Household remedies for common ailments.


Natural remedies are often easy to use, effective, and affordable — and they have few known side effects. You can probably find some of them in your kitchen cupboard right now.


Remedy: Magnesium Glycinate

Magnesium glycinate is remarkably effective for headaches. It’s a combination of magnesium and glycine, an amino acid that binds to the mineral and carries it to your cells.

Low blood levels of magnesium have been linked to headaches and migraines. “Magnesium is calming for the nervous system and easily tolerated. It also supports serotonin production, a neurotransmitter involved in the onset of migraines.

Nausea and Sickness

Remedy: Ginger

Thousands of years ago, Chinese sailors chewed gingerroot to relieve their seasickness

Ginger naturally increases tone and motility in the GI tract, helping digestion — unlike the conventional bismuth-subsalicylate antacid, which mainly coats the stomach for temporary relief.

Next time you’re nauseated, try sipping ginger tea, or try grating some fresh ginger into a green smoothie.

Acid Reflux

Remedy: Apple-Cider Vinegar and Digestive Bitters

Sometimes it seems there’s little apple-cider vinegar cannot do. Recent studies suggest it can help regulate blood sugar and build good gut bacteria. It is recommended as an effective solution for heartburn, along with another age-old remedy: digestive bitters.

Digestive bitters and apple-cider vinegar help stimulate digestive juices in the gut, making the digestive system function more efficiently, Diet and gut health are often at the root of heartburn, so correcting the gut and removing foods that cause inflammation and heartburn is usually the best way to heal.


Remedy: Magnesium Citrate

The causes of chronic constipation are many, and it’s important to address the root issues — dehydration, food intolerances, lack of dietary fibre, irregular eating and sleeping patterns, and sedentary behaviours.

A combination of magnesium and citric acid, the supplement relaxes your intestines and pulls water into them. “This particular form of magnesium is stimulating on the bowels.

Sore Muscles

Remedy: Arnica

The anti-inflammatory properties of this meadow flower have been easing aches and pains since the middle Ages. Arnica is still used widely in Germany, where researchers have shown it to be an effective remedy for muscle aches, sprains, and joint pain and swelling. Studies in the United States have found it as reliable as NSAIDs at relieving pain from osteoarthritis in the hands.

Arnica gels and creams are considered safe; a mild allergic rash is the only potential side effect. The remedy is also available in the form of sublingual homeopathic pills.

Meanwhile, if you’re often achy, stretching and hydration may be the answer, says Lester. “Our bodies will often course-correct when we get back to the basics, which are highly underrated.”

Joint Pain

Remedy: Curcumin

Turmeric has been used in curries as well as traditional Indian and Chinese medicine for centuries. Curcumin, the twisty root’s yellow phyto-chemical, has emerged as a popular remedy in recent years after studies revealed its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial qualities.

Curcumin eases joint pain by inhibiting the body’s inflammatory-response mediators.

Those who suffer chronic joint pain may find substantial relief by avoiding gluten, dairy, and sugar, as well as making other dietary adjustments. Essential fatty acids can also help.


Remedy: Garlic Mullein Herbal Eardrops

A paediatric study found that natural eardrops containing the herb mullein are just as effective as anaesthetic drops for reducing pain. To help prevent chronic earaches, avoid dairy, gluten, and sugar. Monitor vitamin-D levels, fatty-acid deficiencies, and stress levels — and be sure to keep some garlic mullein drops on hand.


Remedy: Lavender oil

You might associate the smell of this herb with a fragrant backyard garden, but the anxiety and insomnia-relieving effects of lavender essential oil are potent and well-documented. Research has found that it can help induce sleep and help people sleep more deeply.

Bed (while the bulb is still cool), or get an essential-oil diffuser for your bedroom.

You are coming down with an infection

Remedy: Fluids

One of the best ways to chase bugs away is drinking fluids, especially warm ones. Consuming adequate fluids supports all your body’s functions, including the immune system.

In cold weather, we’re more susceptible to dehydration — there are fewer cues to drink than in hot summer weather — and this makes us even more vulnerable to illness. It is good to take soups and broths with fresh vegetables when you begin to feel sick. Herbal teas with immunity-boosting ingredients such as ginger and Echinacea are excellent o prevent feeling run down.

Body aches

Remedy: Sleep

A good long snooze is the best medicine for nearly everything. Sleep restores and heals the body… Without adequate sleep, optimal immune function is next to impossible…  A lack of sleep makes any pain worse, so when body aches set in, hit the hay early.