Our health defines who we are. It determines the things we can or can’t do, where we can go, how happy we are, how well we can function, and even how long we’ll be around for. Our bodies in turn are what define our health, and therefore all of the above as well. While the human body may be complex, it can still be treated simply and naturally. Being made up of organic stuff like tissues and cells and blood, natural is really the language it understands best anyways. Instead of constantly reaching for chemical-laden medication take some time to try out less abrasive ways of feeling better, and help your health stay sound and wholesome in not just the short-term, but the long-term as well.
Dreading the change of seasons is the last thing on you should be feeling as fall or spring or summer approaches. It’s a time to be enjoying the gorgeous leaf colors, or kneeling in warm garden soil. It is not a time to be subjected to itchy/watery eyes, a stuffy nose, and all the other discomforts that come with seasonal allergies. While honey is a popular choice for a home remedy, it doesn’t always do the trick. These remedies give you a bit more to work with as you figure out what provides the most relief for you.
Our joints are what give us glorious freedom of movement, but being subjected to so much wear and tear (not to mention just the aging process itself) it’s no wonder they start to have problems functioning the way the used to. Be it rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, arthritis is a condition that is often treated with an abundance of prescriptions and OTC painkillers. Despite the “need” for these drugs, there are natural alternatives to keeping your joints healthy and comfortable.
This should be a go-to staple remedy in any household where an occupant suffers from arthritis or joint pain. The primary component is powdered hot peppers, which contain varying amounts of capsaicin. Capsaicin can effectively block pain, and here it’s targeting joints. There are 3 versions-the hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin it has, and the more pain relief you can get. That said, try different variations, you may not need as much heat as you think-nature’s remedies are strong!
Who hasn’t had one of these pesky buggers as some point in their lives? It’s no fun talking with a lisp, chewing on one side of your mouth, and maybe accidently drooling a little during a business conference because, well, you’re trying to accommodate for a tender sore on the tender inside of your mouth! Good news-a few simple home remedies can help you avoid these dreadful scenarios all together.
For hundreds of years, the common cold has happily used us as unwilling hosts to inhabit. While a cold can be downright nasty, sometimes almost as severe as the flu, for the most part they are just something we have to suck up while we go about our lives. But just because they’re so common doesn’t make the discomfort and distraction they cause a very real and very miserable condition. Thankfully, nature has been providing us with means of relief long before modern medicine came along, and that’s what these remedies focus on. From coughs to sore throats, runny/stuffy noses, and all the other crud that can tag along with a cold, this list will address how to alleviate the discomfort of all usual suspect symptoms.
When you feel congested, that somewhat greasy little tin of vapor rub is one of the first things many of us reach for. But instead of reaching for one that contains irritants and chemicals, reach for one where you can account for everything that’s in it-because you made it! This rub works for both little ones and adults when a bad bout of congestion strikes.
Honey heals. It can help stymie a cough or dress a wound. It’s perfect to stir into teas for some sweetness (and in this case, also the added benefits from the infusion) and for soothing sore throats. And while having just plain raw honey is a staple, I like to keep these infusions on hand as well to use on a whim. You’ll be surprised at how often you find yourself turning to them!
It sounds a bit sketchy, I know, but it’s not the type of inhaler that you think it is! An inhaler as used here is just another method of getting the benefits of essentials oils-and a highly effective one at that.
This particular blend will, among other benefits, lend your immune system a hand, clear out congestion, and fight off unwanted microbes. The inhaler gives you a direct and quick way to get the benefits, and it’s easily transportable.
We always hear about nature calling, but what if it doesn’t? What is there’s nothing to answer to? When constipation sets in this a question that many of us have to face, and we often face it alone. Before you give into that desperate I’ll-do-anything-just-to-go mode and run to the store, take a moment look around your house first. The answer to your bathroom woes may be closer than you think, and using an alternative to over-the-counter laxatives increases the likelihood that you won’t be feeling forgotten by nature again anytime soon.
Coughing, especially when it’s persistent, is incredibly frustrating. It’s uncomfortable, annoying, inconvenient, and exhausting. Nothing like having to break off an important work conversation because you have to cough every three minutes right? While it’s important to find the root cause of your coughing-anything from allergies to post-nasal drip to an infection-these remedies can broadly be used to reduce uncomfortable symptoms that can be quite similar, regardless of what’s causing the cough.
If your first reaction to a cough syrup made with onions is to recoil in disgust, I ask that you recall the flavor of the over-the-counter cough syrup, that you may have been forced to take at some point in your life. Onion maybe isn’t sounding so bad after all? Especially with all the honey, this soothing syrup is a much better tasting remedy than the usual stuff, and it’s incredibly effective to boot.
When you’re really congested and just have to get all that extra phlegm and mucous out, you’ll need something that will thin the secretions to make them easier to cough up/drain out. This results in welcome relief, as it banishes the ache and pressure from congested sinuses, as well as helping to clear out any gunk in your lungs. This recipe is both a decongestant and an expectorant, and it does its job dang well!
Speaking from all too much experience, depression is hard thing to remedy, be it with natural remedies or prescriptions. That said, it is not impossible-far from it. While many people do need to take medication (which is totally fine, different things work for different people) some of us seek alternate or complimentary natural remedies that can take some of the heavy weight of depression off of our shoulders.
When we think of issues pertaining to the nose, we tend to think of things like stuffy noses or runny noses. So it’s easy to overlook one condition that is capable of causing quite a bit of trouble without getting a bunch of mucous involved-and that’s dry nose. It’s easy to run for some tissue if you have to blow your nose, but what do you reach for when it’s literally just painfully dry? That’s what these remedies are here for!
If you want to make sure you know exactly what you’re putting in your eyes, the thing to do is to make your own eye drops! I know, it sounds a little intimidating, but it really isn’t. It’s a basic solution that is easy to make and gentle on your eyes.
You can’t go anywhere until you start moving. Think of a car-if you have barely any speed and you try to turn it’s a struggle, if not impossible. You can’t maneuver much, or get anywhere in good time. That’s like our bodies when we’re fatigued and tired. It’s a struggle to move forward and it’s near impossible to navigate life in an efficient or enjoyable manner. So, you have to start by figuring out how to fuel yourself to get that energy and momentum-and that’s where these remedies come in!
Whether or not you get the flu shot, wash your hands religiously, and walk around in a hazmat suit, there’s always a chance you’ll get the flu. Influenza is a nasty bug that can get very serious, especially in the immune-compromised, elderly, or young, in which case hospitalization may be needed. But assuming you’re able to fight off the flu and are just trying to weather the storm, these remedies will help pull you through and ease the symptoms.
You’re bloated, uncomfortable, and would give anything to relieve all the pressure, but the moment of relief never times itself right-you can’t exactly let loose during a critical business meeting or in the middle of giving a speech. These scenarios are unpleasant for you (and sometimes the person sitting next to you) but with the use of some solid home remedies, you can avoid them altogether.
Do you find that you’re all too familiar with that painful pounding in your head? A lot of us are. Busy, stressful, lives mean tension, and tension means headaches. So. Many. Headaches. Common as they are a headache can ruin even the best of days, and make it hard to do something as simple as read or drive. If you find yourself getting knocked down by one, whether it’s caused by a migraine or simply stress, these natural remedies can help you get back up and stay on your feet.
Keep a little tin of this on hand at all times, and use it when you feel a headache starting to creep up on you. The blend of essential oils is terrific for relieving the pain, loosening tense muscles, and is wonderfully refreshing. It’s also super simple to make!
A tension headache may be the most common type of headache, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating to deal with. I remember the first time I heard that headaches were caused by muscle tension-sometime in first grade-and it boggled my young mind that the pain originated from somewhere other than my aching head. But clearly the lesson stuck with me, because now I experience tension type headaches almost daily, and I get straight to work on my muscles with vigor. In addition to therapies such as massage and acupuncture, rubs such as this one also work wonderfully to loosen those tight bundles of muscle fibers, effectively reducing the headache.
It’s as unpleasant as its name implies, but heartburn itself isn’t your problem, it’s a symptom of one. While there is no shortage of medications available to manage the burning, gnawing, aching sensation, relieving your heartburn may be as simple as switching up your diet or chewing a piece of gum. Try out some of these ideas to naturally treat the problem causing your heartburn, and therefore treat the heartburn itself, without forming a dependency on OTC management.
High blood pressure (hypertension) is insidious and more damaging than many people believe. We breeze by the free blood pressure checkers in various pharmacies, and hardly give it a second thought-until it’s actually affecting us personally. We hear the term so much (because it is so common now!) that we’re almost numb to it. But numb is the last thing you should be when it comes to your heart health. This list provides some natural ways to help lower high blood pressure, and hopefully reducing all the damage that goes along with it.
A bad bout of nausea, which would be any bout of nausea, can bring your life to a whirling, swirling, crashing halt. They can strike when you’re in a car, on an airplane, going to school, right before your wedding…pretty much anytime that’s the worst possible time to start feeling sick. Luckily there are a number of simple ways to manage the unpleasant sensation, at home or out and about, and get on with your life.
Pregnancy is probably the most demanding job asked of the human body. You are literally growing another human being, which is just nuts in and of itself, and you’re also coping with a myriad of crazy changes that your own body is subjected to throughout the process. One of the more commonly talked about “side-effects” of pregnancy is morning sickness. It can hit at any time of the day, so have a tray of these ready to help quell the nausea.
Sleep is vital. Without it, our bodies wouldn’t grow, we wouldn’t have memories…we simply wouldn’t be able to exist. Why, then, is it so hard to come by? With more and more stressors in your life, these home remedies can help you find the solid rest that you not only need, but deserve.
The phrase tossing and turning simply doesn’t do justice to the frustrating feeling of being unable to get comfortable and relax at bedtime. With a mild sedative affect, lavender is one of nature’s best remedies for sleep. This sachet gives off the subtle aroma of the dried flower, making it perfect to place by or under your pillow to help you gently drift off.
Once again, lavender stars as a leading ingredient in any remedy sleep related. Alongside it this time is another well-known flower, chamomile. The blend of each flowers constituents make up a lovely lotion that soothes both your mind and your body as you hunker down for bedtime.
We need our throats, but we kind of take them for granted-until something goes wrong. We use them to breathe, eat, drink, and talk, all which pretty much make up our day-to-day existence, so when a throat starts to hurt living becomes miserable. When you find yourself waiting one out, turn to some of these at-home ways to help ease the pain.
Is snoring more unpleasant for the snorer, or the person sleeping next to them? That’s debatable, but it’s pretty much undisputed that snoring is generally not a good thing, no matter which side of the bed you’re on. Short of pressurized masks or surgery, not a whole lot can be done for snoring unless it involves lifestyle changes. If you’re always doing the middle-of-the-night elbow, or always getting elbowed in the middle of the night, try out some simple habit changes to help you get a better nights rest.
An aching belly can stem from many things, some serious and many harmless (but uncomfortable nonetheless), and what causes it is ultimately the best way to find what cures it. This is a broad range of remedies that will address multiple common sources of discomfort, such as inflammation and indigestion.
Everyone’s familiar with the sensation of a stuffy nose. We can all reluctantly harken back to nights of lying first on one side to let all the snot gather there, and then flipping to the other side to let it all drain back, hoping that one of the times it will just go away-or even just for the brief relief it brings. When you’re that miserable you want to get something together as fast as possible for relief. These remedies are simple ways to help alleviate that awful stuffiness.
A bad toothache can make it painful to do the most basic things we need to do to get by-eating, talking, and even drinking can become things you’d rather avoid. And even if you do manage to suffer through those activities, there’s still “the ache.” Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a tooth that hurts only when triggered, but a constant nagging ache is enough to drive anyone nuts. While you wait to get into the dentist (because there always has to be wait of some sort of course) these remedies will help relieve the soreness.
If you need a fast fix for a toothache until you can get to the dentist, it doesn’t get much simpler than a clove compress. With natural constituents that deaden pain, clove is the quintessential go-to for helping the ache. There are several ways to try it, giving you the chance to find a method that works best for you.
There are few common ailments that I despise as much as a urinary tract infection. They are maddening to no end, excruciatingly uncomfortable, and can truly impair how you go about your day-to-day life. Whether you’re an unfortunately seasoned veteran of UTI’s, or just experiencing one for the first time, this list will provide you with numerous remedies that can help bring the relief that you so desperately need.
It is one of the most common struggles that people face today, but weight loss isn’t something that’s easy to conquer. There is no magic bullet, no overnight pill that makes the pounds melt away. These remedies don’t focus on those unrealistic shortcuts, because there are no shortcuts. Instead, they focus on incorporating healthy routines and helpful “remedies” into your everyday life. Stick to your routine, and you are well on your way to feeling and looking your best.
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