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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Natural Remedies

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Natural Remedies

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I’ve always been a proponent of using a common-sense approach to treating ailments and illnesses.  Some medications work very well, whereas others can end up creating more problems than they treat.  On the other hand, there are also many natural remedies that can end up doing the same thing.  However, when there is a choice available, I tend to go the natural route simply because I know that they have been used for ages, and generally-speaking, produce minimal risk.

Sleep Aid

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An all-natural sleep aid product that I tried out a couple of years ago was what really turned my attention to natural remedies.  It contained ingredients that were all herbal, plus a good deal of L-tryptophan, or the compound found in turkeys that makes us sleepy.  Combined, this product knocked me out within minutes, and I didn’t wake up with that groggy-feeling that I get from other sleep-aids, and these are non-habit forming.

Consequently, I started to look at other natural remedies as ways to help alleviate the symptoms of a wide-range of ailments.  There are thousands of “cures” and recipes out there, and it took a bit of trial-and-error and experimentation before I was able to find ones that really work.  That’s an important lesson to take away from natural remedies:  Some work better than others, some are safer than others and some are not worth the hassle to prepare, particularly when a suitable pharmaceutical is available that has minimal side-effects.

Survival Medicine Cabinet

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One of the benefits of this quest that I’ve been on is that I can prepare remedies ahead of time and store them for use under normal circumstances as well as during a crisis.  While It’s true that you can stock up on medicines from the store, these natural remedies are more sustainable.  This partly because many of the ingredients can be grown at home, and the ones that need to be ordered can be prepared and stored over the long-term in many cases. 

Consequently, my survival medicine cabinet has a blend of natural as well as over-the-counter remedies.  I also have some recipes that I can whip up together from ingredients that I have laying around in order to make remedies on the spot as well.  At the end of the day, I feel better-equipped and prepared if a SHTF situation comes my way, and access to medication and remedies may be a challenge.

Plan Ahead

The trick with herbal remedies is that it takes some practice, planning and experimentation in order to whittle down the list to ones that really work.  Consequently, if you’re interested in delving into the more natural side of things when it comes to treating ailments, now is the time to get started.  There’s a lot to learn, a lot of ways to adapt, and unfortunately, you don’t get to know the effectiveness of some of these remedies until they are used when someone isn’t feeling well.

I guess the point that I’m making is that there’s no time like the present in terms of learning, testing and finally using remedies that can really work.  Try to choose ones that can be made from resources that you’ll have on hand during a period of prolonged self-sufficiency, and look for recipes that can be stored over the long-term as well. 

At the end of the day, natural remedies generally not only alleviate symptoms, but they can produce benefits for the body as well.  Pharmaceuticals, on the other hand, are generally designed to treat symptoms but not provide any real health benefits.  Consequently, going natural is a better option all around as long as it’s safe and practical to do so.  However, there’s nothing wrong with having some commercial products on hand when all you need is a quick solution for a minor problem as well.  The key is to be practical and find the right blend of medicines and remedies that work best for you and your family.

What are some of your favorite remedies?  Feel free to share some ideas that can help us all to find remedies that can be healthier and just as effective as pharmaceutical products. 

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Explore The Extraordinary Benefits of Turmeric

Explore The Extraordinary Benefits of Turmeric


Turmeric is a spice that is indigenous to India, and it has been used for food as well as medicinally for thousands of years.  It is normally ground into a yellow powder that is incorporated into a wide range of dishes, most notably curry, and it is also processed into a medicinal extract.  The medicinal side of turmeric is what we’re going to look at today, because this simple spice can produce extraordinary benefits.

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Active Ingredient

The active ingredient in turmeric is called circumin, and it is a strong anti-inflammatory agent as well as a compound that is thought to elevate antioxidant levels in the body.  However, circumin in amounts normally found in most recipes are not as concentrated.  While eating turmeric on a regular basis, over time, can contribute to overall health and well-being, the medicinal component of this spice is best achieved by converting it into an extract. 

However, circumin is not easily absorbed in the bloodstream, which means a lot of what we ingest may not be delivered to the cells.  The best way to improve absorption is by eating some pepper.  Peppercorns help the circumin enter and stay in the bloodstream, and it is this combination that produces a potent remedy that can work on a wide-range of ailments.

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Anti-inflammatory

Circumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent.  It’s effectiveness lies in how it interacts at the molecular level and inhibits biochemical reactions that lead to “bad” inflammation.  Furthermore, using turmeric extract for inflammation doesn’t lead to harmful side-effects caused by most over the counter and prescription medications.  Ibuprofen, for example, can eat away at the lining of the stomach whereas acetaminophen can cause liver damage. 

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Circulatory System

Turmeric is known to help to repair and strengthen walls of blood vessels.  Circumin is also linked to reversing the effects of heart disease, reducing high blood pressure as well as being a natural blood thinner.  All of this can lead to less stress on the heart, which can reduce the occurrence of heart attacks and strokes.

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Brain Power

Turmeric has compounds that can make the brain more efficient, reduce cellular degeneration and promote the connection of neurotransmitters.  This can translate into better moods, concentration, clarity of thought and a resistance to degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.  Furthermore, turmeric consumption is linked to a reduction in the symptoms of anxiety and depression. 

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First Aid

If you have a bruise or injury that causes swelling or inflammation, consider making a paste out of turmeric powder mixed with a little bit of water.  Apply it to the affected area and cover with a bandage.  Rinse and repeat a couple of times per day until symptoms subside.  Its effectiveness will largely depend on the nature of the injury and how well the body responds to treatment, but it has worked wonders on many people, and it may be a suitable option for you as well.

These are just a few of the many well-studied examples of the benefits of turmeric.  However, this is not a miracle cure that will work for every condition in every person.  It is also considered to be a preventive agent inasmuch as it can help to reduce symptoms of various ailments.  Consequently, consuming turmeric, either through eating, an extract or as a dietary supplement can go a long way toward preventing problems from occurring in the first place.  Learn more about the benefits of turmeric and how you can start to incorporate it into your daily diet.  You may be surprised to see how beneficial this spice really can be if used on a regular basis over the course of time.  Not only that, but turmeric makes food taste delicious as well.

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