Long before the discovery of modern medicines, families used natural homemade remedies based on plants to treat everyday illness.
Most of these home health remedies were handed down through the generations, until fast acting antibiotics and analgesics became available and folk medicine gradually fell into disuse.
Now theres a tremendous revival of interest in these remedies. Not only are they often more gentle than manufactured drugs, but many of them are now known to be very affective too.
Traditional medicines are based on natural plants rather than isolated chemicals, and often for good reason. Dandelions, for example, can help prevent water retention.
But unlike other diuretics, which can deplete the body's potassium supplies, dandelions contain stores of this valuable mineral to make sure the correct balance is maintained.
In the United States alone approximate 80 % of ailments can and are treated with home remedies in the "folk" domain.
Obviously there are many serious illnesses that cannot be treated by a home remedy, but for the less severe problems, some free home remedies and good old common sense may often offer the best approach.
Natural home health remedies also known as folk medicine are very much the same throughout the world. There are many simple homemade remedies that can be taken straight from the cupboard or garden that have superb healing properties.
Take ginger for example. By filling a small jar (about the size of an herb or spice jar) with freshly grated root ginger, covering it with vodka and leaving it to sit for two weeks before straining.
You have made yourself a great little tincture that will treat chills, nausea, travel sickness, spasmodic pains, and all those unpleasant aches and pains you get due to having a cold.
This remedy keeps for up to two years if stored in a cool dark place, and all you need to do is add about 4 or 5 drops to any herbal tea.
Let's Explore Homemade Remedies In More Detail
One of the true pleasures when learning about natural free home remedies is rediscovering the forgotten art of making medicines for you and your family. You'll be surprised how easy and cost efficient it is to make your own creams, ointment, tinctures, teas, compresses and poultices.
Do you have a home remedy? Can you make your own homemade ointments, herbal infusions, dedoctions or tinctures Etc... These things are a living link to the past, and if something works for you we want to know about it!
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