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When it comes to everyday ailments, you don’t have to spend loads of money on artificial medicines. Plant medicine offers effective and inexpensive solutions for a variety of health issues, such as:

Muscle pain/sprains

Turmeric

Its active ingredient Curcumin makes turmeric an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powerhouse that can help soothe sore muscles.

Releaf Curcumin 185, which is 185 times more bioavailable (better absorbed) than standard Curcumin extract, is believed to help relieve joint pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.

Comfrey

This soothing solution helps to fight inflammation and relieve bruising pain.

St. John’s Wort

This can be used topically or taken internally to ease muscle tension & pain.

Epsom salt or magnesium flake baths

Warm Epsom salt or magnesium flake baths deliver magnesium which helps to relax muscles and ease the pain.

Headaches

White Willow Bark*

This natural painkiller is excellent for headaches, body aches and menstrual cramps. It contains the active ingredient of salicin, which is gentler on your stomach than most over-the-counter medications.

*not to be taken during pregnancy

Lavender Essential Oil

This essential oil naturally promotes relaxation, eases anxiety and induces calmness; perfect for winding down after a long day. Put a few drops of it on your pillow or massage it into your temples and forehead.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Cooling and uplifting, peppermint helps to relieve tension headaches. Try diffusing peppermint or breathing in a few drops of peppermint oil.

Indigestion/stomach ache

Apple Cider Vinegar

Known by cool, hipster health freaks as ACV, Apple Cider Vinegar is very useful in alleviating heartburn and acid reflux. If you frequently experience heartburn, it may be because your body isn’t actually producing enough acid to break down food, which can lead to food fermenting in your gut and sending unwanted gasses painfully up your oesophagus.

Try using ACV as a salad dressing or taking a tablespoon with water when you have heartburn.

Peppermint

This soothing carminative alleviates indigestion, gas, bloating, and a sore stomach. Try a cup of peppermint tea the next time a headache strikes.

Ginger

This miracle herb eases nausea, motion sickness, indigestion, gas and bloating. Try adding some finely sliced fresh ginger to hot lemon water with honey, and take Releaf African Ginger, a product of natural origin with antihistaminic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activity that may help treat allergic reactions, colds, coughs, asthma, and influenza.

Motion Sickness

Probiotics

When it comes to digestive distress, friendly bacteria are your best friend, as they help to rebuild and maintain beneficial gut bacteria.

Food poisoning

Activated charcoal

Activated charcoal helps absorb and remove toxins from the body, making it an excellent solution for food poisoning.

Skin irritants

Insect repellant

It’s very easy to grab insect repellant when you hear that dreaded “buzz” sound. However, most traditional bug sprays contain toxic chemicals that are harmful to the body. To keep the pests at bay, rather make your own bug spray by adding 20 lavender drops, 10 cedarwood drops, 10 Eucalyptus drops, 5 peppermint drops and some water to a spray bottle and then spritzing yourself from head to toe. (You could also add citronella, lemongrass or tea tree oil drops to the mix).

Itchy bug bites

To relieve annoying itches, use Tea Tree oil, vinegar or a drop of baking soda mixed into a paste with water.

Sunburns

Fresh Aloe Vera is an excellent soothing demulcent for sunburns, and when mixed with lavender and peppermint, can speed up the healing process.

Toothaches

Cloves

Cloves are a natural painkiller and numbing agent, which are particularly useful for toothaches. Try chewing (gently) on a clove or applying diluted clove oil to your gums.

DIY Saltwater mouthwash for toothache relief

Salt is antimicrobial and has pain relieving, numbing properties. Try mixing a . teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt or Himalayan salt dissolved with a cup of water and cloves, before swirling it around your mouth for about two minutes.

Sore throats

Apple Cider Vinegar

The acidity in ACV helps to kill germs and bacteria. Try adding a tablespoon to a splash of warm water and then gargling the mixture for 60 seconds.

Raw Organic Honey

Honey is a healing and soothing antidote for sore throats, so try adding a teaspoon to some black tea along with Releaf Cough and Cold Syrup (With Vitamin C); a product of natural origin that may help relieve symptoms of the common cold.

Content from:

The Women’s Wellness Collective