Nature's Healing Powers
With the advances in medicine, scientists are coming up with cures and all sorts of medications for all kinds of ailments and diseases. But who doesn't hate the fact that to heal, you might have to deal with undesirable side-effects? I personally like to avoid taking medication as much as I can; so I decided to ask neighbors and relatives who were considerably older than to educate me with some natural remedies that could serve as an alternative to medication. And the number of treatments that I found was incredible. I certainly couldn't inform you about all of them without writing a whole book! So I'm just going to share the most beneficial ones and the ingredients that are the most easily accessible.
Let's start with the coconut. It's used in cooking and as a refreshing drink for many today, as well as being used for centuries by the natives of islands around the world. But what kind of healing properties does this wonderful fruit of nature provide? Coconut oil can be used on the hair to stimulate growth or get rid of lice, as well as treating bites and sunburns, but read more about coconut oil side effects. But that's more commonly known, so it's nothing new. But it can also be used to battle constipation and indigestion. And did you know that it is such a strong anti-oxidant that it's been known to lower the possibility of tumors developing in the intestines and breasts? Now you know!
Another great product of nature is good old aloe vera. It's a plant that you could even grow at home, and it doesn't also require that much water, and it lasts for an incredibly long time. It's commonly used as oil because if you've ever tried tasting it (which I have); well, let's just say it's not the best idea! Overall it can virtually treat all kinds of skin problems such as irritation, acne, bites, even herpes. Some pharmaceutical companies have rendered it into a pill so that it can be taken orally, and that's because it's thought to help in increasing the production of white blood cells. These are the cells that fight all kinds of diseases and bacteria that your body might have. And apparently, it's also playing a role in the treatment of cancer, diabetes and liver problems. Who would have thought? It sure beats chemotherapy.
Now ginger is something that we regularly use in our dishes, and it has been used for centuries for specifical issues concerning the stomach. Whether it is diarrhea or nausea. Arthritis, heart conditions and even the common cold are said to be challenged by this incredible root.
However, my favorite discovery has to be the basil leaf. I'm still in awe of the amount of effect this little green plant can have on our human bodies. The juice from the leaves is excellent for treating kidney stones, and it contains anti-oxidants that reduce the sugar level for diabetics. It can be used to gargle if you're suffering from a sore throat or as a drink to protect you against malaria and dengue! It can reduce cholesterol levels, as a painkiller for wounds; apparently, it's even used as anti-venom for a snake bite! Now that's a universal herb!
The point being, if we just do a little research, we can drastically lower our intake of medication and reduce side effects and complications from chemicals. After all, that's how our ancestors did it!