5 Frugal & Natural Medicine Alternatives
Yuk. It’s cold and flu season. We have just had it go round the household starting with our two young boys, and then inevitably it hit us.
Preventative measures such as eating healthily, staying active, and getting plenty of sleep go a long way to making sure you get through the season untouched.
Browsing the isles in the pharmacy when you are sick can be daunting. A lot of products out there are not only bad on the wallet, but also bad for you period. There are plenty of frugal and natural alternatives out there. Check out 5 of our favorites:
1. Cure a sore throat by gargling salt water
Gargling salt water 3 times a day when you have a sore throat washes away mucus, germs, and bacteria and helps with the inflammation. It’s crazy-easy to make:
- 1 cup of filtered, warm water. (I use a Brita filter)
- 3/4 tsp of salt
Gargle for as long as you can (60 seconds or more) and repeat 3 times a day.
2. Cure dry and itchy skin with Flaxseed Oil
Asides from being awesome for you on the inside, Flaxseed Oil is also great for your exterior. I keep a bottle of it in the fridge and use it when my skin is dry and itchy. It is documented to be a great natural alternative for people with eczema.
3. Cure nausea with ginger
Ginger is a powerful root. I prefer mine in cookies, but if I ever have a stomach ache or feel nauseous, ginger is my go-to. Cait even had some when she was suffering from morning sickness with our two boys.
Ginger can be consumed in a few different ways:
- Peel it and chew it raw
- Peel it and add it to tea or purchase ginger tea
- Check your local health food store for ginger ale (the stuff in the cans contain tiny traces of ginger)
- Look for crystsallized or candied ginger – Sure they’re sweet, but hey you’re sick, you deserve a treat…
4. Cure burns with aloe
Aloe plants are very easy to grow, look cool, and have incredible healing properties.
The clear sap inside the leaves of the plant has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe and heal burn injuries.
Make sure the area that’s affected is clean, remove a meaty leaf from the plant and rub it with your fingers to squish it. Then squeeze the liquid out from the leaf directly on to the burn.
5. Cure a nasty cough with honey
Honey is widely known for being a tasty, natural sweetener. There’s much much more to it than that. Honey helps fight bacteria and has been used for years for medicinal purposes.
Honey will help cure a cough by coating the back of the throat that would normally cause you to cough. It’s anti-bacterial properties get to work fighting away the bug that got you sick in the first place!
A teaspoon of honey a couple of times a day is all you need. Don’t mix the honey in tea (that’s what scotch is for!) — this could dilute its effect.
Remember: Never give honey to children under 1 because in rare cases it can cause infant botulism.