minor ailments and illness you can use natural herbal remedies
without running to the doctor for drugs that contain chemicals,
which might cause other side effects. These herbal remedies
are generally mild, and thus work best at the initial stages
of illness. However if the illness is serious then it is
always best to consult a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
Below listed are a few common ailments and their natural
For indigestion ginger tea is the best remedy. Boil your
tea with a thumbnail piece of ginger. Add sugar or honey
for taste. Drink this tea 3 times a day to soothe the upset
organ. You can also try one teaspoon of baking soda dissolved
For nausea, try lemon-lime soda. Make sure it's not icy
cold; room temperature is better as it won't startle your
stomach into cramping.
If you have a cold, cook a vegetable
soup to boost your immune system. Boil lightly a colourful
range of different vegetables with garlic and a teaspoon
of black pepper. Toss in a couple of tomatoes for a good
measure of Vitamin C. The vegetables provide multi-vitamins
and minerals to boost your immune system to fight the cold.
Garlic has anti-bacterial properties and helps to fight
germs and viruses. Black pepper has chemicals to affect
your body's metabolism, which will in turn boost the immune
For a good homemade cough syrup, mix
a tablespoon of honey with a quarter cup of lemon juice
and a quarter cup of warm water. Adults may also try adding
a tablespoon of brandy or whiskey. This is not particularly
tasty but it is effective.
Sooth a sore throat by gargling
with one teaspoon of salt mixed in a small amount of warm
water. Do not swallow. Repeat as often as necessary.
Fresh, unprocessed honey contains
vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. This is a powerful healer
for cuts because the nutrients act directly on the wound,
speeding up the recovery of cells. Honey also absorbs water
when it is applied on the skin. A skin without moisture
is not conducive to bacterial growth. Honey is not an antiseptic
but acts like one in its action to inhibit bacterial growth.
Cucumbers and coconut juice are
"coolers" because they remove metabolic heat generated in
the body. They are excellent thirst quenchers for the parched
throat, dry body, or feverish body. They work twice as effectively
as plain water alone and do not give you the bloated feeling
of drinking too much water
Insomnia is a common sleeping disorder that may affect people
of all ages. Even children may experience difficulty in
falling to sleep from time to time. A hot, milky beverage
will usually lull you to sleep. Lavender in its dried form
or essential oil form is commonly used in aromatherapy to
help insomnia sufferers. A few whiffs of the herb send you
to dreamland. It is harmless enough for use with children
and babies in the same room. There are also sedative teas
like chamomile tea, which relaxes your body to induce sleep.
Stave off a migraine headache by drinking a high-caffeine
beverage as soon as you feel it coming on. Take one aspirin
and lie down in a dark room. A cool cloth across the forehead
can be soothing as well. A tension headache can be eased
with a hot shower, massaging the affected area, or even
by brushing your hair.