We’re all about natural alternatives here on Live Lighter and so I’m especially pleased to share today’s article by guest blogger, Amanda Wilks. Keep reading for some interesting natural treatments our ancestors most likely used!
Every culture has its own natural treatments and herbal remedies for specific or more generic health problems. We might disregard them nowadays, given the technological progress and the developments in medicine we witness, but more and more people understand that nature is here to help us.
Maybe our grandmothers were on to something when they insisted we used potato slices to lower fever or drink green tea to balance our digestive system. Recent research studies are more open to the idea that fruit, vegetables, and herbs play a prophylactic role in cold and flu and act as natural remedies. Want to stay healthy and alleviate common health issues?
Let’s take a look today at five natural treatments which do just that!
Medical research showed that ginger has enormous positive effects on our digestive system and on our immune system. Moreover, it has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties as well.
- Raw ginger root: include grated ginger in your diet to stimulate digestion, clean your colon and alleviate abdominal pain or gases.
- Raw ginger root tea: boil grated ginger and drink the tea whenever you have a cold or flu – it has anti-inflammatory effects and strengthens your immune system.
Onions are true miracle workers when it comes to treating common health problems. There are over a dozen health benefits of onions, but let’s see how to use these vegetables to relieve some common health issues.
- Raw onions: include them in your diet to protect your stomach from gastritis and ulcer, reduce inflammation and fight infections (when you have the flu), boost your vitamin C intake, alleviate asthma, allergies, and arthritis (red onions specifically).
- Onion tea: it doesn’t sound delicious, but it will help you fight a cold.
- Onion marinade: mix sliced onions with lemon juice and let the mixture marinate for a few minutes, then eat it on salads and other dishes – it will boost your immune system and kick your vitamin C intake
- Onion juice: it has anti-inflammatory properties to help you fight the flu, an infection or an allergy. You can mix it with carrot and lemon juice for taste and even more vitamin goodness.
Our modern world frowns upon potatoes, and especially the fried ones, as they are associated with bad calories and weight gain. But potatoes have been a source of health since ancient civilizations started cultivating them. In their raw form, potatoes are considered the ultimate “skin medicine".
- Raw sliced/grated potatoes: natural treatment for scars, skin cuts and wounds, small skin burns, dark eye circles and eye bags, face wrinkles, bruises on the body, black eyes, etc.
- Grated raw potatoes: fill up your socks and keep them tight on your soles – they lower fever; place them on your forehead as a compress – they alleviate headaches
- Raw potato juice: rebalances the nervous system, regulates sleep disorders, acute headaches
- Boiled or baked potatoes: included in the diet they work wonders on the digestive system, prevent ulcer and gastritis, lower hypertension, lower cholesterol and blood sugar and significantly lower the risk of colon cancer.
We all know garlic is good for our health, but how good is it anyway? Research shows that garlic is a true “wonder pill" in many health conditions, helping our organism fight better against diseases.
- Raw garlic: included in diet it helps balance your blood pressure, raise your anti-oxidants levels, eliminate toxins (recommended for weight loss diets), strengthen your immune system (in colds and flu), and prevent cancer
- Chopped/minced garlic included in alimentation: acts as antibiotic in flu, infections, and inflammatory diseases, balances the digestive system, helps alleviate bloating
- Chopped/minced garlic as skin compress: heals wounds and bruises, tones and smoothes skin, hardens the nails and treats dandruff (if applied as a hair mask).
5. Green Tea
Known for its detoxification properties and weight loss, green tea has been used for more than 4,000 years to alleviate and treat other health issues. Even the NCCIH supports green tea research studies to find more about its effects on cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
- Green tea infusion: if regularly consumed, it lowers the risk of stroke, balances cholesterol, and hypertension, lowers the risk of cancer and completely and fully treats food poisoning, regulates metabolism, lowers blood sugar levels, alleviates headaches and even depression
- Green tea as mouthwash: rinse your mouth with room temp green tea infusion to alleviate dental pains, swollen gums, abscesses, tongue issues
- Green tea as skin compress: smoothens the skin, treats dark eye circles and eye bags and nourishes the face skin.
About the Author
Amanda Wilks is a Boston University graduate and a part-time writer, passionate about everything related to health, natural treatments, and general well-being. She loves helping people advance to a healthier, balanced way of living.
Did you know about these herbal remedies? Do you use them to keep your general state of health in check or as specific solutions for some health conditions?