Homemade medical remedies are a great standby for a quick fix and often if you get the ailment early enough you can cure yourself quickly. However, you must be sensible and if your symptoms get worse see your doctor or chemist for advice.
Try to keep the basics on hand for when you need them in a hurry. Think about what usually ails your family and be prepared with natural and store bought products. That way when you feel ill you wont have to drag yourself to the chemist immediately.
Bicarbonate of soda is the main ingredient in most over the counter antacids. It works via a chemical reaction with excess stomach acid, resulting in a more neutral pH in your stomach. Dissolving a teaspoon in a cup of water, provides an easy and cheap way of dealing with upset stomachs.
Warm olive oil is a remedy that has been used by many parents of small children to relieve the discomfort of earaches for years. It is believed that the warm oil soothes the inflamed eardrum, relieving the pain associated with the earache.
My first port of call when anyone in the family has a cough is to rub Vick’s Vapour Rub on the chest, back and feet! Sounds strange but rubbing Vick’s on the feet is the best way to stop or ease a persistent cough.
Studies show that vitamin D may help protect you against pain. Don’t stay out in the sun for too long, though – according to the Cancer Council, a few minutes of exposure to sunlight on the face, arms and hands on either side of the peak UV periods (10am to 3pm) on most days of the week is enough to meet your daily D requirements. Or consider taking a vitamin D supplement to boost your levels.
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Disclaimer: Always consult your doctor for advice before taking medicinal homemade remedies.