Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Top 10 Home Remedies for Sore Throat

Here are the top 10 home remedies for a sore throat.

1. Lemon

You can use fresh lemons to get relief from a sore throat as they help remove mucus.
  • Try hot lemonade with honey. Mix the juice from half a lemon and one teaspoon of honey in one cup of warm water. Sip it slowly.
  • Another option is to gargle with freshly pressed lemon juice diluted with an equal amount of warm water.
  • You can also take half a lemon and sprinkle salt and pepper over it. Slowly lick the lemon.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is helpful for treating a sore throat due to its antibacterial properties.
  • Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon each of lemon juice and honey to a cup of warm water and drink it slowly. Do this two or three times a day. Soon you will get relief from the pain and inflammation.
  • You can also make a gargle solution with apple cider vinegar. Mix one teaspoon of salt and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in one cup of warm water. Gargle with it several times a day.

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon can be used to treat a sore throat caused by the common cold.
  • Add one teaspoon each of cinnamon powder and black pepper powder to a glass of warm water. You may also add cardamom. Strain the solution and gargle with it two to three times a day.
  • Another option is to mix a few drops of cinnamon oil and one teaspoon of pure honey. Eat this two times a day to get relief from the pain and inflammation associated with a sore throat.

4. Salt Water

One of the best ways to get relief from a sore throat is gargling with salt water. Salt works like an antiseptic and helps draw water out of mucous membranes in the throat. This cuts phlegm and reduces inflammation, giving you instant relief.
  1. Mix one-half teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. If you do not like the salty taste, add a small amount of honey.
  2. Gargle with the solution. Do not swallow it. Spit the water out after gargling.
  3. Do this at least four times a day for best results.

5. Garlic

Garlic has antibacterial and antiseptic properties along with other medicinal properties that can help treat or prevent sore throats.
  • Eat a raw garlic clove daily to release the chemical known as allicin that helps kill the bacteria may be causing the sore throat.
  • Alternatively, you can use garlic oil. Add a few drops of garlic oil to one-fourth cup of water and gargle with it once daily.
  • Also try to eat garlic in raw and cooked form. If you do not like the taste, you can take garlic pills.

11 Easy Home Remedies for the Treatment of Vertigo

Vertigo is a feeling of dizziness, which is caused due to the problem in the vestibular labyrinth region of the ear. In vertigo, patients feel that everything is moving or spinning, even if, they are standing still or lying down with eyes closed. He/she may also experience a sensation of nausea or loss of balance. Sometimes allergies results in building up of fluid in the middle ear, which may also lead to vertigo. Let’s discuss the causes, symptoms and cures for vertigo.
Vertigo or balance disorder can be caused due to several factors, like:
  • Caffeine
  • Diabetes
  • Alcohol
  • High cholesterol level
  • Tobacco
  • Infection in the inner ear
  • Anaemia
  • Lack of sleep
  • Dehydration
  • Thyroid disease
  • Blood vessel disease
  • Prolonged bed rest
  • Head injuries
  • Migraine
  • Calcium deficiency
  • Brain tumour in cerebellum
  • Certain medicines
  • Brain tumour
  • Poor vision
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Meniere's disease
  • Motion sickness


  • Feeling that everything is moving
  • Difficulty in standing still and walking properly
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Everything appears double
  • Hard to swallow anything
  • Weak limbs
  • Difficulty in focusing and hearing
  • Blurred vision
  • Pain in the ear
  • Light-headedness
  • Facial paralysis

Home Remedies for Vertigo

For a comprehensive course on treating the root causes of vertigo, click here! Otherwise, here are some natural remedies to treat vertigo at home.
1. A Good Night Sleep
Lack of sleep is one of the reasons that lead to vertigo. Therefore, sleep well, and most of your problems will go away.
2. Coriander Seeds
Take 1 tablespoon of coriander seeds and soak them in water along with 1 tablespoon of gooseberry powder. Do this in the night and strain it in the morning. After straining, add half tablespoon of sugar and drink it right away. This remedy will treat vertigo naturally.
3. Almonds and Watermelon Seeds
Watermelon seeds and almonds are really great for vertigo. Soak together 8 almonds, 8 watermelon seeds, 2 tablespoons of wheat grain and 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds in water for the whole night. In the morning, make a thick paste of all the ingredients. Now, put a pan on the flame and add 1 tablespoon of ghee. Fry 2 cloves in it and add the paste that you made. Mix this paste in the milk and drink. Repeat this procedure for a week. This will help you to get relief in vertigo.

Friday, July 21, 2017

How to Do Bharadvajasana's I and II

Named after one of the seven great Hindu sages (Bharadvaja), Bharadvajasana is a seated twist appearing in Iyengar and Ashtanga styles of yoga. Bharadvaja translates from Sanskrit to mean “bringing about nourishment”— and the suitably dedicated pose is considered nourishing to the spine and internal organs.
The intermediate posture, Bharadvajasana II, combines Half Hero Pose, Half Lotus Pose, and a bind to create a visually and physically satisfying twist.


Bharadvajasana I and II share the positive benefits of toning the core, stretching and strengthening the spinal muscles, increasing shoulder flexibility, and improving digestion. In addition, the lower half of the body gains flexibility and releases tension through the hip-opening aspects of the pose.

How to Do Bharadvajasana I

bharadvajasana I
  1. Begin in Staff Pose, seated with both legs extended and elongate through the spine.
  2. Bend both knees and swing the heels to the outside of the right hip as the knees allow gravity to guide them towards the ground—almost as if you’re bringing the left leg into Easy Pose and the right leg nearly into Hero Pose.
  3. Inhale and lengthen from the tailbone all the way up through the crown of the head.
  4. On the exhalation, start to twist the torso to the left.
  5. Hook the back of the right hand around the front of the left knee.
  6. Inhale lengthening again, and on the exhale walk the left finger tips behind the back and around to the right.Finally, if the bind is accessible, wrap the left arm around the back and grasp the right bicep with the left hand. Gaze to the left.

    How to Do Bharadvajasana II

    Again, begin in Staff Pose, seated with both legs extended and elongate through the spine.
    brooke blocker - staff pose
    From here, bend the right knee bringing the leg into Half Hero Pose (by situating the right heel just outside of the right hip and resting the right shin on the ground).

4 Pranayamas You Can Do Before Bed

Sleep is essential. It is the special time for our bodies and our minds to rest and renew. A good night’s sleep of 7-8 hours will benefit your overall health. Sleeping allows our hearts to rejuvenate. Having trouble sleeping can be very frustrating and can lead to low energy levels or total burn out!
Sleep deprivation can be caused by a busy mind. If we allow thoughts and worries to take over, we can cause our minds to be frantic and our bodies to be super-tense. When we are anxious and tense, we take short, shallow breaths, so instead we want to breathe slowly and deeply to induce a beautiful, relaxing sleep.
Deep breathing will relax the body, slow the heart rate and calm the mind. We are activating the parasympathetic nervous system which will have a relaxing effect on the body and you won’t need to lie awake counting sheep all night.  
Make sure you have your phone off, lights dimmed, and then practice any of these pranayamas you can do before bed for several minutes.

1. Left Nostril Breath

The easiest breathing technique to activate the parasympathetic nervous system is to inhale and exhale through the left nostril. This will create a calming and soothing effect for the whole body.
Simply close the right nostril off with the right thumb. Inhale through the left nostril and exhale through the left. Try to practice as slowly as possible with your eyes closed.
Continue for as long as you can. Stay focused on your breath.

2. Brahmari — Humming Bee Breath

Brahmari is the Sanskrit word for “bee” and this is similar to the sound created when we practice this breath. It is totally calming and will help to cure sleeplessness. It is great for anyone suffering from anxiety, as it will create focus from distracting thoughts. In India, it is recommended for women in labor.
Take a long inhalation through the nose, and on the exhalation create a humming sound from the throat. The inhalation and exhalation should be steady and slow. On the inhale, close your eyes and breathe through the nose; on the exhale close off the ears with the index fingers, keeping the eyes closed and make a humming sound with the voice.
It will completely soothe the mind and the nervous system. It becomes easier as you practice.

3. Belly Breathing

This breathing technique is particularly good for when you are feeling a little tense or anxious.
Lie on your back, either on your yoga mat or your bed. Breathe deeply from your abdomen, getting as much air as you can into your lungs. As you inhale, your belly should rise, and as you exhale your belly should fall.
If you find it difficult to manage, place a yoga block or book on top of your belly. As you inhale you should be pushing it up with your belly, and as you exhale it will come back down.
Taking deep breaths from the belly, rather than short breaths from your upper chest will allow you to inhale more oxygen. The more oxygen you take in, the deeper your breath and the more relaxed you will feel.

4. 7-2-11 Relaxing Breath

The 7-2-11 might sound like a grocery shop, but this is actually the timing of your breath.
On the inhale, we inhale quietly through the nose for the count of 7, retaining or holding the breath for the count of 2 and then releasing on the exhale to the count of 11 with a “whooooosh” sound out of the mouth.

10 Meditation Tips for Beginners

The mind is a busy hive of thoughts and we are jumping from ideas to emotions to memories for most of our waking hours.  
During meditation you will begin to witness how much movement happens in the mind and how little you live in the present moment. You can learn to observe your thoughts and perhaps begin to change them. Taking a step back and witnessing your thoughts instead of identifying with them is the key to meditation.

1. Find Your Space

Set up a meditation space. Somewhere calm, quiet, and not too cluttered.
Setting up a comfortable atmosphere will help to create the right mood for meditation and you can return to the same space to practice.

2. Find Time

Choose a time when your mind is calm.
As soon as you wake up in the morning, before looking at your phone, computer, or talking to anyone would be ideal.

3. Establish a Routine

Using the same time and place each day will create a space and routine. Then you will be able to relax into the practice more quickly.

4. Be Comfortable

Sit comfortably, with your spine tall and your chin tucked down slightly. Make sure you are warm and supported by a wall or blanket if you need to.

5. Remember to Breathe

Breathe deeply. Regulating your breath will help your mind and body to relax.
You could start with five minutes deep breathing and then slow it down.

6. Don’t Be Attached

Your mind will wander, thoughts will be jumping in. Allow them to pass by. Do not attach yourself to the thoughts. Acknowledge them and allow them to pass by.
If you get anxious that you are thinking too much, then you will become restless and find it harder to relax.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

10 Easy Tips for a Healthier Life

Everyone of us wants to be fit, healthy, and live a long active life. Right? But what do you do for it?
Well, we all know, that a healthy persondoesn’t smoke, is at a healthy weight, exercises and eats healthy. Sounds simple, but those who have tried changing their habits know how difficult it could be. Some people decide to make drastic changes, but when they face the difficulties, they just lack motivation and give up.
The secret to healthy living is making small changes: glass of water in the morning, more physical activity, optimistic point of view – these are just a few simple ways to improve your lifestyle. Small changes lead to big results!

1. Drink a Glass of Water in the Morning

Wake up in the morning and drink one glass of room temperature water first off. You can put a slice of lemon or lime in the water, if you don’t like it’s natural taste. Water helps to clear our system, bring on metabolism rate and flush out the toxins. Some people even say, that it helps to reduce weight!
2. Sleep Enough
Lack of sleep makes you feel tired and angry, you can’t concentrate your attention. Lack of sleep can damage your physical health (especially heart) as well [1]. Some studies have shown that 8 hours of sleep per 24-hour period is the average requirement for adults. But all people are different and need for sleep can range from 6 to 10 hours. If you feel sleepy during 4pm and 6pm, you probably do not get enough rest.

3 Reasons Everyone Should Try Cupping

For many of us, the new year is a traditional time to set goals and enjoy an increased openness to new experiences. This willingness presents an opportunity to explore the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Better health is on everyone's list for the new year and cupping is wonderful technique that can improve your health and provide numerous benefits.
One way to think about cupping is that it is the inverse of massage. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward. I often combine cupping with acupuncture into one treatment, but it could also be used alone.
Cupping was developed thousands of years ago and though the techniques have modernized, the original philosophy remains the same.
Cupping involves placing glass, bamboo or plastic jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove "heat" and pull out the toxins that linger in your body's tissues.
You usually will feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup. Often, this sensation is relaxing and soothing. Depending on your comfort and your practitioner's assessment of the problem, cups may be moved around or left in place. They may remain on your body briefly or for longer amounts of time. Each treatment is unique to you on that particular day. One very common area to be cupped is the back, although cups work well on other areas, too — particularly on fleshy sections of the body.
Cupping causes the skin to temporarily turn red, blue or purple, especially if there is an injury or energetic blockage under the area that was cupped. The skin discoloration can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, but is rarely painful. Once the marks have cleared, the procedure can be repeated until the condition or ailment is resolved.
There are a number of methods of cupping — the two most common here in the U.S. are "fixed cupping" and "moving cupping."
Fixed Cupping:
The cups are placed on a selected area of your body and then left in place without being moved.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Top Yoga Poses for Weight Loss

Yoga in general can be defined as integration with the divine. It gives both mental and physical relaxation. I personally prefer doing yoga to gym as yoga is easy to do, more convenient and give great results. The main mantra in yoga is to synchronize your body, mind and breath.

Weight Loss and yoga are proportional to each other. To lose those extra pounds and balance your shape try doing various yoga postures.

Warrior Pose:

Also known as Veerabhadrasana. This pose strengthens the hands, back muscles, thighs, and legs. It helps to stretch your chest, lungs and shoulders.

On your yoga mat stand straight with your legs wide open. Now turn your right foot out by 90 degrees. Lift both your arms to shoulder height and parallel to the ground. Ensure your palms are facing upwards. Breathing out, bend your right knee. Slowly turn your head to your right. Count for 5 numbers and come up breathing in. Then breathing out, slowly bring your hands to normal position. Repeat the same for the left side too.

Bow Pose:

Bow pose is also known as Dhanurasana and is so called because it looks like an archer's bow. It supports the back and abdominal muscles thus help in digestion and loose the fat in that region.

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16 Home Remedies to Quit Smoking

Quit smoking as soon as possible!
It’s a really difficult task to quit smoking if a person has been smoking for some time. You might have made a number of resolutions in order to quit smoking, but have you succeeded in giving up this habit? Smoking is the most awful habit one can ever have as it damages the lungs, throat, and mouth, leading to various diseases. Smoking is not something that will affect your body after a few years of smoking, but instead, it will affect your health from the very first puff.
Cigarettes contain nicotine, which causes various harmful effects on the body, such as blood pressure, lung cancer, cardiac problems and many other ailments. Therefore, it is in our hands whether to or not to save our precious health from the harmful chemicals that are released from smoking. So, here are some simple home remedies, which can help you to quit the habit of smoking.


The main reasons why people start smoking are:
  • Peer pressure
  • To be social
  • As a status symbol
  • To handle stress or awkward situations
  • Media influences


Smoking results in various health disorders, such as:
  • Effect on the respiratory system, including lungs and trachea
  • Increased blood pressure and heart beat
  • Weakened immune system
  • Lower sperm count and other reproductive disorders, especially in men
  • Reduced fertility in women
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Cervix cancer
  • Earlier menopause
  • Smoking also affect non-smokers (passive smoking)

Home Remedies to Quit Smoking

1. Oats
Oats is an age-old remedy used to quit smoking. It is one of the best home remedies to stop smoking. Take a tablespoon of ground oats and mix it in 2 cups of boiled water. Leave it for a night, and then, boil it the next morning for about 10 minutes. Drink it after every meal. Avoid taking it at night. Oats helps to flush out the harmful toxins from the body while lowering the craving for smoking. It also helps in easing the withdrawal symptoms.
2. Water
Drinking plenty of water is the ultimate remedy to treat the habit of smoking. Water will help in detoxifying the body. Whenever you feel the urge to smoke, drink a glass of water. This will not only decrease the craving but will also reduce the withdrawal symptoms.
3. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is also one of the best natural remedies to stop smoking. Include the spice in your diet or mix a few pinches in a glass of water. Cayenne pepper helps in desensitizing the respiratory system to all the addictive things, such as tobacco and nicotine. It also helps to lessen the craving for smoking.

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Simple Home Remedies for Knee Pain

Knee pain is a common condition that can be caused by both short-term and long-term problems.
Many short-term knee problems do not need any help from doctors and people can often help with their own recovery. Home remedies can also help with many of the long-term problems with knee pain.

Home remedies for knee pain

The following are simple remedies that can help with many forms of knee pain.


Two women are stretching their quads.Strengthening certain muscles like the quadriceps can ease pain in the knees.
Exercise helps to slow the progression of osteoarthritis, a common cause of knee pain. Physical activity is important to the normal health of cartilage tissue.
Exercise is also good for strengthening the body's support for its joints. For the knee, strengthening the leg muscles is particularly helpful.

Water aerobics is especially helpful for joint pain. This is because the benefits come without any strain on the knees.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Everyday Tips for Back Pain Relief

You may feel anxious or helpless as a result of your lower back pain. Take back a measure of control by incorporating the following 4 pain-relief suggestions into your daily routine:

1. Cold therapy

There are a lot of recent high-tech innovations for combating back pain. But a simple cold pack remains an effective and proven method for treating your aching back.
Typically, cold therapy is most effective when it is applied soon after an injury occurs (within the first 24 to 72 hours); or after any activity that causes pain and/or stiffness. Cold therapy can also be helpful when it comes to alleviating postoperative pain and discomfort.
There are a number of options for applying cold therapy, including a frozen water bottle or gel pack. You may also find that combining cold therapy with a massage brings even more relief.

2. Heat therapy

Like cold therapy, heat therapy is a tried and true method for back pain relief. There are numerous benefits associated with heat therapy, including:
  • Spurring the flow of healing oxygen and nutrients to your lower back
  • Inhibiting the transmission of pain signals to your brain
  • Decreasing stiffness through the stretching of your soft tissues
Heat therapy is typically applied following the initial 24 to 72 hours after an injury. But if you suffer from chronic back pain you might try alternating heat and cold therapy until you find what works best for you.