YOU CAN USE
FOR TREATING BURNS:
Try fresh aloe vera for burns. Studies show that aloe
vera helps new cells form and hastens healing. It is suggested you keep a
plant on a sunny windowsill for treating minor (first degree) burns. To
use, cut open one of the plant's fleshy leaves and squeeze out the clear
gel, applying it directly to the affected area three or four times a day.
Aloe vera heals best in the open air, so leave the burn uncovered.
FOR TREATING COLDS:
Garlic can help prevent colds and help reduce symptoms
because it contains a potent antibiotic called allicin, which is released
when cloves of garlic are chopped, crushed, or chewed. You can add raw
garlic to foods as a preventive measure or you can buy garlic supplements
(which are available in most health food & drugstores). The best
supplemental form is enteric-coated capsules, which are easier for the body
to absorb. It is recommended that you follow label directions for dosage;
a typical dosage is 300 milligrams daily for as long as symptoms persist.
FOR TREATING CUTS, SCRAPES, AND SCRATCHES:
Keep an aloe vera plant on your
windowsill (this is your living first aid kit). When you get a cut,
scratch, or scrape, break off one of the plant's fleshy leaves, squeeze out
a little of the cool, colorless gel from the center of the leaf, and apply
it directly to the affected area. Reapply three or four times a day for
maximum healing. Aloe vera seals off the injury, relieves pain, and helps
cuts and scrapes heal more quickly.
FOR FIGHTING THE FLU:
To ward off the flu at the first hint of symptoms,
take echinacea, an herb with powerful antiviral and immunity-boosting
effects. Echinacea is available in most health food stores in supplement
form, as a tincture, and as a tea. Follow the dosage recommendations on
the label of the product you choose. Echinacea works best over a short
period of time. It isn't an effective immune strengthener when taken long
term. It is suggested to limit usage of the herb for no more than a week.
FOR TREATING A HEADACHE:
For a headache caused by stress, try a soothing
cup of this tea: Blend one part each of dried herbs wintergreen,
willowbark, and meadowsweet (available in most health food stores). Pour
boiling water over a teaspoon of this blend, steep for ten minutes, strain,
let cool to a drinkable temperature, and drink.
FOR TREATING HEARTBURN:
For immediate relief of heartburn, make yourself a
cup of ginger tea. Put 1/2 teaspoon of shredded fresh ginger in a cup of
boiling water. Then let the ginger steep for about 10 minutes, strain the
tea so that no ginger remains, cool to a drinkable temperature, and drink.
You can also try this tea: Add two teaspoons of anise seeds, fennel
seeds, or dill seeds to one cup of boiling water. Cover and steep for 5 to
10 minutes, then strain, allow the tea to cool, and drink a few teaspoons
every few minutes.
FOR TREATING HIGH CHOLESTEROL:
Scientific studies indicate that one clove
of garlic or its equivalent, taken every day, is effective in reducing
cholesterol levels. One way to get the equivalent is with garlic
supplements. There are two advantages to these supplements: 1) The active
ingredient in garlice, is best absorbed in supplemental form. 2) Taking
supplements allows you to bypass the bad breath that can be an unfortunate
side effect of eating fresh garlic.
The most effect form for a garlic supplement is enteric-coated capsules,
which pass through the stomach and dissolve in the small instestine. But no
matter which form you choose, follow the dosage recommendations on the label.
FOR TREATING INSOMNIA:
Herbal sleep formulas--in teas, tinctures, and
capsules--are available in most health food stores. For best results,
choose one that combines hops, valerian, chamomile, oats, passionflower,
and balm. Follow the directions on the product label for proper dosage.
Valerian, which reduces activity in the central nervous system, is the
best-known herbal treatment for insomnia, and you could take that alone if
the herbal formulas don't work. Most health food stores carry valerian
products; follow the dosage recommendations on the label.
Hops, a digestive tonic and sedative, may also help you relax. Purchasing
dried hops flowers, putting them in a small muslin bag, and placing the bag
under your pillow is recommended.
FOR TREATING MUSCLE CRAMPS AND PAIN:
For massaging out muscle tension,
this herbal massage oil is recommended: Start with one cup of extra-virgin
olive oil or almond oil (available in most health food stores). Pour the
oil into a bottle or jar and add the following herbs in tincture form: 1
ounce of cramp bark, 1/2 ounce of lobelia, and 1/4 ounce of willowbark or
wintergreen. (If you don't have wintergreen tincture, substitute 30 drops
of wintergreen oil). These ingredients are also available in most health
food stores and through mail order.
FOR TREATING NAUSEA AND VOMITING:
For mild nausea, drink ginger tea. To
make the tea, slice a piece of fresh ginger and put a few shavings or
slivers of it in a tea ball. Pour a cup of boiling water over it, steep
for ten minutes, then allow it to cool before drinking.
When nausea is more intense, try a stronger dose of ginger, available in
gelatin capsules of 500 milligrams in most health food stores. Take one or
two capsules every four hours, or follow label instructions for dosage.
FOR TREATING RASHES:
Try dried chamomile to make a soothing wash for
poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac rashes. Steep two tablespoons of
dried chamomile in two cups of boiling water for about ten minutes. Let it
cool, dip a washcloth in the wash, and spread it on the rash. You can use
this remeby as often as you like.
FOR TREATING A SORE THROAT:
Try gargling with goldenseal tea. To make the
tea, pour boiling water over one to two teaspoons of the dried herb, which
you can buy in most health food stores. Steep for 10 minutes, strain to
remove the herb, and cool before using as a mouthwash.
Sage is another good choice for a sore throat. Chop two teaspoons of
fresh leaves, then pour boiling water over them and steep for 10 minutes.
Strain the tea to remove the leaves and cool before using as a gargle.
It is suggested that you repeat the gargles as necessary for a maximum of
two to three days.
FOR TREATING STOMACHACHE:
Peppermint and chamomile are two traditional
herbal remedies for stomachache. Both work gently to soothe an upset
stomach, stop stomach spasms, and reduce gas. Recommendation: You drink
three to four cups of peppermint or chamomile tea daily to treat minor
digestive problems. You can also sip a cup of either of these teas after
meals to aid digestion. Peppermint and chamomile teas are available in tea
bag form in most health food stores.
FOR TREATING STRESS:
Siberian ginseng tones the nervous system and
increases your resistance to stress. It is suggested taking this herb in
either capsule or tincture form, following the dosage recommendations on
the label. Siberian ginseng supplements are available in most health food
FOR TREATING TOOTHACHE:
Try oil of clove to soothe the pain until you can
get to the dentist. But don't use it full strenght, it's so strong that it
can damage your tooth's nerve. Ask your pharmacist to recommend an
over-the-counter preparation containing oil of clove (sometimes called
eugenol), such as Orajel and follow the label directions for use.
FOR TREATING VAGINITIS:
Try a Saint-John's-wort or calendula salve to
soothe the itching and irritation caused by vaginitis. These products are
sold in most health food stores. Follow the application directions on the
SOURCE: DRUG-FREE HEALING: Breakthrough Remedies for Healing Yourself
Naturally, by the editors of PREVENTION Magazine Health Books