More and more people are turning towards natural remedies at home for healing common ailments. Over-the-counter medicines contain ingredients that a lot of health-conscious people just don’t want to put into their bodies. These ingredients can lead to cancer and a myriad of other dangerous health problems.
Natural remedies are easily researched on the internet and herbalists are found just about everywhere. Many people are growing herb gardens in their yards and they are using them for these natural remedies. Stores have popped up in major shopping centers providing herbs for sale with information about what they heal and how.
If you are interested in using natural remedies to cure the common ailments that plague our families keep reading because this post is for you.
Natural Remedies: The Recipes
Coughs are common, especially during cold and flu season. These can be relieved by a few different means and all naturally of course!
One option is using honey. Either by itself or mixed in tea, honey soothes most sore throats almost instantly. 1/2 teaspoon of salt mixed in with a glass of warm water also helps, but don’t drink it, just swish and gargle with it!
Another remedy is to steep 1 tablespoon of dried or 1 teaspoon of fresh Thyme in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes. Strain and drink.
A sinus cold is the worst. You feel groggy and sleepy and your head feels as though it suddenly weighs 100 pounds. Sinus colds most often come with a headache due to the pressure in your sinuses. If you can relieve the pressure or congestion, you will feel 100 times better.
Garlic and cayenne powder are known to relieve clogged sinuses quickly. Mix 1 cup of tomato juice, 1 tsp. minced fresh garlic, 1/4 tsp. cayenne powder, and 1 tsp. lemon juice. Warm over the stovetop or in the microwave till warm and drink slowly.
Another natural remedy for a sinus cold involves eucalyptus oil. Simply add a few drops to a cloth and let the cloth lay near or on your pillow while sleeping. You can also add a few drops to some hot water and use the steam to help open up your sinuses for relief.
None enjoys nausea. But don’t fear, because again there are a few natural remedies to help you get rid of that nausea quickly.
Some studies have shown that using cannabis for nausea can be beneficial in helping to suppress feelings of nausea and discomfort. When it comes to cannabis products, there are a whole host of products to choose from (edibles, vapes, and CBD is just a few examples of what’s out there) so the chances of you finding something that suits how you like to take medication is pretty high.
Ginger is what you want for digestion and nausea problems. Simply add 2 tsp. freshly grated ginger to one cup of hot water and drink. Your symptoms should recede shortly.
Using peppermint fresh from the garden, then fused into a tea can also help. If you have peppermint essential oil, putting a few drops into a diffuser can also help.
Prevention is key here. Although there may be cures naturally for cancer, they definitely aren’t public. In the meantime, try to prevent it by eating and consuming foods that contain; garlic, turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, and oregano. All of these are known to help prevent and fight off cancer cells.
Acne is an unsightly skin condition that can be flared up for a large number of reasons. And acne does not just affect teenagers either. Acne can affect anyone and at almost any age. Menopausal women and even pregnant women can suddenly suffer from breakouts of acne.
Using herbs such as rose water, lavender, aloe gel, calendula, echinacea, witch hazel, and dandelion can treat acne. Combine any or all of the herbs above and rub them on the face where pimples are for relief and treatment.
Allergies are another ailment that attacks at any time and at any age. Runny eyes, runny and itchy nose, and congestion or cough are all common allergy symptoms and they are all no fun at all.
One way of finding relief from nasty allergies is to use Black Cumin Seed Oil. Rubbing this oil on the forehead can reduce a runny nose and nasal headaches! This oil usually comes in capsules and can be taken as a supplement. The best part, no side effects have been found.
Chamomile can stop the runny and itchy eyes and symptoms of allergies. Simply make chamomile tea and drink it up to five times a day.
Nothing treats burns better than Aloe Vera. This plant grows easily and allows you to have a constant supply that will last for years. Simply lice a stalk of aloe vera and squeeze the gel directly on the burned area.
Are you allergic to Aloe? That’s okay too! Blackberries work the same way as Aloe when smashed into a pulp. Note of caution: blackberries stain!
Many people suffer from migraines and if you are one of them you know that any relief is better than none. There is hope though. Did you know that using Cayenne powder can relieve migraines?
Mixing cayenne powder in food and drinks can prevent and even alleviate migraines. Just add a small amount to whatever you are eating. You can order cayenne pepper powder online or simply dehydrate your own home-grown cayenne peppers in the dehydrator that run them through the food processor until a powder form is achieved.
Most people are aware that cool packs under the knees and armpits can reduce a fever, however, there are other options as well.
Linden flower, found in health food stores can reduce a fever. To use as a tea, steep 1 tablespoon of this dried herb into 1 cup of water for 15 minutes and drink. Your fever should diminish fairly quickly.
Final Thoughts on Natural Remedies
Treating common ailments at home is easy when you know what herbs to use for each ailment you are treating. Herbs are found everywhere and are so simple to grow in your own backyard. Health food stores usually provide access to ingredients or plants that may not be readily accessible.
If you are looking for more information on healing naturally and more natural remedies that are available you should check out Healing Harvest Homestead. That site has extensive information on natural remedies for many common illnesses and conditions.
You can also read my post, 20 Uses for Vicks Vapor Rub You Should Know.
Do you use herbs to treat common ailments on your homestead? Please share them with my readers.