Use this, not that: Natural medicine cabinet alternatives

Most people have a medicine cabinet full of pills for everything: headaches, allergies, the common cold, etc. The problem with these quick fixes is that they often merely cover up your symptoms, rather than curing the ailment. Plus you may end up experiencing some unwanted side effects. Allergy relief comes with a side of drowsiness, […]

Most people have a medicine cabinet full of pills for everything: headaches, allergies, the common cold, etc. The problem with these quick fixes is that they often merely cover up your symptoms, rather than curing the ailment.

Plus you may end up experiencing some unwanted side effects. Allergy relief comes with a side of drowsiness, a good night’s sleep turns into sleeping through your alarm clock, you get the picture.

There are so many herbal and DIY remedies out there, and you’ve no doubt encountered that overwhelming feeling when browsing the natural pharmacy.

I want to make things simple for you by making over your medicine cabinet with some tried-and-true natural health remedies.shutterstock_283722095

Cold & Flu

Use this: Source Naturals Wellness Herbal Resistance Liquid
Not that: Vick’s DayQuil

Why? DayQuil and NyQuil may dry out your mucus and make your symptoms go away, but this can often lead to a prolonged cold. By using an immune support formula that contains Echinacea and other herbs, you can enhance your body’s own natural defenses to fight the virus, not just the symptoms.

Insomnia

Use this: Stress J
Not that: Unisom

Why? Sleeping pills can be addictive and cause drowsiness, among many other unwanted side effects. The better bet is to take a homeopathic herb blend that promotes rest and relaxation or diffuse essential oils that calm the mind and body into a naturally sleepy state.

Nausea

Use this: Ginger supplements
Not that: Nauzene, Emetrol

Why? Anti-nausea medications can lead to diarrhea and stomach cramping, neither of which is much better than the nausea itself! Ginger has been used in China for over 2,000 years as a safe and effective nausea remedy that aids digestion and calms the nerves.

Pink Eye (conjunctivitis)

Use this: Chamomile tea wash
Not that: Visine Redness Relief

Why? Eye drops contain ingredients that may cause blurred vision, stinging and dryness. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, making it very effective for treating pink eye naturally. Just dip a cotton ball in lukewarm chamomile tea and wipe your eye. Make sure to use a fresh cotton ball after each wipe.

Digestive Issues

Use this: American Health Chewable Papaya Enzyme
Not that: Antacids (Tums, Pepcid, Prilosec)

Why? Antacids can cause diarrhea, constipation and hyperacidity, which leads to antacid-dependency. Instead, using papaya enzyme or herbal tea will keep the digestive system moving so the body can fight indigestion without side effects!

Cough

Use this: Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat Tea
Not that: Cough syrup or expectorant (Robitussin, Mucinex)

Why? Cough suppressants and expectorants can cause allergic reactions, dizziness, drowsiness and nausea. Raw honey and cinnamon are both antiviral and antibacterial and will knock out the virus, not just the cough. Sipping on Throat Coat Tea will sooth the throat with medicinal herbs and speed up the healing process.

Next time you start to experience the uncomfortable symptoms of a cold or indigestion, you’ll be able to pull out one of these tried-and-true remedies and get back to your healthy self in no time! No side effects, just all-natural relief.

Do you have any natural remedies you swear by? Email me your favorite remedies, I’d love to feature yours in a blog post.

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