From acne to gout to rashes to gut health: Here are the all-natural remedies to many of the things that could ail you.
The at-home pharmacist
There are a lot of ways to self-treat these days, but any time you venture into the world of alternative medicine, make sure you consult with your doctor first. Some natural remedies don’t play nice with prescription medication; others can be risky for people with certain conditions. Keeping those caveats in mind, here are some intriguing ways to handle common complaints.
One of the most troubling skincare truths is that acne isn’t something that goes away once you pass your teenage years. In fact, women can suffer from it well into adulthood. One of the fantastic Home Remedies for Acne is uncoated aspirin, which is natural salicylic acid. “Take five of them and add one drop of water on each to make them crumble. Mix with manuka honey, which is a natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory and apply it directly to your breakout,” suggests Angela Jia Kim, founder of Savor Beauty, New York City.
“Oils, such as avocado, olive, and coconut, can be very hydrating,” says Sejal Shah, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. You can apply these to your face or your body and they’ll deeply penetrate the skin for long-lasting moisture. You can also mix them into your existing treatment cream. Note that because these oils can leave a greasy feel, they’re best applied to damp skin.
Many people with eczema have a vitamin A deficiency. “A supplement, combined with the mineral zinc will have maximum benefit for your skin,” says Dr. Bond. He also recommends applying a thin layer of coconut oil to the affected areas and taking it internally (a tablespoon per day). “I find that combining Himalayan Pink Salt with powdered magnesium in water is another effective solution,” he says. “Just spray on the affected areas.” Coconut Oil is the very best and useful method for Herbal Treatment for Eczema that works without any side effects.
For centuries, many cultures have used Tea Tree Oil as natural remedies for skin problems and infections. “The oil comes from the leaves of the tea tree plant, which grows in Australia,” says Dr. Bond. “When applied to the skin, this home remedy is said to help remove dry, dead cells. There are tea tree oil soaps available as well as topical creams.”
Topical antibacterial solution
“Oregano Essential Oil has very strong antibacterial properties,” says Dr. Bond. “These components have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, antispasmodic, and antiseptic properties.” He says that oregano oil is great for feet. Simply mix two to three drops of oregano oil with four to six drops of coconut oil and apply a thin layer to your skin three times a day to help fight bacteria and inflammation.
Dry skin treatment
Are you moisturizing repeatedly and still suffering from dry skin? Try adding a cup of vegetable or mineral oil to a warm bath. One of the helpful Home Remedies for Dry Skin you can try is mixing two teaspoons of olive oil with a glass of milk and adding it to your bathwater. Oatmeal baths can also soothe your skin. Grind a few handfuls of plain oatmeal (not flavored or instant) in a blender or food processor, then sprinkle the fine powder over your bath water.
Healthy gut bacteria
There are so many reasons to love probiotics. They offer a whole host of benefits including helping our bodies better absorb the nutrients in the food we consume. “There is also a robust research environment around probiotics highlighting key conditions such as Weight Loss,” says Dr. Lucille. “These studies suggest that gut bacteria may play a powerful role in weight regulation.”
Allergy sufferers can consider adding an omega-3 supplement such as DHA, EPA, and krill oil as they are anti-inflammatories. The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians notes that omega-3 fatty acids may keep allergies at bay. “A healthy organic diet low in Omega-6 fatty acids and high in Vitamin E, Omega-3 fatty acids, and natural anti-inflammatory foods can help to reduce your allergy symptoms,” the AANP notes.
Having a nagging cough gets annoying fast—especially for those around you. A great cough home remedy is black pepper tea. To make the tea, place one teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper and two tablespoons of honey in a cup. Fill with boiling water and let steep, covered, for 15 minutes. Strain and sip as needed. This remedy works best on coughs that produce mucus and isn’t suitable for dry coughs. The rationale is that black pepper stimulates circulation and mucus flow, while honey is a natural cough suppressant and mild antibiotic.
Natural mosquito repellents include a combination of essential oils such as citronella, eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, lavender, thyme, clove, and sage. “Essential oils are the immune system of the plants,” says New York City naturopathic doctor, acupuncturist, and chiropractor Gabrielle Francis. “These oils protect plants from being eaten by bugs, bacteria, and viruses, so they may do the same for us.” Combine 20 drops of Eucalyptus Oil, 20 drops of cedarwood oil, 10 drops of tea tree oil, 10 drops of geranium oil, and two drops of almond oil in a four-ounce container. Apply to skin as needed, avoiding eye area. Test on a small area of skin and try different oils for effectiveness.
“Rosewater helps acne because the Natural Essential Oils in the rose have anti-microbial activity,” says Dr. Francis. She also notes that it may also reduce rosacea and rashes because it has anti-inflammatory properties. “Rosewater also reduces wrinkles and age spots due to its antioxidants such as vitamin C and E and the flavonoids.” It’s one of many DIY skincare treatments often recommended by dermatologists.
Herbal natural remedies that support sleep include ashwagandha, chamomile, hops, passionflower, skullcap, and valerian root. Dr. Francis also highlights that weekly acupuncture treatments promote sleep. “Complement those remedies with chiropractic manipulation as needed, nightly Epsom salt baths, meditation before bed, and 20 minutes of sunshine daily without sunglasses,” she suggests.
If you want to give your immune system a boost—for example, because you feel a cold coming on, Dr. Francis suggests a hot tea. Combine one ounce fresh sliced ginger, one stick of cinnamon, one teaspoon of coriander seeds, three cloves, one slice of lemon, and ½ liter of water. Put the ingredients in the water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes. Strain, then sweeten with organic honey to taste and drink one cup every two hours.
Feeling tired? Who isn’t? Tieraona Low Dog, MD, chief medical officer of Well & Being (locations in Arizona, Texas, Nevada, and more) suggests you put a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses in your smoothie to give yourself an energy boost. “Molasses is a rich source of highly bioavailable iron and it blends really nicely into the milk of your choice, with some pumpkin pie spice and a frozen banana.”
Still, looking for the right solution? Another helpful Natural Remedies for Acne is adding a spoonful of pumpkin seeds to your smoothie, salad, or soup. “Acne can occur when the body is low in zinc and pumpkin seeds are a terrific source of these minerals and other healthy nutrients,” explains Dr. Low Dog.
If you’re stressed or tired, 300 mg of magnesium powder might help. “Many of us do not get enough magnesium in our diet, which is a shame because it helps us relax and feel calm—all are good for helping us get a good night’s sleep,” says Dr. Low Dog. Magnesium is one of the most underrated minerals. Here are the signs you aren’t getting enough magnesium.