Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Good Doctor's Herbal Remedies

Sometimes you just have to have Faith....
in mother nature's goodness.

In Faith, Eun Soo learns that all modern day medicine are just versions of natural remedies, and that  got me to thinking. What natural remedies am I passing by for a much more expensive and processed alternative?

This winter has been a cruel mistress. Not only was I sick for the entire month of December. I also proceeded to get a very nasty viral infection for almost all of January too. After a while you start to wonder what else you can do for your body to sort of help it out.

Now don't get me wrong, I am a modern day woman who loves her Midol (That stuff is a miracle worker). I was just curious to try some more natural cures and see what happens. Faith and the dimples on Choi Young should be to blamed for my sudden "alternative" thinking. And if you are truly ill or suffering please seek medical attention. Sometimes, rubbing a leaf on your leg won't do anything, especially if it's broken.

Thanks to Pinterest and some light reading, I found some common ailments and natural remedies that can help both you and me out.

Natural Cures for Everyday Problems
Poison Ivy/Oak
Be sure to wash the area with soap and water to remove any residue left from the plant first.
Baking Soda Bath: Just add baking soda to a hot bath.
Epsom Salt Wrap: To help with itching dip a cloth into a strong solution of Epsom Salt and water and apply to the infected area.
Mint Tea Bath: Add peppermint tea bags to your bath and allow to steep. The cooling affect can bring relief.

White household vinegar: Rinse your scalp with this before you shampoo. Allow the vinegar to sit for a minute or two before you wash.
Tea Tree Oil: Add one tablespoon to one cup of water and place in a squirt bottle. After you get out of the shower spray the mixture generously to your scalp.
Rosemary Tea: Brew a pot of tea and add to a squirt bottle. Use this as a rinse after washing hair. Blondes beware! This can darken our hair slightly.

Sleep Problems
At Bath Time: Add lemon and lavender essential oils to your bath water. Both smells promote relaxation.
Milk: The old wives trick and movies have it right! Drinking a cup of warm milk brings sleep. To make the effect even stranger add a teaspoon of nutmeg.
Camphor: Sprinkle camphor in your bedroom. The scent of camphor helps you to stay asleep.

Follow this link for an awesome remedy that you can make at home:
Amazing Cough Remedy
Marshmallows: Marshmallows naturally coat your throat and bring some relief. Plus they are super delicious.


Peppermint Oil: Peppermint can alleviate a headache simply by applying it to the forehead.

And a Detox bath can help with pulling toxins from you system. 
This is perfect for hangovers!
Add to a warm bath:
2 cups Epsom Salt
1 cup baking soda
1 bag ginger tea
10-15 drops of lavender oil
Be sure to drink plenty of water before and after this bath. 

I hope this gets the wheels turning for you. I know that some of these remedies have worked wonders for me this flu season. Thank goodness for Kdrama and chicken noodle soup too. During this season, I needed them both more than anything. And Lee Min Ho can be my bedside nurse anytime, regardless of being sick or not.

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