Inside: These are Natural Remedies You Should Know About for your family’s health.
Modern medicine is a wonderful thing. When serious injuries occur, it is a tremendous comfort to know there is a doctor or hospital nearby.
But most of the things that ail us on a day to day basis are not serious enough to justify a visit to the doctor. Many don’t even require a trip to the drug store. These 10 Natural Remedies are great for anything from a simple cut or case of indigestion right up to an infected wound or case of ringworm. I make a point of keeping each of these on hand in my home.
10 Surprising Natural Remedies You Need to Know About
(Note: This write-up is not intended as medical advice. It is for informational purposes only. Please consult with your doctor if you have a serious health issue.)
Calendula gel and ointment are both made from the beautiful flower of the same name. I find the gel to be quite soothing on insect bites, small cuts, and burns. It brings comfort and relief while reducing inflammation and is a great first line of defense with small wounds.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is famous for sunburn relief, but it is also great for bug bites, scrapes, cuts, and minor burns of all varieties. For small areas, simply cut open a leaf from the plant and dab the juice on your skin. But Aloe Vera Gel is also conveniently available in large bottles. I have some handy at all times!
3. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is made from the Melaleuca tree. This wonderful essential oil is anti-fungal, making it a great choice for ringworm, or athlete’s foot. It is an antiseptic, perfect for cuts, scrapes, insect bites and stings. Finally, tea tree oil can help to clear up infections of all varieties, too. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that this is one of the most important natural remedies you should know about.
Fresh garlic is a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It has an amazing ability to heal almost any wound. Be cautious with garlic, however, as it can cause damage to the skin if undiluted. Limit exposure to 20 to 25 minutes at a time, 1 to 2 times a day.
Raw honey has extraordinary healing properties. When used on wounds, it kills bacteria and prevents infection from developing. Manuka Honey is particularly well known as an effective healer. Honey can get quite runny when exposed to body heat. Mix it up with some petroleum jelly to help prevent this, apply to wound, and cover with a soft bandage to keep it clean.
Basil isn’t just a tasty addition to tomatoes. Rubbing a fresh basil leaf on a mosquito bite soothes the itch and the anti-inflammatory properties may reduce the swelling, as well. As an added bonus, the smell is a natural insect repellant.
7. Bentonite Clay
Bentonite Clay is one of the most important natural remedies you should know about. This incredible clay has the ability to draw toxins out of your body when it is wet. Applying it quickly on a bug bite or spider bite makes a huge difference in healing. It is great to use in mud face masks and soothing baths. Some people take it internally to help with constipation, acid reflux, and vomiting.
8. Epsom Salts
This natural mineral was discovered in a spring in England. Soaking in an Epsom Salts bath relieves pain, soothes your muscles and nerves, and feels amazing. Soak your feet in it at the end of a long day, or ease the pain of a sprained limb. Taken internally, it helps to regulate blood sugar and relieves constipation. You can even use it to help you dislodge a bad splinter!
9. Coconut Oil
This wonderful oil supports the immune system, increases the body’s metabolic rate, and improves digestion. It also combats dry skin and helps to prevent wrinkles and sagging, while improving bone health.
10. Apple Cider Vinegar
Unfiltered and organic apple cider vinegar is incredible for your body. Full of good bacteria and enzymes, apple cider vinegar helps keep your blood glucose levels and hormones balanced and aids in digestion. It’s great as a rinse for your hair and works well to repel insects and soothe bites, too.
Natural remedies are a great way to deal with life’s little bumps, scrapes, and bruises. They make a wonderful first line of defense, protecting your health and providing comfort while saving you money, too.
Have you tried any of these natural remedies? Do you have any natural remedies to recommend?