$1.3 trillion… that’s the projected revenue for the global pharmaceutical industry by 2018. It’s become all too easy for us. Is your head hurting? Pop a pill. Feeling a little nauseous? Pop another pill. Sore throat? Take all of the pills.
Before you make your next doctor’s call, consider natural alternatives… ones that don’t require a visit to your closest drugstore.
Today, let’s review a few natural remedies that you can use right at home for migraines and digestive upset.
Migraines are the third most prevalent illness in the world. Here are a few things you can do right at home to treat the inflammation that comes along with them:
- Use herbs. Herbs and oils are shown to alleviate pain. For migraines, use herbs like lavender, peppermint and basil. But when using essential oils, be sure to read directions carefully. Some oils are only meant for external use (think temples or wrists).
- Say “no” to processed foods. The sugar and other chemicals found in processed foods are known to cause inflammation. While processed foods make up a large portion of the average American diet, try saying “no.”
- An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Studies show that eating an apple at the first sign of a migraine may dull its intensity.
No problem is more common than an upset stomach. Here are four go-to remedies that you can find right in your kitchen.
- Peppermint. The menthol in peppermint leaves serves as a natural analgesic. Try drinking a hot cup of mint tea or even chewing the leaves next time you have an upset stomach.
- Ginger. Ginger can be very helpful for treating nausea. Try grabbing an all-natural ginger ale or making tea with fresh ginger root.
- Apple cider vinegar. To neutralize an upset stomach, try a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. As a milder alternative, take a teaspoon of honey and mix it all in with water.
- B.R.A.T. Banana, rice, applesauce and toast are also known to alleviate an upset stomach.
Final Word of Caution
While these remedies have proven to be helpful, please contact your physician if your condition continues or you believe it to be serious.