|A headache is trying to|
tell you something.
Am I saying that we shouldn't use medications? Not at all! I firmly believe that there is a place, and a need, for medicine. But, many times our discomfort can be relieved in a simple, natural way.
Here are some of my favorite natural remedies:
HeadachesA headache is trying to tell you something. Perhaps you haven't had enough sleep or have waited too long to eat. It might signal tension or that you aren't breathing deeply enough. Here are a few things to try before taking an aspirin:
- Drink a glass of water (headaches are often caused by dehydration).
- Eat something (even a small amount can cure a headache if it's been awhile since your last meal).
- Take 5 slow, deep breaths (it can release tension and change your mood).
Upset StomachAn upset stomach can signal a serious issue and, if it continues for more than 24 hours, one should consult a physician. Often, however, it's caused by a virus, flu, or something we ate (as Scrooge says, "an undigested bit of beef"). These cures might give you instant relief:
This sweet treat can
ease stomach aches.
- Drink a cup of ginger tea (ginger has antispasmodic, anti-nausea, and digestive properties). Note: This is not recommended for children under two years of age.
Bee Stings and Bug BitesSpending time outside usually means bug bites. Unless one is allergic, bugs bites and bee stings are more painful than anything else (seek immediate medical help if you are allergic to bee stings). After removing the stinger, use these tips to relieve the pain:
- Apply mud (dirt mixed with water) directly to the bite. Let the mud dry and then wash off with cool water. Works every time!
- Apply ice (ice reduces pain and swelling ... be sure to wrap the ice in a cloth to avoid direct contact which could damage skin tissue).
- Pour a little vinegar directly on the affected area. If it doesn't work, try the next tip.
- Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply to the bite.
- Cut a leaf from your Aloe plant (you all have Aloe plants, right?) and apply the gel directly to the bite.
|Every home needs Aloe!|
BurnsMinor burns or sunburns can be treated effectively and naturally. Try these ideas:
- Apply cool water to the burn to reduce the heat (do not use ice because it will damage the skin tissue).
- Dab Witch Hazel on the area (Witch Hazel is an astringent and has been shown to give long-lasting anti-inflammatory relief).
- Place tea bags (soaked in water) on the affected area (tea contains tannic acid which eases pain).
Our bodies offer us many clues to health. Discomfort signals a problem which can often be prevented or cured naturally. Medicines do have a place in a healthy lifestyle but it's best to try to understand the cause of a problem, and fix it naturally if possible, before finding instant relief with over-the-counter drugs.
What are your favorite natural home remedies?
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The information presented in our holistic living series is not, and should not be used as, a substitute for medical advice.