Top 10 Must-Have Healing Remedies
Your medicine cabinet may be complete based on your checklist and it may have those over-the counter drugs which mom used to have. While these medicines may still be effective, there are more items that you definitely should have in your medicine cabinets that are more useful and effective. These natural remedies are just as effective and have lesser known harmful side effects. Here is a list of the top 10 must-have healing remedies.
It is best used for scrapes, cuts, minor burns, surgical incisions, insect bites and stings, and skin irritation. Calendula is made from marigolds which have been used hundreds of years ago to treat skin itchiness and cuts. The essential oils found in the plant have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which soothe the skin, speed up healing, reduce pain and infection, and prevent scarring. Simply apply the ointment onto the affected area of the skin up to 4 times per day. Check for sensitivity by testing it on a small area of the skin and watch out for allergic reactions.
Lavender and Tea Tree Oil
Both of these essential oils have antiseptic properties which are great for treating athlete’s foot, cuts, burns, and minor infections. The aroma of lavender calms the senses and helps relieve anxiety. It soothes the pain of sunburns and minor burns and prevents scarring. Tea tree oil is a powerful disinfectant that prevents infections on affected areas. It has a natural antifungal property that is effective in treating athlete’s foot and other fungal infections. Use sparingly and only when necessary because it can dry the skin. You can add a few drops of these oils into a spray bottle to clean your countertops and door knobs.
Arnica comes from the extracts of the mountain daisy found in Europe and are made into cream and tablet forms, which are used to treat bumps, bruises, sprains and muscle aches. Helenalin found in arnica is proven to have anti-inflammatory effects. Make sure to use the arnica gels, creams and tablets because the raw plant is toxic. You can take up to 20 tablets per day in 4 doses to relieve your body of muscle aches or whole-body trauma. For isolated injuries, apply the cream in affected areas of the body 3-5 times per day until you are relieved.
One of the must-have healing remedies that you must keep in your medicine cabinets is aloe vera. It is very effective in relieving mild to moderate burns because of its soothing, cooling and calming properties. It helps lessen pain and swelling and speeds up the healing process. The gel in the fresh aloe vera plant can be slathered onto affected areas of the skin every 2 hours until you get some relief. You may also buy commercial products with aloe vera as the primary ingredient. Make sure to also apply moisturizers because aloe vera tends to dry the skin naturally.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
The eucalyptus oil has natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties which is very effective for upper-respiratory tract infections. It is an expectorant and speeds up the recovery process. Use it in steam inhalation by putting 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil into a pot of boiling water and inhale the steam. You can also add 1-2 drops into the vaporizing cream and run during bedtime to relieve chest colds and congestion.
Peppermint is great for relieving bloating, stomach cramps and pains. It comes in tablets, oils and tea forms. Topically, it soothes sore muscles, headaches and stuffy nose. Peppermint tea or tablet can be inhaled or taken in to ease out stomach troubles like indigestion and cramps.
Valerian is an herb which is used to help a person fall asleep fast. The oils found in the plant have sedative properties and the plant stimulated the brain to release more GABA that encourages sleep. Make sure to read and follow the instructions indicated on the label of the product that you bought from the store. Valerian capsules can be taken at 100 mg per capsule for three doses at bedtime to slowly relax your body until you fall asleep. Valerian tincture can be added into your water and taken after dinner and another at bedtime.
Rescue Remedy is a flower remedy which is a combination of 5 flower essences that is very effective in combatting stress, panic, anxiety and emotional upset. Every day, man is faced with many challenges and stress. In order for you to manage them, add 4 drops of Rescue Remedy into a glass of water and sip on this throughout the day. If you are under severe stress, take 12 drops in an hour until you feel relaxed.
Phosphorus is a common remedy for adults and children. It is very effective against deep coughs and bronchitis, anxiety, pallor, hoarseness, indigestion and constipation. It is also useful in bleeding problems like nosebleeds, tooth extraction or dental surgery, and during heavy menstrual periods.
Dr. Schulze’s Intestinal Formula #1
It is very effective in relieving you of constipation and stomach problems. Aloe leaf extracts, cascara sagrada and senna leaf are known to have laxative properties. Make sure to follow the instructions indicated on the package label to avoid any adverse effects. This should only be used when needed. Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Take this product when the
Natural remedies are better and safer to use in certain health problems that may occur at any of the day. Choose products that you feel comfortable using. Make sure to stock on these tried and tested effective products in your medicine cabinet. You do not only save money but also safeguard yourself from using highly commercialized synthetic products which may even harm your health. While pharmaceuticals use plant-based ingredients in their formulation, you might as well use the natural products.