Over the counter drugs are usually unnecessary when you have minor ailments. These drugs often contain chemical compounds that the body then has to eliminate. Avoiding these and instead using nature’s produce is a more organic approach to healing your body.
Home remedies offer a more natural & sustainable way to treat ailments. They are usually inexpensive & you may have many of the herbs, foods & plants listed below already in your home.
The few remedies that are described below are personal favourites & I have been using them regularly for years. Although these home remedies have all worked well for me, for some people it may not work. So make sure you discontinue to use a herb if you feel it makes matters worse and patch test essential oils before using them.
The below remedies are recommended for adults – if you would like to use natural remedies on babies & children or when you are pregnant, please make sure you research it well and talk to a professional. Also, if the problems persist make sure you see a trusted doctor or a naturopath. It is very important that you listen closely to your body, making sure that whatever method you use to relieve ailments is the best for YOU.
Now, let’s get to it! Here are my personal favourite home remedies:
This gracious plant is an eye-catcher in any room & is incredibly soothing for the skin. The plant’s liquid can be used on sun burns, skin rashes as well as dry patches. Cut off a stem of the plant, press out liquid gel and massage directly on the skin. You can store the stem in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
One of my favourite herbs when my digestion plays up! It offers immediate relief from nausea, bloating & indigestion. Ajwain contains high levels of thymol, which improves digestive enzymes & supports the release of gastric juices in the stomach. The herbs aids digestion & may therefore help in digestive ailments. You can either place a tea spoon full of ajwain in water, then filter the water & drink it. Or chew a small amount of the herb in your mouth. I personally prefer to chew on the herb when needed. Make sure you store the herb in a dry place (a little glass jar works great & fits easily in hand bags).
Anis is another great herb to relieve nausea & stomach upsets. Simply place some in a glass of water, steep for a few minutes and drink.
Coconut oil works wonders on chapped or irritated skin. Simply dab on and let the oil take care of it. The oil can also be used to treat minor gum irritation: use a teaspoon of coconut oil and rinse mouth with it for 2 minutes (as in oil pulling) and spit out, don’t swallow the oil. Alternatively, you can massage the affected area with a tiny bit of the oil.
Ideally, take before the onset of a cold. Echinacea is a strong immune system booster, supporting the bodies natural ability to fight infections. It can also be taken during a cold to reduce the severity & for faster recovery. Put a few drops in water & drink a couple times a day. I recommend the liquid version by Blackmores.
Brew a delicious cocoa drink with honey to ease colds & congestions. Honey is soothing & healing for respiratory infections. Cinnamon & cloves are comforting and the Turmeric highly supportive in helping the body recover from any inflammations. Best taken as a hot drink this recipe will ease a sore throat and congestions.
- 1 cup almond / oat / cashew OR rice milk
- 1 teaspoon cocoa
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoon honey (or less if you prefer less sweetness)
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 cloves
Warm the milk and mix all the ingredients until smooth. Serve warm & drink immediately. My favourite honey to use is the Every Bit Organic Raw Honey.
To aid digestion I drink lemon water first thing every morning: squeeze the juice of a quarter of a lemon into one glass of water and drink on an empty stomach. Many health bloggers say you should have lemon with warm water. However, I simply cannot stomach warm water in the morning & like the taste of cold lemon water better! 😉
Mint is ideal to calm the tummy and also helps aid nausea. We grow mint at home, being lucky enough to use our own plant. I simply place a few leaves in a cup and pour hot water over it, steep for a few minutes and drink.
Primrose oil is an incredibly healing oil due to it’s high omega 6 essential fatty acids – these compounds allow the oil to support healing skin tissue. We have used the oil for skin irritations, dry skin and eczema. It also works great to soothe itchy or irritated scalp. To use the oil massage a small amount into the skin. If you dislike the smell of primrose oil (as I do!) you can mix it with lavender essential oil. Which brings us to our next point:
Aromatherapy has been used for centuries to ease ailments & are a wonderful alternative to over the counter drugs & much easier on the environment and our bodies. Just make sure you purchase a high quality oil & where possible organic. I prefer to use the natural essential oils by Perfect Potion. Below are some of my personal favourites & how to use them:
- For stomach upsets & nausea use grapefruit essential oil or any other citrus fruit oil in a diffuser or put 3 drops on a cloth & sniff for immediate relief.
- Grapefruit essential oil also works great to mask smells: place 3 drops in the toilet instead of using air freshners.
- A wonderful calming scent that eases stress & worries and helps calm the nervous system. Use in a diffuser or if you prefer make a soothing body moisturiser: mix 5 drops of lavender essential oil with 30ml of carrier oil (jojoba oil, or if you like it nutty sweet almond oil), or mix 5 drops with 25g of neutral body cream.
- Put a couple drops on a wet cotton pad and tap on insect bites for immediate ease (it may sting a bit due to it’s disinfecting properties).
- Tea tree essential oil can also be used on pimples – simply put a drop on a cotton bud & tap on needed areas.
I hope you enjoy these remedies & find that exploring natural treatments for minor ailments to be a great alternative.
BLUE MONKEY & PINEAPPLE.