Best Natural Medicine
When I tell people that I am a Naturopath or that I work in alternative medicine, I get some pretty strange looks. Thoughts of “snake oil” cures and weird new age practices often come streaming to people’s minds. I can see it on their face. I then have to reassure them that I’m not crazy. I then talk about something they can relate to like vitamins or eating healthy. My choice of career hasn’t always been an easy path to walk on.
Even though it can be a challenge, I wouldn’t change a thing. I love the field I work in! Thankfully, natural remedies are becoming more and more accepted by the mainstream medical field. Things that were considered “weird” are becoming normal practice. Acupuncture is a great example. Many doctors now recommend acupuncture for pain management, which rarely happened 15 years ago. So much has changed for the better and it is my hope that more and more natural alternatives will make their way into the allopathic world.
Not much surprises me any more when it comes to strange and natural remedies that work. I have actually grown to love the testimonies from people who have tried unusual remedies, usually with a hint of skepticism, only to see them actually work!
In this article, I am going to highlight some natural cures that are definitely out of the box. I have either used these myself or have friends who have tried them and were pleasantly surprised by the results! Yes, they are unconventional and some may even make no sense whatsoever. However, they are completely pain free, chemical free, and side-effect free. So, why not give them a shot?
The Magic Onion
Onions have quite the reputation for eliminating viruses and bacteria. They have been getting quite a bit of press lately, but have been used for thousands of years as a standard treatment for illnesses. Onions can be used medicinally in several different ways.
- Onions sliced in half placed throughout the home are said to absorb airborne viruses and bacteria.
- Place sliced onion round on the bottom of feet. Tape or wear a sock to hold them in place. This method pulls the virus out of the body through the foot. It is also great for pulling out fever. The onion will typically be black in the morning because it is filled with toxins.
- Onion compresses on the chest are excellent at breaking up chest congestion. The old timers used to mix crushed onion with lard or goose fat. I think coconut oil would make a fantastic alternative. Cover the chest with the paste and wrap in flannel.
- It isn’t tasty going down, but onion juice can be mixed with some honey to improve it’s flavor. This juice gives your immune system the boost it needs during times of illness.
Focusing on the Feet
Our feet are one of the most absorbent parts of our body. If you apply onion, garlic, or even essential oils to your feet, don’t be surprised if you can taste it! This is why our feet are the focus for so many medicinal applications. Applying natural remedies to the feet gets the healing properties in the bloodstream easily and effectively.