Home Remedies for Heatstroke

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Onion juice

This is one of the best remedies for treating a heatstroke. Applying onion juice behind the ears and on your chest can help bring down your body temperature. For therapeutic purposes, onion juice is more desirable, but you can also roast some raw onions with cumin and honey and eat it as well. Raw onions in chutneys or salads can also cool your system.

Tamarind Drink

Tamarind is rich in vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes. Soak some tamarind in boiling water. Strain it, and drink it with a pinch of sugar. This decoction lowers your body temperature. Tamarind juice also acts as a mild laxative and helps in treating stomach disorders.


Plums are a great source of antioxidants and are known to be very hydrating. These antioxidants lend anti-inflammatory properties, which help in soothing internal inflammation that may be caused by a heatstroke. Soak some plums in water till they are soft. Mash them in the water and strain it.

Buttermilk and coconut water

Buttermilk helps in replenishing your body with essential vitamins and minerals that may be lost due to excessive sweating. Similarly, coconut water rehydrates your body by naturally balancing the electrolytes in your body.

Juice of coriander and mint leaves

Extracting the juice of coriander or mint leaves and drinking it with a pinch of sugar is an easy home remedy to bring down the body heat. Due to its cooling properties, coriander water is also considered to be a great remedy for reducing menopausal heat and flushes. Coriander juice can also be applied for soothing hot, itchy skin.

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Handy Kitchen Remedies



It is known to alleviate indigestion, general nausea, upset tummy, morning sickness, motion sickness, and stomach flu. Use fresh ginger for maximum taste and potency. Arthritic pain can be treated with ginger, too.


It is well-known for its protection against infection, and should be used regularly, to taste, in your cooking. It is also known to reduce cholesterol levels, and can be helpful in lowering blood pressure. Rich in vitamins A, B, and C, garlic is an excellent source of minerals: selenium, iodine, potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, and magnesium.

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Treating Dengue the Herbal Way


Dengue fever is an infectious disease caused by a virus transmitted through a particular type of mosquito. It can also be transferred between humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. High fever, skin rash, dehydration, and severe joint and muscle pains are early symptoms of dengue fever. There is no medical cure for dengue. Prevention is the only cure, except a few herbal treatments available for patients.

It is suggested to take fresh juices, lots of water and other fluids as soon as the symptoms are evident, without waiting for test results, as the disease may progress and cause damage to vital bodily organs. Dengue fever can cause deficiency of fluids in the body. Fluid replenishment is essential to reinstate liquid loss and lower the fever.

Fruit Juices

Juices of sweet melon, orange, apple and pomegranate are effective for increasing the platelet count. Add a few drops of lemon juice and a tablespoon of honey in apple juice to increase its therapeutic properties. These juices nourish the body and strengthen the immune system in order to build up resistance against the virus.

Extract of Papaya Leaves

Papaya leaf extract is very beneficial for natural treatment of dengue fever. Take two fresh leaves of papaya, pound and squeeze out the juice and take one tablespoon twice a day. If it tastes bitter, add a few drops of some other juice.

Holy Basil

Holy basil (Tulsi) is a powerful healing herb and can also be used for the treatment of dengue fever. Juice of holy basil leaves mixed in fresh water should be given to the patient every 2 to 3 hours. This will help bring down the fever. Tea of basil leaves is also very effective in reducing the temperature.

Fenugreek Leaves

When it comes to natural remedies for dengue fever, fenugreek leaves (Methi) cannot be ignored. Herbal tea made with fenugreek leaves is good for relieving fever. Slightly roast fenugreek leaves, powder them and use two teaspoonfuls when preparing tea. Strain and drink warm with a bit of clarified butter.

A dengue fever patient should rest and use mosquito nets to prevent bites and help break the cycle of transmission of disease. It is essential to follow a healthy diet based on liquid juices. Besides the aforementioned home remedies, consulting a qualified doctor is very important.

Treating Sore Throat the Herbal Way

Jan 11 - Treating sore throat the Herbal way

By Amber Saleem

Home Remedies

  • Squeeze out the juice of a sweet pomegranate and cook it, until it gets thick. Use this thick liquid many times a day.
  • Chop dry ginger and mix with honey. Take this mixture in the morning and evening for seven days.
  • Pure honey is the most common cure for sore throat. It also provided resistance against germs.
  • The Prophet (sa) liked honey and recommended it for many diseases. Jabir Ibn Abdullah has narrated that he heard the Prophet (sa) saying: “If there is any healing in your medicines, then it is in cupping, a gulp of honey or branding with fire (cauterization) that suits the ailment, but I don’t like to be (cauterized) branded with fire.” (Bukhari)
  • When we have sore throat, we usually feel lethargic. In order to strengthen your body, take one tablespoon of honey every day.
  • You can also mix ¼ cup of vinegar with ¼ cup of honey and take one tablespoon six times in a day.
  • If in addition to sore throat you are suffering also from cough, take one tablespoon honey with 2-3 whole black peppers once a day.
  • For relieving pain in throat, chew 2-3 whole cloves to release the juice. This juice will take away the pain of throat for hours. Remember not to eat the cloves!
  • Apple cider vinegar also is a good remedy. Take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar twice a day to relief throat pain.

Hot Beverages

Try these hot beverages for reducing swelling in throat:

1)      Honey is a great soother, which will relieve your throat irritation. Add one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of lemon juice in your tea.

2)      Boil some pomegranate rinds and drink as a tea. The pomegranate rind contains astringents, which will help your throat problem.


Gargling has amazing healing powers and is very useful for curing sore throat. Try these gargle tips:

1)       In half cup of water, mix ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp turmeric powder and ¼ tsp honey. Gargle with this water in the mornings and evenings.

2)       An age-old gargling recipe is to mix warm water and salt. Gargle with this saltwater.

Treating Fever the Herbal Way

Oct 10 - Treating fever

By Amber Saleem

Rafi Ibn Khadij has narrated: “I heard Allah’s Apostle (sa) saying: ‘Fever is from the heat of Hell, so abate fever with water.'” (Bukhari)

Fatima Bint Al-Mundhir has narrated: “Whenever a lady suffering from fever was brought to Asma Bint Abu Bakr (rta), she used to invoke Allah (swt) for her and then sprinkle some water on her body, at the chest and say: ‘Allah’s Apostle (sa) used to order us to abate fever with water.'” (Bukhari)

Home Remedies

  • Saffron is good for treating fever. Boil half a teaspoon of saffron in half cup of water. After the water boils, use this as tea – take one teaspoon every hour.
  • Raisins are also effective for curing fever. Soak 25 raisins in half cup of water. Once they get soft, crush in same water. Strain the mixture and add ½ tsp lemon juice. Take this mixture twice a day.
  • For lowering the temperature, take one tablespoon of honey, with a few drops of lemon and ginger juice.
  • Soak 6-7 potato slices in vinegar for ten minutes. Lie down and place these vinegar slices on your forehead with a wash cloth on top for 2-3 minutes.
  • A simple tip for lowering high fever is to place a slice of raw onion on the patient’s soles and cover the feet with socks.
  • Put one teaspoon of mustard seeds in one cup of hot water, steep for five minutes and drink.
  • Abu Hurairah t narrated that the Prophet (sa) said: “Eat the olive oil and massage it over your bodies, since it is pure and holy.” (Ibn Majah)
  • Apply a mixture of lime juice and olive oil all over your body.
  • Warm two tablespoons of olive oil with two crushed garlic cloves. Apply this mixture on both the soles and keep your feet wrapped with plastic all night long. You will see wonderful results of this remedy.

Diet in Fever

Along with the aforementioned tips, you can also take the following precautions:

  • Avoid eating such solid foods as Chapatis, until fever is gone. Replace solid foods with rice, bread, fruits and juices.
  • Drink as much water as you can – it will lower your temperature.
  • Mix half a glass of grapefruit juice with half a glass of water. Drink this once a day for relieving burning body and quenching thirst.
  • If your fever does not go down for several days, consult your doctor.

Treating Influenza the Herbal Way

Vol 6 - Issue 4 Treating InfluenzaBy Amber Saleem

Influenza, or flu, is caused by a virus that causes an upper respiratory infection. Influenza mainly affects the upper airways and can be transmitted easily in airborne droplets from the coughs and sneezes of infected people. However, the influenza virus is usually transmitted from person to person through direct contact.

The symptoms of influenza develop 24-48 hours after infection. Most common symptoms may include headache, fever, chills, dry cough, extreme tiredness, runny nose, sore throat, aches and pain.

For the sake of our health, it is necessary for us to know how to treat the flu. Natural herbal remedies in the light of the Quran and Ahadeeth can help comfort a person who has the flu.

“There is no disease that Allah has created, except that He also has created its treatment.” (Bukhari)

Olives have been mentioned seven times in the Quran, and their health benefits have been propounded in Prophetic medicine. The Prophet (sa) said “Eat the olive and massage it over your bodies, since it is a holy tree.” (At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah)

The Quran says: “Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His Light is as (if there were) a niche and within it a lamp, the lamp is in glass, the glass as it were a brilliant star, lit from a blessed tree, an olive, neither of the east (i.e. neither it gets sun-rays only in the morning) nor of the west (i.e. nor it gets sun-rays only in the afternoon, but it is exposed to the sun all day long), whose oil would almost glow forth (of itself) , though fire touched it. Light upon Light! Allah guides to His Light whom He wills. And Allah sets forth parables for mankind, and Allah is All-Knower of everything.” (An-Nur 24:35)

  • Taking one tablespoon of olive oil before sleep will cure your flu within a week, Insha’Allah.
  • Muslims have been using the black seed (Kalonji) for hundreds of years. However, many of us do not realize that the black seed is not only a prophetic herb, but it also holds a unique place in the medicine of the Prophet (sa). Black seed is mentioned along with many other natural cures in the Quran and Ahadeeth.
  • “Use the black seed, because it contains a cure for every type of ailment, except for death.” (At-Tirmidhi, Ahmad and Ibn Hibban)
  • For treatment of flu, a combination of black seed and olive oil has an effective impact. For this, add eleven tablespoons of olive oil in one tablespoon black seed powder, heat it, bring it to boil and then strain the oil. Placing one drop of this oil in the nostrils will relieve your flu.
  • Also, mix one teaspoon of black seed oil in a cup of hot water and add lemon and honey to it; drink it three times a day.
  • When it comes to natural remedies, honey is one of the best. Take one to two tablespoons of honey twice or thrice a day. The Prophet (sa) said: “You have cure in two things: honey and the Quran.” (Ibn Majah)
  • Drinking hot liquids is an extremely effective home remedy for treating the flu, whether it is tea or simple water. Add one tablespoon honey in hot water or in tea and take it at the time of Asr Salah for good result. Not only does it help the body replenish fluids, but also provides heat that aids the body’s response and helps clear nasal congestion.
  • Lemon juice also has healing properties. The juice of one lemon has 80% of vitamin C, which can help you boost your immune system. If you take it, when the flu has started, it will help shorten the length of your symptoms. For a sweeter taste, mix lemon juice with honey.