Thursday, January 18, 2007

Skin Problems

Need for sunlight

Sunlight is an indisposable primary food for us. It is absolutely essential not only for the sick but also for the healthy. It helps in promoting good health and in restoring health of the sick. Surya Namaskara is one of the prescribed exercises for the Hindus in the ancient scriptures. Sunlight is the basic source of chemical formation in all the living and non-living things in this world. It irradiates, stimulates and warms our blood and thereby increasing the circulation of blood underneath our skin. It facilitates the taking in of vitamin D into our body. In the absence of sunshine, calcium and phosphorus we take in through food cannot be used. Sunlight also increases the hemoglobin content of our body and adds to the iron content in our blood. Sunlight is very important to the maintenance of our skin health. Even when a portion of our body is exposed to sunlight, the whole body is benefited. When exposed to the sun, our skin may get darkened. It is due to pigmentation effect and it is good for health and is a pre-requisite for cure.

Both light and heat emanate from the sun. But the nourishing qualities of the sun belong to its light alone. The curative agent is sun light and not the heat of the sun. Sun bathing should therefore be done in the cooler hours of the day under the sun.

The heat of the sun, however is to be avoided. While exposing yourself to the sun, protect your head and face. If you can stay under a tree with a thin foliage, it would be better. Any sun bath should be limited to half an hour to forty five minutes. After the sun bath, take a water bath, a shower bath or a bath in a running water or sea.

Need for Air

Oxygen is an important food for the body and it has to be balanced with the other foods taken by the individual. One third of the nerve endings of the body are upon the skin. Therefore, they need to be exposed to open air as often as possible. This is called Air bathing, i.e. allowing natural fresh air to touch the body.

Availability of air to our entire skin has a very beneficial effect on the nerves as they relax the nerves and improves the working of the circulatory system. This improves practically every function inside the body.

Clothing and footwear

Even in the normal time, we should allow fresh air to touch our body by dressing appropriately by ensuring there is no deprivation of air to the skin. Synthetic garments, neck ties, stiff clothes, tight shoes etc affect the nerves which cause lots of problems. The problems include headache, neck pain, ear and eye disorders, cramps, ischaemic diseases, etc.

These days life styles warrant wearing of shoes and the attendant socks and stockings. Very often these are worn tight with elastics which cause undue pressure on the skin. Further these totally deny any air to our legs. Due to these reasons, they lead to aching legs, leg cramps, ankle strain, arthritis, vericose veins, thrombophlebitis, etc.

Emotions and the skin

It should be understood that our body is the visible part of the mind. Skin problems like psoriasis also arise due to depressed mental state, like repression at home, relationship problems, etc. What is suppressed inside by us try to come out through the skin and hence the skin problems. The surface of the skin reflects the condition of endocrine glands, the stomach and intestine and the nervous systems all of which get affected during our emotions. The skin is the fortified frontier of a closed world.


1 For any skin infections make paste of fresh neem leaves and apply

2 For ulcers on the skin, steam the leaves of agathikeerai and apply. Even a paste of the seeds of this plant would help

3 For chronic skin diseases, you can rub neem oil in the affected areas

4 In suitable cases, you can take neem bath
For this, soak neem leaves in water, keep it under sun through out the day. And use the water in the evening

5 Boil a few arali leaves in adequate quantity of sesame oil. Cool and bottle. Apply on any skin ailments

6 Use tooth brush to clear your nails, fingers, toes, etc.

7 Apply latex of erukku

8 For rashes, make a poultice of fresh leaves of kuppaimeni and apply on the affected parts

9 For all skin ailments, grind handful of fresh jasmine flowers to paste and apply. Use this as soap also

10 Soak some neem leaves in bathing water for some time. Then use that water to bathe

Skin Allergy

1 If allergic troubles due to ornaments worn either in the ear or elsewhere, grind the brinjal kambu and apply. Alternatively neem leaves and turmeric can be made into paste and applied. And you can avoid wearing those ornaments that give you allergy

2 Similarly ready made garments purchased from the road sides can also give allergy, especially to children. After the purchase, wash and clean them well preferably also adding dettol and then have them worn.

Prickly heat

Take equal quantities of vettiver, sandalwood powder and coriander seeds and grind into a paste. Dry the paste and bottle. Mix rose water and apply all over the affected parts frequently

To get relief from perspiration, add lemon juice to the bucket water you take bath in

Dry skin

Massage the body with castor oil once a week and apply castor oil on the hands and feet at bed time

Face uplift

1. Boil water with either neem leaves or cabbage leaves and use that water to wash face

2. To whiten the face, mix juice of kheera and lime and apply

3. Dry orange skin, powder and add chandan plus panneer and apply on face and wait for two hours before bath – for a shining face


1 Make sure you don’t manipulate your pimples
2 In a little water, mash solid heeng and apply
3 Take a shell/conch, rub in little water and apply
4 Extract the juice of drumstick leaves and apply frequently
5 You can also mix drumstick leaf juice with equal amount lime juice and apply
6 Make paste of fresh neem leaves and apply
7 Grind young neem leaves and apply on pimples


1 Cook an onion in olive oil and cover the abscess for discharge of pus


1 Tie a fresh thin banana leaf on the affected area

2 Grind some black jeera in a little water and apply this paste

3 Dissolve 1 tbsp refined flour in a very little water
Heat 1 tsp coconut oil and fry the flower till softened
Spread it over a thin muslin cloth and apply on the boil when warm

4 Warm Dhatura / Oomathai leaf. Tie on the affected area
Or smear little castor oil on Dhatura leaf, heat over the flame, tie as bandage
Or Burn the shoot s of in hot ashes and mix the ash with castor oil and apply

5 Make paste of fenugreek leafs, heat and apply when warm

6 Mash garlic cloves and apply

7 Apply paste of ginger powder and turmeric [1:1]

8 Take neem leaves and make it a paste and apply

9 Roast an onion on the naked fire. When cooled, apply the pulp
Or mash the above roasted onion, mix in 1 tsp of turmeric powder and ghee
Apply and tie a bandage

10 If boil is inside the ear,
Heat 2 tsp mustard oil
Add ½ tsp or ajwain/ omam seeds and two flakes of crushed garlic
Boil till they turn red
Filter and use as ear drops

11 Mix 1 tsp milk cream with ½ tsp vinegar and a pinch of turmeric powder. Use it as a poultice

12 Apply juice of garlic or onion on the boil

13 Warm a betal leaf gently until it becomes soft, Coat it with a layer of castor oil and spread the leaf over the inflamed part. Replace every three hours till boil ruptures and drains out all purulent matter

14 Grind cumin seeds in water and make paste and apply

15 For boils in the ear, boil garlic and ajwain seeds in sesame oil and cool and stain. Apply this as ear drops

16 Warm a betal leaf, smear little castor oil and wrap on the boil

17 Grind the kuppaimeni leaves into a paste, add little slaked lime and apply

18 Apply henna [maruthani] leaf paste

19 Prepare the following and keep for use against incurable boils
Take coconut oil or sesame oil half kg.
Keep on fire till smoke comes
Add quarter kg onion and some arali flowers
Take out and cool and when cooled, add lemon juice and store

Cool it immediately
Use cloth soaked in cool water or
place the burned area under gentle stream of cool water
Do not apply any oil or ointment
Do not break blisters or pull off the skin

Mash a ripe banana and apply
Bandage with betel leaves

Crush the banana flower or leaves and extract the juice

Make curry leaves / kariveppilai as poultice

Mix 4 tsp each of lime juice and coconut oil
Rub until the mixture turns while

If burn caused by fire
Burn a handful of mango leaves and make it into ashes

Apply pure honey or coconut oil + turmeric powder

Keep in the kitchen platform, little solid heeng soaked in water at all times. Whenever there is a slight burn, take that heeng and apply lightly at the spot frequently.

In houses where tamarind is used for cooking, the used tamarind of the day can be kept till the cooking is over. In case there is any burn incident, the used wet tamarind can be very lightly applied at the spot.

Bandage with betal leaf

Take equal quantities of betal leaves and manathakkali leaves. Grind them along with turmeric into a fine paste and apply

Apply henna leaf paste [maruthani leaf]

There may be scars caused out of burns which you may like to remove
Boil 1 cup neem bark in 4 cups of water
Remove from fire and shake the liquid well
Apply the emerging froth on the affected areas
Do it for several times for several days

Ring worm

Crush green manathakkali fruits into a fine paste and apply
Grind some kuppaimeni leaves with little salt into paste and apply

Bed Sore

1 Take a full banana leaf
Apply honey on the length and breadth of it
And the patient to lie on it for a few hours
Ensure its contact with the affected parts

2 Change the spreads daily, wash them in boiling water and dry them in sunlight
Before using it, sprinkle well the turmeric powder

3 Grind kasturi turmeric + Neem tender leaves + Chandan and apply

4 Grind tender leaves of arasa tree + Kadukkai skin and apply

5 Dissolve 1 tbsp camphor powder in half cup olive oil and warm it up. Apply it on the affected parts both as a preventive as well as curative

6 Dust the fine powder of dried leaves of kuppaimeni on the affected parts frequently

7 Apply latex of erukku

Insect Bites

1 Apply chandan on the affected part
Prepare 2 cups of coriander leaf juice, mix it with 1 cup water and drink

2 if you have a curry leaf tree, pick fruits from that
mix fruit pulp with equal quantity of lime juice
apply on the affected part

3 Make juice of tulsi leaves and drink with water
Also apply the juice on the affected part

4 Cut the onion and rub at the spot

5 For insect bite, bee sting, rat bite, spider bite, fold 3 pepper corns with 1 tsp honey in a betal leaf and chew

6 Prepare the following and keep for use against incurable bites
Take coconut oil or sesame oil half kg.
Keep on fire till smoke comes
Add quarter kg onion and some arali flowers
Take out and cool and when cooled, add lemon juice and store

Take the thumbai plant and crush and rub the essence on your body before going to sleep. No insect from mosquito to snake will ever touch you.

Scorpion bite

1 Take four pepper and little salt and give in betal nut and ask the patient to chew and take in the saliva. Let him lie down under the fan or in good breeze for about fifteen minutes

2 Apply milk of erukku leaf at the spot

3 Keep ten pepper corns in a large betal leaf, fold and eat

Dog bite

Grind a handful of sundaikkai leaves with 1 tsp of salt and apply on the bite for three days. Avoid all kinds of sour substances in food

Thorn prick / wood piece entry

1 Apply fevicol at the spot and remove after dry

2 Take the milk of Erukka leaf and apply on the spot


1 Crush some garlic and rub it on the affected area

2 Take 1 tsp crushed garlic and fry in 2 tbsp coconut oil till turns red
Stain and use this oil for massaging on the affected area

3 Buy neam oil and massage on the affected part

4 Grind neem leaves and turmeric and apply on the affected area
If ringworm itch, add a little gingelly oil before application

5 Make lime juice and dilute and use it as soap

6 In case of summer itching, [verkuru], apply paste of chndan, jathikkai and pepper of same measure

Burning sensation in the feet

Grind handful of maruthanii leaves into a fine paste, add 1 tbsp lime juice and leave it overnight, if necessary with a bandage

Mosquito bite

1 Apply lime juice diluted with water on the body

Venemous bites

1 Make leaf juice of arali. Apply externally. Caution: It is poison

Chicken pox

1 Take fresh neem leaves, grind to paste and apply externally


Grind maruthani leaves into a paste and apply on the soles and feet


1 Tie the leaves of erukku over the affected parts

2 Take a pepal leaf and smear it with ghee and warm it over flame and use it as bandage when lukewarm

[White patches on the body]

1 Grind black cumin seeds with a little vinegar and make paste
Apply on affected parts

2 Take bitter gourd juice frequently
Observe salt free diet and avoid heat

3 In the initial stages, you could apply on affected parts, the juice of fig leaves

4 Take ½ tsp chandan powder in 1 cup milk every day

5 Apply latex of erukku

6 Grind the root bark of maruthani with milk and apply

The Allopathic treatment found effective is as follows:

7 Take Psorlin tablet as per medical advice
Take Manadol syrup
Apply Ludermol oil and expose the affected parts
to sun light – make sure no heat of sun is felt by you.
You need only sun light and not sun heat – Morning time upto 0800
hrs OK

Note: It takes a long time for cure


1 Powder a few almonds and boil thoroughly in water till becomes paste
Apply this paste on affected areas and let it remain overnight
Wash it off with water next morning

2 Tie a fresh thin banana leaf over the affected area

3 Make lime juice, dilute with water and use it as soap

4 Fry in ghee very thin slices of onions and eat
caution: avoid excessive intake, may cause coughing or gas in

5 Boil 1 tsp chandan powder in 3 cups of water and reduce it to 1 cup
Add little rose water and sugar; take thrice a day

6 Boil 1 tsp powdered sikakai powder in one cup water. Cool and apply

7 Grind cleaned arugampul without roots with turmeric at 4:1 ratio into a fine paste and apply

8 Grind handful of fresh jasmine flowers to paste and apply. Use this as soap also

9 Grind the leaves of thumbai and apply

10 Mix equal quantity of drumstick leaf juice and gingelly oil and boil thoroughly till all moisture is gone. Cool and bottle. Apply on affected parts


Feet care

If you have your feet covered all day, make sure you give your feet sometime to feel the air. They need air baths. Many times our legs and feet go dry. While our feet have larger active sweat glands, they have relatively small oil glands. On the soles especially there are no oil glands. All these make your leg go dry very often. Therefore there is need to apply oil on your feet and soul as often as possible.

In case despite the above, your feet are very dry with cracks, mix two quantities of glycerine with t quantity each of lime juice and rose water and store it in a bottle air tight. Apply this every night before going to bed. [It may smell bad however.]

Always buy foot wear which fit well and are comfortable. When you go for buying, be aware that the size of our feet in the noon is the correct size. Also you need know that the size of our two feet need not necessarily be the same and they can slightly vary from each other slightly. So go for shoe purchases at the noon time and try your new material on both your feet.

1 Rub a nutmerg / jathikkai against some smooth stone slab with water
Make a paste and apply

2 Add 1 tsp camphor to 1 tsp chandan paste and apply

3 Mix turmeric and neem leaves [1:1] and little gingelly oil and make
paste. Apply

4 Take mature green coconut leaves from the tree, burn them and apply that ash with coconut oil mixed

5 Take some kuppaimeni leaves, add little salt and grind into paste and apply


1 Apply paste of turmeric and kadukkai

2 Apply mehandi leaves paste

3 Make paste of fresh neem leaves and apply

Sore in between toes

1 Apply coconut oil + salt + Turmric. Mix them, heat them up and keep in a bottle. Apply twice a day

2 Apply iluppa oil on well dried sores

3 Sore between toes - Grind cleaned arugampul without roots with turmeric at 4:1 ratio into a fine paste and apply
Sore between toes – finely grind the rind of kadukkai and turmeric [1:1] and apply before retiring to bed


1 Drink coriander tea

2 Mix with water two parts of turmeric powder and 1 part salt on the affected area

3 Make paste of fenugreek leaves and apply on affected part luke warm

4 Grind lime leaves into a fine paste and mix with equal quantity of butter Apply on the affected part

5 Apply flower paste of pavazhamalli

6 Take equal quantities of betal leaves and manathakkali leaves. Grind them along with turmeric into a fine paste and apply

7 Boil handful of leaves of kandankathiri in gingelly oil. Apply warm

8 Grind handful of fresh jasmine flowers to paste and apply

9 For inflammation of the feet, grind rind and turmeric [1:1] and apply

10 Make paste of fresh neem leaves and apply


1 Press an ice pick on the wound when the wound is first attended to
Gently rub an ice cube over the affected area after first washing it
Do it twice a day for 5 to 10 minutes
It reduces muscle spasms, pain and the subsequent swelling

2 When injury is noticed,
Elevate the injury above your heart to beneficially affect the blood flow
Apply direct pressure to stop the bleeding
Clean the wound with warm water and soap
Close the edges
Ice the injury

3 Dip a muslin cloth in coconut oil and spread it on the affected area
Over that tie a thin banana leaf like a bandage

4 Make 1 tbsp juice from ripe bitter grourd fruit
Mix 1 tsp sugar and apply on the affected part

5 Make a poultice of pulverized fenugreek seeds

6 Mix 1 tbsp licquorice / athimadhuram powder with equal quantities of ghee and honey. Apply this ointment over the wounds

7 Boil 2 tbsp powder of mango bark in 1 cup water
Stain through a muslin cloth and use it to wash the wound

8 Grind neem leaves and apply this paste on the wounds

9 Apply fine paste of turmeric on the wounds

10 Apply juice of betal leaves and bandage it with betal leaf

11 Apply curry leaf poultice

12 Apply mehandi leaves paste

13 Apply honey

14 For open wounds, take neem bark, boil it in water thoroughly. After
cooling and straining, use it for washing the affected parts

15 Grind akattikeerai and apply on wounds

16 Apply on wounds jaggery and over that lime powder

17 Prepare the following and keep for use against incurable skin injuries
Take coconut oil or sesame oil half kg.
Keep on fire till smoke comes
Add quarter kg onion and some arali flowers
Take out and cool and when cooled, add lemon juice and store

18 Make paste of fresh neem leaves and apply

19 Apply pure honey or coconut oil + turmeric powder

20 Remove the ridge of cabbage leaf. Dip it in hot water and apply it as a poultice in a loose bandage. Replace the leaf frequently

21 Wash the wounds with betal leaf juice and wrap with a single leaf and bandage

22 Apply paste of the agathikeerai seeds over the affected areas

23 Steam the agathikeerai leaves and wrap on the wounds and bandage

24 For wounds with a pus formation, grind the manathakkali leaves into paste and apply and bandage

25 Apply jasmine leaf paste on the affected areas

26 Wash the wounds with the decoction of maruthanii leaves

Snake bite

1 Crush Dhatura roots, mix with lime juice and tie on the bitten area

2 Take poondu, mix with salt and throw at the snake. The snake will become inactive for you to handle it the way you want

3 Grind roots of kandankatri into a fine paste, mix lime juice and apply

Body odour

1 Make tea from 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
Add little honey or lemon juice
Take 3 times a day

2 Mix 1 tsp lime juice with chandan and apply all over the body


1 Corns and calluses are nature’s angry reactions to the pressure you apply to your feet. Change your existing shoes or sandals; that is the cause for your corns. Never wear the same shoes or socks for more than two days at a stretch. Avoid high heels.

2 Bathe your feet twice a day

3 Mash garlic cloves and apply externally

4 Mix 1 tbsp liquorice powder with ½ cup sesame or mustard oil
Make smooth paste
Rub at spot at bed time

5 Apply ½ tsp of juice of raw papaya thrice daily

6 Grind a chalk piece with water and make paste and apply

7 Tie cut lemon on the spot at bed time

8 Grind paste of handful of maruthanii leaves + Vasambu+ Turmeric 1 tsp. Apply at bed time and tie with warmed betal leaf. Do this for 21 days


1 Make a hole in lime, insert the affected finger and have it as a bandage

2 1 tbsp cooked rice, 1 onion and little salt; blend them all and make paste. Apply on the affected finger and bandage

3 Mix turmeric powder in little chuna and apply

4 Apply manathakkali leaf juice

5 Blend castor oil and milk cream 1:1 and apply. Put bandage1

Ulcer in penis

1 Wash the affected parts with the decoction of arali leaves

Cracks on the sole

1. Apply the milk of pepal or banyan tree on the cracks
2. Grind handful of maruthanii leaves into a fine paste, add 1 tbsp lime juice and leave it overnight
3. Apply paste of neem leaf, turmeric and/or maruthani


Grind 6 betal laves into a fine paste. Mix in 1 glass of hot water and take daily

General ulcers

1 Make a paste of neem leaves and apply

2 Make a paste of rind of anar and apply


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