Looking for a cure-all? Tea tree oil, a natural derivative of the melaleuca alternifolia plant, might be the closest thing to it. This disinfecting, tangy-smelling oil can help clear up acne, heal cuts and scrapes, fight athlete's foot and treat a wide array of other ailments. It's also widely available in personal care and household cleaning products.
As a supplement to other kinds of treatment, some health care providers use art therapy to help patients heal from both physical and emotional trauma
As a supplement to other kinds of treatment, some health care providers use art therapy to help patients heal from both physical and emotional trauma. Like talk therapy, art therapy helps patients release emotions and thoughts about their condition and their experience, and sometimes the results are incredibly enlightening...and beautiful.
Ready to try something new? Be sure to use care when exploring alternative and complementary medical treatments. Professional organizations offer many practitioners training and certification, but some service providers might not be up to snuff. Speak with your health care professional about options and referrals.
Biofeedback may sound a little bizarre, but it's actually a proven treatment for many chronic pain conditions and other ailments
Biofeedback may sound a little bizarre, but it's actually a proven treatment for many chronic pain conditions and other ailments. In training, you'll learn about mind-body connections and how to use them to control your breathing, circulation, muscle tension and relaxation and more, all so you have the skills to care for yourself whenever possible.
Baking soda: not just for the kitchen anymore. For super-clean, brighter-looking teeth, try dipping a wet toothbrush in baking soda and brushing as usual. Remove rough skin on your elbows and feet by rubbing with a baking soda/water paste. And get smoother hair by adding a small amount to your regular shampoo.
Receiving a massage is not only a great way to relax; it's also a proven treatment for pain, both acute and chronic
Receiving a massage is not only a great way to relax; it's also a proven treatment for pain, both acute and chronic. There are many kinds of massage, including Swedish massage (one of the most common), prenatal (for expectant mothers), and Shiatsu (a Japanese style that aims to rebalance the body).
Don't be squeamish about needles; you'll miss out on one of the most ancient Chinese health treatments: acupuncture
Don't be squeamish about needles; you'll miss out on one of the most ancient Chinese health treatments: acupuncture. Needles are inserted into the skin and may be manipulated, with the goal of regulating the flow of chi (or life force) through the body. Acupuncture is commonly used to treat back pain, headaches, other chronic pains - and as a smoking cessation aid.
Looking for a low-impact way to stretch, strengthen and improve your balance? Pilates might be right for you. The method requires little or no equipment, and core strengthening is emphasized; deep, regulated breathing also helps yield improved circulation and lung capacity.
Even without a green thumb, you can still grow a natural burn treatment right on your kitchen counter
Even without a green thumb, you can still grow a natural burn treatment right on your kitchen counter. The aloe vera plant is a succulent that thrives in warm weather and is generally hardy in any indoor climate. To treat a burn, simply snip off a piece of one of the leaves of the plant and squeeze its liquid onto the affected area.
Healthy hair can be yours, even if you love to color, style and blow dry it frequently. Try alternating days you wash your hair to maintain your color longer, and seek out moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. For really dry hair, try using an overnight oil treatment.