Posted September 10, 2012 by Jen in Health

Money-Smart Natural Health Solutions

I am always on the lookout for affordable natural health solutions. I figure that if I can ease minor ailments with foods I already have in the kitchen, not only have I saved money but also time, in all its preciousness. Here are some of the ingredients you can put to use:

Spices for fresh breath

No need to maintain a wholesale inventory of chewing gum to ensure fresh breath. Instead, chew on cloves! A few minutes of chewing should do the trick, then spit them out. The essential oils found in cloves are antiseptic and therefore eliminate bacteria that causes bad breath.

Nourish hair and skin

It seems that coconut oil is all the rage these days, and with good reason. Coconut oil is a source of medium-chain fatty acids, which is then used by the body to produce energy, growth and repair.

Not only can you eat this healthy fat, you can also use it to nourish hair.  How? Simply massage 2 tbsp of coconut oil into dry hair and scalp. Leave for 30 minutes, then shampoo.

Or, dab coconut oil onto skin to help ease dry patches, rashes or even to reduce fine lines, saving you hundreds on expensive cosmetic creams and skin lotions sold in pharmacies.

Soothe a sore throat

As the weather starts to cool down and children return to school (being exposed to more germs) risk of illness is higher. Instead of relying on cold medicine, turn to anti-inflammatory sage to soothe a sore throat. Boil 2 tbsp of dried sage and a pinch of salt in water, let cool and then gargle the mixture to help kill germs and ease symptoms.

Calm a stressed mind

Drink 3-4 cups of green tea per day to help feel more relaxed. Green tea is rich in EGCG, a powerful anti-oxidant that helps fight cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease and improves immune function. So instead of drinking glasses of wine to help unwind at the end of the day, reach for a warm cup of green tea.

As with many money-saving alternatives, it all comes down to changing our habits to enjoy better physical and financial health.