Natural remedies are no longer a complement to drugs. For more and more people, the best way to combat – and prevent – diseases of modern times is with some doses of nature.
It is significant that, in times increasingly mediated by great medical advances, the treasure of traditional medicine is being rediscovered . Undoubtedly, this trend is linked to the thirst for nature that causes our artificial, synthetic and sedentary life. And also to the fact that it is precisely that lifestyle that is putting collective health in check.
In that sense, trying to cure ourselves only through drugs is to enter a vicious circle. Because sometimes those same medications cause us terrible side effects . And because they are not made to prevent diseases, but only to cure them, which says a lot about the contemporary mentality (cure as soon as possible, but do nothing to prevent).
So returning to a healthier lifestyle involves getting closer to nature: performing ecotherapies – even if we are in the city – as well as getting closer to the benefits of fresh foods that promote longevity . And not least: make use of healing plants and flowers to prevent or treat common health problems.
1. Anemia: green leafy vegetables and citrus
Green leafy vegetables such as kale, lettuce, spinach or chard have a lot of iron, of which there is a deficiency when we suffer from anemia. But to absorb iron you also need to take citrus fruits and fruits with vitamin C, such as grapefruit, kiwi and orange.
2. Anxiety: passionflower
The passionflower, also called passionflower, is the flower of the passion fruit tree. It has incredible antioxidant effects and essential oils whose effect is analgesic and relaxing. That is why it is recommended to take infusion. Its anxiolytic action is so potent that it is even used to reduce tobacco, alcohol or food withdrawal syndrome.
3. Asthma: Gordolobo
The Gordolobo is a hairy-looking Mexican plant. But do not worry! Infusion is delicious and very effective in treating asthma. You just have to cook its branches and flowers in 1 liter of water and drink three hot cups of infusion with honey a day.
4. Arthritis: Turmeric
This strong herb has been used for millennia in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. It helps mainly against arthritis since it controls inflammation. You can find it in powder to use it in dishes, but it is better to drink it in tea. Just slice a medium piece and boil them for 5 minutes.
5. Hair loss: spinach and berries
Spinach has iron, which helps prevent oxygen deficiency in the body, which helps prevent hair loss. You can consume it in a smoothie made of almond and berry milk – such as blackberries, blackberries and blueberries – which, due to their vitamin C intake, help in the formation of collagen, which is responsible for keeping hair strong.
6. Dry hair: castor oil and soybean oil
Castor is an African plant, whose oil is easily available in stores specializing in oils and essences. It is like the vitamin E capsule – so famous in hair treatments – but of nature, because it has a lot of said vitamin, as well as essential fatty acids. You only have to apply it at night on the scalp and hair after rubbing it on the hands.
7. Hair loss: egg white
Beat four whites and rub them on the scalp with circular movements. Leave on for half an hour, rinse and wash. The egg white has albumin, which strengthens the hair follicles and strands.
8. Dandruff: white vinegar
It contains acetic acid, which creates an environment in the scalp where fungi and yeasts cannot grow. Just wash your hair with a mixture of water and vinegar (one part of vinegar for every three of water), and let it act for 4 minutes.
9. Colic: pericon
Infusing this plant with the smell and taste of anise can help you effectively against colic. But you have to do it before they start, or as soon as you start to feel pain. Cook the stems: they are the ones that will release the most oils in the infusion.
10. Colitis: oak
This plant can help reduce symptoms of colitis because it reduces excess fluids in the intestine. A piece of its bark (like a teaspoon) is used in decoction to make a glass of water. To relieve diarrhea, 3 glasses are taken daily.
11. Conjunctivitis: parsley
A juice with parsley, carrot and celery helps improve vision and acts on the eyes and optic nerve.
12. Control weight: nuts
Foods with polyunsaturated fats, such as nuts, almonds or pistachios, help you feel full and provide you with benefits that saturated fats do not have. Eat what fits in a fist of your favorite type of nut.
13. Itchy skin: propolis
Propolis has flavonoids, which are antioxidants and regenerators of cell damage. It also has analgesic properties. For all this, applying it to the skin helps remove the itching immediately. You can get it in atomizer in health food stores and pharmacies.
14. Vaginal itching: yogurt
It is usually caused by fungi. If so, you can apply yogurt directly and let it act for 10 minutes. It will relieve you, but also its probiotics will regenerate the flora of your vagina and kill the bacteria that are causing the damage. Do it every day for a week.
15. Depression: bananas
Bananas have tryptophan, an essential amino acid that stimulates nerve functioning and increases serotonin levels. Therefore, including this delicious fruit in the diet is a great complement to avoid psychic imbalances.
16. Diabetes: dandelion
You can prepare some infused leaves or eat them in salads. They serve to regulate blood sugar.
17. Diarrhea: rice water
To stop diarrhea you must prepare 1 cup of rice in 4 cups of water for 20 minutes over low heat. You can drink up to 3 cups of water, warm or at the same time. It really works because it helps you regulate the intestine, and stops stomach irritation because of its starch content.
18. Erectile dysfunction: aloe vera
Yes: aloe vera regulates blood capacity. This helps prevent erectile dysfunction, which is caused by poor circulation. You can take it in smoothies , adding aphrodisiac ingredients such as almond or dark chocolate.
19. Headache: Basil
Basil is a noble plant that you can take in infusion, cooking some leaves for 2 minutes. It helps relieve headaches that are not caused by unstable blood pressure.
20. Hip pain: turmeric and ginger
This duet is an ancestral anti-inflammatory. Take an infusion made with some slices of both plants every day, and the pain in bones and joints will disappear.
21. Sore throat: sage
Boil two teaspoons of sage in a cup of water for ten minutes. Strain and add a teaspoon of sea salt. Gargle when you feel a throbbing pain.
22. Kidney pain: blue stick
This maderita is used in an infusion that adopts a blue color with golden nuances, and that is super effective to clean the kidneys of the painful sand. Therefore, it is also an excellent way to prevent the formation of stones. You just have to cook a few pieces and drink 1 liter of water during the day.
23. Toothache: guava leaf
The leaf of the known fruit has anti-inflammatory qualities, so they are used to relieve toothache, gargling with an infusion at the time. You only have to boil 40gr of leaves in a liter of water and gargle 2 times a day or when you have discomfort.
24. Stress: lavender and hot bath
The wash can be taken as an infusion to relax. But, alternatively, you can take a hot bath with the essential oil of this plant, which will relax your whole body and your system – it is a way to inhale the beneficial steam of lavender.
25. Pimples: apple cider vinegar
You just have to rub some apple cider vinegar directly on the pimples before sleeping.
26. Fatigue: yerba mate
Yerba mate is an excellent energy that helps concentration. It is very bitter, but you can sweeten it with a little honey.
27. Gastritis: coconut water
Coconut water has fatty acids that favor the digestive system. But they also have an anti-inflammatory effect, and since gastritis is inflammation of the stomach lining, the best way to counteract it is with a natural anti-inflammatory such as coconut water.
28. Flu: ginger, turmeric and garlic
This combination is infallible to treat the flu. Garlic is a potent antibiotic, ginger a great pain reliever and turmeric is a detoxifier. The combination of these three ingredients in an infusion with honey not only tastes better than you might expect, but it can cut the flu better than any medically synthetic. You can even take it to prevent colds (you will see that you will survive the winter without a single flu).
29. Hemorrhoids: potato
Stripe a potato and make a small compress with a piece of cloth. Apply it in the area for several minutes, several times a day. Potato starch will help relieve symptoms and reduce inflammation.
30. Infected wound: honey
Honey is a natural antiseptic that inhibits bacterial growth thanks to its high concentration of carbohydrates. Putting some honey on an infected wound will help its rapid healing. It also calms the pain and helps heal.
31. Foot fungus: vinegar
You just have to soak your feet for 20 minutes in a solution of water with a glass of vinegar. Try to do it for 1 week and see the results.
32. Indigestion: mint
Peppermint has long been the best digestive. Having tea from its aromatic leaves will help you feel much lighter.
33. Urinary tract infection: Jamaica
To prevent or treat urinary tract infection, you have to put a fist of flowers in 1 liter of water and boil for a few minutes. You should drink this water throughout the day, preferably without sugar. If you have discomfort, you will see that they will disappear in a few hours.
34. Insomnia: St. John’s wort
If you have a cup of tea made with this herb, you will sleep very well. But its effect is so powerful that you have to be careful: use only what you manage to take with your index, middle and thumb fingers.
35. Bad breath: oil
It has been proven how effective the oil is – olive or coconut oil – to treat bad breath, thanks to its antibacterial properties. You just have to take a spoonful and keep it in your mouth for 20 minutes. Then just rinse and brush your teeth.
36. Bad body odor: chlorophyll
Drink chlorophyll: it is a pigment that has hemoglobin, a molecule that carries oxygen and helps regulate a lot of things in the body (such as red blood cells). For this reason, it has been proven that it helps against body odor. You just have to add a teaspoon to a liter of water that is your use water.
37. Bad smell in feet: baking soda and lemon
The bicarbonate absorbs bad odors, which makes it a very little invasive remedy against bad smell, since it does not suppress the flow of sweating, but prevents it from causing a bad smell. If you combine it with lemon – which is antiseptic – you will see that the bad smell will stop insisting every time you take off your shoes.
38. Bruises: onion
Allinase is a natural substance that helps stimulate blood circulation. That is why it is enough to apply a slice of onion on the affected area of the stroke, and thus bruises will not appear, or will be less prominent than they could be.
39. Irritated skin: green tea
A cup of green tea previously cooled and gently applied with a cotton helps accelerate the recovery of the skin, especially after exposure to the sun or free radical toxins. This is because its assets stimulate tissue repair.
40. Burns: honey
If it is a first or second degree burn, honey will help relieve or restore tissue. Just apply it to the entire wound, leaving only a small space for the skin to breathe.
41. Reduce bad cholesterol: dandelion
Taken as an infusion, the leaves of this flower contribute to reducing the levels of bad cholesterol, because their properties decrease the synthesis of this in the blood. You can consume it three times a day if you have high cholesterol and check that after 1 week, it will have gone down.
42. Regular menstrual cycle: raspberry leaf
For women it is always good to take this plant as an infusion, because it generally fights the symptoms of all phases of menstruation. But above all, it is useful for regulating hormones, which in turn regulates the menstrual cycle.
43. Hangover: Coconut water and bananas
The coconut water will rehydrate you and return the lost electrolytes, while the banana will replenish all the potassium you have lost (because excess alcohol causes you to lose potassium).
44. Nasal flow: warm salt water
A solution of warm salt water helps clean the mucus and reduce swelling in the nose due to its anti-inflammatory effects. You should use half a teaspoon of salt without iodine in a small glass of water. Then put a little of the mixture in the palm of your hand and inhale it. And finally, blow your nose gently.
45. Sinusitis: eucalyptus
Eucalyptus has very powerful anti-inflammatory properties. To treat sinusitis you have to cook a handful of the eucalyptus leaves and vacuum the vapors, covering your head with a towel. Stay like this for the duration of the steam.
46. Excessive sweat: potato
Before leaving home, place a slice of potato under your arm for less than 1 minute in your armpits. You will see that you will sweat much less, because the potato helps absorb excess water thanks to its potassium content. In fact, it is also good to consume it, because potassium helps against fluid retention that can cause excessive sweat – that is, the water retained by sodium leaks from other places, such as your pores.
47. Cough: lemon with salt and pepper
Nothing is simpler to cut the cough immediately than to suck half a lemon with salt and pepper. This combination covers the throat, deflates and disinfects it.
48. Weak nails: coconut oil
Massage your nails daily with a little coconut oil: this will gradually strengthen them.
49. Varicose veins: horse chestnut
The active ingredient of its essence, aescina, helps promote better blood circulation. A daily dose of one hundred milligrams of this tree extract is enough, which can be taken in a little water. If on top of that you go for a walk 30 minutes a day, you can say goodbye to varicose veins
50. Vomiting: cedron
Tendron tea is used in traditional Mexican medicine to relieve vomiting and nausea. It is also antispasmodic, which is useful if you also have stomach aches.