Before heading to the local drug store to get a favorite over the counter drug or remedy to sooth a everyday common ailment like a nagging headache, or indigestion, or maybe a dry unproductive cough, consider taking the natural route first. There are a number of very effective and inexpensive remedies brought to you by mother nature that can do every bit as good for those mild yet irritating types of conditions.
Relief From Pain
Tiger balm, a natural Chinese ointment sold in health food stores is a great way to combat a mild headache naturally. It contains menthol, a substance that has the ability to create warmth and tingling, which will ease headache pain when rubbed into the neck or temple area. I’ve always enjoyed the pleasant smell of this product as well. There’s something soothing about it. Another plus that can help in relieving headaches that are stress related.
A couple of anti-inflammatory type of herbs for pain include, meadowsweet, and willow bark. A number of my health food store clients over the years often praised these two herbs for their effectiveness with regard to pain relief. They’re worth a try, especially if you frequently encounter pain issues.
How about the old standby of tenting a towel over a pot of steaming water, fresh from boiling? To give this remedy a boost, try adding some crushed eucalyptus or sage leaves and breathing deeply to loosen stubborn phlegm.
There are also some herbal options for cough control. These include mullein leaf, licorice root, and marshmallow root. These herbs are easily found in tea form and will be helpful to your cough by sipping a few cups throughout the day.
Believe it or not, nothing will help elimination better than good old fashioned H20. I often suggested a warm 20 oz. glass of water upon rising everyday to my health food store clients for good prevention of constipation, and most folks had positive results with this if practiced daily. However, in the event that you find yourself needing a bit more than the water, herbal remedies like cascara sagrada, senna leaves, and psyllium husk powder are all good options. If your someone who finds yourself with this condition frequently, try ½ teaspoon of tumeric powder mixed in water 3 or 4 times weekly. This spice loosens the bile within the liver which will also assist in easier elimination.
Often times, a pharmaceutical isn’t necessary when you implement some natural remedies. You can also save yourself a trip to the doctor as well!
Look to the earth and heal.
August ’09 Issue of Body and Soul