The first thing I need to point out is that even natural remedies can have bad side effects if taken improperly. This is especially true if you are taking prescription medications. Always talk to your doctor before adding natural remedies, and don’t stop taking any prescribed medications without your doctors ok.
I’ve broken the article down based on the specific health issue you’re dealing with. In some cases, I’ve included more than one potential remedy. Everyone is different so having options is good. One thing may not work for you, but the other option may be perfect!
Here is a list of the most effective home remedies for common health issues:
As anyone suffering from allergies knows, it’s not just about getting relief from one symptom. Often people have multiple symptoms.
To alleviate a cough naturally, honey is a great option.
There is evidence that suggests honey works as well as over the counter cough medications. Also, honey is a really good options for children under a year old who can’t take store bought cough medicine.
Red grapes can help with wheezing. A simple drink made of and making a lemon, honey, 1/4 lemon, 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar 3 tbsps. honey1/4 tsp each of ginger and cayenne pepper can do wonders for clearing up that stuffy nose.
Just bring the liquid ingredients to a boil, add in the rest of ingredients let it cool and store it in a jar in a cool spot in your home. Shake it up and a teaspoon or so daily will help you breath again!
You can use the tonic recipe above to help with congestion the next time you get a cold. Another thing is eucalyptus rub on your chest can help with coughs and congestion. Most of us have used Vicks before. There are all natural options too.
Also beta carotene, from foods such as pumpkins, carrots, butternut squash and sweet potatoes is a great way to keep your immune system healthy before, during and after a cold.
There are several natural ways to eliminate heartburn. A change in diet is one of the easiest, but may not always be enough. You could also sleep in a more upright posture. Also sleeping on your left side may help relieve your hearburn.
Some natural remedies can also include a sip of pickle juice which can help balance the pH levels and eliminate your heartburn. Marshmallow root is another all natural alternative. Marshmallow root comes in capsule form.
This annoying fungus can be cured naturally. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a tbsp. of olive oil and rub it onto your food daily for a few days.
If you have dandruff, there is a home remedy that works really well. Just massage 2 tbsps. of lemon juice directly onto your scalp the next time you shower. Rinse thoroughly. The acidity in the lemon juice can balance the pH level of your scalp and eliminate the dandruff.
Gargle several times daily with a mixture of warm water and salt.
Combine several drops of Frankincense with oil and use it as a massage oil. Apply to achy joints and see your pain disappear!
Capsaicin, found in cayenne pepper, is an ingredient found in many over the counter pain relievers. Cayenne pepper is helpful for relieving headaches because it decreases inflammation and increases circulation. Just add some cayenne pepper to food the next time you’re suffering from a headache.
Cramps can be extremely painful and often occur during strenuous activity. The best way to prevent cramping is to drink plenty of water all day everyday. Believe it or not, a large portion of the population are dehydrated. Many people do not drink enough water during the day which makes them prone to cramping, among other health issues. The rule of thumb is that if you fell thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
White heads can be eliminated by using tea tree oil. Find products that have a minimum of five percent of tea tree oil.
Create a combination of olive oil and vinegar works well to alleviate the sting and itch of bug bites.
Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to a warm bath and take a nice long soak to alleviate the itching.
If you get plenty of sleep nightly but still feel drained during the day you may benefit from a vitamin D supplement.
Home Remedies Work
There are literally hundreds, perhaps thousands, of home remedies I haven’t listed here. These remedies have been around for centuries in some cases because they work. Try some of these remedies to get relief from common ailments while avoiding the many side effects that can occur with over the counter medications.