Natural remedies involve Herbal medicine, also known as herbalism or botanical medicine, which is a medical system based on the use of plants or plant extracts that may be eaten or applied to the skin. Since ancient times, herbal medicine has been used by many different cultures throughout the world to treat illness and to assist bodily functions long before the chemical based drugs sold for profit today. Unlike FDA regulated drugs, natural remedies are used to improve health without dependency or masking symptoms.
One of the main differences between FDA prescription drugs and natural remedies is that natural remedies are chemical free and work to naturally balance and restore health problems instead of masking the symptoms only.
From ancient Egypt to modern times, essential oils and natural remedies have been used to treat anxiety, aches, and even acne. In many cases natural remedies can be the preferred way to handle health problems ranging from minor to serious depending on individual use.
Here are a few of the most popular natural remedies with high grade essential oil:
Tea tree oil to fight infections
Antifungal, antiseptic and antibacterial, this essential oil is so potent that it has killed MRSA and staph in lab settings. Mix it with a carrier oil to fight off athlete's foot, acne and dandruff, or add a couple of drops to a squirt of your shampoo.
Lavender oil to sleep better
Research shows that lavender increases brain alpha waves associated with relaxation and deep sleep. The do-it-all scent may also alleviate PMS symptoms and reduce pain. This oil also helps with pain and allergies symptoms as well.
Peppermint to stop headaches
Massaging this oil (mixed with carrier oil) into temples soothed headaches. A massage with peppermint and eucalyptus oils (also combined with carrier) reduced post-workout muscle cramps while drinking a few drops of the oil will soothe digestion.
Grapefruit oil to reduce appetite
The journal Neuroscience Letters found that inhaling grapefruit oil can inhibit a key gastric nerve, dulling the sensation of hunger.
Eucalyptus essential oil to stop sniffles
This scent reduced stuffy noses and head pressure in people with sinusitis. Put a few drops in a sink with warm water, drape a towel over your head and breathe it in.
Rosemary oil for better focus at work
The oil can improve concentration, speed and accuracy during mental tasks, per a study at Northumbria University in England. Other recent research found it may boost memory, too.
More about Natural Remedies for Pain
There are many other herbal remedies for natural pain relief, such as boswellia and willow bark. The American Pain Foundation also lists these herbs for pain management:
Ginseng for fibromyalgia
Kava Kava for tension headaches and neuropathic pain
St. John’s Wort for sciatica, arthritis, and neuropathic pain
Valerian root for spasms and muscle cramps
Ginger essential oil helps with joint and muscle pain because it contains phytochemicals, which help stop inflammation. Mix with coconut oil and apply directly to the skin while massaging. For digestive problems drink 3-4 drops in filtered water.
This spice has been used to relieve arthritis pain and heartburn, and to reduce inflammation. Turmeric works against pain or inflammation, due to a chemical called curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is usually safe to use, but high doses or long-term use may cause indigestion so please consult before taking turmeric oil.