As much as I love my smart phone, the proliferation of electric cars and the promise of commercial space travel (Elon Musk is my hero), when it comes to some things, I’m an old-fashioned girl. Health and wellness is definitely one of these areas. When I consider the amazingly simple ways humans have addressed minor aches, pains and discomforts throughout history, I am in awe that we’ve forgotten these inexpensive, effective gems. Here is a list of natural remedies I use often and to wonderful effect.
1.) Fresh ginger for cramps – When I was a teenager, I must have missed half the school year because of debilitating menstrual cramps. I was always told they’d lessen as I got older. Not so much. But to my great joy I discovered fresh ginger. When I boil this simple, spicy herb into a tea and drink it, it brings so much relief that I can carry on my life without missing a beat. But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s some science that backs up how great ginger is for menstrual cramps. Warning: This is SPICY!
2.) Lavender for gentle sleep – I always imagine everyone already knows the lavender oil on the pillow trick, but every time I’ve mentioned it, there is someone who thinks I am a natural guru for knowing such ancient knowledge. So, if you don’t already know, you can put two or three drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow and you’ll sleep like a baby, without having to resort to something that may become addictive. You’re welcome.
3.) Peppermint essential oil for easing tension headaches – Three years ago I moved from the east coast to the west coast. I immediately realized I didn’t like the “culture” of Los Angeles and worse, I couldn’t find a job to save my life. To say I had tension headaches is an understatement. A few drops of peppermint oil in a carrier oil (like coconut) rubbed on my temples and shoulders calmed the throbbing within minutes. Yes, there is science behind this one too!
4.) Cinnamon to ease heavy menstrual cycles – Nothing ruins a vacation like a period that won’t go away. You can cheat nature by making a cinnamon stick tea. Just toss a cinnamon stick in water and boil for ten minutes. Drink. Repeat 3-4 times in one day. Easy as pie. Here’s why it works and precautions to take into consideration.
5.) Clove oil for toothaches – I had my wisdom tooth removed during the Christmas holidays several years ago. And to my dismay, I developed dry socket. It was like I was being tortured on an episode of Game of Thrones. After I’d called my dentist in tears to no avail (he was skiing somewhere exotic while I was suffering), I learned (from Google) that clove oil will take away the pain. This stuff is magic! I was up and about within 20 minutes of putting the oil on my gums.
6.) Sage for bad breath – While we’re on the topic of the mouth, let’s talk about funky breath. We all have it at some point, but instead of popping sugary mints that could cause tooth decay, how about simply chewing on a piece of fresh sage? There are other herbs that mask bad breath, but sage is actually toxic to the harmful organisms that cause bad breath. You’ll be destroying the bad breath at the root.
7.) Ginger baths for detoxing and to ward off colds – I remember learning about this from a YouTube video and thinking it was hogwash. But it’s NOT! Ginger is an amazing root. I grated about 5 tablespoons of fresh ginger into a bath as hot as I can stand it and then immersed myself into it for 30 minutes. I’d had a slightly sore throat and that funky pre-cold feeling before I went in. During the soak, I leaked about 6 cups of sweat out of my pores. Then I was very cold until I wrapped myself in a big terry cloth robe and went to bed. The next morning, there wasn’t even a hint of a cold. I’m a convert. So is this woman.
Please be wise and careful. If you suspect allergies or you’re pregnant or on medication, always speak with your healthcare provider before trying any remedies, natural or otherwise. Information contained here is for entertainment purposes and is not meant to heal or diagnose anything.
Have you tried any of these gems? Do you have others to add to the list?