50 Natural Remedies That Really Work
All-natural solutions to nearly everything that could ail you—here’s the stuff you can rely on.
One of the most troubling skincare truths is that acne isn’t something that goes away once you pass your teenage years. In fact, women can suffer from it well into adulthood. One of the fantastic acne natural remedies is uncoated aspirin, which is natural salicylic acid. “Take five of them and add one drop of water on each to make them crumble. Mix with manuka honey, which is a natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory and apply it directly to your breakout,” suggests Angela Jia Kim, founder of Savor Beauty. Check out the best acne treatments for your skin type here.
“Oils, such as avocado, olive, and coconut, can be very hydrating,” says RealSelf contributor Sejal Shah, MD. You can apply these to your face or your body and they’ll deeply penetrate the skin for long-lasting moisture. You can also mix them into your existing treatment cream. Note that because these oils can leave a greasy feel, they’re best applied to damp skin.
Getting older is never fun, especially when the symptoms of perimenopause or menopause hit. You could try these effective menopause natural remedies, but one of the most effective natural remedies is exercise. It’s important that your workout routine has a mix of cardio and weight training. Walking—if you can’t run—is a low impact, useful cardio-conditioning workout, while weight training helps you build muscle, rev up your metabolism, and keep you feeling strong. Use these exercise motivation tricks to get started.
“Make an at-home face mask using oatmeal,” suggests Dr. Shah. “Oatmeal is a helpful natural ingredient because it acts as a humectant so it helps your skin retain moisture.” To whip one up combine ½ cup hot water (not boiling) with 1/3 cup oatmeal. Let the two settle for a few minutes. Mix well and add in two tablespoons Greek yogurt, two tablespoons manduka honey, and one egg white. Mix well and apply on your face for 10 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.
“Bleach is a natural antibacterial agent that eliminates germs and bacteria without the worsening of antibiotic resistance,” says RealSelf contributor Joel Schlessinger, MD. “In the right formulation, bleach can be gentle and non-drying, making it a great alternative acne treatment.”
When it comes to sun care, you can never have enough. Bolster your manual application with Heliocare. “It’s sunscreen in a pill—it’s designed to be used as a supplement to daily sunscreen for added UV protection,” says Dr. Schlessinger, who tells Reader’s Digest that it’s derived from a fern in Central America. “Its main ingredient is polypodium leucotomos extract, which is clinically proven to gradually build up your body’s natural defense against damaging UV rays. This antioxidant-rich extract helps the skin maintain its structure, improves the body’s immune response against sun damage and protects fragile elastin in the skin to maintain a more youthful appearance (Heliocare was tested by leading Harvard dermatologists). Need help picking the perfect sunblock? Here are the sunscreens dermatologists use.
High-carb foods are linked to acne—and weight gain—because your body experiences an increase of glucose and insulin levels. People who eat a healthy diet (that incorporates healthy carbohydrate foods like produce and whole grains) have half as many acne breakouts, according to a naturopath, and is why avoiding all commercial dairy products, processed foods, refined sugars, and processed commercial oil products will naturally help fight acne. Says nutritionist and herbalist Ward Bond, PhD: “Instead eat fruits, vegetables, drink plenty of water, and consume only healthy fats such as flaxseed oil, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, as well as fermented foods.” Your skin and your waistline will thank you for these natural remedies.
Warts aren’t something anyone wants, especially when it’s beach season. So try some garlic: The antiviral and antibacterial properties of garlic attack the virus causing your wart and will cause it to blister and fall off. Simply cover your wart with a crushed garlic clove and secure it with a bandage. After 20 minutes, remove the clove and rinse the area. Do this twice daily for a week. Here are more surprising health benefits of garlic.
Many people with eczema have a vitamin A deficiency. “A supplement, combined with the mineral zinc will have maximum benefit for your skin,” says Dr. Bond. He also recommends applying a thin layer of coconut oil to the affected areas and taking it internally (a tablespoon per day). “I find that combining Himalayan Pink Salt with powdered magnesium in water is another effective solution. Just spray on the affected areas.”
Mom knew what she was talking about! Calamine lotion really does work wonders to naturally treat rashes. (And if that doesn’t work, here are 8 more natural remedies for rashes.) One reason calamine lotion works is the soothing, cooling feeling you’ll experience as it evaporates from your skin.