Natural Remedies for 6 Common Ailments

I remember when I was a girl and would get the normal scrapes and bruises of a kid, my mom had this book with natural remedies to cure all sorts of different ailments and things. I would pull that book out if I had a bee sting, or got dirt in a cut, or any sort of small thing that would happen. I liked to pretend to be a doctor and fix my boo-boos and the ones of any siblings who would let me too. This book was my number one source. I also really loved just reading this book and learning what in the heck I would do if I ever so happened to get bit by a bear, or get stung by a jellyfish, you name it—it was in there. What a gold mine of information!

While there are many creams and ointments and over-the-counter drugs and things to combat your everyday ailments, I still like to try out natural remedies, because for just one other reason, it can save you money. Most often you have these ingredients at home already so you don’t have to go to the store to buy a random cream or medicine that you will probably only use once. Here is a list of a few at home remedies to help with some of the most common ailments people have.

1. Headaches

Headaches happen. Why? They are a form of inflammation, signaling to us that our bodies are struggling somehow: loud noise, a bump on the head, high blood pressure, too much alcohol or caffeine…

Basically, we first need to acknowledge the possible sources and address them to start taking preventative measures to avoid them. However, to start working on the problem right away, go for this quick recipe:

· Take two spoons of raw, organic apple cider vinegar and drink it in a cup of 4-6 ounces of warm water. You can sweeten it with a little bit of honey and lemon juice is always a good thing to put in this concoction as well. It’s anti-inflammatory and full of minerals.

2. Stomach Aches

Stomachaches are miserable, but, they are sometimes a part of life, and one that we can deal with quickly and naturally. To get some relief, try this:

· Drink a steady supply of ginger tea. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory power pack with particular prowess with stomach and nausea issues.

3. Burns

Some ailments have nothing to do with our dietary woes or lifestyle choices, but they are plain old accidents. Nevertheless, we’ve got to address them. We need relief, and that relief doesn’t necessarily have to come from a tube. When it comes to burns, does anything really stack up against aloe vera? Just keep one as a houseplant instead of buying medicine.

· Topically apply the natural gel within the aloe leaf. It cools the burn, as well as has reparative clout for reducing inflammation and healing the skin. Plus, it basically comes in its own natural squeeze tube.

4. Cuts

Once again, sometimes accidents just happen and sometimes you get cuts and scrapes. There are lots and lots and lots of natural plants have anti-bacterial and antiseptic attributes that will keep cuts and scrapes from getting infected and becoming a real problem. One great one is turmeric.

· Mix turmeric powder and water to make a paste and cover the problem area. It prevents infection, helps stop bleeding and repairs skin.

5. Rashes

Since skin is our largest organ and also completely exposed to the elements, it’s no wonder so many common ailments — burns, cuts and now rashes — are skin-related.

Many chemical medicines can truly help with the symptoms of rashes but, there are also plenty of natural remedies out there for whatever kind of rash has ailed us.

· Coconut and tea tree oil are both potent anti-fungal agents that will conquer many rash and all the while provide respite from stinging and/or itchiness.

6. Cold and Flu

There are a lot of things that can be done/eaten in order to ward off colds and flus. However, when the winter out wiles us, all hope is not lost, and we can most certainly turn to the garden for help.

· Drink green tea many times throughout the day to boost the immune system, and combine it with some lemon, ginger, cayenne and stevia for an oddly tasty and strong elixir.

Do you guys have any other tips or tricks for treating common ailments with things you can do at home? Let me know in the comments below?


    Mary Richardson
    Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
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