Nowadays there are getting more and more health-conscious consumers choosing natural remedies because they are safe, cheap and easy to get from your home or kitchen.
There is a wide range of alternative remedies out there can effectively alleviate your symptoms and treat a variety of common ailments.
Here are 10 natural remedies that you can pick a few to stick to, however it is best to consult medical professionals if the symptoms or conditions are getting worse.
PROBIOTIC for DIARRHEA
Diarrhea is often caused by intestinal infection. Probiotic are the good bacteria that can suppress the germ and restore the balance of the intestinal tract. Research showed that probiotics help to shorten the duration of diarrhea by one day on average.
Choose the probiotic that contain Lactobacillus rhamnosus or Saccharomyces boulardii as these are the two most study for its efficacy.
PEPPERMINT OIL for IBS & MUSCLE PAIN
Topical peppermint oil can help to ease the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) by relaxing the smooth muscle of GI tract and decreasing the pain sensation in the GI tract.
Peppermint oil also has pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties which helps to relieve muscle spasms and soreness.
CHAMOMILE TEA for A BETTER SLEEP
Chamomile tea contains abundant of antioxidant called apigenin.
In a study with the US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health, the sedative effect of chamomile tea maybe due to the apigenin which binds to the receptor of brain. In a 2016 study found that women who drank chamomile tea for two weeks reported an improved sleep quality.
ECHINACEA TEA for COLD & FLU
Echinacea is a group of flowering plant belongs to daisy family. It is widely used as a natural remedy to relieve the symptoms of cold and flu.
A study involves 80 people with first sign of cold was found patients taking echinacea was effectively alleviating symptoms more rapidly than placebo. Another study also supports echinacea’s benefit in decreasing the incidence and duration of common cold.
CRANBERRY JUICE for URINARY TRACT INFECTION
Cranberry rich in proanthocyanidins and organic acids (citric, malic and quinic acid) which works by stopping bacteria from attaching to the lining of the urinary tract. There are some studies demonstrate that drinking cranberry juice may help to prevent urinary tract infection and its reoccurrence.
It is important to pick a 100% pure cranberry juice with no added sugar or additives.
TEA TREE OIL for ACNE AND WOUNDS
Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of the tree Malaleuca alternifolia which is native to Australia. Tea tree oil is well known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Tea tree oil is able to fight P. acnes and S. epidermidis, two types of bacteria that cause pimples. You can use a face wash, moisturizer or a spot treatment that contains tea tree oil.
A study shows that tea tree oil helps to heal wound caused by bacteria.
MANUKA HONEY for ACNE
Manuka honey contains two antimicrobial compounds hydrogen peroxide and methylglyoxal. It can kill the bacteria that causing acne, reduce inflammation and promote skin healing.
You can apply manuka honey directly to the pimple as a spot treatment or apply as a mask and leave it on for 15-30 minutes.
COFFEE & HONEY for COUGHING
Besides prescription and OTC cough expectorants, drinking coffee-honey mixture can ease persistent coughing. A 2013 study in Primary Care Respiratory Journal, a combination of coffee and honey can be used as an alternative medicine in the treatment of persistent post-infectious cough.
Take 1 tablespoon of honey mixed with half teaspoon of instant coffee in 200ml warm water, 3 times a day, for at least one week.
GINGER for NAUSEA and MORNING SICKNESS
Ginger is not only a common spice used in Asian cooking, it also has the ability to alleviate nausea and vomiting. Ginger contains two compounds called gingerol and shogaols which may improve digestion and speed stomach emptying, which may reduce nausea, especially morning sickness experienced by pregnant women.
You can make it at home by steeping sliced of fresh ginger in hot water and sip the tea slowly.
BAKING SODA GARGLE for GUM HEALTH
The National Cancer Institute recommends this baking soda gargle by mixing 1 cup warm water, ¼ teaspoon baking soda and 1/8 teaspoon salt. This combination of gargle can kill bacteria and prevent the growth of yeast and fungi.
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