If you're currently a student, you might be interested in some natural remedies to stock up your college medicine cabinet with. As tempting as it might be to pop a pill for every ill you suffer, there are some more natural ways to soothe your aches and pains and here are a few natural remedies to turn to in times of trouble.
1. Bothersome Bloating
We all know how annoying bloating can be and it can make you feel uncomfortable as well as self-conscious. Fennel seeds are your friend when it comes to beating the bothersome bloat. If you suffer from unwanted gas and bloating, try cooking with fennel seeds as a preventative measure. Alternatively, you can try chewing on a spoonful of seeds after a big meal as this will also freshen your breath. This is one of those great natural remedies that you may want to keep in the kitchen rather than the medicine cabinet!
2. Annoying Nausea
Nausea can be caused by a number of things. Travel sickness and the thought of an impending exam can make you feel a little icky. If you're suffering from a bout of nausea, ginger is a great wonderful remedy. Pieces of crystallized ginger are worth having on hand and can be bought from a health food shop. Alternatively, you can make a ginger tea with a teaspoon of ginger powder in hot water or grate in some fresh ginger instead.
3. Super-Sore Muscles
Maybe you have been exercising super hard to relieve the stress of study but now your muscles are feeling the burn. Try Epsom salts in the bath to soothe those aching and tired muscles. The magnesium in the Epsom salts is sure to relax you at the end of a tough week of study and sport.
4. Trouble Sleeping
We all have those nights where we just can't switch off and although there are things we can do to help us sleep more soundly, like not working until late at night and not using cell phones right before sleeping, lavender is a great natural remedy. Try a couple of drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow at night time.
5. Bear with a Sore Head
Learning is fun but those long days at college can be stressful and this tension is likely to cause a headache at the end of the day. As tempting as it might be to reach for the pill packet at the sign of a sore head, a more natural solution would be to apply a couple of drops of peppermint oil to your temples. If you feel a headache coming on, apply a couple of drops to the back of your neck and forehead and this should stop it from getting worse.
6. Sore Throat
Honey is a classic remedy for soothing the irritation of sore throats. Add some hot water and lemon to make a soothing tea or just take a spoonful of honey on its own.
7. Arnica Gel
Arnica gel is great for bruises and also to relieve aches. Just massage the gel onto the area two to three times a day for two weeks and the anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties will work their wonders.
These are just a few of the natural remedies you should have in your college medicine cabinet. Do you have any recommendations?