Your Health: Home Cures and Natural Remedies

Avoiding Mosquito Bites & Preventing West Nile

We’ve already shared a number of natural remedies for relieving the itch and sting of bug bites. But, with all of the talk of West Nile virus lately, we thought it would be a better idea to share an effective way to keep mosquitoes away.

In addition to wearing long clothing and using bug repellents, you can burn coffee grounds in a small dish or saucer. This way, you can enjoy the last days of summer without being swarmed by the virus-carrying pests that we wish were long gone by now.

While natural remedies are conducive to frugal living, prevention is just that much better.

Prevent Sinus Infections from Seasonal Allergies with these Natural Remedies

There can be nothing worse than seasonal allergies. Okay, scratch that, a sinus infection caused by your seasonal allergies would certainly be worse. The good news is that there are some effective natural remedies that can be used to ward off a sinus infection. What’s even better is that this home remedy is perfect for frugal living, too.

All you need to do is to start drinking 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (raw is best) in a tall glass of water each day, as soon as you sense that allergies are approaching. The apple cider vinegar helps to thin mucus and, for lack of a better explanation, keeps things flowing freely so that serious congestion and infection are avoided.

This is a great tip for frugal living and one to keep in mind. You never know when it will come in handy.

Lesser-Known Uses for Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

If you don’t already have some in your pantry, it’s time you purchased some of this frugal living friendly tea that can be used in a large number of different natural remedies. In weeks previous, we mentioned how red raspberry leaf tea is beneficial for women, especially during menstruation, pregnancy and birth. There are, however, a number of lesser-known uses for this tea in thrifty natural remedies:

To help heal a wound, wet red raspberry leaves and apply to the affected area as a poultice. The leaves will not only help reduce inflammation, but they will also help tighten the area, helping to close over the wound.

The tea is rich in absorbable calcium, making it a great tea to drink if you suffer from muscle cramps.

If you have a sore throat, this tea works well as an antiseptic and astringent. Simply gargle the cooled tea 2 to 3 times a day.

Red raspberry leaf tea is rich in vitamins A, E and C and is a great way to help boost the immune system. Feeling a little under the weather? Drink a few cups of this tea!

Just one tea can be used to heal in so many different ways. Buy some today and add it to your arsenal.

Natural Remedies for Wipe-outs

With all of the adventures you and your children will have this summer, one or both of your are bound to endure some sort of wipe-out at one point or another. The good news is that there are frugal living friendly natural remedies that are perfect for treating broken, scraped or scratched skin.

The key is calendula and this frugal living friendly ointment or cream can be purchased at a local health food store. Simply clean the affected area well and then apply a little calendula ointment or cream. Calendula works very quickly to seal a cut or scrape and heal the wound. Plus, it isn’t greasy and doesn’t sting!

Get out and enjoy all that the summer has to offer but don’t forget to pack a little calendula!

Get Relief from Hives with Epsom Salts

Epsom salts are a frugal living friendly ingredient that can be used in a whole host of different natural remedies. For today’s tip, Epsom salts can be used to provide relief for hives.

All you need to do is run a cool bath and pour in 1 ½ cups of Epsom salts. Relax in the tub for as long as possible and repeat as often as is necessary.

Remember, to rid yourself of hives completely you need to determine what it is that’s causing your outbreak in the first place. For many people, stress is a common trigger and, if you think that may be the case, drink calming peppermint tea or dab a little lavender oil on your temples to soothe your nerves. Or, if you think it could be a food allergy that’s causing you to break out in itchy bumps, try an elimination diet.

There are natural ways to find relief from even the most irritating of afflictions.

Natural Remedies for Bee Stings

At one time or another, we’ve all been stung by a bee. Although the pain and stinging doesn’t last forever, it’s not a particularly pleasant feeling and it can be particularly traumatic for small children.

Instead of rushing out to the nearest pharmacy for an ointment, however, give these more frugal living friendly yet totally effective natural remedies a try:

First, remove the stinger and the venom sac carefully with tweezers. This will help stop the stinging.

Then, wash the area and either apply a dab of toothpaste or some ice wrapped in a dry, clean cloth. While the glycerine in the toothpaste will help dry the venom, both toothpaste and ice will reduce swelling and relieve the pain.

Prepare for the Unexpected on Summer Vacations with these Natural Remedy Ingredients

Planning your summer vacation? Great! Just don’t leave home without a few essentials so that you can be prepared to mix up natural remedies on the road or in a pinch, should you need them.

Oil of Oregano: a great one should you, your spouse or children start to feel a cold or the flu coming on. Nip it in the bud by adding a couple of drops to a small amount of juice or water. Or, if your kids really can’t handle the taste, rub the oil into the soles of their feet and top with socks (the vapour will be absorbed through the skin).

Ginger tablets or peppermint tincture for motion sickness

Lavender oil to help soothe hyper kids to sleep (simply massage into skin before bed)

Concentrated aloe vera gel for any skin irritations or sunburns

Lots of bottled water to help prevent dehydration and headaches

Tea tree oil for bug bites and other skin irritants

Plan for a stress and sickness-free vacation with these frugal living friendly ingredients. Enjoy!

Natural Remedies for Water Retention

When it’s hot outside or we’ve eaten too much salty food we tend to look a little puffier from all of the water we’re retaining. There’s an easy, frugal living friendly and safe way to relieve water retention. Check out this home remedy and give it a try the next you over-indulge by eating too much pizza, fried chicken or chips:

The key ingredients in this home remedy are dandelion greens and burdock root, both of which are totally frugal living friendly and can be purchased dried at most health food stores. Place one tablespoon of each in a pot and add 2 cups of water. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Then, strain out the bits and drink this homemade tea as needed, throughout the day.

Dandelion greens help regulate water levels in your body while burdock root is a gentle diuretic.

A Natural Remedy for Achy Muscles

Maybe you’ve been trying to get your lawn and gardens ready for the summer and have strained your back. Or, perhaps you’re indulging in some of the fine weather by participating in sports requiring muscle groups that were largely in hibernation mode over the winter. Whatever the cause, muscle soreness can be intense and somewhat debilitating.

Resist the urge to pop pills for relief or to purchase commercial muscle rubs that are both expensive and chalked full of ingredients you can’t pronounce. A great, frugal living friendly natural remedy for achy muscles is peppermint oil.

Now, I will warn you, peppermint oil is pretty potent stuff so either apply a small amount (i.e one or two drops) to the skin and work into the affected area, or combine one or two drops with olive or almond oil for a less-intense muscle rub. Peppermint oil will provide that same warm, soothing sensation that you get from the not-so frugal living friendly commercial products.

So lather up and get back to what you were doing.

Beat Springtime Allergies with these Natural Remedies

While most of us look forward to spring, with the trees budding and our gardens starting to grow, for others springtime means itchy eyes, a runny nose, sneezing and a whole lot of congestion.

Luckily, there are frugal living friendly ways to tackle those seasonal allergies and these natural remedies won’t leave you in a fog. We’ve mentioned before that a ‘Netti Pot’ or the old cup full of warm, salted water run through your nasal passages is a really effective way to keep things pollen-free and decongested, but here’s another home remedy to add to your allergy-fighting arsenal:

Stinging Nettle: This plant is a natural antihistamine that will help to reduce your allergy symptoms. You can either purchase stinging nettle capsules from your local health food store for a reasonable price, or the highly frugal living friendly way to get the most out of this plant is to buy the leaves freeze-dried and to steep and drink it like a tea.

Do what you can to treat allergy symptoms naturally and get out and enjoy the best that spring has to offer.