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CURES FROM I TO Z

These are natural cures that we have used ourselves or have verified with health books. They may use herbs, pure essential oils, vitamins, and/or food. They are more than home remedies, folk medicine, or old wives' tales! And they are better for your health, for your budget, and for the environment.

Be sure to check out the home page, with cures from A to H. Each of these natural remedies is offered as a healthy alternative. Starting a natural remedy may require a change in the dose of your prescription medicines, or let you stop them altogether, so ask your doctor first.

HERBS AND ESSENTIAL OILS

Remedies from herbs or essential oils can be wonderful for emergencies or for those who prefer natural medicines to prescription medicines. But, they are not all without side effects for some people.

Here are just a few examples. Before using herbal remedies or aromatherapy, do some research, especially if you have a medical condition.

HERBS

Those who suffer from hayfever need to be careful since some herbs come from flowers. Echinacea and Chamomile are two that can give hayfever sufferers mild to severe allergic reactions when taken internally (in capsules or tea). In some, the reaction can be life threatening.

Chasteberry (or monk's pepper) may counteract the effectiveness of birth control pills.

ESSENTIAL OILS

Pure essential oils are very powerful and should be used with respect. Many stores sell essential oils, not pure essential oils, and these are mostly scent with very little, if any, healing power.

Rosemary essential oil should not be used by those with epilepsy or high blood pressure.

The respiration of a baby or child under 5 can be slowed down or even stopped if peppermint oil or eucalyptus oil is close enough for the baby to even breathe either.

High blood pressure may be elevated by peppermint essential oil.

Peppermint or rosemary may be harmful during pregnancy.

NOTE: As with anything in life, more is not always better.

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