If you think about it, all medications and treatments are derived initially from nature. Science can become so advanced that it forgets the very basics and fundamentals of what we need to make us better.
Nature itself can effectively provide your body and mind with everything it needs to combat many illnesses, conditions, and ailments. You don’t have to venture to the drug store to treat that headache because the cure is growing in your nearby woods or sitting in your kitchen cupboards.
Nature does, in fact, hold the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction. So put down those pills and let's look at some healthy and drinkable alternative remedies to help you feel great and banish many common ailments.
Flower Tea for Horrible Headaches & Menacing Migraines
Stressful day at work? Too much on your mind? Headaches are one of the most commonly treated conditions with over-the-counter medications. The good news is that there are healthier, more natural ways to treat this pesky ailment.
When you get a bad headache or worse, a migraine, the blood vessels in your head can expand and press on nerves causing pain. This is often brought on by stress and tension. The feverfew flower has been confirmed to relax the tension and constrict these blood vessels helping to ease the pain of pressure and tension. Studies on feverfew have also confirmed its regular usage can actually lessen the frequency of headaches and migraines. Feverfew also contains a substance called parthenolide, which has a strikingly similar effect to taking an aspirin, but without the side effects—a natural painkiller!
For the tea you will need:
- 1-ounce fresh or dried feverfew flowers
- 1 pint of boiling water
Add your fresh or dried feverfew flowers to 1 pint of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes, and then strain. Drink half a cup twice a day as needed to abolish your headaches.
Basil and Chamomile Tea – The Stress & Anxiety Buster
Did you know that up to 75% of all visits to the doctor have something to do with stress and anxiety? With numbers so high it's time you looked closer to home for a cure! Mother nature can help you with some natural remedies to combat stress and anxiety.
Chamomile boasts naturally calming and soothing influences with a sedative effect on your central nervous system. It assists in relaxing the muscles; easing anxiety and helping you sleep. Studies on people with anxiety and depression have also indicated that chamomile can have a ‘clinically meaningful’ antidepressant effect on individuals.
Basil is what’s called an adaptogenic herb. This means that it enhances your body’s natural response to physical and emotional stress. It also assists in helping your body function properly during times of stress.
For the tasty tea you will need:
- 1 tablespoon of fresh basil leaves
- 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey
Place 1 tablespoon of fresh basil leaves and 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile in a cup of boiling water. Cover and steep for 5-10 minutes.
Strain, add some raw honey, sip the tea slowly and enjoy!
Licorice Root Tea for Terrible Coughs
Suffering from a pesky cough can seriously inhibit your day and let’s be honest; most cough mixtures are overpriced and ineffective.
Licorice root is one of nature’s natural health elixirs and acts as both an expectorant and demulcent, meaning it can soothe your airways while loosening and thinning mucus to ease congestion. Its active component is glycyrrhizin, which is responsible for its medicinal healing effects.
For the tea you will need:
- 2 tablespoons of dried licorice root
- 8 ounces of fresh water
Boil some water and place the licorice root in your favorite mug. Allow the mixture to steep for 10-15 minutes.
Drink the entire cup up to 2 times daily and watch that cough disappear. You can’t help but enjoy this super sweet treat; it sure beats nasty-tasting cough mixture!
Next time you or a loved one are suffering from one of these common ailments, why not try your hand at making one of the above remedies. You can enjoy treating your body to something natural and nutritious whilst alleviating your aches and pains!