I’m a big fan of herbal medicine. Whether it’s medically proven or not, I’ll often try the most natural remedy to cure an ailment first. As a woman in particular, it can take the slightest chemical to send me off balance, so I’m become accustomed to avoiding unnecessary medication. After plenty of bad experiences, if I’m not knocking on death’s door I’ll try the herbal route first.
I’m no doctor and I certainly would want to suggest you disregard medical advice. However, a simple herbal remedy could be the case for many minor issues. If you can’t get an appointment or have no time, why not try some of my favourite herbal remedies?
Garlic to promote blood flow
When I tell my friends to put garlic in facemasks they all think I’m mental. However, this pungent herb is fantastic for stimulating blood flow and as such, it can help detox the skin and reduce the chance of break outs.
Mix raw garlic into yoghurt or clay for a smoothing sensation that will reduce the red patches and soften your cheeks. If you’ve no time to make your own, Lush Cosmetic Warrior facemask includes garlic and works an absolute treat!
If you’re really not a fan of the smell of garlic, why not try odourless capsules? I’ve been trying Bio-garlic from Multi Vits* and I have to say after a month I’ve honestly noticed a difference. I usually suffer from crippling leg cramps. Sometimes they’re so bad I’ll wake up at night and be left with pain the next day. Since taking them daily this has reduced and it’s the only thing I’ve changed in my routine.
There’s plenty of herbal teas on offer. Some of them I’d highly recommend, others not so.
My biggest gripe is with ‘slimming teas’. Cleverly disguised laxatives are not something you should brand in a cutesy way that encourages teenagers to use. There I said it! It’s really disappointing to see so many bloggers promoting these too.
On the other hand, there aren’t many ills a proper cuppa can’t cure (and I’m not saying that just because I’m from the north). My favourite at the moment has to be the Teatulia black tea*. I was sent a few samples and had to go to Holland & Barret to stock up again almost instantly.
Black tea is a super healing miracle. Studies have shown just how beneficial long term consumption can be, lowering the risk of serious conditions such as osteoporosis.
Many people are quite quick to preach the benefits of green tea, but quite frankly I’d say I personally prefer black tea for its rich taste and caffeinated buzz.
Peppermint to soothe migraines
I’ve suffered from migraines since I was 14 years old, so I’ve tried almost everything under the sun to quell the pain. Cooling strips are a common suggestion to take your mind off the relentless pain, but I find them extremely irritating and I think I’m slightly allergic!
Alternatively I use peppermint on my temples to cool and soothe. The Migrastick* is a real God send for those suffering. The added lavender helps you to sleep through the pain and calms you down. I find that stressing about having a migraine often makes them worse, so this little addition makes all the difference.
The peppermint instantly creates a cooling sensation that distracts you from the pain. Of course, nothing will cure a migraine once they take hold, but I can’t sing the praises of peppermint oil enough when it comes to soothing.
Feverfew to regulate hormones
My best friend’s mum originally bought me a feverfew plant to help with my migraines. You snip off a few leaves and put them in a tea strainer. Just a few minutes in boiling water will do the job, you don’t want to leave it too long because the taste is quite pungent!
Whilst I didn’t notice that this had an impact on my migraines, it definitely helped to regulate my moods and periods. If your migraines could be linked to your hormones, this could really help you!
Hot water and lemon for a sore throat
It might smell like a domestic cleaning product but it taste like cordial, I promise!
Hot lemon water is the perfect way to combat a sore throat. I hate the taste of throat tablets, they’re always way too sweet. Fresh lemon is a natural antibacterial agent and herbal alternative that can help rid you of colds and winter bugs. It’s not a magic wand, but it will warm and soothe, making it easier to talk and carry on with your day.
Is there any I’ve missed? I feel like I’ve picked up so many of these habits from my mum. I must be turning into her – what a scary thought!
I’d love to know if you have any personal herbal remedy favourites. Share them in the comments if I’ve missed off your favourites!