Simple and effective natural home remedies for colds, flu, headaches, hangovers, sore muscles, cuts/scrapes and mosquito bites to get you feeling better fast.
I am not a doctor, but these natural remedies have worked for our family. While we occasionally use some over the counter pills or drugs we always use these remedies.
Colds – Coughs, sore throat, running nose #commoncold
At the first sign of a sore, dry, or irritated throat or runny nose, mix 1 tablespoon of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar with 1 tablespoon of honey. Sip a teaspoon of this mixture several times a day until the sore throat/cold symptoms pass. While this won’t prevent the cold, in our experience it will mute the symptoms and shorten the time you have the cold.
-> The kids say “This works, but hold your nose if you have to…”
Some of the more common reasons for headaches are stress/tension and lack of sleep/good nutrition. To reduce the likelihood of a headache practice Creating Balanced Habitudes – especially getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and getting regular exercise – these habits make a huge difference in keeping your body running well even when under stress.
- Drink lots of water. Dehydration is a common cause of headaches.
- Inhaling lavender (a pure essential oil) relieves tension headaches. Rub some on your upper lip or pour a few drops onto a cloth and breath deeply through it for ~10 mins.
- Hold pressure points.
- For stress/tension headaches, use your right thumb and index fingers to put pressure/rub on the ‘webbed’ area between your left thumb and index finger. Hold for 5 mins, then switch hands and repeat.
- For eye strain/sinus headaches, use your index fingers to put pressure on either side of nose where the bridge of the nose meets the ridge of the eyebrows. Hold for 10 seconds, release, and then repeat several times.
Typically the pain and nausea associated with a hangover are because your body is dehydrated (alcohol is a diuretic) and you have depleted your system of electrolytes and nutrients. The effects of a hangover typically wear off in 12 to 24 hours, however, to accelerate the recovery try these tips. #onetoomany
- Hydrate – drink lots water or fruit juice, electrolytes as needed
- Eat a healthy meal.
- Take a B-complex vitamin.
- Sleep it off.
- Go for a walk or exercise.
A typical cause of muscle is over exercising or exerting yourself. apply an arnica gel or cream to the affected area as directed. Arnica works great for bruises too. Or to help ease the pain try pure arnica essential oil. Mix a few drops with a tablespoon of olive oil and rub on the area that is sore. Add in a good stretching routine before and after exercising to lessen the soreness in the first place. #workoutpain
Cut, Scrape or Laceration
Clean the area with soap and water and apply tea tree oil to the cut or scrape. For larger open wounds use Neosporin or your favorite anti-bacterial ointment. Apply directly to the wound and put a bandage on to keep contaminants out. Re-apply daily.
Heat a teaspoon in hot water and press the spoon directly on the bite for 20-30 seconds (be careful not to burn yourself). It takes away the itchiness and allows the bite to heal more quickly. You are probably rolling your eyes on this one, but it really works!
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On the first onset of symptoms, try one of the remedies provided here. It will having you feeling better in no time.
How do you tell the difference between a cold and a flu?
Colds come on slowly and gradually. Generally you will not have a fever or it will be a very mild fever. Symptoms include sore throat, runny nose, congestion, and finishes up with a cough. If your symptoms don’t improve or worsen within a week, see your doctor. You could be developing a bacterial infection in addition to the viral infection from the cold.
The onset of a flu happens fast – sometimes within hours, but generally within 24 hours. Expect a fever and more severe symptoms. Symptoms include headache, stomach ache, fatigue, weakness, chills, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, and coughing. The flu often lasts longer than a week. Once your fever has passed you are no longer contagious. Best ways to treat a flu include getting lots of rest, drinking lots of fluids, and eating chicken soup! #chickensoup
Remember to use your own judgment and/or physician advise when treating any condition. Recommendations and links here are just what has worked for us.
Heathy Habits for a Balanced Life will help minimize these symptoms from even showing up.