Herbal Remedies for Some Common Everyday Ailments
Some of us suffer from common, everyday ailments that can be treated effectively by herbal remedies rather than an expensive trip to the doctor and resulting prescriptions.
Specific herbs can be made into healing salves, tonics and teas not only to relieve irritating symptoms that accompany these ailments, but also to cure them.
Herbal remedies have innate benefits that can work for a variety of common ailments from acne to warts. Below are some herbal treatments for everyday ailments:
Acne – There are a number of conditions that can perpetuate acne, but the most common causes are hormonal imbalance (such as in adolescence), stress and some medications. Effective herbal remedies include:
• Enchinacea – Reduces inflammation and has healing qualities.
• Witch Hazel – Used as a topical astringent.
• Aloe Gel – Topically applied as an antibacterial (and astringent) agent.
Bladder infections – This type of infection occurs when bacteria enters the urinary tract -- generally, in women. Some symptoms include constant or painful urination.
Treat bladder infections with the following herbal remedies:
• Barberry – Helps the immune system fight infection.
• Cranberry juice – Inhibits bacterial growth by increasing acid in the urine.
• Dandelion – Detoxifies the bladder.
Indigestion – Some types of food causes this digestive problem when the body has difficulty breaking them down.
Use of cigarettes, processed foods, and too much coffee or alcohol can also cause rebellious digestive organs.
Some herbal remedies for indigestion include:
• Turmeric – Helps relieve stomach irritation.
• Peppermint – Soothes the stomach and relieves symptoms such as bloating.
• Angelica – Relieves cramping and gas.
Warts – Most warts are caused by viruses such as papillomas and are simply a common infection of the skin.
Effective herbal remedies include:
• Bloodroot – Can be made into a tincture or paste to remove warts.
• Comfrey – Used as a cream or tonic to treat warts.
• Astragalus – Boosts the immune system.
There are thousands of herbal remedies
Research will provide you with the herbal formula you need to treat almost any disorder.
Home Remedies for the Common Cold
Nothing is more annoying and weakening to your body than the onset of the common cold. It can begin with a sore throat, congestion and overall feeling of discomfort.
You may suffer from a higher than normal temperature, headache and loss of appetite. The intensity of suffering also depends upon your health and the weather.
Mom’s homemade chicken soup has been used for generations to successfully alleviate the symptoms of a cold, but there are other home remedies that are also effective.
• Vitamin C – Taking Vitamin C on a regular basis will help to prevent the common cold. If you already have a cold, take large doses of this vitamin to lessen the symptoms and shorten the time you’re ill.
• Watch your diet – Drink plenty of liquids – especially fruit and vegetable juices. Avoid foods with starches, cheese, meat and eggs, but eat lots of vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts.
• Ginger Tea – Hot tea made from ginger root, leaves and a bit of sugar added to hot water is an excellent remedy for a cold. It soothes the throat and helps to reduce fever.
• Lemon – Loaded with Vitamin C, lemon juice helps the immune system to resist all illnesses and decreases the toxicity of the common cold. Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a glass of warm water (and a spoonful of honey) to realize the best results.
• Garlic – Contains oil and beneficial antiseptic qualities that help with respiratory problems and also flushes toxins from the body. Make a soup by boiling about four cloves of garlic in a cup of water – or use garlic oil and ingest it two or three times per day.
• Apple cider vinegar – An effective remedy for a stuffy nose associated with the common cold. Prepare a solution of equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water. When the solution begins to boil, lean over the pan and inhale the fumes.
Environmental factors such as dust or pollen in the air and drastic changes in temperature have a lot to do with the likelihood that you’ll catch the common cold.
How healthy you are can also be a determining factor in how susceptible you are to catch a cold.
You can also be more at risk if you’re tired, depressed or suffer from depression or sleep deprivation.
Keep healthy habits such as a balanced diet, plenty of sunshine and rest and relaxation and you’ll be much more successful in keeping the common cold at bay.
Herbal Remedies Used to Help Treat ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that affects both children and adults.
Learning disabilities such as forgetfulness, inability to organize thoughts and shortened attention span can make ADHD a very frustrating illness to live with.
Research has shown that the cause of ADHD is a failure of the brain to properly stimulate the neural network that rules such areas as how we react to outside stimulation and our emotions.
The result can be extreme anxiety and aggressive behavior.
Diet is a component that should be addressed when attempting to treat ADHD -- too much sugar or allergies to certain foods such as peanuts, tomatoes or milk – can have a huge impact on controlling adverse stimulation to the brain.
Red, yellow and blue food dyes found in many foods can also cause undesirable reactions in children with ADHD.
Mainstream medicine often uses antidepressants or other stimulant-type drugs to treat ADHD, but they’re often ineffective and can cause a lack of interest in life and depression.
More people who suffer from ADHD are turning to herbal remedies for positive results.
Some helpful herbs include:
• Ginkgo Biloba – This Chinese herb has been used since 2800 B.C. to help patients who suffer from memory loss and diseases of the brain and nervous system. Western medicine now uses Ginkgo Biloba to help treat the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s and depression. It’s a natural antioxidant.
• Lemon Balm – A healing and calming herb that has widely been used to treat PMS and menstrual cramps, it’s now found to be helpful in treating depression and anxiety. Lemon Balm can also be effective in treating digestive ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome and dysentery.
• Chamomile – The properties of this herb are valued for their effectiveness to treat conditions such as anxiety and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). A natural antioxidant, Chamomile can also be taken as an antihistamine.
If you’re considering treating an ADHD problem with herbs, be sure that you also adhere to a diet free of sugar or soft drinks (both diet and sweetened) that contain phosphates. And, get plenty of sunlight – use full-spectrum lighting if the patient is unable to spend time outside.
There are safe, herbal treatments available that are completely non-addictive and that don’t contain the risk of prescription drugs.
Be sure to consult with a health professional and do your research before deciding on the type of treatment best for you.Want additional ideas for useful alternative health practices?
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