While the traditional pharmacy will often provide you with most things that you need to continue a healthy lifestyle, you shouldn’t ignore the benefits that herbal remedies can provide. Rather than heading to the doctor for a prescription that you don’t necessarily need, if you have basic ailments such as bruising, the onset of a cold or anxiety, give these natural remedies a try first – you may find keeping these five items in your cupboard to be a godsend!
Echinacea has long been used as a herbal remedy to keep the cold virus at bay. We all know how chilly it is outside at the moment, and the cold virus just loves to multiply in cold air. At the first sign of a cold, such as a tickly throat or a slightly stuffy or runny nose, grab the Echinacea from the cupboard. It can really help to boost your immune system and can also be used for common skin problems, such as acne.
This remedy is highly regarded for its help with bruising. You can buy it in cream form, as a homeopathic remedy that can be applied directly to bruising, reducing the swelling and soothing the skin – or in tablet form. It’s a great addition to a post-birth routine, helping to reduce the inflammation and tenderness of the sore areas so that the new mum can recover easier.
If you struggle a little with anxiety and need to calm down a little, Rescue Remedy is a must. It can help in situations such as flying, or exams, so that you can stay in control of your mind as well as your body. It helps to soothe your nerves and is available in various forms including drops and chewing pastilles.
Like arnica, witch hazel is recommended for bruising, but it can also be used as a topical spot treatment. It helps to reduce swelling, which is why it’s good for sprains, too. Pregnant ladies also find that the liquid, added to a pad, can help post-birth when applied to stitches.
This is a powerful antiseptic and fungicide, and shouldn’t be applied in its undiluted form due to its concentration. However, diluted, it can be used to treat minor cuts and grazes, while also keeping head lice at bay if a couple of drops are added to standard shampoo.
Of course, if you come down with something that only a doctor will be able to help you with, don’t delay in booking an appointment. However, for simple ailments such as those mentioned above, perhaps the herbal, complementary therapy route is the way to go.