While some illnesses require medical intervention, others can be safely treated at home with quick home remedies that have been around for years. Our grandparents and great-grandparents used these home remedies and have passed their wisdom on to us. However, there are many who are unaware of the number of effective, quick home remedies that provide instant relief for common problems. Here are 4 different quick home remedies to consider next time you find yourself reaching for a box of pills.
1. Suffering from a cold? Maybe allergies clogging up your airways? You may find yourself becoming more congested during the night. A (mostly) free and quick remedy for congestion in the nose and lungs is breathing in steam from hot water. This opens up your airways, allowing you the breathe easier. A hot shower is one way to allow steam to ease congestion; another method is to boil a pot of water, turn off the burner, and hold your face over the steam rising from the pot. CAREFUL! Don’t burn yourself. Looking for a way to kick your home remedy for common cold into high gear? Add some aromatherapy to the mix! Peppermint oil, menthol, lemon, and eucalyptus scents added to steam will help open your airways. Try tying a eucalyptus branch under your shower head and then have a hot shower, or have a cup of hot peppermint tea.
2. Zzzzzz… Snoring is something that will mostly effect your loved ones, so it’s even more important to treat it. While there is a number of anti-snoring devices on the market, as well as expensive surgeries and medications, it may be best to try to cure your snoring at home first. One effective method is sleeping on your side instead of your back, which alleviates some of the pressure on your airways that causes snoring. If sleeping on your side is uncomfortable, you can try elevating your head by adding an extra pillow or two. This also helps to keep the pressure from restricting your airways. If nothing seems to work, it’s important to seek professional medical advice. Your doctor may diagnose you with sleep apnea, a series medical disorder that requires treatment.
3. Ouch! As Spring and Summer approach, bees will be more active, which means increased potential for bee stings. If you are unlucky enough to have been stung, you can quickly lessen the itching and pain by using a combination of cool water and baking soda. Mix equal parts baking soda and water to form a paste, then apply to the sting and let sit. This can work for just about any bug bite, such as ant bites, wasp stings, mosquito bites, and more. The baking soda will stop the itch and help treat the swelling and pain. It’s a safe and effective home remedy using common household ingredients.
4. Upset stomach? Try an after dinner mint! Peppermint is an excellent natural cure for a wide range of unpleasant stomach problems, including gas, bloating, stomach cramps, and nausea. Peppermint is a soothing, cooling herb that stops muscle spasms and settles your stomach. You can also use peppermint to prevent stomach discomfort before you eat. Try taking a peppermint oil capsule 30 minutes before your next meal. The compounds in peppermint oil contain antispasmodic properties which great reduce the spasms of the intestinal tract and color, as well as relax your stomach muscles, which can help prevent and relieve spastic colon, diarrhea, and nausea.