Dr. Lad’s (and other's) Frequently Suggested Remedies
CASTOR OIL IN EYES
Castor oil nourishes and removes toxins from the eyes. Use only that brand made without preservatives (such as Heritage Products Brand). It is suggested you purchase a sterile dropper and bottle for storage of the oil. Opaque bottles are best for preventing light, air, and heat damage to the oil.
CUMIN, CORIANDER, FENNEL TEA
Mix equal parts of these seeds together. Take 1t of this mix and add to 1 cup boiling water. Boil 2-3 minutes then drink. (Strain if desired.)
EUCALYPTUS TREATMENT TO LUNGS
STEAM: Bring to a boil 1 pint water. Place towel over head and holding front of towel over steaming pot add 3-5 drops eucalyptus oil to steaming water. Be careful not to get too close to the pot as the steam may scald your face and eyes. Repeat this as the oil effect stops. Continue treatment for 2-3 minutes.
HOT WATER: Boil 1 pint water. Place 3-5 drops eucalyptus in water and place towel over head and pot. Inhale deeply. Add more oil when its effect stops. Continue treatment for 3-5 minutes.
Boil 1 cup milk, 1/4 cup water, 1 clove garlic until reduced to 1 cup liquid. Drink this warm before bed. It is ok to add a pinch of cardamom, saffron, 1/4t turmeric.
GINGER TEA AND CASTOR OIL
Boil 1/4 to 1/2t powered ginger in 1 cup of water. Remove and add 1 -2t castor oil and drink before bed.
GINGER BAKING SODA BATH
In a tub of bearably hot water add 1/3 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup ginger powder. Relax for 15 to 30 minutes. This may be preceded by sesame oil abhyanga (full body oil massage).
OIL IN EARS TREATMENT
Heat sesame oil (mahanarayana oil or other oil may be recommended) to body temperature or slightly above.
Option 1: Add 2 drops oil to each ear before bed.
Option 2: Fill ear with recommended oil. Sleep with this ear up; cover pillow with protective towel, etc.
Mix 2 pinches turmeric and 2 pinches salt in a glass of hot water and gargle.
Turmeric is a natural antibiotic, strengthens digestion, and improves intestinal flora. Boil 1 cup milk, 1/4 cup water, 1t turmeric until 1 cup remains. Ok to add pinch of cardamom, ginger, saffron and sweetener to taste--sucanat or fructose for vata or pitta or honey for kapha.
Add 1t triphala to 1 pint of boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes. Cool and strain with coffee filter or several layers of cheese cloth. Pour into an eye cup and wash each eye for 15-30 seconds--do this in the morning. Remember that everything must be absolutely sterile.
NASYA FOR MIGRAINE HEADACHES—MHAISKAR M.D.
Place two to three drops of sesame oil (with a pinch of pepper and table salt mixed in) in your left hand. With your right hand rub the little finger in the oil. Then place your little finger into the right nostril as far up as is possible (nails short). Repeat the procedure in the left nostril. Repeat until all the oil is gone. Then hold the nostrils closed and breathe in.
Boil 3 tsp of brahmi (powder, leaves, or crushed tablets) in one cup o f water for 5 minutes. Strain the liquid through a cotton cloth. Add a cup of ghee to the remaining liquid and boil the ghee-tea mixture until the water is evaporated (approximately 15 minutes). Take care that the brahmi-ghee doesn’t burn once the water is evaporated.
For acne and some types of eczema—follow directions below and make into a thin paste. Use whole mild if skin is oily, and ghee if the skin is dry. Apply this to the face for one-half hour at bedtime and one-half hour upon rising in the morning. If this is well-tolerated, then continue (it can be used overnight also).
4 parts chick pea flour
3 parts mahasudarshan powder
2 parts triphala
1 part turmeric
Make into a paste with rose water or milk or ghee. Apply ½ hour before bedtime and let dry. Rinse with warm water.
Soak 5-10 dates (depending upon size) overnight in /12 cup of water at room temperature. In the morning when the dates are softened, remove the seeds and ad the dates to ½ cup pre-boiled milk (skim or whole) which has cooled to room temperature. Blend and drink. A pinch of cardamom can be added for flavor. Take the date shake daily for 3 months. This is for increasing energy, gaining weight and improving stamina.
Mix licorice powder and sitopaladi powder in equal parts and add ghee to make a thick paste, Lick this off a spoon in small quantities three times per day. Chew fennel seeds after meals. Keep seeds in cheek and swallow juice.
One part ajwain seed
One part cumin seed
One part turmeric powder
1/8th part salt
Cook in two cups of water. Boil down to one cup. Drink three time a day.