Although modern medicine has given people a wealth of medications and treatments to fight illness and feel better, these benefits often come with a price. High costs, and unpleasant side effects have caused many people to return to all natural treatments for their minor illnesses and injuries. These simple remedies are often inexpensive, effective, and do not produce unexpected side effects. Next time you want to feel better quicker, give these a try before going to the pharmacy.
1. Oatmeal Baths
If you have sensitive skin or suffer from dry skin during the winter months, try using oatmeal to treat your condition. Place one cup of oatmeal in a sock and tie the end. Place in a warm or hot bath, and soak your body in it for 20 to 30 minutes. Gently pat dry after soaking. The oatmeal contains fats, which help to nourish skin and complex sugars that help to hold in moisture.
2. Herbal Teas
Herbal teas can help used for a variety of discomforts. For a cold, sipping herbal teas can help to unclog sinuses, and soothe sore throats. Lemon balm tea can lift spirits and improve concentration. Peppermint teas can help to reduce gas and bloating. Tea made from chamomile can help induce sleep. Rosehip tea is full of vitamin C, to help boost your immune system to resist colds and flu.
3. Ginger for Nausea
Ginger has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to relieve nausea and soothe stomach upset. Infuse some fresh ginger in hot water, and place in ice cube trays. After they are frozen, you can smash the cubes and suck the ice chips for soothing relief throughout the day. If you are taking other medications, check with your doctor before using ginger or another herb affair, which can heighten or reduce the effects of some drugs.
4. Bicarbonate of Soda for Indigestion
Bicarbonate of soda which you may have in your pantry for baking, can be used as a natural remedy for stomach upsets. Dissolve ½ teaspoon in a half glass of water and drink. Bicarbonate works as an antacid to counteract excess stomach acid. It also produces burping which can help to relieve stomach discomfort.
Although you may know honey as a natural sweetener, honey has been used for thousands of years as a medicine. Some kinds of honey, like Manuka honey, can be used to treat wounds. If you have a sore throat, a teaspoon of honey in hot tea can help to relieve discomfort. Honey can also be used be used as a cough remedy because it is a natural expectorant. According to Herb Affair Supplies, honey should not be given to children under the age of one year, because they do not have fully developed digestive systems to combat some contaminants that may be present in honey.
This year as cold and flu season come around, don’t rely on drugs alone. Take time to think about more natural home remedies as a way to treat illness and injury. Hopefully it can save you time and money.