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5 Herbal Remedies For The Most Common Complaints

Updated on January 16, 2016

Some remedies for common health problems

There was a time when natural remedies were all that were used. Then modern medicine came along, and the natural remedies fell by the wayside. Today we are learning more about the side effects of medication, and their costs continue to rise. It is no surprise herbal remedies are making a comeback. Here are some remedies for common health problems, perhaps the same ones your grandparents used.

Arthritis

One in five adults have arthritis that has been diagnosed by a doctor, and after the age of sixty five one out of two people are diagnosed with the condition, according to the CDC. The good news is there are natural things you can do. Apple Cider Vinegar is full of natural enzymes, probiotics, and acetic acid. Two tablespoons of vinegar in a glass of water before meals is generally the recommended dosage. It must be unfiltered and organic. Unlike most vinegars it will have a cloudy appearance. Turmeric is also believed to help arthritis because of its active ingredient curcumin. To get enough to be beneficial it is best to buy a turmeric supplement.

Stomach Pain and Nausea

Catnip and chamomile will relieve stomach cramps and diarrhea, and also help you to relax. Ginger is great for nausea and morning sickness. All three of these can be made into a tea. I suggest using catnip and chamomile together. Put a teaspoon of each in a cup, pour boiling water over it and let it steep for at least five minutes. Then strain the tea and add sugar or honey if desired. With ginger it is easier to buy it as a tea at your local grocery store, but if you like it fresh you can get ginger root and grate it. You can also buy crystalized ginger at most supermarkets, which is eaten as is. The other advantage of this is its portability, which becomes important if you have morning sickness.

Ear Infection

Ear infections can be extremely painful. Take white vinegar and put it into the affected ear, keep your head tilted for a minute to let it run down your ear canal, and then put a cotton ball in it to keep the vinegar in. Do this three times a day. It may burn at first, but it will kill the infection in your ear. Many doctors prescribe acetic acid ear drops, and the same acetic acid as is found in white vinegar is the active ingredient.

Heartburn and Acid Reflux

Baking soda is one of the simplest remedies for heartburn. Just put a spoonful in a glass of water, but be prepared for the unique taste of the baking soda. Chamomile, peppermint, or ginger teas help some people. A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water before meals can help, but it makes it worse for some people. Water from boiling rice can also help, and coats the stomach and the esophagus.

Fatigue

Fatigue is another very common problem with several natural solutions. Vitamin deficiencies are very common causes of fatigue. Vitamin D, Magnesium with Malic Acid, and B complex are all good supplements for fatigue. Just follow the instructions on the bottle for dosage. Iodine is considered to be a necessary supplement by some, and claimed to be dangerous by others. If you do decide to try it, kelp capsules are considered to be the safest.

I hope you have enjoyed learning about these herbal remedies. These remedies are very effective, and any side effects you experience will be positive.

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