In the “good old days,” simple homesteading required mastering the art of turning common household goods into home remedies for everyday ailments. A trip to the grocery store was for flour, sugar and coffee … not NyquilⓇ and NeosporinⓇ.
Today, many seek a self-sustaining living like their grandparents and great grandparents before them. With an increasing desire to put only natural and chemical-free compounds in our bodies, home remedies are gaining in popularity. Add a few ingredients to the basics in your kitchen cupboard and you are well on your way to creating natural remedies at home.
For generations, herbs have done more than flavor our favorite foods. They’ve become the bedrock of many household remedies. Basil, chamomile, comfrey, ginger and lavender all score high marks on our healing herbs list.
Come fall and winter, even the mightiest immune systems can fall victim to a nasty cold. Luckily, there are several effective natural cold remedies that work to treat cold and cough.
Here are a few of the many home cold remedies passed down through the ages:
- Inhale essential oils: Rosemary, peppermint, tea tree and eucalyptus are are proven to soothe the bronchial tubes.
- Clean out your ear canals with hydrogen peroxide at the first sign of the cold bug.
- Raw honey & cinnamon: Raw honey is helps allergies, sinuses, bronchitis, coughing and more. When cinnamon is added to raw honey, the result is the perfect anti-inflammatory treatment.
The common cold doesn’t afflict many during the warmer months. In the summer, the battle is with pesky mosquitos, wasps and other tiny tyrants. Try these home remedies for bug bites and get the sting out pronto. And when you find yourself knee-deep in poison ivy, poison oak or sumac, you’ll be thankful you read up on home remedies for poison ivy. (Ouch!)
The ingredients you use to treat wounds and rashes also work wonders as natural grooming products. Can you even pronounce most of the ingredients in commercially produced beauty products? If you are looking to avoid common toxins in store-brand toothpaste consider this DIY baking soda toothpaste recipe (just three ingredients). Love lip balm? Learn how to make your own lip balm at home. Again, just 2-4 ingredients are required.
Once you learn the basics of concocting home remedies, you’ll be more inspired to create more natural solutions for you and your family.
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