I have always loved natural healing remedies because it is comforting to see that mother nature provides so many natural solutions for what ails us. My mom loves to garden and she always has different herbs growing. As a child I loved to hear about their natural healing properties and benefits while I helped in the garden. I like to pass that information on to my own children so they can learn to select natural healing products and to make their own natural healing remedies. This post is sponsored by Boiron.
10 Natural Healing Remedies
When we grow peppermint, I mention to my kids that it is good for improving circulation and can be used in tea to help with digestion. When we grow lavender, they know it is the same plant that is used to make lavender essential oil which I love to use on burns and minor cuts. Likewise, when we see arnica growing, I tell them that it is not only a beautiful flower but the plant is also useful for treating bruises and falls. In this way, my children are slowly gathering information about what natural healing herbs can be used to as remedies for relieving discomfort.
Life is full of little bumps. Especially when you have kids! Cuts, scrapes, bruises, sun burns, tummy aches, bug bites, and headaches seem to be among the most common ailments in my home. Sometimes I like to make my own natural remedies but I also really like to have several natural healing products on hand so that I am always ready for what may come up.
Natural Healing For Bruises
Bruises are quite common with our active lifestyle and I love to have natural remedies on hand such as Boiron’s Arnicare Gel. I learned about this from my mom and this natural healing gel relieves muscle pain and stiffness, swelling, and discoloration from bruises. It’s made from Arnica montana, a mountain daisy used for centuries to relieve pain. Cooling and refreshing, this non-sticky gel is free of fragrances and parabens and great for bumps and bruises from the sports field, hiking trails or playground. Learn more about Arnicare Gel including where you can buy it at arnicare.com
Natural Healing For Burns, Cuts, Or Scrapes
Cuts and scrapes and burns are bound to happen. I like to be prepared with a high quality Lavender essential oil mixed with a bit of carrier oil. It is so soothing and healing and has anti-microbial properties to help fight infection.
Natural Healing For Sunburns
Aloe vera is so good for sunburns. My mom always had aloe growing when I was little and she would just cut off a piece and open it up and rub the soft gooey inside on me to sooth my sunburn or burns. If you don’t have an aloe vera plant on hand, then keep some aloe gel handy. You can even whip up this after sun cooling spray recipe if you are feeling ambitious.
Natural Healing For Tummy Aches
If you or your child have a minor tummy ache, try making some peppermint tea with a few leaves from the plants you are growing or from a store bought, high quality tea brand. It is good for aiding digestion and helping relieve gas.
Natural Healing For Headaches
Water is my go for headaches. Dehydration is a common cause of headaches so I always get my kids to drink a big glass of water or drink one myself if I feel a headache coming on. I also notice if the headache may be caused by stuffed up sinuses and I use a little chest rub to help clear nasal passages if so.
Duct Tape for Warts
Place a piece of duct tape over the wart (not too tight) and change it whenever it starts to curl and get dirty. In about four weeks, the wart will be gone. Dr. Dean Focht III of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital believes that duct tape works because the tape irritates the wart causing the immune system to attack the skin growth. Whatever the reason, this solution is far more convenient than multiple doctor appointments.
Cayenne Pepper to Stop Nose Bleeds
Cayenne pepper is a powerhouse of health benefits. It boosts metabolism, helps rid the body of bad cholesterol and also aids in digestion. If you put this powerful pepper on a damp cotton swab, you can use it to stop a nose bleed. Just dab the inside of the nostril that’s bleeding and they’ll be outside playing in no time.
Chewing Gum for Indigestion
Extra stomach acid (created by a big meal) can be pretty uncomfortable. Research indicates that a piece of chewing gum can help neutralize the acid and help fight acid reflux and heartburn symptoms! Try a chewing a sugar free gum for 30 minutes after a big meal to avoid indigestion.
Ginger for Car Sickness
If hitting the road makes your kids car sick, try sipping on a cup of ginger tea right before departure. You may sweeten the tea up with lemon juice and honey if you like for flavor.
Oatmeal for Itchy Skin
Yes, this yummy breakfast can also relieve a long list of skin irritations. Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties and can help your kid conquer hives, eczema, and rashes. Just mix uncooked oats with water and make a paste.
I hope these natural healing remedies help inspire you to explore the power of our natural world in healing. I know I love learning about natural healing herbs and new natural healing products so feel to share your favorites in the comments below.