Natural Home Remedies

Natural Home Remedies for Common Illnesses

Welcome back to Wellness Wednesday! This week we want to cover remedies, more specifically natural remedies that are easy to make at home. 

While we go about our days, every now and then we have an off day. We either feel nauseous, exhausted, have an upset stomach, cough, sore throat, or other ailments. It is easy enough to call a doctor or speak with a pharmacist and get prescription medicine, but oftentimes these pharmaceuticals have unwanted side effects or you could be misdiagnosed. 

We want to fix the problem without making it worse or having a new issue appear. Natural home remedies make it easy for you to isolate and attack the illness. Natural home remedies are easy to make and use ingredients that are healthy and good for your body. You most likely already have these ingredients at home!

In order to keep our immune system up and feeling great, we have to take care of ourselves first. BeachCandy knows that in order to accomplish our goals we first need to feel great.

We have created a list of the top seven most common everyday illnesses. Each illness has a list of a few natural home remedies that will help to alleviate or reduce it. We included remedies that are the most effective for each illness.

Top Seven Most Common Everyday Illnesses

  1. Stress

  2. Colds and flu

  3. Nausea 

  4. Diarrhea

  5. Headaches

  6. Anxiety

  7. Skin Issues

The Best Natural Home Remedies for Each Illness

Woman Meditating
Photo by Kevin Malik.
  1. Exercise, Meditation, or Time Management Strategies

Stress comes from a variety of different things. In our contemporary world, we have multiple things occurring at once. Our lives are extremely busy and cause us to have stress. It can be difficult to deal with stress but there are a bunch of different ways to help you reduce stress. 

Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress. When we exercise, our body produces endorphins. Endorphins are our body’s natural painkillers. These painkillers help in reducing stress. 

Mediation is another way to reduce stress. There are many types of meditation but the ones that work best for stress are mindfulness-based meditation and yoga. During mediation we allow our mind to become free of rushing thoughts and focus our attention on our breath and movement. The clearing of minds helps bring inner peace and reduce stress.

Time management strategies are important when it comes to reducing stress. Some of these strategies include calendars, reminders, agendas, and spreadsheets. By keeping an organized planner, it becomes easy to remember all your plans, plan other things, and have mental health time. Not having to fumble and remember what you have going on will help in reducing stress.

leafy greens
Photo by Mark Stebnicki.
  1. Dark Leafy Greens, Honey, Vitamin C, or Pelargonium

There are many symptoms of colds and flu. The most common symptoms of both a cold and the flu are cough, sore throat, and fever. Here are a few remedies to help with each symptom.

Dark leafy greens are important when having a cold or flu. These greens provide your body with essential nutrients and vitamins needed to restore your health. The greens offer immune support to fight off the bacteria infecting your body. 

Honey is extremely helpful in relieving a sore throat and cough. Honey has throat coating properties that will ease any sore throat. You can have a spoonful of honey or add a spoonful to your favorite tea. 

Vitamin C attacks the nucleic acid of a virus. Nucleic acid is the chemical compound that sends information to a cell. Vitamin C will continue to attack the virus until the bacteria is dead. Vitamin C can be taken as a supplement or found in foods such as oranges, strawberries, and broccoli.

Pelargonium is a plant that helps shorten how long you have a cold or flu and lowers the severity of it. Pelargonium also helps in reducing fevers. 

The flower of the Pelargonium can be eaten. The root of the Pelargonium is used to make tea. Learn more about the uses of Pelargonium.

ginger root
Photo by Joris Neyt.
  1. Ginger

Nausea can come suddenly but most commonly, nausea is a result of motion sickness. When it comes to nausea, ginger is the ultimate solution. 

Ginger can be made into a tea by adding chopped pieces to boiling water. Ginger tea isn’t the only way to have ginger. You can also have ginger ale, candied ginger, a ginger supplement, or ginger in your healing meal.

Learn more about what ginger can do for your gut health.

yogurt with berries
Photo by Any Lane.
  1. Probiotics

Digestive issues (constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, acid reflux) can be a result of food poisoning, a virus, heat exhaustion, bacterial infection, dehydration, and many other things. Probiotics can be used to help relieve diarrhea. Probiotics are good bacteria that are important for your digestive system. 

Probiotics are available as supplements or can be found in foods such as sourdough bread, yogurt, and soft cheeses.

cup of chamomile tea
Photo by Mareefe.
  1. Chamomile Tea or Peppermint oil

Headaches can come suddenly. Some of the causes of headaches are hereditary, loud noise exposure, stress, lack of sleep, and many more. 

Chamomile tea has calming properties that help reduce stress. When stress is reduced, headaches tend to go away. Sip the hot tea in a quiet place. This will help you relax and get rid of your headache. 

Peppermint oil is often used to get rid of headaches. Peppermint oil creates warmth on the skin which reduces pain. Simply apply peppermint oil around your head where you feel your headache the most.

aromatherapy herbs and oils
Photo by Elina Fairytale.
  1. Aromatherapy or Relaxation Exercises 

Difficult experiences during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood are the leading cause of anxiety. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils that improve psychological and physical well-being. These soothing plant oils help reduce anxiety. Specific scents work better for others. 

Relaxation exercises help to reduce tense muscles and relax the mind. Some relaxation exercises are visualization, tai chi, and deep breathing.

oil in a dropper

  1. Castor Oil 

Dry skin can be irritating and painful. Some of the causes of dry skin include heat, cold and windy environments, and harsh soaps. 

The best way to get rid of dry skin is by using castor oil. Castor oil contains triglycerides. Triglycerides are a type of fat. When used on the skin it can help to lock in moisture and hydrate the skin. Castor oil also has anti-inflammatory properties which can help reduce swelling, puffiness, and inflammation.

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Written by Emma Suarez.

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