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Everyday health issues can be cured without medications. Many natural remedies have been passed down through generations. Curing hiccups has perplexed many. Suggestions include letting a baby suck sugar off your finger to cure his/her hiccups. Older people may need to be startled out of the hiccups. They can also try drinking water from a glass while upside down or holding their breath, which forces you to breath deeply.
Colds also have many cures. A steaming sink of dishwater solves two problems in one (cleaning the kitchen and relieving the stuffy nose). Rubbing a vapor rub on the chest and covering it with flannel also works to relieve congestion. Of course, a cough relief is needed in the form of honey and lemon juice.
Releasing tight blood vessels or muscles can relieve headaches. To do this you can exercise with a brisk walk to circulate your blood and relax muscles. Soaking in a hot bath can do the same releasing tension built up in knotted muscles. Since dehydration can cause headaches, drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water can prevent them. Using massage, acupuncture, and aromatherapy, you can relieve the tension causing a headache. If you want to try acupressure, press the fleshy web between your thumb and forefinger, which is a noted pressure point associated with relieving headaches. Avoiding light, using hot/cold compresses, doing neck rolls and shoulder lifts can also relieve headaches caused by tension or going too long without eating.
Pregnancy presents many ailments that most women find uncomfortable. Reducing spicy and fatty foods in the diet can reduce morning sickness. Avoiding strong odors is also helpful. To prevent a totally empty stomach, eat several small meals throughout the day. Before getting out of bed, eat a few soda crackers with room temperature water. Acupressure wristbands commonly used for motion sickness can alleviate morning sickness, as well. These press on the pressure point between the tendons of your wrist just above your hand. The heartburn often associated with pregnancy is helped through many of the same remedies for morning sickness. Other natural remedies include wearing loose fitting clothing after you''ve eaten or adding slippery elm powder to a cup of tea.
Arthritis sufferers also have natural options for relieving pain. A strong antioxidant, ginger extract naturally reduces inflammation without side effects. Greeks used crushed willow leaves mixed with wine as a paste to apply to painful joints. Changing your lifestyle by adding exercise, you can increase joint strength and flexibility reducing pain. If you reduce foods such as red meat, dairy products and tomatoes while increasing fruit and vegetables with vitamin C, you will find that joints will hurt less.
Common Herbs And Some Specific Uses
Eliminates poisons from the blood and purifies the system from infections. Is dependably useful in rheumatism, gout, skin eruptions, ringworm, scrofula, internal inflammation, colds and catarrh.
Often called a spring medicine to purify the blood and cleanse the entire system. Valuable in colic and all skin diseases and eruptions.
Useful for the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, colds and is also a sedative. Also great for reproductive organs.
Most effective as a strong laxative.