Running to a doctor for the slightest sign of ill-health may not be a good idea. Sometimes, drugs can do more harm than good. They can undoubtedly provide temporary relief but can harm the body’s immune system in the long run.
Simple ailments like coughs, colds, headaches, sore throat and constipation can be easily treated at home with minimum cost and maximum safety. Below are some natural home remedies for non-severe common ailments.
Colds and Flu
Cold and flu are common ailments, and are usually cure on their own. You don’t necessarily need to see a doctor unless they last for more than a week. Below are some easy to implement home remedies that can help cure colds and flues in just a few days.
- Take plenty of water and have adequate rest.
- Oranges and guavas are great for cold.
- Take deep breaths of hot water vapour several times a day.
- Drink loads of chicken soup.
- Crush ginger, and extract 1 teaspoon of juice, add some honey and have it three times a day for four days.
Coughing is our body’s way of clearing our throat and lungs from phlegm and germs. Medicines aren’t usually required unless the symptoms persist or there’s blood in phlegm. Here are some easy and effective remedies to cure the nasty cough that has been bothering you all along.
- Drink plenty of plain water.
- Boil carrots, and extract the juice. Drink this juice hot, five to six times a day.
- Boil three onions cut in quarters in half litre water for 10 minutes. Strain the mixture and sweeten with honey. Drink it as much as you can throughout the day.
Mild fevers can easily be taken care of at home, without taking in antibiotics or expensive medicines. Some easy tips to bring the temperature down are as given below:
- Wear loose clothes made from thin material to make sure your body gets enough fresh air.
- Sit under the fan, working on medium speed to make sure your body gets enough fresh air.
- Sponge the whole body with a wet towel or at least the chest and forehead.
- Have soft foods like porridge, and soft-boiled rice. Also make sure to drink plenty of plain water and fresh fruit juices.
When it comes to headaches, most of us likely to be guilty of just swallowing a Panadol for a quick remedy instead of going for a healthier alternate. Below are some easy home remedies that can surprisingly help you overcome a bad headache in just a few minutes.
- Crush a few bulbs of garlic and rub on the forehead.
- Apply thinly sliced potatoes on forehead and replace with fresh ones as they dry up.
Apply lemon halves on each temple and hold them in place for at least 10 minutes with a handkerchief.