Home Remedies: For Common Ailments
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Home Remedies: For Common Ailments

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Item Code: NAO687
Author: Arundhati Govind Hoskeri
Publisher: Indus Source Books
Language: English
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788188569533
Pages: 208
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 9.0 inch X 6.0 inch
Weight 250 gm
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Home Remedies is an informative book that provides an exhaustive list of common ailments and natural cures for treating them. The remedies suggested are easy to follow and the ingredients used would be available in most Indian kitchens. Fruits, vegetables, turmeric, tulsi, honey, ginger, onions, yoghurt are some of the ingredients that form part of the staple Indian diet. This book tells you how these, and other natural foods, can help you find relief from several medical complaints. In India, these recipes have traditionally been used in natural health-care practices, and continue to be used effectively today.

From aches and pains to children's ailments, digestive problems, women's health issues, and skin care, Home Remedies offers simple, natural and effective solutions for a variety of health problems.


About the Author

Dr. Arundhati Govind Hoskeri is an educationalist and a freelance journalist contributing to various prominent newspapers and journals. She is a soft skills trainer with specialization in stress management. She writes poetry in English, Kannada and Hindi and has been felicitated at the All India Poetess Conference (AIPC). She has also been felicitated al the International Poetry Conference organized by the AIPC, at Sri Lanka (2012) and Malaysia (2014). Mindscapes, a collection of her English poems were published in 2004. She is trained in Hindustani and Caryatid Classical music. She has also contributed a chapter on home remedies and alternative therapies in the book The Art of Ageing by S.K. Kulkarni. Her interests include reading, writing, poetry, painting, dramatics, astrology, yoga, homeopathy, naturopathy and alternative medicine. She also conducts various workshops for corporate and private organisations.



It gives us great pleasure in writing the foreword of this book on "Home Remedies For Common Ailments".

Home remedies for ailments came to evolve over centuries due to the absence of modern medicine and paucity of doctors. Their effectiveness led them to be spread by word of mouth through generations. Made of routinely used and easily available materials, these remedies offer a cure for simple ailments and at times help to tide over critical periods. These remedies are best used before rushing to a doctor for minor ailments as they are easy to prepare and have virtually no side effects besides the occasional allergy which is in contrast with modern medicine that has its own side effects and has to be taken for a specific period. One remarkable aspect about home remedies is that they offer immediate relief with a minimal dose. This book eloquently reveals the inherent healing properties of common ingredients used in food in our day to day lives.

Arundhati Hoskeri has written a practical handbook for the entire family. When you look up the illness in question you will find all the relevant herbal recipes and treatments, together with instructions for their preparation and use. After reading this book you feel amazed by the tremendous amount of natural healing power our own kitchen and pantry holds. She has presented the recipes for glowing health in a very lucid and clear manner.

Many ailments have been covered in this book. Arundhati is a multi-linguist who fluently speaks in eight Indian languages other than English. She has thus, listed the ingredients in six Indian languages (Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu and Tamil) other than English so that it is easy to refer for one and all. Beauty and Skin Care section has some very interesting beauty masks and treatments.

Most of the ailments cover causes, symptoms and remedies in a very systematic way. Arundhati is a structured thinker and a passionate seeker of knowledge, who always goes beyond the books/course curriculum of whatever studies she undertakes.

She is a multifaceted personality with a keen interest and a penchant for learning newer things. Her diverse interests range from writing poignant and romantic poetry to studying Gemology, Astrology and. Naturopathy. After publishing a collection of her poems, titled Mindscapes she has now added another feather to her hat by writing a book on home remedies. We can expect many more such wonderful and helpful books from her.

We sincerely hope you enjoy reading this book, as much as we did.



The modern scientific age with its innovations and research in the field of medicine has no doubt increased human longevity, made our life comfortable and has made everything available at our fingertips but at the same time, too much of dependency on machines without any physical strain has also created health hazards. The so called lifestyle diseases like hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, heart attacks have already started targeting the young generation.

Everybody is chasing something or the other in life! Too much stress at work place, irregular eating habits, and erratic ways of combating problems, smoking, alcohol and drugs are taking a heavy toll on health.

Having studied Natural Health Sciences, I realized popping allopathic pills for every minor health problem is unnecessary. In fact, our kitchen is an excellent store house of medicine. All the consumable food ingredients have a lot of curative property which when rightly consumed, help in curing ailments without any harmful effect on the human body. This book provides some very effective remedies which are tested and have successfully given good results.

My request to the readers is to apply and follow these remedies judiciously, especially those who suffer from ailments like hypertension, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and heart ailment or any other such disease that has dependency on prescribed meditation. You can try these natural remedies that are effective and harmless, but do not stop or alter your existing medication without consulting your regular physician/doctor first. Having been brought up in an educated South Indian family, which had a multi cultural embrace, has had a great influence on my life. My grandmother and my parents had a readily available list of home remedies for almost every minor ailment at the tip of their tongue. So right from my childhood, I have been imbibing this knowledge and I became fascinated by folk medicine. I am always seeking more information on natural remedies.

Whenever we took a break to escape from the cement jungle, whether it is the forests of Bandipur or Ranthambore or Nepal or Kerala or Thailand, when everybody else would be taking afternoon naps, I used to go and talk to the gardeners, hotel chefs, and old caretakers and gather information about the regions folk medicine. When I visited Nepal, a leech got into my shoe and I was unaware of the oozing blood until I removed my shoe. When I tried to pull it off my ankle, I could not get rid of it. Then a hotel staff member rushed to me with a fistful of salt and turmeric powder, and a burning candle. He first held the flame of a candle very close to the leech and removed it and immediately pressed salt and turmeric powder on the wound and tied a cloth around it. This helped in stopping the bleeding immediately.

A nasty painful pimple on my chin would not go away for more than a month. My gardener saw it one day and brought me a piece of aloevera leaf and asked me to apply its gel. The very next day the pimple started shrinking.

My grandmother used to prepare a concoction with cotton seeds for steatites (ulcers in mouth) which cured them in 2 to 3 days. I would make note of all these things I came across and would read about the active principle/medicinal value of that ingredient. When I studied Naturopathy, it was purely out of my passion for folk medicine.

Today people are fed up with modern medicines which give them quick relief but not without side effects and so slowly they are turning towards safer Alternative Medicines. Through this book, I wish to make people aware of useful remedies that are easy to follow, easy to refer and the ingredients of which are easily available in our own kitchen.

This book reflects my hard work and research of years; I really hope and wish that this book will be useful for all. I hope this book will be useful to all readers.


  Foreword xiii
. Preface xv
Chapter 1: Common Ailments  
. Abrasions 1
. Allergy 2
. Anaemia 5
. Blocked Nose 7
. Body Odour Bromhidrosis (Perspiration or Hyperhidrosis) 8
. Boils 9
. Burns and Scalds 10
. Common Cold 12
. Fever 14
. Conjuctivitis/Sore Eyes 15
. Corns 16
. Cough 18
. Cracked Heels/Heels Fissures 20
. Dandruff 21
. Dry Lips 23
. Dry Skin 24
. Head Lice 25
. Hiccups 26
. itching 27
. Sore Throat 28
. Snoring 31
Chapter 2: Aches and Pains  
. Arthritis/Rheumatism 33
. Backache 35
. Earache 36
. Gum ache and Toothache 38
. Headache 39
. Swollen Joints and Joint Pain 40
. Knee Pain 42
. Leg Cramp/Leg Pain 43
. Sinusitis 44
. Shoulder Pain 46
Chapter 3: Problems Related to the Digestive System  
. Acidity/Acid Peptic Condition (APC) 48
. Bad Breath 50
. Burning Tongue/Burnning Mouth Syndrome 51
. Colitis 52
. Constipation 54
. Diarrhoea/Loose Motion 56
. Flatulence 59
. Gastritis 60
. Gingivitis or Bleeding Gums 62
. Indigestion 64
. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)/Spastic Colon/Mucous Colitis 66
. Jaundice 68
. Peptic Ulcer/Stomach Ulcer 69
. Piles/Haemorrhoids 71
. Stomatitis/Mouth Ulcer 73
. Vomiting 74
Chapter 4: Lifestyle Diseases  
. Alcoholism 77
. Anorexia 78
. Anxiety 80
. Arterioseclerosis 81
. Coronary Heart Disease 82
. Cholesterol 84
. Diabetes 85
. Depression 87
. Hangover 88
. Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) 90
. Heart Care 91
. Strengthening the Nerves 92
. Insomnia 92
. Lethargy 93
. Obesity/Overwieght 94
. Palpitation 95
. Stress 96
Chapter 5: Women-Specific Ailments  
. Delayed Puberty and Irregular Menstrual Flow 99
. Premenstrual Tension (PMT)/Premanstrual Syndrome (PMS) 100
. Dysmenorrhoe (Painful Menstruation)/Menstrual Cramps 101
. Cramps and pain soon after child birth 102
. Excessive Menstrual Flow/Menorrhagia/Heavy Bleeding 103
. Delayed Periods or Delayed Menstrual Cycle 105
. Amenorrhoea or stoppage of menstrual flow 106
. Menopause 106
. Hot Flashes 107
. Sleep Disorders (Insomnia) 108
. Vaginal Dryness 109
. Wrinkled Skin 109
. Emotional Disturbance 110
. Leucorrhoea or white discharge 111
. Pregnancy Care 112
. Health Care during Pregnancy 114
. Post Delivery Care 116
Chapter 6: Infant/Child Care  
. Bed-Wetting 120
. Colic/Gas Trouble 121
. Common Cold and Cough 122
. Conctipation 124
. Diaper Rash 125
. Diarrhoea 126
. Common Fever 127
. Insect Bites 129
. Vomiting 129
Chapter 7: Other Ailments  
. Burning Urination 131
. Kidney Stones 133
. Low Immunity 135
. Migraine 136
. Nausea 138
. Neuritis 139
. Nose Bleeding/Epistaxis 140
. Osteoporosis 141
. Sexual Impotence 142
. Sunburn 144
. Tired Eyes 146
. Tongue Cut 146
. Underweight 147
. Urinary Tract Infection 148
. Sweaty Palms/Palmar Hyperhidrosis 149
. Worms in Stomach and Intenstine 150
. Wounds 151
Chapter 8: Beauty and Skin Care  
. Acne 152
. Baldness/Hair Loss 153
. Dark Circles 155
. Face Packs/Masks 155
. Hair Care Pimples 157
. Pimples 158
. Premature Greying of Hair 159
. Stretch Marks 160
. Weight Loss 161
. Yellow Teeth/Stained Teeth 162
Chapter 9: General Tonics for Healthy and Long Life  
. Indian gooseberry (amla) 163
. Figs (anjeer) 166
. Gulkhand 167
. Dates (khajoor) 168
. Petha Halwa 170
Chapter 10: Recipes  
. Banana flower curry 171
. Broken Wheat Porridge (dalia kheer) 172
. Chaas masala 172
. Digestive churna (paachak churna) 173
. Edible gum (dink) laddoos 173
. Fenugreek laddoos (maithy laddus) 174
. Green chutney/Mint chutney 175
. Green gram laddoos 176
. Green gram porridge 176
. Green papaya salad 177
. Gulkhand or rose petal jam 177
. Fresh Masala buttermilk 178
. Jeera Kashaya 179
. Masala Milk 179
. Mint sherbet 180
. Sesame jaggery laddoos (til gud laddus) 180
  Sesame and peanut laddus 181
  Herbal Hair Oil 181
  Oil for Pain Relief 182
  Tooth Powder 183
  Index 184
  Names of Common Ingredients in Some Indian Languages 188


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