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How Betel Nut (Supari) is helpful in Tooth Care
How it looks - It is a slender unbranched palm with a crown of pinnate leaves and a ringed stem. The flowers are in a spadix and fruits are smooth and reddish or orange when ripe.

What we use - Roots, leaves, fruits

What it does - It is cooling, astringent, diuretic, digestive, anthelmintic, aphrodisiac, nervine tonic and emmenagogue.

Cure of Common Disorders
In sore lips - Take a decoction of the root as a cure for **** and sore lips. Its cooling and astringent properties ensure quick healing.

In back pain - Juice the tender leaves and mix with oil. Use this emulsion as a pack for the lower back with a piece of cloth and leave on for 20 minutes. You will notice the pain seeping away.

In worm infestation - The cured arecanuts should be ground in buttermilk and the paste should be eaten to cure worm infestation-especially tapeworm.

As a digestive - The cured nuts are pounded and mixed with mouth fresheners and digestives like edible camphor, cardamom and poppy seeds, to make the market- available betel nut powder. Usually chewed after a meal, it clears the mouth and stomach, gives a sense of satiation and helps in digesting even the heaviest of meals.

As tooth care - Chewing the boiled (cured) nuts promotes salivation and thereby helps heal ulcers apart from preventing tooth decay. Still, it must be remembered that its constant use blackens teeth and loosens them. The charred powder of the nut has always been in vogue as an effective tooth powder for cleansing and strengthening teeth.

In constipation - The juice of the tender nuts is laxative in nature and can be given in mild constipation at bed time.

In dysuria - Water boiled with the areca nut is diuretic and facilitates free flow of urine apart from being a coolant to the body.

In cough - Betel nuts chewed along ,-vith the leaves of the betel climber, cut through phlegm and expectorate it and thereby are useful in productive cough.

What are the Benefits of Bitter Gourd (Karela)
How it looks - It is a branching climber with angled stems, beaked and ribbed fruits and shining even seeds.

What we use - Whole plant

What it does -

Roots - Astringent

Leaves - Anthelmintic, emetic and purgative

Fruits - Purgative, antidiabetic, enunenagogue, anti-inflammatory

Herbal Medicines Cure of Common Disorders
In gout - The oil prepared from the decoction of the leaves of bittergourd makes a soothing topical application in gout.

In cholera - Drink the juice of bitter gourd with some sesame oil twice a day to arrest the vomiting and diarrhoea associated with cholera.

In worm infestations - Paste the leaves of bittergourd, roll them into balls and consume 1-2 balls for a good deworming.

In burning sensation of hands and feet - The juice of bittergourd leaves should be applied topically to alleivate the burning sensation

In delayed periods - Taking a decoction of the roots of bitter gourd at least twice a day usually makes the period commence.

As a diet -
In fevers and swellings - The entire plant may be used in various preparations like curry, soup, or vegetable, to reduce swelling and bring dmvn temperature.

In measles - The juice of the leaves of bitter gourd with turmeric serves as a cleansing drink during an attack of measles.

In diabetes - Probably the most celebrated use of the bittergourd in diseases is in checking blood sugar levels in diabetes. A glass of the juice or decoction of the leaves every morning on empty stomach along with a balanced diet is effective in keeping diabetes under control.

Black Pepper (Kalimirch) and Its Uses in Curing Common Ailments
How it looks - It is a stout climbing perennial with roots at the nodes. The leaves are heart shaped and the flowers spiky and very small. The fruits are globose and one-seeded and appear bright red when ripe with rounded seeds.

What we use - Fruits

What it does - It is anthelmintic, carminative, aphrodisiac, emmenagogue, stimulant, digestive, diuretic and alterant.

Herbal Medicines for the Cure of General Disorders
In cough - Powdered pepper with honey, ghee and saunph is licked to relieve from all kinds of cough.

In hysteria - Black pepper with bach is taken to soothe nerves in cases of hysteria. In diarrhoea-l tsp of fine powder of pepper should be taken with water to arrest diarrhoeas of even very chronic nature.

Lack of appetite and cough - Black pepper powder is gently roasted in a pan, powdered and mixed in molten jaggery. This preparation is rolled into tiny pills and allowed to become firm on cooling and stored. Pill should be taken twice a day to stimulate appetite.

In indigestion - Pepper powder mixed in butter milk, is a good digestive.

In colds - To relieve from colds, pepper made into a "rasam" with tamarind is a popular remedy. To a tsp of hot ghee, 112 tsp of black pepper powder is added, to which dilute tamarind water is added and boiled for a few minutes. Some coriander leaves may be added in the end for added effect. The patient experiences the effect of fomentation while taking this "Rasam" and thereby nasal blockage is relieved.

In gums - Finely powdered pepper and salt is massaged over the gums to relieve inflammation.

In painful joints - Pepper, cumin and ginger boiled in mustard oil is an effective massage oil to apply on painful joints.

How Black Plum (Jamun) Is Used in Diarrhoea and Dysentery
How it looks - It is a medium sized tree usually cultivated in the roads for shade with a smooth light grey bark with dark patches and greenish white flowers. The fruits are dark purple and oblong w ith pink pulp and a single seed in each.

What we use - Bark, fruits and leaves.

What it does -

Bark - astringent, refrigerant, carminative, diuretic, digestive, anthelmintic, constipating

Leaves - antibacterial

Fruits or seeds - tonic, cooling

Herbal Medicines
In diarrhoea and dysentery - Dried and p o wdered jamun seeds are mixed with mango seed powder and jaggery. A small roll of this mixture should be taken thrice a day to arrest diarrhoea. Alternately, the powder of the bark should be mixed in milk and honey and consumed twice a day. In vomiting due to hyperacidity-The cooled decoction of the tender leaves of mango and jamun is mixed with a little honey and taken tw ice a day for relief from vomiting and burning sensation .

In wounds - The fine p ow der of the bark is sprinkled on the fresh wound for quick healing and to arrest bleeding.

In bleeding from any orifice - The decoction of the bark powder is cooled and mixed with honey before drinking to arrest the bleeding.

In white discharge - Paste jamun roots in water in which rice has been washed and take it twice a day 'with the same.

In diabetes - Dried jamun fruit should be powdered with the seeds and a tsp of this powder is taken twice a day to prevent the loss of glucose in urine. The fruit can also generally be included in the diet of a diabetic.

In enlargement of spleen - Take an ounce of the juice of jamun everyday to help improve the general health in this condition.

In difficult micturition - Drink the diluted juice of jamun frequently to increase production of urine and relieve this condition.

In pus-filled wounds - The paste of the leaves serves as a good poultice to drain pus filled abscesses.

In indigestion - The jamun fruit is a very powerful digestive and can be taken in conditions where even hair has been swallowed.

Herbal Medicines Using Camphor (Kapur)
How it looks - An attractive, thickly branched evergreen tall tree, it is adorned by yellowish-white flowers and bears dark green fruits which turn dark brown on ripening. Camphor is the oil distilled mainly from the cells of the leaves and stem.

What we use - Deposits in the oil cells (camphor)

What it does - It is aromatic, skin and cardiac stimulant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac and expectorant.

Cure of General Disorders
In wounds - Camphor is powdered, pasted in ghee and applied over the affected area to relieve. pain and inflammation.

In joint pains - Heat sesame oil, remove from stove and add a few pieces of camphor to make an effective application on painful joints. I n cold places, mustard oil may be used instead of sesame oil.

In muscle cramps - An ointment can be made of camphor and sesame oil and applied to relieve from cramps. In toothaches-Hold a piece of cotton soaked in camphor oil between teeth to numb ache, or you could press camphor and pepper powder on the tooth.

In common cold - It is used as a smelling salt in bouts of cold. Put a few drops on a hanky and sniff to clear stuffy nose.

In burning sensation - Powdered camphor is dissolved in bath water. Sandal pastes may be added to enhance the effect.

In burns - Powdered camphor in oil make a highly healing application over burns.

In itching around the anus - Make a paste of thymol and camphor, or camphor and just sesame oil to make a soothing ointment.

In itching eczema - Camphor can be added to any preparation for healing an itchy lesion, as it numbs and thereby soothes the urge to scratch.

In lice infestation - Adding camphor to coconut oil , coupled with washing the hair with dilute camphor for water keeps lice at bay.

How Carrot (Gajar) is Helpful In Treating Kidney Disease
How it looks - It is a biennial herb with a branched erect stem and a yellow conical tap root. The leaves are thin and decompound and flowers smalt white or yellowish. The fruits are long with bristly hairs.

What we use - Roots, seeds.

What it does -

Tap roots - sweet, thermogenic, appetiser, digestive, anthelmintic, aphrodisiac, cardiotonic, expectorant.

Seeds - aromatic, stimulant, aphrodisiac, diuretic, abortifacient.

Home Remedies for the Cure of General Disorders
To improve complexion - Drinking white radish and carrot juice at least twice a week to ensure a blemish-free complexion. They contain Vit-A and also act as diuretics flushing out toxins from the system.

In kidney disease - Carrot seeds should be made into a decoction and used every day to reduce swelling.

In excessive internal heat - Fresh carrot juice should be used regularly to revive the run-down system.


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