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10 Cheap, All-Purpose Natural Remedies

by Jaime A. Heidel
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(The Best Years in Life) Alternative treatments don't have to be expensive to work. Each of these cheap natural remedies can help you find relief for no more than $10. 

1. Witch Hazel

Uses: Witch hazel can be used to treat acne, take the sting out of insect bites, ease the discomfort of sunburn, dry up swimmer's ear, relieve hemorrhoids (mix with coconut oil), treat contact dermatitis, and prevent razor burn after shaving. 

Average cost: $4.00

2. Epsom Salt

Uses: Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, and it's a great cheap natural remedy. It can be used to remove splinters, ease constipation, relieve the itch of allergic rashes and bug bites, and reduce swelling. You can also use it in your bath for a relaxing, detoxifying soak.*

Average cost: $6.00

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Uses: Apple cider vinegar (with the "mother") can help treat stubborn acne, drain your sinuses, kill fungal and bacterial infections, and detoxify your system. A tablespoon of ACV taken before each meal can also prevent heartburn. Oftentimes, people who suffer from GERD have too little stomach acid, not too much.

Average cost: $6.00

4. Coconut Oil

Uses: Raw, unrefined coconut oil is a wonderful and inexpensive natural remedy. Coconut oil can be used as a skin cream, hair conditioner, and shaving lotion. It's antiviral and antibacterial properties can help boost your immune system, treat chronic yeast infections, and heal damaged gums. It may also reduce inflammation and boost brain function when taken internally.

Average cost:  $10.00

5. Essential Oils

Uses: Essential oils are the most versatile of all cheap natural remedies. Lavender oil helps ease anxiety, tea tree oil can treat acne and foot fungus, oregano oil is a natural antibiotic, and clove oil is an effective treatment for gum pain. Once you've amassed a small collection, you'll be set for a while!

 

Average cost: $10.00

6. Tea

Uses: Drinking a cup of tea is good for your health, but the benefits don't stop there. Used tea bags may lighten dark circles under your eyes as well as reduce puffiness in that area. They can also be used to dry poison ivy rash, control foot and underarm odor, ease tooth pain, drain boils, and even treat minor burns.

Average cost: $5.00

7. Aloe

Uses: Aloe is most noted for its ability to take the sting out of sunburns. It has also been shown to banish bruises, relieve the itch of insect bites, shrink warts, brighten skin, act as a laxative, and treat hemorrhoids.

Average cost: $7.00

8. Garlic

Uses: Organic garlic is a powerful ally to have on your side on account of its antiviral properties. Chop it up, mix it with raw honey, and swallow (don't chew) a tablespoon of the mixture as soon as those sniffles start. Garlic can also be used to treat yeast infections, detoxify your body of heavy metals, eliminate intestinal parasites, ease allergic sinus inflammation, and relieve tooth pain.

Average cost: $5.00

9. Cayenne Pepper

Uses: Cayenne pepper isn't just a flavorful spice, it can also be used as an inexpensive natural remedy. It has been shown to ease chronic inflammation, heal ulcers, prevent migraine headaches, relieve allergies, and even support healthy weight loss.

Average cost: $5.00

10. Honey

Uses: Raw, unprocessed honey has strong antibacterial properties. It can be used  to treat colds, ease sore throat, heal ulcers, support digestive health, soothe chronic skin conditions, heal wounds, stabilize immune function, and alleviate allergies.

Average cost: $10.00

If you're on a budget, but still want to treat minor health problems naturally, these cheap, all-purpose remedies may be just what you've been looking for.

* Do not use Epsom salt if you are pregnant, diabetic, or allergic to sulfur.

See also:

The Best Years in Life Natural Remedies

References:

http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/06/hypochlorhydria-3-common-signs-of-low-stomach-acid/
http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/jmf.2012.0303?src=recsys
http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/cayenne
http://www.academicjournals.org/article/article1378915996_Gebreyohannes%20and%20Gebreyohannes.pdf
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609166/

About the author:

Jaime is a professional freelance writer with a passion for natural health and wellness. Her website, I Told You I Was Sick, was created to help those living with chronic pain and illness find natural ways to heal.

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