- Alternative & Natural Medicine
5 Amazing Home Remedies for Your Health
This is one spice that is "good for whatever ails you". It's myriad of applications, for both cooking and curing, make it a red hot item for any aspiring "kitchen medic". The remedial uses of capsicum anuum are as follows, but not limited to, stimulating blood circulation, dilating the bronchials, thinning mucus, disinfecting, clotting blood and soothing irritated tissue, It is also high in vitamin K and many other minerals that nourish the body. It can stop a nosebleed and stop a hemorrhage, as well as relieve asthma symptoms.
I once had a sore throat that was so bad I could hardly swallow. After reading numerous success stories, I quickly sprinkled some cayenne from my spice rack into a cup of water and began gargling, and swallowing small amounts. Instant relief occurred. It took the pain away and also worked well as a decongestant and expectorant. I repeated the treatment as I felt the need, and by evening was completely cured and able to entertain company as planned. Cayenne extract was also instrumental in preventing the need for a transfusion when a hemorrhage occurred two weeks after my fourth child was born, from a retained placental lobe.
Some caution should be used when taking cayenne internally. Too much can irritate or damage sensitive tissue. Also avoid getting it into the eyes, (although a tiny amount is a key ingredient in Dr. Christopher's eye cleansing formula). Different people have varying tolerances, as with any hot spice. Dose yourself to the point where it's soothing attributes outweigh any discomfort from it's heat.
Cayenne's uses extend beyond the internal, however. The powdered spice can be spooned generously onto a washed, bleeding wound, and covered with a bandage. It will both stop the bleeding and disinfect the area.
When purchasing cayenne for both culinary and medicinal use, quality is paramount. Dollar store varieties do not work well. It is best to use herbs and spices that are non-irradiated, as this process destroys some of their healing properties. These can be bought in bulk from sources such as Frontier Herbs. But it is not difficult to grow your own. These beautiful, fiery fruits attract few pests. And even the brave ones only take one bite.
If I had to be stranded on a desert island and had to choose one remedy, it would be garlic. It's medicinal properties have been well known for millenia. For curing chest colds and infections, it has no rival.
The best way to dose garlic is in it's raw, natural state. Finely chop or press a clove and sprinkle generously over a salad, sandwich, mashed potatoes or bread. It will give you strong breath to match it's strong, antimicrobial powers. I have more than once turned to garlic to get rid of chest congestion that just wouldn't go away. After eating some, I feel better immediately, and it continues to work for many hours after ingestion.
Garlic, like cayenne, has many other applications. In fact, it may actually surpass that worthy pepper in healing qualities. Besides colds and infections of every type, it is effective against parasites, worms, fungus and cold sores. It is no wonder that ancient peoples used garlic to chase away evil spirits. It chases away just about everything!
Best known for it's antispasmodic, nausea calming properties, especially the nausea associated with morning sickness, ginger root is also great for sore throats and as a topical stimulant.
To make ginger tea, cut off a thick, one inch piece of root and chop coarsely. Cover with two cups of water and simmer for at least twenty minutes. Cloves, cinnamon and citrus peels can be added to make a delicious, soothing drink. Strain, sweeten with honey and enjoy.
For a soothing compress for stomach or menstrual cramps, dip a cotton cloth into plain, warm ginger tea and place on the affected area. A hot water bottle will help keep the compress warm.
Powdered ginger (non-irradiated) can be taken along on car trips and mixed with water to ease motion sickness.
Ginger's ability to stimulate circulation make it an excellent decongestant. The powder can be mixed with a thick oil to make a chest rub. It can also be sprinkled into socks and mittens to keep fingers and toes warm on winter days.
After installing our wood stove, it seemed inevitable that one of the children would get burned. Sure enough, my four-year-old daughter leaned her arm on it because she thought it wasn't very hot. I told her to bathe it in cold water, and didn't think about it again until the next day, when my six-year-old pointed out, "What's that on Miriam's arm?" From the side of her hand to halfway down her forearm, her skin was reddened and blistered with first and second degree burns. It looked like well done bacon.
I quickly consulted my "go to", Gentle Healing for Baby and Child by master herbalist, Andrea Candee, and found several natural remedies to use on burns. On the reddened area, I spread a salve made from aloe and comfrey, but since I could not use it on the broken skin, I drizzled some raw honey on a gauze and taped it in place, covering the entire wound.
I know that children often heal very quickly, but I was still surprised at the rate the burn began to shrink and the new skin appear. I changed the bandage and dressing daily, and each time it was reduced to about half it's size. Soon it was completely healed with not even a trace of a scar. The raw honey worked as a disinfectant, kept the healing skin moist, and sped up the process through its enzymatic activity.
Good for dressing minor cuts as well, raw honey will sweeten the sting of many an injury.
As a little girl, I loved the story of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. Young Peter, a very naughty little bunny, disobeys his mother and raids Mr. McGregor's garden. Narrowly escaping the gardener and his brandished rake, Peter finally makes his way home in a state of physical and mental exhaustion. His wise mother puts him immediately to bed with a cup of chamomile tea.
Chamomile tea, taken alone, is good for calming the nerves. Chamomile tea with milk is even better. And chamomile tea with milk in a warm bath with lavender is about as relaxing as life gets.
When the stress starts to get to you, fix a cup of chamomile tea. If you are still stressed after you have finished it, fix another. If an even higher level of calm is desired, drink a third.
Chamomile is antispasmodic, and can be used to soothe an upset stomach. It is a carminative, helping the body to eliminate gas. Drink after a spicy dinner as a digestive aid. It can also soothe a teething baby. Simply dip clean cotton into some tea and apply to the sore gums. Oh, and fix a cup for yourself while your at it.