Essential natural home remedies

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Home remedies have become increasingly popular as the expense and hassle of conventional medicine continues to rise.

 

Allergies

There's something in the air all year round for allergy sufferers, and they don't like it. Find out how to combat everyday allergens:

Irrigating the nose with saline solution (salt water) may help soothe upper respiratory allergies by removing irritants that become lodged in the nose and cause inflammation. Make your own fresh solution daily by mixing a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm, distilled water and adding a pinch of baking soda. Bend over a sink and sniff a bit of solution into one nostril at a time, allowing it to drain back out through the nose or mouth; do this once or twice a day.

Bad Breath

Stinky breath plagues almost all of us at some point, but saving yourself from embarrassment can be easy. 

Baking soda is a great way to clean your teeth and get fresh breath.

Swish water around your mouth for at least 20 seconds to loosen food particles and clean your mouth.

Fresh vegetables, such as carrots and celery, fight plaque and keep your breath smelling nice.

Chewing on the seeds of aromatic spices such as clove, cardamom, or fennel after meals is a common practice.

Colic

An unhappy baby may scream bloody murder, though your infant may not be in real danger. But you can still find out how to make baby feel better. 

Chamomile combines antispasmodic and sedative properties and may relieve intestinal cramping and induce relaxation at the same time.

  1.  This has antispasmodic and sedative properties. Place 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves in a cup and fill it with boiling water. Cover and let stand for ten minutes. Strain and, while warm or at room temperature, give it to the infant in a bottle.

Mint has antispasmodic properties, which may help reduce intestinal spasms in colicky infants. Place 1 teaspoon dried mint in a cup and fill with boiling water. Let stand for ten minutes. Strain well and, while warm, feed to the baby in a bottle.

Constipation

You may feel like your whole life is backing up while waiting for your digestive tract to clear out. Learn what to eat to keep things moving

Get your daily dose of grain products. Grain products include cereals, breads and starchy vegetables.

Also, try making barley a permanent addition to your diet. It can relieve constipation and keep you regular. 

Heartburn

Heartburn may not be in your heart, but something really is burning when you feel it. Learn how to put the fire out.

Over-the-counter antacids in tablet or liquid form can help cool the burn. Take a dose about every six hours as needed.

Another way to protect your esophagus while you sleep is to elevate the head of your bed. That way, you'll be sleeping on a slope, and gravity will work for you in keeping your stomach contents where they belong.

Morning Sickness

In today's 24-hour world, morning sickness can strike at any time. Learn how fluids and light snacks can help pregnant women. 

Crackers are a pregnant woman's prize possession. They are portable, easy to digest, and inexpensive, and in many cases, they nip nausea in the bud. Plain, whole-wheat crackers, pretzels, plain popcorn, or low-salt soda crackers are your best bets

Perhaps pregnancy is the only time in a woman's life when potato chips offer a cure...and can be consumed without guilt. For many women, munching on a few chips at the first sign of nausea helps dissipate it

High-protein foods like nuts, peanut butter, and dairy products may help ease morning sickness.

A small slice of lemon, lime, or orange added to your water or herbal tea can help ease nausea.

Beyond the convenience, home remedies have found favor with a public that wants to take a more holistic approach to its ailments.

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