Beat OTC medication with these natural remedies

It’s become almost second nature to go to a pharmacist for every cough and sniffle. There’s nothing wrong with this, but if you’re on a budget OTC medications can affect the food you buy for the week. Not to mention the terrible side effects that some medications can cause. It is cheaper, and safer, to look to your food cupboards for a way to treat minor illnesses. Save your money for genuine medical emergencies.

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The common cold mostly strikes during winter, and results in a few days of missed work. Once it hits the entire office, everyone blames you as the first carrier. But there is a way you can avoid it altogether this winter. If you have that niggling feeling that a cold is taking hold, eat a clove of raw garlic and gargle some salty water. Research shows that fresh garlic juice has antimicrobial properties that fight pain-causing bacteria. It’s not pleasant, but it often does the trick of stopping a cold in its tracks.

If it’s too late for prevention, you can soothe the effects of congestion and sore throats with a thyme tea. Simply steep one teaspoon of dried thyme in a cup of hot water for ten minutes, and drink up to three cups daily to loosen the phlegm in your body,


Our body has the most unpleasant way of letting us know if we’ve eaten something we shouldn’t have. To relieve the effects of constipation, mix half a cup of orange juice with half a cup of olive oil and drink. Chamomile and peppermint are each effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, so make yourself a cup of herbal tea to try and soothe the symptoms.

Peppermint can also help you keep your flatulence quiet, as it kills the bacteria that cause bloating and relaxes gastrointestinal muscles for smoother, spasm-free digestion.


Headaches and migraines are often symptoms of a different problem in your body. You can try treating the symptom with 200 to 400 mg of magnesium every day until the pain subsides. Magnesium is safer than taking a painkiller, and some studies show that people who suffer from serious headaches, like migraines, often have low levels of magnesium in their bodies. Headaches can also be a symptom of stress, dehydration, eyestrain, or even a vitamin imbalance.

Make sure you exercise regularly, drink plenty of water, and eat a varied diet to reduce the appearance of headaches.


Summer is almost here, which means that one in five people will be rushing indoors to escape the spray of pollen. It’s thought that the pollen in the honey desensitizes the body to other kinds of pollen in the air. Just through having a teaspoon of honey in the morning, you can start fighting back against hay fever.

Vitamin C boosts the body’s immune system, and bioflavonoids are nature’s antihistamine and decongestant, so drinking orange juice every morning, and eating citrus fruits throughout the day can also alleviate your hay fever symptoms.

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A registered nurse, “Ching” – as many fondly call Rachelle Grace – believes that a holistic approach to health and wellness is what everyone should aim for. She is, therefore, always on the lookout for what could help achieve this. And yes, she shares them openly, believing “knowledge about what works won’t be much use if it’s not known by as many as possible”.

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