Home Remedies for everyone
Discover the Benefits of Chamomile
Chamomile has been used as an herbal remedy for centuries. Even today, millions of people consume a cup of chamomile daily to calm their nerves. Besides just treating anxiety and insomnia, this miracle herb can be used to treat several other maladies. Home Remedies for everyone.
But first, you need to know how to use this potent herb.
* Treating indigestion, anxiety, and insomnia
If you wish to treat stomach upsets, the best way to go about it will be to brew a quick chamomile tea. The same applies if you have anxiety and insomnia.
All you’ll need to do is add 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers into a cup. Boil some water and pour it into the cup. Allow the chamomile herb to steep in the tea for 5 minutes.
Swirl the mixture and strain it. You may choose to add some natural sweetener such as honey into the tea. Sip it slowly. 2 or 3 cups of chamomile a day will do you good.
Chamomile has been shown to aid digestion and protect the stomach lining. It’s anti-inflammatory and will ease some of the discomforts you feel.
* Skin conditions
Many people who are familiar with herbal remedies often forget that chamomile can be used to treat eczema too. Aloe vera and tea tree oil aren’t the only natural remedies.
To use chamomile as an eczema remedy, you’ll need to directly apply the chamomile on the affected area – and there are a few ways to do this right.
One way is to use a chamomile tea bag that has been just used to brew a tea and place the tea bag on the skin. Make sure the teabag is cool.
Another way to use chamomile would be to add 8 to 10 drops of chamomile essential oil to a tub of lukewarm water. You may then soak a towel in this water and place the damp towel on the affected area. This is an effective way to treat larger patches on the skin.
If you don’t wish to go through the hassle of preparing your own remedy, you can always purchase chamomile creams and lotions from stores. Of course, the purists wouldn’t dream of doing this – but if you’re crunched for time, buying a chamomile remedy can help too.
* Other issues
Chamomile tea has been shown to reduce the pain from menstrual cramps and also muscle spasms.
If you have canker sores, cool chamomile tea can be used as a mouthwash to soothe the painful sores. Alternatively, you may choose to use a chamomile gel to apply on the sores.
Sometimes, chamomile tea can be used to treat flu symptoms too. By combining this herb with other herbs, you can increase the potency of the remedy. A few herbs that go well with chamomile are peppermint, lemon balm, and lavender.
The advantage of using other herbs together with chamomile is so that you get a variety of antioxidant properties in your system. Different people react differently to the herbs.
Some herbs may be more effective for one person, but have no effect on another. So, a combination of herbs will help to cover most bases and improve the efficacy of the remedy.
Use chamomile as one of your go-to remedies. In fact, sipping a cup of chamomile tea every other day will help to boost your immune system and keep disease at bay.
How to Use Echinacea In Your Home Remedies
Echinacea is one of those herbs that herbalists love, but most other people have not heard of and can barely pronounce. Used by Native Americans back in the day, this perennial was mostly used to treat flu symptoms and also keep infectious diseases at bay.
While this herb is natural, it has an effect on your immune system.
If you’re on antibiotics, birth control medication, or immunosuppressants, it’s best to speak to a doctor before consuming any echinacea remedy.
* Benefits of echinacea
This herb can be used to treat a variety of health problems. Its strongest point is its ability to combat viruses and bacteria because it’s antiviral and antibacterial in nature.
If you’re a diabetic, echinacea will help lower your blood sugar levels. It also lowers blood pressure levels. Since this herb is anti-inflammatory, you can use it to treat inflammation too.
Echinacea has been shown to help with anxiety too. So, for people who don’t find relief with chamomile, trying echinacea might be an option.
If you have wounds, sores, and/or insect bites/stings, echinacea is an excellent remedy. Because of its antibacterial nature and its pain-numbing properties, it helps to soothe irritated and painful skin conditions.
You may either soak the affected area in a tub of lukewarm water that has a few drops of echinacea tincture or you could use the teabag that was just used to make echinacea tea.
Apply the tea bag on the affected area. This usually works for smaller injuries.
As for insect bites or stings, applying echinacea tincture directly on the affected area will help immensely. Just remember to pull out the stinger first, if it’s still embedded in your skin.
* Are there side effects?
Some people may develop an allergic reaction to this herb. The rule of thumb when trying any herbal remedy is to try small doses first, just to see how your body reacts.
So, instead of gulping down a whole cup of echinacea tea, it would be wiser to try 4-5 tablespoons and wait for several hours to see if there are any adverse effects.
Generally, the most common side effects are rashes. In some cases, if a person is more allergic, they may have difficulty breathing. If that happens, seek professional medical help immediately.
Don’t let this scare you away from this powerful herb. Only a very small percentage of people experience negative effects from the herb. Most people benefit from it… and it’s definitely worth trying.
* Using echinacea
Just like most herbs, making tea is one of the best ways to get this herb’s properties in your system.
All you’ll need to do is add 2 teaspoons of dried echinacea into a cup of water that has just been boiled. Allow the herb to steep in for 10 minutes.
Swirl the mixture and strain it. You may choose to add some natural sweetener such as honey into the tea. Sip it slowly. 1 to 2 cups of echinacea tea a day is perfectly fine but stops after 7 consecutive days.
To conclude, just know that echinacea is an easily obtainable herb that has several benefits. Keep it in mind if you’re concocting any home remedies in the future. This herb is truly potent.
Lavender: An Essential Herb You MUST Use
Lavender is one of the most popular herbs on the planet. It’s used in a plethora of products from aromatherapy candles to air fresheners, herbal remedies, and much more. It’s a very versatile herb that’s most often associated with stress relief.
* Stress relief
If you have lavender oil, all you need to do is add a few drops in an aromatherapy diffuser and breathe in the pleasant fragrance whenever you’re feeling anxious or stressed out.
Alternatively, you may add a few drops of lavender oil to a warm bath and soak in the bath for a while as you unwind and relax. Do mix the oil drops in the water well so that it disperses well.
The scent of lavender may also help to relieve asthma symptoms.
* Hair growth
One use of lavender that many people are unfamiliar with is that it can also be used to stimulate hair growth. You’ll need to mix 2 drops of lavender oil with a carrier oil like olive oil and gently rub the oil on your scalp.
The antimicrobial properties of the lavender oil will eliminate bacterial growth on the scalp and help to prevent scalp pimples and other skin irritations. This will indirectly promote better hair health.
Lavender oil can be used to treat skin irritations and prevent fungal growth too. The principle is the same. Using lavender oil that’s been mixed with a carrier oil like thyme oil will help to make a mix that soothes the skin and prevents irritation.
Insect bites, eczema, bee stings, rashes, etc. are all common skin issues that can be addressed with lavender.
* Treat insomnia
The easiest way to use lavender to treat insomnia will be to burn a lavender-infused candle in the bedroom. The wafts of pleasant lavender scents will help to ease your mind and body and help you drift off to sleep.
Some people prefer to mix a few drops of lavender oil with water and use a spray to lightly spray their bedsheets so that the scent is on the bed.
Or you could add a few drops of lavender oil to a cotton ball and place it close to your pillow. All that matters is that you get the scent of the lavender. Once you can smell it, the scent of the lavender will have a positive effect on you.
Up till now, we’ve only focused on using lavender oil to treat a variety of health issues. However, lavender can also be consumed as a tea.
All you’ll need to do is add 1 teaspoon of dried lavender flowers into a cup of water that has just been boiled. Allow the herb to steep in for 5 minutes.
Swirl the mixture and strain it. You may choose to add some natural sweetener such as honey into the tea. Sip it slowly. 1 to 2 cups of lavender tea a day is ideal.
The effects of the tea are similar to using oil. It will help to induce sleep because of the fragrance of the tea. Besides that, it will boost your immunity, reduce inflammation, and help to detox the body.
Lavender is an essential herb that no self-respecting herbalist would be caught dead without. Use it in your home remedies and make it a part of your life. Lavender will help you to be calmer and more collected in this chaotic world.
Treating Common Health Issues with Rosemary
Besides having a beautiful name, the Rosemary herb has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments in the body. The herb was also used in funeral rites because of its unique fragrance and appearance.
Unlike many other herbs that are usually consumed as teas, rosemary is widely used in cooking too. Chefs all over the world use a dash of rosemary in their cooking to ‘spice up’ the dish.
Since it is rich in antioxidants and has antimicrobial properties, rosemary is effective at treating many conditions that are caused by bacteria.
* Skin problems
Skin irritations such as fungal infections, insect bites, rashes, dandruff, etc. can be treated with rosemary. Rosemary oil should NEVER be used directly on the skin.
Always dilute it with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil or olive oil, or use it as a tea.
By gently rubbing some diluted rosemary oil on the affected area and leaving it for a while, you can help alleviate the pain and irritation.
To treat dandruff, you’ll need to boil 3 cups of water and add 2 teaspoons of dried rosemary leaves into the water. Stir well and allow to steep for 10-15 minutes.
Once the mix is cool, strain it into a spray bottle. Generously spray your scalp with this rosemary water until your scalp and hair are wet. Then wait for 3 minutes before washing your hair and scalp.
* Memory booster
Besides just treating skin conditions, rosemary has the very unique ability of helping to improve one’s memory.
The easiest way to achieve this will be to add a few drops of rosemary oil into an aromatherapy diffuser. Alternatively, you may use a rosemary-scented candle.
The goal here is to breathe in the scent of rosemary so that it can stimulate your mind and strengthen your memory.
If you don’t wish to use scented oil, you could brew a cup of rosemary tea. Just boil a cup of water and add a teaspoon of rosemary leaves into the water and allow it to steep for 10 minutes. Strain the mix, add a dash of honey, and sip the rosemary tea.
The tea will not only feel refreshing but also give you the benefits of rosemary, such as: improving blood circulation, boosting immunity, eliminating cell damage caused by free radicals, preventing heartburn, and so on. Home Remedies for everyone.
* Treat aches and pains
Muscles sore after a workout?
Rosemary can be used to treat your aches and pains. As mentioned earlier, you’ll need to dilute the rosemary oil in a carrier oil (e.g. olive oil) and gently massage it on your skin to stimulate the muscles and reduce inflammation.
Alternatively, you may add about 8 drops of rosemary oil to a hot bath and soak in it for a while. This will allow the rosemary oil to cover a wider surface area on your body. It’s more helpful to use this method if larger muscles such as your back muscles or thigh muscles are aching.
Besides the uses mentioned here, rosemary can also be used to treat high blood pressure, gout, headaches, indigestion, coughs, sunburn, fatigue, and much more.
This herb has many benefits. You may wish to do more research on it and see how it can benefit you. Do include rosemary in your cooking or use the oils in your home remedies. You’ll be amazed at the effectiveness of this beautiful herb.
Useful Calendula Home Remedies You Should Try
Calendula, also known as ‘pot marigold’, is a bright yellow herb that is used by major cosmetics companies all over the world to produce expensive skincare products.
Of course, this humble herb is inexpensive if you’re using it in your home remedies… and it’s just as potent. When it comes to treating wounds and skin conditions, calendula is right up there with the best of them because of its healing properties.
It also has anti-inflammatory properties which help to ease pain and irritation. Let’s look at a few ways you can use calendula.
* Treating inflammation
If your body suffers from aches and pains for no reason, it might be due to inflammation because of a poor diet or other factors. If you find yourself in this scenario, consuming a cup of calendula tea will be ideal.
It’s great for indigestion too.
All you’ll need to do is add 2 teaspoons of dried calendula flowers into a cup of water that has just been boiled. Let the herb steep for 10 minutes before straining the mix.
Sip it slowly. 2 cups of chamomile a day will do you good.
If you have ulcers in the mouth, painful gums or a sore throat, you may gargle the tea for a few minutes and spit it out. Allow the calendula tea some time to soothe the ulcers, pain, etc. Home Remedies for everyone.
* Skin conditions
Calendula is great for pain relief, and it’s just as effective on your skin as it is for conditions in your stomach or mouth. If you’re suffering from sunburn, cracked/chapped skin, wounds, painful skin inflammation, etc. applying calendula to the affected areas will help.
To use calendula on the skin, you’ll need to add a few drops of calendula tincture to some aloe vera gel. Then generously apply this gel on the externally affected areas.
On a side note, there is usually some confusion as to what oil and tincture are. Some people think it’s the same thing. It’s NOT. A tincture has an alcohol base. It’s not an oil.
You may choose to make your own calendula tincture by grinding calendula petals and dissolving it in alcohol. (leave for 2 weeks) or you may save yourself the hassle and just buy it from the store.
Generally, it’s easier and less time-consuming to just buy your tincture from an online store like Amazon.
Besides the benefits mentioned above, calendula helps to improve your vision and also increase your energy. Drinking a cup of calendula tea daily will help to prevent fatigue.
It is an antiseptic with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also acts as an astringent. So, it’s highly effective for treating cuts, wounds, etc. All you need to do is apply a cold compress with calendula to the affected areas.
If you have eczema, you can use calendula to treat it too. You may either use calendula cream or the gel mentioned above. Very often, herbalists wonder if using store-bought herbal products is as effective as making their own remedies.
The truth is that making your own remedy can be cheaper and better (if you’re using all-natural ingredients). However, if you don’t have the time, you can always purchase a calendula salve or remedy from the store and just ensure that it’s made from natural ingredients with very little chemical or additives.
There are many great herbal remedy products on the market. They may cost a little more but will save you time and effort. So, it’s up to you which way you choose to go.
What matters is that you use herbs such as calendula in your remedies. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by getting the benefits from these potent herbs.