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Natural Home Remedies

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

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Before medications existed, people turned to natural remedies to treat issues such as headaches, nausea, and aches. The advantage of using a home remedy is that they are often very cost effective and could potentially save you an expensive trip to the pharmacy. Listed below are a handful of natural home remedies that can be used to treat minor health issues.

Ginger.

Ginger can be very effective for treating issues such as nausea, an upset stomach, or motion sickness. It can be taken in many different forms: capsules and tablets, iced or hot ginger tea, and candied ginger.

Lavender.

Lavender is great for calming, relaxation and aiding with sleep. If you have trouble falling asleep at night, try diluting some lavender oil with water and spraying it on your pillow before bed.

Coconut oil.

Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids, making it a great moisturiser. You can apply it on your body for softer, more radiant skin, or to the ends of your hair to help with dryness.

Honey & sea salt.

Combine honey and sea salt for the perfect DIY exfoliator. This is perfect to try during the colder, dryer months and can be used as a lip scrub or a body scrub to get rid of dead skin.

Tea Tree oil.

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that can be very effective for treating acne. It is strong; therefore you should mix one tea tree oil with nine parts water before applying it to the affected area with a q tip. You should be especially cautious if you have never used it on your skin before as it can be quite harsh.

Clove oil.

Clove oil contains an active ingredient called Eugenol which is a natural anaesthetic and antibacterial that works well at reducing inflammation in the mouth. If you are experiencing a tooth ache, you can try dipping a clean tissue or q tip in clove oil and wiping it over the point of pain inside your mouth.

Aloe vera.

The gel found inside the spiky leaves of the aloe vera plant is very soothing and can therefore be effective in treating sun burn, other minor burns, cuts and scrapes. Being a succulent, it is quite an easy plant to grow yourself, as it thrives in dry conditions, ideally by a window that catches a lot of bright light.

Peppermint.

The menthol in peppermint relaxes gastrointestinal issue, meaning it can be effective in treating digestive issues such as indigestion, gas, and bloating. It can be taken in oil or capsule form.

Although most natural home remedies do not have any significant side effects, they could potentially be harmful if used excessively. Always consult your healthcare professional if you are experiencing serious health issues.

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