Medicine Cabinet Makeover Series-Aches & Pains

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medicine-cabinet-makeover-aches-painsThis is the final section of my three part Medicine Cabinet Makeover series so if you haven’t already, please check out Part 1: Cold & Flu as well as Part 2: Sleep, Anxiety & Allergies. Enjoy!

For headaches:

  • Lavender oil-apply externally to the temple area and this is best for the onset of a migraine or a mild headache.
  • Peppermint oil-I use this if the headache is more aggressive (side note: I read somewhere that it’s 100 times stronger than Tylenol!).
  • Chia seeds-these are high in Omega 3’s which naturally reduces inflammation and that’s often the cause of headaches/migraines in the first place. Flax or hemp work as well.
  • Buckwheat-this gluten free grain contains a specific flavonoid that  can act as antioxidant, which lowers inflammation.

Menstrual problems:

  • Chasteberry (vitex)-this herb has been studied for its ability to help with symptoms such as mood swings and depression, headaches and migraines, acne or sore breasts.
  • Magnesium-this is specifically helpful in relieving cramping.
  • Ashwagandha and holy basil-these two adaptogenic herbs have been shown to reduce cortisol levels, balance hormones, and reduce PMS symptoms.

Soreness or aches & pains:

  • Muscle cream-my favorite is peaceful mountain products which are homeopathic remedies or just rubbing peppermint oil into the area topically.
  • Epsom salts in warm water-it contains magnesium sulfate, which is a natural muscle relaxant and the salt reduces swelling.
  • Tart cherry juice-this is a super antioxidant and reduces inflammation. A study in the British Journal of Home Medicine showed tart cherry juice reduced soreness compared to a placebo group.
  • Black strap molasses-contains a high amount of magnesium which naturally relaxes muscles; here’s a DIY recipe.

As an antiseptic:

  • Witch hazel-soak a cloth in it and apply directly over the wound; this helps to stop bleeding too or try Dickinson’s pads.
  • Tea tree oil-it is everything you’d want in one! (antimicrobial/antiviral/antibacterial)
  • Coconut oil-it’s also antiviral/antibacterial + just simply amazing.

And last, here’s some great info on why I recommend everyone takes a daily probiotic to naturally build up your defenses year round!

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