We’ve all been there – you come down with the flu, you go to the doctor and you get prescribed some pills… But also, we all know that sometimes, before it all comes down to taking pills, all it takes is mixing some ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Like for instance, making a cough remedy using ginger and honey.
But the common cold and the flu aren’t the only conditions you can try to alleviate at home. Many of the home remedies of today are actually what people used in the past before the rise of the pharmaceutical industry. And come to think of it, if the natural way isn’t the better way, why is it that so many drug manufacturers of today are turning to include natural options in their lines of products as well?
That being said, let’s see what are the conditions you can lessen or treat at home.
Note: Just remember, these are tips for when your symptoms are mild, in any other case, you need to immediately consult with a doctor.
Although there are many over-the-counter drugs that can help you within an hour when you feel constipated, if you are one of those people who feel bloated quite often, it is better to seek out a routine (home remedies for constipation) that doesn’t involve taking pills. This way, you’ll be able to avoid this problem consistently while also avoiding side effects from taking medicines.
Lemon Water to the Rescue
Once you’re up and done washing, prepare yourself this drink prior to anything else. Some people say that the effect is a lot better when the water is warm, but if you don’t like the taste of hot water and lemon, just make sure it’s room temperature. So, all you need is one lemon and a bigger glass of water. Make sure you don’t eat anything for half an hour after drinking this remedy.
A Spoonful of Coconut Oil
This lovely smelling oil has so many uses and yes, helping with constipation is one of them. All you need to do is to eat one big spoon of coconut oil, wait for a few minutes and then drink a glass of water. Make sure you don’t eat for at least 30 minutes after doing this.
Jumping Jacks & a Smoothie Instead of Snacks
Smoothies that contain greens and berries can be the best type of home remedies when it comes to bloating. This is mostly due to the water content and fiber they contain. The best way to do it at night, when you feel like the meals you’ve had during the day now make you feel uneasy. Make sure it’s been at least 2 hours since you last ate. Have one, berries and greens enriched smoothie (don’t use any kind of milk, but if you must – make sure it’s plant-based one for better effect), then wait for 30-40 minutes and then do a short exercise routine of 10-15 minutes involving a short warm-up and sessions of jumping jacks. Works like charm!
Sometimes, having trouble falling asleep means you haven’t allowed your body to naturally wind down. The human body is one tough machine, but it needs to recharge every night. And in order to do it right, there has to be a proper intro, before you drift off…
A Little Ritual of Self Love
Lavender oil has been known for its calming and soothing effects for a long time now. In order to make the best of it, you can use a simple candle diffuser and let the smell spread through the room. Also, you can play some calming mediation music and sit in a darkened room. Forget about your phone, close your eyes and let this potent oil do its magic.
Believe it or not, teas are truly underrated when it comes to nighttime routines. It’s not that we aren’t aware that they are helpful, but perhaps it’s something we all know in theory, but few put into practice. Apart from the calming effect of chamomile, making a tea every night before you go to bed, while you are already in your pajamas can help you give your body a signal that it is time to wind down.
Take a Hot Shower
In case you don’t have time for the above-mentioned natural remedies when you can’t seem to get yourself in sleep mode, just hop in the shower and let the warm water relax you.
Two Glasses of Water
Headaches are the most common reason why people take pills. Such a pity! It is a pity because in many cases, a headache is just a signal from your body that you need fluids. Yes! Headaches are the most common sign for dehydration, so before you take a painkiller, drink two glasses of water and wait for 10 minutes or so. If the pain persists, then try the following.
Peppermint Head Massage
Rub a mix of a few drops of peppermint essential oil and a big spoon of any carrier oil (castor, olive or coconut) on your fingers and then give yourself a gentle scalp massage. The peppermint oil is great for inducing better calculation which can help elevate headaches. If this doesn’t work, you can resort to painkillers.