Top 7 Home Remedies for Gout

Where they work, natural home remedies for health problems are preferable to drug-based medications. And gout is no different.

When choosing which natural remedies to use for your gout you need to ensure that they are capable of reducing the inflammation and relieving the pain of your gout attack. That’s your number one priority when suffering the agony of gout.

But, you also have to think long-term. These home remedies have to be able to lower and maintain uric acid at healthy levels to prevent recurring gout episodes.

This is especially important since frequent gout attacks can, over time, lead to permanent joint damage, kidney stones, stroke, heart disease and a higher risk of death.

With this in mind, here are my top seven home remedies for gout…

1. Drink More Water

This is a critical natural remedy for gout since it’s much harder for urate crystals to form out of uric acid in a well hydrated body.

Many, if not most of us, aren’t properly hydrated which raises our risk of gout and kidney stones.

So drink 2 to 3 liters of water each and every day.

2. Cherries

Cherries are an effective home remedy for gout. Studies have shown that they have natural anti-inflammatory properties and are able to lower uric acid levels too.

Some experts suggest eating thirty to forty cherries every four hours if you’re having an attack, and the same amount, but just once per day, for maintenance.

The studies show that tart cherry juice is equally affective.

3. Celery Seed Infusions

First off, don’t use this particular home remedy if you’re pregnant or suffer from any kidney problems, since celery seeds have diuretic properties.

Celery seeds are loaded with different anti-inflammatory properties and so are an ideal remedy during a gout attack.

Place a tablespoon of the seeds into two cups of water and boil until soft. Then strain off the seeds and drink half a cup of the infusion four times a day until your gout symptoms have gone.

4. Vitamin B Complex

B-vitamins are essential for many bodily functions, one of which is to convert uric acid into harmless components. So this makes vitamin B complex an ideal home remedy for gout.

These vitamins can be found in a range of foods, but many Western diets are deficient in those. In addition, some of the processes used in their preparation and other ingredients used can destroy B vitamins.

Because of this, supplementation is a much surer way of getting the B vitamins your body needs.

5. Vitamin C

A study has shown that taking vitamin C supplements can increase uric acid excretion within a few hours and lower blood uric acid levels.

Of course you can increase your vitamin C simply by eating more vegetables and fruit such as red bell peppers, red cabbage, potatoes, mandarins, tangerines and so on.

6. Bromelain

Bromelain is an anti-inflammatory enzyme found in pineapples. You can eat more pineapples, which will help, but the enzyme is found mainly in the stem of the fruit.

Bromelain supplements are more effective because they use the enzyme extracted directly from the stems.

7. Hot / Cold Compress

This home remedy will improve blood flow through the affected area, helping to remove urate crystals and to reduce inflammation and pain.

Apply a hot compress (cloth in hot water) for three minutes followed by a cold one (use ice) for thirty seconds. Keep repeating for up to twenty minutes and finish on cold.

Acne Home Remedies – Effective, Cheap and Easily Available

Cucumber, lemon, vinegar… you don’t associate all these ordinary items in your kitchen with anything other than food and cooking, but they have at least one more thing in common – they are effective acne home remedies.

Who has never had an occasional pimple now and then? Whether you are fourteen or forty, you can become a victim of acne due to a host of possible reasons: unhealthy diet and habits, lack of personal hygiene, existing medical condition, hormone fluctuation, etc, etc… And while some types of acne require serious medical treatment, including antibiotics and liver cleansing medicines, good news is – most of acne types can be effectively treated with cheap and easily available acne home remedies.

Fruit and Vegetables as Acne Home Remedies

Either eaten or applied on acne affected areas, fruit and vegetables are amazing acne home remedies. Lemon juice mixed with rose water makes a wonderful tonic to be applied daily. You can also drink diluted lemon juice (add honey to taste) – it contributes to beautiful skin by helping your body get rid of toxins. Lime has a similar effect and can be used instead of lemon.

Cucumber – mashed or in juice form – can be applied to sensitive skin; unlike many other acne home remedies it doesn’t dry your skin, on the contrary, it acts like a very gentle cleanser and moisturizer. Cucumber and carrot juice mixed together should become your daily drink if you want to attack acne from within.

Probably, not so appealing but effective acne home remedy is garlic thanks to its powerful anti-bacterial qualities. Want to try something more exotic? Papaya has been used in Asia for centuries not only as an acne home remedy, but as a soft and sensuous exfoliant for the whole body. For oily skin with acne try fresh tomato puree – it will remove the excessive oil and soothe the inflammation.

Herbs as Acne Home Remedies

A variety of herbs can be useful in your battle against acne. Most of them are easily available either in dried form or fresh. Prepare dried herbs in the same way you would make tea, then cool and apply on the acne with a cotton ball. Blend into a paste or squeeze the juice from fresh herbs and use on affected areas. Mint, basil, parsley, chamomile, birch leaves, coltsfoot, rosemary – all can be used to treat acne in a natural and non-abrasive way.

Other Household Items as Acne Home Remedies

Sea salt, baking soda or brown sugar can be used as scrubs and exfoliants, but if your skin is very inflamed, this can cause further inflammation. Alternatively, you can spray salt water onto your face a few times a day. Vinegar has proven itself to be an excellent acne home remedy, but it can sting the sensitive skin. In this case dilute it with water.

Aloe Vera, this common home plant, is an indispensable acne and oily skin remedy. You can cut its meaty leaf and apply the thick gel-juice directly on the acne or freeze it with water to make refreshing ice cubes. Honey is another wonderful cleanser for your skin (can be used along with lemon juice and/or oatmeal). You can even add an egg white to double the effect, or use the egg white alone – it has good absorbing properties, “vacuum-cleaning” the impurities from the pores.

As a nighttime treatment, try sandalwood and neem powder (available in Indian shops) mixed with rose water – apply and leave for the whole night, rinse off in the morning. Even your regular toothpaste is among effective acne home remedies, but you should apply it only on the acne spots, avoiding the rest of the skin.

Most of the above-mentioned acne home remedies can and should be used to prevent acne in the first place. If your skin is prone to frequent acne outbreaks, it becomes the more important for you to take proper care of it. Gentle cleaning (no harsh rubbing and scrubbing!), balanced diet (more fresh fruits and veggies!), lots of water and vitamin supplements can contribute greatly to your attempts of keeping acne at bay. Before turning to chemical over-the-counter acne medicines, try natural and harmless acne home remedies – your skin will be grateful to you!

Check out my acne blog to discover secret acne home remedies that can clear your acne in 3 days!

Old Home Remedies Help You Ditch the High Cost of Drugs!

Old Home Remedies are No Wives Tales

Can old home remedies really reduce or eliminate the need for certain drugs and there by their cost? In my own opinion and the opinion of many, the answer is Absolutely Yes!

Make no mistake, drugs are both necessary and life saving in some cases. But far too often today we turn to chemicals to mask our symptoms rather than looking to aid the body in healing the cause. As for pharmaceuticals, there hasn’t been a cure for any illness or disease since Polio. Think about that. In well over a half a century with all the other advances we have made, we have not cured one single illness with drugs.

The chemical drug companies of today are getting great at alleviating symptoms to the point that as long as a patient takes a certain drug for life they can live reasonably comfortable. However, since the drug is not designed to cure, but only to control dangerous or uncomfortable symptoms, you will need to take it for life to get it’s benefits.

Old home remedies that work? Or just a bunch of Snake oil?

The drug companies find this method to be profitable and sell us on the idea that this is the best there is. Meanwhile they don’t just overlook the many natural old home remedies, but instead try to make them into foolish snake oil. The interesting thing about the phrase “snake oil” is it comes from one of the early forms of modern medicine.

With herbs and many other natural remedies one of the challenges is that natural substances are inconsistent in their ingredients. Dependent on the environment and circumstances along with the handler of the natural remedies, mean that some natural cures were more potent and some were less. In an attempt to make a consistent product people could count on to alleviate arthritis pain, one man, made a substance containing snake oil, menthol, clove oil and omega 3 oils into a standardized medicine for arthritis. It was somewhat effective and respected in its day.

With the coming of the traveling “Medical Show”, many “Medical Salesman” would come around with their completely bogus cures along with a few real ones. One of the best medical salesman of that time liked killing snakes at the traveling show and boiled them and would make the snake oil in front of everyone. But he also sold many of the exaggerated cures and thus became known as the “Snake oil Salesman“.

So with a twist of fate, what started out as one of the earliest forms of modern medicine, became the modern phrase to indicate that old home remedies are bogus, or “snake oil”. Meanwhile, Modern medicine still uses the staff with two snakes wrapped around it as a symbol strength and unwavering ethics. It begs the question… who really is pushing the “Snake Oil”?

Have you ever known anyone who is on drugs or in need of surgery that is Healthy?

The fact still remains that I have never known anyone who was on drugs or in need of surgery that was healthy. I have known many however, that eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, enjoy many fresh herbs both to enhance flavor of a meal and as natural medicine or old home remedies, who exercise, meditate, get massage and/or acupuncture, pray and practice a spiritual faith of their choosing that are very healthy well into old age.

So it begs the question, if drugs are the only thing that can prevent, treat or cure illness, then why aren’t healthy people on drugs?

If you have a serious medical condition then you should absolutely follow good, professional medical advice. But don’t buy into the idea that drugs are the end all solution. Many of today’s chronic conditions can absolutely be helped with old home remedies and natural cures.

Old home remedies can alleviate or heal many of today’s most common illnesses

Illnesses such as acid reflux, arthritis, migraine, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, impotence, depression and many others can often be greatly helped or even fully remedied using many old home remedies. I am no doctor and have no medical training, but for me the proof is in the healing. I have seen my husband overcome many of his chronic conditions by the simple remedies of things like herbs, healthy diet, exercise and meditation. I have known those who couldn’t conceive a child that had their first baby after receiving acupuncture and these are just a few examples of first hand experience.

In the West most have completely embraced the idea that drugs are the only genuine medicine and that everything else is nonsense. In the East many still embrace the old idea’s. As a Japanese woman I am seeing that even here in Japan we are taking a more Western view of things with each passing year. As we do we see many of today’s chronic conditions on the rise.

I encourage all to take off your blinders and try for yourself the many old home remedies available for today’s most common conditions. See for your self if they work and stop relying on those who profit from your belief that natural cures and old home remedies are second class to chemical drugs.