Sunday, August 24, 2008

Anyone Else Need Tips for Using Natural Remedies Safely?

By Keith Woolley

Are you researching information on purchasing a natural remedy to give relief to a minor medical problem, such as a toothache, migraine, headache, or stomach ache? If that is you, you are not alone. A large number of individuals are now turning to "new" natural remedies, also referred to as "home remedies". That said, if this is the first time that you will be experimenting with a natural remedy, you may need reassuring with some safety guidance. If that is the case, please continue to read on, as a few helpful and important natural remedy tips are revealed below.

Although natural remedies do work in most cases, it is important to know that you may see a variance. For example, there are some individuals who claim that drinking grape juice, namely the juice directly from ripe grapes, is a great way to relieve the pain associated with a headache or a migraine. Yes, this approach may work for others, but that does not necessarily mean that that same natural remedy will work for you. The good news though is that there are multiple home remedies for different medical problems. For example, a fresh apple each morning, a cabbage compress, and a cold compress are other natural ways that can provide relief from a headache or a migraine. This means that even if you can't find relief right away, there should be another remedy out there that can provide you with relief.

There are many remedies that you many consider. What you will then chose from - you may want to choose the remedy that is most convenient for you? For example, natural remedies that are effective at removing skin warts include castor oil, ripe pineapples, onions, and potatoes. What you may want to do is choose the item that you already have in your home. For example, if you have a bag of potatoes in your cupboard slice up a potato and rub it on your finger wart. Doing so each night for a couple of weeks will help to remove your wart. This method will also prevent you from having to make a visit to the grocery store, as you chose a natural remedy that involved an item in which you already had in your home.

Safety is paramount when examining how to use a natural remedy to cure a minor medical condition. If you consider herbal remedies or vitamins that will provide you with relief, then ask the question - are you also taking prescribed medication? If so, you may want to place a quick telephone call to your doctor or pharmacist or search online. Most times, you will be okay, but there are a small number of prescribed medications that should not be taken with herbal supplements or vitamins. Even though the chance of a dangerous combination happening is very small, there is still no harm in checking first.

In keeping with safety, it is important to know what you are allergic to. For example, if you are allergic to an ingredient that may be listed in a natural remedy, you are advised against using that remedy. Even if the ingredient that you may have a bad reaction to is only a small component, it is still best if you avoid that particular remedy. With that being said, it was stated above how most minor medical issues can be treated with a number of different natural remedies. That is why you should never put yourself at risk for an allergic reaction, especially when you should have a number of other natural and safe remedies to choose from.

As a general reminder, most natural remedies are very safe and an effective way to gain relief or treat a large number of minor medical issues, but you are still advised to proceed with researched caution. Ask the advice of a healthcare professional, or healthfood store if you take prescribed medication and never use a natural remedy that contains an ingredient which you are allergic to or known to have a reaction with.

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