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5/02/2011

Back Pain? Cramping? Asthma? You may want to look in your kitchen cabinet.


As we begin to push for a greener planet, many of us are also interested in finding alternative ways to staying healthy. Choosing to rely less on conventional medicine, we are instead leaning towards holistic medicines that mother earth has created without having to reach for a bottle of Advil or traditional pain relieving medicines. Using common herbs, and ingredients, the finest part about natural healing is that most of these remedies may be readily available in your kitchen cabinet.

The remedies listed below have been used for centuries to help alleviate common ailments such as sore feet, cramps, back pain and exercise induced asthma.

Sore Feet
 This is a common extremity we tend to neglect when we hit the mat, hit the pavement, or shove our precious toes into our heels when going out for the night. Why wouldn’t we suffer from extreme foot pain?  For fast relief boil some water and pour into a plastic bucket big enough to accommodate two dipped feet. Use ½ cup of barley or millet. Let the water cool until desired temperature, and soak your feet for at least a half hour. You can also add a tablespoon of sea salt to enhance the overall effects. One night of soaking and you will be back on your feet in no time.

Back Pain
 Almost every one of us will experience some form of back pain in our lives. Whether debilitating or just a nagging nuisance, back pain can moderately to severely affect the quality of our lives. There are some common home remedies that can help alleviate back pain (but if pain persists, please contact your physician). Sciatic is one of the most agonizing back pains. It’s often caused by nerve inflammation and in serious cases, may lead to a surgery.  Ivy is said by many to be a huge pain reliever of sciatica and  back pain. Too conjure up this remedy, take two handfuls of ivy, dice up into little pieces, and mix with two handfuls of bran. Begin to stir into a paste like substance while mixing in 1 ¼ cups of water. Warm over low heat for 10-15 minutes and when done, apply to the sore area using a damp cloth and let sit for a half hour.

Cramps
 Cramps are often caused by poor circulation, dehydration, and a deficiency of certain vitamins in the body.  Cramps can come on strong and cut a workout short. An easy fix for cramps is munching on celery stalk before indulging in any form of intense exercise. Celery stalk is said to lower blood pressure and relax muscle lining so that blood can flow more freely.  If a cramp has already hit, try mixing one teaspoon of honey and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water. Drink it fast and the cramp should dissipate in minutes!

Asthma
 Asthma occurs when the lungs are unable to receive enough air as a result of the inflammation of airway passageways. Because the disease cannot be cured, it is wise to consult your physician if serious symptoms persist. Alternative options for treating asthma include nettles and onions.  Never heard of a nettle? Most people haven’t.  Nettles are herbaceous plants that are native to Europe, North America, Northern Africa and Asia. Most of the species have ‘stinging’ needle like hairs on their leaves, so it’s best to seek out a natural food store that has created supplements from its remedial properties. Nettles are a prominent source of chlorophyll and are said to alleviate respiratory problems.  For other alternative ways to treat asthma, try soaking fresh cabbage leaf in hot water and drink its liquid, or try drinking a small glass of carrot juice a day to lower the risk of having an asthma attack.


Everybody is different. The results of natural medicine will vary from person to person. Hopefully at least one remedy listed above may provide relief to your nagging back pain, cramping, or persistent sore feet.

For more information on natural remedies, herbs and homeopathic medicine try reaching out to a local naturopathic. They will be able to give you a ‘whole body’ diagnostic and refer you to the best natural herbs and medicines out there. In the mean time, do some research before reaching for traditional man made and synthetic medicine. The ingredients and relief for your ailment just may be growing in your backyard...

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