Treat yourself to Natural Treatment
There are many different ways to naturally nurture our bodies. Before there was conventional medicine, natural remedies were used to cure, manage or prevent everyday illness. Today, there is even more clinical research and evidence supporting the benefits of natural therapies. One thing we know is that all disease starts in our gut.
So, what can we do to improve our gut health and in turn, the operational function of our body?
Natural herbs, essential oils, and probiotics are a few natural treatments widely discussed. We want you to think about treatments you absorb, digest and offer your external body to aid in healing and maintenance of a healthy existence.
We give you 4 Holistic Treatments to help you improve your mind, body, and soul; along with some tools to get your gut health in check.
From as early as 3,000 BC herbs have been used as healing rituals. Once scientists started extracting and modifying active ingredients from plants in the early 19th century and chemists experimented making their own version of plant compounds, the use of herbal medicines declined in favor of drugs.
These days, we are more inquisitive and aware. We want to know what chemicals we are putting into our bodies and if there is a natural alternative? Herbalism is quickly becoming a typical way of life for many of us; using plant seeds, roots, leaves, flowers, berries or bark to prevent or treat illness.
Herbal medicine is used to treat many conditions but limited to:
- Chronic fatigue
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Menopausal symptoms
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Cancer, among others.
All-natural medicine can come in the form of health supplements. They are bigger and better than ever before as they contain a powdered form of all of the herbs you need in one capsule. New health supplements are always becoming available, so make sure you do your research. You do not need a prescription to obtain herbal vitamins supplements, however it is always strongly recommended that you discuss your options with a Naturopath.
HERBS TO KEEP AT HOME
Aloe Vera has antioxidant and antibacterial properties; accelerates the healing of burns; reduces dental plaque; helps treat mouth ulcers; reduces constipation; lowers blood sugar levels in diabetics and may improve skin and help prevent wrinkles (wouldn’t we all love that?).
Thyme has been used to treat bedwetting, diarrhea, stomach aches, farts, arthritis, colic, sore throats, and coughs.
Rosemary is known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. It will help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost your immune and circulatory system and promote hair growth.
Pot Marigold has natural antiseptic properties which are helpful for natural skin treatments, gastrointestinal problems, immune boosting, eye and genital treatment.
Sage is used to treat a variety of conditions; digestive problems, gas (flatulence), stomach pain, diarrhea, bloating, and heartburn. It can be great for depression, memory loss and Alzheimer’s patients. Some woman use sage to ease menstrual pain, to correct excessive milk flow during nursing or to reduce hot flushes during menopause. If you are suffering from painful nasal passages, cold sores, gingivitis or sore mouth, throat, and tongue, sage can be a useful alternative. Because of the beautiful scent, you will also find sage in cosmetics and soaps.
FOOD = MEDICINE
Garlic is another one we love. Not only is it great for cold and flu, it is known to be great for your hair and skin and aid in the prevention of heart disease and cancer. You may not be aware that garlic is an anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic and can help in getting out that stubborn splinter! Who would have thought?
Ginger – we all know it works best to fight infections when we are feeling under the weather! It’s another all-rounder! Ginger is known for treating nausea, morning sickness, reducing muscle pain and soreness. It is also an anti-inflammatory that may lower blood sugars and improve heart disease risk factors; as well as treat chronic indigestion, reduce menstrual pain, lower cholesterol and prevent cancer. It may improve brain function and protect against Alzheimer’s disease too.
Essential oils are known to have incredible restorative properties. By separating the strongest healing
compounds of a plant into a single oil, you gain an essential oil that is highly concentrated and gives off a strong aroma. Using essential oils for healing purposes is also known as aromatherapy.
For years healing plant oils have been utilized for a variety of health conditions. Often used for beauty care, cleaning, relaxation and home cleaning; keeping some common essential oils at home like tea tree oil, lavender, frankincense, lemon, and peppermint could:
- Fight cold and flu symptoms
- Minimise allergic reactions
- Alleviate pain
- Heal skin conditions
- Relax your body and soothe sore muscles
- Clean your home
- Balance hormones
- Improve digestion
- Reduce cellulite and wrinkles
10 Essential Oils – what they are good for?
- Eucalyptus Oil kills insects, ticks and mites and removes bacterial stains. It is great for alleviating cough and congestion, loosening phlegm in the nasal passages and lungs.
- Lavender Oil is one of the most well-known essential oils. It aides in better concentration, slows the activity of the central nervous system, improves sleep quality and assists in fighting anxiety. Lavender oil has also been known to encourage hair regrowth for those suffering hair loss.
- Peppermint Oil can alleviate nausea, headaches, upset stomach, gas, indigestion and anxiety. Treating so many conditions, this is one oil you need in your cupboard!
- Tea Tree Oil is an antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antiprotozoal.
- Jojoba Oil offers benefits to our skin. It is great for healing wounds, improves skin appearance and reduces acne.
- Blue Chamomile Oil is appreciated for its anti-inflammatory effects. Chamomile tea can assist with insomnia and inhaling the aroma of chamomile oil produces a mild sedative effect on the brain, which makes you sleepy.
- Rose Oil, floral in scent, promotes a calm mood and fights harmful organisms. It can make your skin more permeable and is often added to skin care products to improve efficacy.
- Jasmine Oil has a stimulating effect. When applied topically, it increases alertness and breathing rate.
- Clove Oil is commonly used as an antiseptic for oral infections and to kill a wide spectrum of microbes to keep the disease at bay. Studies suggest clove has the greatest anti-microbial ability over E.coli and also exerted considerable control over Staph aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, two bacteria that oftentimes lead to pneumonia and skin infections.
- Arnica oil is found to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and may be helpful for treating or relieving: muscle aches, spasms or pulled muscles, sprains, bruises and swelling due to fractures, insect bites, acne and hair loss.
As we said earlier, the disease starts in your gut, so it is important to promote a healthy gut. A lot of us use probiotics. As an ongoing treatment or to help reset your gut, probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are actually good for you, in particular, your digestive system. You should know that good bacteria are naturally found in your body, so probiotics can help:
- When you lose “good” bacteria in your body (like after you take antibiotics, for example), probiotics can help replace them.
- Balance your “good” and “bad” bacteria to keep your body working like it should.
Massage is one treatment most of us love, even if we are not 100% naturally kind to our bodies. Massage is known for both physical and mental healing needs. Who doesn’t enjoy a good hot stone massage to relax the muscles and knead out those knots!
Remedial Massage: assists the healing of soft tissue injuries, such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It is great for neck and back pain, headaches, neck stiffness, arthritis, frozen shoulders and tennis elbow.
Reflexology: The principle of reflexology is that the foot has reflex points that correspond to various structures and organs throughout our body. These points respond to pressure, stimulating the body’s own natural healing process.
Stone Massage: Hot stone massage is a natural therapy in which warmed stones are positioned on parts of the body to maximize the therapeutic benefit. Reasons for using hot stone massage could be; for pain relief, muscle relaxation improved circulation and mental health benefits.
ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES BECOMING MORE POPULAR
A sensory deprivation tank aka float tank is filled with salt water at skin temperature, lightless and allows you to float. As a form of alternative medicine people have sought flotation treatment for muscle tension, chronic pain, hypertension and rheumatoid arthritis to PMS.
Salt therapy is a natural therapy that has been practiced since the 18th century. It involves inhaling dry salt, which can help cleanse both the airways and the skin to relieve congestion, inflammation and skin irritations.
Ear candling is an alternative medicine practice which aims to improve general health and well-being by lighting one end of a hollow candle and placing the other end in the ear canal. The benefits of ear candling may include: clears wax & debris from the ear canal, relieves pressure from behind the eardrum, sharpens mental functions, vision, hearing, taste and color perception. Eases an earache, headache & sinus pressure, allergies. Give it a go!
Cupping looks and sounds weird, but it is an ancient Chinese therapy in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (either by heat or suction). Cupping is especially recommended for the treatment of pain, gastrointestinal disorders, lung diseases and paralysis.
It is all about relaxation in 20 minutes! If you have back and neck pain, stress and muscle tension or headaches, the Shakti Mat could be for you. The Shakti Mat has also been known to increase energy and circulation whilst providing users a deeper more restful night sleep.
So, what does this all mean? In a nutshell, food is medicine! Take careful consideration of what you put into your mind, body, and soul. Experiment with different alternatives to see what works for you and don’t forget to read our blog “Outside in on Skin Nutrition”. All of these go hand in hand.