The weather is getting chillier (at least in the northern hemisphere) and flu season is seemingly rearing its ugly head. While you should certain get your flu shot – especially if you are a child, elderly or have a compromised immune system – there are more things you can suffer from in the cold winter months such as seasonal depression – and that’s only covering the surface of ailments that you can help treat from home. The above video even shows how to treat bumps and bruises from home!
In addition, some people are actually more comfortable taking natural remedies instead of modern medicines. Many natural products are backed by research and effective for certain health conditions — like diarrhea, depression, nausea, and mood disorders.
Probiotics for Diarrhea
Ingesting probiotics, which are healthy bacteria found in your gut, may help reduce the duration of bouts of diarrhea, according to a review published in 2011 in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. Probiotics are also found in certain dairy foods like yogurt and kefir, and are available in supplement form.
Ginko Biloba for Dementia
Ginko biloba, which is often sold as an herbal supplement, may help improve memory and thinking. The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that Ginko biloba may be beneficial for people with Alzheimer’s disease by improving memory, learning, thinking, and social behavior — even reducing episodes of depression.
St. John’s Wart for Depression
MedlinePlus reports that St. John’s wort, another herbal supplement, is likely effective for helping treat mild to moderate depression by improving mood and decreasing anxiety. However, if your depression is severe or if you’re taking any other medications, St. John’s wort may not be a good match for you. Make sure to check with your doctor first to be sure.
Kava Kava for Anxiety
Taking an herbal supplement known as kava kava appears to help decrease anxiety, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. A 2009 review published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine confirms that taking kava kava to treat anxiety is backed by research. If you’re suffering from generalized anxiety, check with your doctor to see if kava kava is a good fit for you.
Chicken Soup for Colds
While chicken soup won’t prevent or cure colds and flu, it may help relieve cold symptoms. MedlinePlus notes that steam from chicken soup can help reduce congestion, the fluids in soup helps fight infection, and chicken soup may reduce inflammation when you have a cold. Mayo Clinic suggests that warm liquids are soothing when you have a cold, and can increase mucus flow which eases congestion.
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What natural remedies have worked for you?