Exploring Natural Remedies
Even though I eat a fairly clean, plant-based diet, I have to admit that I don’t always feel like a million bucks. Feeling like you aren’t 100% is a huge drain on the mind and body, and it can often seem like there’s no quick solution. Since I’m well into training for my 50k in October, I want to make sure that I’m recovering quickly and feeling my best. From heartburn to general feelings of discomfort, I’ve been running into a few issues that I am trying to resolve quickly. However, rather than head straight to the doctor, I wanted to explore some natural remedies first.
As many commercials and even doctors would have us believe, when we aren’t feeling quite right, medication may be the answer. Whether it’s over-the-counter or prescribed, medications can have many side effects and pitfalls that we may not initially think about. While I’m in no way saying you shouldn’t take medications if needed, I do think that some natural remedies could be substituted when the issue is mild or you’ve tried medications with no success.
I’ve done a bit of initial research, which is below, but I’m open to your thoughts on what’s worked, what hasn’t, and what I should try. I haven’t really landed on anything in particular to help with my overall wellness, but I wanted to start the conversation.
Natural remedies versus medication
Natural remedies such as essential oils, herbs, homemade lotions, and supplements, which have been around for hundreds of years, can be just as effective as pharmacy-bought medicines when it comes to feeling better. Items that you may find in your kitchen or garden, such as garlic, ginger, cinnamon, horseradish, cayenne pepper, lemon, aloe vera, black cohosh, chamomile, echinacea, and lavender, as well as natural medicines found in health stores, can all be sourced relatively easily, and can help with a variety of discomforts.
Should you put your faith in natural remedies? The truth is that there is no easy answer, but given that some of these remedies have existed for hundreds of years, you have to wonder if there must be some truth behind the supposed health benefits of herbs, spices, and oils.
What we do know about natural remedies is that they often have far fewer side effects than manufactured medications, and they can be much cheaper and easier to source or purchase. Natural remedies also offer a way to ease symptoms without a costly visit to a doctor or hospital, and can set you down the path of improving your habits in all areas of your life (cleaner eating, mindfulness, etc.).
Treating more serious ailments in the natural way
Aside from relatively everyday issues, natural remedies can be used in the fight against more complicated conditions, including coping with autism and ADHD. While there is still some debate as to what causes these disorders in children, the intervention of natural medicine, rather than those mass-produced by pharmaceutical companies, is being used more and more throughout treatment programs. While a healthy diet, limiting sugar and artificial ingredients, and structured programs are all recommended to assist with the treatment of the condition, the truth is that coping with autism on your own can often be very difficult, regardless of whether it is you or a loved one facing each day with the disorder.
Essential oils for autism are becoming more and more popular these days, offering health-conscious parents an opportunity to manage their child’s symptoms without the use of harmful chemicals or mind-altering drugs. Additionally, the calming nature of some oils, combined with their therapeutic qualities, are fantastic at managing stress, reducing emotional outbursts, soothing confusion, and quashing behavioral problems.
Natural remedies are being used across the world as a safer, cleaner, and often more trusted alternative to over-the-counter medications. While I’m not a doctor or an expert in any way, I do encourage you to do your own research and look into possibly natural remedies for improving health rather than always turning to manufactured medications.
What are your thoughts on natural remedies? Have you tried anything recently that’s helped you feel better?