A Guide to Natural Medicines

by Lindsay Krantiz

Everytime I have pain or I am coming down with a sickness, I always get a screenshot texted to me from my mom of a Google search saying “natural way to get rid of ____.”

Ever since I was young, my mom ingrained in me to try the natural remedy first before going to the doctor and getting a prescription, or an over the counter medicine. Allopathic and naturopathic medicine are two different approaches to curing an illness, pain or even a virus. Allopathic is the science-based modern approach; while naturopathic is a more natural, self-healing approach.

The steps for an allopathic method – in its simplest form – would be getting symptoms of a virus, going to the doctor, getting prescribed antibiotics taking the antibiotics, and curing the virus in a week or so.

The naturopathic method targets the mind, body and soul. It digs deep to get rid of the root of the problem in a natural way. This can include the use of supplements and herbal remedies. You probably purchase some herbal remedies at the grocery store on a weekly basis, without even knowing the benefits it can do to your body.

Here are some easy and simple remedies that can cure common aches, pains, sicknesses and even mental roadblocks. 

  1. Black Elderberry – This berry can be found in some wines for flavor, but it can also help support your immune system when you are suffering from flu-like symptoms. It does this by assisting the body’s natural resistance and supports how the body adapts to environmental influences that can cause someone to catch the flu. 
  2. Cinnamon Bark – Everyone has cinnamon in their cabinet for flavoring baked goods, but it also helps with blood sugar balance. Depression, anxiety and irritability are all symptoms of blood sugar imbalance. Cinnamaldehyde, which is found in the oil part of the plant, aides in antioxidants, protects cells from oxidative damage and supports healthy fat and cholesterol balance. 
  3. Eleuthero Root – This one might not be easily found in your cabinet but the benefits it has are something you need–especially if you’re a tired college student. Eleuthero Root supports and enhances energy and stamina. It does this by helping the body adapt to stress easier. 
  4. Green tea – Green tea is a delicious drink served hot or cold and is also rich in antioxidants. This tea helps maintain the normal amount of free radicals our body needs to be healthy. Green tea also helps with stress and inflammation. When a part of your body is under a lot of stress, the immune system sends out signals to repair the stressed area. This is known as the inflammatory cascade. Green tea helps normalize the inflammatory cascade therefore creating a healthy connection between the immune system and strained cells. 
  5. Oregano – The herb is found in a lot of Italian seasonings, though it is also good for a normal yeast balance. Oregano aides in a healthy balance of microbes in the intestines and throughout the body. It can also be used to get rid of yeast infections because of its ability to get rid of candida albicans, which is a yeast that causes uncomfortable infections.

A version of this originally appeared in
The Teller December 2019 Issue #9

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