Honey dipper in clear glass of honey with slice of lemon. Chamomile flowers in background.

Natural Go-To Remedies

Where Self-Care is Health Care

Over the last five years, I’ve being going through the process of becoming a mother. I’ve realized that when my child is ill, that I can take care of her needs with natural remedies. I’ve been doing this for myself for way over five years but I feel its right for me and mine. They save me time and definitely money. But as always, check in with yourself before you utilize anything, because your inner voice will always guide you true. And if you’re really worried, you should always see a doctor.

So here we go! My first remedies only have two ingredients:

Sore Throat Soother

  • Organic honey
  • Cinnamon, ground

Mix a healthy amount of cinnamon with a scoop of honey. You are looking for the consistency of a thick paste. Use a little bowl or even the lid of a jar. The anti-bacterial properties of the honey will fight off the unwanted bacteria in the throat. The cinnamon also does this, but in addition it helps regulate the blood sugar. Because, let’s face it, honey’s a sweet treat. Eat the honey when ready, allowing it to coat the throat for 10-15 minutes. This is where the magic happens. So do not drink anything during this time. A peppermint or herbal tea would be nice to follow.

garlic

Garlic Ear Oil

  • Organic garlic
  • Organic extra virgin olive oil

Chop the garlic to release the allicin. This sulfur compound possesses anti-bacterial and anti-cancer properties. After chopping, quickly put the garlic into the olive oil overnight. Strain out the garlic in the morning. Then ask the person to lay on their side. Put two drops into the affected ear, following with a cotton ball to keep the oil in the ear. No need to over do it with more than 2 drops. A little bit goes a long way. Allow the person to relax this way for 30 minutes. Then see how they feel.

Neti-Pot

If you have not used a Neti pot, you may be surprised at its purpose. But it helps clear the sinus cavity with only two simple ingredients: salt and water. If your curious, please check out this practice on You-Tube, as it is much easier to mimic when you see another do it. Your breath is super important, as it takes in oxygen. The more oxygen in your blood the richer and more effective it becomes. Equaling better health in the long run.

Hugs for health

A deep hug, where the hearts are pressed together, can benefit you in these ways:

  1. Hugs strengthen immune function. The gentle pressure on the sternum, along with the emotional charge created, activates the solar plexus chakra. Which stimulates the thymus gland, and regulates the production of white blood cells. Most of our immunity is in our guts, which the third solar plexus chakra covers.
  2. Hugs instantly boost oxytocin levels. And they switch off feelings of loneliness, isolation or even anger. The longer the hug the better, because then serotonin starts to be released. The mood is boosted and has a longer effect after the hug is over. Allowing you and the other hugger to feel happy longer, from simply a hug.
  3. The nurturing touch of a hug builds trust and a sense of safety. This helps with open and honest communication. Touch is a very important thing. Hugs boost self-esteem. The cuddles we received from our parents are imbedded in our nervous systems. Therefore, hugs connect us to our ability to self love.
  4. Hugs balance out the nervous systems. Especially the hearts nervous system. The galvanic skin response of someone receiving or giving a hug shows a change in skin conductance. The effect in moisture and electricity in the skin suggests a more balanced state in the parasympathetic nervous system.
  5. Hugs are similar to meditation and to laughter. Laughter has its own effect in boosting immunity but hugs can teach us to let go and be present in the moment. They encourage us to flow with the energy of life. Hugs get you out of your circular thinking patterns and connect you with your heart.
  6. The energy exchange in a hug is an investment in the relationship of the co-huggers. It encourages empathy and understanding. It has synergistic properties, meaning the whole is more than the sum of the two parts: 1+ 1= 3 or more! This synergy will be more likely to result in win-win outcomes.

So go get your hug on, and see how it effects you!