When living an ethical, healthy and eco-conscious life, it can feel a little strange to go straight to prescribed drugs when you're feeling under the weather.
Sometimes they are needed, (no one should endanger their health by not taking medication when necessary) but when you're regularly getting those annoying headaches or seasonal sniffles, they aren't the best thing to be taking everyday.
When we feel a bit rubbish, we usually go for the natural alternative before going on to the hard stuff.
Most of these you can find in your kitchen or bathroom cupboard, or at your local shop for dead cheap!
Headache? = Basil
The best thing you can do when you get a headache is to have a large glass of water.
We can get seriously dehydrated without even realising it and a headache is one of the sure fire ways our body tries to let us know!
If water doesn't help, try basil next.
Basil it has calming and analgesic effects and works as a muscle relaxant, which makes it a helpful treatment for mild headaches caused by tense muscles.
Put a few leaves in a mug of boiling water to make a quick hot drink. If needed, you can add honey to taste.
Feeling Down? = Fish Oil
Bouts of depression are tough.
They can be helped through exercise, getting enough sleep and getting yourself outdoors.
An extra bit of natural help you can give yourself when your feeling blue, is to add fish oil supplements into your daily routine.
14 separate studies have found that levels of omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA are lower in people with depression.
Top up your omega-3 and we hope you feel better soon!
Got A Cold? = Ginger Tea
Ginger as a means to fights colds, is a pretty well known trick.
We all recognise the feeling of snuggling down with a ginger tea when its cold outside and we have a sniffley nose.
Ginger can be used for its anti-inflammatory properties when feeling rough, but in other parts of the world its also used as an immunity booster!
In Eastern medicine, the root is used to warm the body, ridding the lungs and sinuses of toxins.
Can't Sleep? = Valerian
The valerian herb has been used as a sedative for centuries.
Taking a valerian supplement is extremely effective when trying to combat insomnia.
Not only is it thought to make you go to sleep earlier, it also produces a better quality of sleep.
Definitely worth a try next time we're up in the early hours!
Stomach Cramps? = Magnesium And Calcium
Magnesium and calcium support hundreds of reactions in the body and often contributes to better sleep (which is great for hormones!).
There are several effective forms that can be taken as a supplement, applied to skin and added to food.
We all know the annoyance of taking paracetamol every month when just 'womaning up' becomes too hard.
This fantastic, natural pair really help both PMS symptoms and menstrual cramping. That's what we like to hear!
Feeling Anxious? = Chamomile
For anyone who has ever been told to 'chill and get themselves a chamomile tea', you might be happy to know that it was a legitimate piece of advice.
The chamomile herb has been tested in many clinical studies and is proven to reduce levels of anxiety when regularly taken.
Luckily, the act of sitting down with a nice cup of chamomile tea (and a slice of carrot cake) is so lovely, you're sure to feel some effect straight away!
Skin Break Out? = Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree is universally agreed to be the best natural way to treat acne and skin breakouts.
In fact, a 1990 study published in the Medical Journal of Australia reported that a solution of 5% tea tree oil treated acne just as well as 5% benzoyl peroxide!
Mix tea tree oil with aloe vera, raw honey, or jojoba and apply to the effected skin. These mixers work well as they are similar to the oil naturally produced by the skin.
A clear face and no steroid jells necessary.
Heartburn? = Aloe
We regularly use the aloe plant to soothe our skin and the outside of our body, however less people consider using it to soothe ourselves on the inside.
If you suffer from heartburn, drinking 2-3 ounces of aloe juice before a meal might be the answer to all your problems!
The plant can be used as both a preventative measure and to soothe in the case of bad heartburn.
Plus, aloe juice just happens to be super tasty. Win win!