Even though we stay extra cautious of our health, be it while traveling or when at home, it is possible to get sick due to the silliest possible reason. It can be food poisoning, a fever, or a simple travel sickness. In such cases, herbal remedies are safe and easy to use as there are little-to-no unwanted side effects.
Day in and day out, you get exposed to a different atmosphere as soon as you step out, which might be enough to drop you on the sick bed. All you need to do is stock up on small treats made of herbs such as dry ginger candies, chamomile, and much more that are nourishing, tasty, and will provide immediate relief.123
Benefits Of Herbal First Aids
1. Green Chiretta Stem And Neem Leaves For Fever
Fever can be due to an infection, seasonal changes, a day’s hard work, and/or fatigue. A quick remedy is to boil some green chiretta stems in plain water and drink the concoction on an empty stomach. It is highly effective for reducing fever due to malaria and dengue and protects the body against loss of platelets. It lowers blood sugar levels, so diabetics who take medication should be aware of the dosage.
Green chiretta has many therapeutic properties such as immunomodulation, anti-microbial properties, anti-cancer activity, and cardiovascular benefits.4
- Drink neem tea prepared with fresh neem leaves to reduce fevers with the help of its antipyretic compounds.
- Dry the bark neem and use it as an analgesic and to reduce fever.5
2. Basil Leaves And Different Spices For Colds
A concoction made of basil leaves or basil oil can cure fever caused by infection and provide relief from cold and cough. It is an instant remedy for urinary tract infections and any exhaustion you may feel while traveling.6 Here are a few easy remedies for such respiratory issues:
- Turmeric tea prepared with turmeric powder, some lemon, and honey in water is an effective remedy for a cough and cold.
- For a dry cough, you can take turmeric powder mixed with a tablespoon of honey.
- Alternatively, for a dry cough, you can also take black pepper powder with honey and dry ginger candies.7
- Drink a warm cup of golden milk made of turmeric, ginger, pepper, and cinnamon with honey or palm candy in milk to treat cold and cough bouts in winter. It can reduce inflammation and rebuild your gut health.8
3. Garlic, Mustard, And Other Herbs For Headaches
Headaches and migraine attacks can be triggered by stress or fatigue. Sprinkling some garlic and mustard powder and adding desired herbs like basil to your salads can help you manage the migraine attacks. These ingredients have antidepressant properties and can alleviate pain.9
- Take a warm herbal bath with oils like lavender, peppermint, or marjoram to relax muscles and soothe the pain.
- Get a massage with these oils for instant relief from pain.
- Drink tea made of chamomile or rosemary to alleviate stress, anxiety, and tension.
- Add infusions or diluted oils of peppermint, ginger, lavender, peppermint, or rosemary to hot herbal baths or use them for compresses.10
4. Calendula Tea And Chamomile Extracts For Burns
You can easily treat minor cuts, bruises, and wounds with a tincture of the calendula flowers or the extract. Calendula is efficient in preventing inflammation and healing sunburns or domestic burns. Calendula preparations can be taken internally to treat inflammation or used externally as eyewashes, gargle, for treating diaper rashes, and other inflammatory conditions of the skin and mucous membranes. Some are allergic to calendula and should exercise caution when taking calendula internally.11
- Topically apply extracts of chamomile tea, calendula, and lavender essential oils to burns as a quick and practical local treatment.12
- Apply aloe vera gel, honey, and milk to quicken the wound healing process of burns. These reduce wound secretions, inflammation, and scar formation.13
5. Dry Ginger Candies And Berries For Diarrhea
Dry ginger candies are an easy-to-grab snack for treating stomach aches and to promote digestion. They can also relieve constipation associated with travel or increase in body heat and dehydration and expel the crudities in the stomach.14 A handful of dried berries can stimulate your appetite, reduce nausea, and get rid of diarrhea.15 Golden seal root is effective for digestive problems like stomach irritation and improves digestion. It is an excellent remedy for motion sickness, too.
- Strain a boiled concoction of tea made from ginger roots and drink to treat stomach disorders.16
- Prepare tea with chamomile, mint, cinnamon, or peppermint or drink plain black tea to reduce vomiting and nausea. Peppermint is good for persistent hiccoughs and soothing to the stomach. Plain black tea, mint, and cinnamon tea reduce nausea and fatigue and are quite refreshing to drink.17
These are just a few examples of herbal remedies. Whatever your issues are, there is bound to be a simple herbal remedy that can give you relief in the beginning stages itself and not let things get worse. Try these out and let us know how it worked out for you.
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