We do our best to eat right, exercise, and keep our bodies healthy, but despite our best efforts, sometimes our bodies need a little extra help in warding off “the sickies”! Medicine should be a last resort if good old fashioned natural remedies and a little patience aren’t working. It’s easy to give in and find a seemingly quick relief from the uncomfortable and unwanted symptoms that arise with a cold, flu, anxiety, digestive troubles, heartburn, stress, allergies, and arthritis. Just keep in mind that medicine treats the symptoms and not the underlying problem, not to mention it oftentimes throws off the rest of your body, causing other symptoms to occur. Whichever route you take, what’s the harm in trying some natural remedies first and seeing just how powerful they can be!

**Disclaimer: This information is in no way intended to replace that of a medical professional. Speak with your Doctor before making any big changes to your diet and/or medication.

HERE is a quick list of natural remedy go-to’s that can be helpful in the following areas:

Cold/Flu:

  • Probiotics
  • Garlic
  • Elderberry Syrup
  • Vitamin C
  • Hydrogen Perioxide in ears
  • Oil of Oregano
  • Eucalyptus Oil (external)
  • Peppermint
  • Vitamin D

Heartburn/GERD:

  • Probiotics
  • DGL/Deglyceride Licorice
  • Co-Q10
  • L-Glutamine
  • Silica
  • Peppermint
  • Ginger

Anxiety/Stress:

  • L-Theanine
  • Cherries
  • Chamomile
  • Skulleap
  • Kava Kava
  • Passion Flower
  • Valerian
  • Lemon Balm
  • 5HTP
  • GABA
  • Magnesium

High Blood Pressure:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Co-Q10
  • L-Glutamine
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Garlic
  • Primrose Oil
  • Cinnamon

Digestive Issues/Ulcers:

  • Probiotics
  • DGL
  • Vitamins A, C, and E
  • Co-Q10
  • Zinc
  • L-Glutamine
  • Cabbage Juice
  • Linoleic Acid
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Kale
  • Peppermint
  • Ginger

Arthritis:

  • Tumeric
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Epsom Salts (external)
  • Alfalfa Seeds
  • Ginger
  • Vitamins C and D
  • Olive Oil
  • Green Tea
  • Glucosamine
  • Selenium
  • Onions and Leeks
  • Tart Cherries, Black
  • Raspberries
  • Grapes
  • Eggplant

Seasonal Allergies:

  • Probiotics
  • Quercetin
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Tumeric
  • Honey
  • Saline Nasal Rinse
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Stinging Nettle
  • Butterbar
  • Peppermint

 

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Ginger Root has natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can be helpful not only inside your body, but for your skin as well. Skin rashes and irritations are a form of inflammation and can be prevented or treated naturally with ingredients easily found at your local grocery store or even in your own kitchen. You can juice, saute, blend, or bake with Ginger as well as use it topically for your skin.

 

Coconut Oil and just Coconuts in general are one of the most versatile foods I know of. The Coconut contains a myriad of properties that can heal, sooth, and enhance your daily life, creating a healthier, new you. Among its many benefits is also its ability to moisturize your skin better than any lotion you could buy in the store. You can purchase a Jar of Organic Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil and use it to bake, cook, rub on your skin, or wash in your hair. What other products do you know that can do all that from the same jar? Constantly subjecting your skin to the harshness of pool chemicals such as chlorine, can dry and irritate already sensitive skin. Soothing your skin with Coconut Oil following your shower can help your skin lock in some of its own natural oils, leaving your skin soft, smooth, and healthy.

 

By using these two ingredients in my All Natural Homemade Sugar Scrub, I have found that our skin can bounce back quicker from a day at the pool than before using it. Following the swim for the day, the kids and myself head to the showers to wash of the chlorine and finish off with a good moisturizing scrub using my homemade Ginger Scrub. Reminding them to lotion isn’t as big of a deal when the moisturizing oils absorb into their skin from the shower.

Here is the recipe I use:

Ginger Coconut Oil Scrub

  • 1/2 Cup Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (any cold-pressed oil works: almond, tea-seed, sunflower, etc)
  • 2-3 Tbsp Ginger, coarsely chopped
  • 1-1/2 Cup Turbinado Raw Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tsp Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 8-10 drops Essential Oil (vanilla, lemongrass, lavender, clove, etc.)

Pour coconut oil, ginger pieces, and lemon juice into a small saucepan and heat on low heat about 5-10 minutes allowing the ginger and lemon to infuse with the oil. Remove from heat and press through a fine mesh sieve or through a coffee filter.

While the oil is still warm, mix together with grapeseed oil. Stir to combine and allow to come to room temperature. Stir in sugar and salt. Scent with essential oils as desired. Pack into a container with a lid.

To Use: Massage into damp skin and allow to sit 2-4 minutes. Using a washcloth covered in warm water, steam over face or stand in a steamy shower for a minute. Using the wet washcloth, wipe excess from skin. Rinse and repeat until oil is washed away. Use for Face, Hands, Body, Feet. 

*Note: If using for Face, use only 1x a week as your facial skin is most sensitive and doesn’t need to be harshly scrubbed as often. 

 

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