Modern medicine has a pill for every ill, except sometimes you don’t want a pill. Natural medicine is a popular way to relieve common health issues from acne to anxiety and PMS. Here’s a guide to natural remedies you can try for these common problems.
Ginger, chamomile and peppermint teas are all soothing on an upset stomach. If something isn’t sitting right with you after a meal, try a cup of herbal tea before reaching for the heartburn meds.
For stress and anxiety
Essential oils are a great way to relieve symptoms of stress or anxiety. Lavender, rose, chamomile and jasmine are all known for their calming effects. Rub a few drops onto pressure points, such as temples and wrists, for an on-the-go quick fix. Or shop MyDeal for diffusers and surround yourself with relaxing aromas for an after work de-stress session.
Holistic health practitioner, Lulu Cook, shared with us a few diet tricks to keep your PMS symptoms at bay.
“Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is the monthly bane of many women’s lives, as hormonal shifts cause uncomfortable symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue, and cramping. Whilst the common stereotype is to “reach for the chocolate!”, there are other natural approaches that may be effective in reducing discomfort.
Diets high in sodium and refined carbohydrates may make PMS worse, as may inadequate calcium and vitamin B6. Shifting toward a plant-based diet high in whole grains, low-fat dairy or soy beverages, vegetables and fruits has been shown to cause relief for some women ~ particularly when combined with regular exercise and relaxation techniques.”
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Rosa Ghidella, Director of Haberfield Health, specialises in natural health and medicines. Here’s 4 tricks she recommends to ladies who struggle at that time of the month.
PMS symptoms can be very debilitating. We’ve seen some women in clinic regularly take time off work or school at that time of the month as they are dealing with intense pain, abdominal cramps, mood swings, muscle tension and headaches or migraine.
“1- Taking a number of supplements can help deal with common PMS symptoms:
- Magnesium - helps to reduce muscle tension, relieve cramps and ease headaches.
- Calcium – eases headaches and reduces mood swings
- Vitamin B6 - helps to calm the nerves and improve mood and energy
2- A regular massage can also help relieve lower back pain, relax the body and calm the mind.
3- A good old trusted hot water bottle on the abdomen and lower back can help ease tension, bloating and pain.
4- A warm compress, with 2 drops each of pure Lavender and Clary Sage essential oil, placed on the lower abdomen, can alleviate tension and abdominal cramps.”
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Turmeric has been found to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and applying a tumeric mixture to your dry, irritated skin can help.
- Mix 1 ½ teaspoons of extra virgin coconut oil with 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- Apply to skin and leave on for 30 minutes; cover with bandage to prevent yellow stains on your clothing
- Rinse off and pat dry
- Apply a few times daily for 4-6 weeks
- Mix 1 ½ teaspoons turmeric powder with 1 tablespoon of milk
- Apply to skin and allow to dry
- Rinse off and pat dry
- Apply a few times daily for up to 8 weeks
Research from Korea is discovering that acne sufferers are often more deficient in Vitamin D than their clear skinned counterparts. Vitamin D supplements are very common pills in every chemist but if you want a natural fix look no further than the sun. Prescribe yourself a daily dose of sunshine to clear up acne. Make it a part of your routine and put that fancy outdoor furniture to good use with a breakfast or afternoon snack in the backyard everyday.
A throbbing head is unpleasant to say the least. Depending on what type of headache you’re suffering from any of these natural fixes could work:
- Rehydrate by sipping on water
- Eat a handful of almonds; they contain salicin which is actually an ingredient in many pain pills
- Run an epsom salt bath; the magnesium in the salts has been known to settle migraines
Note: epsom salts not recommended if you are pregnant, diabetic or allergic to sulfur.
Our bodies are happy to heal themselves with the right support. Your doctor should always be the first port of call for prolonged or serious health concerns. But a natural remedy is a great first step for many common, minor issues.