8 Natural Remedies Everyone Should Know

Patients often ask me if there are general remedies they should always have on hand in their homes. Though my answer invariably depends on the season, the age, gender & the overall health/wellness of the members of the household, etc; the following 8 Natural Remedies seem to be part of every list I generate. So, here they are:

#1) Traumeel Cream/Tablets

Traumeel consists of 14 natural ingredients including Arnica, and is indicated for the temporary relief from pain associated with sports injuries, repetitive use injuries, sprains, backaches, muscle aches and bruises. Backed by dozens of scientific and clinical studies, Traumeel is a safe, effective formula recommended by doctors worldwide, and is an essential addition to home healthcare. Available in ointment, gel, tablets, and oral drops

Recommended Use:

Muscle Aches & Pains, Bruises, Cuts, Scrapes, Soreness, Sunburns, Dry Skin/Rashes.

Where to Buy

#2) Echinacea/Goldenseal Combined Extract

Echinacea is commonly known as Coneflower and grows natively in North America. Goldenseal is derived from the root of the Goldenseal plant. For prevention and to maintain optimal health, a combination of Echinacea and Goldenseal may be taken to boost the immune system during change-of-seasons & cold/allergy seasons. I find this combination to be particularly useful to combat chest colds, head colds, fever, & even minor infections when used topically.

Recommended Uses:

As a preventative take 30 drops in a glass of water once per day. During sickness increase the dose to 40 drops 3 times per day.

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#3) Arnica (Oral Dose, Homeopathic)

Arnica Montana is a flower native to most of Northern Europe that also grows in the mountains of the United States and Canada at elevations above 5,000ft. Arnica is typically used to reduce swelling and internal bleeding, aid in relieving sore muscles and to aid in healing after surgeries or major traumas.

Recommended Uses:

Adults and children 2 years of age and older: Dissolve 5 pellets under the tongue 3 times a day until relieved, or as directed by a doctor.

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#4) Calendula, Comfrey & Chamomile (Dry Herbs)

A cream that relieves scrapes, scratches, minor bruises, & dry skin can be made from the dry herb form of Calendula, Comfrey & Chamomile. Also makes a great homemade massage cream! Instructions: Slow-heat 1/2 Cup each of the Dry Herbs + 2 Cups of Coconut Oil, 1/4 Cup Organic Beeswax & 1/2 Cup of Olive Oil. melt the oils and beeswax and stir thoroughly. Once it’s all melted, add the dry herbs and cook for 30 mins stirring continuously on low flame or lowest setting on an electric stove. Strain immediately and allow to cool for 30 mins on the counter-top, stirring every 5 mins. After 30 mins of counter top cooling, spoon into a jar you intend to use for storage and then place in the fridge overnight. Mixture can then be stored at room temperature indefinitely.

Recommended Uses:

Burn ointment, relieves skin irritations, scrapes, scratches & abrasions. Use a massage cream, hand cream or face cream too!

Where to Buy:

Organic Beeswax can be purchased easily on Amazon
Dry herbs can be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs

#5) Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is incredibly versatile in it’s use. From being a sunburn cream & natural SPF, to boost metabolism (1 Tbsp before meals), to a baby-bottom cream. The uses for coconut oil are nearly endless. It also boasts one of the highest smoking temperatures of any naturally derived oil. Having it around is always a great idea; it also is an ingredient in our recipe in the Calendula, Comfrey, Chamomile cream above!

Recommended Uses:

Uses are varied, feel free to email us for a more comprehensive list, or follow the recipe above to make an incredible healing/soothing cream.

Where to Buy:

Pretty much any healthfood store. Rising Tide in Glen Cove carries it

#6) Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil has amazing versatility. It has natural antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties and can be used on skin infections, athletes foot or it can be combined with water and lemon juice to create a powerful all purpose cleaning solution.

Recommended Uses:

Use on Acne, Skin Abrasions, Sunburn, Athlete’s Foot, Nail Fungus, or combine with lemon & water to create a powerful home cleaning solution (1 Gallon Water, 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice, 10 Drops of Tea Tree Oil).

Where to Buy:

Tea Tree Oil can be purchased at nearly any drug store, healthfood store or online.

#7) Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (Unfiltered)

Recommended Uses:

Sore Throat Gargle, Lowers Cholesterol, Aids in Weight Loss (1 Tbsp/day), Cures Dandruff (Wash Hair w/a half cup, leave in hair for 10 mins), Acne Treatment (Rub on face and allow to dry for 30 mins, then rinse), Aids in Hydration (great for athletes, take 1 Tbsp before every meal), etc… I couldn’t list every benefit of Apple Cider Vinegar, there are too many! Braggs© makes a great unfiltered organic vinegar.

Where to Buy:

Health Food Stores.

#8) Ginger (fresh)

Recommended Uses:

See these three articles about Ginger & it’s health benefits:

Where to Buy:

Any grocery store for the most part carries fresh ginger. Organic Ginger may be harder to come by.

#9 – yes we know we only said 8 in the title
…this one is a bonus!

Organic Aloe Vera Plant (live succulent)

Aloe Vera is actually a native american remedy that has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of skin irritations, notably burns! The gel that is produced naturally by the plant can be applied to minor cuts, scrapes, & abrasions to soothe and heal. It is most effective though on all different types of burns, notably sunburns & heat blisters. Every household should have a thriving Aloe Vera plant at hand for burns in the kitchen; great for kids!! Usage tip: cut off one large stalk and put in the fridge for use whenever a burn happens. The only thing better than Aloe Vera on a burn is COLD Aloe Vera.

Recommended Uses

Effectively treats Sunburns & Heat Burns (as in touched a hot tea kettle or pan in the kitchen); Soothes minor skin abrasions, cuts & scrapes.

Where to Buy

Finding organic aloe vera plants can be tough. Ask at a local nursery or local healthfood store/coop. You can also find them on amazon strangely enough.

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