Almost everyone has experienced a variety of common ailments that include upset stomach, swelling, sunburns, and the common cold. Many traditional over-the-counter medications used to treat these ailments can have unwanted and sometimes serious side effects. Personally, I learned the hard way. When trying to treat a common cold, I had a severe reaction to a certain daytime over-the-counter cold medication. Fortunately, there are a variety of herbal remedies that can help ameliorate unwanted symptoms without as many unwanted problems. In fact, some people enjoy herbal remedies so much that they take them regularly. Why not feel better when you are sick and healthy alike?
Below is a list of the top 10 herbal remedies for common ailments that almost all people have experienced at one time or another:
Ginger has been noted for its stomach-soothing properties for thousands of years. Ginger can also offer a warm and calming effect when used in ginger tea. Drinking ginger tea can offer comfort as well as provide relief from nausea, upset stomach, and loss of appetite. It is also an effective anti-inflammatory agent.
Like ginger, cinnamon also can help ease stomach problems and be used in teas. Also like ginger, cinnamon tea has warming properties that can naturally sooth people who are not feeling well. Cinnamon oil can help alleviate stress and problems associated with chronic stress including headache, stomachache, and sexual dysfunction.
Clove can be considered an ultra-remedy. There is evidence of clove having anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Clove oil is also considered an aphrodisiac that can effectively treat sexual dysfunction. Clove oil can either be used as aromatherapy or as a topical agent. When used in aromatherapy, clove oil can be added to a bath or humidifier to help ease headaches and stress. Clove oil can also be directly applied to the skin. In the event your skin is sensitive to clove oil, you can mix clove oil with any unscented lotion or massage oil, such as almond oil.
Ginseng has been used for thousands of years to help boost energy, combat fatigue, reduce headaches, increase focus, and improve sexual dysfunction. Ginseng also can help strengthen the immune system and provide better overall health and vitality.
5. Licorice Root
Licorice is often referred to as “the great detoxifier.” In other words, Licorice has many different antifungal and antibacterial purposes. Licorice tea can help ease many symptoms associated with the common cold, such as sore throat and cough. Often, a viral or bacterial infection accompanies cold-like symptoms that later can progress into bronchitis or an upper respiratory infection. Licorice is not a substitute for antibiotics. However, it can help speed up the healing process as well as lessen the severity of symptoms.
6. Aloe Vera
Aloe has a reputation for being used to treat issues with skin, such as rashes and sunburns. However, aloe can also assist in the healing process after dental procedures. Soak gauze in aloe and apply it to the affected area. Aloe can make common oral surgeries such as removal of wisdom teeth easier for patients by reducing swelling and pain while speeding up the recovery process.
7. Tangerine Peel
Tangerine peel has been known to treat pain as well as increase qi, or the life force that runs through the body. Qi contributes to overall health and longevity.
8. Long Pepper
Black pepper is another warming remedy that can help with indigestion and stomach upset. In addition, black pepper has evidence of helping people cope with nicotine withdrawals. Common Western treatments used to combat nicotine withdrawals (e.g. nicotine gum and patches) are sometimes seen as counterintuitive as they do deliver a smaller dose of nicotine. By using black pepper as a substitute for smoking cigarettes which are known to increase the chances of cancer, heart disease, and birth defects in utero, those addicted to nicotine can effectively substitute an unhealthy habit to a safer one. Black pepper also has been used to treat vertigo, improve circulation, and treat arthritis.
9. Bushy Knotweed Root
Bushy knotweed has been used to treat high cholesterol and prevent other potential issues associated with heart problems and stroke for years. Recent Western research suggests that bushy knotweed root may also have properties that can help cancer patients. In addition, bushy knotweed has evidence of successfully treating gout, bone disorders, indigestion, and gallstones. Bushy knotweed can be used both as a preventative measure and treatment.
Honey has been used for many medicinal purposes. One notable purpose is that heated honey can induce vomiting when needed. For example, inducing vomiting early on can help prevent food poisoning or can assist in a variety of detoxifying cleanses. Honey can also be used in conjunction with many of the herbal remedies listed above to provide a soothing effect.
Natural remedies versus modern medicine
There remains no single “correct” treatment for common ailments. It is also important to note that natural remedies may not work for everyone due to potential allergic reactions or unknown sensitivities. However, natural remedies can be used to provide relief from common ailments with or without modern medicine. In addition, many natural remedies are safe to use regularly as they can make people feel better on a day-to-day basis. For example, drinking ginger or cinnamon tea regularly is unlikely to cause problems including tolerance, withdrawal symptoms, or interference with daily activities and overall well-being.
Many natural remedies can help people feel better and live better every day. Furthermore, there is ongoing research that suggests natural remedies can assist in more ambitious medical endeavors than soothing cold symptoms or stomach upset. Natural remedies have shown promise in helping people fight chronic pain, addiction to nicotine, and help certain cancer patients. There is little point to suffering from chronic (even if mild to moderate) ailments when an easy remedy may be within reach. Instead of suffering from headaches, stomach upset, and fatigue, find an easy solution that you might enjoy. Improve your quality of life by trying traditional herbal remedies today.