We all marvel at the accomplishments scientists, doctors, pharmaceutical companies have made. Thanks to these specialists, we have treatments and cures that former generations do not. Illnesses that used to mean certain death are now eradicated, and preventative treatments are commonplace.
In the average family, both parents work outside the home. Kids have a full workload with a heavy educational curriculum, sports, and friends. We are accustomed to this fast-paced world and commerce has fought hard to make sure that we can have what we want when we want it. But at what cost? We have become so reliant on prescription drugs that we do not stop to consider if there is a natural way to heal.
They had medicine generations back, but doctors were few and medicine left much to be desired. The people who lived in that time period usually turned to nature for cures. Herbs, plants, tree bark, fruits, and vegetables were prepared by women who had learned the craft from their mothers, grandmothers, and generations before them.
People are turning back to nature for their remedies. While swallowing a few pills may seem to be the best route, consider this. Every pill you swallow is loaded with chemicals. In fact, many of the ingredients that make you feel better are synthetics drugs.
So, let us give you some helpful hints that will show you a better and safer way to treat your body.
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- Damaged skin and hair
There are many ways to use avocado oil by Happy Body Formula. Avocado oil is not an essential oil, it does not work by smelling the oil as essential oils do. Avocado oil is mild and used directly on the skin. When the oil is massaged in, it does not leave an oily residue. You do not need a carrier oil with this. You can apply it alone, or mix a few drops into your moisturizer. Uses for avocado oil include, (but are not limited to) the following:
- Skin irritation
- Itchy skin
- Diaper rash
- Hair treatment
- Speeds healing
When you eat avocados you are getting a high-fiber, heart-friendly, and vitamin-packed snack.
Note: If you are struggling with acne or oily skin, avoid putting avocado oil on your face. Use it to soothe hands, feet, elbows, and knees.
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- Insomnia and anxiety
Insomnia and anxiety go hand-in-hand. Below we have listed a few things that will help. However, you have to work hard to reclaim your sleep. You should do the following:
- Keep your bedroom cool and dark
- Do not drink alcohol to help you sleep (Alcohol is a depressant and you will feel it on the days that follow.
- Do not eat or drink anything (except water) 2-hours before you go to bed.
- Make a “no electronics in the bed” rule. This includes smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
As a child, your mother probably had you sip warm tea with Chamomile to ease your nerves. The use of essential oils kicks your mom’s remedy up a notch. Essential oils are made from every part of the plant. It is highly concentrated. It takes 250 pounds of Lavender plants to make 1 pound of essential oil. To treat insomnia and stress try Lavender Oil and Ylang Ylang Oil.
Mix 6-drops essential oil with 12-drops carrier oils (such as coconut oil or olive oil) You can then rub the mixture on your skin.
Note: Essential oil enters the bloodstream through the thin membranes inside the nose. You can smell the essential oils from the bottle, or rub it on your wrists. There is jewelry that has some type of wooden ball in an open design. You place the essential oil on the jewelry and it works continually. Drop a few drops of your favorite essential oils in a warm (but not too hot) water. Finally, you can place a few drops of essential oil in a diffuser, The diffuser holds a few ounces of water and the oils float on top of the water. When turned on, the diffuser releases a mist in the air that freshens the room while treating your anxiety.
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- Sinus and Respiratory Problems
Maybe you have allergies. Maybe you catch colds or the flu easily. Regardless, you will have a problem that has to do with sinuses at some point. Here is how you can deal with irritated sinuses.
The favored essential oils to use with this problem include:
- Eucalyptus oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Pine Oil
Turn your bathroom into a sauna. Close the door and turn on the hot water in the shower and sink. The steam will open the sinuses and allow faster results from the oils you use. While you are fighting this problem it is important that you drink extra water.
Increase your water intake. You should drink 1-ounce of water for every pound you weigh, every day. When you are fighting sinus problems, drink as much water as you can take. The water not only keeps your body functioning, but it thins the mucus that makes you feel bad.
Nasal wash is a good step to recovery. You can pick up a nasal rinse pot at any drug store. This rinses away germs, and hydrates your swollen nasal passages, and to wash away as much mucus as possible.
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- Cleaning solution
When you have a virus, sinusitis, cold, or flu, the virus easily becomes airborne. This is one reason they are so hard to kick.
To ensure your home is clean make your own cleaning solution. In a spray bottle pour 4-6 ounces of water, and 2 drops each (or more if you want a stronger scent) Lemon Oil, Rosemary Oil, and Tea Tree Oil. Lemon oil is a natural antiviral and antibacterial. Tea Tree Oil kills germs, bacteria, and viruses. Rosemary Oil is an all natural antibacterial and antiseptic. You can use any or all of the oils.
Use this mixture to clean countertops, bathroom surfaces, doorknobs, and any washable surfaces. You can add the same three essential oils to your wash so towels and hand towels come out smelling great and germ-free. If everyone in your house has a cold, respiratory infection, or the flu, you can add 1-cup apple cider vinegar to your wash to disinfect.
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- Weight Loss
There are thousands of products on the market to assist you in losing weight. However, they are not always healthy. They often have high levels of caffeine which assists you by giving you nervous energy. Some weight loss products work by having you eliminate a food group from your diet.
In order to be healthy, you need all the food groups in your diet. You simply need to balance your meals to get the right nutrition without a massive amount of calories.
There are essential oils that will give you energy, reduce your sugar cravings, and suppress your appetite. The essential oils are to be rubbed into the skin or used in a diffuser. The best oils for weight loss include:
- Grapefruit essential oil
- Cinnamon essential oil
- Ginger essential oil
- Lemon essential oil
- Peppermint essential oil
Of course, this just one part of the weight loss equation. It is a very important part as it will keep you from giving up due to cravings. However, you still need to exercise and drink plenty of water.
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Bonus Tip – Heart Health
If you are concerned about your heart health, adding avocado to your diet will help to get your heart in better condition and to keep you healthy. Avocado can be eaten raw as a fruit serving, added to salads, and cooked with spices. Avocados reduce your cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, reduces triglycerides, and increases HDL (the good cholesterol.)
The good thing about using natural remedies when you are sick is that you are in control. Experiment with the oils you like and create your own recipe. You consider what foods suit you best, and you measure the amount of water you drink. There are more natural ways to allow us to be healthy. It is all up to you. So, get started now and watch how your body responds.
About The Author:
Ashley Lipman is an award-winning writer who discovered her passion for providing creative solutions for building brands online. Since her first high school award in Creative Writing, she continues to deliver awesome content through various niches.