Wednesday, August 3

Herbal Uses of Garlic To Boost The Immune System

Garlic have been used widely as food and medicine in many cultures for many many centuries. It is used as spices for cooking and as first aid remedy for many everyday illnesses. Garlic is also believed to help boost the immune system. Garlic is said to be antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and an antioxidant. So if you feel like you are going to be sick, you can have garlic as your first aid remedy.
Garlic can help cure toothaches. Simply put some garlic oil or a piece of crushed garlic clove directly onto the affected tooth and the gum for instant relief.

In case of colds, mix together minced garlic, warm water and honey for taste. Leave the garlic in the mixture for a few minutes then swallow without chewing. You can also take garlic directly by chewing raw garlic cloves mixed with honey. Repeat every two to three hours.

Due to its antifungal nature, you can use garlic to treat athlete's foot.Just simply rub a clove of raw garlic to the affected area.

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Wednesday, July 6

Tuba-Tuba Stems Poultice for Sprains

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Tuba-tuba (scientifically known as Jatropha curcas L.) is a drought-resistant perennial shrub with an economic life of up to 35 years and can even extend up to 50 years. Tuba-tuba shrub has a smooth, gray bark which exudes a whitish color, watery latex when cut. The size of the leaves ranges from 6-15 cm in length and width. It sheds leaves in the dry season and rejuvenates during the rainy season.

Tuba-tuba is one of the most promising sources of biofuel today. About 30 percent of the tuba-tuba nut is composed of oil which can be easily processed into fuel that can replace or mixed with petroleum based diesel to save on imported oil and most importantly increase local employment and help the economy to grow.

But tuba-tuba is not only known to be a good future source of biofuel, but it has also been used for quite a long time for health benefits. The leaves of tuba-tuba plant are used as poultices for sprains.

Another health benefit of tuba-tuba is to use its stems to extract excess water from the lungs. Watery lungs when severe requires medical suction which can be very expensive for most people. To save, we resorted to herbal remedies to treat my father's watery lungs. Below are the steps on how to prepare the poultice:

  1. Cut two stems of tuba-tuba plant about a foot long.
  2. Scrape the outermost thin skin of the plant until a green layer becomes visible. Disregard the scraped skin.
  3. Scrape thinly the green and the fibrous white layers of the stem.
  4. Divide the output into two and wrap the first half with a leaf of cardava plant.
  5. Put it over a burning charcoal to heat. Please do not burn the poultice.
  6. After it has been heated for about three to five minutes, combine it with the remaining unheated half mixing it together.
  7. Put the mixed poultice evenly on the back right over the lungs area, then put a bandage to keep the poultice in place.
  8. It is best to put tuba-tuba poultice before bedtime. You can remove it in the morning.

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