Natural Healing Remedies
Natural oils, leaves, and roots have been used for centuries to support healing. Many have powerful antimicrobial and antiviral properties that can help prevent infections or illnesses. What’s so great about many of these remedies is that the ingredients can often be found right in your home
HERBS, ROOTS, AND EXTRACTS
Here are some natural substances that may help reduce bacteria and fungi
• Aloe gel may help moisturize the skin and soothe sunburns. • Black walnut extract may support wound treatment and decrease the risk of infection. • Citricidal (also known as grapefruit seed extract) may help support skin health and clear yeast infections. • Echinacea root may shorten the length of a cold and provide a calming effect. • Ellagic acid (extracted from raspberries and other fruits) may help reduce the risk of infection. • Raw garlic bulb supports hearth health and a healthy blood pressure and may reduce the risk of some cancers. • Fresh ginger root may help alleviate nausea and vomiting, especially during pregnancy. • Honeysuckle flower may help reduce inflammation. • Isatis root may help reduce psoriasis symptoms and soothe itchy skin. • Olive leaf extract may help support a healthy blood pressure. • Tea tree oil may help reduce acne and fungal infections
Note: Some substances may interact with medications and may not be appropriate for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Always talk with your physician before adding any of these to your routine.
Essential oils have antiviral activity. They are very concentrated substances, so only small amounts are used. Essential oils are often diluted in other oils or water. They can also be added to a diffuser to provide antiviral benefits and aromatherapy.
1| Natural oils, leaves, and roots have been used for centuries to support healing. Many have powerful antimicrobial and antiviral properties that can help prevent infections or illnesses. What’s so great about many of these remedies is that the ingredients can often be found right in your home
1| Antimicrobial essential oil combination: Add 1 drop of tea tree, 1 drop of thyme, and 1 drop of eucalyptus to a damp cloth and apply to the skin.
2| Flu relief: Add 1 drop of clove and 2 drops of lavender to a diffuser.
3| Natural bug repellent: Add 15 drops of citronella, 15 drops of peppermint, and 15 drops of lemon eucalyptus to a spray bottle with 1/2 cup of witch hazel and a small amount of water and olive oil.
4| To clear up nasal congestion: Add 1 or 2 drops of peppermint and 1 drop of eucalyptus to a tissue or handkerchief. Bring the tissue to your nose and breathe in; avoid applying directly to the skin as it may cause irritation
OTHER TIPS TO SUPPORT NATURAL HEALING • Reestablish good flora in the intestinal tract with probiotic-rich foods. • Try different foods to determine the diet that works best for you. • Enhance digestion and immunity with regular physical activity. • When feeling run-down, take the time to cleanse by removing irritants from the diet and focusing on detoxing foods, like leafy greens.
REFERENCES • Pitchford, P. (n.d.). Healing with whole foods. Retrieved from www.healingwithwholefoods.com