If your grandma was anything like ours she was a kindly woman with a heart full of love and a mind full of natural homemade medical remedies. No matter what was wrong with you, she had just the cure even if it was simply a cup of tea! There may actually be a lot of wisdom in some of Grandma’s old housewife remedies. Many of the ancient herbal treatments have shown to be extremely effective.
Arnica Montana for bruising & skincare
Arnica Montana contains a number of compounds which are said to stimulate the blood, to relax the skin and accelerate its healing process. As a result, people often use Arnica to treat wounds, swelling, burns, sunburns, stretch marks, acne, frostbite, chilblains, boils, rashes, bruises, black eyes and aches. Arnica Montana also has anti-inflammatory properties and is perhaps best known for treating bruising & swelling after contusions. Find out more about how treat bruises.
Tea tree oil for acne, fungal infections and athlete’s foot
Tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree, but shouldn’t be confused with the tea plant that’s used to make boiled drinks. It’s said to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties and often found as a cream, serum or in its pure from as an essential oil. Often Tea Tree oil is used for ailments such as athletes foot, toenail fungal infections and acne. In fact it was found to be as effective as 5% benzoyl peroxide at eliminating the symptoms of acne in one study.
Calendula for muscle spasms, pain, swelling and fever
Calendula is thought to boost the development of new tissue while simultaneously reducing inflammation. It contains antioxidants called flavonoids which protect the body from the effects of free radicals and acids which have antiviral and antimicrobial effects. As a result, it’s applied topically for a range of conditions including sore throat, pain, swelling, menstrual cramps, fever, muscle spasms, stomach ulcers and more. It comes recommended by the NHS as a first aid kit item and has been found to contain anti cancerous properties in certain studies.
Turmeric for pretty much everything
Turmeric is the powdered root of the Indian Curcuma longa plant and there are over 10,000 articles which tout its benefits, whether as an antidepressant, an anti-inflammatory or a treatment for arthritis, diabetes, and wider skin conditions. Tumeric has been increasingly noticed for its beneficial properties and we are sure there will be much more to learn from this fascinating root.
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