(Disclaimer: I am no doctor. You are probably no doctor. So if you are sick or feeling off, contact a specialist. The remedies listed here are no substitute for proper diagnosis and treatment. Insert appropriate legalese.)
Like so many witches, I am extremely fond of natural remedies for everyday ailments. And while I really do recommend finding and regularly seeing a physician you trust, there is no need to bother him or her with every little booboo. Especially if you know how to take care of yourself with the help of Mother Nature. Here you’ll find a list with natural remedies I have tried and found to work, at least for me. Feel free to comment with your own suggestions or questions.
COMMON COLD: Soup from carrots cooked in vegetable broth, ginger and peanut butter, spiced with a little bit of cayenne pepper and chili flakes, purreed. One of my favorites!
INSOMNIA: Having carbs for dinner sounds like a bad idea if you’re trying to lose weight, but they do help with sleep! So, some pasta or mashed potatoes for dinner can be a good choice. Also, cherries are supposed to help with sleep trouble. Or lavender tea.
JOINT PAIN: Omega 3 fatty acids, either from fish or as capsules. Also look into anti-inflammatory food.
MENSTRUAL CRAMPS: Fresh ginger boiled with hot water, drink as tea, sweetened with honey to taste.
PMS-RELATED MOOD SWINGS: Sweet potato, baked, with one spoonful of coconut milk and a bit of cinnamon.
SORE MUSCLES: Either 30g dried cherries or a (150ml) glass of cherry nectar – half the amount if you find real 100% cherry juice. Fresh cherries should probably work as well, but I have not tried them yet.
ZITS: Steep a handful of dried lavender flowers in one cup of white vinegar for two weeks. Filter and add two cups of water. Dab on face between cleaning and applying moisturizer. Helps with inflammation and helps reduce wrinkles as well. I find that during the summer months I do not even need moisturizer after this treatment.