What is Natural Healing?
Natural healing is an umbrella term encompassing all the methods, techniques and disciplines that utilise naturally derived medicines or specific physical and spiritual realignment techniques.
Natural healing can include the complementary therapy or alternative medicine disciplines of Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Aromatherapy, Herbalism and Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Reiki, Hypnotherapy and Yoga, to name but a few of the better known ones.
Some claim that natural healing can aid in curing of specific and serious diseases such as cancer and diabetes . However it is also more loosely applied for adding overall health, balance and energy to your body, mind and soul.
How Might Someone Increase their Health with Natural Healing?
And while desirable, it is not always necessary to visit a complementary therapist in order to practise natural healing. It is completely possible, with some research, for you to increase your overall health and heal yourself naturally in a number of ways. How might you do this?
Some ways to practise natural healing at home include using certain essential oils and herbs and plant-based nutrition. Many people cite these as having excellent health benefits. Some of the most powerful essential oils, herbs and plant-based nutrition include
Tea Tree essential oil
Lavender essential oil
Eucalyptus essential oil
Aloe Vera leaf gel/juice
Apple Cider Vinegar
In addition, leafy green vegetables including Kale, Spinach and Broccoli are great. Depending on what you use and what it’s for, you take some of these substances internally as food or drinks. Others you use externally as topical preparations or in massage.
Is there any science in natural healing?
Contrary to the popular held belief that somehow natural healing or alternative medicine only has a placebo effect, there are thousands of scientific studies suggesting or proving that many of these plant based natural healing substances do indeed have very powerful physical, chemical, emotional and mood-altering positive healing effects. These are – in many cases – much more effective than pharmaceutical/prescription drugs, and usually have mild or no side effects. (This is unlike the majority of pharmaceutical prescription drugs, which almost always have multiple, undesirable side-effects, and which are recorded to kill 290 people every day in the United States alone).
For example, scientific studies have found that Tea Tree essential oil is anti-bacterial and can kill superbugs such as MRSA (Staphylococcus aureus). Science has proved that Tea Tree essential oil is also very effective in treating acne, warts, athlete’s foot and dandruff.
Yet other scientific studies have found that Turmeric may have anti-cancer properties, can aid digestion problems, and has powerful circulatory, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, thus possibly making it helpful in treating a wide variety of ailments such as heart disease, arthritis, ulcerative colitis, Alzheimer’s and other neuro-degenerative diseases.
What can you heal at home with natural substances?
These are but a few of many examples:
Common colds, coughs and ‘flu are easily treated with Echinacea tincture. It has powerful immune-boosting properties. Echinacea can stop you getting a cold or cough altogether, or can reduce the severity and length of illness if you do have a cold or cough.
Tea Tree essential oil can be very effective in reducing spots, pimples and acne. However, as with all essential oils, do be careful as they are very concentrated and can burn your skin if you apply too much or apply it neat (use in a carrier oil such as Almond Oil).
Apple Cider Vinegar and Ginger are both wonderful digestive remedies, besides having many other healthy effects. Apple Cider Vinegar is especially useful for helping the stomach to digest fats and thus reducing indigestion. Ginger can help decrease nausea. It’s possible that Apple Cider Vinegar can also stabilize blood sugar levels and help people lose weight, as well as be helpful in balancing the scalp’s pH levels and rejuvenating your hair. This does not mean you should consume vast amounts of it. Everything in moderation as your grandmother likely told you.
Coconut Oil has very beneficial effects on skin and hair, helping to moisturize them. It may help with weight loss if consumed instead of other fats/oils.
With natural healing, it is important to obtain organically produced substances and/or substances which have minimum processing to preserve their natural chemical and healing structure. The problem is that some nutritional supplements these days are highly processed. They can also contain synthetic ingredients, some of which may be harmful. A key skill when practising natural healing is to read and understand the ingredient labels. Research is absolutely essential, but there’s a lot of misinformation out there. It’s also important to become aware of any side-effects of the plant-based natural remedies. In many cases, side–effects are mild and rare, but can sometimes include allergic reactions or skin rashes. If you can, it’s best to consult a natural healing or complementary health practitioner. They’ve done the appropriate training and are well-placed to advise you on the benefits and pitfalls of natural healing.
It is also imperative that you consult a medical professional if symptoms persist or if you are suffering from severe symptoms.
The content in this blog is intended as an educational tool to offer information about alternative healing and health maintenance options available. This blog is intended solely for informational and educational purposes and not as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional if you have questions about your medical health.