Natural remedies for common ailments

Before you reach for your usual medicines, try some of these natural remedies.

When it comes to addiction to medication, Mark Lewis, director of Jahara Treatment Centre notes that some of the most common medicines people tend to ‘over-use’ are painkillers, sleeping tablets, and flu medication (specifically for sinus congestion).

Before heading to your pharmacy or reaching for the medicine cabinet, why not try a more natural approach?

READ MORE: HOW TO GROW AND USE LAVENDER 

Headaches and pain

Headaches and pain can result from tension or stress. Anise and jasmine are known for their stress-relieving, calming and soothing healing properties.

Try making an anti-stress tonic using anise sprigs, flowers, and leaves, or sip on some jasmine tea to ease pain and headaches.

Insomnia

Insomnia is often linked to stress and anxiety. Catmint, lavender, and chamomile are known to ease tension, stress, anxiety, and panic attacks.

Try making yourself a special pillow to ease sleepless nights with sprigs of dried lavender, dried catmint sprigs and flowers, lemon peel, lemon zest, and complementary essential oils. Or sip on a mug of chamomile tea before bed.

Flu and sinus congestion

The winter months can be so difficult when you’re suffering with a stuffy nose and sinus pain, not to mention a phlegmy cough that keeps you up all night. Calamint, with its peppermint aroma, is helpful for opening up passageways and clearing up sinus congestion. And mullein and violet are great for loosening phlegm and easing sore muscles.

To clear up your sinuses, try a steam treatment using flowering calamint sprigs. Make your own cough syrup variations using mullein flowers and leaves with honey and lemon or violet, brandy, and honey.

READ MORE: 5 NATURAL GERM FIGHTERS TO TRY BEFORE TAKING ANTIBIOTICS 

Always consult your medical practitioner before treating yourself or your family with natural home remedies.

Feature: Candice Curtis

 

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