You don’t have to spend a fortune on medicine — that often precipitates undesirable side effects — in order to keep you and your family well.
Many inexpensive remedies are readily available inside of your home. Stock your medicine cabinet with time-tested, simple inexpensive products — which work just as effectively as pricey medicines at the store. They’re the ones your grandmother may have used.
Let’s take a look at some of the best.
Natural Solutions for Oral Health
Dentists often recommend expensive dental rinses to reduce gingivitis, inflammation of the gums. The active ingredient in these rinses is often peroxide. You can make an inexpensive, effective alternative simply by combining peroxide with regular mouthwash. Mix it at a 50/50 ratio. Rinse your mouth twice each day.
If you have a toothache, rinse your mouth with undiluted apple cider vinegar. It takes the pain away almost instantly. You can apply cloves or nutmeg to the tooth and gums. They have a numbing action and kill bacteria. In fact, clove oil has been used by dentists for more than 100 years.
Purchase some powdered myrrh from an herb shop to keep on hand for oral infections. Apply it to mouth sores, or make a strong tea and gargle with it a minimum of four times daily. It is bitter-tasting, but extremely effective for treating bacterial, viral and yeast infections of the mucus membranes.
First Aid for Wounds
Clean minor wounds with soap and water. If they are crusty or have drainage, rinse them with a salt-water solution. Many wound cleaning solutions on the market are no more than salt water mixed with preservatives. Simply irrigate wounds two to four times daily as needed.
Skin ulcers and minor infections may be healed by applying honey to them after cleansing. Honey has been employed for millennia as an antibacterial agent. It soothes inflamed tissues and reduces inflammation.
To stop bleeding and reduce swelling, apply a teabag to a wound. The tannins in tea cause blood vessels to constrict, limiting bleeding. Even dentists recommend applying tea bags to sockets when they extract teeth.
Bumps, Bruises and Sore Muscles
Ice and cold compresses are used by health care professionals to reduce pain and swelling. Bags of frozen vegetables make the best ice packs, as the vegetables conform to the contour of the injured body part. Wrap the bag of vegetables in a pillow case before using.
Keep arnica cream or gel on hand to reduce bruising. It works very well.
Add a couple of cupfuls of inexpensive Epsom salts to make a soothing bath which relaxes sore muscles. You can make a foot bath with Epsom salts, as well.
How to Relieve Itchy Skin
Apply fresh plantain, chickweed or jewelweed, also known as touch-me-not, directly to stings, insect bites or other minor skin irritations. They cool and moisten itchy skin.
Keep some cosmetic dried clay on hand. It is inexpensive and versatile. Purchase dried clay at pharmacies and from herb shops. Add a little water to some dried clay to make a paste which relieves inflammation. A plaster made from dried clay is excellent for drying up lesions caused by dermatitis, eczema or poison ivy. Simply mix the clay with water or herb tea. Apply to the affected area. Let the plaster dry completely before washing it off. Making the plaster with cooled peppermint tea makes the plaster feel cooling to hot, irritated skin.
It is not necessary to purchase special products to make medicated baths which reduce itchiness. Simply add cosmetic clay to a bath. You also can place oatmeal in a blender and grind it up; add about two cups of oats to a tepid bath. If you do not have a blender, add the unground oats to a clean disposable cloth and suspend that in the tub. Adding black or peppermint tea to a bath is beneficial, as well.
Keep a bottle of witch hazel on hand. It is useful for relieving itchiness. Rather than purchasing creams, ointments or pads to relieve hemorrhoids, simply soak a cotton pad in witch hazel. Apply as needed. The medicated pads on the market which are sold to relieve itching, swelling and pain of hemorrhoids are no more than pads soaked in witch hazel. Make your own and save money.
Simple Solutions for Respiratory Problems
An old remedy which emergency medical workers often recommend for respiratory problems is black coffee. Drinking a strong cup of black coffee opens up air passages. This helps to relieve asthma and bronchitis. The chemical compounds in coffee are similar to the active ingredients in bronchodilators.
If a child suffers from croup, take the child into the bathroom. Turn a cold shower on (but do not put the child in the shower.) The cool mist produced by the shower is similar to the mist produced by medical equipment used to relieve constricted airways.
Use Home Remedies Wisely
Keep an array of simple remedies readily available and you will save money and have the tools at hand the next time someone in your household is ill or injured. Consult with a health care expert for specific advice or if the simple remedies are ineffective.
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