Here are some ailments and some ideas for natural cures.
I have not tried each one, so please let me know if you try something and you like it.
|Allergies||In a Johns Hopkins study, people with the highest level of folate were least likely to show signs of allergies and asthma. Get folate in beans and leafy greens.
Or, eat locally produced honey. The bees use the pollen, and when eaten, it gives your body the chance to get used to the pollen.
|Blemish||Swab apple cider vinegar on the blemish.
Apply a facial mask of avocado, egg yolk, and honey. The honey will help kill bacterial cells by dehydrating them. The avocado moisturizes skin, and the egg yolk is rich in vitamin A, retinol, which helps heal skin.
|Bloating||Sage is a mild diuretic: it draws excess water out of the body gently. Boil 1/3 teaspoon dried or fresh sage in a cup of water and strain; drink 3-4 times a day when you’re bloated.|
|Body Odor||Rub enough water into a few tablespoons of baking soda to make a paste and apply directly to you armpits for five minutes. Then rinse. If a shower is out of the question, leave a thin layer of paste directly on your armpits.|
|Bug bite||Paste made of baking soda and water, place the mixture on the bug bite.|
|Bug bite (takes away the itch)||Dab a bit of tea tree oil onto a cotton swab and rub it on the bite|
|Burn (minor)||Mash a tomato and apply it directly to minor burns. Then, cover the area with a bandage to prevent scarring.
Alternatively, apply honey once a day on a minor burn.
|Calm down!||Eucalyptus helps relax your breathing and clear your mind. Add 12 drops of eucalyptus oil to a sink full of cold water. Dip a washcloth into the water, wring out, roll up, and store in the ‘fridge. After an intense workout, or when you just need a minute to yourself, unroll the cloth and lay it over your face until you feel calm.|
|Congested sinuses||Pick up a jar of spicy salsa with chilies like jalapenos, serranos, or habaneros and snack until the sniffles subside. That’s because the hot chilies will break up mucus in the nasal passages and in the lungs. Bonus: salsa has lots of vitamin C.|
|Congested sinuses||Add 3 tablespoons oregano, thyme, and/or rosemary to a large pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and transfer the pot to a table. Cover your head with a towel to create a steam tent; inhale for 10 to 20 minutes, or until the steam dissipates.|
|Constipation||Basil will help to de-stress the body and aids in digestion. Make your own pesto by adding a cup of packed fresh basil to a food processor along with a clove of garlic, a pinch of salt, and 2 tablespoons pine nuts (skip the Parmesan cheese for this use). Turn the processor on and drizzle in olive oil until the desired consistency is reached.|
|Cuts, scratches, bug bite||Wipe with witch hazel|
|Digestion||Drink a cup of warm water with the juice of 1/4 lemon first thing in the morning (stimulates the liver and helps release digestive enzymes). This remedy is also a Chinese traditional cure for detoxifying your skin.
Ease the occasional indigestion (like, say, after Thanksgiving dinner) by sipping a cup of peppermint tea after the meal. Peppermint improves the flow of bile, which moves food through the digestive tract more quickly.
|Feel a cold coming on?||Sprinkle eucalyptus oil in the shower and take a shower (opens sinuses).
Work out for 30 minutes a day and you’ll catch half as many colds this year, according to a study in the American Journal of Medicine. Exercise prompts more white blood cells to circulate in your body where they kill disease causing invaders.
|Flatulence||Add 1/3 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and ginger to 8 ounces hot water and steep for several minutes. Strain, sweeten with honey and enjoy before a meal.|
|For Good health, Heartburn, Weight Loss, Lowering Cholesterol||1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar with 1/8 teaspoon baking soda three times daily (makes the body alkaline)|
|Headache||Massage tea tree oil into the muscle between the thumb and index finder on the right hand, breathing deeply. The scent is soothing.
Fill a small bowl with ice water and add 5 to 7 drops peppermint oil or extract. Dip a washcloth into the bowl, wring it out, and apply the compress to your forehead for 10 to 15 minutes. Alternately, add several drops to the washcloth, throw it in the corner of a shower, and climb into the minty steam.
|Heartburn||Dissolve 1 teaspoon baking soda in half cup of water and drink it (baking soda is a base that neutralizes the acid in the esophagus and the stomach)|
|Hot flashes||You may benefit from eating a little soy sauce each night. Or, have a cup of simple miso soup: dissolve 1 tablespoon of miso paste in hot water, and drink.|
|Insomnia||The ideal temperature for sleeping is 65 degrees, according to the Better Sleep Council.
Instead of working or watching TV, write in a journal, read a book, or make a to-do list so that those worries don’t distract your mind.
A sesame oil foot massage will calm you. Begin with the toes and work toward your heel in circular motions.
To make a relaxing nightcap, add 8 ounces milk to a saucepan with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg and warm gently. Remove from heat and sweeten with a little honey or maple syrup.
Try taking a soothing bath- add a few drops of lavender bath oil or a few flowers to the water.
Amp up your calorie burn during the day, and you’ll sleep more soundly during the night. Your body needs time to repair after a workout, so you will fall asleep faster.
|Jellyfish sting||Pour vinegar on the wound to stop the venom from spreading. Then, ice the area to reduce swelling and use hydrocortisone cream to relieve the itching.|
|Monthly cramps and tenderness||One study found that women who got 1,200 milligrams of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D daily- the amount in four servings of low fat milk- were half as likely to suffer from PMS problems.|
|Moodiness||Have a glass of nonfat milk with oatmeal and a banana. These are high in vitamin B6, which is needed to produce dopamine, which influences emotions. And, be sure to drink lots of water and cut back on processed foods that tend to be high in sodium, which can cause bloating.|
|Muscle soreness after a tough workout||That soreness is a result of swelling and microscopic tears in your muscles.
Eat a bowl of whole-wheat cereal with skim milk. This replenishes your body’s supply of glycogen and protein, which help repair and build muscles.
Or, you can run a warm bath, pour in some Epsom salts, and soak.
The foam roller will also help- apply pressure to the sore areas.
Also, get moving again- get back out there – at a low intensity to reduce stiffness.
Or, consume 1.8 grams of omega-3 fats every day (about 10 walnut halves); omega 3 fats have anti-inflammatory effects that fight aches.
|Nausea||Scrub a piece of fresh ginger and cut into thin slices. Sprinkle a little sugar into the bottom of a quart jar, and then create a layer of ginger slices. Alternate the layers until the jar is full. The syrup will appear in about 24 hours. Strain into a small jar, and refrigerate for up to three weeks. Take a tablespoon at the first sign of nausea. (Ginger will also aid in digestion)|
|Pore refiner||Mix 1/2 C dry oatmeal, 1/2 C hot water, and 1/4 C honey in a food processor. Let cool & apply to face. Wait 10 minutes and rinse. This mask takes advantage of oats’ cleaners that remove dirt from pores.|
|Remove damp sand from skin after the beach||Sprinkle cornstarch or baby powder on the skin then brush away|
|Rev up your workouts||Drink green tea. Hot or iced, green tea can help rev up your workout. Its catechins, antioxidants, and caffeine help increase the metabolic generation of heat. Drink a cup about 10 minutes before exercising.|
|Sore throat||Fill a tablespoon halfway with honey, and then squeeze a lemon to fill the spoon with juice. Sprinkle on 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Put the spoon in your mouth and suck on it slowly. The lemon contracts inflamed tissues and provides vitamin C; the honey soothes and disinfects; and the cayenne stimulates circulation and encourages healing.
Gargle with hot water mixed with a Tablespoon of honey and a Tablespoon of vinegar. The vinegar works as an astringent to clear secretions and restore pH balance, and it discourages bacteria growth. The honey is an anti-inflammatory.
|Wrinkles||A face massage will relax muscle tension- smoothing lines and increasing luminosity. Apply a thin layer of lotion to your face, place your palms against your cheeks, and rub in an up and down motion. Repeat along your forehead. Next, use your index and middle fingers to make small circular motions against the sides of your nose and around your mouth. Finally, press down on the area under your brows and above the bridge of your nose for three seconds.|