5 Alternative Remedies for Common Ailments



1. Lavender, Lavendula officinalis Essential Oil.
What it is – this is a very concentrated oil from the lavender plant. Because essential oils are so concentrated, only 1 or 2 drops are needed for great results. Never take essential oils internally.
What to use it for – bee stings, insect bites- put 1 drop directly on the area to relieve the sting and itch. To support sleep – put 1 drop on a tissue and keep near your pillow while you sleep. For minor sunburns, place 1-2 drops directly on the affected area to relieve pain.
2. Homeopathic Arnica
What it is – the “energetic footprint” of the Arnica montana plant. Homeopathic remedies do not contain any of the original source material. This fact makes Homeopathy weird, and its validity questioned by many; however, these remedies are also very safe.
What to use it for – take 1-2 pellets for pain from trauma or to help relieve jet lag. Strange but true!
3. Homeopathic Hypericum
What it is – the “energetic footprint” of St. John’s wort. See Homeopathic Arnica for more about homeopathic remedies.
What to use it for – Nerve pain – shooting nerve pain from sciatica or toothache.
4. Rescue Remedy
What it is – a combination of flower essences, formulated by Dr. Edward Bach, the “Father” of Flower Essences. A Flower Essence is a liquid “imprint” of the energy of a certain flower.
What to use it for – Any emotional shock or trauma – take a couple of drops under the tongue. Rescue remedy helps calm the mind and emotions at the onset of trauma, or traumatic news. It also works great for animals. I give it to my cats after they have a fight or come home with an injury of any type – I put a drop or 2 on the crown of their head to help calm them down.
5. Chamomile Tea
What it is – tea made from German Chamomile, Matricaria recutita, flowers.
What to use it for – supports digestion, so have a cup after a big meal or to calm digestion from minor irritation. Also, steep and cool a tea bag and place on tired, dry, red, irritated eyes. Have a cup of Chamomile tea before to support a sound sleep.
Product Sources:
Lavender Essential Oil
Homeopathic Arnica and Hypericum
Rescue Remedy
Chamomile Tea

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Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.

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