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Updated on September 12, 2014

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 The Marigold  flower was growing in a patio pot. Flower and leaf are useful home remedies.
The Marigold flower was growing in a patio pot. Flower and leaf are useful home remedies.

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Home remedies: Why are these useful?

There are ailments and remedies. There are large numbers of medicines referred as home remedies. Home remedies are easy and cost you almost nothing.

Medical bills are going higher and higher. Large numbers of people can not afford their medical bills. It is more difficult to afford medical bills at the time of economic slow down and recession. Large number of people have lost their jobs or left with poor pay scale all over the world. Business persons are facing tremendous crisis and investors have been loosing money on their shares, stocks, bonds etc. Situation is worse in developed countries like America, the US,UK, European Union countries, Canada, Japan, Australia etc. China, Brazil and India are comparatively in better conditions.

Home remedies are particularly very important nowadays. Indian people have been using various home remedies since ancient times. They are continuing to do so till date. Though most of the urban population in India are now switching towards modern medications rural population still believe in home remedies in most of the cases.

I will describe some of the home remedies used frequently in India. These can be useful for the people of America, the US and other countries in rest of the world.

Salt, Sugar, Chili Powder and Turmeric

Salt, Sugar, Chili Powder and Turmeric.  Salt, Sugar and Turmeric powder are home remedies but not chili powder.
Salt, Sugar, Chili Powder and Turmeric. Salt, Sugar and Turmeric powder are home remedies but not chili powder. | Source

Home remedies: Dysentery and acidity


Dysentery and acidity are common diseases. Large numbers of people all over the world suffer from these diseases. Dysentery is a common cause of child death in many countries. The world health organization (WHO) have a cause of concern with the disease dysentery. WHO supply ORS solution free of cost to many countries to prevent dysentery.

Sugar and salt solution is used as home remedy to prevent dysentery in India. It is easy to use medicine to prevent the disease. Just take a glass of drinking water and pour couple of sugar spoons and add some common salt (NaCl) to it and prepare a solution. It can save a life by supplying necessary salt and nutrient. It helps retaining water in the body.

Please remember that this solution is not a medicine for dysentery but it help retaining water in the body. Dysentery takes water away from the body which may cause death.

Combination of tea leaves and sugar is also used as home remedy in dysentery and loose motion. It works as alternate medicine. One has to take a spoonful of tea leaves combining with two spoonful of sugar. Just intake it with simple drinking water. It will help to stop loose motion. This is a common home remedy in India which is taken as alternative medicine.

Perhaps above mentioned home remedies are not common in America, the US, Canada, Brazil, Australia, the UK or in the European Union or other parts of the world. Purpose of writing this article in the hub mob weekly is to make them aware of these Indian home remedies to be used as alternate medicine.


Acidity is among common ailments. It is a symptom of indigestion caused by overeating or similar. Combination of sugar and tea leaves also helps in acidity.

Drinking a cup of water mixed with a spoon of rose water (Commonly available in Indian homes) is also an excellent way to get rid of acidity. This alternate medicine is commonly used in India as home remedy for acidity.

One can also take a cup of tea added with rose water as an alternate medicine for acidity.

Brittle weed (Tridax procumbens)

Wikipedia states "Tridax procumbens is known for several potential therapeutic activities like antiviral, antibiotic efficacies, wound healing activity, insecticidal and anti-inflammatory activity. Some reports from tribal areas in India state that t
Wikipedia states "Tridax procumbens is known for several potential therapeutic activities like antiviral, antibiotic efficacies, wound healing activity, insecticidal and anti-inflammatory activity. Some reports from tribal areas in India state that t | Source

Alternative medicine: Burn, wound and pain


It is a common practice in Indian homes especially in the Indian kitchens to treat simple burns with saline water. Common salt is easily available in any kitchen. It is also common to burn fingers while cooking. People use saline water while burn their fingers in the kitchen as home remedy. They use solution of water and salt and rub it on burn just like an ointment. It provides relief.

People also use tooth paste on burn as common home remedy. Glycerin in the tooth paste works wonderfully on burn.


Rural people and farmers used to rub calendula (Marigold) leaves on their wound. It helps stop bleeding and also works as an antiseptic. Turmeric powder is also used as an herbal or home medicine in wounds. Turmeric powder is an excellent antiseptic.

It is difficult to apply an ointment if one has a cut in tongue, leaps or some inner parts in mouth. However, it is easy to put some sugar there. It helps stop bleeding.

Lime is a common ingredient of Indian food. Indians put lime mixed with water for few months to make it cool and make a paste of it. This paste also works wonderfully to stop bleeding by supplying calcium locally. It helps in blood clotting.

Brittle weed is also an excellent medicine for healing wounds. Tribal in India use this weed frequently.


A combination of lime and turmeric powder is an excellent home remedy for pain. If one has has a hit on bone causing pain he or she can use this. Prepare a paste of lime mixing with turmeric powder and heat. Rub this hot paste over the area of pain. It absorbs pain fast. Please take care of not burning your skin.

Terminalia myrobalan

Headache, cold and cough

Pepper tea or pepper with boiled water is an excellent medicine for headache. Take few pieces of pepper and grind it. Add some water and boil it for few minutes. You can add milk, sugar and even tea to make it tasty. Drink this liquid and sleep half an hour covering face and body. You will get well soon with this Indian home remedy. It is especially helpful while you have pain or tiredness in your eyes or a headache caused by eye pain.

Harad (Chebula Myrobalans) is a herbal medicine for several diseases especially for stomach and lever related diseases. However, few know this as an excellent medicine for cold and cough. It is especially useful for dry cough. If cough deposits in throat it dries there over the period. It sticks on the walls of respiratory vain and cause irritation.

This is a painful situation for the patient where one tries to bring it out but normally fails. One has to chew Chebula Myrobalans continually that gradually liquidate dried cough and the patient gets relief. Licorice is also a good chewing items for getting relief.

I have posted several videos about herbal and home remedies that covers few other areas not written in this article. Please view these popular videos too.


The author is not a medical professional nor have a professional degree in medical sciences. This article is written just to describe common practices in Indian homes. It is all about home remedies. 

Please consult your doctor before using these alternative therapies. The author is not and will not be responsible for any harm caused  by using these home remedies.

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    • JYOTI KOTHARI profile image

      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Ixxie, HP and Lecie,

      Thanks for visiting and commenting on this hub.


      Please suggest. I am not an English speaking one and some intervention is solicited.


      Please consult your doctor before using the remedies. It will be better.


      Jyoti Kothari

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      Lecie 7 years ago

      these are great remedies. i suffer from g.e.r.d.(gastro esophogus reflux disorder) not from overeating. i have anxiety and depression that cause the g.e.r.d. along with occasional hiccups through out the day. my insurance is refusing to pay for the medicine the doctor wants me to take. he gave me some samples of the medicine(kapidex) it works great. but since it's so new to the market my insurance will not cover it. i'm left suffering, my doctor keeps trying to obtain samples for me. sometimes he is unable to. i will definatley try your remedy. thanks so much for posting.

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Day by day Medical bills are going higher and higher which becomes a vital concern for all particularly for poor people who can not maintain any medical Insurance policy.

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      lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      This is quite usable and understandable, I thank you for taking the time to share your culture with us.

      I do have a few grammatical suggestions to make, however, but will only do so if you invite them.

      Glad you could do this hub, and happy I happened acrossed it!