Nobody likes being sick. But in between stress and the demands of our busy schedules, our bodies are bound to give in eventually. While nothing gets us over a sickness better than rest and plenty of water, there are ways to make the experience less miserable. Below, 6 home remedies that will get you through your issue—be it a sniffly nose or indigestion. No medicine necessary!
THE ISSUE: INDIGESTION
When your stomach is doing perilous somersaults like Annie Wheeler in “The Greatest Showman,” the last thing you probably want is to eat. But you might want to make a burnt slice of bread an exception. Toast, just beyond overdone, can settle an upset stomach. When ingested, it binds unwanted substances, and eliminates toxins and other nasties without disrupting your gut.
THE ISSUE: THE FLU
Ginger, or luya, is our grandparents’ solution for everything—and it’s easy to see why. Ginger’s been proven to be incredibly effective at preventing infections. It has analgesic properties that can relieve itchy throats, and a warming sensation to clear plugged-up nasal passages. Your lola might tell you to chew on a raw piece of ginger for instant relief, but ginger tea is just as effective—not to mention, more palatable—for your cough or cold.
TRY: Kayumanggi Organic Wild Ginger Tea, P360
THE ISSUE: ACID REFLUX
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) for hyperacidity may seem counterintuitive. Studies, however, prove otherwise. ACV has been shown to improve symptoms of hyperacidity by aiding in digestion. Just mix 1 tablespoon with 8 oz. of water and gulp down the zesty tonic daily for lasting relief. A huge plus: you may use the same mixture on your face, which works wonders for people suffering from acne. Waste not, want not!
TRY: ACV Health Double Strength ACV, P190
THE ISSUE: A TOOTHACHE
A toothache may come off as a paltry issue. Those who have experienced the worst ones, however, will be quick to disagree—it can, in fact, be quite a pain. When your achy tooth can no longer be ignored, salt water can pacify the problem. Salt water is a natural disinfectant, helping reduce inflammation and wash the mouth of debris. Just mix half a teaspoon of salt in lukewarm water and gargle the mixture—simple! But if the issue persists, we insist on scheduling a visit to your dentist.
THE ISSUE: A HEADACHE
Never mind the Advil—a whiff of essential oil can help ease a headache instantly. Peppermint and lavender oils, in particular, work for this issue best. Gently massage peppermint oil onto your temples to lessen tension. Or breathe in lavender oil to alleviate a persistent migraine. Or why not benefit from both? Many blends merge both oils to give you the best results—and in a travel-friendly bottle to boot!
TRY: Organature Headache Essential Oil, P399
THE ISSUE: UTI
When it comes to the common urinary tract infection (UTI), many people suggest cranberry juice as a solution. However, a review of 14 separate studies on the subject have called to question its effectiveness. Instead, you should be nursing yourself with turmeric. It has natural antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help manage a UTI. Spoon the spice into a warm glass of milk to relieve discomfort and flush out the infection.
TRY: Philippine Pure Turmeric Powder (125g), P220
Get well soon!
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