Doctor Approved Home Remedies
Our friends at Prevention put together a list of 20 doctor approved home remedies that we wanted to share with you!
Solution: Coconut oil. People with acne tend to overdry their skin, causing more oil production. Apply a very thin coat of coconut oil to pumps after cleansing with a salicylic wash. Coconut oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It repairs the skin barrier, is easy to use, and prevents over drying which helps the marks heal faster.
Problem: Hay fever and seasonal allergies
Solution: Pycnogenol, the trademarked name for a natural plant extract derived from French maritime pine bark. Pycnogenol works by reducing the inflammation that can lead to the typical symptoms of sneezing, itchy eyes, and irritated throat. It can be found in vitamins, supplements, lotions, and serums and can also be taken by itself in tablets or capsules.
Solution: Green tea and dark chocolate. They can each help take the edge off worries and tension; use them along with – not instead of- prescribed anti-anxiety medications. Green tea contains L-theanine, and amino acid that’s been shown to help induce quiet and calm. Have a piece of dark chocolate with your tea to enjoy the benefits of both!
Problem: Bacterial infection between the toes
Solution: White vinegar. Vinegar can eliminate the bacteria that tends to grow between toes. When heat and humidity make the area red, cracked, or oozy, vinegar soaks can help dry dkin and treat any infection that may have developed. Soak the foot in a bath of one part vinegar to three parts water.
Problem: Bloating and Nausea
Solution: Ginger. It regulates the flow of digestive juices to make sure food is properly absorbed, improving the function of bile and pancreatic enzymes to help digestion. It can soothe the stomach and reduce discomfort from bloating, nausea, and abdominal digestion after meals.
Problem: Bronchitis and Sinusitis
Solution: Humming. Most sinus infections occur due to poor movement of the nasal cilia that are designed to expel bacteria and dust from the sinuses. Humming stimulates the nasal and bronchial cilia and breaks up the mucus in your nose, sinuses, throat, and chest.
Solution: Unsulphured blackstrap molasses. This type of molasses works as a wonderful stool softener. Take 1 Tbsp daily on its own or stir it into water or any beverage. It’s especially useful for pregnant women because it’s a more natural alternative to chemical laxatives, plus it contains iron and many other essential vitamins and minerals. Not recommended for people with diabetes.
Problem: Cuts and abrasions
Solution: Raw manuka honey. Honey helps speed the healing of cuts, burns, and other wounds because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties. It’s rich in gallic acid and the antioxidant quercetin, which both help healing.
Problem: Dry scalp
Solution: Extra virgin olive oil. Dry scalp can be caused by a loss of moisture or a buildup of styling products. The flakes from dry scalp are finer than those from dandruff. To use EVOO for dry scalp, warm about 5 Tbsp, cool slightly, then massage into scalp. Comb through then cover with a towel and leave on for 20 minutes or overnight.
Solution: Peppermint oil. It can be applied to the temples to relieve tension headaches. Keep the oil away from the eye area.
Solution: Cherries. Eating as few as 6 cherries a day can prevent a recurrence of gout. No one knows why or how it works, but I’ve seen success often enough to be a believer and recommend it.
Problem: Hot flashes
Solution: Cumin, coriander, and fennel tea. Steep 1/2 tsp of each in a quart of boiling water; strain into a thermos and sip all day until sunset. This is an Ayurvedic remedy that helps improve digestion and sleep and decrease palpitations, hot flashes, worry, and anxiety.
Solution: Oregano. It is a concentrated source of antioxidants, which help to reduce inflammation and soothe the stomach. To use it, buy an oregano tea or steep your own. The recommended dosage is up to three times daily.
Problem: Inflammation that may lead to heart disease or cancer
Solution: Grapes. Reservatrol, found in the skin of red grapes, is Mother Nature’s miracle drug that seems to have an anti-inflammatory effect and can help protect you from cancer, heart disease, and more. Have one or two servings of grapes or one serving of red wine every day to prevent chronic disease.
Problem: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Solution: Sauerkraut. It is a rich source of probiotics, which can help heal many gut woes. While cabbage can aggravate IBS in some people, sauerkraut, because it’s fermented, can actually improve gas, bloating, and irregular bowel movements. Look for packages that say “raw” with “live cultures”.
Solution: Epsom salts. They can soothe basically anything that itches or burns the skin, such as mosquito bites, bee stings, and poison ivy. Soak for at least 12 minutes in a bath made by dissolving 2 cups of salts in running water. Or make a compress by soaking a cotton washcloth in a cup of cold water mixed with 2 Tbsp of Epsom salts.
Problem: Toenail fungus
Solution: Tea tree oil. Toenail fungus is an infection inside the nail. The compounds in tea tree oil are a safe, effective way to treat the problem. Use 100% tea tree oil applied like nail polish twice a day for 4 to 6 months.
Problem: Tooth decay
Solution: Nuts. Nuts contain protein and minerals important for tooth health. Some, like almonds, contain calcium, which can help strengthen and protect teeth. Chewing nuts stimulates saliva production, which can reduce the risk of tooth decay.
Solution: Apple cider vinegar. Soak a cotton ball in the vinegar and apply directly to the wart several times a day. Dilute the vinegar if it stings too much. Warts are caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin. The vinegar probably works because its acidity is toxic to the replicating viral cells.
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