Natural remedies are having a serious moment on the wellness scene right now. Whether it’s oil pulling to cure a myraid of concerns, or applying apple cider vinegar to your skin to clear up acne, your grocery store can be a pretty effective place to find health fixes.
It can relieve different kinds of pain and make you feel a lot better. If the problem isn’t that serious and you’re absolutely sure it doesn’t require professional care, you can turn to our generous Mother Nature for help but remember, if you’re really worried, you should always see a doctor.
- Lie down and apply a cold pack for 15 minutes to the painful area.
- Mix garlic juice (1 clove) with 1 tablespoon of honey. This recipe reactivates your brain’s sensory areas and makes the pain go away.
- Place 2 potato slices on the temples for about 30 minutes.
- Peppermint tea is a powerful relaxant that is often used for pain relief. Chamomile tea can also help ease the pain and discomfort.
- Try to relax and massage away a headache, performing circular motions with your fingertips.
Cold and Flu: Try Dark, Leafy Greens
Nutritionist and Instagram sensation, Jessica Sepel, recommends eating dark, leafy greens and Vitamin C to prevent colds and flus: “I am a firm believer in whole foods to provide immune support–dark, leafy greens are always my go-to. When it comes to supplements, Vitamin C is a staple on my desk because it attacks the nucleic acid of the virus–and it keeps attacking the bacteria until it’s dead. I love Nature’s Way Whole Foods Vitamin C because it’s created with gorgeous whole food sources like Amla Berry, Acerola Cherry and Camu Camu. Because they’re whole foods they’re more bio-available to our bodies, which actually increases their immune-boosting properties.”
- Banana peels. Sprinkle some alcohol on the peel, and apply to your face for 30 minutes. It’s believed that banana peels can absorb toxins and reduce a headache naturally.
- Almonds. Eating 100 g of almonds a day helps you release endorphins that reduce those terrible headaches.
- Chamomile tea. Known for its relaxing effect, chamomile has been used for centuries to combat severe headaches and migraines.
- Caffeine is a powerful vasodilator. A cup of strong black coffee without sugar will relieve your migraine.
- Hot and cold compresses. Try to relax in a dark quiet room. Alternate hot and cold compresses on your forehead for 10 minutes. This will help relax head muscles and improve blood circulation.
PMS: Try Magnesium
Magnesium is key in easing PMS symptoms for many women. Sepel explains that “it helps calm and relax the body, which helps with cramps.”
Look to foods like almonds, sunflower seeds, and greens like spinach and broccoli, for a natural dose of magnesium.
- Oatmeal. Cover 500 g of oats with 1 liter of water. Boil for a few minutes while stirring. Let it cool. Make a compress, and apply to the affected areas.
- Brewer’s yeast. Mix brewer’s yeast powder with milk, yogurt, or juice. This mixture is a natural skin cleanser that helps you deal with dermatitis.
- Thyme. Place a bunch of thyme in a bowl with water and boil. Let it cool, and apply the herbal infusion to the affected areas. This will help reduce itching and irritation on the skin.
- Tea tree. Sprinkle a few drops of tea tree oil on a sponge, and apply gently to the affected areas.
Liver and kidney problems
Taoist walking helps a person deal with liver and kidney problems, and within Chinese medicine it’s seen as an effective treatment for all ailments!
All you need to carry out the exercise is a soft blanket placed on the floor. Walk on your knees at an unhurried pace, but without leaning on your arms.
Carry out the exercise for at least 15 minutes a day.
- Boil eucalyptus leaves in a bowl. Inhale the steam by holding your head over the bowl and taking in deep breaths. It will give you quick relief and promote sinus drainage.
- Try the healing mix of bay leaf, sage, and cinnamon. Place the herbs in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. Their magnificent smell is so strong that it will easily help unclog your stuffy nose.
- Honey and apple cider vinegar. Mix a glass of water, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of honey. Let stand for 3 minutes before drinking.
- Steaming water. Place some water in a bowl, and boil it until it begins to evaporate. Hold your head over the bowl, cover with a towel, and inhale the steam.
Hangover: Try coconut water and bananas
Coconut water is a powerful hydrator–which is key after a big night out drinking–and has five electrolytes our bodies need: Potassium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorous, and calcium. The body also loses potassium when you drink alcohol, and bananas will help you to replenish.
- There are special acupressure points on your lower back, just below the waist and above the hips — ask someone to gently massage them for you for a temporary relief.
- Ask one of your family members to massage your back with alcohol. Before starting your massage, clean the skin on your back. Sprinkle some alcohol, and gently massage it into the skin.
- Also try massages with sandalwood oil, which is very popular for its relaxing effect.
- Lifting and carrying heavy objects should be done very carefully to avoid back injury. The best variant in this case will be to bend at the knees, and never at the waist.
- Try heat and cold therapies: alternate hot and cold packs for 20 minutes. For cold therapy, you can use an ice pack wrapped in a towel.
- Boil 1 liter of water with 1/4 liter of vinegar, and add 2 tablespoons of rosemary. Let stand for 5 minutes, and use a towel for a wet compress applied to the painful area.
- Choosing the correct mattress is an important thing — it shouldn’t be too hard (however, it’s better not to take the one that is too soft as well).
- You can also try to sleep in the fetal position, and put a pillow between your knees. If you sleep on your back, put a pillow under your knees.
- When you’re getting out of the bed, first lie on your side, then slide your legs to the floor, and push yourself into a sitting position. This way you won’t put too much pressure on your lower back.
Weight problems: Try good fats
If you’ve been gaining weight lately and it won’t seem to budge, Sepel recommends incorporating more healthy fats into your diet and avoiding anything marked as low-fat or fat-free.
“Low fat and fat-free foods are loaded with sugar, and the body stores extra sugar as fat. Don’t be afraid of good fats like avocado, olive oil, nuts and seeds–they give you an energy boost and keep you full longer. And learn to love veggies –they’re loaded with fiber and B-vitamins, which help purify your system. A clean body is a lean body,” she said.
Body odor: Try drinking liquid chlorophyll
Chlorophyll is the dark green pigment found in plants, and has a molecular structure to hemoglobin (the substance that’s responsible for transporting oxygen around the body.) Add a tablespoon to your bottle of water to boost red blood cells, improve oxygen, increase energy, help body odor, protect from cancer, help regulate bowel movements, and increase your intake of magnesium, vitamins, folic acid, iron, calcium and protein.
Stomach ache, indigestion, or heartburn
- Chamomile tea. Chamomile helps relax your stomach muscles and ease pain.
- Chicken soup. This soup will help calm an upset stomach. Just remove the fat from the soup, and add some lemon juice.
- Warm compress. Apply the compress to the painful area for 15 minutes.
- Cinnamon, anise, mint, and basil. Put a tablespoon of each ingredient in 1/2 liter of water, and boil for 10 minutes. A cup every half hour will soon make you forget about the discomfort.
- Lemon juice and baking soda. This remedy acts as a natural antacid and effectively relieves the symptoms of heartburn. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda, some lemon juice, and half a glass of water. Drink slowly.
- Rose water. Put 10 rose petals in a bottle of water. Let stand for 36 hours in the fridge. Add some alcohol, and apply once a day, after your bath, before going to sleep. Keep the rose water in the refrigerator.
- Orange peel, oatmeal, and yogurt. Put some orange peel in a bowl of water, and let stand for 24 hours in the refrigerator. Cut into pieces, and return them to the bowl. Then add 3 teaspoons of oatmeal and 2 teaspoons of plain yogurt. Apply the paste to your clean face for 5 minutes.
- Lemon tea. Zest a lemon, add water, and boil for 3 to 5 minutes. Drink the tea twice a day to help detoxify the skin.
- Honey and cinnamon. Make a face mask using these 2 ingredients, and apply to the affected areas for 10 minutes.
- Apple cider vinegar. Dissolve some vinegar in water, and apply to a clean face with soft cotton pads. It will help regulate the pH-balance of the skin and remove dead cells.