Category Archives: Home Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Plants

Dermatitis Treatment

Dermatitis is the inflammation of the skin.

Water Treatments

  1. Starch bath, once a day.
  2. Use dry starch or gawgaw as powder if the skin is itchy and dry at night.
  3. Don’t use soap when taking a bath: take a starch bath instead. Don’t rub skin with towel to dry skin.
  4. Don’t scratch skin when itchy.

Herbal Medications

  1. Comfrey leaves (Scientific name: Symphytum officinale L.; English: Comfrey)
    • Crush leaves and extract the juice. Apply the juice on the affected skin, 3 times a day.
  2. Balete bark (scientific name: Ficus stipulosa Miq. Linn.)
    • Boil one cup of chopped bark in 1/2 gallon of water for 10 minutes. Wash area with this decoction, 2 times a day. This may be done instead of the starch bath.
  3. Kalatsutsi leaves (Scientific name: Plumeria acuminata Ait; English: Frangipani, Temple power, Graveyard flower)
    • Get the sap from the trunk and mix with a few drops of oil. Apply directly on the affected skin.
  4. Kakawate leaves (Scientific name: Gliridia sepium (Jacg.) Steud)
    • Crush 10 leave and extract the juice. Apply the juice on the itchy skin but do not rub. Apply as often as necessary for itchiness.

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Scabies Home Treatment

Scabies (“galis aso”) is a contagious disorder of the skin caused by Sarcoptes scabiei, characterized by multiform lesions with intense itching which occur mostly at night.

Water Treatments

  1. Daily bath with soap and water. Change into clean clothes every after bath, including underwears.
  2. Put under the sun all beddings used. at night: mat, pillows,sheets, blankets and night clothes.
  3. Sleep alone to prevent contaminating other members of thefamily.
  4. Always keep clean. Wash hands, feet and face, or take a bath before sleeping.

How to Get Rid of Scabies Using Herbal Treatments

  1. Makabuhay vine hot tub bath. ( scientific name: Tinospora rumphii Boerl )
    • Chopped a meter long vine and boil in one gallon water for 15 minutes. Add enough water to fill up one plastic pail big enough to completely soak a child, if the whole body is infected.
      • For adults, use the decoction for hot compress on the affected parts only.
  2. Kalatsutsi leaves ( english: Frangipani, Temple power, Graveyard flower)
    • Boil a cup chopped fresh leaves and a small branch in 1/2 cup coconut oil fo 5 minutes. Let cool and keep in bottle for future use. Apply on the infected body part liberally after taking a bath.
  3. Mangga gum resin or sap ( english: Mango)
    • Mix well the gum resin or sap taken from the mango trunk or bark with oil. Apply liberally on the affected part, 2 times a day every after bath and in the evening before sleeping.
  4. Kakawate leaves ( scientific name: Gliridia sepium (jacg.) Steud.)
    • Extract juice from the leaves. Apply on the affected parts after taking a bath, and at bedtime.

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Home Treatment for Ringworm

Ringworm is an infection of the skin, hair, and nails with various fungi, producing ring-like lesions with raised borders.

Ringworm Treatment Using Herbal Decoctions

  1. Daily bath with bayabas leaves decoction. ( english: guava)
    • Boil 10 cups of chopped fresh leaves in 1/2 gallon of water for 15 minutes. Add enough cold water to fill up one big pail after straining. Bathe with this decoction while still hot.
  2. Tabako leaves decoction shampoo (if head and hair are affected) ( english: tobacco)
    • Boil 10 leaves of fresh tabako leaves in 1/2 gallon of water for 15 minutes. Cool and drain, Add enough water to fill up a 3-gallon pail. Shampoo hair with the decoction, once a day, until healed.
  3. Kamantigui compress or poultice ( english: Touch me not balsam)
    • Crush 5-1,0 kamantigui flowers. Amount depends upon the size of the infection. Crush the flowers until the juice is extracted. Apply directly over the infected part as compress for 30 minutes, 2 times a day.
  4. Bawang cloves ( english: garlic)
    • Peel and crush one clove and rub it on the affected part until it gets red. Apply 2 times a day: in the morning after the morning bath, and at bedtime.
  5. Adelfa bark and leaves ( english: Oleander, Adelfa)
    • Chop a one-foot long branch. Mix with 1 cup chopped fresh young leaves. Mix the juice with 5 drops of fresh coconut oil. Apply on affected parts, 3 times a day.
  6. Akapulko leaves 9 Crush 5 leaves. ( english: Ringworm bush or shrub)
    • Rub the juice on the affected areas, 2 times a day.

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Herbal Treatment for Arthritis | Rheumatism

Rheumatism is a form of arthritis affecting the large joints of the extremities.

Water Treatments

  1. Heating compress on the affected joints, every night.
  2. Fomentation on the joints, once a day.
  3. Hot compress on the joints, once or twice a day for severe cases.
  4. Rest the extremity if there is severe pain and swelling.
  5. After swelling is gone, patient may do mild non-weight-bearing exercises.

Natural Remedies for Arthritis | Herbal Treatments

  1. Kilaw poultice ( english: Tumeric, Round tumeric)
    • Chop or crush a rhizome and mix with oil. Apply on the joint as poultice overnight.
  2. Mangga bark hot compress ( english: Mango)
    • Boil a piece of chopped bark. Use the decoction for hot compress.
  3. Malabulak leaves and young stalks compress
    • Chop leaves and young stalks and put in a cloth bag. Add 1/2 tsp. salt. Warm the bag and apply as compress.
  4. Lumbang bato leaves compress
    • Heat the leaves. Apply on the joints directly while still hot for 15 minutes, 2 times a day.
  5. Herba Buena leaves ( english: Marsh mint, Pepper mint)
    • Boil 4 tablespoons of dried leaves in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes.
      Dosage:
      Adults: 1/2 glass, every 4 hours

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Acne Home Remedies

Acne is a skin condition common in adolescents and young adults. This is characterized by comedones which often become inflamed and form papules, pustules, modules and cysts which usually occur on the face, chest and back.

Water Treatments

  1. Wash face with warm water using mild soap, 3 times a day.
  2. Steam face for 15 minutes after washing, once a day.
  3. Avoid touching face with fingers. Don’t prick pimples with fingers.
  4. Drink plenty of fruit juices and fresh water.
  5. Get enough sleep, at least 7-8 hours a day.
  6. Eat less of starchy foods, sweets, chocolates and nuts. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

How To Get Rid of Acne Using Herbal Medications

  1. Ripe papaya with kalamansi juice ( english: Papaw)
    • Mix three tablespoons of mashed ripe papaya, with 1 tablespoon kalamansi juice. Apply mixture on the face every after washing. Leave it on for 30 minutes, then wash face with warm water. You may leave it on the face overnight if you can tolerate it.
  2. Sabila leaves ( english: Aloe vera)
    • Get one leaf and peel the outer covering. Rub the juice on the face every after washing with warm
      water. Leave it on for 30 minutes. You may leave it on the face overnight if you can tolerate it.
  3. Romero leaves ( english: Rosemary)
    • Crush 5 leaves and extract the juice. Apply juice on face after washing it with warm water.
      Leave it on overnight.

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Treatment For The Mumps

Mumps is an acute communicable viral disease with a painful enlargement of the salivary glands, frequently invading other tissues like the testes, pancreas and the meninges.

Water Treatments

  1. Cold compress directly on the swollen salivary glands for 30 minutes, 3 times a day.
  2. Ice pack on the swollen glands for 30 minutes, 3 times a day. Apply the ice pack over the glands, just below the ears.
  3. Fever sponge bath for fever.
  4. Cold compress on the forehead for headache and fever.
  5. Complete bed rest, especially for male adults. Sterility is one of the complications of mumps in male adults.

Herbal Medications

  1. Makahiya leaves ( english: Sensitive plant)
    • Crush leaves and make into paste. Apply directly on the swollen gland after the cold compress. Apply for 30 minutes, 3 times a day.
  2. Kantutay leaves ( english: Coronitas)
    • Pound or chop the leaves. Apply directly as poultice on the swollen glands for 30 minutes, 3 times a day.
  3. Kamias fruits ( english: Ginger lily)
    • Chop and mash fruits. Apply as poultice on the swollen glands for 30 minutes, 3 times a day.
  4. Gisol rhizomes ( Scientific name: Kaempferia galanga Linn)
    • Chop the rhizomes. Apply directly as poultice on the swollen glands for 30 minutes, 3 times a day.
  5. Lagundi leaves for fever ( english: Five leaved Chaste tree)
    • Follow instructions for fever.

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Home Remedy for Mosquito Bites

Infected mosquito bites become swollen and painful. If you are bitten already, there are mosquito bites remedies below which you can try.

Water Treatment

  1. Rub the infected area with wet soap (any kind of toilet soap). Don’t rinse with water; let it dry on the skin for 2 hours. If itchiness is not relieved, repeat after 4 hours.

Preventive Measures

  1. Use mosquito nets at night when sleeping. If possible, put screen on all windows and doors of the house.
  2. Keep the surroundings clean and dry. Empty all stagnant water containers in and around the house

How To Treat Mosquito Bites | Herbal Medications

  1. Kataka-taka leaves ( english: Life plant)
    • Pound 5-10 leaves and extract the juice. Apply the juice directly on the infected bites, 3 times a
      day.
  2. Atis -unripe fruit and seeds ( english: Sugar apple, sweet sop)
    • Pound and extract the juice from one unripe fruit. Apply the juice directly on the infected bites, 3 times a day.

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Home Remedy for Skin Rashes | Measles Treatment

Measles is an acute viral infection characterized by morbilliform eruptions with catarrhal inflammation of the conjunctiva and the air passages.

Water Treatment Skin Rashes

  1. Give fever sponge bath for fever three times a day.
  2. Apply a continuous cold compress on the forehead for headache.
  3. For coughs, give fomentation to the chest and back, 2 times a day.
  4. A starch bath to relieve itchiness can be given daily to take the place of sponge bath.
  5. Protect eyes from bright light. Make the room dim with curtains on the windows and dim lights at night.

Herbal Medications

  1. Lagundi leaves for fever ( english: Five leaved Chaste tree)
    Follow instructions in the chapter on fever.
  2. Kamoteng kahoy flour for starch bath ( english: Cassava)
    • Remove peelings and grate the tuber. Extract the juice, add water enough for one baby bath tub and boil.
    • Soak the baby in the starchy water for 10-1-5 minutes but don’t rub the skin. May apply directly as powder on the skin.

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Home Remedies for Indigestion

Indigestion is the disturbance in the digestive function of the stomach or its failure to digest food.

How To Get Rid of Indigestion:

  1. Withhold food intake for four hours.
  2. Drink one glass of hot water every hour during the 4-hour fasting.
  3. Eat a slice of ripe papaya 30 minutes after a heavy meal.
  4. Eat light meals without fatty foods after the four-hour fasting.

How To Cure Indigestion using Herbal Medications:

  1. Papaya, ripe ( english: Papaw)
    Eat as a fruit dessert, especially with heavy meals. Papaya helps in the digestion of protein.
  2. Kamatsili leaves ( Scientific name: Pithecolobium dulce (Roxb) Benth)
    • Boil 1 cup in 5 glasses of water for 10 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt.
      • Dosage:
        Adults: 2 cups initial, and then 1 cup every 4 hours
        Children: 1 cup initial, and then 1/2 cup every 4 hours
        Babies: 1 tbsp. initial, and then 1 teaspoon every 4 hours
  3. Anonas leaves ( english: Custard apple)
    • Warm the leaves in open fire. Apply the leaves directly on the stomach while still warm. Use abdominal binder. Renew every 2 hours. Good for children and babies.

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Home Remedies for Hyperacidity

Hyperacidity is the excessive secretion of acid in the stomach which may be due to tension, starvation, and other causes.

Suggestions for Relief of Symptoms:

  1. Learn to relax and exercise.
  2. Have a regular meal time.
  3. Drink water between and not during meals.
  4. Don’t eat spicy and hot foods.

Herbal Naturalizer to Help Relieve Symptoms:

  1. Carrot and cabbage juice
    • Wash and slice in small pieces one big carrot and 1/4 kilo cabbage. Osterize the carrots and cabbage with 2 glasses of water. Strain and add 1 tablespoon sugar. Sugar is optional. Keep in refrigerator to cool. Prepare for one day’s supply only.
    • Drink one glass of the carrot and cabbage juice 30 minutes before meals, and when there is gastric pain.
  2. Olive oil
    • Take one teaspoon 30 minutes before meals for severe symptoms.
      Note: Do this only when there are symptoms. Olive oil may increase cholesterol blood level.

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