Mon, 15 Jul, 2024

Mama’s Medicine

By Ashmita Thapa

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Every now and then, people fall sick. They spend a huge deal of money paying visits to the doctor and buying medicines. However, what most people don't realize is that many of such common diseases can be treated with kitchen ingredients. I'm sure you've heard that before and you might be thinking "Well those homemade medicines don't work as effectively as the store bought ones." But what if I tell you that the medicines you get from pharmacies are made of various chemicals and might cause various side effects in your body whereas the home remedies are organic and have no side effects. Sure the homemade medicines take a bit longer to work but the health benefits it provides are worth the wait.

Every time I catch a cold, have an upset tummy, sore throat or even a headache, my mother makes me homemade medicines. Every time I have a sore throat and cough, my mother gives me a spoon of honey heated with a piece of ginger. It tastes better than those chemical medicines and soothes my throat instantly. If I have a spoon of it each day for about four days, my cough goes away. Honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and it is your best friend whenever you catch a cold. Home ingredients are also great for various cosmetic purposes. Honey is also a major kitchen ingredient. It is not only sweet but also has many properties to help the skin glow and soften. It gives shine and volume to the hair.

Lemons can work wonders for your skin and hair. Rubbing a slice of a lemon on a pimple/scars fades the scars and brings the natural glow of the skin back. If you apply lemon juice on your hair, it highlights the hair and gives it a glossy shine. The key is to apply it for a few weeks without missing a single day.

Tomatoes and potatoes, the two most frequently used kitchen ingredients help reduce sun tans and makes the skin glow. Tomatoes can also help soothe nasty burns. Aloe-Vera can also be used to help with the burns. Aloe-Vera also has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and can be used to get rid of dandruff and itchy scalp. It also helps promote hair growth.

Coconut oil can be used to massage the human body, which helps relax our muscles and can also be applied to the tips of the hair to reduce split ends. If you have dry and damaged hair, coconut oil is your savior. Argan oil and castor oil also promotes hair growth. A drop of argan oil applied daily to the eyebrows helps thicken the brows and gives it that fullness we all so richly desire. Care has to be taken not to drop it in the eyes as that can be very harmful.

So as you can see there are numerous home ingredients that can be used as medicines. However, it is important that we find a good source on the internet for the home remedies. There are many sites where one can find fake home remedies. This could, in turn, be dangerous because the dosages of such home remedies are not supervised by professionals. Hence, if used with proper care and guidance, homemade medicines can prove to be more useful in our lives than the pharmaceutical medicines.