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Home Remedies and Natural Cures for Common Conditions

Updated on March 12, 2011

Home remedies have recently become a popular subject for many reasons. The more that we learn about prescription medications and over the counter treatments for common conditions, the less reluctant we are to use them. Natural cures are often readily available for the same types of symptoms, and these home remedies can be equally effective without any of the potentially dangerous side effects of other solutions. The more that is discovered about the dangers of synthetic products, the more likely that we as humans are to resort to safer forms of treatment and home remedies. Two of the most common conditions that can easily be treated with at home cures and natural remedies are acne and bad breath.

Home Remedies for Acne

Holistic remedies for acne treatment are often the safest and most effective way to treat mild to moderate treatment and can also help prevent scars. Prescription and even over the counter acne treatments and regimens can add up to hundreds of dollars a year, but there is more than likely an equally effective natural cure or several home remedies within reach.

One beneficial natural cure for acne symptoms is peppermint. Mint has long been one of the most popular home remedies for a number of ailments and conditions, and acne is no different. To treat acne at home, take fresh peppermint leaves and grind them with a mortar and pestle. Rub the ground leaves of the plant and the peppermint juice on the affected area for ten minutes, and then rinse with cold water. Peppermint works as a natural cure for so many things because it is a natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent.

Other holistic remedies for acne include the use of supplements such as vitamin A, vitamin E, and zinc. All of these essential nutrients contribute to the condition of our skin, but we seldom obtain enough of these elements from our regular diet. This is where natural remedies come in. Taking a supplement or multi-vitamin that contains all of these works from inside of the body to improve the overall appearance of the skin and diminish the signs of acne.

Bad Breath Home Remedies

Home remedies and natural cures for bad breath are often centered around prevention. Some people are more susceptible to bad breath than others, but it is often not possible to clean our teeth after every meal. Some natural cures and home remedies for bad breath include pineapple juice, crushed mint, and cloves. Chewing on fresh mint leaves or a clove after meals can help eliminate bad breath before it occurs. Drinking pineapple juice on a regular basis helps to not only prevent bad breath, but also works as a simple home remedy.

Other effective home remedies for bad breath include adding lemon juice to water and gargling with this mixture for at least five minutes. Those who are more susceptible to bad breath should also avoid foods that contain garlic. Onions can also be potentially offensive if consumed to excess.

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