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12 Grandma's Remedies to Fight the Winter Blues
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    Remedy 1
    Sore Throat

    Mix a tablespoon of tulsi (basil) leaves, half teaspoon of ground black pepper, one teaspoon each of honey and the juice of ginger. Grind to a paste and have thrice a day. The relief is instant.
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    Remedy 2
    Joint Pains

    Grind six pods of garlic, and half teaspoon of powdered carom seeds (Ajwain). Add two tablespoons of hot mustard oil. Massage painful joints morning and evening with this very warm mixture for relief from winter pains.
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    Remedy 3
    Dry Skin

    Whip the yolk of an egg and blend it with one tablespoon of papaya paste. Apply this to the dry skin for about an hour. Rinse thoroughly with a mild soap and see the dryness disappear to leave behind a glowing skin.
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    Remedy 4
    Winter Cough

    Mix one teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and cloves, with one teaspoon each of ginger juice and honey. Add half a glass of warm water and have thrice a day for curing lingering winter cough attacks.
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    Remedy 5

    Squeeze the juice of two lemons and mix with one tablespoon of honey. Now add one tablespoon (no, certainly not more) of brandy. Have it with half a cup of warm water every night and your bronchitis will disappear.
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    Remedy 6

    Massage the bridge of your nose in a downward movement, with your thumb and index finger dipped in heated coconut oil. Massage your temples with the same oil for instant relief.
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    Remedy 7

    Dampen a Q-tip or cotton rolled on a matchstick in hot water and then dip it in a bottle of glycerine. Apply it gently inside both the ears without going deep. Remove after a half hour. Earache will disappear by the morning.
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    Remedy 8

    Boil one cup of water and add a teaspoon of tealeaves, one teaspoon of mint leaves' paste, two cardamoms, and strain. Drinking this twice a day will not just banish indigestion but also cure cough and cold.
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    Remedy 9
    Stomach Cramps

    Take a teaspoon of ajwain (carom seeds) and grind to a fine powder. Mix one tablespoon of honey and four tablespoons of fresh cold milk with this. Drink this concoction thrice a day for quick relief from stomach cramps.
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    Remedy 10
    Cracked Lips

    Mix one tablespoon of thick edible cream (preferably malai) and blend it with one teaspoon of a paste of rose petals. Massage the lips every night and rinse in the morning. Cracks and dryness will instantly be cured.
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    Remedy 11
    Cold Feet

    Solve this problem by taking half a bucket of warm water and adding two tablespoons of salt to it. Dip feet in water for half an hour. Dry and massage them thoroughly with warm coconut oil.
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    Remedy 12

    Take four tablespoons of yoghurt and mix with one tablespoon of olive oil and the juice of half a lemon. Gently massage this into your hair and scalp to remove flaky skin. Shampoo and condition your hair after half an hour for dandruff-free silky hair.
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    Cold weather means falling temperatures and dropping body defences. Banish winter blues with some tried and tested grandma's remedies...

    - Nutan Sehgal

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