Healthy Living – Living Naturally

June 02, 2015 9 min read

Which Old Wives’ Tales Should You Follow?

Believe it or not, naturally living is not just a new trend or hot topic to read about in blog posts or other websites. For many people, it is a way of life that has been passed down through several generations. You may have even heard of some of these traditions for natural remedies from your grandparents or other elderly people in your community. For these people, ‘natural living’ was an everyday lifestyle that they implemented into their typical routine. Many of the most popular natural remedies that circulate on the internet were common knowledge to people who previously lived this type of lifestyle.

Some of the old wives’ tales are true, while others are pure superstition. Discovering which of them will actually work can create quite a task for average researcher. However, science and tradition both have proven some of these old remedies as reputable, reliable methods for preventing and healing mild illnesses – from colds and the flu to simple improvement health and bodily functions. Some of these simple ideas come from earlier generations, and survived till today for good reason.

Which of these practices are a part of the growing list of old wives’ tales that made it into modern health practices? We provided some details about the remedies that have their roots in past decades, and how to use them. If you are interested in implementing more of these simple, natural methods of healing illness, then this is the post for you. Learn which herbs, botanicals, and other natural substances you should stock up your medicine cabinet with in order to improve the natural health of yourself, your family, and even the community surrounding you.

 

Old Remedies for Sickness Redeemed

Chicken Soupis not just good for the soul. It also can help relieve head colds, and is one of the most commonly consumed foods for people trying to get rid of the coughs and sniffles. Many of us probably remember a time when we were sick, and one of our family members cooked up a bowl of chicken soup or broth to offer both steamy relief and needed energy. It does not stop there, though. One scientific study showed that individuals who consumed chicken soup received symptom relief from an upper respiratory cold. It helps improve the flow and excretion of infected mucus trapped in the sinus cavities better than water, while also amplifying your nose’s ability to filter other pathogens out of the air you breathe. So, next time you or a family member catches a cold, heat up some organic chicken broth with an organic mix of vegetables such as sweet potatoes, onions, and carrots A similar recipe was used in the study.

Honeyis a sweet and familiar favorite when curing or curtailing the effects of a cough. Especially when treating a young child, you want to ensure that they consume all of the needed substance provided for relief. Honey can help ensure this happens. One study performed at an outpatient treatment center tested the results of honey, honey-flavored DM, and no treatment on some children aged from two to eighteen. Honey rated the highest at treating the cough symptoms, as it effectively coats the throat. The antibacterial abilities it possesses allows it to fight off any pathogenic activity in the throat to improve the cough and individual’s condition. Mix some honey and lemon or lime juice with your favorite organic tea. This will help coat your throat, give your body hydration, and add a little vitamin C to heal a bad cough. You can learn more about the health benefits of organic honey by checking out our blog post ‘Sweeten Your Health with Honey.’

Apple cider vinegaroffers relief for a number of different digestive issues, from heartburn to stomach aches. This vinegar restores the proper pH balance to the stomach, by ensuring the stomach acid retains its acidity. When your stomach has a higher pH, the acid will not break down the food properly and any germs not killed by the acid can decrease the stomach muscle’s function. This can allow the food come back up into the throat, thus causing heartburn. When you consume apple cider vinegar, your stomach acid becomes just acid enough to properly break down the food and keep your stomach from overworking itself. Plus, if you are struggling with a stomach ache, then you may want to reach for it. It works in two ways. First, it contains probiotics, which allow the food digest more efficiently, and for nutrients to absorb at a higher level. Second, its acid content keeps your digestive system detoxified, as the acids attach themselves to pathogens and other toxins, allowing your body to excrete them more efficiently. Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with two or three tablespoons of honey or maple syrup, and fill the rest of the glass up with water. Drink as a daily tonic, or for occasional relief. You should feel it working about halfway through the concoction. Employ the benefits of organic apple cider vinegar by taking a look at our collection of natural hair conditioners.

Using mintto stave off migraines and headaches has long been used in multiple communities. Some people recommend sucking on a piece of mint candy. However, we recommend either applying a properly diluted mixture of carrier oil and peppermint essential oil to the temples and forehead, or drinking a cup of hot peppermint tea. Applying the therapeutic oil will employ physical relaxation to the areas most often affected. It will improve blood flow to these areas by opening vessels just beneath the skin’s surface. Plus, the scent will open up your sinuses to relieve any further pressure caused by mucus buildup. Likewise, drinking peppermint tea will encourage blood and open up the sinus cavities as well. As a bonus, it will also deliver hydration to your body, which can often be a prime cause for headaches and migraines. Our blog post ‘Organic Peppermint: The Alternative Peacemaker‘ goes into detail about the health benefits and uses of organic peppermint. You can also purchase natural skincare products containing organic peppermint ingredients from our web store to employ the therapeutic powers of the aroma.

 

Helpful Hints to Heal Health

Carrots actually do help improve eyesight – among many other ailments. You may have heard a family member instruct you to eat your carrots so you can see well. This is not far from the truth, as a lack of vitamin A in the human body can lead to visual impairments, including night blindness. Beta carotene, a constituent found in carrots, is transformed into vitamin A by the body’s processes. In the study, women who struggled with night blindness were treated for vitamin A deficiency over the course six days. After the treatment, the women had fully recovered from their night blindness. Learn more about the health benefits of carrots by reading our article ‘Carrots, It’s What’s for Dinner.’

An applea day keeps the doctor away. You may have heard this growing up from the adults around you, as they tried to convince you to eat your fruits and vegetables. Not only is this little anecdotal proverb easy to remember, but it is also true. While apples will not solve all of your health problems, they can help preserve your health on a daily basis, as well as in the future. They contain a number of different phytochemicals that can improve a number of functions in the body. First, they have an excellent fiber content, which ensures regular bowel movements. This allows them to ensure a healthy body weight when added to a daily diet. This also decreases the risk of developing cardiovascular conditions. With so many vitamins and antioxidants readily available upon consumption, apples can also hinder the formation and progression of cancerous cells, like breast cancer, colon cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, and bowel cancer. Plus, as discussed in ‘Alzheimer’s and the Hope for Our Future’, eating at least two apples a day proves to prevent and reverse degenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. But you must eat the peel too in order to reap the full benefits!

Sugar has always been in those foods you craved as a child, but that your caregivers ensured that you had limited access. They would always tell you to eat your fruits and vegetables first, and desserts always come last – and for good reasons. First of all, by eating your healthy, raw foods at the start of the meal, you allow your stomach to get its fill from those. Everyone knows fruits and veggies are far better for you for a number of reasons. By getting your main fill of a meal from these, you leave limited room for sugary sweets afterward. This helps regulate a healthy diet. Besides, even though it tastes fantastic, sugar causes a number of different health issues. First of all, most forms of sugar have no real nutritional value. Thus, it does not contribute anything to your body’s ability to function. Plus, most forms of sugar used to sweeten foods will cause conditions such a diabetes. They also feed cancerous cells, fueling the growth of tumors and the aggressiveness of the disease itself. However, if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, our post ‘How to Have a Sweet Life‘ delves into which sweet treats you can safely use in your recipes.

Sweating is one of your body’s natural detoxification mechanisms. So, it comes as no surprise that many people will say, “A little sweat never hurt anyone.” Sweating is your body’s preferred method of releasing toxins, such as heavy metals and metalloids. It also removes insidious ingredients found in a number of skincare products including petrochemicals, parabens, and BPA. Allowing yourself to sweat is the fastest, most efficient way to relieve your body of most toxic substances absorbed through food, the skin, or even through breathing. A great reason to stop using conventional antiperspirants and deodorants, right? Check out our line of natural deodorants for a fresh scent that does not hinder your body’s ability to detoxify naturally.

House plants may have been your mother or grandmother’s favorite hobby growing up. While many people see them as an attractive form of decoration, they also serve a purpose to keep your house clean on a level that your cleaning products probably cannot. NASA confirmed that keeping certain plants in your indoor could help purify and detoxify your breathing spaces. A two year long study revealed evidence that plants, such as azaleas, peace lilies, English ivy, and mother-in-law’s-tongue, can decrease the amount of pollutants including formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene from the air. Keeping one plant per every one hundred square feet of the building is the most recommended way to install this fresh, green purification system.

 

Test Your Wives’ Tales with Face Naturals

Sometimes, the trustworthiness of old advice holds the best results – even in a world as modern as ours. Have you ever heard of any of these old wives’ tales? If so, let us know by commenting below. Tell us about your experience with these suggestions, and if they worked for you or a loved one. If you know about some old but golden remedies that we missed, share them with your friends at face naturals. Leave it in the comments for others to read and try in their own homes. Sharing is caring, especially when it comes to natural ways to cure and heal our families. Check out our other blog posts for more great suggestions on how to improve your life and health naturally and organically.

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