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|6 Home Remedies for What Ails You|
|Topic Started: 25 Jun 2012, 08:43 (47 Views)|
|Rowan||25 Jun 2012, 08:43 Post #1|
Found this article on Yahoo about 6 home remedies that doctors approve of. Naturally I'm sure it's on an individual basis, but I decided to post this anyway. As with anything posted here, you should follow the advice of your physician or use them at your own risk.
1. Lemon balm - used to banish anxiety, boost memory, aid sleep and digestion.
"To use: For lemon balm's calming effects, try a daily tea made with one-half to one full dropper of tincture or 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried herb steeped in 1 cup of hot water for 5 to 10 minutes, says herbalist Linda Different Cloud, a PhD candidate in ethnobotany at Montana State University. Ask your doctor first if you take thyroid medication, as the botanical may change the amount you need. To use topically, follow the instructions on OTC creams, such as Cold Sore Relief or WiseWays Herbals Lemon Balm Cream, available online or at drugstores or health food stores."
2. Onion - used for respiratory and digestive problems. "Believing that onions would help improve athletic performance, ancient Greek Olympians scarfed them down, drank their juice, and rubbed them on their bodies before competitions. . . . Their thiosulfinates (sulfur compounds responsible for their smell) reduce diabetes symptoms and protect against cardiovascular disease. Quercetin, a flavonoid found in onions, prevents the inflammation associated with allergies and also protects against stomach ulcers and colon, esophageal, and breast cancers."
"To get the most thiosulfinates, choose red or yellow onions."
3. Cayenne peppers - used it for everything from pain relief to aphrodisiacs.
As it's the capsaicin in peppers, giving them the heat, which is beneficial, you can buy OTC creams for pain relief. Just follow the directions on the box. Also add to your cooking.
4. Plantain - is a traditional remedy for skin ailments, including insect bites. Native Americans used it on insect bites, wounds and burns.
"Steep 1/2 cup of dried plantain in 2 cups of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Dip a clean cloth or compress in the warm liquid and place on skin for up to 30 minutes, changing cloths and repeating as necessary." Best acquired from an herbalist.
5. Parsley - can be used for diseases of the urinary tract.
"If you have a urinary tract infection, try drinking three daily cups of tea, each made with 2 g of common parsley (you don't need just the roots), or taking 2 to 4 ml of tincture 3 times each day for the duration of the condition."
6. Hawthorn - strengthens cardiovascular health.
Ask your doctor which form of hawthorn would be best for you: tea, tincture or capsule.
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