How dry I am, how wet I’ll be, if I don’t… Well, you probably know the rest. And if you don’t know it, consider yourself fortunate.
Two areas where you don’t want to be overly dry are your eyes and your skin. As with most physical ailments, they seem to worsen as we age.
As I always say, consult a doctor about serious health issues, but you don’t always need expensive pills to gain relief for everything, including dry eyes, dry skin and a few other conditions I’ll mention here.
Let’s take a look at some unusual but natural remedies for four common physical conditions, which could keep you out of the doctor’s office and away from the pharmacy.
1. Dry Eyes
Several everyday foods can help stimulate natural tear production. These include:
- Omega-rich foods such as salmon, seeds, nuts and eggs.
- Caffeine. Studies show getting your daily dose of caffeine can solve dry eye problems.
- Chamomile tea. Drinking chamomile tea can help naturally increase tear production.
2. Dry Skin
Many of us deal with dry skin on a daily basis. Fortunately, there are many easy home remedies for this, such as:
- Coconut oil. Rub a small amount on your body where needed.
- Oatmeal. Put a cup of oatmeal in a full bathtub and soak for 30 minutes each week.
- Aloe vera. Spread the gel from an aloe vera leaf on your skin and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing.
3. Hair Loss
Hair loss is largely hereditary, but you can minimize premature hair loss without expensive medications or surgery. Try eating sulfur-rich foods such as onions and garlic, as well as massaging your scalp weekly with olive oil, fish oil or coconut oil.
Waiting hours or days for a dental appointment with a toothache can be agony. In addition to traditional remedies such as rinsing with salt water, try applying a little baking soda, vanilla extract or tea tree oil directly to the tooth.
Too many of us run to the pharmacy to deal with common issues. Drug companies encourage this, preferring to keep us in the dark about alternative remedies that have been used for generations. Using natural cures for common conditions can mean spending less on medication and putting fewer chemicals in your body.