Friday, 20 February 2015

African Walnut

 Have you had some walnuts today?
    Written by  Sade Oguntola

Walnuts are the healthiest nut because of their high level of antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and phytosterols that may all reduce the risk of many diseases. Experts say that taking a walnut a day won’t keep the doctor away but a handful of walnuts will certainly make a difference, reports Sade Oguntola.

Walnut is a popular nut that is packed with nutrients that are of great health and medicinal benefits. The walnut kernel consists of two bumpy lobes that look like abstract butterflies. The lobes are off white in colour and covered by a thin, light brown skin. They are particularly attached to each other while the kernel is enclosed in round or oblong shells that are brown or black in colour and they are hard.
Called Asala or Awusa in Yoruba; Ukpa in Ibo; and Okhue or Okwe in Bini, this widely consumed fruit in the rainy season before meals is a panacea to several diseases.

Moreover, researchers in the British Journal of Nutrition ascertained that walnuts are a far better healthy snack than biscuits, French fries or potato chips as well as other nuts like almonds and peanut. Unfortunately, people don’t eat a lot of them.

A walnut a day won’t keep the doctor away but a handful of walnuts will certainly make a difference considering its many healthy benefits to the body. But what makes walnuts more beneficial?

Protects from cancer
Eating snack-sized quantities of walnuts could slow the growth of many cancers, including that of the breast and prostate.

In a study published in the peer-reviewed journal, Nutrition and Cancer, researchers found that mice that got part of their calories by eating walnuts had slower stomach cancer growth. The cancer in the walnut-fed group took twice as long to double in size as cancer in the control group.

The study made the mice ate a diet in which 18.5 per cent of the daily calories - the equivalent of two servings for humans - came from walnuts.

Walnuts have at least three components that could account for their cancer-slowing effect. They are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to slow cancer growth. They also include antioxidants and components called phytosterols, both of which have shown cancer-slowing effects in other studies.

Improve sperm health
There is increasing evidence to show that a man’s diet can affect the number and quality of sperm produced by his testicles.  Eating around two handfuls of walnuts a day improves sperm health in young men.

According to the study in the journal Biology of Reproduction, sperm shape, movement and vitality improved in men who added walnuts to their diet over 12 weeks. The fatty acids found in these nuts are thought to have helped to boost sperm count and development.

Protect from effects of radiation
Tincture of black walnut may be effective against radiation exposure. Some unpublished trials showed that the patients who had been “painted” with black walnut or iodine tinctures were just as protected against radiation exposure as the patients who took potassium iodide.

Researchers in a study published in International Journal of Applied Research in Natural Products attribute walnut’s ability to protect against radiation exposure to its chelating ability and high content of antioxidants.

In the study, which involved the water extracts of walnuts, the researchers said walnut water extract could also be used in the treatment of iron-overload disorders such as thalassemia due to its high chelating ability in vitro at low doses.

Chelation therapy is the administration of chelating agents to remove heavy metals from the body. It is also used in the treatment of all forms of toxic metal poisoning.

Good for heart
Eating walnuts at the end of a meal might help to reduce the damage that fatty food can do to the arteries. The nuts are rich in compounds such as omega 3 essential fatty acids that reduce hardening of the arteries, prevent erratic heart rhythms and keep them flexible.

Studies on the dietary value of walnut show that increasing the dietary intake of walnuts has favourable effects on high cholesterol levels and other cardiovascular risk factors.

In addition to their heart protective monounsaturated fats, walnuts’ concentration of omega-3 essential fatty acids is also responsible for the favourable effects its consumption produces on cardiovascular risk factors.

Walnuts also contain relatively high levels of L-arginine, an essential amino acid that is converted into nitric oxide, a chemical that helps to keep the inner walls of blood vessels smooth and allows blood vessels to relax.

Since individuals with hypertension find it difficult to maintain normal nitric oxide levels which may also lead to other significant health issues such as diabetes and heart problems, walnuts can serve as a great addition to their diets.

However, new data in the 2013 edition of Journal of Nutrition say that the heart health benefits of walnuts may be linked to different parts of the nuts acting on different physiological functions.

Helps ensure good sleep
Taking a handful of walnuts before bed time is good because it is a source of bio-available melatonin - a hormone produced by the pineal gland, which is involved in inducing and regulating sleep and it’s also a powerful antioxidant in bio - available form, making the perfect evening meal for a natural good night sleep.

Treat fibroids
According to the Medicinal Plants of Nigeria- South West Nigeria Volume 1 compiled and published by Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA), Victoria Island, Lagos, walnut seeds are used in the treatment of fibroid.

Boost immune system
Consumption of walnut would help to boost stronger immune system and prevent anaemia. According to a dietician with the Garki Hospital, Abuja, Ms Yemisi Olowookere, walnut contains iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, copper, manganese, all components which help with stronger immune system and prevent anaemia.

According to her, walnuts are one of the richest sources of vitamin B6 also known as pyridoxine, which is involved in proper brain function, as well as red blood cell production.

Prolong life
Findings of a study published in the journal, BMC Medicine suggests that nuts – and walnuts in particular – may be even more beneficial than we thought. Researchers in Spain found that a diet rich in nuts significantly reduces the risk of death from cancer and cardiovascular disease.

In a study of more 7,200 men and women in Spain between 55 and 80 years of age, researchers found that participants who ate more than three servings of nuts a week had a 55 per cent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and a 40 per cent reduced risk of death from cancer, when compared to people who did not eat nuts.

Ensures sharper brains
Walnuts are often referred to as ‘brain food’. That is because they are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids which plays a major role in the optimum functioning of the brain cells, making you smarter.

Over the course of the five year study, the nut eaters also had a 39 per cent lower risk of dying from all causes. The mortality risk was even lower, about 45 per cent, for people who ate walnuts.

Source: Tribune
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Factors That Affect Fertility

Heredity, environment, and lifestyle can all play a part when it comes to infertility.
from American Baby

 Women's Issues

Having a baby is a happy occasion that many couples look forward to. Yet more than five million Americans, both men and women, have problems with infertility. If you're trying to get pregnant now, or planning to in the future, it's wise to identify any potential risk factors you or your partner may have, and to tell your doctor right away. The sooner you detect, address, and treat problems that may affect fertility, the better your chances of achieving a successful pregnancy.
General health factors

Here a few of the more common health factors that can affect a woman's ability to ovulate, conceive, or carry a pregnancy to term.

    Being overweight: Body fat levels that are 10 to 15 percent above normal can overload the body with estrogen, throwing off the reproductive cycle.
    Being underweight: Body fat levels 10 to 15 percent below normal can completely shut down the reproductive process.
    Having a hormonal imbalance: Irregularities in the hormone system (characterized by irregular menstrual cycles or short, long, or heavy periods) can affect ovulation.
    Having an autoimmune disorder: Diseases such as lupus, diabetes, thyroid disease, and rheumatoid arthritis can interfere with fertility.
    Taking medication: Antidepressants, antibiotics, painkillers, and other drugs used to treat chronic disorders may cause temporary infertility.
    Using tobacco or alcohol: Smoking may increase the risk of infertility in women; and even moderate alcohol consumption (as few as five drinks a week) can impair conception.
    Being exposed to occupational or environmental hazards: Prolonged exposure to high mental stress, high temperatures, chemicals, radiation, or heavy electromagnetic or microwave emissions may reduce a woman's fertility.

You should also tell your doctor if you've had a history of multiple miscarriages, painful menstrual cycles that require medication for pain relief, or abnormal Pap smears that have resulted in surgical treatment, as these factors can also affect fertility.

Fallopian tube disease

Fallopian tube disease accounts for about 20 percent of infertility cases treated, according to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. Since tubal scarring or blockage is often caused by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), pelvic inflammatory disease, or certain surgeries, alert your doctor if you've had:

    An STD, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, or chlamydia
    Pelvic pain, unusual vaginal discharge, and/or bleeding, with or without a fever
    Pelvic surgery for a ruptured appendix, ovarian cysts, or an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy that takes place outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian tubes)

If a doctor suspects a problem, he or she can perform a hysterosalpingogram -- an X-ray that can evaluate the condition of the uterus and determine if the fallopian tubes are obstructed.


Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue from the uterine lining grows outside the uterus, on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, and/or bowel. Research indicates that it accounts for between 5 and 30 percent of female infertility. Several factors may contribute to infertility, including:

    Scar tissue: Rigid webs of scar tissue may form between the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes, preventing the transfer of the egg to the fallopian tubes.
    Cysts: Endometrial cysts may grow inside the ovaries and prevent the release of the egg or its collection by the fallopian tube.
    Poor egg implantation: Endometriosis may prevent the fertilized egg from adhering to the uterine wall.

Early detection of the condition is key to its successful control and to preserving fertility, so tell your doctor if you've had:

    A family history of endometriosis
    Painful menstrual cramps or pain at ovulation
    Extremely heavy menstrual flow
    Diarrhea or painful bowel movements, especially around your period
    Painful sexual intercourse

In some cases, women with endometriosis have no painful symptoms. In these instances, the condition can only be confirmed with an outpatient surgical procedure called a laparoscopy.
Sexually transmitted diseases

More than 65 million Americans, including teenagers, are infected with at least one STDs. Some STDs are asymptomatic and lie undetected in women. (For instance, 70 percent of women with chlamydia show no symptoms and consequently don't seek treatment.) The bad news is that STDs can lead to tubal scarring, ectopic pregnancy, other reproductive problems, and ultimately infertility if left untreated. To reduce this risk:

    Use latex condoms to stop diseases from spreading
    Consider that people with multiple sex partners are at the highest risk for STDs
    Detect and treat infections early if possible (both partners should be treated if either has an infection)

Men's Issues

About 35 percent of fertility cases can be traced to a problem in the man, and an additional 20 percent to a problem in both partners. The following is a partial list of risk factors that may contribute to male infertility:

    Being a smoker: Smoking impairs the ability of sperm to move (its motility).
    Using alcohol: Having more than one or two drinks a day can affect the quality and quantity of sperm, lower testosterone levels, and contribute to erectile dysfunction.
    Taking illegal drugs: Cocaine or heavy marijuana use may temporarily reduce the number and quality of sperm by as much as 50 percent.
    Taking prescription drugs: Some medications, such as those for ulcers or psoriasis, can slow or prevent the production of sperm.
    Being exposed to toxic substances or hazards on the job: Chronic exposure to elements such as lead, cadmium, mercury, hydrocarbons, pesticides, radioactivity, and X-rays may have an impact on sperm count and quality.
    Exposing genitals to heat: The frequent use of saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, whirlpools, and hot baths can temporarily impair sperm production and reduce sperm count.
    Having certain conditions or illnesses: Men with a history of prostatitis or genital infection, mumps after puberty, surgery on their hernia, undescended testicles, or scrotal varicose veins (varicocele) may also experience a decrease in fertility.

Sources:; RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association; The Couple's Guide to Fertility by Gary S. Berger, MD, Marc Goldstein, MD, and Mark Fuerst (Broadway Books, 2001); National Women's Health Information Center

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Ways to Induce Labor Naturally

Ways to induce labor are many and varied. Here we talk about the more natural ways to induce labor. You will most likely hear about these methods from your Midwife or Doctor too.

There are many factors that influence the start of labor . Scientists are still discovering new information even now. It is well known that a combination of factors needs to be in place before labor can start naturally. One of the most important issues is how relaxed you are and what position your baby is lying in.

If your baby is lying in a posterior position, also known as back-to-back, then it can be much harder for him to instigate labor. Your baby will try to trigger labor in late pregnancy when he or she is ready. Babies do this by putting pressure with their head on your cervix or neck of the womb. If a baby is in the posterior position all the pressure will go onto your lower back or bowel.

To encourage your baby into the forward-lying position, with him looking towards your back, spend ten minutes several times a day on all-fours. With your knees hip-width apart and your hands shoulder width apart sway from side to side gently. Make sure your back is level and as flat as possible.

Some of the natural ways to encourage labor to start are itemized below. Other ways which haven't been included but are equally effective include Cranial Osteopathy and Homeopathy.

Being Physically Active

Keeping fit and doing regular exercise throughout your pregnancy will make it less likely that you'll go overdue and be offered induction of labor. Pregnancy yoga is also another good preparation for labor. Walking, especially up steep hills is helpful if you are having a long pre-labor and want to help it along.

What's happening here is that you will be leaning forward much more as you head up the hill. You can sometimes simply stand in the house or garden and lean over a piece of furniture or your partner or a friend. You will be helping your baby to put the right sort of pressure onto the cervix encouraging the neck of the uterus to efface (thin out and get ready for dilating). This is a good position to take up if you are having strong Braxton-Hicks contractions. These are the 'practice contractions' where your uterus is preparing and practicing for labor.

Walking up stairs or steps has the same effect. You need to be leaning at approximately 40-45% angle (imagine a nun kneeling at prayer in church, that is the angle you need or slightly more). If you are unsure if you are having a practice or false labor or the real thing, leaning forward may make the difference and encourage true labor to get going!

Pineapple & Other Fruit

Many tropical fruits including pineapple, kiwi, mango and papaya contain enzymes that may cause mild contractions - especially pineapple which is rich in Bromelain, which some studies suggest can help to soften and 'ripen' the cervix.

One of the ways to induce labor is to eat fresh or tinned pineapple or drink pineapple juice once you get to 40 weeks. You can’t take too much, so think of ways you can have pineapple - smoothies are good. Taking this fruit in abundance will probably help keep your digestive system regular too. Being constipated can definitely stop you going into labor.

Dried fruit is also great to eat leading up to labour. It's full of iron so will reduce your chances of being anemic (anemia can lead to heavy bleeding during and after the birth). it's always good to have a healthy iron level in pregnancy without the need for iron supplements or medication....avoiding those nasty side effects.

I once told my 41 week pregnant neighbor to drink plenty of pineapple juice as one of the ways to induce labor and to encourage the baby's arrival. The next day her husband came knocking on my door to announce that his baby daughter had arrived after a very short labor time to get to hospital. So she had a lovely home birth instead! The mom also thinks that the Homeopathy treatment she had was a strong aid to having a short labor and avoiding a hospital induction.


This is THE important ingredient when people tell you to eat spicy foods or curry as one of the ways to induce labor. It’s not actually the spices that get you into labor but the garlic. If you eat enough garlic your bowels will be stimulated, causing loose stools.

This can trigger contractions. Having an empty bowel will give more space for the baby to move down lower in your body. The lower the baby is the more he can stimulate labor to begin when he is ready.

Raspberry Leaf Tea.

This isn't strictly one of the ways to induce labor, but it contributes in so many ways to a shorter, earlier labor! This is usually taken as a tea or infusion without milk. It’s a good idea to drink raspberry leave tea from about 24 weeks of pregnancy onwards. It works as a tonic for the womb (uterus). The muscles of the uterus are like most other muscles; they need to relax as well as contract. Raspberry leaf is also very high in iron, so will help you avoid or treat anemia in pregnancy.

Taking a gentle, natural tonic such as Raspberry leaf tea will help tone the uterus and prepare it for labor. If taken regularly, say 2 - 3 times a day for the last few weeks of pregnancy, it can reduce the pain of contractions too!

It will also help reduce a condition known as ‘irritable uterus’ that some women suffer with in mid to late pregnancy. Helping the muscle to be more toned is very beneficial. Raspberry leaf tea can be taken after the baby is born to help bring your womb back to its pre-pregnant size. This drink can also reduce strong after pains in the hours and days following birth.

See a qualified Medical Herbalist for more ideas on ways to induce labor naturally. They may also suggest herbs like Blue Cohosh or Black Cohosh. It’s important to be extremely careful when using medical herbs as they have powerful effects on you and your baby.

Warm Bath

Taking a warm relaxing bath will help you relax and it’s your emotional state rather than the warm water that will help induce labour. Have the water on the cooler side rather than too hot. Remember that your baby will feel hotter than you do as he is deep inside where the temperature is higher. Getting too hot can cause the baby stress, so keep the water temperature so you don’t go bright red when you get in the tub!

Adding 1 or 2 tiny drops of a natural product such as Essential Oil of Lavendar may also aid your relaxation. It is well worth seeking professional advice from a qualified Aromatherapist as they may well have other suggestions. A massage or two will also help.


I have seen this work amazingly well for many pregnant women; bringing on contractions within 24 – 48 hours. Reflexologists use acupressure points as well as other techniques. Reflexology can be performed on hands or feet. It is also effective for pain management during labor. There is bound to be a local qualified Reflexologist somewhere near you.

Acupressure Points

It is fairly well known that acupuncture or acupressure is one of the ways to induce labor naturally. Have a look in your area to find a qualified Acupuncturist. If you don’t like the idea of the fine soft needles, ask them to use acupressure instead. This therapy also has good results for turning breech babies so that they are head down and ready for a (vaginal) natural birth.

Making Love: Oxytocin The Love Hormone:-

Your Midwife or Doctor may well suggest you try this. Making love involves the love hormone Oxytocin which will aid your birth process all the way along.
Semen contains prostaglandins which can ripen the cervix but only if your baby is ready. This is one of the more enjoyable ways to trigger labor rather than using Pitocin which is a Synthetic Prostaglandins drug. After all this is how your whole pregnancy began, love can start and continue the journey of bringing your baby into the world! Pitocin is one of the methods a hospital would use for labor induction.

Nipple Stimulation

This is another one of the ways to induce labor naturally. Nipple stimulation is subtler and usually helps to strengthen your contractions once you are in established labor. Why not try it when you are having strong Braxton-Hicks contractions and if you are more than 40 weeks pregnant.

Nipple stimulation can be achieved in several ways. You can ask your partner to help you. You can use a breast pump to simulate the sucking of a baby at the breast; this helps release the hormone Oxytocin which causes the uterus to contract. You can use your fingers to gently stroke or tweek the nipples or you can purchase one or two Avent “Nipplettes” online at our Natural Pregnancy Store. There are instructions with the Nipplettes. They are mainly sold for helping with inverted nipples, for which they work very well. When using them for natural induction, just try wearing them for short periods regularly throughout the day or evening,; maybe 10-15 minutes at a time.
Stimulate your nipples intermittently or as needed. This might be every few minutes for a short period each hour if you are trying to avoid a hospital induction or if your waters have broken and there are no contractions. The skin of your nipples is very sensitive so don’t over use this method of inducing labor naturally.

What Methods and Situations To Avoid

Castor Oil:

I would definitely advice you to avoid castor oil as a way of inducing labor. It will most likely give you strong stomach cramps and uncontrolled loose stools for several hours.

There are many gentle and 'more natural' ways to encourage your baby to come out into the world! Most women who've tried it, will tell you not to take it.

Lounging Back on the Sofa:

Don't be tempted to put your feet up (unless you have puffy ankles). Lying on your back will only encourage your baby to lie on your back too, i.e he'll become a back-to-back posterior baby and find it much harder to instigate labor.

Instead lie on your sofa on your left side, rolling forwards slightly, so that your pregnancy bump is resting on the sofa and you aren't rolling backwards onto your back. Prop yourself up on cushions or on your elbow. This is a very comfy position and will encourage your baby to lie with his back towards your front - in a lateral position.


As mentioned earlier, having a full bowel or rectum can definitely slow down your chances of going into natural labor. Make sure you are eating a healthy high fibre diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables too. Prunes, figs and other dried fruits are good to eat at the end of pregnancy or in early labor.

General Advice

Over my years as a midwife I have met many different women who've found one or more of these methods have worked for them. Remember to choose a qualified practitioner if you go for an alternative health method like Reflexology or Homeopathy etc.

Another very important point to remember is that if you leave it until you are more than 40 weeks pregnant, you don't have as much time as when you start seeing a practitioner from say 38 or 39 weeks. It makes sense to seek professional advice well in advance if you want to avoid hospital induction and use natural ways to induce labor instead.

All the Health Practitioners are aiming to help you to be at your optimum health and readiness when labor begins or when your baby wants to trigger labor. They are not actually inducing labor, but purely helping everything to be in perfect alignment ready for labor to start naturally. Hopefully this will also facilitate a nice, reasonably short labor.

If you have been booked in for a hospital induction of labor and you want to avoid this, try to see an alternative health practitioner as early as possible and talk about ways to induce labor naturally. Treatments don't always work immediately and often 2 or 3 appointments are needed. It can depend on what position your baby has taken up!

It's also important to talk to your baby. Reassure him or her that life outside their nice cozy womb is going to be just great. Having a Blessing Way or Baby Shower can also be good at this time, as a marker between pregnancy and birth.

It's all part of having a natural pregnancy, including having a healthy diet for pregnancy , avoiding pollutants like cigarette smoke and alcohol during pregnancy and generally keeping yourself fit by doing exercise in pregnancy.

Source: Natural Pregnancy Midwife
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Vaginal Discharge - Home Remedies for Leukorrhea (Vaginal Discharge)

Vaginal discharge is a fluid or semisolid substance that is normal and helps keep the vagina clean. Normal vaginal discharge is clear or milky white and does not have an unpleasant odor. Bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including trichomonas, gonorrhea, or Chlamydia can cause a change in color or odor. Symptoms of infection may include yellow-green or gray discharge, strong odor, or irritation of the genitals. Treatment depends on the infection.

Home Remedies for Leukorrhea (Vaginal Discharge)

Leukorrhea is a very common problem among women. It refers to a thin or thick, whitish or yellowish vaginal discharge that may occur in between menstruation cycles or during pregnancy and usually lasts from a few days to weeks.

In most cases, it is nothing to be alarmed about and is considered normal as long as it does not cause irritation, discomfort, odor and itching.

Leokorrhea, however, can also be caused by hormonal changes, particularly due to an increase in estrogen.
A vaginal infection or STD, too, may cause leukorrhea, especially if the discharge is yellow or green and accompanied by foul odor.

Other factors that contribute to abnormal discharge are unhygienic conditions such as a tampon left too long in the vagina, and conditions like anemia and diabetes. At times, injury or trauma to the vagina can also trigger leukorrhea.

As already mentioned, leukorrhea in most cases is not a cause for concern. However, if you have a lot of discomfort, consult a doctor (or inbox Food Clinic for your privacy).

There are many over-the-counter as well as prescribed medicines to treat leukorrhea. You can also deal with this problem with the help of some simple home remedies.

If you are pregnant, consult your doctor before trying any home remedy for leukorrhea.

Here are the top 10 home remedies for leukorrhea.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is considered beneficial for treating leukorrhea. It helps restore your body’s natural pH balance. Also, its acidic and antiseptic properties help restore the acidic quality of the vaginal flora and reduce vaginal odor.

Mix equal amounts of distilled water and raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Use it as a vaginal wash once or twice a day for a few days.
You can also drink a glass of water mixed with one or two tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar once daily.

Note: Though considered effective by many still, douching is supported by little or no scientific evidence and is even advised against as it may disrupt the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina.

2. Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seeds help improve the pH level in the vagina and are also also believed to affect estrogen levels. Plus, the seeds work as a natural immune booster.

Soak one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. The next morning, strain the water and add one-half teaspoon of honey. Drink it on an empty stomach.
 Alternatively, boil two teaspoons of fenugreek seeds in four cups of water for 30 minutes. Strain and allow it to cool. Use this water as a vaginal wash three or four times daily until the symptoms subside.

3. Indian Gooseberry

Indian gooseberry, also known as amla, has anti-infection properties that make it extremely beneficial for vaginal health. Plus, its high vitamin C content boosts your immune system to help your body fight off the problem.

Mix one or two teaspoons of Indian gooseberry power with enough honey to make a thick paste. Have this mixture twice daily for about a week.
Another option is to boil one teaspoon of dried Indian gooseberry root powder in one cup of water until the quantity is reduced to half. Add a little sugar or honey and drink it on an empty stomach every morning.

Try to follow one of these remedies for one month for positive results.

4. Banana

Bananas are another good home remedy for leukorrhea. The fruit is also useful in relieving complaints like digestive disturbances and lethargy that could be accompanying the problem.

    Eat one to two overripe bananas daily to help control leukorrhea.
    You can also mix two tablespoons of banana flower juice with two teaspoons of powdered palmyrah candy and have it once daily.
Follow these remedies daily until you get the desired result.

5. Fig

According to Ayurveda, figs are considered a good remedy for leukorrhea. They have a powerful laxative effect that helps remove harmful toxins and waste from the body, in turn helping reduce leukorrhea.

    Soak two to three dried figs in one cup of water overnight. The next morning, blend the soaked figs in water and drink it on an empty stomach.
    You can also grind equal amounts of the bark of the fig tree and banyan tree into a fine powder. Mix one tablespoon of this powder in two cups of water. Use this solution as a vaginal wash.

6. Cranberry

Cranberries contain antibiotic, antifungal and antioxidant properties that can help prevent bacteria from attaching to the vaginal wall and fight the problem of leukorrhea.

    Drink one glass of unsweetened cranberry juice two or three times daily until the problem is resolved.
    If cranberry juice is not available, you can take cranberry tablets. Consult your doctor for the correct dosage.

7. Okra

Okra, also known as lady’s finger, is beneficial in treating leukorrhea. Being mucilaginous in nature, okra helps remove mucous from your system, in turn reducing vaginal discharge.

Wash 100g okras and cut them into small pieces.
Boil the okra pieces in half a liter or about two cups of water for 20 minutes until the water is reduced to half.
Strain and divide this solution into three parts.
Take one part of this solution along with some honey three times daily.
Follow this remedy until condition improves.

8. Indian Lilac

Indian lilac, also known as neem or margosa, is very effective for treating vaginal odor that may occur with leukorrhea. Its antiseptic properties help fight off vaginal infection and reduce itching and other discomforts associated with leukorrhea.

    Boil a handful of neem leaves in water. Strain and allow it to cool. Use it to rinse the vaginal area once daily for a few weeks.
    You can also dry roast a handful of Indian lilac leaves in a pan. Allow them to cool and then crush them to make a fine powder. Mix two teaspoons of this powder with enough water to make a paste. Apply it to your vagina and surrounding area. Do this twice daily for a few days.

9. Pomegranate

Pomegranate has strong healing and medicinal properties that are beneficial in the treatment of leukorrhea. The fruit, as well as its leaves and rind, can be used.

Drink a glass of freshly extracted pomegranate juice once daily for one month.
Alternatively, grind together 30 fresh pomegranate leaves and 10 black peppercorns. Mix this paste in half a glass of water. Strain and drink it twice daily for three weeks.
Another option is to dry the rind of a pomegranate and grind or crush it into a powder. Mix one tablespoon of this powder in two cups of water. Use this solution as a vaginal douche.

10. Saffron

The antiseptic and antioxidant properties in saffron help treat leukorrhea. Plus, saffron acts as an immune booster to speed up recovery.

    Boil one teaspoon of saffron in one-fourth cup of water until the water is reduced to one tablespoon.
    Divide this solution into three equal portions.
    Mix one portion with an equal amount of water.
    Drink this solution three times daily for several days.

Additional Tips

Wash undergarments daily with an antibiotic solution, and let them dry under the sun.

Avoid wearing dirty, tight or synthetic undergarments.

Change your undergarment two or three times a day until the problem is resolved.

Consider wearing a panty liner.(Contact Food Clinic for naturally treated Panty liners and Pads that helps for such cases)

Thoroughly wash the vagina and its surrounding area with water and medicated soap twice daily at least. Note that you do not wash inside the vagina with soap, only the surrounding areas..wash inside with water only.

Wipe from front to back after using the toilet.

Avoid oily and dried foods.

Avoid coffee, alcohol and aerated drinks.

Increase your fluid intake to help flush out toxins.

Try to do some light exercises or yoga daily.

Although these home remedies are safe and effective, it is always best to consult your doctor before trying any of them, especially if you are pregnant.