45 Natural Remedies For Common Health Problems

natural remedies for common health problems

Long before urgent care clinics and pharmacies existed, there were the honeybees, fruit trees, and herb gardens. The use of natural remedies can be thought of as a way of honoring the information that has been passed down through generations.

With the inherent power of plants, nutrient-dense foods, essential oils, physical movements, and even acupressure, it is possible to alleviate the symptoms of common health issues naturally. Whether you want to relieve nausea, sinus issues, halitosis, osteoporosis, or headaches and other forms of pain, natural remedies have you covered.

Before you begin, however, it is always advisable to consult with a doctor about a comprehensive treatment, especially for serious or chronic health conditions.

Acidophilus

Lactobacillus acidophilus is a “human-friendly” organism that helps the body fight off disease and restore good health. Modern studies have discovered that the organism kills the E. coli bacteria in the intestinal tract. The organism also helps break down milk sugar into lactic acid, which reduces the number of bacteria that produce putrefaction and gas in the intestines.

Acidophilus also has a unique role in helping the body manufacture or synthesize all of the B vitamins in the body. This is helpful considering that a range of substances decreases levels of B vitamins, including birth control pills, antibiotics, coffee, and refined sugar, and processed food.

Acidophilus has also proven effective in restoring normal levels of GI, oral, and vaginal microbial flora in those affected by Candida, antibiotics, and bacterial infections.

Alfalfa

This is quite a popular herb, especially among health-conscious consumers. Alfalfa is high in nutrients and minerals, which are drawn into the plant from deep in the soil. The roots of the alfalfa plant are known to be the richest land source of trace minerals, and they’ve been known to reach up to 30 feet deep.

The leaves of the plant are also rich in nutrients and minerals, including magnesium, calcium, carotene, and potassium. They also serve as a rich source of vitamin E, vitamin K, and plant proteins. Since the sixth century, the Chinese have used the alfalfa plant to treat kidney stones, prevent fluid retention in the body, and alleviate swelling.

Alfalfa also nourishes the skeletal, digestive, urinary, and glandular systems. It also contains chlorophyll, renowned for the cleansing properties it has on the body.

aloe vera Aloe Vera

Historically, aloe vera has been known to improve the function of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as for its cleansing, soothing, and healing properties. For centuries, humans have used this plant to facilitate digestion, improve liver, kidney, and gallbladder functions, aid lymphatic and blood circulation, and help the body maintain healthy tissues.

Aloe vera contains at least three anti-inflammatory fatty acids, which are beneficial to the small intestines, stomach, and colon. Its alkaline properties allow it to alkalize digestive juices, preventing excess acidity, which is a common cause of digestive complaints. Acemannan, a newly discovered compound in aloe vera, is currently being tested for its ability to boost immune function. Several studies have demonstrated that acemannan increases T-lymphocyte cells, which are essential to natural resistance against disease.

Antioxidants

These are the class of compounds that protect body cells from the damaging effects of oxidation, including beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and pine bark or grape seed extract. This makes them helpful in boosting circulatory function and maintaining soft tissue.

Angelica

angelicaAngelica has proven effective for stimulating gastric secretion and treating rheumatic and skin disorders via topical application. Additionally, it is known to reduce flatulence.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an ancient remedy used in treating a range of ailments. Its proponents claim that it can relieve the symptoms of arthritis, prevent infection, and improve memory.

Raw, organic, and unfiltered apple cider vinegar also helps the body remove toxins, and improves digestive function.

B-complex

The B-vitamins have a number of roles in the human body. They primarily nourish the brain and the central nervous system. A life full of stress or a diet with lots of refined foods can create a great demand for these nutrients in the body.

  • B1 for the skin, hair, and eyes
  • B2 for nourishing the tissues of the body
  • B6 serves as a mild diuretic and helps ease PMS symptoms
  • B12 helps relieve anxiety
  • Biotin facilitates the metabolism of fats, proteins, cholesterol, and carbohydrates
  • Folic acid works synergistically with B12 and is important for cell division and replication
  • Niacin (B3) is important in energy production
  • PABA works synergistically with folic acid
  • Pantothenic acid nourishes the adrenal gland, helping the body withstand stress
  • Choline bitartrate helps in the production of acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter in the brain
  • Inositol helps with metabolism of cholesterol and fats and the absorption and use of fat

bee pollenBee Pollen

Bee pollen is a rich source of amino acids and other nutrients. It is full of lecithin and protein, both of which nourish the nervous system and brain. Bee pollen also supports the body, including helping boost vitality and overall well-being. A combination of bee pollen and ginseng is often used by athletes to maintain energy and stamina.

Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot is a component of Earl Grey tea and comes from a delicate citrus plant that requires specific soil and climate to grow. The oil is derived from the rind of the fruit mostly through cold-pressing and is unique because it contains both mind-lifting and relaxing qualities. In Greece, it is often used as a dessert. In Italy, bergamot essential oil is used to alleviate stress and anxiety, as well as for cleansing, purifying, and soothing the skin.

Beta-carotene

Over-the-counter tablets containing beta-carotene and canthaxanthin are used to promote the appearance of a suntan, in the treatment of vitiligo, and to prevent photosensitivity in individuals suffering from inherited erythropoietic protoporphyria.

bilberryBilberry

Vaccinium myrtillus (bilberry) contains nutrients that improve circulation in the eyes, helping protect them from fatigue or strain. During World War II, the British Royal Air Force pilots ate bilberry preserves before their night mission to improve their eyesight.

Bilberry works by boosting the regeneration and microcirculation of retinal purple, a substance required for good eyesight. It is believed that this quality is associated with its high concentration of proanthocyanidins, which strength the capillaries that nourish the eyes. Other properties in bilberry seem to help thin the blood and stimulate the release of vasodilators.

Anthocyanin, a natural antioxidant, is also present in bilberry. It helps to improve blood supply to the nervous system and reduce clotting. Anthocyanosides also support the health of the collagen structures in the blood vessels in the eyes.

Bilberry has conventionally been used as a remedy for “night blindness” and poor vision. Studies have demonstrated that oral administration of bilberry helps improve the visual accuracy of healthy eyes and can help with visual disorders like retinitis, pigmentosa, myopia, and glaucoma.

Bioflavonoids

Bioflavonoids occur in the vitamin C family. Since they cannot be synthesized by the body itself, they must be obtained from supplements or food. Bioflavonoids are also beneficial for maintaining the integrity and strength of cells and capillaries.

black currantBlack Currant Oil

This oil is rich in both linoleic acid and gamma-linoleic acid (GLA). These compound support the manufacture of prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that help regulate the functions of the circulatory system. GLA helps the body with energy processes and serves as an important structural component of bone marrow, the brain, cell membranes, and muscles.

Black Cohosh

Black cohosh has traditionally been used for balancing hormones in menopausal women. Recent studies show that it contains substances that bind to estrogen receptors.

Borage Oil

Borage oil is a great source of GLA and also supports heart health. Some studies have demonstrated that borage seed oil can help alleviate some symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Boron

Boron is known to prevent bone loss. It has also been shown that boron helps increase the absorption of magnesium, calcium, and phosphorous, and controls the loss of these minerals via the urinary tract.

Cardiospermum

In one study involving 833 patients suffering from eczema, four out of five participants reported remission or improvement of symptoms such as swelling, inflammation, dry skin, vesicles/blisters, burning, itching, and pain when using Cardiospermum.

Cat’s Claw

Cat’s claw is renowned for its efficacy in relieving the symptoms of leaky bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids, ulcers, fistulas, intestinal flora imbalance, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, and environmental toxic poisoning. Clinical research indicates postulates that these alkaloids have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antimutagenic, immune-stimulating, and antioxidant properties.

Cayenne

red cayenne peppersThis well-known pepper has incredible benefits for the circulatory system. It helps the body balance blood pressure levels and resists abnormal bleeding. It also nourishes the digestive tract. Cayenne also helps the body use other herbs more effectively whenever used in an herbal combination. When applied topically, it helps relieve minor muscular discomfort.

Chamomile

Chamomile has traditionally been used to treat anxiety, insomnia, loss of appetite, diarrhea, aches, colic, pains of teething, flu, vertigo, and inflammation.

cinnamon sticksCinnamon Essential Oil

Cinnamon essential oil is extracted through the steam distillation of cinnamon bark, or sometimes the leaf,  and has been used for hundreds of years for flavoring as well as to improve immune function. This oil can also cleanse the body and assist urinary, circulatory, immune, and metabolic functions.

Cinnamon essential oil can be used in a number of ways, both externally and internally. When used internally, it helps boost immune system function. It can also be mixed with a carrier oil for use in massage oils to soothe sore muscles.

Cranberry

Cranberry contains a compound that effectively kills bacteria on the walls of the bladder and urinary tract. This prevents the bacteria from spreading, which eventually stops infection. Furthermore, using cranberry regularly can prevent the formation of kidney stones.

Cruciferous Vegetables

These vegetables contain a unique class of phytonutrients called indoles, which have been shown to detoxify the intestines, balance hormone levels, and support the immune system.

Devil’s Claw

Traditionally, devil’s claw has been used to treat a wide range of diseases, including rheumatism and arthritis. Modern research has suggested that it has anti-arrhythmic, hypotensive, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Dong Quai

Dong Quai has historically been used to alleviate the pain experienced in rheumatism, to treat menstrual disorders, and to suppress allergies. It has been shown to possess antispasmodic, anti-asthmatic, anticoagulant, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Evening Primrose

This is a common herbal medicine for a variety of conditions, from menstrual concerns to rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Evening primrose wildflower contains about 7 to 10 percent and is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Fish Oil

The primary component of fish oil is omega-3 fatty acids, which provides some of the healthy fats required by the human body. Omega-3 helps prevent chronic inflammation. Tuna, herring, and mackerel are some of the fish rich in omega-3 oil.

Flaxseed Oil

This has antithrombotic (reduces blood clot) and anti-inflammatory properties. Flaxseed is recommended by some experts to decrease platelet aggregation, for hyperlipidemia, and to prevent heart attack and stroke. It might have the ability to lower blood pressure and to reduce inflammation in people with arthritis.

Garcinia Cambogia

garcinia cambogiaGarcinia cambogia slows the conversion of excess calories and carbohydrates into fat, decreases the production of low-density, harmful fats, reduce the desire for excess food, enhances the production of glycogen to promote sustained energy levels, and naturally supports the normal metabolic rate.

Horse Chestnut

Horse chestnut is useful against inflammation, edema, and venous insufficiency, especially with circulation in the legs.

Kelp

Due to its highly nutritious profile, kelp is used in a wide variety of ways. Kelp contains over 30 minerals, all of which work to nourish the thyroid, pituitary, and other glands. It also helps balance metabolism in the body by enhancing the function of the glandular system. Kelp also contains alginic acid, which is beneficial in protecting the body against the effects of radiation.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender oil has been cherished for generations due to its characteristic aroma and its wide variety of benefits. The oil is derived through the steam distillation of the leaves and flowers of the plant. It reduces imperfections of the skin, reduces stress, and improves sleep quality.

lemon treeLemon Essential Oil

This is one of the best-selling essential oils on the market and for good reason. Lemon oil provides a number of benefits, such as improving digestive function and supporting healthy respiratory function. It also has an uplifting aroma that promotes a good mood.

Marjoram Essential Oil

Marjoram essential oil is well-known for its unique flavor and its benefits for the nervous system. It is also used to add a tasty twist to dressings, salads, soups, and stews. The oil supports the cardiovascular and immune systems and reduces stress.

Oregano Essential Oil

The dried leaves of the oregano plant are used in different cuisines around the world. They also provide a range of health benefits. The essential oil has a relaxing effect on the nervous system, reduces the appearance of blemishes, and contains immune-boosting antioxidants.

Peppermint Essential Oil

peppermint leafPeppermint is a common addition to mouthwash and toothpaste due to its potent antiseptic properties as well as its pleasant taste and aroma. The oil can be used to reduce stomach spasms, relieve discomfort from nausea, and soothe headaches. It also promotes dental health and improves the respiratory function.

Resveratrol

Resveratrol is found naturally in many fruits and vegetables, but the richest sources are red wine and other grape products. According to recent research, resveratrol supplementation enhances immune function and provides cardiovascular support.

rosemary garden Rosemary

Rosemary has been shown to decrease capillary fragility and permeability. It’s antimicrobial properties effectively fight bacteria, mold, fungi, and viruses.

Salmon Oil

Salmon oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial in regulating the production of cholesterol in the body, strengthening cell walls, and fortifying cells against microbial infection.1

Thyme

Thyme has traditionally been used internally for treating digestive and respiratory infections. It has popularly been used as a gargle for tonsillitis and laryngitis or to soothe coughs and sore throats. Thyme is also found in our Happy Blend.

Uva Ursi

This has been an effective treatment in cases of urinary tract infections and is a powerful diuretic. It can also be used to alleviate symptoms of allergic reaction-type hypersensitivity, contact dermatitis, and arthritis.

watermelon Watermelon Seed Tea

Watermelon seeds help eliminate excess water in the body.

Wild Yam

Wild yam has a number of benefits, including relaxing the muscles and promoting glandular balance in women. It also contains phytochemicals that are important in balancing hormone levels in the body.

Whey

This is a substance derived from the cheese-making process and is full of minerals and vitamins. Furthermore, whey is also a great source of protein.

Wintergreen Essential Oil

Wintergreen is one of the few plants that naturally produce methyl salicylate, a compound used in many anti-arthritic and joint pain relief medications and balms. The oil produces a soothing, warm sensation when topically applied, and is often used in massages and spas.

We hope that you have found these remedies to be of assistance to you in your daily life!

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Rachel Donovan

By Rachel Donovan

Rachel is a freelance writer who enjoys writing and researching interesting and new topics. As a California native, she can be found spending her time on the beach with a good book.

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