11 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Canker Sores

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Apthous stomatitis, more commonly known as canker sores, are mysterious mouth ulcers that have plagued most people at some point in their lives.

 

I say “mysterious” because it’s not totally known what causes these pesky painful spots on the inside of the mouth, although biting your cheek/inside of your lip, braces rubbing, stress, genetics, and a malfunctioning immune response are all possible contributors.

 

Starting as a red patch of oval skin, they’ll typically become increasingly inflamed and develop a white or yellow-ish spot in the middle.

Now, how to get rid of canker sores?

 

With a handful of natural ingredients, it’s not difficult to find ways to soothe the pain they cause (and make it so you can chew your food normally and talk without a lisp, which are also important things to consider.)

 

 

Get Rid of Canker Sores #1 – DIY Numbing Spray

 

Peppermint and eucalyptus essential oil both have anti-inflammatory properties, while also possibly working as anti-microbial agents (thus reducing chance of infection.)

 

They also act as astringents to help tighten the tissues around the wound, relieving further discomfort caused by swelling or potential fluid build-up. The cooling properties of both of these oils can also numb the nerve endings that are firing off.

 

You will need…

 

-2 tablespoons of olive or grapeseed oil
-10 drops of peppermint essential oil
-8 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
-A glass mister bottle

 

Directions

 

Pour the olive or grapeseed oil into a glass mister bottle, and add the essential oils. Cap, shake well, and spray some directly onto the canker sore as needed for pain relief. Shake before each use.

 

Get Rid of Canker Sores #2 – Chamomile Tea Bag

 

Chamomile consists of several daisy-like plants that are most commonly used to induce sleep, promote relaxation, and help with digestion – it works a treat with cramping since it can help relax painful spasms in the digestive track.

 

A chemical compound called bisabolol, or levomenol, is found naturally in German chamomile, and has been shown to reduce inflammation and also have antiseptic properties. Both of these properties will help reduce the pain of canker sores and potentially help speed the healing process.

 

You will need…

 

-1 bag of chamomile tea, or a tablespoon of dried flowers wrapped in cheesecloth
-Fresh water

 

Directions

 

Soak the chamomile in water for 1 minute or so if using a teabag, and 3-4 if using dried flowers. After soaking place it directly against the sore for 5-10 minutes twice daily to help relieve discomfort and promote speedy healing.

 

Get Rid of Canker Sores #3 – Swish Sage

 

Sage is an herb from the evergreen shrub, Salvia officinalis, in the mint family. It used widely in the culinary world, and has also been prevalent in homeopathic medicine and home remedies for years.

 

Native Americans used sage long before modern medicine to help cleanse the mouth, and to heal the painful ulcers that we now know as canker sores.

 

You will need…

 

-A handful of fresh sage OR 2 teaspoons dried sage
-4-8 ounces of fresh water

 

Directions

 

If you are using dried sage, boil your water and allow the herb to infuse for 10 minutes. Swish the water, and the herb, in your mouth for 1 minute before spitting it out and rinsing with plain cold water.

 

You can also make a tea-type rinse with fresh leaves, but I prefer the following method.

 

Place your sage leaves in an airtight glass jar in a cool dark place and allow them to infuse for 24 hours. Swish the liquid (sans the sage) in your mouth for 1 minute. Lightly pound the soft, moist leaves to a pulp and then place the pulp directly over the sore for 5 minutes. Rinse with plain cold water.

 

Get Rid of Canker Sores #4 – Coconut Oil

 

When in doubt, use coconut oil! Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and also incredibly tasty, coconut oil is almost fail-safe when it comes to getting rid of canker sores.

 

You will need…

 

-Coconut oil

 

Directions

 

Using clean hands or a cotton swab, dab a liberal amount of coconut oil onto the sore. Try to get a somewhat thick layer or clump on there-coconut oil melts rapidly and a thin layer just seems to slide right off.

 

If you feel like you really can’t get it to stick, melt 1 tablespoon down with ½ teaspoon or so of beeswax to thicken it.

 

Get Rid of Canker Sores #5 – Clove Oil Cotton Ball

 

Clove oil contains eugenol, a potent painkiller, and has been used by dentists throughout decades to bring relief to patients.

 

All those old-time depictions you see of dentists with giant pliers and their patients appearing to be in agony? They clearly forgot the clove oil.

 

Eugenol is still used today, although in a pure extracted form, but clove oil remains useful for oral pain ranging from toothaches to canker sores.

 

You will need…

 

-1/2 teaspoon of olive oil
-4-5 drops of clove essential oil
-Cotton balls
-Warm water/salt water

 

Directions

 

Swish your mouth with warm water or salt water to get the area clean, allowing the clove oil to really sink in and do its job. Mix the clove oil with the olive oil and then soak a cotton ball in it. Apply the cotton ball directly to the sore for 5-8 minutes for numbing relief.

 

Get Rid of Canker Sores #6 – Honey Rub

 

With its antibacterial, and potentially anti-inflammatory, properties, raw organic honey makes a wonderfully soothing coating for a painful canker sore.

 

You will need…

 

-A wee dab of organic raw honey
-Warm water

 

Directions

 

Swish some warm water in your mouth, and then apply a thick dab of organic raw honey directly to the sore. Reapply 2-3 times daily (at least one of those times should be before night, as it seems to do best when you aren’t bothering it by talking or eating.)

 

Get Rid of Canker Sores #7 – Wax Cap

 

If you have a sore that keeps rubbing against your tooth, or if you have braces and or dentures that are irritating the sore, putting a little wax “capping” over the surface can help reduce irritating friction against the sore and help speed up the healing time.

 

If you are placing this over braces, it’s important to make it thick enough that it doesn’t just get ground into the brace and stuck.

 

You will need…

 

-1 tablespoon of beeswax
-2 teaspoons of coconut oil

 

Directions

 

Melt down the beeswax and coconut oil and allow the mixture to cool slightly. When it has cooled, gently press a dollop over the edge of your tooth/braces/dentures to protect the canker sore from rubbing.

 

Get Rid of Canker Sores #8 – Cayenne “Cream”

 

Cayenne contains a substance called capsaicin, which is the same chemical constituent that makes it “hot.”

 

Capsaicin can inhibit something called Substance P, which is responsible for mediating pain responses in the body. Because of this, cayenne makes a great home remedy for canker sores, even though it sounds like the opposite thing you’d want to use!

 

You will need…

 

-Cayenne pepper
-Warm water
-Cotton swabs

 

Directions

 

Mix just enough warm water with ground cayenne pepper to form a thick paste. Use a cotton swab to apply directly to the canker sore. Reapply 2-3 times daily for pain relief.

 

Get Rid of Canker Sores #9 – Aloe Rinse

 

The king (or queen) of soothing plants-aloe! The gel from this magnificent plant wields mighty powers when it comes to soothing not just sunburn, but canker sores as well. Make sure you use natural gel-not the green kind.

 

You will need…

 

-1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel
-1 tablespoon of water

 

Directions

 

Stir the gel into the water and swish it gently over the sore 3 time’s day to ease the pain and facilitate healing.

 

Get Rid of Canker Sores #10 – Eat Yogurt

 

Yogurt is made from fermented milk- delicious, yes? It is produced by bacterial fermentation, that is, using bacteria or yeast to convert carbohydrates into organic acids. The result is a tangy bacteria rich substance that is enjoyed worldwide.

 

You most often hear of it restoring a healthy balance to gut flora, but eaten daily yogurt may one of the home remedies for canker sores you find yourself going to frequently.

 

It’s a simple healthy remedy that may help because it balances out bacteria in your mouth which, if it was out of balance, may contribute to or cause a canker sore.

 

You will need…

 

-Plain yogurt with live cultures

 

Directions

 

Make sure the label on the yogurt confirms that it contains live cultures, and make sure you get plain-not vanilla! Eat at the very minimum 1 tablespoon 3 times daily. I usually eat around a cup and add a little bit of raw honey for taste and an extra healing boost!

 

Get Rid of Canker Sores #11 – Warm Salt Water

 

When the salt content around cells is greater on the outside than the inside osmosis takes place, with water being drawn from in the cells to help balance out the concentration. When water is drawn out, the painful puffiness that excess fluid can cause is diminished.

 

If you have a canker sore that is really puffed up that keeps rubbing or that you keep biting, gargling with salt water can help greatly.

 

This is also why salt water gargle help with a sore throat – reducing the painful swelling of the cells in the mucous membrane at the back of the throat. The warm water also produces a general sense of soothing relief, while the salt may help keep the area clean.

 

You will need…

 

-1/4 cup of warm salt water
-1/2 teaspoon of salt

 

Directions

Stir the salt into the warm water and swish it around in your mouth 3 times daily until the canker sore is gone.

 

You can also watch this Video HERE to for more ideas to get rid of canker sores.

 

Tips

 

– Try to avoid acidic foods when you have a canker sore, as they can prolong healing. Some people find that acidic foods may trigger their sores. Oddly, on the flip side, some anecdotal evidence suggests that a bit of very acidic juice (e.g. lemon juice) can sometimes help.

 

– Experiment with different home remedies for canker sores. Mix and match the ones on the list-for example, rinse with aloe and then follow up with the cayenne cream.

 

– Pay attention to your body – if you find yourself with canker sores breaking out every time you have a project deadline to meet, take time to yourself to relax. You deserve it.

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

 

How to Make a Love Potion that Really Works in Getting the Spark Back in Sex?

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Shrouded in mystery and steeped in legend, love potions have been scattered throughout human history for centuries. But in modern times, just as many remedies have been disproved and tossed aside, we’ve learned that there is merit to some.

 

It turns there are odors that can work wonders upon the human mind and body when it comes to getting the spark back in sex, and certain herbs that can help things like blood flow, therefore helping arousal.

 

Sadly with our busy, stressful, lives it can be more than difficult to engage in passionate activities, but keeping up a healthy sex life should always be on the docket.

 

Getting the spark back in sex can not only improve your relationship and lift your mood, it’s been shown to lower blood pressure, boost immunity, improve heart health, and lead you to a longer life.

 

So the next time you find yourself lacking in the passion department, brew up this “love potion” and get ready for a merry time.

 

Why Jasmine: It’s distinct, sweet, odor induces euphoria in both men and women, and has been used to spark passion for, quite literally, centuries.

 

Why Rose: We all know women tend to think too much – we’re just not as straightforward as guys when it comes to this stuff. The sensual smell of rose can lower arousal blocking anxiety, which can spike when it comes to sex.

 

Why Vanilla: There is an old Mexican legend about a fertility goddess who could not marry the mortal man she loved. Instead of becoming bitter, she transformed herself into the vanilla plant to give happiness and pleasure to all lovers.

 

Its warm scent (and taste) is welcoming, subtly sensual, and relaxing-and we all know that relaxation is a must when it comes to truly enjoying sex.

 

Why Cinnamon: The cinnamon creates a fine balance with the more soothing scents of rose, jasmine, and vanilla. While those help relax you, the cinnamon ensures that you still get a burst of fiery passion and energy.

 

If you indulge in cinnamon regularly, it can increase sex drive over time. It works so well because it can lower high blood sugar, which restricts blood flow down south for both men and women.

 

You will need…

 

-2 teaspoons of dried jasmine flowers
-1 tablespoon of dried rose petals
-Vanilla pod split, or ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
-1-2 cinnamon sticks
-1 cup of fresh water
-A pot or sauce pan
-A strainer

 

Directions

 

Pour 1 cup of fresh water into a saucepan. You can add more or less, with the former resulting in a stronger ‘potion’ and the latter a weaker tasting one.

 

Add to the water 2 teaspoons of dried jasmine flowers, 1 tablespoon of dried rose petals, a vanilla pod split lengthwise or ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1-2 cinnamon sticks. Give the mixture a little stir to incorporate everything, and then simmer for 3-5 minutes.

 

Remove from heat and strain immediately. Allow this to cool and then bottle it. Add sparkling water and serve chilled on a hot day, or pour into mugs and reheat, sipping slowly. You can also use it fresh. In the fridge it will keep for a week in tightly lidded container.

 

Passion makes the world go round, but even the best of lovers can find themselves needing something for getting the spark back in sex. If you find yourself a bit “stuck”, the arousing, sensual smells and the little kick of cinnamon spice in this love potion will have the passion brewing in no time.

 

If you want to get more ideas on how to make a love potion for getting the spark back in sex, click and watch Video 1, Video 2 and Video 3

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

 

4 Simple Remedies for Toothache Relief

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Toothache can be caused by a number of problems, such as gum disease, a cracked tooth, an abnormal bite, or if you grind your teeth.

 

For all intents and purposes, we’re going to be focused on tooth pain caused by tooth decay, as that is the most common root cause (pun very much intended), although these remedies will help with pain from a variety of causes.

 

The tooth is made up of four layers – enamel, dentin, cementum, and the pulp.

 

Enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, and is highly mineralized and brittle. It makes up the outside of the tooth.

 

Beneath the enamel is dentin, a more flexible supportive tissue that is softer than enamel.

 

Under the dentin is cementum, which is a bone-like substance that is highly specialized and covers the root of a tooth. It is softer than dentin and enamel, and its primary function is to serve as a medium that the periodontal ligaments (essentially specialized tissue that connects the tooth to the jaw bone) can attach to the tooth for stability.

 

Finally we have the pulp, the central part of the tooth filled with soft connective tissue rich in blood vessels and nerves.

 

A cavity is the result of bacteria in the mouth, and its reaction to sugars and starches. As bacteria break down the sugars and starches, sticky plaque filled with acids form over the tooth.

 

If left unchecked, plaque can form tartar, which cannot easily be brushed away. These acids eat away at the tooth enamel, and unless they are reversed, will continue to eat away at the tooth until the pulp becomes infected.

 

It is when the pulp is infected that a root canal becomes necessary to prevent the spread of infection and an abscess.

 

It’s important to get to a dentist ASAP to identify the cause before it progresses, but these remedies will help ease the ache until you can.

 

Toothache Relief #1 – Use Cloves

 

Cloves contain a substance called eugenol, which is a powerful antiseptic and painkiller. Cloves were used by dentists well before modern dentistry developed, and eugenol, in an extracted purified form, is still used today. In fact, it is a main constituent of the stuff a dentist will swab on your gums to numb the area because administering Novocain or lidocaine.

 

While it’s mechanism of action has yet to be totally understood, despite its prevalence in the dentist’s office, it is thought to act on certain pain receptors, blocking them and thus blocking the sensation of pain.

 

You will need…

 

-Clove essential oil

-Cotton balls
-1/2 teaspoon of olive oil
-Cotton swabs (optional)

 

Directions

 

Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to get it nicely flushed out. By doing this beforehand, you’re allowing the oil to do its job the very best it can since there’s nothing to block it or make it hard to sink down into the sore spot.

 

Mix a few drops of clove essential oil with ½ teaspoon of olive oil. Thoroughly soak a cotton ball in this mixture and then hold it gently but firmly against the sore tooth or gum.

 

If you wanted to take a shortcut, you could try putting some of the oil on a cotton swab and dabbing it directly where it hurts, however, jabbing a cotton swab onto a hurting tooth or gum may not be too comfortable.

 

Toothache Relief #2 – Alcohol

 

Normally I avoid alcohol in my remedies if at all possible, but you know what? Sometimes, it’s a great remedy. Especially when it comes to surviving excruciating pain until the dentist is open.

 

You’ll read a number of conflicting view points on whether or not it actually numbs pain, but I for one think it does. I can’t trump the American Dental Association, which claims there is no basis to the remedy, but I can attest to personal experience.

 

Ingesting alcohol doesn’t numb pain in a direct sense, but it can slow down the responses of the central nervous system-including the transmission of pain.

 

When applied topically (this remedy does not call for drinking) it probably doesn’t affect the CNS, but it does seem to do something to numb the area. It’s long been old wives remedy, but it’s a good one.

 

You will need…

 

-Whiskey or Bourbon
-A cotton ball

 

Directions

 

Soak the cotton ball in the alcohol, and squeeze out the excess so it isn’t dripping all over the place. Pack it in by the sore tooth and let it sit. Repeat as necessary.

 

If you’d rather not put a whole cotton ball in there, then you should soak a cotton swab in the alcohol and swab it over the gum around the sore tooth.

 

Toothache Relief #3 – Peppermint oil

 

A good dose of peppermint essential oil can do the trick when it comes to numbing tooth pain. A whopping 3,000 tons of menthol, the naturally occurring constituent in peppermint, are manufactured annually to be used in over the counter pain relieving, gels, creams, rubs, and sprays.

 

It’s one of nature’s most effective pain killers. A type of molecule known as a ligand, present in the menthol, attaches itself to a protein known as the k-opioid receptor (KOR.)

 

KORs are one of four receptors that bind opiate-like compounds in the brain, and control the effects of those compounds. Among the effects is the perception of pain-basically, KOR agonists are analgesic.

 

Menthol is a KOR agonist, naturally occurring in mint, which is what makes it such an effective pain blocker. In addition to this, it can desensitize a region through TRPM8, also known as the cold menthol receptor.

 

If you’d like the full name for that, it’s transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily M member 8. You can whip that out next time someone brings up anything minty.
Menthol does not actually change temperature – the activation of the TRPM8 simply “tricks” the brain into registering a cold sensation.

 

You will need…

 

-Pure peppermint essential oil
-Cotton balls or cotton swabs

 

Directions

 

Mix 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil into 2 tablespoons of neutral oil (grapeseed, olive oil, etc.) It’s important to dilute the oil first so as to avoid any irritation.

 

Soak a cotton ball in the oil and pack it around the sore tooth, or soak a cotton swab and swab the gum surrounding the sore tooth. Repeat as needed.

 

Toothache Relief #4 – Saltwater Rinse

 

This is a repeat of a remedy in the Everyday Roots book, and it is one worth repeating, as it can really help a sore tooth heal after a procedure, or ease pain before you can get the tooth checked out.

 

To understand it, here’s a very simplified version of what goes down as decay is eating away at your tooth. Bacteria in the mouth feeds off of sugars in the diet-namely sucrose.

 

When it breaks down the sugar, it produces lactic acid. This lactic acid eats away at the enamel, into the dentin, and so on until the pulp becomes infected. The infection can then spread and turn into an abscess or what have you.

 

The salt, however, helps to neutralize the lactic acid. This can slow the process of decay significantly, and also relieve pain. The warm salt water will also help contract inflamed tissues as it draws excess fluid out of them, further easing discomfort.

 

You will need…

 

-1 cup of warm salt water
-1/2 teaspoon sea salt

 

Directions

 

Mix the salt into a glass of warm water. Swish the water around for 1 minute, then spit it out. Repeat until the glass is gone. You can do this as many times a day as needed until you can get to the dentist.

 

I cannot stress enough how important it is to get to the bottom of the problem before it gets worse. While going to the dentist may seem like a not so great (and expensive) experience you’d rather avoid, you will only end up suffering, and paying, way more in the long run when you let the problem go. These remedies are only to help get you through until you can get professional help.

 

Keep in mind that these remedies are for the purpose of getting rid of the pain, not something that will cure whatever is making your tooth hurt. Brushing and flossing regularly and eating less processed sugary/salty foods can help prevent toothaches in the long run as well.

 

You can also watch this Video HERE for more toothache relief ideas.

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

 

The Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf for Women Health

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Like blueberries, red raspberries grow wild up the north woods. I have many fond memories seeking out berry patches and eagerly plucking the little red gems off the plant.

 

Unlike blueberries, I would never collect the raspberries, but pop them in my mouth right then and there. It wasn’t until I was much older that I would learn that there was more to the plant than just the delicious fruit!

 

What are the benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf?

 

Red raspberry leaf is known for easing the pain of menstrual cramps, but it can also help digestive woes as well as support heart health.

 

Red raspberry leaf has also traditionally been used by pregnant women, as well as post-partum, the thought process being that it can ease labour by helping with pain as well as quickening the process, and “toning” the uterus.

 

There’s quite a bit of mixed research on this, however, anecdotal evidence is extremely strong when it comes to its efficacy and I know of quite a few women who swear by it.

 

Red raspberry leaves are rich in magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron, as well as zinc and phosphorus. The leaves also contain a plethora of b-vitamins (B1-thiamine, B2-riboflavin, B3-niacin, B5-pantothenic acid, B6-pyridoxine, and B9-folate) as well as vitamin C.

 

Magnesium and potassium are both macro-minerals, which the body needs in larger amounts to support proper functioning. Iron is a trace mineral – still important, of course, but we don’t need as much of it as macro-minerals.

 

Below the recipe is a simplified and brief explanation for some of the most important constituents of red raspberry leaf, and the benefits of red raspberry leaf for women health.

 

*If you decide to consume red raspberry leaf during pregnancy, it is recommended that you wait until your third trimester. Start with 1 cup daily and over the course of several weeks move up to 3 cups daily.

 

Should you wish to start consuming it sooner, check with a holistic health care provider or your doctor for details.*

 

You will need…

 

-2-3 teaspoons of dried red raspberry leaf OR 2-3 tablespoons fresh
-Water
-Your favourite mug
-Honey or lemon (optional)

 

Directions

 

Bring water to a boil and place your leaves in a strainer or tea ball in your mug. Fill the mug with fresh, boiling water and cover, letting it steep, for 6-8 minutes. Remove the leaves, add honey or lemon to taste, and enjoy!

 

The Nitty-Gritty on Red Raspberry Leaf & Why It is Good for You

 

Magnesium: Magnesium is a co-factor over 300 enzyme reactions in the body. Needless to say-it’s kind of important.

 

It regulates

 

– Protein synthesis, which is one of the most fundamental biological processes,

– Muscle and nerve function which includes nerve impulse, muscle contraction, and normal heart rhythm,

– Blood glucose,

– Blood pressure, and

– Energy production

 

It aids structural development of bone, and plays a role in the synthesis (basically, production) of DNA and RNA.

 

If you need a little reminder, DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is a self-replicating material present in just about every living thing. It is the carrier of genetic information.

 

RNA (ribonucleic acid) is present in all living cells, and essentially carries instructions for DNA regarding the synthesis of proteins. There’s really no simple way to sum up that process…but it’s important!

 

Potassium: Potassium plays a large role in smooth muscle function. Smooth muscle is the kind in your intestines, heart, etc. as opposed to skeletal muscle.

 

Skeletal muscle you think about contracting- like when you flex your bicep. Smooth muscle is subconscious – you don’t think about making your heart beat, or your intestines contract to push food through.

 

Potassium conducts electricity, along with calcium and magnesium, which regulates the impulses to move these muscles.

 

Calcium: Much like the other vital minerals, the body cannot produce calcium on its own – which is why it is so important to consume enough of it from healthy outside sources

 

Roughly 99% of the calcium in our bodies is concentrated in our bones and teeth, but it also helps nerves fire, blood to clot, and works with potassium and magnesium to contract muscles.

 

It is, in fact, so vital to muscle function that your body will draw it from your very bones if you do not ingest enough.

 

 

Iron: Iron is a mineral that has several roles in the body, the biggest one being the creation of healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells.

 

Roughly two-thirds of the bodies iron is found in the protein haemoglobin, which is responsible for carrying oxygen from our lungs to other parts of the body.

 

Anaemia is when you don’t have enough haemoglobin, and is usually when people start taking iron supplements. Exhaustion, a racing heart, restless legs, shortness of breath – all of these are common signs of anaemia. Women are at the highest risk.

 

Zinc/Phosphorus: Zinc is a vital part of the immune system, and also ties into the creation of proteins and DNA.

 

Phosphorus, after calcium, is the most abundant mineral in the human body, with 85% of it being located in the bones and teeth. It works closely with calcium to build strong bones and teeth.

 

B/C Vitamins: In short, B complex vitamins do a variety of jobs, often times working together. They convert nutrients to energy, maintain skin and hair health, regulate stress hormones, and boost HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol.)

 

Vitamin C helps the body form and maintains some of its vital components, including blood vessels, skin, connective tissue, and bones.

 

When you take a look at the breakdown of the leaves, it’s not hard to see why they would be helpful for heart health, muscles, or even strengthening the uterus.

 

There is no magic “super herb” out there, but red raspberry leaf tea is a great herbal tea to add to your daily routine to keep everything running smoothly.

 

You can also watch this Video HERE to learn about the benefits of red raspberry leaf tea for women health.

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

 

Here are 3 Simple Remedies to Relieve Nose Congestion

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As I type these words I am sniffling and snuffling thanks to a very stuffy nose. It’s the frustrating kind, where you can’t even get some relief by blowing it.

 

This is because the worst kind of stuffiness comes not from an excess of mucous, but from inflamed and irritated tissue in the sinuses and nasal passages. The mucous, well, that’s just the cherry on the sundae.

 

When fighting off a cold or the flu, these tissues and the blood vessels inside them become swollen from excess fluid. Other things, such as allergies or irritants like smoke, can also cause that dreadful stuffy feeling.

 

Luckily, home remedies for a stuffy nose are some of the easiest and least involved as they come. These do overlap with some remedies for the cold, as is to be expected since a stuffy nose is the trademark symptom of those pesky viruses.
Remedies to Relieve Nose Congestion #1- Take a Hot Shower

 

Yes, I have used this on the cold and flu remedy posts, and no, it’s not cheating, because it really is one of the best ways to relieve stuffiness.

 

The steam from the shower is almost guaranteed to relieve the irritation and inflammation (temporarily, unfortunately, but still) and, if your stuffy nose comes with an excess of mucous, the steam will thin the secretions and help them drain.

 

You can also do a bowl of steaming water with some essential oils added for an extra kick, and a towel over your head, but a shower is a little less involved.

 

You will need…

 

-A shower with hot water
-A towel

 

Directions

 

Get the water as hot as you can stand it and stay in there for at least fifteen minutes. Make sure the bathroom door is closed, and shove a towel under the door to keep that precious steam in.

 

Remedies to Relieve Nose Congestion #2 – Make Your Own Saline Drops

 

Saline drops (just water with salt added) are a tried and true remedy for a stuffy nose. Remember how the worst kind of stuffiness (that doesn’t improve when you blow your nose) is, in large part, excess fluids in the tissue that lines the sinuses and nasal passages that causes the tissue to swell, which makes it uncomfortable and hard to breathe.

 

A saline solution is a powerful remedy because it uses the power of osmosis. Put very simply, when there is a higher concentration of salt outside the cells in the tissue, water will pass out of the tissue to balance things out again.

 

When you draw fluid out of the tissue the swelling decreases, and your breathing opens up. In addition to this, the fluid can loosen up trapped mucous and help flush irritants and germs out of your body.

 

This solution is hypertonic-it has a higher concentration of salt than the body, which draws the water out-as opposed to isotonic, which is balanced to match the bodies levels.

 

Do not use a hypertonic solution on children under the age of 5.

 

There is also baking soda added (optional) to help lessen the potential for the drops to sting if you have a sore nose.

 

You will need…

 

-1 teaspoon of sea salt (not table salt, or any kind with iodine!)
-1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (optional)
-8 ounce (1 cup) of water that is either purified or has been boiled
-A sterile glass jar
-A dropper

 

Directions

 

If you are using tap water, boil it first to get rid of any impurities. If you are using purified/distilled bottled water, heat it in the microwave until it is fairly warm – it needs to be a higher temperature to dissolve the salt.

 

Add the salt and the baking soda to your jar, and then add the water (if you boiled it, make sure it’s cooled some! Put the lid on and give it a good shake. Shake before every use.

 

To use, make sure your dropper is clean and sterile, and blow as much mucous out of your nose as possible just beforehand. Lie on your back with your head hanging off the side of the bed (to prevent it from running out or straight down your throat) and put the tip of the dropper just past the inside of the nostril, taking care not to smear it all around inside your nose.

 

Use 1-3 drops per nostril. It may sting the first few times. Stay in the same position for 5-10 minutes to allow the solution to flow into the nasal passages. Wait a few minutes and then blow your nose.

 

You can repeat this process up to 3 times a day during the duration of your cold. It is not for extended use for allergy season or to help with (an isotonic solution should be made for that.)

 

I think it is more pleasant-and effective – to warm the solution slightly before using it. Store at room temperature up to a week, and then make a new batch.

 

If you prefer a spray to drops, get a container made specifically for administering a nasal spray, and follow the instructions on how to use it.

 

Remedies to Relieve Nose Congestion #3 – Make a Spicy Decongestant

 

Last but not least, few things beat the power of a good homemade spicy decongestant. This recipe is one that I cherish, made with the faithful ingredients of cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, honey, and ginger.

 

Some people like the taste (I personally do) and some don’t, but whichever camp you’re in you’ll love it for the relief that it brings you when it feels like nothing else can!

 

You will need the following ingredients

 

– ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
– ½ teaspoon of powdered ginger
– 3 tablespoons of all natural organic honey
– 1/4 cup of lemon juice
– 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar

 

Why the ingredients?

 

Cayenne pepper, honey, and ginger are all natural expectorants, meaning they help loosen phlegm or mucous from the lungs, making it easier to rid yourself of it and therefore relieving pressure and making you more comfortable.

 

Cayenne also works as a decongestant, thanks to the natural chemical capsaicin, which helps relieve swelling and inflammation that is narrowing nasal passages.

 

Apple cider vinegar is thought to help thin out mucous being secreted, making it easier to drain the congestion.

 

Lemon juice is also thought to help with congestion, although the exact scientific reason isn’t known, and makes the whole thing go down a little easier.

 

Directions

 

Pour ¼ cup of lemon juice and ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar in pot and bring to a gentle simmer. Stir in 2-3 tablespoons of raw organic honey and ¼-½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper and powdered ginger each (the latter amount makes it quite strong.)

 

Next, you store it in a jar in a cool, dark, place indefinitely. Adults take 1-2 tablespoons daily as needed. Shake well before using, as the powder doesn’t dissolve in the most pristine way. I find it pleasant sometimes to warm the mixture before taking it.

 

You can also watch this Video HERE to learn about other remedies to relieve nose congestion.

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

 

5 Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites Revealed Here

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Female mosquitos are attracted to us, and other animals, for our blood. They take about 3 milligrams per bite, and use the iron and proteins in it to develop their eggs.

 

The mosquito doesn’t actually “bite” of course. She pokes around with her proboscis (a long, needle like mouth part) and finds a blood vessel close to the skin. She then punctures the skin with her proboscis, and sucks out the blood.
The irritation that comes after the mosquito bite is the result of the mosquito’s saliva, which acts as an anti-coagulant that keeps the blood flowing while she’s feeding.

 

The human body reacts to the foreign saliva by releasing histamines, organic compounds that (put very simply) regulate inflammation.  The itchy swollen red bump (called a wheal) that raises up becomes a bullseye target for your itching and scratching.

 

Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites #1 – Apple Cider Vinegar

 

A dab of apple cider vinegar may help with inflammation and itching-especially the itching. I couldn’t tell you exactly why it works, but it does. It’s just one of those things.

 

If you’ve scratched at the bite and it’s open, this will sting. Sometimes even that is preferable to the infuriating itch you’re feeling though! **

 

You will need…

 

-Apple cider vinegar
-Cotton balls

 

Directions

 

Soak a cotton ball in the ACV and squeeze out the excess so it’s not dripping all over the place. Press over the bug bite for 5 seconds or so. Repeat if needed (which it probably will be.)

 

Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites #2 – Ice It

 

When it starts to really drive you nuts, break out the ice. The coolness reduces the hot, uncomfortable inflammation, and numbs the area enough to drive away the sensation of itching for the time being.

 

It can get a little messy, but I prefer to place an ice cube directly on the bite, versus putting some in a plastic bag and holding it on.

 

You will need…

 

-Ice

 

Directions

 

Hold the ice on the bite until the ice cube melts-or at least until it’s halfway melted. It’s really not an exact science.

 

Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites #3 – Cucumber It

 

The same as icing it – only with a cucumber instead of ice! And with less mess. It’s not *as* effective, in my personal experience, but other people experience the opposite-where the cucumber is more effective than the ice. It’s a matter of trial and error, as everybody is going to respond differently.

 

Cucumbers do have an anti-inflammatory constituent known as fisetin, which has been shown to inhibit several inflammatory causing cytokines. Cytokines are basically a broad and generalized group of proteins that signal cells to act a certain way.

 

I would think you’d have to ingest the cucumber to get these benefits, but if your bites are terrible and you’re desperate for relief, feel free to see if it helps with the itching.

 

You will need…
-Cucumber

 

Directions

 

Slice up a cucumber and store the slices in the refrigerator. When you need it, hold the slice over the bite until the itching stops. It’s cool, soothing, and unlike the ice the cucumber won’t melt against your skin (and if it does you have bigger worries than a mosquito bite) so simply hold it there until you get relief.

 

Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites #4 – Peppermint Toothpaste

 

This one is good if you’re REALLY in a pinch. Apply some (organic) peppermint toothpaste to the affected area. It can help take the bite (pun totally intended) out of the itchiness.

 

The menthol in the peppermint will create a cooling sensation that can bring you some measure of relief until a more formal (for lack of a better word) remedy becomes available.

 

You will need…

 

-Organic peppermint toothpaste

 

Directions

 

Dab a small amount of toothpaste over the bite and spread it in a thin layer. Before reapplying, rinse the old stuff off first.

 

Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites #5 – Got Lemons?

 

You should. I am NEVER with lemons on hand- especially if I know I am going to be getting eaten alive by mosquitos. Honestly, I think the sting, or potential to sting, is what takes away some of the discomfort, as odd as that sounds. It may also help prevent bacteria from entering or irritating the area if you’ve scratched it open.

 

You will need…

 

-A lemon OR lemon juice, if you don’t have the fresh fruit on hand.

 

Directions

 

Cut a slice of lemon, then wrap the rest of the fruit and stick it in the fridge for a later use. Rinse the bite with cool water, pat dry, and then squeeze a few drop of lemon juice out directly onto the bite. Alternatively squeeze it into a bowl, then use a cotton ball (or your clean fingers) and dab it on.

 

You can also watch this Video HERE to learn about other home remedies for mosquito bites.

 

Do They Love You More?

 

Ever get the feeling that you’re getting singled out when you go camping? Like all of your friends are untouched by mosquitos, and you must have sweet blood because you’re getting eaten alive? It turns out, it may not all be in your head.

 

Studies have shown that mosquitos will land on folks with blood type O nearly twice as often as people with blood type A. Based on other genes, about 85% of people secrete a chemical signal through their skin that tells what blood type you have. Mosquitos seem to favor them, versus the 15% who kept their blood type “secret.”

 

So, the world is a wildly unfair place, and mosquitos might just like you more than everyone else on your camping trip.

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

 

12 Ways to Stop Snoring and Treat Sleep Apnea

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Snoring is often depicted in a comedic way when in reality it is anything but, particularly when its regular, which results in poor sleep for the snorer, and poor sleep for whoever shares the bed, room, or in extreme cases, the people next door.

 

Snoring is caused by the relaxation of the muscles in your soft palate (roof of your mouth,) tongue, and throat. The tissues in your throat can get so relaxed that they partially block your airway and vibrate as air rushes past. The narrower it is for your airway, the more intense vibration, and the louder the snore.

 

A number of factors contribute to who snores and why, from your mouth anatomy to alcohol consumption, but home remedies can help without getting a pressurized mask or mouthpiece involved.

 

Stop Snoring #1 – Utilize a tennis ball

 

If you happen to be someone who sleeps mostly on their back, try putting a tennis ball in a shirt pocket of an old shirt and sewing it to the mid-back of your pyjama top (the top should be one that fits snuggly.)

 

When you roll over, the discomfort from the tennis ball forces you to roll back on your side, without waking you up. It sounds bizarre but if you can sleep through your partner elbowing you, a tennis ball shouldn’t be a problem.

 

You could also try strapping one on somehow-but that isn’t as practical, and won’t be terribly comfortable either.

 

You will need…
-1 tennis ball
-Shirt pocket of an old shirt
-Scissors
-Needle and thread

 

Directions
Cut the shirt pocket out of an old shirt, and thread your needle. Sew the pocket into the mid back region of your pyjama top. The top should be snug, so that the material doesn’t just shift the ball out of the way as you roll over.

 

Don’t worry if it’s not pretty-nobody is judging your seamstress skills here. Tuck the tennis ball in the pocket before you crawl in bed, and proceed to sleep per usual.

 

Note: If you have a dog that really, really, likes tennis balls…you’ve been warned.

 

Stop Snoring #2- Humidify, humidify, humidify

 

If you sleep in a room with dry air it is possible that it is contributing or causing you to snore. Dry air dries out our throat and nasal membranes and contributes to congestion. This makes its air movement restricted, and will set your tissues vibrating.

 

There are two ways to going about treating your snoring if this is the case – you can buy a humidifier, or move to an exceptionally exotic tropical location.

 

Stop Snoring #3 – If you’re overweight, lose weight

 

If you’re overweight it’s possible that it is causing your snoring, or making it worse. When you’re overweight you may have extra tissues in the throat contributing to the noise.

 

The more tissues that block your throat the more air is interrupted as it flows over, creating the vibrations that result in the sound of snoring.

 

Stop Snoring #4 – Raise the head of your bed

 

You can raise the head of your bed about 4 inches or so, which may help keep your tongue from falling back and blocking your throat, and may help open up your airways a little bit.

 

You will need…
-Sturdy blocks of wood, about 1-2 inches thick OR books

 

Directions
If you don’t have wood lying around that you can use, you can pick up some scrap lumber easily at some hardware stores. It should be flat, square, and about 1-2 inches thick.

 

Make sure it is wide enough to thoroughly cover the base of the foot you will be resting on it. Add these blocks 1 by 1 until you’ve reached about 4 inches.

 

If you’d prefer to use books instead, just pop some under the feet at the head of the bed. In both cases, but particularly with books because of their uneven size, make sure the bed it steady and doesn’t wobble.

 

Stop Snoring #5 – Keep up on housecleaning

 

As much fun as cleaning is, keeping up on making sure your living quarters are spick and span can pay off in the end. Allergens like pollen, dust, animal dander, and other unseen irritants can cause congestion and irritate your airways, both of which can contribute to snoring. Also make sure you’re changing your air filters on a regular basis.

 

Stop Snoring #6 – Try to pinpoint why you snore

 

Figuring out what’s making you snore means you can treat it with much more success than if you’re trying remedies in the dark (even though you will try them in the dark.)

 

Examine your lifestyle and diet-are you overweight? Do you drink alcohol before bedtime? Have your physician check – is the structure of your mouth the culprit? How you sleep when snoring may also indicate the problem. It has been speculated that-

 

Closed mouth snoring: If your mouth stays shut but you snore on, it may indicate a problem with your tongue/nasal passageways.

 

Snoring with your mouth wide open: It is probably the tissues in your throat that are causing you to snore with your mouth open. If your throat is partially obstructed, you’re apt to try to force in more air when you sleep-aka, snore.

 

Snoring on your back: Often at times on our back we breathe through our mouths, which can exacerbate snoring.

 

Snoring regardless of position: Possibly the sign of a more serious problem, such as sleep apnea – see your doctor if your snoring is loud enough to keep your partner awake or if you wake yourself up.

 

Stop Snoring #7 – Anti-snoring pills

 

Herbal pills are available that are aimed at reducing snoring. They’re made up of natural enzymes that target nasal congestion and work to reduce it, which in turn may reduce your snoring.

 

There isn’t a whole lot to back the claims, but it is something to look into if you’re feeling up to trying out some different treatment methods.

 

Stop Snoring #8 – Freshen up the humidifier

 

If dry air and congestion are making you snore, try adding various oils to the vaporizer or humidifier. Some, such as peppermint, can help open up airways and clear out your sinuses while you sleep.

 

You will need…
-a humidifier or vaporizer
-Several drops of peppermint OR eucalyptus oil

 

Directions
About 30 minutes before you crawl into bed, add 3-5 drops of peppermint or eucalyptus oil into your humidifier or vaporizer. If you wish to add more, do so after you try starting with less. You don’t want to create a scent that’s too overwhelming.

 

Stop Snoring #9 – Adjust your pillows

 

Elevating your head can help open up airways and make breathing easier-but if your head is too high, your airways can get constricted and that may cause you to snore.

 

If you have a pillow that is too thick, or you sleep on multiple pillows, try adjusting the height. Not too fluffy and not too flat is important when it comes to what you rest your head on.

 

Finding a pillow that keeps your head and neck in a proper position is worth taking the time to do to help you breathe right.

 

Stop Snoring #10 – Practice Pranayama

 

Pranayama is a type of yoga exercise dedicated to learning how to control your breathing. You master taking deep, slow, breaths and get the most out of the oxygen around you.

 

Pranayama aids in the delivery of blood to the brain and overall increases circulation. It is also an incredible technique for relaxation. It has been used to relieve various sleep disorders, including sleep apnea.

 

Look into some classes or practice at home to possibly reduce or eliminate your snoring. You will feel rested, rejuvenated, and energized as a result.

 

Stop Snoring #11 – Exercise your tongue and throat

 

Making the muscles in your tongue and throat stronger can help reduce snoring because it decreases the chance of them slipping limply backwards when you rest.

 

As we age we tend to snore more as well, because our tissues are losing strength and elasticity, which means they Fill up your airways more than they once did.

 

There are a number of different exercises you can try, many being adopted from speech pathologists or doctors who use them to help patients who have trouble swallowing.

 

You can watch this Video HERE  to learn about the face exercise to stop snoring

 

Ideas for exercises
-Try to protrude the lower jaw over the upper jaw with your teeth showing while you count slowly to ten. Repeat 5-10 times a day.

 

-Give your tongue a work out by saying this phrase at least 10-20 times before going to sleep “The lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue.”

 

-Put your tongue out perfectly straight as far as you can. Move it left, then right, touching the corner of your lips but making sure it stays straight. Do this in front of a mirror twice a day.

 

Stop Snoring #12 – Avoid alcohol and sedatives

 

Don’t drink alcoholic beverages or use sedatives at least two hours before bedtime. Both alcohol and sedatives can relax your tissue in your throat, making it expand and block off the airways, which then results in snoring.

 

You can also watch this Video HERE  to learn how to stop snoring in 3 steps.

 

Snoring is a tricky condition because there really isn’t a “cure.” To naturally stop or lessen your snoring, lifestyle changes are the key.

 

Exercise, weight loss, managing allergies, and changing sleeping positions are the types of things that seem to really work for some people but, like any remedy, may not do anything for another person.

 

Try to figure out what’s causing your snoring so you can treat your snoring as effectively as possible.

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

 

18 Natural Sleep Aids to Get Better Sleep

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If there is one condition that has plagued me every day-or rather, every night-for years on end, it’s sleep. I was prescribed sleeping medication long-term (not a good idea) and suffered greatly for it.

 

If I was having trouble sleeping before, it was now impossible to achieve, unless I took my medication. The truth is, we lose touch with sleep more and more every day.

 

Technology, stress, energy drinks, stress, readily prescribed medications, and did I mention stress? All of those things contribute to sleeplessness, and I can almost guarantee everyone who reads this list will struggle with at least one of the above.

 

The science of sleep…

 

When you hear about serotonin, melatonin, 5-hydroxy L-Tryptophan (5-HTP), and tryptophan, they usually sound like they are totally different things you can try to utilize to help sleep. Really, they’re all quite related to one another. If it was a perfect world, this is what would happen when you go to sleep-

 

You need to consume tryptophan, and essential amino acid, to start the process, and you need to get it from an outside source. In a two- step process that tryptophan is converted to 5-HTP, which is then converted into serotonin.

 

The serotonin then converts to melatonin, which makes our body’s biological clock run smoothly and tell us when it is time to go to sleep and when it’s time to haul yourself out of your cozy bed.

 

It is the master clock, if you will, making us sleepy-or alert-at the proper times, because melatonin produced is released in higher amounts the darker it is, while the amount lessens with more light.

 

Since tryptophan is the only amino acid that can convert to serotonin, it is also the only one that can ultimately up your melatonin.

 

Get Better Sleep #1 – Drink Tart Cherry Juice

 

A ½ cup to a 1 cup of tart cherry juice is a tasty way to drift off to sleep, and is a natural sleep aid that I personally think really helps.

 

Tart cherry juice is a natural sleep aid because it’s full of tryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that coverts to serotonin, which then coverts to melatonin.

 

Melatonin helps maintain our sleep and wake cycle by causing drowsiness and lowers body temperature, working with the central nervous system to sync our biological clock. Its production is inhibited by light, but released in low light/darkness.

 

Get Better Sleep #2 – Improve the Feng Shui

 

Feng shui is more than just decorating your space in a visually appealing way; it’s a full philosophy that instructs on how to arrange your room, furniture, office, etc. to maximize good energy flow throughout living spaces.

 

Here are a few tips for improving the Feng shui of your bedroom to help you get the most of a good night’s rest:

 

-Keep your bed easily accessible and approachable from all sides.

-Make the energy in the room fresh and help it flow by keeping the air pure, preferably with open windows. Also try to have several windows to allow in natural light.

-Have the bed positioned in such a way that you can see the door. Not being able to see the entrance to your bedroom can create a feeling of anxiety.

-Keep the room neat and clean with a balanced look and feel. Clutter and trash stresses you out and represents unfinished business, which can prevent you from really resting well in your room. On that note, it can also affect your sex life.

 

Get Better Sleep #3 – Valerian

 

Valerian is a hardy plant whose roots are used in a number of ways as a sedative and sleep aid. It is thought to work by increasing the amount of GABA (gamma aminobutryic acid) which helps regulate the action of nerve cells and has a calming effect.

 

Because of its calming effect, it is also extremely popular as a natural anxiety remedy – prescription anxiety medication also increase GABA, albeit much more than valerian. It’s easy to brew up a cup of tea, but if you find the odor too strong, it is also available in capsule form.

 

You will need…

 

-1 tsp of dried valerian root
-strainer or infusion device, such as a tea ball
-8 oz. fresh water to boil
-8 oz. fresh water, hot from the tap

 

Directions

 

Fill either the mug you wish to steep your tea in with the hot tap water to get it warmed up (warming it up like this can help keep your tea toasty for longer.)

 

Put 1 tsp of valerian root in your infusion device – if you are steeping the root loose, wait to do anything with it. Boil 8 oz. of water in your kettle, remove from heat, and empty your mug of the hot tap water.

 

Place your infusion device or the loose root in your mug, and pour the hot water over it. Cover and steep for 15 minutes. Uncover, remove device or strain, and get ready to enjoy a peaceful night. Add milk or honey if you’d like for flavor.

 

Get Better Sleep #4 – Get Acupuncture

 

Acupuncture is one of the main components in traditional Chinese medicine (TMC), and one of the oldest healing practices in the world.

 

It is thought that stimulating specific points corrects the balance of energy or the life force by opening up channels called meridians, which close off when stress inflames and contracts vessels.

 

The thin needles, upon insertion, open up these blocked channels and allow your brain to better understand that it’s time to go to sleep. It also signals the release of neuro-endocrine chemicals (like tryptophan/melatonin) to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

 

Get Better Sleep #5 – Make Your Bedroom

 

Your bedroom is a place of rest. It is your retreat to restore your mind and body by sleeping. It is not a place to watch T.V., or a second office.

 

If you have them, the computer and T.V. have to go. They not only keep you awake, but they don’t give a sense of relaxation. They carry stress into your room, and stress does not help you sleep.

 

Get Better Sleep #6 – Stick to a Schedule, Establish a Ritual, and Keep a Diary

 

Humans are funny creatures of habit, and our bodies usually work quite well when something is done ritualistically. For example, exercising randomly every few days won’t do much, but exercising every day for 30 minutes will over time make a huge difference. The same thing goes for sleep.

 

Establish a calming ritual that you do every night before crawling in bed, and you will probably find it easier to transition from being awake to being sleep. The ritual is also a time to relax and let go of stress and thoughts that crowd your head and keep you up.

 

Some ideas include…

 

– Drinking a cup of warm tea a half an hour before bed
– Doing a series of gentle stretches
– Reading 1 chapter exactly of a book every night

 

Take a warm bath: There’s nothing quite like sinking into a warm tub to wash the stress of everyday life away and it also feels great to crawl into bed nice and clean. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender is great) to get the soothing benefits of aromatherapy as well.

 

Sip something: Making up a nightly drink to help you fall asleep has the double benefits of the drink itself lulling you off to dreamland, and the ritual of drinking it which tells your brain and body “ok, it’s time to relax.” Doing something like reading while you drink your night time beverage adds a nice dimension to this habit.

 

Meditate: Take some time before you crawl in bed to meditate and clear your mind of cluttering thoughts. Thinking too much, as we all know, can keep you awake for hours as you churn over the same thoughts again and again.

 

Getting a good night’s rest is not just about your body – with how complex our thinking process is, our minds need just as much help (if not more) to get ready for bed.

 

Get Better Sleep #7 – Get More Melatonin

 

This chemical is oh-so-important to sleep, but our body needs outside sources to get it. While it can be taken as a natural supplement in pill form, here are some foods that will help boost production.

 

Cherries: Not too hard to guess since cherry juice was one of the first things listed, but they also contain tryptophan which is metabolized into serotonin and finally melatonin

 

Bananas: I remember before a solo I had to do in band class, my teacher told me to eat a banana 30 minutes beforehand, because they helped calm you down. I think it must have done something because my solo got an honorable mention, and I never do well performing under pressure.

 

Bananas contain tryptophan, and potassium and magnesium as well, which are muscle relaxants. Have one a half-an-hour before bed every night and up your magnesium levels while simultaneously relaxing your muscles.

 

Get Better Sleep #8 – Exercise

 

Exercise on a regular basis, and you will sleep better. Not only will you sleep better, but you’ll have more energy when you’re awake-and not just because you slept better, but because exercise has a weird way of helping us go to sleep and giving us more energy.

 

For this reason, don’t work out right before bed, or you’ll likely end up more awake.

 

Get Better Sleep #9 – Drink a Cup of Chamomile

 

Chamomile has long been a reliable remedy for helping people doze off. It relaxes your muscles, and is thought that, potentially, a substance called apigenin can bind to GABA receptors which affect the central nervous system and sleepiness.

 

Other studies have disagreed with apegign theory, and think other constituents in the chamomile are what act as a sedative. Either way, it’s tasty and it makes you tired. You can, of course, buy chamomile tea from the store, but I personally love it fresh as well.

 

You will need…

 

-A rounded ¼ cup of fresh chamomile flowers OR 2 rounded tablespoons of dry flowers
-Honey (optional)
-Milk (optional)
-Freshly squeezed lemon juice (optional)

 

Directions

 

There’s nothing quite as delightful as a cup of freshly brewed chamomile on a chilly night as you settle in for bed. If possible, try to use fresh flowers (German variety, preferably) but you can use dried as well if you cannot harvest fresh.

 

If you’re using fresh flowers, use only the flower heads and compost the stems. Place the flowers in a teapot, and in a separate pot bring 4 cups of cold water to a rolling boil. Pour the water in the pot over the flower in the tea pot. Let steep for 5-6 minutes and serve hot.

 

Do the same process for dried as for fresh, but use 2 rounded tablespoons of dried flowers. Add a little bit of honey and milk to taste. Squeeze in the juice of a freshly sliced lemon to taste as well.

 

Get Better Sleep #10 – Make a Lavender Sleep Sachet

 

Aromatherapy has a number of different uses, but is perhaps used most often for relaxing or creating a sense of drowsiness. Numerous studies have resulted in science giving a nod to the validity of aromatherapy.

 

People who were exposed to the scent of lavender in the trials experienced better moods, and one study followed brain activity with an EEG machine, which showed the subjects undergoing lavender aromatherapy did in fact show brainwaves suggesting drowsiness, while other scents increased alertness.

 

If you find yourself having a hard time drifting off at night, try making a lavender sleep sachet to stash under your pillow or on a bedside table to help you relax and drift off.

 

Get Better Sleep #11- Get Your Carbs

 

This may sound like a negative thing, but it’s not really. Tryptophan, in order to have any effect on sleepiness, needs to cross the blood-brain barrier.

 

The blood-brain barrier is a filtering mechanism of the capillaries that carry blood to our brain and spinal cord tissue, and blocks the passage of certain substances. This was proven by a study done more than 100 years ago, in which scientist’s injected blue dye into animal’s bloodstreams.

 

It was discovered that the tissues of the entire body except the brain and spinal cord turned blue, thus confirming the theory of the blood-brain barrier.

 

It is theorized that eating carbohydrates makes it easier for tryptophan to cross the barrier, since it has to compete with other amino acids to make it through.

 

The release of insulin in response to the carbs directs the other amino acids to muscle, leaving tryptophan a clearer passage into the cerebrospinal fluid.

 

You will need…

 

-A relatively small amount of carbs e.g. some cereal or a piece of bread

 

Directions

 

About 15 minutes before bedtime, have your snack to divert those large chain amino acids to the muscles and help tryptophan do its thing.

 

Get Better Sleep #12 – Magnificent Magnesium

 

Magnesium is one of the most vital minerals, and yet most of us are lacking it. You can thank increasingly poor diets for this one.

 

Magnesium plays a huge role in the functioning of GABA receptors, which is the primary neurotransmitter that calms your central nervous system, relaxes you, and can help prepare you for sleep.

 

GABA won’t necessarily make you drift off to sleep magically, but you can be pretty sure you’re going to have a hard time sleeping without it. While the best way to up magnesium is to eat a balanced diet, taking supplements can greatly help.

 

You will need…

 

-Magnesium supplement

 

Directions

 

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Get Better Sleep #13 – Utilize Lemon Balm

 

Lemon balm is one of those ancient herbs that people have turned to for centuries. Once thought to be an “herbal-cure all”, it was used to treat anything from asthma to snake bites. These days, it’s used primarily to lift mood and promote calmness and relaxation.

 

Since depression is often related to insomnia, probably because of a lack of serotonin, lemon balm can help you achieve sleep by promoting mental and physical health.

 

Several studies have confirmed its sedative effects, however it should be noted that too high of a dosage (1800 milligrams) actually increased anxiety. Here, it is made into a mild, uplifting, and relaxing tea.

 

You will need…

 

-2 tablespoons of dried lemon balm, or 8-10 tablespoons of fresh lemon balm
-2 teaspoons dried chamomile
-Honey to taste (optional)
-8 ounces of fresh water

 

Directions

 

Place the loose herbs in a mug and cover with 8 ounces of boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes, strain, and drink 30-45 minutes before bed.

 

Get Better Sleep #14 – Saint John’s Wort

 

Like lemon balm, Saint John’s Wort is used frequently to help with depression, and in turn helps with disrupted sleep.

 

Its main constituent-hypercine- is thought to work by reuptake inhibition, which raises the overall level of serotonin in the brain.

 

More serotonin = more melatonin= better sleep. You can take it in capsule form, or prepare a strong tea to use as a sleep aid.

 

You will need…

 

-2 teaspoons of dried Saint John’s Wort (herb top/flowers)
-8 ounces of freshly boiled water
-honey or lemon to taste (optional)

 

Directions

 

Place the herb in a mug and cover with boiling water. Steep for 5-10 minutes, strain, and drink once daily (either morning or 30-45 minutes before bed.)

 

  1. Hops Into Bed

 

The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word hops is probably beer, but this quick growing vine is also an excellent remedy for calming nerves and promoting relaxation (not in the form of beer, sorry!)

 

Rather, it can be made into a strong tea and drank right before bed, or made into a sleep sachet and placed under your pillow at night (just replace or add it to the lavender).

 

You will need…

-2 tablespoons of dried hops
-4 cups of boiling water
-A quart glass jar with a tightly fitting lid

 

Directions

 

Place the hops into a glass jar with a tightly fitting lid and cover with boiling water. Allow it to steep for at least 5 hours, or overnight, and then strain. Reheat or chill and drink a cup 30-45 minutes before bedtime for an easy and restful slumber. This will keep in the refrigerator for 2 days.

 

Get Better Sleep #16 – Make Some Noise

 

Some people need to sleep in complete silence; while on the other hand, some need a little background noise.

 

For many (myself included), the dripping of the faucet, the hum of electricity, the sound of themselves breathing, or the blankets rustling as they toss and turn stresses them out and keeps them awake. So what’s the deal?

 

Technically speaking, white noise is a consistent noise that comes out evenly across all hearable frequencies. When you get jarred awake or bothered by a noise at night, it’s not really the noise itself, but the abrupt inconsistency in the noise that you hear.

 

The fact of the matter is you still hear when you sleep, and white noise can mask those inconsistences. The scientific aspect set aside it is just plain soothing, filling out the silence that makes you feel trapped with racing thoughts or excess energy.

 

You will need…

 

-Something that creates white noise

 

Directions

 

When you go to sleep, turn on the white noise. My personal favorite is a fan, but there are even white noise machines tuned specifically for the purpose of drowning out sound.

 

Get Better Sleep #17 – Sip a Glass of Warm Milk

 

Does milk actually make you sleepy? In short, probably not on a chemical level! While there is the sleep inducing amino acid tryptophan in milk, studies are debatable that it actually does do anything.

 

Much like turkey, the levels aren’t such that they would have much of an impact. But all of that doesn’t mean it won’t make you sleepy at all, and there is still reasoning behind a glass of warm milk, mostly in terms of psychology.

 

Many people find the warmth soothing and relaxing, helping them unwind both physically and mentally. The routine of a glass of warm milk is like any other routine that you need to complete before bed, getting you one step closer to falling asleep.

 

You will need…

 

-1 glass of warm milk

 

Directions

 

Roughly 30 minutes before bed, start winding down. Turn off electronics, read a book, and heat up a glass of milk to a toasty warm, but still comfortable, temperature.

 

Get Better Sleep #18 – Cozy Up with Catnip

 

Catnip, a plant that is a member of the mint family, isn’t just for cats – it works a treat when it comes to having a sedative effect on humans. The compound responsible for catnip’s effects across both species is called nepetalactone.

 

While it can make cats frisky and wild, it can make people relaxed, drowsy, and ready for bed. Enjoy it in the form of a warm tea before bed with a little bit of honey.

 

You will need…

 

-1-2 teaspoons of dried catnip OR 3-4 teaspoons of fresh catnip
-8 ounces of boiling water
-Honey to taste (optional)

 

Directions

 

Place catnip in a mug and cover with boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes, covered, and then add honey to taste if you like. Drink 30 minutes before bedtime.

 

My experience with insomnia…

 

I’ve faced a battle with insomnia for almost 4 ½ years, and I know when bedtime rolls around all you want is magic sleeping aid to make you fall asleep without having to do anything.

 

The (painful) truth is that if you want to be healthy and get a good night’s rest, you may have to re-learn how to put yourself to sleep. The things that knock you out cold are nothing more than scary medications that only cause suffering-they don’t solve your sleepless nights.

 

We need our rest, perhaps now more than ever in our crazy world, and taking the time and dedication to find natural ways to drift off is vital in making sure you get to sleep, stay asleep and wake up refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to lead a life filled with good energy.

 

Tips from Personal Experience:

 

  • Practice meditation if racing thoughts keep you up at night. Meditation takes patience, but it is invaluable. Among so many other things it can teach you to simply let go of a thought and leave it powerless, which leaves you undisturbed and able to rest.

 

  • Really do try the cherry juice, it’s darn tasty and makes for a sounder sleep in my experience. Make sure to drink it about 30 minutes before bed so you don’t have to go the bathroom in the middle of the night.

 

  • Chamomile tea with milk and honey has put me to sleep more effectively then sleeping medications at times.

 

  • Habit. Habit. Habit. Form a relaxing habit that tells your body “time for bed now” and it will, at some point, start to listen. This includes setting a bedtime, and wake-time, and sticking to them.

 

  • Get any form of a screen out of sight after a certain hour. It has been proven many times over that this will disrupt your sleep.

 

  • I bow down to a sleep mask. It’s gentle weight over my eyes and the ensuing darkness is the only reason I am able to fall back asleep when I wake up too early in the morning-remember, levels of light determine how much melatonin you make.

 

  • Never reach for sleeping pills, especially prescription. They will cause anguish and strife and many, many, more sleepless nights.

 

You can watch this Video HERE  to learn about other tips to get better sleep.

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

 

8 Home Remedies for Stomach Aches and Cramps

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Stomach aches, also broadly called “abdominal pain,” are tricky things to find remedies for unless you know the cause. Ranging from indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome to gastritis and GERD, an aching tummy can stem from many things.

 

Assuming you are dealing with an uncomplicated stomach ache, these remedies can help bring relief from the pain and discomfort that’s making you miserable.

 

Remedies for Stomach Aches and Cramps #1 – Enjoy a Cup of Chamomile Tea

 

Chamomile can help ease the pain of a stomach ache by working as an anti-inflammatory (for example the lining of the stomach can become inflamed as a result common gastritis, caused by bacteria) and by relaxing the smooth muscle of the upper digestive track.

 

When it relaxes that muscle, the contractions that are pushing food through your system can ease up a bit and lessen the pain of cramping and spasms.

 

You will need…

 

-1 teabag of chamomile tea OR 1-2 teaspoons of dried chamomile
-A mug
-Hot water

 

Directions

 

Pour boiling water over a teabag and cover your mug, letting it steep for 10 minutes. If using dried chamomile, place 1-2 teaspoons in a mug and cover with boiling water. Cover the mug and let steep for 15-20 minutes. Sip slowly.

 

Remedies for Stomach Aches and Cramps #2 – Use a “Hot” Pack

 

I put hot in quotations because you don’t truly want it hot – just very warm, but comfortably so. You can also use a hot water bottle for this as well.

 

Heat helps to loosen and relax muscles, so if you find yourself cramping up, some warmth can go a long ways for relieving you of the dreadful discomfort.

 

You will need…

 

-A hot pack, hot water bottle, or something similar
-A cozy place to lie down

 

Directions

 

Find a place to lie down, and rest the hot pack on your belly. It should be a comfortable temperature, but definitely warm. Do this for at least 15 minutes, or as long as you need to, reheating as necessary.

 

Remedies for Stomach Aches and Cramps #3 – Rice Water

 

Rice water is exactly what it sounds like – the water left-over after you cook rice. It acts a demulcent, meaning a substance that relieves inflammation by forming a sort of soothing barrier over a membrane, in this case, the lining of your stomach.

 

You will need…

 

-1/2 cup of white rice
-2 cups of water
-A pot

 

Directions

 

Cook your rice with twice the amount of water you normally would for your chosen amount. In this case I am using plain old long-grain white rice.

 

Put your rice in a pot on the stove and add the water, cooking over medium-low heat. As the rice starts to become tender, remove it from the heat and let it soak for 3 minutes with the lid on the pan. Drain and drink the water warm, adding a smidge of honey if needed. Save the rice for a bland meal later.

 

Remedies for Stomach Aches and Cramps #4 – Enjoy Some Mint

 

Fresh peppermint tea (or just peppermint tea in general) can help relax stomach muscles. It also helps improve the flow of bile, which helps you digest properly. This is especially useful if suffering from indigestion or gas/bloating.

 

You will need…

 

-A handful of fresh peppermint leaves OR 1-2 teaspoons dried
-Mug
-1 cup water

 

Directions

 

Cover the peppermint with 1 cup of boiling water, cover, and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Sip slowly while it’s still toasty warm. If using the fresh peppermint leaves, you can chew on them as well to ease stomach pains. You can also just use a pre-made teabag if you find that more desirable.

 

Remedies for Stomach Aches and Cramps #5 – Warm Lemon Water

 

Lemon water, if your issue is indigestion, helps a stomachache. The high acidity level stimulates the production of hydrochloric acid, which breaks down our food.

 

By upping the amount of HCL being produced, you help move digestion along at healthy pace. You get the added bonus of the hydration too, which keeps the system flushed and running smoothly.

 

You will need…

 

-1 fresh lemon
-warm water

 

Remedies for Stomach Aches and Cramps #6 – Ginger Root Tea

 

Ginger contains naturally occurring chemicals called gingerols and shogaols. These chemicals can help relax smooth muscle, such as the muscle that lines the intestinal track, and therefore relieve stomach cramps or a colicky stomach ache.

 

Ginger root is also great for relieving nausea, which may accompany a stomachache. Sipping on some warm tea can prove very useful as a home remedy for stomach aches and is, in my opinion, more effective than ginger ale.

 

You will need…

 

-1 ginger root, 1-2 inches
-A sharp knife or peeler
-1-2 cups of water
-Honey (optional)

 

Directions

 

Wash, peel, and then grate or finely chop 1-2 inches of fresh ginger root. Bring 1-2 cups of fresh water to a boil (use less water and more ginger if you want a more concentrated drink) and add your ginger.

 

Boil for 3 minutes and then simmer for 2 more. Remove from heat, strain, and add honey to taste. Sip slowly and relax.

 

Remedies for Stomach Aches and Cramps #7 – Chew Fennel Seeds

 

Let’s say your stomach ache is being caused by indigestion. In this case, chewing fennel seeds will help as they contain anethole, a volatile oil that can stimulate the secretion of digestive juices to help move things along.

 

It can also help tame inflammation, and reduce the pain caused by it. If you are suffering from gastritis, inflammation of the stomach, this may provide some relief from the discomfort.

 

You will need…

 

-1/2-1 teaspoon of fennel seeds

 

Directions

 

After a meal, chew ½-1 teaspoon of fennel seeds thoroughly. If you are pregnant, avoid fennel.

 

Remedies for Stomach Aches and Cramps #8 – Drink Club Soda and Lime

 

Like lemon, lime can help ease an aching tummy. Combine the lime with club soda and you have an easy drink to sip on to wash away the pain.

 

If you overate and have a stomach ache as a result, the carbonation in club soda will encourage you to burp, therefore relieving pressure in your belly. It has been shown to help greatly with dyspepsia (basically indigestion) and constipation.

 

You will need…

 

-8 ounces of cool club soda
-Fresh lime juice

 

Directions

 

Mix 8 ounces of club soda with the juice of half a lime. Stir and sip slowly.

 

You can also watch this Video HERE  to learn about other remedies for stomach aches and cramps.

 

I myself have had more than a few unfortunate run-ins with stomach aches, particularly this past year. Thanks to some generous family genes, I seem quite prone to them. Second to headaches, I find chronic stomach pain to be one of the most distracting to deal with day-to-day.

 

By keeping a couple of options for stomachache remedies on hand at all time, I find I can usually be prepared to ward it off should it start to creep up.

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

 

14 Soothing Remedies for Nausea and Morning Sickness

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Nausea is a feeling of unease and sickness that is hard to put words too, but that at some point another most of us have been all too familiar with. Often times the pre-curser to vomiting, is a miserable thing to experience.

 

Nausea can be caused for many reasons, from dehydration to food poisoning, morning sickness to motion sickness, medications to acid reflux.

 

A lot of the time occasional nausea does not warrant a trip to the doctor – always exercise common sense when make that decision-and there are quite a few natural and home remedies for nausea that you can try.

 

Treating your nausea naturally tends to be less likely than stronger medications to be hard on your body, possibly making you feel worse rather than better.

 

Remedies for Nausea and Morning Sickness #1 – Glorious ginger

 

Ginger, be it in the form of ginger ale, tea, or even raw, is almost a guarantee to help stop nausea in its tracks. Ginger promotes the secretion of various digestive juices/enzymes that help neutralize stomach acid.

 

Ginger also contains phenols that relax stomach muscles and act similar to a sedative on irritated stomach tissue, reducing over activity of the stomach.

 

At the same time, the phenols are helping your intestine move digested food and toxins through your system quicker, getting any bad stuff that may be making you feel ill pass faster.

 

You can take it in capsule form, nibble the root raw, or grate some into a soothing soup. Personally, if it’s possible, I find fresh tea or ginger ale (the real stuff) to be the best way to calm an upset stomach.

 

If making tea you will need…
– 1 ginger root, 2 inches
-Honey (optional)
-A peeler or sharp knife
-2-3 cups of water
-Wax paper
-A cutting board

Directions
Wash your gingerroot well and then peel. Slice it into small pieces, cover with wax paper, and crush it or make your pieces extra small.

 

Boil 2-3 cups of water over medium high heat and then add your ginger, letting it boil for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and strain if you like, or pour everything into your mug. Add honey if you like. Sip slowly and relax.

 

If making ginger ale you will need…
-2 cups of roughly chopped fresh ginger, peeled
-3-4 strips of lemon or lime peel
-Chilled club soda, about 3 quarts
-Ice cubes
-1/2 cup of sugar, or 1 cup if you prefer

 

Directions
In a saucepan place 2 cups of fresh gingerroot, peeled and roughly chopped, lemon or lime peel, and 4 cups of water. Let this come to a boil over high heat, and then at an active simmer let it sit uncovered for 10 minutes or so. While stirring, add in your sugar.

 

I prefer less, and wouldn’t exceed using 1 cup. After you add the sugar continue to boil the mixture until it is reduced to about 3 cups-around another 15 minutes.

 

Strain over a large bowl, separating solids from the liquid. Chill the syrup in a glass container with a lid until cold, or up to 7 days. Mix ¼ cup of the syrup with 1 cup of cold club soda and pour over ice. Add flavorings to taste.

 

Remedies for Nausea and Morning Sickness #2 – Learn acupressure

 

Acupressure is comprised of putting pressure in specific points on the body to relieve some symptoms causing discomfort or feelings of being ill, like nausea.

 

You can use a nausea band, or just apply the pressure yourself. It is thought that utilizing pressure points in your body will release neurotransmitters, like serotonin or endorphins. These chemicals then block other chemicals that may be out of balance and/or causing you to feel sick.

 

 

Some acupressure points to try…

 

The p6 point or “inner gate”: 2 or 3 finger widths down from the top crease in your wrist (at the base of your palm) there is a groove between two large tendons. Gently apply pressure to this area when you feel nauseas.

 

Top and bottom of wrist: Take your thumb and index finger and firmly press on the points (where the p6 is) on both sides of your write. Hold for 10-30 seconds, or up to 5 minutes, and breathe deeply.

 

Remedies for Nausea and Morning Sickness #3 – Let it out

 

If you’re feeling so nauseous you think you need to vomit, don’t fight the urge. It’s your body’s way of getting out something that’s causing harm in your stomach, and you usually feel much better afterwards. Holding it in can also damage the esophagus, because the stomach acid is just being held in your throat.

 

Remedies for Nausea and Morning Sickness #4 – Manage anxiety

 

For me, when it comes to nausea, I am my worst enemy. If I even think I feel nauseous I worry about it until I really, truly, do feel sick. This happens particularly in places when it would be extremely unfortunate to vomit-like in a class, during a meeting, on a date, and so on and so forth.

 

If you worry yourself sick, you can try-

 

– Accepting the fact that you might throw up. Acknowledge the thought, and let it go. This masters the fear causing the nausea.

– Breathing and sipping water. It gives you something to focus on feeling better. Hyperventilating can also make you nausea, or even make you vomit.

 

Remedies for Nausea and Morning Sickness #5 – Make milk toast

 

Bland foods can help tame your tummy, and 2 that are particularly favored are milk and bread. Bread absorbs excess acid, while milk coats your stomach, which is also why they are generally recommended when you something like aspirin, which can hurt an empty stomach.

 

However, you do not want to drink milk straight, as dairy alone can cause upset, so make milk toast for a happy medium. Do NOT make this if you have gastroenteritis (the stomach flu) which reacts poorly to dairy. Milk toast helps the most when the stomach is irritated from over-the-counter pain meds.

 

You will need…
-1 cup of milk
-1 piece of toast
-unsalted butter

 

Directions
Heat up 1 cup of milk until it’s hot, but not boiling, and then pour into a cereal bowl, or one similar. Toast a piece of bread, and spread a tiny bit of unsalted butter on it. Crumble the toast into the milk, and eat slowly.

 

Remedies for Nausea and Morning Sickness #6- Stretch

 

Upper back and neck pain can set off reoccurring bouts of nausea. In this case, the nausea is your bodies’ way of reacting to the discomfort in your back or neck. Try doing some simple neck and back stretches to release the tension causing the queasiness.

 

A back exercise: Try lying on a flat, solid surface (aka the floor.) Put down a yoga mat or something similar if you like. Lie like you’re about to do a push-up but instead of lifting up your whole mid-section, only lift up your upper body. Let your back arch and stretch as you tilt your head back as far as possible, the underneath of your chin facing the ceiling.

 

For neck exercise: Do not do actual neck rolls. Growing up playing rugby my coaches emphasized that when we stretched out in warm up rolling your neck around was not a good thing. It can pinch nerves, make you dizzy, and grind on disks.

 

The vertebrae of your neck are not shaped for motion that follows a circular path, and overtime this hyperextension can have detrimental effects. Instead tip your head forward and touch your chin to your chest. Hold for 10-15 seconds.

 

Follow this with tilting, not rolling, your head to left (like you’re trying to touch your ear to your shoulder) and hold for 10-15 seconds. Repeat on the right side.

 

Remedies for Nausea and Morning Sickness #7 – Slice a fresh lemon

 

The smell of citrus can cut through the murky feeling of nausea, calm your stomach, and calm you.

 

You will need…
-1 fresh lemon
-A sharp knife

 

Directions
Slice the lemon in half and position it close to you so you can smell it, but it’s not overwhelming. Make sure you are inhaling and exhaling fully.

 

Remedies for Nausea and Morning Sickness #8- Apply a cool compress

 

Applying a cool compress (not shockingly cold) on the back of your neck when you’re in the midst of a bout of nausea can help kick the queasiness. It is the most effective when combined with the positions as described in #7.

 

You will need…
-1 cool compress

 

Directions
Get a cool compress – an ice pack that’s been sitting out for a few minutes is fine, a washcloth dunked in cool water, or a compress you’ve made yourself. Take up one of the above positions.

 

If lying down, place the compress under your neck. If sitting, drape it across the back of your neck. Both this, and the position you’re in, are particularly helpful is the nausea is being brought on by anxiety of some sort.

 

 

Remedies for Nausea and Morning Sickness #9 – Kick your heels up, or sit down

 

Circulation can be a big reason when it comes to feeling dizzy or faint, and dizziness is often accompanied by nausea.

 

To help reduce the feeling, try the following positions to pump blood to where it is needed, or to stop it from rushing. They may also help your brain maintain a sense of balance or stability by changing up blood flow.

 

  • Find a place to lie down – a bed in a dark, quiet, room is optimum. Make sure your head is lying mostly flat, with no pillows or only a very thin one. Bend your knees, and make sure you’re breathing and not shorting yourself oxygen.

 

  • Sit down with your back up against a wall, put your knees up, and put your head between them. Breathe.

 

Remedies for Nausea and Morning Sickness #10 – Peppermint (again)

 

Like lemon, peppermint is one of those fresh scents that have the remarkable ability to tame an upset stomach. It has several forms that lend themselves to natural remedies, such as tea or oil. For quick relief, try rubbing some peppermint oil directly on your gums.

 

You will need…
-Peppermint oil
-Cotton swabs or a means of washing hands

 

Directions
Dip or roll a cotton swab in a few drops of peppermint oil. Apply directly to your gums, and reapply if necessary. If you don’t have cotton swabs, wash your hands thoroughly. Put some oil on your fingertip, and rub onto your gums.

 

 

Remedies for Nausea and Morning Sickness #11 – Suck on frozen fruit

 

Keep a few slices of lime or lemon in a plastic baggy in the freezer, and use for the times you find yourself getting nauseas. Like the smell of lemon can help you feel better, so can the sharp, fresh flavor of a straight wedge of lemon or lime.

 

It also helps take your mind off of it, and while it may create a rush of saliva, it might transform it into an experience better than the “wet mouth” you get right before you are sick to your stomach.

 

The cold is akin to sucking on ice-chips or a Popsicle if your stomach is upset, but if you prefer or didn’t plan ahead, unfrozen works too.

 

You will need…
-Several slices of freshly cut lemon or lime, frozen or unfrozen

 

Directions
At a time you don’t feel ill, cut a few wedges of lemon or lime. Toss them in a plastic baggy and put them in the freezer.

 

When you start to feel nauseas, lie down (unless laying down makes it worse, of course) and suck on a slice. If you don’t have any frozen, fresh can substitute fine.

 

Remedies for Nausea and Morning Sickness #12 – Get some air

 

Stepping outside into fresh air is sometimes all the remedy you need for nausea. Another way to help calm your body down is get air flowing over you.

 

You will need…
-A fan
-A place to sit or lie down

 

Directions
Place a fan so that it blows gently across your face. Having the fan oscillate (or turn) can make this more pleasant. When you start to get that hot and flushed feeling and break into a clammy sweat, a little air can go a long ways to stopping the awful feeling of nausea.

 

Remedies for Nausea and Morning Sickness #13 – Replace fluids and nutrients

 

If you’ve been sick to your stomach and are still feeling nauseas, you are probably perpetuating the problem by not replacing the fluid you’ve lost.

 

Even if you haven’t thrown up yet, still make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, as it is one of the most steadfast ways to relieve a feeling of queasiness.

 

Remedies for Nausea and Morning Sickness #14 – Follow the BRAT diet

 

If you’re nausea is caused by something like the stomach flu or food poisoning, follow the BRAT diet to keep it under control.

 

It is comprised of:

 

-Bananas
-Applesauce (without sugar)
-Rice
-Toast

 

It has a little less ring to it, but you can do the BRATPP diet, which is adding on:

-Pasta (lightly buttered or with a little oil)
-Potatoes (avoid the steak or gravy)

 

Watch this Video HERE  to learn about other remedies for nausea and morning sickness

 

Treating the cause of your nausea is the best route to go, but there are plenty of times when it hits without warning, and with no way to prevent it. In this case, trying out natural remedies is a good route to take.

 

Not only does it mean you probably don’t have to leave the house while you feel sick, but they’ll be easier on your body then the foreign substances we often use to treat ourselves today.

 

The Golden Rule

 

“Mind over matter” is a good thing to remember in general, but it pertains to nausea in particular. Queasiness can, a lot of the time, be something that manifests as a result of what’s going on in your head, rather than what’s actually going on in your body.

 

Also, if you fear throwing up (which makes you feel like throwing up) consciously think about how it’s okay if you do. Once you accept it you take the power away from the thought, and then it leaves you alone.

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.