages and take one after breakfast and one after lunch for best results.

Bilberry tea is one of the best home remedies for diarrhea. You can find packed dried bilberry
leaves in any herbal or drug store. You simply need to place one and a half teaspoons of them
into a tea strainer and let them soak in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes. You should let the tea
cool just a little bit and drink it.

This herb contains tannins which sooth the intestines naturally. They stop the cramping and
contraction that cause diarrhea. Bilberry contains soluble fiber as well. It can aid for the
formation of a normal stool. In general, the relief from constipation will be quick, effective
and permanent. Try to have between two and four cups of bilberry tea per day for optimal
results.

Ginger is known for having a similar effect. It has an anti-microbial action as well, so it can
stimulate the normal functioning of the entire digestive tract. For best results, you should
prepare ginger tea. Just grind some roots into powder and add a teaspoon and a half to a cup
of hot water. Soak for 5 minutes and then drink it.

Another natural herb rich in beneficial tannins is agrimony. The inflammation in your
intestines will be reduced. This is applicable to cramping as well. You will feel the astringent
effect almost instantly. You can prepare tea by soaking two teaspoons of dry agrimony in hot
water or dissolving 10 drops of agrimony extract in cold water. This latter is effective, but to
get the desired results the dosage may need to be increased.




                          11. Home Remedies for Indigestion


Cramps and bloating are both painful and embarrassing. Indigestion can really disrupt your
life. The discomfort it causes is substantial and relief is usually not quick to come. Using
medications for this problem can produce undesired side effect. But there are effective home
remedies for indigestion that have been tested and proven to give good relief.

In many cases indigestion is caused by the imbalance of acids in your stomach that are
responsible for the breakdown of foods. For this reason, you should definitely try remedies
that have a beneficial effect on the stomach acids. Lemon juice and apple cider vinegar can
really help you get rid of this annoying problem. You simply need to add three tablespoons of
any of these ingredients in a glass of water and stir well. The solution should be taken around

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half an hour before a meal, so that it can take effect.

One alternative is to these home remedies for indigestion is baking soda. It can restore the
acid balance in your stomach effectively. You have to take a diluted form of this active
ingredient. You can readily dissolve one teaspoon of it into a glass of water and drink it. Still,
this remedy should not be taken for preventative treatment. It can provide instant and lasting
relief, provided that you drink it when you feel the first symptoms of indigestion.

Mint is known to sooth the nerves in the stomach, to relieve cramps and to aid digestion. You
can readily use dried leaves to add aroma and flavor to certain dishes. You can also drink
mint tea on a daily basis. One particularly effective way to use this remedy is to get mint
tincture from a local herbal store and dilute 3 drops into a glass of water. You can take this
remedy 2 to 3 times a day. It is extremely effective for relieving stomach upset. It acts quite
fast as well.

Ginger is another superb herbal home remedy for indigestion. This herb can effectively
reduce stomach upset and stimulate the normal functioning of the stomach and the
gastrointestinal tract, as a hole. It can be added to various dishes in a powdered form. You
can also grind some pieces of ginger root and use the powder to make tea. You need to add
one teaspoon of the ingredient into a cup of pre-boiling hot water. Let the solution stay for 5
minutes. Then, you should strain it and drink is as tea. Having one cup of ginger tea up to 3
times a day will provide the desired results shortly.

Green tea can also provide relief from indigestion. You can have it along with a meal or
afterwards for best results, but having no more than 4 to 6 cups throughout the day can also
give you the desired results. This herb contains powerful chemicals that aid digestion and
improve the functioning of metabolism. It has a mild laxative effect as well. This will also
give you additional relieve from indigestion and improve the functioning of the digestive
tract, in general. Still, green tea contains caffeine and for this reason it is not recommended to
children, pregnant and nursing women and people taking hypertension medications.

Yogurt is particularly effective for indigestion. It contains beneficial bacteria called
probiotics. They aid for the balancing of the stomach environment. They kill harmful bacteria
and stimulate the growth of beneficial ones. You should eat yogurt on a daily basis to get the
desired results. One to two cups per day should give you quick and lasting relief from
indigestion.

Small babies are usually given a stomach massage when they have indigestion problems. You
should try this method as well. For best results, you can prepare your own massaging oil. Just
add 3 drops of garlic oil to half a cup of olive oil. Put the solution in a saucepan over low
heat. Warm the mixture so that the two oils can intermix effectively. Wait for the substance to
cool completely and use it to massage your stomach after meals.

While such home remedies for indigestion are usually quite effective, in order to benefit from
them fully, a balanced diet should be maintained and overeating avoided.




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                           12. Solutions for Skin Problems


Skin is the largest organ of the body. But when it is constantly exposed to the harmful effects
of the environment it is perfectly natural for skin problems to occur. They may even become
permanent. But rather than relying on costly cosmetics natural and effective home remedies
can be used for skin problems. Such treatments are easy to make and apply, with no side
effects.

Dry skin is most common in winter, but some people have this problem permanently. The
avocado paste is one of the most effective home remedies for treatment. It contains natural
non-saturated fats that can nurture and soften the skin and make it more radian. This
vegetable is packed with various vitamins that are essential for skin health. Just cut one
avocado without the peel and make it into a homogenous paste using a mortar and pestle.
Then apply the paste on the face, neck and hands and other affected areas and let it take effect
for 15 minutes. Then remove the mask gently using warm water.

If you want an even more nutritional face mask for dry skin, you can readily try making a
paste from one avocado, a banana and half a papaya. Just cut all ingredients, put them in the
blender, take out the mixture and apply it on your skin. Wash with warm water after 15
minutes.

There is yet another great home remedy for dry skin you can readily try. Mix one egg yolk
with a teaspoon of honey and add 2 teaspoons of milk powder. Use the homogenous paste as
a mask. Let it take effect for 10 minutes and then remove it with warm water. Egg yolk is rich
in Vitamin E which naturally nurtures and protects the skin. Honey is full of essential
nutrients too and so it milk powder.

Oily skin is often associated with acne. Indeed, the oily skin is more prone to the formation of
pimples. For this reason, you can use effectively some remedies that can reduce the oil in
your skin and prevent the formation of acne. An oatmeal mask can be used for preventative
and treatment purposes as well. You simply need to cook a portion of oatmeal just like you
usually do. Then add a quarter of a cup of honey and mix well. Let the mixture cool
completely. You can choose to add two spoons of lemon juice, if you do not have severe
acne. Spread the ready mixture on your face and neck, or other acne-prone skin areas, and
keep it for 15 minutes. Remove the mask extremely gently using warm water.

There are also other effective masks that you can prepare on your own to remove oil and
clear pimples form your skin. Crush a handful of turmeric leaves and sandalwood leaves to
make a paste. Apply it on your face and neck and keep it for 15 minutes. Then remove the
paste with cold water. Both types of leaves can effectively reduce the oil in the skin and
reduce inflammation that can be caused by acne.

Lemon juice is one of the best cleansers you can use, if you have an oily skin. All you have to
do is squeeze half a lemon, dip a cotton ball in it and rub your skin gently. Wash your face
with water after 20 minutes. The oil will be removed instantly. The same applies to the
annoying shine. Lemon juice is a mild astringent. It has excellent antibacterial properties as
well, so it is extremely effective for acne. Still, it might be too strong, especially when
applied to inflamed skin. That is why you can “soften” it with rose water, if you have acne.
Simply mix equal amounts of the two ingredients. The method for use is the same.

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One of the simplest home remedies for oily skin and acne is the tea made from basil. Simply
put a teaspoon of dried basil leaves in a tea strainer and make a cup of tea. Let it cool down
completely and apply on the face using a cotton ball. Basil can reduce oil in the skin. It has
ant-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties as well.



                      13. Natural Solutions for Hair Problems


There are various factors that are responsible for poor hair health. The dirty air and water are
the main environmental reasons for hair problems. The use of various cosmetics can also
harm your scalp and your hair. Stress is also responsible. In the case of baldness genes may
be to blame. Thankfully, there are effective home remedies for the most common hair
problems. There are home remedies to improve brittle hair, oily hair, remove dandruff and
reduce hair loss - and hair growth can be stimulated.

You can prepare an effective mixture of oils to nurture your scalp and strengthen your hair. It
is extremely effective for brittle hair. You need almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil and olive
oil. Put two teaspoons of each ingredient into a pan and put it over low heat. Mix the oils
well. The mixture should be warm, but not hot and pre-boiling.

Dip your fingers in it and apply the oil onto your scalp using gentle massaging movements.
Try not to put too much oil on. After application, wrap your hair in a dry soft towel and let it
stay like this for 20 minutes. Then you can wash your hair with the standard shampoo you are
using. Do this once a week to get the desired results.

The natural mild astringents are the best home remedies for oily hair. Apple cider vinegar is
extremely effective for removing oil from the scalp and consequently from your hair. Simply
rinse your hair with a quarter of a cup of this product, let it stay for a couple of minutes and
wash away with water. You can do this once to two times a week for best results.

Alternatively, you can rely on lemon juice to treat oily hair. Since it is a stronger astringent
you need to dilute it with water. Simply squeeze one lemon into a bowl and add a cup of
water. Stir well and use the solution to rinse your hair. Washing it off afterwards is important.
The course of treatment is the same as with vinegar.

Curd is one of the most effective home remedies for dandruff. You can buy ready curd or use
a standard recipe to make it at home with milk and lemon juice. It is best if you leave the
substance to ferment for a couple of days before you use it. Once it is ready, you can apply
the curd on your scalp and hair using massaging movements. Wait for an hour and then wash
off the substance. Curd will naturally remove dandruff and nurture the skin while removing
the excess oil from it. It has an antibacterial effect as well.

Another effective home remedy for dandruff is the mixture of olive oil and ginger root. Add
an equal number of teaspoons of olive oil and ginger powder and mix to make a paste. Apply
on your scalp and hair for one hour and wash off. This remedy has anti-bacterial and anti-
inflammatory action. It is ideal for removing dandruff and preventing it from forming.


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Hair loss is more common in men, but it is an even more serious problem for women. There
are some effective home remedies that can prevent the loss of more hairs and stimulate the
growth of new ones. You need two tablespoons of honey, one tablespoon of powdered
cinnamon, one teaspoon of garlic oil and three tablespoons of olive oil. Mix them to make a
homogenous paste. Apply it on affected areas or on the entire scalp. Keep the mask for 20
minutes and then wash it off. Honey and olive oil nurture the skin while cinnamon has an
anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effect that allows it to act as a natural cleanser. The
antioxidants in garlic can stimulate hair growth.

You can also try using another mixture that is an effective remedy for baldness. Add one or
two pieces of dried Indian gooseberry (amla) to one cup of coconut oil. Warm the ingredients
in a saucepan and boil for fifteen minutes. Then let the mixture cool and apply it on your
scalp using gentle massaging movements. Let the oil take effect for an hour and then wash it
off. Indian gooseberry can effectively stimulate the scalp and promote hair growth.



                        14. How to Treat Insomnia Naturally


If you have trouble falling asleep and are easily disturbed by a variety of factors such as
worrying thoughts, lights and noises and bad dreams, the morning will see you feeling
overtired and cranky. You may not even be able to catch a nap through the day. Sleeplessness
affects many people for different reasons, with the most common ones being stress and
depression. Commercial medications for this condition usually produce sleep but have
negative side-effects. Some may even become addictive. But home remedies for insomnia are
safe and will give relief.

Coriander is a great herb that you can put on a lot of dishes. You can also take it in the form
of tea. Take two teaspoons of dried coriander and soak them in a cup of hot water. Strain after
five minutes and drink the tea while it is still warm. You should do this every evening one
hour before going to bed. Coriander has chemical compounds that aid mental and physical
relaxation. It should help you fall asleep quite quickly and have a sound sleep during the
night.

Celery is another effective home remedy for sleeplessness. It soothes the nerves and relaxes
your muscles. It is easy to prepare. Simply take a large amount of fresh celery and put it in
the blender. Strain to make one glass of juice. Dink it before going to bed. If you want to get
the best results, you can readily warm the juice just a little bit and add a teaspoon of honey.
This ingredient soothes the stomach nerves and has a relaxing effect on the brain.

Dill seeds have very good sedative properties. You can soak one and a half teaspoons of them
into a cup of hot water to make tea. Use a tea strainer for quicker preparation. Remove the
dill seeds after five minutes and drink the tea while it is still warm before bedtime. You
should feel its effect almost instantly.

Aniseed is another effective herbal home remedy for insomnia. It has a great sedative action.
You will feel perfectly calm after taking one cup of tea before going to bed. Preparation is
standard. Just use two teaspoons of aniseed and soak them in a cup of hot water for five
minutes using a strainer.

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Surprisingly or not, milk is one of the most effective home remedies for sleeplessness. It
contains chemical compounds that relax the nervous system. You should definitely warm the
milk for best results. Feeling warm should make you fall asleep more easily and quickly.
Adding a teaspoon of honey will also have a superb beneficial effect. A pinch of cinnamon is
often recommended as well. It regulates the blood sugar levels and, in turn, the functioning of
your entire body. It is best to have this natural home remedy foe insomnia one hour before
going to bed.

There is yet another combination remedy that you might want to try as well. Instead of using
hot water, soak two teaspoons of aniseeds into a cup of warm milk. Remove the tea strainer
after seven minutes and add a teaspoon of honey. Mix well and drink the medication one hour
before bedtime.

Valerian is perhaps the most renowned home remedy for insomnia. You can easily take
valerian extract from your local drugstore and have as many drops as required before going to
bed. This herbal remedy is known to soothe the nerves effectively. It will give you the
complete relaxation you desire.

There are also other home remedy methods for sleeplessness that you can try. They are
equally effective and will give you the relaxation you want. Soaking yourself in a warm bath
with some relaxing bath salts will certainly help you fall asleep more easily and sleep, like a
baby. You can also try aromatherapy. Lavender oil and sandalwood oil can relax the nerves
as well as the muscles effectively. You can readily try using aromatic candles or heat these
essential oils directly. You can also have a neck and back massage with them for enhanced
effect.

The best way to ensure the above home remedies for sleeplessness work best is to make sure
your bedroom is dark and quiet, the bed is comfortable and the temperature neither too hot or
too cold.




                       15. Effective Home Remedies for Stress


Everyone gets stressed out from time to time. But when tension builds up and you start
feeling anxious constantly, you should take serious measures. Stress is often accompanied by
anxiety and depression. These conditions can affect the body negatively and increase your
risk of cardiovascular diseases. There are no straightforward cures for stress, but you can
certainly try some home remedies that are extremely effective for its relief. They are all
natural and perfectly safe.

Basil is one of the most effective home remedies for stress. It contains various antioxidants
that improve your body’s functioning on cellular level and protect it from the harmful effects
of the environment. Basil is packed with beneficial vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A and
Vitamin K energize the body naturally. Magnesium aids for the regulation of the functioning
of the cardiovascular system. When your body starts feeling better, you will get relief from
the physical as well as from the psychological symptoms of stress.

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You should not hesitate to chew up to 12 leaves of fresh basil per day to get rid of stress. You
can also add them to any appropriate dishes. Drinking basil tea is also recommended. You
can readily make a cup of tea using one teaspoon of dried basil.

Sage is excellent for stress relief. You can use this home remedy in the form of tea. Just soak
a teaspoon of dried sage leaves into a cup of pre-boiling water to prepare the drink. Sage
contains natural chemical substances that can effectively relieve anxiety and sooth the nerves.
The effect is quite powerful - this herb is actually recommended to people with diseases of
the nervous system. In addition, sage contains various vitamins and minerals that can
effectively revitalize you and give you more energy. You can be certain to feel better by
taking around 4 to 6 cups of sage tea per day.

Green tea is another home remedy for stress that you should definitely try. It is true that it
contains caffeine, which can agitate you even further, but the amounts of this substance in
green tea are very small. They cannot negatively affect a healthy person. Quite the opposite;
caffeine can boost your energy and brain activity when taken in small dosages. Still, if you
have high blood pressure and use the respective medications for this, you might want to
consult your doctor, before using green tea for treating stress.

Green tea is extremely effective because it contains a beneficial chemical compound called
L-theanine. It stimulates the brain to produce more serotonin. The secretion of this hormone
makes both the mind and body more relaxed. In addition, it stimulates alertness, so you will
be able to focus better and think more clearly. 4 cups of green tea per day should help you get
relief from stress.

If you are not a fan of herbs and herbal teas, you can readily try a simpler and more common
home remedy for stress relief. Simply warm some milk and add a pinch of cinnamon and a
teaspoon of honey to it. This drink is much more beneficial than you think. The warm milk
relaxes the nerves. Cinnamon aids for the normalization of the blood sugar levels. Honey is
full of nutrients that have healing and energizing properties.

Yogurt is another simple and effective home remedy for stress. You should eat it every day.
In addition, a couple of spoons of yogurt can help you in stressful situations. This dairy
product is rich in various vitamins, including Vitamin A, D and B complex. It has calcium as
well. These nutrients will help in the relief of tension and give you the desired relaxation.
You will be able to focus more easily and enjoy greater energy.

Many other methods are equally effective home remedies for stress. Deep breathing
techniques will help you relax quickly when you are under great stress. Meditation and yoga
are time-honoured ways of relieving stress. These ancient techniques are effective for
relaxing both the mind and the body. Using aromatherapy and massages can also aid you in
finding the physical and psychological relief from stress. And as our grandparents could tell
us, even simple hobbies such as gardening are effective.


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