When you don’t feel well, you don’t always want to have to run to the doctor’s office or to the pharmacy, or worse, both!  Fortunately, there are many remedies that you can find right at home.  They’re natural and usually don’t cost anything extra.  These particular remedies have been tested and proven effective.

Battle Eczema with Olive Oil:  Eczema is very common, causing red, itchy rashes.  While there is technically no cure for it, eczema can be managed with olive oil.  It provides a moisturizing barrier without the chemical irritants that can be found in over-the-counter treatments.  Olive oil also contains natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to help heal the skin.

Reduce Stomach Pains with Yogurt:  The active cultures in yogurt have been shown to reduce stomach issues related to ulcerative colitis, gastritis, diarrhea, and other stomach disorders.  Eaten regularly, yogurt reduces the instances of tummy troubles in children.  These are the same bacteria in probiotic pills, a very popular supplement.  Check the label to make sure the yogurt contains live cultures, and that they haven’t been killed through pasteurization.

Fix Nasal Symptoms with a Sinus Wash:  If you’re suffering from allergies, a sinus infection, or stuffiness, rinsing your sinuses with a saline solution can help considerably.  Several kits are available that include a neti pot or a squeeze bottle and solution packets, but you can also make the solution yourself at home using canning salt and baking soda.  This method rinses out excessive mucus, soothes the nasal lining, and removes allergens.

Kill Lice with Tea Tree Oil:  There are numerous remedies for lice available in pharmacies, but these involve harsh chemicals that may damage the scalp.  More recent accounts have claimed that the lice have become immune to these treatments.  Tea tree oil contains natural insecticides.  Dilute it with olive oil and apply to the affected scalp, letting it sit for thirty minutes.  Use a lice comb to remove the dead insects, and repeat daily until all evidence of them (including nits and eggs) is gone.  You can also add tea tree oil to your regular shampoo to prevent future cases of head lice.

Lower Your Blood Pressure with a Pet:  Studies show that petting and interacting with an affectionate animal such as a dog or a cat releases oxytocin, a stress-reducing hormone.  Whether you have consistent hypertension or simply had a bad day at the office, Dr. Dog is ready to help free of charge!

Next time you or your loved ones are a bit under the weather, consider turning to your own kitchen cabinets for a solution.  They will not only treat your symptoms, but also stave off the use of harsh chemicals or antibiotics that can leave your system depleted or potentially cause other health issues.