It may seem like the occasional ache, pain, virus, or condition is just a fact of life. A trip to the doctor, or the drugstore, is the common starting place for many people for many minor issues, from headaches to muscle pain to allergies. For serious conditions, chronic conditions and acute problems, of course, a doctor visit is crucial, and medication might be your best bet. However, for those little minor annoyances you might experience here and there, wouldn’t it be great if you could avoid the meds in favor of a natural, healthy, and even green solution? As it turns out, there are plenty of things you can do to help improve many conditions using nature instead of medicine.
Frequent nosebleeds. Especially in the winter, when the air is dry and hot indoors, your sensitive nasal tissue could crack and bleed. Or, your children might just suddenly get nosebleeds here and there. One way to combat this is through eating enough leafy green foods. A cup a day will give your body the vitamin K it needs to help capillaries in your nose clot the blood and stop the bleed.
Minor burns. If you or your children accidentally touch the grill, stove, hot water or another surface hot enough to provide that stinging burn, your remedy might be as close as the fridge or windowsill! Grab a tomato out of your crisper, slice and place over the burned area for the anti-inflammatory antioxidant lycopene to go to work. Leave it on until it dries. Or, if you have an aloe vera plant in your home, simply break off a piece and place over the burn for a good dose of Mother Nature’s burn remedy.
Headaches. You know they’re not migraines, but they’re still irritating and painful. Whether it’s lack of sleep, stress, or another reason, once a headache comes on, all you want to do is help it go away. Trying a “green” solution first might be highly effective and helps you forgo the pain medicine. Try eating carrots, which helps bring down the amount of inflammation in the brain’s blood vessels thanks to a strong dose of beta-carotene. You can also check for foods in your diet that “trigger” headaches, and then eliminate them from your diet. Common triggers include foods with MSG, foods with caffeine, red wine, and many prepackaged or snack foods due to the chemicals contained in them. Another helpful tip is to not become dehydrated, as this can compound a headache.
Muscle aches and fatigue. If you’ve worked out particularly hard, or moved the wrong way and now have sore or tired muscles, you don’t have to reach for pain pills. Try whole, fresh cherries for muscle aches for their anti-inflammatory properties, said to be as effective as ibuprofen without the side effects. Or, eat an apple with the peel. You’ll get a dose of the acid that fuels hormones that can help you build muscle.