So, I thought i would take yet another break from my normal posts to talk about home remedies. Everyone deserves to treat things naturally. There are already so many chemicals shoved down our throats in the form of medicine, food, and even cleaners. In my personal opinion, I would much rather do anything natural before even considering something unnatural and chemical. So here is my list of natural remedies that I have either used personally or that I’m fairly sure may work based on the properties of the plant or item.
Ginger is great for nausea. You can create a tincture from it and then freeze it. The resulting ice cubes can help you get through pregnancy and the nausea after surgery.
If eaten regularly it can boost the immune system and help prevent colds. It is also supposed to have anti-inflammatory properties….so even if you don’t eat it, you may benefit from supplements. Just ask your doctor first. And girls…the anti-inflammatory properties will help with cramps as well.
Two teaspoons of sugar for hiccups works great. Really you can use any coarse substance as the granules rest the irritated nerve, but sugar tastes the best. Another option for hiccups is to drink with a pencil in your mouth. You end up being so focused on not spilling it all over yourself that you stop hiccuping. It works for me when sugar isn’t available…even if it sounds silly.
Garlic has many great uses.
First you can mix six pressed garlic cloves in water. Gargle twice a day for a sore throat. You can also do this with salt, but I prefer garlic. It taste better by my personal opinion.
Garlic can also be applied directly to the face to help treat acne.
Eating garlic regularly can help prevent illness as it is packed full of immune boosters and antioxidants.
Crushed garlic diffused in warm water is supposed to be a great treatment for fungus in the feet or under nails. I’ve never tried this one, but I plan to. Right now I just apply vicks vapor rub and it mostly works.
Lindon Flower Tea
Great for lowering fever it also dilates blood vessels and stimulates the hypothalamus to better regulate temperature. Buy or grow the dried herb yourself and diffuse in water with a steeper or reusable tea bags. Cheesecloth works as well.
For a higher temperature you can also take a bath in tepid (not cold) water to lower your body temp. Just make sure you bundle up and get back to water once you’re done. http://www.prevention.com/health/healthy-living/natural-home-remedies/reduce-fever
Keep a plant on your window sill (it’s really hard to kill) and crack a piece open for any burns, heck even sunburns. We used to have one and I’ve been meaning to get another one.
Use it to condition your skin. Just harvest the juice and use as you would a toner.
Drinking aloe vera juice aids in natural cleansing of the digestive system. There are many food substances that can cause fatigue and exhaustion, which you can combat by drinking aloe vera juice. When consumed regularly, aloe vera juice will also help increase your energy level and help you maintain a healthy body weight.
I have been told that you can use it to treat gum disease, but I haven’t tested this nor do I have a reason to yet. But if you try it let me know how it works out (and yes it is safe to ingest).
Peppermint is good for reducing flatulence. It kills bacteria and relaxes the intestinal muscles for smoother digestion.
You can soak your feet in white vinegar or water and baking soda to get rid of stench.
You can also make homemade deodorant in a pinch by making a milky mix of baking soda and water.
Black tea is also supposed to be good for this though I haven’t tried it.
Put some in your tea, but make sure it’s raw honey from your area. It can help you reduce allergic reactions to pollen and allergens specific to your religion or city. Why does it work? (http://www.diynatural.com/local-honey-for-allergies/)
It has to be raw because raw honey still contains all the living enzymes needed to protect your body from a histamine overdose. It has to be local because it has to be the pollens causing your reaction. There is no magic number for how close the producer needs to be to your home. Finally, it needs to be harvested around the same time your allergies affect you. If you have fall allergies a summer harvest honey isn’t going to do you any good. It’s not the same pollen, hence not the same allergies.
Baking Soda is a wonder. While I’m not sure it will cure cancer there are claims that it can do so (or at least help), but here are the things I know it will work for.
First you can use it as a natural teeth whitener and toothpaste. Second, you can gargle it to get rid of bad breath. Third, as an antacid with a bit of water.
Great for chapped lips. It takes a few days, but will help them to heal. Can be used to moisturize and heal dry and cracked skin.
When it comes to hair care products, you simply cannot ignore olive oil. Packed with fatty acids, several antioxidants and vitamin E, olive oil works as a great moisturizer for your hair. It can help treat dry and damaged hair by sealing the cuticles or the outer layers with moisture. Olive oil is the right solution for hair problems like split ends and frizzy hair. It can even strengthen and add shine to your hair.
To nourish dry tresses, give yourself a hot olive oil head massage.
- Apply warm olive oil thoroughly on your scalp and hair shafts.
- Using your fingertips, massage the scalp for 5 minutes.
- Cover your hair with a warm towel and leave it on for 30 minutes or overnight.
- Shampoo and condition your hair as usual.
- Do this once a week.
Use it for cuts to kill bacteria. It’s also great for clearing acne. Just apply to face daily as a toner.
- The big one for me: Spot and blemish control. Witch hazel can reduce the inflammation on a pimple. …
- Soothe and heal diaper rash. …
- Shrink bags under the eyes. …
- Soothe and reduce external hemorrhoids. …
- Varicose vein relief. …
- Soothe poison ivy and poison oak. …
- Treat chicken pox blisters. …
- Heal your bruises faster.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is my favorite household product. It is good for your health, cleaning, and a number of other things.
First, it can be used in a sinus rinse (a drop or two) to help kill a fungal infection in the sinuses. It can also be drank by itself or mixed in water to achieve the same result (though not as quickly). Just a warning on the rinse though…it does burn like the dickens, so be careful. I’d only use that one if you are just so down right miserable that a little more pain won’t matter.
You can use it to clean product from your hair. Just pour a cup and rinse your hair with it before you get out of the shower. And if you don’t want to smell like apple cider for the rest of the night you can use lemon juice afterwards. it will naturally lighten your hair and I know it has some other hair properties….I just can’t remember them. Some recommend mixing it with water, but I have no problem using it straight. It will also kill any fungi that may be attacking your scalp. I just suggest only doing it once or twice a week.
It is a natural teeth whitener when gargled and it will also kill bacteria in your mouth. i mix it with baking soda, which will do the same thing. Honestly they taste better together than apart in my opinion and packs a double whammy.
A small dose of raw ACV can be used to treat constipation and supposedly aids in weight loss….we’ll see. I’m taking it for sinuses….so I’ll let you know if I see any significant change here.
When applied to the skin it can be used to treat skin blemishes. Some even say it helps diminish wrinkles and fine lines. I’ve not ascended to the crone, so if any of you wonderful wise women out there try this let me know how it works. I would love to know. I was told just to apply it as a toner. I can attest that it does help with acne.
It can be mixed with honey and warm water to soothe your throat and end a cough caused by a cold. It will also help your body fight off infection.
The whites can be used as a face mask. Just let it dry and then peel it off.
You can take the yellows to use for a dry scalp treatment….just be sure to wash your hair with cold water unless you want egg bits in your hair.
There are tons of natural remedies out there if you only seek them out. Many of them work far better than their toxic companions that you would otherwise buy in the store. And there are tons of sites dedicated to the topic as well. The ones I’ve shared here are just ones I”ve tried or heard about from others. I hope you benefit from them as much as I have.