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10 Natural Remedies That Are 100% FREE!

10 Natural Remedies That Are 100% FREE!
Written by Oana Schneider

DIY products and homemade remedies have steadily grown in popularity for the past decades. Not only do they help you save a few bucks you would usually spend on regular pharmaceutical, cosmetic, or cleaning items, but they are – more often than not – a much healthier alternative to the standard chemical products available on the market.

So why leave your money at the store if you can handle things on your own, the natural way? Even you don’t have extensive knowledge of recipes and of grandma’s secrets, there are a lot of things you can do to keep your cash for more important purposes. To begin with, we have prepared a list of some natural products you can prepare at home to successfully replace the chemicals. The possibilities are endless!

Give those a try and see if they meet your standards. If you don’t like how they work for you, you can always start buying the regular products again.

Aspirin and Ibuprofen? Try Natural Remedies Instead!

Reputed conventional medicines are not always the right answer if you experience pain; in fact, most of us pile up reserves of aspirin and ibuprofen without being aware of the potential dangers that go hand in hand with their frequent, regular administration. Studies reveal that the consumers of these two most common pills are more likely to develop anemia, heart problems and hypertension, decrease in hearing capacity, DNA damage, or even miscarriage – and note that these are only six out of the 24 adverse effects produced by the seemingly inoffensive aspirin or ibuprofen!

So perhaps you may find it a good idea to stop spending money on pills that do you harm and try a more natural approach! It is not surprising that the synthetic substances used in the pharmaceutical industry are inspired by natural sources. For example, remember that the white willow bark was the original aspirin due to its ability to convert one of its compounds into salicylic acid, the substance responsible for relieving pain, fever and swellings. On the other hand, its synthetic version is known for irritating the stomach. This is the main reason why next time you feel the urge to grab and aspirin, you’d better get some white willow bark tincture instead; no more than 1 to 2 drops a day will make you forget about pain and inflammation.

In addition, there are other natural alternatives to painkillers. 400 to 600 mg of curcumin (also known as turmeric) three times a day will help your body prevent the pain signals from reaching your brain. Curcumin is also successfully used in treating depression and fighting arthritis and it has no adverse effects whatsoever!

Capsaicin is a substance extracted from chili peppers that reportedly has similar effects when applied directly on the skin in the affected area, no more than 3 or 4 times a day. It is particularly helpful in dealing with nerve, muscle, or joint pain.

Last but not least, Omega 3 fatty acids that can be found in fish oil, hemp seeds, chia seeds, various berries and leafy vegetables has, apart from its widely known antioxidant qualities, the power to reduce inflammation. This recommends it to those suffering from inflammatory joint conditions and inflammatory bowel diseases.

Nail Problems? Treat Them by Improving Your Diet!

Say goodbye to discolored nails by applying on them a drop or two of tea-tree oil after the bath. Thanks to its strong antiseptic qualities, tea-tree oil fights even the most stubborn nail fungus, being as effective as prescribed anti-fungal medicine. If your nails break easily, consider drinking a cup of horsetail once a day; nettle tea also strengthens your nails because this herb too has a high content of silica and useful minerals.

Moreover, brittle or flaking nails can be treated with a diet richer in fatty acids. Try getting more of those from flax seed and fish. White spots on your nails are a sign of zinc insufficiency; you can fix this by eating more root vegetables, nuts, meat, and whole grains.

10 Natural Remedies That Are 100% FREE!

Green Cosmetics! Homemade Shampoo and Hair Conditioner

Ok, let’s start from the very basics. Soap making may be a bit tricky, but you can easily replace your name brand expensive shampoo and hair conditioner starting today. You will only have to invest in a bottle of apple cider vinegar and some baking soda. These ingredients will surprise you with spectacular effects on clarifying your hair, either you decide to use them separately or both at once. They will also make it stronger, with added resistance to breaking and, of course, extra shine!

So how exactly can one wash their hair with those? Well, it’s easy: begin by making a solution of one part apple cider vinegar (or baking soda) to two parts water. Then, pour this solution directly onto your hair – watch out for the eyes, though! – Or spray it all over your scalp using an applicator bottle. Rub it, let it sit on your scalp for a few minutes, and finally rinse with water in abundance.

So much for the washing; now, let’s go on to very cost-effective and easy to make hair conditioner that can be obtained through blending a banana with one tablespoon of honey. This mixture works as a mask with miraculous nourishing effects on dry and damaged hair, if you let it sit on your hair for half an hour, then rinse out.

Soothing Stomach Problems

Don’t let stomach discomfort ruin your day – especially now that you will be able to do that without spending a small fortune at the drugstore. Begin with drinking two or three cups of soothing tea made from the traditional licorice, ginger, or chamomile. If you are suffering from indigestion, add some peppermint to your infusion in order to tame your irate stomach faster than any medicine available on the market.

In case you are experiencing nausea and motion-sickness, the best tummy settlers are lemon and ginger.  To prevent or treat diarrhea make a quick infusion of dried raspberry or blackberry leaves, before trying other treatments. Apple juice is also helpful. If, on the contrary, you suffer from temporary constipation, take two teaspoons of castor oil on an empty stomach – it is old-fashioned, simple, inexpensive, and… it actually works!

Aloe Vera – A Quick Fix for Minor Burns and More!

Minor burns are frequent accidents that may occur in the house. Instead of buying synthetics creams, you may consider buying an aloe plant. Whenever you have a minor burn, you can find a quick relief by breaking off an aloe leaf and apply the inner gel-like juice directly on the affected spot. Moreover, you can also use this very non-demanding plant in case of sunburns, constipation, and in a variety of skin or hair treatments.

Bad Breath and Unpleasant Body Odor

There are two very efficient plants that have been used for centuries as natural remedies against bad breath – and you have them both at hand: peppermint and parsley. These herbal food garnishes are rich in chlorophyll, a substance able to kill the bacteria responsible for bad odors. So make sure you include them in your diet and nibble on a spring whenever you feel it is needed.

Unpleasant body odor persisting despite good hygiene may be a consequence of clogged pores, which prevent your skin from eliminating body toxins. Try gentle dry-brushing before taking a bath to get rid of dead skin residues. Also, try natural scrubs (with coffee or corn grounds) and drink large quantities of herbal tea.

10 Natural Remedies That Are 100% FREE!

Fighting Stress

Even if you can’t always overcome a critical situation, it is very important to be in control over the way you deal with stressful issues. Follow herbalists’ advice and start drinking chamomile tea (a cup three times a day) when you’re feeling overwhelmed. It is estimated more than one million cups are drunk daily, on all the continents. Adding some other calming plants, such as lavender or valerian, is a good idea for more intense results; you can also use the infusion for obtaining a much-praised nerve-soothing bathwater.

Another important thing is not neglecting your vitamin C daily intake. Lemons and oranges consumed as such or in fresh juice will keep you safe from excessive blood pressure and will quickly bring stress hormone levels back to normal values. Before spending money on anti-stress medication, you should also consider limiting your consumption of sugar, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. All these substances increase your heart pace, develop anxiety, irritability, and trembling hands syndrome.

Conclusion

Ditch the chemical pills, syrups, and creams! A lot of the frequent health problems can be solved by following simple and easy solutions with ingredients you already have at hand – fruits, vegetables, nuts natural oils, and herbal teas. Not only you will save the money spent in drugstores, but you will also get rid of annoying adverse effects and you will improve your lifestyle by going for green, healthier alternatives that won’t cost you a fortune!

About the author

Oana Schneider

Oana Schneider is a published author located in Chicago, Illinois, who currently works for DontPayFull.com as a communication specialist and blog editor. She writes about lifestyle, family budget, has a degree in Communications and advocates for women’s rights. Her future plans include getting a Labrador and losing a few pounds.

17 Comments

  • I had never heard of White Willow Bark before. I am going to look for it because I typically take ibuprofen, but I know that it has many adverse effects. In my home, we swear by chamomile for stomach issues. I have been drinking it since I was a child and it always does the trick.

    • Chamomile is great, especially when it’s added into hot tea, or the tea already contains it. It’s one of those things that has multiple uses as far as making you feel better or providing a soothing effect. I’d drink chamomile tea every day if I had the time to make that much tea, let’s put it that way.

  • This is all pretty decent advice. I use a combination of over-the-counter and homemade products to meet my needs. It’s difficult to resist buying painkillers for $1 versus making something at home. That’s probably why I will use a combination of both, with emphasis on the the homemade items. I’ve discovered so many simple at-home remedies that I didn’t know about until I decided to save more money. To this day, I can’t figure out why the homemade items never crossed my mind until now.

    • That’s really the way to do it. If you use a combination on both, then you’re probably going to wind up better off than using only one or the other. Regular medicine doesn’t come without its issues, and the same can be said for homemade remedies. It’s important to find a balance that keeps you healthy and chugging along without problems.

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  • Using coffee grounds as a scrub or exfoliant is something I’ve never thought about. I may give it a try and see how that works. I’ve also been a big fan of zinc in general in terms for warding off illnesses or simply lessening your downtime when you do get sick. Personally, I’ve always enjoyed the concept of an aloe vera plant in the bathroom. You just naturally watch it grow and make use of it beyond that whenever you need.

    • I’d definitely recommend that coffee grounds trick, although don’t use used ones, for obvious reasons. ;] Zinc is a great nutrient that’s vital for health, especially in mean. It can help you recover from sickness faster or lessen your chances of getting sick in the first place. The efficacy of zinc supplements is mixed, though, so try and get most of your zinc from actual foods.

  • When it comes to basic headaches that aren’t caused by a medical condition, you don’t need aspirin or home remedies. What makes you feel better when you have a headache isn’t the aspirin so much as it’s the water you drink with it. If you take in more water, then you can stave off random headaches, once again, unless you have an underlying condition such as migraines or something else.

  • As someone who deals with crippling chronic pain on a daily basis, it was interesting to read about tumeric having analgesic properties. I will definitely consider adding more to my diet, as it seems that there are even some scientific studies to back up these claims.

  • These are great! I can’t remember the last time I bought anything over-the-counter except for aspirin/ibuprofen, so it’s nice to get some suggestions for that that I’ll have to look into next time I go shopping. I noticed that changing my diet actually did a thousand times more for my hair and nails than upgrading shampoos or polishes or cuticle treatments ever did.

  • Using coffee grounds is a great idea. In this day and age, it’s really important that we keep to be environmentally conscious. Not only is using coffee grounds as a scrubber cheaper, you can easily compost it after you’re done.

    I’ve had a few stomach problems lately. However, in the past, I’ve never been a big fan of chamomile, but I look forward to trying the other remedies. Thanks!

  • I had absolutely no idea that you could wash y our hair with vinegar. I am surprised that it improves the condition of it though, I would have thought the acidity would dry your hair out. There are some really interesting ideas here, thanks!

  • Thanks for the informative article! I love using alternative remedies. Peppermint is a favorite of mine. It resolves not only bad breath but also sore throats, headaches, and stomachaches. Moreover, I’m happy to see turmeric mentioned. I have been taking it for sore joints with success along with glucosamine. Lastly, valerian is listed for stress but it personally did not work for me. I have better luck with L-Theanine which naturally occurs in green tea. However, you would need to drink about 20 cups in order to get the equivalent to a standard dosage in capsule form.

  • Love, love, LOVE this article! I have lost three pregnancies before having my son and my doctor believes that ibuprofen was part of the reason why I miscarried because I took it so often. I used to also be on a ton of anti-depressants and I didn’t like what they were doing to my body. Some made me gain weight others made my depression or anxiety worse. While I was pregnant I of course had to find alternatives to me my meds so home remedies is what I turned to. Home remedies made me feel human again, even while I was pregnant. So, I’m constantly looking for new home remedies to try.

    Some of these I’ve already known about such as the chamomile tea and aloe vera. But I had no idea that vitamin C can help relieve stress. This explains why my therapist has me drinking warm water with the juice of two lemons every morning!

    My favorite is the shampoo! I can’t wait to try it out!!!

  • You know, it is amazing that you can make such a huge difference to the way that you feel by just changing your diet a little. I know that whenever I am feeling stressed, I always take a look at what I’m eating, and will try to boost my vitamins and drink some chamomile tea. I usually find that this is more than enough to get my stress levels down, which of course can only be a good thing. So if you feel as though you’re stressed a lot of the time, you should certainly try to change your diet to deal with it, as it might work very well indeed!

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