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What?! Home Remedies for Minor Health Issues
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Are you ready to try home remedies as opposed to other things in that medicine cabinet filled with pills and products that promise results? They may deliver what you are looking for, I am not saying they won’t, however; using these products comes with at price. There are side effects in the chemical compounds that make up these cures. Home remedies were trusted and respected by your Grandmother and Great-Grandmother and you can rediscover them as well. Many of the home remedies are gentle and effective in treating minor issues, so maybe it is time for you to rethink how you deal with these minor health issues.
This is something that almost every teenager has experience with, but this is not just reserved for them. Many times adults between the ages of 20 and 30 will still suffer mild to moderate outbreaks of acne. Here are some home remedy tricks and tips to help combat this problem.
- Make a mask by mixing 3 tablespoons of healing earth or fuller’s earth (can be found in the health food stores) with an equal amount of water to make a thick paste. Apply to the face leaving a good amount of space around the eyes, leave on for 30 minutes and then rinse thoroughly. You can do this up to 3 times a week.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of yogurt and 1 tablespoon of honey spread this on your face and neck. The yogurt has a wonderful cooling effect and the honey will disinfect. Leave on for 30 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. This can be done 3 times a week.
- Dilute tea tree oil or pot marigold tincture with water-using a 1:4 ratio. Apply this with a cotton ball to help heal blackheads and pimples.
- Use the herb-fresh plantain leaves, squeeze them with a juice extractor or crush them with a pestle, then apply the juice directly to the blackhead or pimples with a cotton swab.
- Drink stinging nettle tea, 1 to 2 cups per day. This can be found at the health food store and it helps to detoxify the blood and will promote skin healing.
- Chamomile, use this as a facial 2 times a week to open up your pores. Pour boiling water over the chamomile flowers and hold your face over the steam for 5 minutes.
Burns and Scalds
Burns are caused by direct contact with something hot, scalds happen when you come into contact with hot fluids or steam and they should both be treated in a similar manner. You must know when to see your doctor, if the burn or scald blisters or if the burn is larger than silver dollar. Blisters indicate a second degree burn. Second and third degree burns can be very serious.
Home remedies for burns and scalds
- Make a compress by dabbing a small amount of St. John’s Wort onto a cotton cloth, folded several times. Hold this, oily side down, on the burn or scald for 30 minutes.
- Use 5 to 8 drops of tea tree or lavender oil onto a gauze bandage and apply to the burn or scald. Leave this on for several hours.
- Pot marigold salve can be applied to the area to aid in pain reduction and healing.
- Aloe vera applied to the burn or scald will help to encourage skin rejuvenation.
- Take vitamin C by mouth to aid in building and maintaining healthy new skin.
- Fresh sauerkraut is a burn home remedy in Germany; it is filled with vitamin C and can be applied directly to the skin.
Some outdated information that you should be aware of is that applying butter to a burn is not a good idea. The butter will only serve to be more harmful than good, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria.
What are some home remedies for eye care? Your eyes are often exposed to many environmental factors and this can affect your vision. You can help to protect your eyes by wearing sun glasses, avoiding direct sunlight, wind and dust. Try to avoid or reduce drafts and keep the humidity level around 50 to 60 %. When reading be sure to use plenty of light and get plenty of sleep. If you get sleep and rest this will help you to strengthen your body’s defenses combine this with exercise, relaxation techniques, and good nutrition.
- Home remedies for Conjunctivitis or pink eye, this is a viral or bacterial infection of the eye that is highly contagious, so go to the doctor right away. But if it is caused by other things such as wind, smoke, chlorinated water, cosmetics or allergies you can treat it with a home remedy. First keep it clean, carefully clean the discharge several times a day with a cotton ball and warm water.
- Give yourself an eye bath by cleansing and soothing your eyes with eyebright (euphrasia) this is a herb that you would chop up finely (1 to 2 teaspoons) and pour 1 cup of boiling water over it, once it has cooled to lukewarm use sterile eye pads to apply to the eyes for several minutes.
Swollen eye lids
Why do your eye lids get swollen? Usually it is due to the buildup of tissue fluid in the eyelid, and anything cold can help to reduce the swelling.
- Put a little yogurt on a cloth to make a poultice, and then place it over your closed eyes for about 15 minutes.
- You can also apply slices of cucumber to the closed eyelids for 10 minutes.
- Apply a cold pack to your swollen eyelids. You can crush ice in a towel, or use a refrigerated spoon (no freezer) and place over your swollen eyelids.
Red eyes are irritated eyes and you will not get rid of them by rubbing them, so what can you do?
- Use a compress made from daisy, eyebright, plantain, or garden rue – these plants will help to sooth irritated eyes.
- Milk heated to lukewarm temperatures, placed on gauze pads and placed on the closed eyes for 10 minutes can help.
- Cucumber slices applied to the closed eyes for 10 minutes not only helps with swollen eyelids, but red eyes as well.
These are just a few things that can be taken care off with home remedies, they are effective and inexpensive. With the cost of everything, it is nice to know that you can take care of something’s without going to the doctor, however; I must caution you. You must know and understand when you need to seek medical attention.
Velzipmur aka Shelly Wyatt
Aloe for burns, Home Remedies
Home Remedies, Insect bites or stings
Insect bites can be very painful, but for the most part they are typically harmless. That is, of course, it you are not allergic to them. If you are then you need to seek medical attention immediately, but if you are not then here are some tips and tricks to help ease the pain of stings and bites.
- Cold packs, cold running water, or ice cubes wrapped in a cloth can help to ease the pain and reduce the swelling.
- Cleanse the area with soap and water or an antiseptic.
- You can neutralize a sting or bite with lemon or onion juice. To help prevent swelling place fresh onion or lemon on the area and the acid will neutralize the sting.
- Tea tree oil will disinfect and reduce inflammation, put one drop on the site of the sting.
- Use a thick paste of baking soda and water and apply to the sting or bite.
- 2 drops of lemon essential oil and 1 teaspoon of honey and spread this generously on the site of the sting or bite.
Home Remedies, Acne
How many of you have used home remedies?
© 2013 Shelly Wyatt