Before you throw out the counter (OTC) and prescription medicine take a moment to consider this. Approximately 55% of American regularly take prescription medicine and on average each person takes four which includes OTC drugs, vitamin, and other dietary supplements according to WebMD. The statistics would suggest that we are sick, but are we? Do we take medicine out of necessary or convenience? I have to admit most of the time it's out of convenience for me. But as I've gotten older I realize that most medicines simply supresses the symptoms never addressing the root cause.
Although we are a country heavily reliant on western medicine to patch us up and doctors to put us back together again, we are beginning to explore other options! The United States is a melting pot of cultures with many of its own health systems still intact. Finding an herbalist or an expert in natural health or Chinese medicine is a google and a click away.
Whether you’re a health enthusiast or someone who is dealing with health challenges many of us are seeking out holistic remedies as an alternative to western medicine. And what we have come to realize is that stress is real and deadly. So, kale smoothies coupled with daily cardio is great but it cannot limit the effects of long-term stress which pushes the body, specifically the nervous system into a repetitive stress response with high does of cortisol.
I believe that our creator doesn’t want us living in a constant state of stress. Stress suppresses the immune system and impedes the body’s natural healing process which leaves us open to ailments like the ones listed below. Let’s look at some of God’s simple remedies as a part of his creation plan.
HEADACHE. A study in 2009 showed that acupuncture can help reduce the intensity of headaches. If needles aren’t your thing try ginger. A recent study found that taking ginger may ease the pain almost as well as prescription medicine. Headaches can affect your mood so brew up some ginger tea, have a sit, sip, relax, and just breathe.
BAD BREATH. If there are no underlying dental hygiene issues, then oil pulling is an excellent option for fresh breath. Pick an oil like coconut oil which has great anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Measure out a teaspoon and get to swishing for 20-mins and then rinse with warm water and brush.
COLD. According to Healthline and your taste buds chicken soup with vegetables is excellent for a cold. Hydration is key to the healing process along with rest. While resting consider breathing in a little steam with a dash of eucalyptus in the water to clear away congestion.
SKIN RASH. Check your garden and you will find a wide range of remedies that are amazing for healing the skin. From aloe Vera, olive oil, chamomile, and tea tree there are a number of plant-based options for healing our largest organ, skin.
INSOMNIA. Ever heard, don’t eat where you sleep or work? Well environment is everything so set aside space to just sleep. Remember most of us have to wine down to rest. It’s hard to move from 10 to 1 in just an hour or so sleep hygiene is a must. Dim the lights, log off of your devices, turn off the TV, read a book, journal, and begin to retrain the mind and body to slow down in preparation for sweet rest and divine sleep.
SORE THROAT. Consider treating yourself to a nice warm glass of water with honey or try gargling with warm salt water can help soothe, reduce swelling, and kill bacteria in the throat.
PMS. My mom introduced me to magnesium a few years ago, and it changed my life. It is called the relaxation mineral and it does just that. Magnesium can be found in almonds, sunflower seeds, spinach, and broccoli.
DIGESTION ISSUES. Warm lemon water is great first thing in the morning. Lemon juice and warm water has so amazing medicinal benefits such as maintaining the body’s pH balance, digestive health, source of vitamin C, and it can help with weight loss as it promotes digestion.
CONSTIPATION. If your diet is missing fiber, it’s time to add it! Elimination is normal and should be regular and when it’s not a glass of prune juice will surely get you back on track.
COUGH. I love those lemon and honey cough drops. But a good ole cup of warm honey tea is even better. If you don’t like honey, try ginger or a clear broth. What’s most important is to stay hydrated. Research shows that drinking warm or room temperature liquids can alleviate a cough, runny nose, and sneezing.
Remember natural remedies are not quick so be patient as your body resets and heals.
*Please consult a doctor on all health matters.