Chronic pain can be a pain to live with. Seasonal allergy symptoms are annoying. It can be so easy to just reach for the pain pills or those allergy pills. Unfortunately, along with them comes a host of side effects. If you just can’t hack it anymore, these herbal hacks can help.
Long term effects of chronic pain may be depression, exhaustion, and/or inability to focus. Long term effects of allergy symptoms whether treated or not may result in lung damage. With untreated symptoms, skin, ear, and nasal infections may occur. Today I am offering a different path to explore, that of the natural world of herbs for health and healing.
Our first hack comes right from the yard! It just can’t get any better than that. I love this post that Susannah over at Healthy, Green, Savvy wrote on Can’t Beat ‘Em? Eat ‘Em! Edible Weeds.
Some of the highlights include using dandelion greens as a pizza topping. And dandelion greens are so healthy. She talks about the wood sorrel having a slight lemony taste. I just love lemon! An interesting twist is that violets can be candied and used as cake decor. In addition, she gives a recipe for a purslane smoothie. Yummy!
I get that life gets busy, especially with young children at home. My 11 year old is deep into his music, including lessons, practices, and performances. My 3 year is into everything, literally! If I am cleaning a mess upstairs, you can be sure that she is downstairs, making another! So maybe, taking a pill is easier than dealing with fresh herbs. Though it may be better if you fill it yourself.
Mikki over at The Not So Perfect Housewife, wrote a post on How to Make Turmeric Capsules at Home.
And lastly, its summer, which means its 100+ degrees outside. This calls for ice cream. Well, if you ask my husband, he would say it really doesn’t matter the season, but I tend to eat ice cream more in the summer. And if I can mix herbs into my ice cream, that’s just better.
Meghan, from Whole Natural Life, has an amazing recipe for Cinnamon Coconut Ice Cream. It’s even dairy-free. Cinnamon has such amazing health benefits, you just can’t go wrong. She includes her tips for making with her favorite ice cream maker, and if you are like me, and don’t have one, she has suggestions for that too! Cinnamon is a favorite of mine!
So there you have three herbal hacks for making your life easier and getting those herbs in your diet. Alternative medicine is not for the faint of heart. So next time, remember if you just can’t hack it…
What herbal hacks have you used? Let me know in the comments.