Mix the juice of bottle gourd (lauki) and sesame oil (til ka tel) in the ratio 4:1 and heat till all the moisture has evaporated. Bottle and use over cracked skin. Feet Smelling Soak feet in strong tea for 20 minutes every day until the smell disappears. To prepare your footbath, brew two tea bags in 500 ml (2½ cups) of water for 15 minutes and pour the tea into a basin containing two litres of cool water. Foot Corns Tie a fresh slice of lemon over the corn (painful area) and keep it all night. Massage castor oil on the corns every morning and night before sleeping. Massage for 2-3 minutes so that the oil gets absorbed. In 3-4 weeks the corns will disappear. Mash 1-2 cloves (laung) & garlic (lasan) and tie over the corns. Keep overnight. Athlete's Foot Keeping your feet clean and dry is enough to discourage the growth of this fungal infection. Remember, it is infectious and you must keep and wash your shoes, socks and towel separately. To soothe the broken areas of your feet, simply soak them for 10 minutes in a footbath of apple cider vinegar mixed with water. Flatulence Soak 3 tablespoon carom (ajwain) seeds in an adequate quantity of lime juice and dry in the shade. When fully dried, powder with a little black salt. Take 1 teaspoon of this mixture twice daily for a few days with a little warm water. (This treatment is more effective when fats and spices are Fever Extract 1 teaspoon each juice of tulsi leaves and bel flowers. Add 1 teaspoon honey. Take twice a day. Tea made by boiling 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi dana), taken twice or thrice a day provides excellent remedy. (A little honey or lemon juice can be added to improve the flavour). Grind a few roots of the mango tree into a fine paste and apply on the palm and soles of the patients. The neem leaf decoction taken with pepper powder lowers temperature. ½ teaspoon ground pepper is mixed in warm water along with 1 teaspoon palm candy (sugar obtained from palm). This drink is taken at bedtime. w Fruit juice taken frequently. Regular intake of a pinch of saffron (kesar). Apply sandalwood paste on the forehead to bring the temperature down. Boil 2 tablespoon fennel seeds (saunf) in 1 teacup water till it is reduced to half. Filter. Take 1 tablespoon every morning and evening for a few days. (This filtrate, when used to wash the eyes frequently, is reported to strengthen the eye muscles. It is a good cleansing lotion for inflamed eyes.) Fever of unknown origin · Boil 1 tablespoon tulsi leaves with 1 teaspoon powdered cardamom (chhoti illaichi) in 2 teacups water. Take 1 cup of this decoction with milk and sugar to taste 2 or 3 times a day. Feverishness Mix 1 teacup fresh lemon juice in tender coconut water and drink. Gas Problem Some people are allergic or have intolerance for milk, milk products and wheat, wheat products but go through life without ever realizing this and keep suffering from acute gas trouble. Lactose intolerance (from milk) is being recognized in the west as also gluten intolerance (from wheat). Hence giving up these two things may greatly benefit you. Instead of wheat you can have rice or chapatis of maize, jawar or bajara. w Mix ¼ teaspoon dry ginger powder (sonth) with a pinch of asafoetida (hing). Golden Rules for Gas Patients Avoid heavy (fried), spicy food. Do not eat very large meals, instead eat small meals. Try to eat a little, every 2 hours, so that the gap between the meals is not too big. Do some exercise. Even a walk will do wonders. Gastroenteritis A decoction of 15-20 tulsi leaves taken along with a pinch of rock salt (kala namak) helps in the cure. Giddiness Soak cumin seeds (jeera) in lime juice overnight. Keep this mixture under the sun till completely dry. Bottle it. Chew ½ teaspoon of this mixture and drink with a glass of warm water. Giddiness due to blood pressure Soak 1 teaspoon each of powdered amla, coriander seeds (saboot dhania) and sandalwood in a cup of water overnight. Strain and drink the next day. Continue for a few days. Gouty Pains Mix mustard oil and rectified alcohol (1 part oil to 40 parts alcohol) and use as a lotion. Make a poultice of ground fenugreek seeds (methi dana); use on the affected part. Hair Dullness And Coarseness Grind fresh fenugreek leaves (methi) to a paste and apply the leaf paste over the scalp before a bath. Hair Falling Take a handful of neem leaves and boil them in 4 cups water. After cooling and filtering, use the decoction for rinsing hair.