Home Remedies for Everything

Nature provides many home remedies. From getting rid of head lice, to getting a restful night's sleep, to clearly up a urinary infection, there's not many things you can't sort out with a humble home remedy. Let's take a look at a few diverse examples...

Got a urinary tract infection?

Well, one of the most widely used home cures is using cranberry juice to treat . Many doctors even recommend it to their patients.}

Having problems with digestion?

Don't fear! There are several home remedies for digestion problems. Two general aids for digestion are peppermint and garlic. More specifically, drink ¼ cup of aloe vera juice for heartburn. To relieve indigestion, mix a few sprigs of parsley, or ¼ tsp dried parsley to a glass of warm water. And you can take ginger to combat nausea.

Can't get to sleep?

No worries, there are several home remedy sleep aids. 2 hours before bed, you can take 1.5 mg of melatonin. The dosage can gradually be increased to 5 mg daily until an effective dosage is reached. And there's more...

One of the best home remedies to help you sleep is a twist on a classic remedy. Drink a glass of warm milk with natural honey added. For best results, heat the milk just until it starts to foam. Or try a cup of chamomile tea with a bit of milk and natural honey.

Learning to put worries out of your mind will improve your sleep. Try to remember a pleasurable event or lie down, get comfortable, and use a simple relaxation technique. Start relaxing you feet by imagining them sinking into soft warm sand as all tension is released. Slowly repeat moving up your body to your ankles, calves, and so on.

Another great home sleep remedy is to establish good sleep habits. This includes:

- Only using the bedroom for sleeping and sex (not for reading, working, eating, watching TV, etc).
- Going to bed only when sleepy and do not stay in bed unless sleepy
- Set an alarm clock and get up at the same time each morning, even on weekends, no matter how you slept.
- Remove all clocks from your view.
- Do not nap.
- Exercise daily, but not right before bed.
- Take a hot bath right before bed and add 1-2 cups of Epsom salt. Soak for 15-20 minutes.
- Establish a relaxing bed time routine including some quiet time.
- Evaluate your other medications.
- Keep a sleep log. Write down your actions each night. Record how you slept. Use this information to determine what works for you.
- Have sex before bedtime, but only if you enjoy it.

Kids got head lice?

No problem. The most natural cure is removing the nits (eggs) and live lice with a nit-comb and/or tweezers. This method needs to be repeated consecutively for several days. It seems time consuming, but is part of every lice treatment.

Try smothering the lice. Apply a thick coat of mayonnaise, olive oil, or Vaseline to the scalp and leave overnight under an airtight shower cap. Wash it out the next day, followed by nit-combing. Vaseline is difficult to get out of hair. Dawn dish soap helps remove it.

Herbal remedies can be added to the smothering agent or used separately. Mix 3 TB of tea tree oil, coconut oil, or neem oil to 8 TB of mayo, olive oil, or Vaseline. Smother the scalp and cover with a shower cap overnight.

Shampoos and conditioners with tea tree oil, coconut oil, or neem oil can be used after smothering. The Packard Children’s Health Services Pediatric Hotline recommends a home made shampoo. Take a inexpensive shampoo and add 3 TB olive oil, 1 tsp tea tree oil, and 1 tsp rosemary or eucalyptus oil. Leave on the hair for 30 minutes with a tight fitting shower cap. Wash the hair 2-3 times to remove oils. Be careful to keep oils out of the eyes.

White vinegar loosens nits from the hair. But vinegar and blowing drying deactivate the pesticides in anti-lice shampoos, so don’t use them together. And never use cat or dog shampoo/flea killer on children. Whether using a home remedy for head lice or an anti-lice shampoo, it is necessary to remove all lice from your environment. Your success depends on how much effort and energy you put ridding your house of lice.

With careful nit combing, thoroughly cleaning your home, and the above treatments, you can quickly eliminate head lice.

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Written by Healthy New Age, the alternative remedy blog and website.