Ami Ja Nuskh (Home Remedies)

Aarti Hundalani

It is said that ‘Maanav Shareer ko tarsey Dev’. Which means that even the Devtas (Angelic Beings) yearn for the human body.  The reason for this is that, while the Devtas may enjoy immense joy and pleasure, they fall short of achieving the Ultimate, which is their Union with God.

What has that got to do with yearning for the Human body, you might ask.  Well, it is only in the Human form that you can make the final leap to Divinity.

Which brings me to the point that I am trying to make.

The Human body is a Temple. And as such, we ought to treat it with respect.

Our Sindhi Ancestors held the key to our health problems.  They believed in Home remedies.

Only if these ‘nuskhas’ did not provide the required for relief, would they call their friendly doctor. I expect that you will do the same.

Listen to what Aarti Hundalani has to say on the subject:

AACHOO! GOD BLESS YOU! But stop before you pop that sudafed, avil, crocin or incidal.  Why don’t you stop by my kitchen and try this out.

A little ginger in your tea- sounds pretty cool-sorry hot, hot hot! But ah so soothing.

Really these “AMI JA DUSA” (the ‘u’ pronounced like ‘but) take You a long long easy way!  But please, these are simple remedies to help you relax and feel good- but they are not definite cures-yes a little stomach cures and throat aches can be soothed-But for those raging fevers and whooping coughs you have to pay for YOUR SINS with the MY-CINS…..

Today the entire world is going natural and herbal-Back to the roots–so do take a peep into your kitchens-there are many simple remedies available there. Again, patience has not been one of our strong points; But at what cost?  Our kitchens are well stocked pharmacies in their own right..

1) A little honey on that burn and look MA! no scar..

2) A few pieces of garlic swallowed with some water and that nagging cough gets choked.

3) A little camphor mixed in coconut oil and those horrible shoe bites are done for..

One could go on and on …. and write an article and that’s exactly what has been done. So read on and start looking at your kitchen with a lot more respect.

So come on honey! ready for another cup of tea with some Honey….

The “nuskhas’ as Home Remedies are called in Sindhi, have been provided by the members of the ‘Group 21’.

Before we met for the meeting the members had been requested to bring with them only those recipes that had been tested and tried, and shared with them by the Amis and Bhabhis of their family.

The following is what they came up with; but before we start, let us learn a Mantra, which is very beneficial for health, when chanted: Mantra for Health 

Om! Tryambakam Yajaamahe Sugandhim Pushtee Vardhanam Urvarukameva Bandhanaat Mrityor Muksheeya Ma amrutaat

Om TryambakamThe 3-eyed One (i.e. Lord Shiva)
YajaamaheWe all worship
SugandhimFull of Fragrance
VardhanamOne who increases
Urvaa Ripe cucumber
ArukamReady to be plucked
EvaJust like
Bandhanaatfrom bondage
Mrityoof death
MuksheeyaBestower of salvation
AmrutaatTowards Eternity

Om! We worship Lord Shiva (The 3-Eyed One) who is full of fragrance and who nourishes all beings; may He liberate me from death, bestow salvation and (lead me) towards Eternity (Make me immortal) just as the ripe cucumber is severed (from the creeper) of its bondage.


For an upset stomach

2 spoons of brandy, 2 spoons of water, Few drops of lime

For Acidity

Uncooked milk and soda water.

For High Fever

Cotton wool soaked in brandy applied on navel

Low-grade Fever

7 Tulsi leaves, 7 peppercorns, Little mishri or sugar, Boil in a little water and drink.

For Arthritis

1) 5-7 Peppercorns, Swallow with hot water, 1st thing in the morning.

2) Juice of 2-3 drumsticks, first thing in the morning., (Gives an upset stomach initially)

3) Mustard oil, boiled with hing, garlic and rock salt, Brings relief, if applied warm. Keep part covered.

4) Massage gently oil and turmeric (Haldi)

5) Apply Ajwain for knee pain

For Sprain

1) Choona (Available at a paan shop), Haldi (Turmeric powder), Apply directly on sprain, Cover with cotton and bandage.

2) Haldi, Pinch of salt, Little water, Heat the above, When hot, add a few drops of oil, Apply on sprain

3) Spread ghee and haldi on a hot chappatti and apply on sprain

Cure for skin trouble for life

Bathe in first rain drops

To Tighten skin (Beauty aid)

Apply: Besan (Gram flour) mixed with Lemon juice

For Dark circles under eyes (Beauty aid)

Apply Carrot and cucumber juice on dark circles.

For pimples:

1)Apply your early morning saliva.

2) Talcum powder mixed with cold cream.

For Cracked feet

Apply Glycerine with Lime

For stomach ulcers

Drink cold Milk


Pomegranate juice is beneficial.

For Shoe-Bite

Apply camphor in coconut oil.

For Burns

Cold Running water or Apply Honey or Apply Toothpaste or Apply lather of a washing bar soap.

For mild stomach-upsets

Have Saunf or whole Dhania

For vomiting

1) Burn out the alcohol in a 1 Tbsp of Brandy, and take as required, every few hours would be good if you do not wish to get drunk.

2) Lemon pickled ginger

3) 1 Tbsp Lemon juice added to 1Tbsp Brandy

For Nausea

1) Suck an Elaichi (cardammon)

2) Suck a Lime.

For Diarrhoea

1) Eat over-ripe bananas

2) Swallow a Tbsp of Hurbo

For Diabetes

1 tsp ground Methi (Fenugreek) seeds taken with curd.

For Bronchial disorders

1) Brandy and honey

2) Grind: 5 Black pepper corns, 1 inch Cinnamon stick, 5 Basil ( Tulsi leaves) and mishri (Crystalised sugar)

3) In two cups of water, boil: 5 Tulsi leaves,5 black pepper corns, dry ginger, saunf and (mishri) sugar.

4) Hot milk with turmeric powder.

For Dry Cough:

1) Fresh ginger juice in a 1 tsp of honey

2) Salt water gargle

Aphrodisiac and general remedies

1) White onion fried in pure ghee and mixed with honey acts as an aphrodisiac if taken first thing in the morning.

2) Neem leaves keeps away insects from linens

3) Water boiled and cooled overnight in a copper vessel, is generally good for the system.

4) Start on coriander juice everyday if you feel you are heading for High Blood Pressure.

5) Have pomegranate if heading for cholesterol.

For Burns

Take a thin slice of potato peel, place on the part that has been affected and leave for a few hours.

For Tooth-ache:

1) Soak brandy in cotton and place on affected tooth.

2) Apply clove oil with cotton bud

For Mouth Blisters

Gargle with 3 parts of milk and 3 parts of water.

(Following Remedies from the internet. Would like to give credit to who it is due)

 Eat plenty of fish — fish oil helps prevent headaches.
 So does ginger, which reduces inflammation and pain.

    Prevent build-up of fatty deposits on artery walls with regular
doses of Tea. (actually, tea suppresses my appetite and keeps the
pounds from Invading..Green tea is great for our immune system)!

  Use honey as a tranquilizer and sedative.

   Eating onions helps ease constriction of bronchial tubes. (when
I was young, My mother would make onion packs to place on our
chest, helped the Respiratory ailments and actually made us breathe

 Salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines actually prevent arthritis.
fish has Omega oils, good for our immune system)

    Bananas will settle an upset stomach.
  Ginger will cure morning sickness and nausea.

   High-acid cranberry juice controls harmful bacteria.

    Bone fractures and osteoporosis can be prevented by the
manganese in Pineapple.

   Women can ward off the effects of PMS with cornflakes, which
help reduce depression, anxiety and fatigue.

 Oysters help improve your mental functioning by supplying
much-needed zinc.

   Clear up that stuffy head with garlic. (remember, garlic lowers
cholesterol, too.)

   COUGHING ? USE RED PEPPERS    A substance similar to that found in the cough syrups is found
in hot red pepper. Use red (cayenne) pepper with caution-it can
irritate your tummy.

   BREAST CANCER ?  EAT Wheat, bran and cabbage  Helps to maintain
estrogens at healthy levels.

    A good antidote is beta carotene, a form of Vitamin A found in
dark green and orange vegetables.

   Cabbage contains chemicals that help heal both gastric and
duodenal ulcers.

   Grate an apple with its skin, let it turn brown and eat it to
cure this condition. (Bananas are good for this ailment)

  Mono unsaturated fat in avocados lowers cholesterol.

   Olive oil has been shown to lower blood pressure. Celery
contains a chemical that lowers pressure too.

    The chromium in broccoli and peanuts helps regulate insulin and
blood sugar.

     Apple: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple
has a low Vitamin C content, it has antioxidants &  flavonoids which enhance the activity of Vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.
   Strawberry: Protective fruit.
 Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major
fruits &protects the body from cancer causing, blood vessels clogging free   radicals. (Actually, any berry is good for you..they’re high in  anti-oxidants and they actually keep us young………blueberries are the  best and very versatile in the health field……..they get rid of all the  free-radicals that invade our bodies)

    Orange : Sweetest medicine. Taking 2 – 4 oranges a day may help
keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessen the risk of colon cancer. 

 Watermelon: Coolest Thirst Quencher. Composed of 92% water, it
is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione which helps boost our immune system.  They are also a key source of lycopene- the cancer fighting oxidant.. Other nutrients found in watermelon are Vitamin C &Potassium. (watermelon also
has natural substances [natural SPF sources] that keep our skin healthy, protecting our skin from those darn suv rays)
   Guava &Papaya: Top awards for Vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high Vitamin C content.
 Papaya: is rich in carotene, this is good for your eyes. (also good for gas and indigestion)
 Tomatoes:  are very good as a preventative measure for men,keeps those prostrate problems from invading their bodies.