[toc]Dehydration in simple terms is described as the dryness occurring in the body due to water loss. Dehydration occurs when there is acute water or fluid loss from the body due to various reasons like vomiting, diarrhea, excessive sweating, diabetes, exposure to sunlight for long durations, burns etc. People suffering from dehydration often experience acute thirst, dry mouth, dark-colored urine, weakness, fatigue, dizziness, headache etc.
Dehydration can occur to people of all age groups, however it is most commonly observed athletes, small children, elderly people, people living in high altitude, people suffering from diseases like diabetes, adrenal problems, alcoholics etc. Dehydration can be easily cured by consuming fluids and water in adequate amount, however in extreme cases it can prove to be life threatening also. Below mentioned are some useful herbal remedies for dehydration and its related symptoms.
Herbal Remedies For Dehydration
Asparagus is another herb which comes handy in case of dehydration. Asparagus helps the body to retain fluids and water lost during dehydration. It is rich in fiber content and stimulates the absorption of water in the body. Asparagus helps in cooling the body temperature and is thus, very useful in case of dehydration. Asparagus can be eaten in form of salad and vegetables. It can also be consumed in form of tea, powder, capsules, tonic, tincture etc.
Chamomile is yet another very popular and widely used herbal remedy for overcoming dehydration and its related symptoms. Chamomile is very useful in retaining and replacing fluids in the body lost due to dehydration. It also helps in providing a cooling and soothing effect to the cramped stomach muscles during dehydration. Chamomile is also beneficial in relieving general pain and fatigue, which are the common symptoms of dehydration. Chamomile herbal tea is especially very effective in hydrating the body. Chamomile oil and dried herb can also be added to bath water to provide a cooling effect to the body.
Peppermint has been used in various forms since centuries to protect the body from dehydration. Peppermint is renowned for its adaptogenic properties, which help the body to maintain its electrolyte balance even on exposure to extremes of climate. Peppermint helps in restoring the fluid lost from the body during dehydration and is also useful in keeping the body cool by lowering its temperature. Peppermint can be used both externally and consumed internally to protect the body from dehydration. An infusion made using peppermint leaves and water, is especially very helpful in overcoming dehydration.It can also be consumed in form of herbal tea, tincture etc. Peppermint is can also be applied externally in form of powder to keep the skin cool.
Cumin seeds has been used since centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to prevent dehydration of the body. Cumin seeds not only help in calming a troubled stomach, but is also very effective in lowering the body temperature and keeps it cool. A refreshing drink prepared using cumin seeds and cool water, is especially very beneficial in keeping the body hydrated during hot summer weather.
Fennel seeds are very useful herbal remedy for preventing dehydration of the body, especially caused due to diarrhea. Fennel seeds help in providing relief against upset stomach and pain associated with it. It also helps in destroying the bacteria responsible for causing diarrhea, thereby preventing dehydration due to passing of watery stools. Fennel seeds help in instantly providing relief against dehydration and can be taken by addition to soups, salads, sauces etc. It can also be chewed raw or brewed into an herbal tea. Fennel is also an important ingredient of many tonics and syrups for children stomach problems.
Willow bark is another most sought after herbal remedy for dehydration. The inner bark of willow is rich in medicinal properties and is used to cure headaches associated with dehydration. It also helps in lowering the body temperature and provides a cooling effect to the body. Willow bark also helps in reducing stomach pain, cramping and inflammation of the tissues associated with dehydration. Willow bark is available for internal consumption in form of capsules, tincture, herbal tea etc.
Basil has been used traditionally for preventing dehydration and treating its associated symptoms. Basil helps in providing relief to an upset stomach and reduces cramping caused due to dehydration. It provides a soothing effect to the body and helps in cooling the body temperature during dehydration. Basil can be added to tea to make it refreshing and hydrating. It can also be consumed internally by chewing raw leaves or by adding to food.
Licorice is a much favored herbal remedy for fighting dehydration during hot weathers. Licorice helps in cooling the body during hot summers and lowers the body temperature. It is also very effective in quenching the thirst of the person and prevents heat stroke, dehydration and fatigue associated with it. Licorice can be consumed in form of decoction to keep the body cool and hydrated. Licorice water can also be consumed by soaking the root of Licorice in water for sometime and then straining it.
Lemon is one of the most popular herbal remedy used during dehydration of the body. Lemon is a very good source of Vitamin C, which helps in retaining water and providing a cooling effect to the body. It also helps in settling the stomach and prevents nausea, cramping, pain etc., associated with dehydration. A refreshing drink made using lemon juice, water and sugar, not only hydrates the body but also refreshes the metallic taste of the mouth and removes throat parchment, which are common dehydration symptoms.
Catnip is one of the most effective herbal remedy used for treating dehydration. Catnip contains an adequate amount of Vitamin C, which helps in reducing the heat and lowers the temperature of the body during dehydration. Catnip also helps in promoting perspiration in the body which further helps in cooling the body, without causing excess loss of water from the body. Catnip can be easily consumed in form of herbal tea to rehydrate the body. It is also available in form of extracts and can be applied externally in form of essential oil to protect the skin from dehydration.