Key Tips for Common Health Problems
Key Tips for Common Health Problems
If you learn some of these old and traditional home remedies, then next time when you experience an unexpected pain or an unpleasant feeling, you don’t have to rush to a pharmacy or visit a doctor. These tips have proved to be quite useful and healing in several instances.
Headache and Migraine
Rub some peppermint or lavender oil on your temples and the base of your neck; remember that sniffing these oils may also be helpful.
Rub a fresh cut lemon or lime on your forehead. Feverfew is a good herbal remedy for headaches.
Have a little caffeine by drinking a cup of green tea, and make sure you use an ice pack for 20 minutes to dull the throbbing.
Indigestion and Heartburn
It almost goes without saying – but consider why you’re getting heartburn in the first place. Did you eat too much, or are you used to greasy or spicy food? Do you usually eat late at night? Figure out the cause and try to stop this before it happens. Then, put down the antacids.
The belching, bloat, and heartburn caused by indigestion come about because you don’t have enough stomach acid to do the job right. A spoonful or two of apple cider vinegar will help break down the excess food that is causing you trouble and provide balance back to your stomach.
First, drink more water and eat more fruit and salads. You’re backed up for a reason and taking lots of laxatives is not the answer. Meanwhile, drinking a few teaspoons of olive oil mixed with a bit of orange or (diluted) lemon juice can help things get moving.
Another surefire remedy is 1/4 teaspoon of Epsom salt drunk in 1/2 a glass of water. Sometimes calorie restriction or avoidance of healthy fats (such as the good fats found in fish, nuts, and avocados) can worsen constipation.
And though it’s counterintuitive, some people relieve their constipation by actually cutting back on grain consumption! True, grains contain fiber, but some people don’t digest grains very well. Other causes of constipation include stress, depression, inactivity, and nutritional deficiencies. If your constipation is chronic, it may be a sign of a more serious problem, so please seek medical advice and adjust your lifestyle.
Sore, scratchy throats are usually a sign of a cold or flu coming on, so don’t ignore this symptom, but relieve the pain by gargling with warm salt water a few times a day and then drink a soothing honey-lemon tea.
So you bumped up against the stove again? Ouch! Rinse first with cold water, then immediately apply Aloe Vera gel to the burn.
For those of us who don’t have aloe in the house, slice a potato and rub its cool, soothing juices all over the burn.
Since honey has antibacterial properties, it is good topical ointment. If you can catch the burn immediately, mustard is also reportedly a great salve.
The classic cure for nausea or carsickness is ginger tea or candied ginger. You can chew on the stuff raw, if you like, but it’s so spicy and strong it might just make you feel worse.
Sniffing real peppermint or lavender oil can also help.
Compiled by Mohsen Ziae
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