When you go to your local drugstore and pick a product off the shelf, do you know what’s in it? How many of the ingredients do you even recognize? Do you know how carefully it’s been tested? How it works? What the long term effects might be? I doubt it, but we all do it.
We blindly trust that capitalistic conglomerates across the globe have our best interests in mind, that they won’t cut any corners when it comes to our safety, our children’s safety. Of course, in many cases, the drugstore is our only choice, but for minor injuries and ailments, why not take control of what you’re putting in your body by growing your own organic home remedies?
Fight off Viruses
Lemon balm is an easy-to-grow plant that has been used as a herbal remedy since the days of ancient Rome. It has proven effective in combating viruses, and is often applied directly to the skin to relieve the discomfort and duration of coldsores. Lemon balm is gentle enough for use on children, and is often applied to calm agitated behavior.
To relieve sunburn, bug bites, and general itching, try growing your own aloe vera plant. Aloe vera grows well indoors, and comes with a whole host of health benefits. Try adding aloe vera leaves to a fruit smoothie to soothe digestive problems, boost your immune system, and maintain your cardiovascular health. For sunburn or bug bite relief, break off an aloe vera leaf, cool it in the fridge, and then squeeze the juice over the affected area of skin.
Alleviate Stress and Tension
Lavender is an easy-to-grow plant whose gentle aroma can help to relieve stress and bodily tension. Lavender is often used in hot baths to soothe aching muscles, and also in home-made heating pads. Try brewing your own lavender tea for a relaxing pre-bedtime drink. Just mix lavender florets, water, and a dash of honey.