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Effective ginger home remedies for women

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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

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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 

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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

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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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posted Jun 3, 2016 by Shahid R

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A spice that is known for its sharp and pungent taste, carom seeds or Ajwain is perhaps the best friend, when it comes to the food sector for a woman. Carom seeds or ajwain are easy to consume and can be added to your food, chewed on their own or even powdered. Here are the amazing health benefits you get from the same-

 

Boosts lactation and reduces swelling

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For centuries, women in India are given carom seed infused water everyday post delivery. It is said to boost lactation and also helps post pregnancy bleeding, which can be painful for the new mother. 1 cup of carom seeds are boiled in a litre of water. Post boiling, this water is then kept covered for about 1-2 hours. The entire lot should be consumed the same day. This helps the mother get a healthy dose of carom seeds' goodness that increase milk production.

Also, if you had a c-section, then the uterus and other organs may be inflamed post surgery for a a few days, the carom water helps in reducing this swelling and helps in neutralising your bleeding post pregnancy too.

 

Pregnancy indigestion and nausea

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A lot of pregnant women suffer from bloating, indigestion, gas and other related digestive problems during pregnancy. Carom seeds have anti-inflammatory properties along with enzymes that boost digestion. The sharp taste not only helps in getting rid of morning sickness, but it also fights pregnancy constipation. If you are having too much of belching and burping, chew on toasted carom seeds. About a coin-sized portion is enough. You can also make a carom seed powder and mix it up with some black pepper, rock salt and mango powder and a dash of Asafoetida. Have this every morning and night to alleviate the above-mentioned symptoms.

 

Increases Libido

 

Hormonal changes, stress, etc. are major causes of lost libido. Carom seeds are known for reviving your sexual hormones and increases libido. For this remedy you have to roast some carom seeds along with ghee or clarified butter and some tamarind kernels. Once roasted, grind them up and have this with a cup of milk and spoon of honey. This will help in enhancing your sexual functions. Ideally you should consume this at night to get optimal benefits. The natural aphrodisiac helps in easing muscle tension and products hormones essential for sexual drive.

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For centuries, Jaggery has been promoted as a winter food that provides warmth for the body and is a crucial part of the diet in northern India. The natural sweetness of this food makes it a healthier version of curbing your cravings for dessert. And it also comes with a long list of health benefits-

 

Prevents Anemia and enhances fertility 

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Jaggery is laden with minerals, especially iron, which is one of the most crucial components for improving haemoglobin levels. It also contains floats that are known for regularising your blood levels. Gynaecologists suggest women who suffer from problems like irregular menses or absence of menses to include more jaggery in their diet. It can be eaten in a powdered form on breads or even in stews. You can also add jaggery to your tea instead of sugar.

 

Enhances metabolism and weight loss

 

Another crucial hindrance to fertility is obesity. Due to much fat in the body, hormones go for a toss and it also prevents the sperm from attaching itself to the eggs. Jaggery is a rich source of potassium along with other minerals that prevents water retention in the body, which is also a major cause of weight gain. It is also known for boosting your electrolyte balance in the body and enhances metabolism, which aids weight loss. Heat up some ghee or clarified butter and then add toasted sesame seeds to this along with jaggery. You can use this as a snack and eat a big ball-size scoop a day. The combination works in adding fibre to the diet along with aiding in weight loss.

 

Healthy during and post pregnancy

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As mentioned above, jaggery provides you with a boost in metabolism and red blood cells, which makes it just right for pregnancy consumption. Along with this, it also adds fibre to the body and eases constipation issues. The rich antioxidants and minerals here are an added benefit. Post pregnancy, women can drink this combined with some cumin, carom and asafoetida to get more strength and energy after birth. This combination works in receiving post-pregnancy bleeding too.

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irregular periods home remedies

Irregular periods is a problem that has a direct impact on fertility. On the whole, you menstrual cycle goes for a toss and as a result of this, you are not really sure on what days ovulation happens or whether or not the entire reproductive cycle is malfunctioning. Common causes of the same include depression, anxiety, sudden stress, change in physical activity and weight gain along with hormonal changes. Thankfully, there are many home remedies available for treating the problem of irregular periods-

Raw Papaya

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Chewing on raw papaya or even consuming it in diverse forms with other foods is highly suggested for overcoming the problem of irregular periods. Papaya is rich in potent emmenagogue(a substance that stimulates or increases menstrual flow) that is known for boosting your fibres in the uterine area. When the muscles contract they regulate the flow of blood in the area. As a result, the uterus is able to get back to its normal functions and your menstrual flow is regulated. You can try having raw papaya in salads and other forms. The juice of the same can be consumed too.

Carom seeds and jaggery tea

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This is a tea that infuses the goodness of not only jaggery and carom seeds, but also contains clarified butter or ghee. It is made into a deep and thick concoction that is used for treating acute stomach ache issues along with regulating menstrual flow. Irregular periods do cause sharp pain in the stomach and this home remedy cleanses impurities from the body and boosts uterine functions. For the remedy, take 1 cup of sugar and jaggery each. Boil the same in a liter of water. To this add 2-3 spoons of clarified butter. When the solution thickens, you can store it in a fridge and have about 1/2 cup after heating it daily.

Ginger Tea

1 spoon of honey mixed with a spoon of ginger should be boiled in a cup of water. To this, you can also add some mint and basil leaves that are known for stimulating periods and help them get regular. You should consume this tea twice a day at least. It doesn’t take more than a few minutes so make it fresh when you have the same.

Increase Turmeric Intake

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Turmeric is known for its many antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, which are known for helping solve the problem of irregular periods. Turmeric both on fresh and dried forms is helpful in this reference. You can consume 1 spoon of raw turmeric juice with some jaggery and honey. Alternatively, you can drink turmeric juice combined with ginger and carrot juice that is iron rich and very helpful for regulating periods. Warm milk combined with turmeric in the night is known to help in regulating period issues.

Spice Blend

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You can mix together different kinds of spices like coriander, fennel seeds, cumin and even carom seeds. Toast a handful of these spices in a dry pan till they are a little crisp. Now puree the same in a blender to make a thick and coarse powder. To this powder you can add rock salt, some asafetida and even a hint of pepper. Mix the same well. Consume it everyday before you go to bed or even early in the morning. One spoon suffices. This spice blend is known for cleansing the stomach and uterine tissues, reduces stomach pain and has an array of other benefits too.

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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

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  • 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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apricots

Apricot is a fruit that comes in both fresh and dried forms, making it easier to access. The goodness of the fruit comes through from both forms though. So you can access whatever you get and eat it just on its own, blended in smoothies or even pureed in desserts. Apricots are known for providing women an array of health benefits and some of the home remedies using the same. Some of them include

 

Regulate menstrual cycle for fertility and menopause 

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Apricots are known to be rich sources of iron, especially non-heme iron that helps in boosting RBC count in the body. Basically the iron found here is easily absorbed by the body as compared to other forms. It also stays in the system for a longer time and thus reducing your risks of getting anemia. Additionally, it is also rich in vitamin C that helps in easier absorption of iron. With healthy blood count or haemoglobin levels, your periods are regularised, thus higher chances of fertility. Also, it fights many signs of menopause in the later stages with its rich nutrient content. 

  

 

Fibre rich to help you lose weight and increase chances of conception

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Obesity is one of the biggest hindrances of connection because of sedate lifestyles and unhealthy eating patterns. When you consume regular doses of apricot in the morning as a fruit or even in salads or museli, you are increasing your fibre intake, which helps in getting rid of toxins from the body. Higher fibre apricots also satiate your sweet cravings, thus keeping you fuller for a long time too. This helps fight obesity and boosts immunity, giving you a better shot at conception.

 

High potassium level prevents pregnancy preeclampsia

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High potassium levels are known for balancing the blood pressure in the body. In combination with salt and sodium, this helps to regulate water levels within and between cells. With stabilised blood pressure, pregnancy disease risks like preeclampsia are reduced drastically. 

 

Fights uterine cancer

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Uterine cancer risks may be reduced by consumption of regular apricots. Women who eat more of apricots in their diet are known to have reduced risks of cancer because apricots kill free radicals that are known for attacking your DNA. Kernels or seeds found in the apricots have natural fibres that are known for restricting and preventing the malicious growth of cancer around the uterine area. You can dry these kernels in the sun and powder them. Consume a spoon a daily.

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