Feeling tired and in pain? Annoyed by chapped lips or a toothache? Bothered by cough or stuffy sinuses? Before you reach for that store-bought medication for relief, check out the stuff in your kitchen cabinet. You’d be surprised at how well you can treat common aches and pains with remedies created from ingredients right in your own home.
Try these DIY remedies we’ve put together for you and heal yourself naturally.
A balm for pain
Mix these ingredients and create your own rub to soothe sore or tired muscles and minor aches and pains:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons cayenne powder
- 1 1/4 cups finely grated cocoa butter
- 15 drops peppermint oil
- 2 teaspoons ginger powder
- 8 drops clove oil
- 15 drops eucalyptus oil
- 1-teaspoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch
Essential oils such as clove, peppermint and eucalyptus are natural muscle relaxants. You can skip the peppermint oil and reduce the clove oil if you want to use the balm for children.
Not comfortable about using cayenne powder? Ditch that as well, or use just a tad. Just FYI, cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which is known for its pain-reducing properties. When applied topically for joint pains or muscle aches, this balm initially creates a burning sensation but later gives relief.
Enough of that cough
Everyone knows how annoying and uncomfortable a cough can be. But, before you reach for that bottle of cough syrup, why don’t you make your own DIY cough syrup with these simple recipes?
Mix the following in a jar:
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup honey
- chopped onions
Allow this mixture to steep overnight at room temperature. Strain, bottle and refrigerate. Have a spoonful every few hours and you’ll be surprised at how well it relieves your cough.
Want to make it fresh? Just boil the mixture, let it cool, strain and bottle.
Mix ½ cup grated fresh ginger (or chopped garlic, or sliced onion) with ¾ cup honey. Let this steep overnight. Stir in the juice of two lemons and 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Store in refrigerator.
Grate a horseradish and mix with ¼ cup honey. Steep for 8 hours to infuse well. Strain and use as cough syrup.
Chapped lips are troublesome whether it is summer or winter and you want to keep them hydrated and supple. Make this lip scrub to exfoliate the dead skin on your kissers:
- Mix a few drops of honey in ½ teaspoon of sugar.
- Apply on lips and leave for two minutes.
- Then, massage gently with your forefinger.
- Wash off.
And make your very own lip balm with these easy steps. You’ll need:
- ½ oz beeswax
- 1 oz coconut oil
- ¾ teaspoon castor oil
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- A few drops of peppermint oil or other essential oil (optional)
Grate the beeswax and place in a cup with the coconut oil. Heat to melt this in a double boiler. Or microwave for 2 minutes. Remove and add the castor oil, honey and essential oil, if you are using one. Transfer to empty lip balm containers or a plastic jar.
Try these home remedies and share what you think with us. We’ll bring you some more interesting and do-able DIY options to heal common ailments in our next post. So keep an eye on this space!