The natural way: A guide to natural remedies for general wellbeing

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The natural way: A guide to natural remedies for general wellbeing

Addiction, misuse and side effects are all terms we associate with pharmaceutical medication. Yes, they can prove to be exactly what we need in certain moments, but surely our bodies should be able to handle themselves naturally… or with a bit of natural help at the least.

Herbal medication and natural remedies are more popular these days as availability, accessibility and affordability are better than with prescription medication. Not to mention, it’s probably healthier to try and let your body recover in natural, as opposed to forced, methods in the long run.


Essential oils

Aromatherapy is what we get when we use and burn essential oils for the purpose of treatment in emotional, physical and mental health. The oils from different flowers hold different healing properties that can be used at home when needed. There are even some hospitals that are using this non-invasive therapy technique to calm patients in an, otherwise, stressful environment.  

But, more than that, essential oils can also be used for the general comfort and wellbeing of people. For example, it can act as a natural mosquito repellant, to clear the air in a diffuser, as a kitchen cleaner, in homemade shampoo, for dandruff and many other things. The fact that it’s natural and so diverse makes it understandable that it’s so popular.  


CBD oil

When you hear “hemp” and “cannabis” it may seem like more of a recreational remedy than a serious one. But, the fact is, CBD oil is a purely natural remedy for health and wellness that does not make the user high or experience any psychoactive compounds (THC) as found in marijuana. Cannabis oil isn’t legal in South Africa, but CBD oil (with no THC, but rather phytocannabinoids, with no psychoactive effects) is.

CBD oil and its supplementary effects break the negative stigma or stereotype around the people that make use of it for health and wellbeing purposes. As CBD oil contains cannabinoids that affect your body’s receptors, it can be a health supplement for the entire family, that’s how safe it is.


Black seed oil

Black seed oil, from the Nigella Sativa plant, can also be described as a type of panacea. Basically, it’s a remedy for almost all health conditions. Its Thymoquinone property makes it a natural aid for many things, but also for cell-tissue protection during radiation therapy sessions. There are several studies of it being used for diabetes, heart disease (as a result of cholesterol), asthma and even skin disease.

Black seed oil is a food substance that is incredibly rich in nutritional goodness, but is to be used in moderation. As with most herbal and natural remedies, they are to be consumed and used in moderation and not under the mindset of a cure but a preventative and general wellness supplement.


Valerian root

This is a well known herbal remedy mainly used in the cases of insomnia, sleeping conditions, and other mental and health conditions. It serves as a sedative to relax the brain and nervous system. It is known to be rather potent and have sluggish after-effects and is not recommended for long-term use (as there isn’t sufficient evidence pertaining to the long-term use and effects of it).  


General precautions with natural remedies

When using herbs, it’s important to take note of a few general precautions to prevent any additional conditions or unexpected side effects as a result of relying on these natural remedies.

  • We’re all different: Every person’s body will react differently to different medications. And it’s important that when you start making use of natural medication, you take note of any other changes or side-effects you may be experiencing (excluding relief from the initial ailment). You also need to be aware of any allergies you might have that may flare up as a result of certain oils. And don’t let the taking of an additional remedy be the solution to new symptoms that are as a result of the first remedy – that’s not a cycle you want to fall into.
  • Dosages: Be smart when it comes to the dosages of certain oils. Listen to the recommended doses and, more importantly, listen to your body’s responses to those dosages. Too much of anything is not a good for you and no medication should ever be long-term if possible.
  • Professional advice: You may not trust pharmaceutical medication, but at the end of the day, your doctor is a medical professional and very likely knows the benefits and arguments for natural and herbal solutions. So, you should trust them and seek their advice before trying something new, increasing your dosage or adding herbal oils on top of other medication, for example.
  • Knowledge: The key to taking natural remedies for general health, specific conditions or illness, is to know exactly what you’re taking and to be sure that it’s what you need.
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