Medicine is an extraordinary thing, there’s no denying that. This post is in no way, shape or form trying to declare that natural is the *only” way to achieve wellness or the only way to treat illness. That would be incredibly dangerous of me (and of anyone really) to make such claims. I believe in science and I also believe in the powers of nature and natural remedies as well and I don’t see why they can’t work together harmoniously for us to lead healthy and happy lives. Since I’ve gotten a bit older and a bit more aware of my body, I’m definitely more in tune with what makes me feel “well” and I’ve become more and more aware of the natural remedies which make me feel in peak form compared to say, when I was a teenager and didn’t really understand the effects of a good diet, exercise and natural remedies.
Getting enough good quality sleep
The age old “cure” for anything… sleeping. I love my sleep but good quality sleep isn’t something I experience often. I get awful leg and hip pain in the night, maybe due to my own body or maybe due to my mattress (who knows?) and I rarely wake up feeling refreshed. I’ve started going to sleep earlier and waking up earlier, which is definitely working for me though. Getting the recommended hours of sleep is a great way to start your natural wellness journey!
Drinking enough water
And the second most obvious point, is drinking enough water and staying hydrated. Thankfully in the Western world, water isn’t of short supply and it’s the most accessible thing we can consume to improve and keep up our well being.
This is a tricky one because it thoroughly depends on the individuals capabilities, disabilities, environment and fitness level but that’s the great thing about exercising, is that it’s never one glove fits all. Yoga is my go-to exercise and every time I get on my mat, I know I’m improving my well being. Whether I’m doing a weight-loss, sweaty an fat burning practice or some gentle stretches.
Fresh air and daylight
The world around us can definitely improve our wellness in the forms of fresh air and vitamin D among other things! I always try and get outside at least once a day – which is difficult because I work from home and don’t often have a reason to leave the house – but can also be difficult for those working in an office all day. Just 10 to 20 minutes of being outside and do you a world of good!
Diet: herbs and their benefits
We all know that a balanced diet, enough fruit and vegetables and water are good for us – that’s more or less drilled into us from a very early age. But herbs which you can find in plenty of food or even grow in your house have a surprising amount of natural benefits to them! I suffer from anxiety and I’ve never taken medication for it (I’m not against medication for anxiety by any means, it just wasn’t for me) but I do take Kalms tablets regularly, which contain Valerian which helps “take the edge off” as I like to call it!
I find in fascinating how many properties these herbs have because most of them are incredibly common that most of us will probably encounter every day. I know I walk past a ton of lavender plants every day because my next door neighbors have them outside their house. I also love oregano, basil, sage and parsley in my food and I’m trying to get into drinking more herbal teas – like chamomile too!
The herbs on this list that I’d like to try and introduce into my myself are Echinacea because of it’s immune boosting functions and Peppermint for it’s ability to help muscle and nerve pain and ingestion (which I get quite a lot!) You can find the full guide below or here on the First Tunnels website!
What natural remedies do you take or do in order to improve your wellness? Let me know!
* This post is in collaboration with First Tunnels