Herbs & Homeopathic Remedies
Have you ever heard that chamomile tea is calming or that aloe vera can soothe a burn? These herbal remedies are common wisdom in many cultures, and are just two examples of the world's extensive selection of natural medicines. Herbal and homeopathic remedies are often used to alleviate symptoms of minor conditions like colds, insomnia, dry skin and headaches.
Since this approach is holistic – involving the whole body, instead of targeting just one element – it is also important to eat well and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Keep in mind that even herbs and homeopathic remedies can be problematic if used in excess, so always follow the instructions of an experienced herbalist or homeopathy expert. You may already have these plants and herbs at home, but if not, they're inexpensive and easy to find:
Extract the gel of an aloe vera stalk to treat minor burns. This gel, dissolved in water, milk or lemonade, may also serve to treat heartburn, cure mouth ulcers, and relieve constipation.
Brew chamomile tea – either from dried chamomile or store-bought teas – to promote relaxation, treat indigestion, and relieve insomnia.
Believe it or not, coffee is more than just a morning pick-me-up. Your cup of joe can help improve stamina, relieve headaches, act as a laxative, and impart decongestant qualities.
Garlic's medicinal qualities are varied and impressive, ranging from antibacterial and antiviral uses to promoting heart health. Garlic can also relieve itching from insect bites and rashes, and aid in weight loss.
You may be familiar with ginger ale to relieve mild nausea and motion sickness, but this spicy root is also thought to increase blood circulation and act as an anti-inflammatory for relief of rheumatism, arthritis, and muscle spasms.
Tea Tree Oil
This beneficial oil is valued for its antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic qualities. Use it to treat topical fungal infections like athlete's foot, sanitize laundry, and relieve dandruff.
Other Natural Remedies:
- Aromatherapy Oils: Lavender for anxiety, vanilla to promote relaxation, and cinnamon to treat depression
- Black cohosh: Relieves symptoms of menopause
- Cranberry: Improves bladder and urinary tract health
- Echinacea: Boosts the immune system and helps relieve symptoms of upper-respiratory infections
- Evening primrose oil: May lower cholesterol and relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
- Gingko: Relieves symptoms of Alzheimer's and helps altitude sickness
- Ginseng: Increases athletic stamina, manages diabetes, and may improve erectile dysfunction
- Licorice: Relieves sore throat
- Peppermint: Alleviates indigestion and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome
- St. John's Wort: Aids in treating mild depression
- Turmeric: Improves symptoms of arthritis or joint injuries
- Valerian: Helps insomnia