Traditional Natural Medicine Remedies

There are thousands of medical home remedies available across the globe. Not every remedy proves effective and some “helpful” medical home remedies are actually dangerous. But while some remedies don’t work, many others are extremely effective.

Choosing a Natural Remedy

There’s more than one natural remedy available for most health conditions. Picking the correct remedy may require a little detective work, knowledge of your personal needs and a little bit of luck. Never try a natural remedy that uses materials you are allergic to, or which you know interact with your current medication. Some ingredients in natural remedies may aggravate existing medical conditions. Check with a health professional if you aren’t certain a natural remedy is safe.

The medical home remedies you use may depend on available ingredients: A natural remedy commonly used in South America may use ingredients unavailable in Europe. Look for natural ingredients that use local materials.

Medical Home Remedies: A Few Cautions

Below you’ll find natural remedies for some common ailments. Before trying any medical home remedies, ensure that they won’t have an adverse reaction with an existing medical condition or medication. Like conventional remedies, bear in mind that no one natural remedy works for everyone. A natural remedy will vary in efficacy depending on who uses it.

One last cautionary note: Natural home remedies should be used for minor ailments. Serious medical problems or rapidly progressing illnesses should be brought to the attention of a medical professional. With that said, here are some select natural home remedies that often work:

Acne: Grated cucumber applied to acne for fifteen minutes is supposed to reduce pimples. Most natural remedies for acne are preventive in nature. Avoid harsh soaps and skin cleansers, and wash the face with mild cleansers and dab the acne dry; vigorously rubbing acne dry causes it to spread.

Burns (mild burns and sunburn): Most families have medical home remedies for minor burns and sunburn. Some apply ice to the burn, but this isn’t recommended. The ice actually causes further skin damage. Instead, try the following natural remedy:

Apply a cold compress to the burn. After 24 hours, apply aloe vera (from a pure aloe vera gel or a broken aloe vera leaf). Aloe vera has antibacterial properties and stimulates new skin cell growth. (Note: A medical professional should always be consulted with severe burns).

Canker sores: Eating four tablespoons of active yogurt a day helps prevent canker sores. If canker sores do develop, apply a wet black teabag to the sore. The tannin in the teabag numbs the pain.

Constipation: Home remedies for constipation center around prevention: Eating enough fiber (yes, prunes really do help) and drinking eight glasses of water a day promote proper bowel movements. If that uncomfortable feeling develops despite preventive measures, have a good laugh. Laughing reduces stress and massages the bowels and intestines.

Cuts and scrapes: Even minor cuts and scrapes can bleed freely for some time. To stop minor bleeding faster, wash the wound with mild soap and water. Once cleaned, cover the wound with the dry, paper-like outer skin of an onion. Apply pressure until the bleeding stops, then remove the onion skin and bandage the cut.

Earache pain: Earaches are often a sign of bacterial infection, and should be checked by a medical professional, especially if a child experiences ear pain. This natural remedy won’t cure an earache, but can alleviate the pain. Microwave a potato for five minutes. The potato needs to be comfortably warm to the touch: Too hot and you’ll burn your ear! Wrap the warm potato in a wet washcloth and apply to the ear as a compress. The heat from the potato eases earache pain, and retains heat longer than a normal compress.

Foot pain: No remedy for aching feet works quite as well as soaking feet in hot water and Epsom salts. After a leisurely soak, massaging the feet with baby oil should help release any remaining aches and pains (this is much more relaxing if someone else does the massaging!).

Headache remedies: How people respond to headache remedies appears to be very personal, perhaps because there are so many types and causes of headaches. Some remedies suggest hot compresses, while others suggest cold. Other home remedies suggest sipping chamomile or peppermint tea to ease tension and thereby relieve pain. Use trial and error to determine which remedies work best for you headaches. Frequent headaches should be evaluated by a physician.

Heartburn: The best remedies for heartburn emphasize prevention. Not eating within two or three hours of bedtime helps, as digestion has time to occur before lying down. If you do have heartburn, don’t lie down: Lying prone increases the amount of stomach acid that leaks out of the esophageal valve.

One heartburn home remedy suggests sipping a mixture of water and one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar during meals. If you suffer from heartburn on a regular basis, see your doctor as you may have a common condition known as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

Hemorrhoids: Sometimes the best natural remedies are the simplest. For hemorrhoids, a sitzbath offers quick relief: Sit in three or four inches of warm water with the knees raised. Raising the knees allows blood to flow easier to the affected area and the warm water provides soothing relief.

Some medical home remedies for hemorrhoids suggest witch hazel. Chill the bottle of witch hazel and apply to hemorrhoids with a cotton ball.

Mosquito bites: One can’t really call this solution a natural remedy, but it certainly stands out as one of the all-time home remedy greats. A dab of toothpaste takes the sting out of mosquito bites.

Poison ivy: Poison ivy and poison oak are particularly allergenic plants that can cause violent skin reactions. Calamine lotion remains the best home remedy for poison ivy. Apply the lotion liberally to the rash three or four times a day. The lotion cools the skin and the powdery residue that develops as the lotion dries prevents the rash from sticking to clothes.

Sore throat remedies: A common natural remedy is gargling with one teaspoon of salt mixed with warm water. The warmth of the water soothes the throat and the salt acts as a natural painkiller.

Toothaches: A toothache often indicates an oral infection, so a dentist should always be consulted. For temporary pain relief, holding a mouthful of whiskey over the tooth numbs the pain as the gums absorb the alcohol (swallowing the whiskey is optional).

Other medical home remedies for toothaches include gargling with salty water, or dabbing small amounts of oil of cloves onto the tooth. Oil of cloves can also be dabbed onto a cotton ball, which can then be packed between the gums and the tooth.