Home Remedies for Common Illnesses. Part I


Science has advanced more than anything else in the world over the past few decades, especially the health care sector. In this day and age, we have a wide array of medicines available from the most life-threatening to the most trivial of illnesses. Yes, the advancement in healthcare is a boon in the broad view, and this has led to us running to the medicine store for every small little thing that ails us unaware that a better and safer way of getting rid of your illness lies probably in the kitchen. In this article, we will talk about treating common illnesses using things you can find in your home. These methods have been proven effective and safe and have been in existence for a long time.

Home Remedies for treating Common Cold

Who hasn’t been gripped by cold, right? Blocked nostrils, runny nose, cough and sore throat all associated with cold make this illness an irritating one and having a medicine is something that we have to do. So instead of buying a medicine how about we make our own?

  • Blocked Nostrils/Difficulty in Breathing:

To clear ones clogged nose, one can prepare a hot aromatic tea with a blend of spices and inhale the steam being emitted from the prepared tea.

The spices or herbs required to prepare the tea are peppermints, thyme and nasturtium, three teaspoons (two, if using dry herbs) of each.  After you’ve gathered these three herbs, the next thing you need to do is place the herbs in a teapot and then pour boiling water over them and let it stand still for about fifteen minutes. Once fifteen minutes are up, strain the mixture through a fine strainer into a bowl.

Nasturtium Flower.

The next step is to sit on a table with the bowl containing the tea in front of you. Be careful as you cover your head and the bowl with a towel so that the steam is trapped inside and inhale deeply. Continue this for two to three minutes until you start feeling your nostrils clearing up. Repeat twice throughout the day for increased effectiveness.

  • Cough: 

The most irritating part of having a cold is a cough. But most of us are unaware that coughing is a natural defense mechanism of our body. A cough expels chemicals and other foreign contaminants from your body. So the first thing you need to do is not to suppress your cough.

Although coughing may be designed to heal your body, sometimes it can be too intense just to sit and bear it. So, a few things you can do to heal your cough using home remedies instead of a store bought cough suppressant.

o   Eating right and drinking plenty of fluids: What you eat when you are suffering from a cough plays an important role in the healing process. Certain foods can increase production of mucus and as a result, worsen a cough. Foods to avoid would be junk food, dairy products and chocolates. Another thing you have to do along with avoiding the foods above is to drink plenty of water. Water will ease your coughing as it thins the mucus.

o   Honey: Honey soothes your throat and suppresses your cough. You can consume honey by mixing it with tea or having a spoonful.

o   Ginger Tea: Ginger also has a lot of medicinal abilities. One of them being its ability to treat a cough and soothe your throat. You can make tea with ginger in it to reap its medicinal benefits.

  • Headaches

A headache is another very common illness. You can have a headache anytime anywhere, without any warning whatsoever. The easiest way to deal with it would be popping a medicine, agreed. But every medicine has its side-effect and severe ones if used for a long time including stomach bleeding and liver failure. So why don’t we use a remedy provided to us by Mother Nature to help us heal our pain?

For relieving oneself of headaches, there are quite a few herbs available. The most effective one of them all is peppermint. Applying a few drops of peppermint oil on your forehead can work wonders for headaches, especially the ones you get from tension. Peppermint oil creates a cool, soothing sensation on the application and relaxes the muscles. The scent of the oil also helps in relaxing your nerves and calms you down.

The next thing you can use is Lavender. Lavender has a beautiful smell that has a powerful effect on our nervous system. It helps us calm down and relieve us of stress, anxiety and sleeplessness all of which can give us headaches. Lavender can also help calm the worst of headaches such as migraines. To use, you could place a few drops of lavender oil on your sleeping pillow or just take a whiff when you feel like you are coming down with a headache.

All of the above-mentioned remedies are provided to us by our very own Earth and have been in existence for a long time. These have been tested and proven effective and safe by leading scientists. So the next time you are coming down with a cold or a headache be sure to try these remedies out before you run out to the drugstore to get medicines. The next part of this article will cover home remedies for a couple more illnesses. Remember, though, if these methods don’t relieve you of your troubles, you should always consult a doctor.


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