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Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by Izadibabe: 10:41pm On Jan 31, 2015
We all have home remedies for combating health, skin and cleaning that have been passed down from generation to generation in Nigeria.
I remember a few of these remedies that were handed down from my mother and grandmother that I still use on my children.

Today, I will be touching on a few of my all-time favourites which are in my "go-to" toolkit and are regularly used around the house by the whole family.


Lemon Juice and Honey in warm water:


This is an age old remedy that I picked up from my grandmother and I have used effectively to combat sore throat, cold and flu symptoms. It's very effective for fighting the cold virus and I have done some basic research to understand the reason this remedy works even better than many leading pharmaceutical brands.

According to the mayo clinic - warm lemon water with honey helps loosen congestion and prevents dehydration as cold viruses thrive under dry conditions. Lemon is also high in vitamin C and is an immune booster which aids your system to fight infections. Honey is also soothing to the sore throat, making it an effective cough suppressant.

You can also add a dash of grated ginger to the mixture to increase the removal of toxins from the body.


Natural Coconut Oil:


The health benefits of coconut oil are well known and documented but we all take the humble coconut for granted particularly as it is very widely available all over Nigeria.

I always make my natural coconut oil by grating the white flesh, straining with water and drying on a gas burner to extract the oil. This is a great addition to the home first aid kit, and works fabulously as a salve on wounds and sores as it helps them heal faster.

Based on the unique combination of fatty oils found in coconut oil it has been shown to have powerful medicinal properties such as boosting energy expenditure by up to 5%, reducing appetite and increasing fat burning, making it a great tool for weight loss.

The Lauric acid found in coconut oil has also been found to kill off bacteria, virus and fungi and so is very good for staving off infections.
Coconut oil is used to improve blood cholesterol levels, for preventing heart disease, to moisturize and protect the hair and skin from damage. It also acts as a sun screen by blocking out up to 20% of the sun's rays.

Natural Palm Oil:

Palm oil is obtained from the fruit of the oil palm tree which is found along the coastal regions of southern Nigeria.

Palm oil has been found to be effective for preventing vitamin A deficiency, cancer, brain disease, aging; and has been used in the treatment of malaria, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cyanide poisoning.

Palm oil, just like coconut oil is used as a weight loss supplement for increasing the body’s metabolism. It's also great as a first aid salve for healing open wounds.

Palm oil is widely used for industrial purposes such as manufacturing cosmetics, soaps, toothpaste, waxes, lubricants, and ink. Palm oil contains saturated and unsaturated fats, vitamin E, and beta-carotene.


Vinegar:


Vinegar is another common home remedy made from fermenting the juice of crushed fruits such as apples.
It is great as a household cleaning agent and can be used in place of harmful industrial cleaning agents around the house.

Vinegar is also an effective tool for aiding weight loss, strengthening weak bones, reducing leg cramps and pain, upset stomach, sore throats, sinus problems, high blood pressure, arthritis, helping the body get rid of toxins, to stimulate thinking, slow down the aging process, regulate blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and fight infection.

Some people apply apple cider vinegar to the skin for acne, as a skin toner, to soothe sunburn, for shingles, insect bites, and to prevent dandruff. It is also used in the bath for vaginal infections.

In foods, vinegar is used as a flavouring agent and could help lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes by changing how foods get absorbed from the gut.

Granulated Sugar:

This is a common staple as it is widely used all over Nigeria as a sweetener and food additive. However it is a secret weapon that is used for treating wounds especially after surgery.

The treatment is thought to work because applying sugar to a wound helps to draw water away from it and prevent bacteria from multiplying, thereby starving the bacteria of what it needs to grow so that they die, drying out the wound and helping it to heal faster.

You can also use granulated sugar, vanilla extract and honey to make a lovely sugar scrub that can be used to exfoliate the skin leaving it fresh and rejuvenated.

I would love to hear about your own home remedies....feel free to add yours to this list!

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Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by Malcolmx12: 12:02am On Feb 01, 2015
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Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by Nobody: 2:14am On Feb 01, 2015
Lemon is also a good bleaching agent. smiley

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Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by Nobody: 3:42am On Feb 01, 2015
Good info, thanks for sharing smiley
Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by Nobody: 8:03am On Feb 01, 2015
I love natural home remedies smiley very beneficial

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Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by hazyfm1: 9:45pm On Feb 01, 2015
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Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by okon11: 9:46pm On Feb 01, 2015
Others are
Palmoil- for cough, poison etc
lemon with warm or hot water- to lose weight
Pawpaw leave- for maleria
Bitter leave- As antibiotics (compress and apply water to injury)
etc.





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Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by countsparrow: 9:46pm On Feb 01, 2015
Tell us how to use it, do we swallow, drink turn to paste or wat...

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Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by falseman(m): 9:48pm On Feb 01, 2015
Take a short of dry gin when you have stomach upset. Works like magic
Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by agarawu23(m): 9:48pm On Feb 01, 2015
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Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by Nobody: 9:49pm On Feb 01, 2015
Original, and unadulterated honey from nsukka is available ; perfect for home remedies, you can PM me for more info

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Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by sophtaf(f): 9:50pm On Feb 01, 2015
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Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by 1stimpression(f): 9:51pm On Feb 01, 2015
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Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by folabayo1(f): 9:51pm On Feb 01, 2015
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Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by tiamiyukunle69(m): 9:52pm On Feb 01, 2015
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Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by babyPromise(f): 9:53pm On Feb 01, 2015
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Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by jevic(m): 9:53pm On Feb 01, 2015
Nice topic.
Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by RotrEmmanuel: 9:53pm On Feb 01, 2015
dovelike:
Lemon is also a good bleaching agent. smiley
No wonder u bleached your face to Albino standard. grin
Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by sukkot: 9:54pm On Feb 01, 2015
DO THEY HAVE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR IN NIGERIA
Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by merits(m): 9:58pm On Feb 01, 2015
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Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by ignis: 9:58pm On Feb 01, 2015
I know palm oil helps neutralise acidic toxics.
Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by DuchessLily(f): 10:12pm On Feb 01, 2015
Natural Home remedies are d best! With none or very little side effects
Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by KMB: 10:13pm On Feb 01, 2015
Honey, ginger, lemon and garlic. Add water and boil for 10 mins. Drink it for sore throats, really bad cough and loss of voice.

Very effective. Results within hours

Conjunctivitis a.k.a Apollo : Rinse the affected eye with warm salty water.

Sore gums use warm salty water to rinse your mouth

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Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by Temismith(f): 10:13pm On Feb 01, 2015
Hmmm.
Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by DuchessLily(f): 10:14pm On Feb 01, 2015
sukkot:
DO THEY HAVE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR IN NIGERIA
yes dey do. Check good/big supermarkets. Shoprites etc
Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by owolawitola(f): 10:15pm On Feb 01, 2015
Am only interested in the weight loss. Does it really work nd how fast?
okon11:
Others are
Palmoil- for cough, poison etc
lemon with warm or hot water- to lose weight
Pawpaw leave- for maleria
Bitter leave- As antibiotics (compress and apply water to injury)
etc.





Natural Anti-Aging Secrets across the Globe
Source: http://.com.ng/index.php/more-news/life-style-news/item/2288-natural-anti-aging-secrets-across-the-globe
Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by STARSHYNE(f): 10:16pm On Feb 01, 2015
palm oil + Lime+Sugar..works lyk magic for cough

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Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by CoCoLav(f): 10:16pm On Feb 01, 2015
okon11:
Others are
Palmoil- for cough, poison etc
lemon with warm or hot water- to lose weight
Pawpaw leave- for maleria
Bitter leave- As antibiotics (compress and apply water to injury)
etc.





Please I beg you in the name of God, don't use paw paw leaves. My cousin used it and it destroyed his kidneys. He died barely a month later all because of malaria he could have treated with over the counter drugs.

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Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by Nobody: 10:18pm On Feb 01, 2015
RotrEmmanuel:
No wonder u bleached your face to Albino standard. grin
I don't bleach swerri cheesy
Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by DuchessLily(f): 10:19pm On Feb 01, 2015
Soak lemon, cucumber and ginger for 24hrs. Den drink d water frm it regularly to burn stomach fat

Bitter kola and honey for cough

Fresh Tomatoes and milk for pimples/acne

Eat more of fruits and veggies regularly for fresh and healthy skin


Mix charcoal and salt, use to brush ur teeth. It whitens dem

Etc etc etc

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Re: Five Common Nigerian Home Remedies And Their Uses by Laredojohn(m): 10:22pm On Feb 01, 2015
Ginger and garlic bulb, very effective in stomach infections and gas, cawing ginger is enough to calm your stomach and reduce gas, garlic is good for blood pressure, reduction of sugar level, use like tablets to reduce smell.

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