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Morning Sickness: Causes, Symptoms and Home Remedies

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morning sickness

Morning sickness is also referred as nausea gravidarum, pregnancy sickness, or emesis gravidarum. It affects about 80% of the pregnant women. Females who use hormone replacement therapy or hormonal contraceptives may also experience symptoms of morning sickness. Pregnant women should consult doctor if they experience serious discomfort due to morning sickness.

 

Symptoms

 

  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • They may faint or feel dizzy when they stand up.
  • Females with severe morning sickness pass only small volume of urine, also they might have dark urine colour.
  • Women suffering from morning sickness may also experience difficulty in holding liquids down.
  • Some of the most severe symptoms include vomiting blood, heart races, etc.
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Causes

 

  • Early stages of pregnancy causes morning sickness.
  • Increasing levels of estrogen/progesterone may cause morning sickness.
  • Hypoglycemia, caused by the placenta draining energy from the pregnant women's body.
  • Sensitivity to odors during pregnancy also contribute to morning sickness.
  • The most important pregnancy hormone, hCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin) may also have link with morning sickness.
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Home Remedies For Morning Sickness

Lemon

lemons

  • Lemon is a great home remedy for reducing morning sickness.
  • Mix one teaspoon each of lemon juice and mint juice with one tablespoon of honey and half a teaspoon of ginger juice. Consume this mixture 2-3 times a day.
  • You can mix a fresh lemon juice with a glass of water and drink it every morning.
  • Alternatively, simply bite on a lemon slice or chew some lemon candy at regular intervals.
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Ginger

 

  • Ginger has chemicals named shogaols and gingerols that help relieve nausea and vomiting.
  • Chew small pieces of ginger for quick relief from nausea.
  • You can consume mixture of 5-6 drops of ginger juice and a tablespoon of honey first thing in the morning.
  • Alternatively, boil some grated ginger with water. Let it cool and drink it at regular intervals.
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Fennel

 

  • Licorice-tasting and aromatic fennel seeds help to calm your abdomen and relieve nausea and vomiting.
  • Add some fennel seeds to a cup of boiling water. Let it boil for 5 minutes. Strain and add little lemon juice and honey for taste. Drink this fennel tea regularly. 
  • Also, just chew one tablespoon of fennel seeds after your meal.

 

Curry Leaves

Curry leaves

  • Curry leave juice is an Ayurvedic medicine to treat morning sickness.
  • Extract curry leave juice by pressing 20-25 curry leaves against sieve. Add one teaspoon each of sugar, honey, and two teaspoons of lemon juice to this and mix well. Drink this mixture 2-3 times daily.
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hoarse voice

Hoarseness is an unusual change in the voice. This change can occur in your volume or pitch, ranging from breathy, soft voice to a harsh and deep voice. Hoarseness is caused by variety of conditions.

 

Symptoms

 

  • Sudden change in the pitch or volume of your voice could be first symptom of hoarseness.
  • You may also feel irritation, swelling, and inflammation in your vocal cord.
  • Raspy and harsh quality of the voice is also one of the symptoms of hoarseness.
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Causes

 

  • Laryngitis, inflammation of your voice box (Larynx) causes hoarseness.
  • Vocal cord cysts or polyps also cause hoarseness as they could interfere with the normal closing of vocal cords during speaking.
  • Allergies, acid reflux, certain thyroid conditions also make you experience hoarseness.
  • Smoking causes hoarseness at some stage.
  • Several medical conditions such as larynx cancer, stroke, multiple sclerosis, spasmodic dysphonia cause hoarseness.
  • Inhalation of foreign body or caustic material also causes hoarseness.

 

Home Remedies To Cure Hoarseness

 

Ginger

 

  • Ginger is an effective remedy for hoarseness as it is soothing to the mucous membrane surrounding the larynx and helps to relieve inflammation.
  • Add chopped ginger to a cup of water and boil it for 10 minutes, strain it and drink 3 times a day. You can also add little honey to this mixture.
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Honey

 

  • Honey helps relieve and comfort  irritated throat by reducing the inflammation.
  • Simply consume one tablespoon of honey a few times daily.
  • Alternatively, you can add 2 tablespoons of honey and a pinch of black pepper to a glass of warm water, drink it regularly.
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Salt Water

salt water

  • Gargling with salt water helps restore your original voice. In addition, it is best for removing mucus from respiratory tract.
  • Mix 2 teaspoons of salt to a glass of water, heat it for 5 minutes. Gargle with it 2-3 times daily.
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Lemon

Lemons

  • Lemon relieves hoarseness quickly as it keeps your throat moisturized. 
  • Add the mixture of one tablespoon each of honey and lemon to a cup of warm water. Keep sipping this mixture at regular intervals.
  • Alternatively, sprinkle some pepper and salt on a slice of lemon and lick it slowly.

 

Garlic

 

  • Garlic is another quick remedy for hoarseness. It reduces the pain and promotes quick relief. 
  • Put half of a garlic clove on each side of your mouth and slowly bite. Keep sucking the juice for quick healing and to reduce irritation.
  • Alternatively, add few drops of garlic oil to one-fourth cup of warm water. Gargle with it twice a day.

 

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high blood pressure

High blood pressure is defined as the high pressure in the arteries, which are the vessels that carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Blood pressure reading contains two numbers. The top number is systolic blood pressure, pressure in the arteries as the heart contracts and the bottom number is diastolic number, pressure in the arteries as the heart relaxes.  Normal blood pressure is below 120/80 and a blood pressure of 140/90 or above is considered as high.

 

Symptoms

 

  • A person having high blood pressure may get severe headache.
  • Fatigue or confusion are also signs of high blood pressure.
  • Chest pain and difficulty breathing are often caused by high blood pressure.
  • Irregular heartbeat and pounding in chest, neck, or ears are also some of the common symptoms of high blood pressure.
  • You may also experience vision problems.
  • You may notice blood in the urine when your blood pressure increases.
  • High blood pressure may also lead to serious problems such as heart attack/failure, stroke, or kidney failure.
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Causes

 

  • Poor diet, too much salt consumption may cause high blood pressure.
  • Smoking and alcohol consumption are also dangerous if you want to avoid high blood pressure.
  • Stress, lack of physical activities, being overweight, or obesity also contribute to high blood pressure.
  • Your odds are high if you've any family history of high blood pressure.

 

Home Remedies To Cure High Blood Pressure

 

Lemon

lemon

  • Lemons reduce high blood pressure by keeping blood vessels soft, pliable, and removing any rigidity.
  • Add juice from half a lemon to a cup of warm water. Drink it every morning on an empty stomach.
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Garlic

 

  • Garlic helps to relax blood vessels by stimulating the production of hydrogen sulphide and nitric oxide. This helps to reduce high blood pressure.
  • Eat 1-2 raw garlic cloves daily.
  • You can also add 5-6 drops of garlic juice to 4 teaspoons of water and take it twice a day.
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Banana

 

  • Bananas are a rich source of potassium, which lessens the effect of sodium. Bananas help to control the high blood pressure.
  • Eat one or two bananas daily.

Honey

honey

  • Honey has a calming effect on blood vessels and it helps to reduce pressure from the heart. So it is helpful for preventing high blood pressure.
  • Consume 2 teaspoons of honey first thing in the morning.
  • Another option is to consume a mixture of 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of ginger and 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds twice a day.

 

 

 

 

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ginger benefits

Ginger is often referred to as galangal and is one of the most popular spices found across homes in the world. It has been used in Ayurveda for ages now and includes  using the same in fresh and dried forms. So here are some cool home remedies using ginger that would be useful for treating many women-centric issues-

Morning sickness

ginger tea

Pregnancy brings a lot of joy with it - but there’s also some minor complications like morning sickness, which is more of nausea and feeling of uneasiness. Sadly this is not just restricted to morning but continues all day through for many. You can try chewing on ginger that has been mixed with some rock salt and mango powder. The combination helps in boosting your taste buds and also curbs morning sickness. It further tantalises the taste buds and makes you feel hungry too.

 

Enhances pregnancy health 

pregnancy health

Regular consumption of raw ginger is highly recommended for pregnant women because it helps in boosting immunity, aids digestion, reduces pregnancy related swelling and bloating (oedema) and also fights against the common cold and cough. Since you are not prescribed too many medicines during this period, try having at least cups of ginger tea through the day. Just boil a cup of water with grated ginger and some basil leaves. To this add a spoon of honey and drink up twice to enhance your immunity and get protection against common cold and cough, flu, etc.

 

Prevents ovarian cancer

Recent studies established a strong connection between ovarian cancer and ginger. It revealed that women who consumed ginger on the higher side were able to prevent augment of ovarian cancer. In fact, even women who had ovarian cancer were able to restrain and control the spread. For this remedy, you need to sun-dry some ginger or even get dried ginger from the market. Make it into a fine powder and have it with your tea, in salads or even on empty stomach mixed with some water.

 

Reduces menstrual cramps and pain

reduces cramps

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that helps reduce cramps and pain during menses. It also heals other forms of muscle pain. For getting respite, you can consume ginger tea. You should have this tea a few days before getting your menses. Additionally, you can also mix dried ginger with some carom seeds and jaggery to 2-3 cups of water. Drink this warm tea twice a day.

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psoriasis

Psoriasis is persistent of skin disorders. Psoriasis usually found on the scalp, elbows, knees, and palms. However, it can affect any part of the skin. Psoriasis is not contagious since it's not an infection. Basically, the underlying cells reach the surface of the skin and die, their bulk amount causes red plaques covered with white scales.

 

Symptoms

 

  • Red skin plaques, often covered with silvery scales.
  • Skin inflammation, itching are also signs of  psoriasis.
  • Fingernails or toenail disorders such as pitting of the nails and discolouration.
  • You may also notice loose, scaly plaques on the scalp.
  • You may have dry, cracked and bleeding skin surface.
  • Skin itching or burning sensation is also common when you have psoriasis.
  • Stiff and inflated joints.
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Causes

 

  • Immune system; Psoriasis is related to immune system problem with cells in your body. A white blood cell called T typically fights against viruses and bacteria. But, with psoriasis, it attacks the healthy skin by mistake and causes skin irritation.
  • Skin injury, infections, sunburn, bug bite, all trigger psoriasis.
  • Stress, smoking, and cold weather worsens psoriasis.
  • Certain medications prescribed for high blood pressure, bipolar disorder contribute to psoriasis.
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Home Remedies To Cure Psoriasis 

 

Oatmeal

oatmeal

  • Oatmeal bath soothes the skin and reduces the itching by hydrating the skin layers.
  • Add one cup of finely powdered oatmeal to bath tub filled with warm water. Soak in this tub for 15-20 minutes daily. Then get out of the tub, rise with lukewarm water, pat dry and apply some moisturizer.
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Ice Pack

 

  • Ice pack relieves itching and irritation caused by psoriasis. It will also ease the pain by numbing the nerve endings.
  • Wrap ice cubes in a clean cloth and place it on the affected area. Leave the pack for 8-10 minutes. Repeat this 4-5 times a day.
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Apple Cider Vinegar

 

  • Apple cider vinegar helps restore the natural pH balance of the skin. It prevents our skin from infections and reduces irritation and itching.
  • Add one teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar to a glass of water. Drink it twice daily.
  • Alternatively, mix apple cider vinegar and lukewarm water in a ratio of 1:3. Soak a clean cloth in this mixture and compress it on affected area for one minute. Repeat several time a day.

 

Garlic

garlic

  • Garlic has anti-inflammatory ad antioxidant properties. Moreover, it is an antimicrobial agent and hence it prevents infection.
  • Consume 2-3 crushed garlic cloves daily.
  • Also, mix equal proportions of garlic oil and aloe vera gel and apply on the affected area. Leave it for 15 minutes and wash it off.
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PMS

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is combination of physical, psychological, or emotional disturbances that occur during certain days of the menstrual cycle, usually, a few days before the menses. It affects up to 85% of the menstruating women and the severity of PMS symptoms varies from woman to woman.

 

Symptoms

 

  • You may experience abdominal pain or bloating.
  • Sore or tender breasts is also a sign of PMS.
  • You may have food cravings.
  • Constipation, diarrhea are also some of the symptoms of PMS.
  • You may notice acne on your face.
  • Fatigue, headaches are also indications of PMS.
  • You may experience emotional/behavioural symptoms such as anxiety, depression, irritability, insomnia, sadness, mood-swings, crying spells, etc.

 

Causes

 

  • Hormone changes; levels of progesterone and oestrogen rise and fall during menstrual cycle. Hormone changes contribute a lot to symptoms of PMS.
  • Chemical changes in the brain: Hormone changes affect the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin. Fluctuations or reduction in serotonin levels cause mood changes, depression, and sadness.
  • Poor diet; eating too much or too less contribute to PMS symptoms.
  • External factors such as stress, depression, weight gain, lack of exercise, all make your PMS symptoms worse.

 

Home Remedies To Cure Premenstrual Syndrome

 

Ginger

 

  • Ginger is an excellent home remedy for PMS. It helps reduce the severity of premenstrual syndrome.
  • Add one teaspoon of chopped ginger to a cup of boiling water. Leave it for 5 minutes, strain and drink 3-4 cups daily at least for a week before your menses. 

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

 

  • Apple cider vinegar is an effective home remedy for reducing some of the PMS symptoms such as bloating, cramping, fatigue, headaches, etc.
  • Mix 2 teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and little organic honey to a glass of water. Drink this mixture twice a day.

 

Flax-seeds

flaxseed

  • The omega-3 fatty acids of flax-seeds is very helpful for reducing PMS symptoms such as sore breasts, depression, anxiety, headaches, and more.
  • Eat 1 tablespoon of powdered flax-seeds daily.
  • You can also include flax-seeds in your daily diet.
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Chasteberry

chasteberry

  • Chasteberry or vitex, help to regulate prolactin, a hormone that is believed to be contributed factor in PMS symptoms.
  • Consume about 400 mg of standard extract of vitex daily.
  • Alternatively, take 100 mg of vitex extract twice daily.
  • Another option is, take 40 drops of vitex tincture daily.

 

Calcium/Magnesium rich foods

 

  • Calcium helps balancing hormones and relieves PMS symptoms. Magnesium reduces symptoms like sore breasts, bloating, etc.
  • Regularly consume calcium/magnesium rich foods such as beans, nuts, bananas, green leafy vegetables.

 

 

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