Natural home remedies that we probably have right in front of us for some common ailments are frequently overlooked. These home remedies work great, are easy on your budget and easy to remember. Nature provides us with what we need if only we take the time to find it!
1. Aloe vera gel: This is a remedy for Sunburn and minor kitchen burns. “The gel has active compounds that help the burn heal much more quickly,” says Andrew Rubman, a doctor of naturopathic medicine in Southbury, Conn. For best results use the aloe plant break off the end and squeeze some of the gel like substance for a burn or an abrasion. Caution: Although some people will say you can use it as a laxative in cases of severe constipation — it’s probably not a great idea since it can it turn into a soap in the large intestines and can lead to severe cramping.
2. Baking soda: Can be used as a mild gastritis between meals and baking soda has antacid properties and can neutralize heartburn. I personally have used baking soda to control some reactions to chemicals or other allergens. I have had quite a lot of success with it helping to neutralize reaction. — Stir about 1/2 teaspoon into about 4 ounces of water then swallow.
3. Witch hazel: This is great remedy for external (only) sores, pimples, aftershave treatments, poison ivy, varicose veins, eczema, mosquito bits, and even ingrown nails. Witch Hazel has strong antioxidant and astringent properties that aid in healing and reducing inflammation. –To use, clean the area with mild soap and apply the witch hazel with a sterile cotton ball or Q-tip or on bigger areas apply to a bandage before applying to wound.
4. Raw honey: Raw honey is honey as it exists in the beehive or as obtained by extraction, settling or straining, without adding heat (although some honey that has been “minimally processed” is often labeled as raw honey). Raw honey has some pollen and may contain small particles of wax. Local raw honey is sought after by allergy sufferers as the pollen impurities are thought to lessen the sensitivity to hay fever.
Honey is good for an upset stomach, insect bites, ulcers, burns because it has bacteria-killing properties. According to research and a study published by Clinical Nursing Journal in a 2008 issue, shallow skin ulcers with honey dressings decreased their size by 34%. Did you know that doctors treated burns and wounds during World War I with honey and that many medical professionals still use raw honey in treatment? A light coating of honey protects a wound against foreign agents and it also helps reduce swelling and serves as an antibacterial agent.
For an upset stomach mix equal parts of honey and vinegar (1 tsp each) and add to juice or water. Raw honey can be used as a sleep aid for insomnia by adding a tsp to a cup of hot milk.
For sore throats— Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, honey not only soothes throats but can also kill certain bacteria that causes the infection. To soothe a sore throat — Take a spoonful of honey to soothe the inflammation or gargle with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of honey, 4 tablespoons of lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Did you know that many professional singers commonly use honey to soothe their throats before performances?
Caution: Should not be used on infants under 1-year-old because honey spores product bacteria that can cause botulism (a serious form of food poisoning). People with bee allergies especially if you have severe allergic reaction– do not use –this could cause and anaphylactoid reaction.
Natural remedies can be a God-send to you and your family. Living healthy and with nature should be part of all our lives. Instead of popping a pill or taking a over the counter medicine that many times contains toxic ingredients such as synthetic dyes or additives that are harmful to our bodies – try thinking Nature first!
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