Something that many people fail to realize is the fact that almost all of us have always practiced natural health & holistic health without our doctors prescribing it. Exercising, eating healthy food, getting enough sleep are all examples of preventative healthy habits; but also things such as eating soup when we are sick, using hot/cold compresses for pain, drinking lemon water with a sore throat are all examples of practicing natural holistic health. Click here to read more about what holistic health is all about, but continue reading to see how natural & holistic health can be practiced in your daily life.
What are some ways to start practicing holistic health?
Replace over the counter medicines for minor symptoms such as headaches, a stuffy nose, insomnia and a sore throat are entirely unnecessary a majority of the time. Natural remedies (that have little to no side effects in most cases!) can replace medications for minor ailments.
- Lavender essential oils in a diffuser or just straight on your pillow is one of the best cures for insomnia.
- Peppermint tea cures headaches, and headaches can also often be cured with pressure points.
- Steam cures a stuffy nose, a neti pot can also be used in more severe cases.
- Almost all minor ailments will have resources when “Natural remedies for..” is typed into a search engine. Give natural remedies a try!
- Another thing… Try to not get sick in the first place! Eat lots of foods that fight against illness, be mindful about germs and people who are sick, and just overall take care of yourself.
- Fun fact: Since going vegan, I haven’t even had a single cold let alone more serious illnesses and my allergies have almost vanished.
Make a natural switch for personal care items. Deodorant, bug spray, and toothpaste are some of the most common items that are absolutely toxic when they just come off the store shelves. They can also be replaced with fully natural products that can be made at home.
- Read here for essential oils for oral hygiene, and a link to a recipe for homemade toothpaste.
- Read here to learn more about how dangerous some deodorant ingredients are as well as suggestions for what to use instead.
- Bug spray is relatively simple to make. Citronella, lemon basil, lavender, sage, thyme, rosemary, and eucalyptus are some (but not all) of the plants that can deter insects. Candles and sprays with these natural ingredients (using a carrier substance, such as witch hazel) are both effective in insect deterrent.
While you’re replacing things in your medicine cabinet, give your skin and hair care routine a look-over. Ingredients in deodorants such as parabens are also found in shampoo, lotion, face wash, makeup remover, and so much more.
- Read here for how aloe vera can be introduced into your skin & hair routine.
- Look into the usage of natural products like aloe vera mentioned above and coconut oil.
- Buy only from natural brands when buying pre-made products! More care should be put into the choices we make regarding what we put on and in our bodies, many people don’t realize this needs to include simple things like shampoo. Research brands and the ingredients of the products before purchase.
Try natural forms of treatment like acupuncture and chiropractic care. For things that can’t be solved just by drinking some tea, why immediately go to a general care practitioner for a medical prescription? There are other forms of care available for most ailments, many of which ultimately solve the problem rather than just being pain management.
- When there is an imbalance in our system it needs to be fixed rather than just taking medicine to suppress the painful symptoms. This is especially true with back and joint pain.
- Acupuncture is an example of a form of alternative medicine that isn’t practiced as much, especially in the states, but is ancient and highly regarded.
- There are more options available for most health problems than just going to a general care practitioner and taking pills they prescribe.
- Do note that doctors should be consulted when a new health problem arises and should be notified of any medicinal treatments you’re doing to make sure they’re safe for you as an individual.
- If they disagree with other forms of treatment with sound research backing it, a different, holistic doctor should be found. (A holistic doctor considers all forms of treatment to best help an individual instead of just one method.)
Swap your toxic household cleaners for basic ingredients. Regular household cleaners may not seem like they’re directly linked to your health, but they are. Many cleaners, like other things we have discussed, contain products dangerous to health – many of which are considered carcinogenic. Ultimately these products should be replaced not only for health reasons but also cost and effectiveness.
- If you keep up with cleaning, most things can be cleaned simply with water and a washcloth.
- The next step up would be vinegar and baking soda cleaning solutions. Almost everything can be cleaned with these two perfectly natural things.
- White vinegar is actually better at cleaning mold than most cleaning products, without having any chemicals, so is ideal for bathroom use.
- Essential oils can add a pleasant scent to natural cleaning supplies, but many have benefits such as being antibacterial.
- Many natural household cleaners (and multi-use soaps such as Dr.Bronners) exist as well if you’d rather buy them than make them.
Introducing a new healthy hobby into your routine can be immensely beneficial. Hobbies such as meditating and practicing aromatherapy can have huge health benefits when introduced into your daily routine. Exercise and eating healthy also count. Making an effort to be healthy before even becoming sick is one of the most important things I can recommend for practicing holistic health. It’s true that many health problems can’t be fully avoided or cured, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make every effort to be healthy to avoid and cure the ailments that we can in as natural of a way as possible. When we practice things that are good for us and incorporate them into our daily lives this is the ultimate way to care for ourselves.
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