Natural health remedies I learned in India - How to cure a migraine, diabetes, eczema, allergies ++

Hi guys!

I'm back from a 3-week long holiday in India. Man, what a country. The people, the service, the stunning nature and the food! Will definitely need to go back and explore more of this incredible country.

I left with 1 suitcase and came home with 2. They have so much natural beauty products (which I'm crazy about), herbal remedies, essential oils and natural medicine to offer, so as the health freak that I am, I had to bring as much as I could back with me.

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As you probably know I'm all about natural solutions. I wouldn't touch any over the counter medicine, if I have a headache Ill consume fresh pieces of ginger (works as good as any painkillers). And India is famous for their ancient Ayurvedic Medicine, which is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It involves mostly herbal therapies. In other words, everything about it is natural.

So here is a list of some conditions, oil and ingredients on how they can improve or "cure" conditions. Do they work? Some of them, such as aloe vera, ginger and garlic, yes absolutely. But some that is mentioned, I have absolutely no idea. But only way to find out is to try out?

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Lime is an effective remedy for any type of allergy. Consume half a lime juice with a spoonful of honey in a glass of lukewarm water first thing in the morning for 3 months to get rid of any type of allergy.


Grounded cardamom can be boiled in water to make tea and use as a remedy to treat depression.

As well eating an apple with honey with is said to be one of the best remedies for depression.


Eating 5 curry leaves every morning for 3 months is said to prevent diabetes that are due to hereditary factors.


Drinking lemongrass tea 2/3 times a day to relieve migraine symptoms and continue to drink for 30-45 days (longer if required) to get total relief from migraine.

Lemongrass tea

1 dried lemon grass blade, hammered

1 green cardamom with husk, crushed

A small amount (1/4-1/3 tsp) of ginger paste

Add all ingredients to 3 cups of water and boil for 3/4 minutes.

Strain the liquid and drink.

Angina Pectoris

Boil 1 tsp of fenugreek seeds in 1 1/2 cups of water. Strain and add 2 tsp of pure honey. Take twice a day for 6 months. Continue drinking the tea for 6 months every year.


Mix neem, cade and lavender oil in equal parts and apply (gentle massage) on the affected area once or twice a day for 6 months. Continue if required.


Mix equal parts of neem and cade oil. Apply to the affected area in the morning and only neem oil in the evening for 3 months. Continue if required.

High blood pressure

Mix one tsp of cumin powder in 2 tsp of coconut water and 2 tsp of milk and drink the mixture every day for 15 days. Continue if required.

Brahmin tea

Brahmin tea is a combination of ashwagandha, Brahmi and anantmul. It is very effective for enhancing memory, stress and hypertension.

2 cups a day.

Menstrual pains

Half a pinch of turmeric powder mixed with one tsp of honey in a cup of water, drink 2 times a day.

Sandalwood oil

Being sedative in nature, sandalwood oil had a calming effect on the nervous system. It eliminates all types of tension, fretfulness, fear, agitation etc. by relaxing your nerves. It also improves your vision, focus and positive notions.

Eucalyptus oil

One of the most important uses of eucalyptus oil is for the respiratory system. Eucalyptus oil is known to be an excellent expectorant which means that it is able to dislodge and remove phlegm and mucus that gets collected in the airways and lungs. By doing so, the phlegm can easily be expelled from the body and with it, the natural breeding ground for harmful bacteria and pathogens is also removed.

Tulsi/Basil oil

Basil oil has bactericidal properties and it is anti-fungal. Basil is one of the richest sources of antioxidants which strengthens the body's immune system and protect the body against bacterial and viral infections.

Good for cardiac pain, cold, influenza, throat infections, earache, malaria, liver abscess and low blood pressure. When it is mixed with honey it cures bronchitis, soothes bites and stings, and can help relieve asthma symptoms.

2 drops of tulsi oil with 1 tsp of pure honey once a day for 30 days.

Twice or thrice a week for 6 months

Unpleasant body odour:

1 drop of tulsi oil mixed with a cup of water and drink every morning for 30 days. Also, avoid meat and foods rich in protein.

For clear skin and blood purification:

Take 1 drop of tulsi oil mixed with 1 tsp of pure honey every morning and before going to bed.

Cinnamon Oil

Cinnamon oil is widely known as a massage oil but is also known as a magic oil. Its very effective on problems such as rheumatism, arthritis, spondylitis, sinuses or any other body/muscular pain.

Method of use:

3 drops of cinnamon oil mixed with 25 ml of carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive oil etc)

Rub the oil on the body downwards on the affected area, massaging/rubbing for 25-30 minutes. This will activate the capillaries and blood in the veins will dilate.

10-15 massages are said to get rid of all the problems that are mentioned above.

Lemongrass Oil

Helps acne open pores, a good tonic for the skin, improves muscle tone in slack tissue, an excellent antidepressant. It improves the functioning the nervous system and relieves stress.

Method of use:

2 drops of lemongrass oil mixed with 10-15 drops of almond oil, massage to face before bed.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is famous for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Aloe vera is a one-stop solution to all skin problems such as dry and itchy skin, insect bites etc.

Aloe vera gel rejuvenates and nourishes the skin, leaving it softer and smoother.

Regular use of aloe vera gel will repair sun damaged skin and give the skin a natural glow.

Aloe vera gel is also effective on cuts, burns and bruises.

Green Tea

Green tea contains powerful antioxidants, which can safely interact . With free radicals, scavenge and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged, which can prevent diseases and degenerate conditions.


Anti-fungal action that aids digestion and alleviates allergies and hay fever. It also decongests the liver and eases cystitis.


Useful for relieving constipation, lowering blood sugar levels. It also soothes a cough, fever, sore throat and menstrual pains.


It's natures cleanser, it is good for a cough, cold, indigestion, travel sickness, morning sickness, arthritis and circulatory problems.


A potent anti-bacterial agent. It is effective against colds, skin problems and digestive disorders.

Why we get the cold and flu this time of the year and how to combat it quickly and efficiently

This is the time of the year that most of us fall ill, consuming far too much lemsip and floating kleenex tissues. It's not fun having a cold or flu, but do you know what's happening to our bodies during this time? Why do we fall ill this time of the year? And what's the best way to combat a cold/flu quickly and efficiently? Keep on reading!

But why do we get ill this time of the year?

If you listened to the live talk on Facebook I did with Linzi Cosgrove a wee while ago you heard me saying; you don't catch a cold you earn it. The viruses and bacterias that result in a common cold or the flu are always around us and our body is more than capable of fighting off these pathogens. However, our immune system can be compromised and not function properly during the cold winter months. And here is why:

Here the main reasons why you earn the cold/flu

  1. Weakened immune system. This can be due to malnutrition, stress, lack of sleep, high alcohol consumption etc. It is leading up to Christmas time and we are all stressing over buying Christmas presents and decorating, its "allowed" to drink mulled wine and eat mince pies all the time, simply because it Christmas. We don't get adequate sleep because we try to do all the fun festive activities but we also have a job to do.

  2. Days are shorter, we spend more time indoors which results in Vitamin D deficiency. This correlates with a weakening of the immune system.

  3. During cold weather, we tend not to open windows to keep the heat in. This will result in breath the same air which can more easily be affected with cold/flu virus from someone who has got it.

  4. Cold/flu virus flourish during cold weather and dry weather.

The cold and the flu is usually is due to a virus. The enters the mouth or nasal passage, which will release a histamine response, causing the mucous membranes to swell. Your immune system will immediately start producing antibodies to conquer the virus. The cold/flu is an intelligent immune response to combat viruses and bacteria.

Okay - so you've earned the cold/flu - What to do?

If you start to feel a cold/flu is coming on, take large doses of Vitamin C and Vitamin D within 24-48 hours. Usually, this will help the immune system fight off the virus/bacteria quickly and efficiently. Now, if this doesn't help, there are other things you can do working with your body to successfully eliminating the cold/flu.

This is what cold/flu symptoms mean

Shivering: Multiple muscle contraction in order to generate the heat to kill off viruses and bacteria.

Sweating: The body is trying to cool off through evaporation and eliminate toxins.

Vomiting and diarrhoea: The body is eliminating toxins.

Coughing and sneezing: The body is eliminating toxins.

Achiness: Is a sign that your immune system is destroying the virus/bacteria.

Fever: Now here is a cool thing - viruses, fungi and bacteria die at a high temperature. So what does your body do? It raises your body temperature. For every one degree increase in body temperature, the speed of the immune system goes up 10–12.5%. So even though fever is not a pleasant experience. It's a very bad idea taking medication that will lower the fever. This will just prolong your illness and weaken your immune system.

How to help your body combat the cold/flu

Take at least 10,000 mg of vitamin C as soon as you feel the cold/flu symptoms . Vitamin C powder is usually easiest to take for high doses but I would suggest to split the doses up in smaller ones throughout the day.

Also take Vitamin D, I usually take 5x 25 ug on a daily basis so don't be afraid taking more than 1 tablet. Even though Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, vitamin D overdose is never heard off, but dont go crazy either.

If you have developed a fever drink loads of water. Fever and dehydration can be dangerous. When you first start to develop a fever take a hot bath, as hot as you can. This will help to generate the temperature form and you're going to feel a lot better afterwards. If you are laying in bed, wrap yourself in warm clothes and blankets.

If you are having a fever and are shivering, wrap yourself in warm clothes and blankets or have a hot bath. Eat spicy foods, heat generating herbs (ginger, cayenne pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, garlic, nutmeg) warm teas etc.

If you are having a fever and are sweating, your body is trying to cool off. Take a room temperature or cool bath/shower and change sweaty sheets and clothes.

If you are sweating, vomit or have diarrhoea supplement with electrolytes. Coconut water or raw sugar and sea salt in the water will replace the electrolytes. Drink loads of fluid to make sure you don't get dehydrated.

If you are unlucky enough to develop a cold or flu this season, please let your immune system do its work and let it go through the natural immune system responses. Taking medication to eliminate symptoms may be tempting as no one likes to be ill. But it will weaken and work against your immune system and you may develop other health conditions in the future or your body will have a harder time next time you earn the cold/flu.

Tomorrow I will post foods that are great to eat during this cold/flu season for prevention and what to eat if you've fallen ill!

Let me know in the comments if you got any natural health remedies!

DC x

ps. I'm not ill, the photos are for illustration purposes only.