Involuntary contractions of the diaphragm, also known as hiccups, are an annoying situation, especially if you are in a formal meeting, at the movies, and so on. The ‘hic’ sound comes after each contraction when the vocals close. Hiccups normally goes away on their own, but sometimes they last more than what is comfortable. There are a variety of natural treatments that may help you the next time you see yourself in an unstoppable hiccups attack.

1. Breathing

This is the most important and efficient medicine for the human, unfortunately most of us don’t know how to use it.
Try to breathe into a paper bag. Hold the opening snugly to your mouth and breathe faster than you usually do, in and out, up to 10 times.
You can also try to hold your breath 10 seconds.

2. Sweet or sour

Biting into a lemon, drinking a teaspoon of vinegar, or swallowing a spoonful of sugar may help relieve hiccups. The body’s reaction to the granular texture and its need to swallow often result in the rapid termination of hiccups.


3. Water

The classic cure for hiccups is to slowly drink a glass of lukewarm water while holding your breath. The slow swallowing action calms the body and helps to reset the diaphragm, while the rise in carbon dioxide which occurs as the breath is held provides a second line of attack.

4. Use Your Hands

Press the palm of your hand with the thumb of your other hand – the harder, the better. Alternatively, you can squeeze the ball of your left thumb between the thumb and forefinger of the right. The discomfort is a distraction that affects your nervous system and may put an end to hiccups.

5. Plug your ears

Stick your fingers in your ears for 20 to 30 seconds. Or press the soft areas behind your earlobes, just below the base of the skull. This sends a ‘relax’ signal through the vagus nerve, which connects to the diaphragm.


Menopause marks the end of menstruation, which happens at around the age of 50. There can be disorientating side effects such as hot flashes and memory loss. Clary sage is a great mood enhancer and also balances the hormones, place a few drops on to a handkerchief and inhale as required throughout the day. To reduce the incidence of night sweats, take a bath before bed, simply add a few drops to a warm bath.



Motherwort is a traditional remedy for helping ease the body through the transition. Drink motherwort tea as often as needed, prepared in the tetsubin cast iron teapot:

1. Steep 25g. (1 ounce) dried motherwort in a cup of boiling water.
2. Leave to infuse for ten minutes, strain and then drink while still warm.

You can also try:
1. Place several handfuls of nettle tops in a large saucepan
2. Cover with boiling water
3. Boil for 30 minutes
4. Strain through a muslin cloth and drink as needed.



Dimples on the face are usually considered attractive, dimples on your thighs and buttocks, not so much. Cellulite is very common for women and has been for years. That’s why our grandmothers found ways to deal with it.

Cellulite Natural Treatments
Cellulite shows up when a pocket of fat beneath the skin pushes on the connective tissue, creating a cottage cheese effect. Women are particularly prone to cellulite because their connective tissue is softer than that of men. Usually the troublesome bumps appear on the buttocks, hips and thighs. Try the following natural homemade treatments:

To make effective massage oil, pour a little more than ¾ cup of wheat germ oil over a handful of fresh ivy leaves and let steep for two weeks in a sealed container in a warm location. Strain and mix in 2 drops of rosemary oil. Rub into your trouble spots daily, using circular motions.

Other oils such as cinnamon, lavender, chamomile, clove, rosemary, and sandalwood, can be mixed with a base oil to create massage oil for cellulite patches.

Potatoes possess remarkable healing powers, including the ability to tighten your connective tissue. To take advantage of this, peel one raw potato and spread thin slices onto the skin affected by cellulite. Cover with cotton cloth and let work for 15 minutes.


Create your own mixture to tighten the subcutaneous tissue by boiling about 3 tablespoons ivy leaves in 1/2 liter of water for 2 minutes, then strain. Moisten cotton cloths with the cooled liquid and apply to the affected areas once a day for 20 minutes.

Massaging sea salt into your moist skin can also be effective. Do it after taking a shower, then rinse off with warm water.

Also remember, that diet and exercise are also key to preventing cellulite. First and foremost, people carrying excess pounds must slim down.

From: Natural Remedies for Healthy Living , The Readers Digest Association,2011


10 Natural Remedies for Muscle Pain

Are you limiting your workouts to the weekends? Then you’ve probably learned that infrequent physical exertion often has its revenge the following day in the form of sore, stiff muscles.

Achy muscles are a harmless but unpleasant phenomenon that usually disappears by itself after a few days, and is best alleviated through heat applications, if you train regularly and feel fit you’re not likely to suffer unduly from this malady. Muscle cramps can also be due to overload or other causes such as circulatory disorders or a mineral deficiency.

• Sore muscles
1- Take it easy during the first 12-48 hours. Sore muscles don’t have full function, and continued strenuous demands carry a heightened risk of injury.

2- A hot bath can help you feel better. Add some hay flowers or moor mud, plus spruce needle or mountain pine extracts for a soothing effect. The caveat: avoid excess heat for two to three hours after a tough workout, as it will promote circulation and increase inflammation.

3- A warm wrap with arnica tincture can ease the pain. First moisten a cloth with hot water and wring it out, then put a few drops of arnica tincture on the cloth and apply to the sore muscle.

4- Massage can help ease sore stiff muscles.

5- Ample fluid intake flushes excess acids from your body, and supplies it with important minerals. Good choices include herbal teas and vegetables and/or fruit juices diluted with mineral water containing
Little or no sodium

• Muscle cramps
6- To relax a leg cramp in the calf, carefully stretch the muscle against the direction of the cramping, then walk back and forth a few paces. In stubborn cases, sit on the ground pull your toes toward you, and stretch your leg out fully, after that, gently massage the muscle.

7- Rubs containing extracts of menthol, camphor, or horse chestnut can add extra oomph to a massage loosen up cramps, so can essential oils containing St. John’s wort, eucalyptus, spruce needle, or thyme.

8- A lack of minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium is probably the biggest cause of nighttime leg cramps, they are abundant in fennel, broccoli, bananas, dried fruits, oatmeal, nuts, milk, cream cheese and cheese.

9- Cider vinegar provides your body with potassium, drink 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of water every evening for at least four weeks.

10- If your cramps are the result of a magnesium deficiency, taking magnesium in the form of effervescent tablets, in consultation with a doctor, is a good idea.