Discover natural methods of treating yourself, while limiting reliance on medications. From aromatherapy and herbal medicine, as well as vitamin and nutritional therapies, Healing at Home: The Ultimate Guide to Effective Home Remedies will have you feeling healthier quickly.
People draw on their life experience and knowledge of home remedies they have amassed throughout their lives, using food and over-the-counter products in ways that make sense in their specific social setting.
Acupuncture is an ancient healing art often dismissed as “old wives’ tales.” Acupuncture forms part of Traditional Chinese Medicine which theorizes that health comes from maintaining equilibrium among opposing extremes through 361 acupuncture points.
This Eastern medicine therapy stimulates the release of pain-relieving chemicals and the autonomic nervous system to alleviate discomfort, potentially treating migraines and cluster headaches as well.
Home remedies may be sufficient in treating minor ailments without necessitating medical attention; however, if symptoms worsen or do not improve over time it would be prudent to visit a physician for medical advice.
Massage stimulates the lymphatic system and increases your body’s ability to remove waste, which promotes healing. Furthermore, massage helps relieve pain and muscle soreness as well as increase blood flow and skin and muscle warmth.
Meditation is an alternative form of medicine designed to increase calmness and physical relaxation, improve psychological equilibrium, enhance peace, perception, and self-concept.
Healing meditation uses guided imagery – creating mental pictures on your own or following others’ instructions – to assist your immune system in combatting cancer or other ailments and reduce anxiety. It may also help with stress relief.
Yoga involves physical postures, breathing exercises and meditation techniques that combine to increase flexibility, strength and balance while decreasing stress levels.
Studies demonstrate the benefits of yoga can significantly enhance general wellbeing by relieving stress, encouraging healthy habits, improving mental/emotional health and increasing sleep quality and balance. Yoga may also relieve neck pain as well as diminish symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis; boost immune systems while decreasing inflammation.
Ayurvedic medicine, founded on the principle that illness originates in an imbalance or stress in one’s consciousness, prescribes lifestyle interventions and natural treatments such as herbal remedies, yoga and massage as ways of helping patients combat disease.
Ayurved herbs such as ashwagandha, turmeric and ginger contain immune-enhancing properties; however, their use should only be undertaken under the guidance of an accredited ayurvedic health practitioner as this practice is unregulated by FDA.
Diet is at the foundation of overall good health. From soothing a cold to relieving headaches and managing stress to improving sleep quality, herbal remedies offer natural solutions you can use at home to manage these ailments.
Home remedies are an integral component of proper medical care; however, when taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs it’s wise to consult your physician first before trying anything new. This includes homeopathic remedies.
Aromatherapy uses essential oils from aromatic plants to promote physical, psychological and spiritual well-being. You can inhale them or apply diluted forms directly to your skin inhalers or spray bottles for use.
Johns Hopkins Medicine suggests that concentrated plant extracts may offer therapeutic benefits. For instance, inhaling lavender might ease period pains while applying peppermint oil directly onto temples can reduce headaches.
8. Essential oils
Essential oils are potency plant extracts with strong fragrances that may offer health benefits ranging from improving sleep quality to relieving headaches. Essential oils may be inhaled directly or applied topically onto the skin.
Applying them topically requires mixing with “carrier oils,” like jojoba or avocado oil, in order to aid absorption and avoid skin irritation. For best results, the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota suggests testing out an undiluted oil on the inside of your forearm before massaging it over your entire arm.
Make the space you call “home” your healing space by reflecting what activities provide the most relief and relaxation. From providing comfortable seating to lighting sources for reading or meditation sessions, provide yourself with what is needed to relax and heal.
Homeopathy to herbalism, aromatherapy to flower remedies and vitamin/nutritional therapy; this encyclopedic guide equips you with all of the tools to become your own family doctor. Empower yourself with natural solutions that are safe for everyone.
Home remedies can provide effective relief for many minor afflictions, from canker sores to dandruff and everything in between. By using only natural ingredients, these home remedies are safe for the whole family and an excellent alternative to medication.
Medical practitioners refer to it as supportive care; that’s exactly the point of this book – to empower you with natural ways of supporting your body, leading to healing at home one remedy at a time.