How to cure common health problems the natural way…
Minor health problems burden many of our lives on a day to day basis. But, as most aches and pains do not warrant a trip to the doctors, many of us reach for the medicine cabinet to help relieve our symptoms. However, instead of popping pills, why not try a more natural alternative?
Not only do natural remedies mean you’re not consuming man-made chemicals – which is good for both the body and the environment – most natural treatments are also cheaper than the pharmaceutical alternative.Image Credit: Adian Jones, 2008.
15 Natural Remedies For Common Health Problems
Indigestion and Heartburn
In general, indigestion and heartburn comes about because there isn’t enough stomach acid to dissolve your food. A spoonful or two of apple cider vinegar should do the trick n balancing your stomach acid levels.
Relieve the annoying pain of a sore throat by gargling with warm salty water and sipping on soothing lemon tea.
Sore Muscles and Bruises
There are lots of ‘counter pain-type products that help sooth aches and pains, but if you’re looking for a more natural remedy, arnica cream – from the arnica flower – is a great ointment to speed up the healing of bruises, sore muscles and sprains.
Cayenne pepper is not for packing a little heat in its bite, but in quite the opposite fashion to when we eat the spicy pepper, sprinkling it on over a cut will actually help relieve the pain and stop the bleeding.
If you catch your infection in the early stages, garlic oil or white wine vinegar can help fight of the bacteria in your ear. Just let a couple of drops of either liquid sit in your ear for a short while, repeating this a few times a day will create an environment that won’t allow the bacteria causing the infection to grow.
Aloe Vera gel is known to counter the painful affects of sun burn and other burns, but for those who don’t have a bottle lying around the house, a slice of potato or a tea spoon of honey applied to the affected area can also help relieve the pain.
Fungus on the feet is never a pleasant experience, apart from the itch, damp and sometimes flaky skin; it also has a nasty odor. To help treat your athletes foot first air your feet, then soak them warm salty water, or diluted white or apple cider vinegar. Make sure you do this a few times a day for at least a week, or until the symptoms have disappeared – fungus is known for dissipating and coming back with a vengeance.
Rashes and Allergies
If you’d rather opt for a natural remedy as opposed to the over-the-counter treatments which can cause serious side effects, simply drinking 2-3 cups of green tea a day can help reduce the symptoms of allergies.
Acne and Sensitive Skin
Acne is often caused by other factors in your lifestyle e.g. hormones, stress and diet. Nevertheless you can help fight skin imperfections by washing with oatmeal. It’s a great exfoliate that draws out oil and impurities.
If you’re prone to flatulence, you should be looking to take a digestive enzyme with your meal. However there are natural ingredients that can also help including ginger, peppermint, anise, coriander and dill. If you can’t find ways to incorporate them into your favorite dishes try using them to make tea.
Headache and Migraine
If you are experiencing headaches or migraine, you can sooth the pain by rubbing lavender oil or peppermint on your temples or you neck. Rubbing a fresh lemon or lime in your forehead is also known to help, as is drinking little caffeine by way of green tea.
Aloe Vera gel or apple cider vinegar can help with a dry itchy scalp. Either method requires regular use before producing results, so be patient.
The classic cure for nausea, dizziness or carsickness is ginger tea. Sniffing real peppermint or lavender oil can also help.
Two classic natural remedies know to cure constipation include drinking a few teaspoons of olive oil mixed with orange or diluted lemon juice, or drinking a quarter teaspoon of Epsom salt diluted in a glass of water. If your constipation does no subside and the symptoms become more severe, you should visit the doctor immediately.
Tooth ache is something that really should be addressed by the dentist; however you can beat back the pain of tooth ache by rubbing a few drops of clove oil to the affected area, or by chewing a clove of garlic.
- Sarah Irani: Best Natural Remedies for the 15 Most Common Aches, Pains and Health Complaints. Eco Salon, 01/17/2011.