Natural Remedies for Your Embarrassing Health Conditions

Do you suffer from personal ailments you’re too uncomfortable to ask about? Learn how to treat embarrassing health conditions from bad breath and warts to hair loss and bladder infections.


| May/June 2014



Natural Remedies

To combat digestive distress, try juices and tea made with ginger.

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Let’s face it. There are a lot of things that can go wrong with our bodies that are, quite frankly, embarrassing to talk about with others. Especially when you’re going out of your way to look for natural, home remedies instead of simpler-to-find over-the-counter solutions. Don’t worry, though; we’ve got you covered—from warts and bad breath to hair loss and diarrhea, read on to learn how to naturally treat some of life’s most embarrassing health conditions. We always recommend discussing new remedies with your health-care provider before implementing them. Include a full list of any medications and supplements or other remedies you are currently using, as there may be potential interactions between them.

Bad Breath Remedies

We’ve all caught ourselves with bad breath at the most inopportune time. Bad breath is embarrassing, but it can be avoided with proper oral care. If you are a longtime sufferer, evaluate what you’re eating. Foods rich in vitamin C may help prevent gum disease and gingivitis—two well-known causes of bad breath. Snack on berries, citrus fruits and melons to create an inhospitable environment for bacteria growth.

Bad breath is also caused by sugar-thriving bacteria, so you might benefit from antibacterial herbs more than candy mints. Time-tested herbal breath fresheners include parsley, anise, coriander, spearmint, cloves and, of course, mint. To make your own herbal mouthwash using any of these herbs, take several ounces of fresh or dried herbs, place them in a wide-mouthed jar with a lid, and fill the jar with vodka. Steep for a few days, then strain.

Yeast Infection Remedies

Our bodies play host to a number of fungi. Under normal circumstances, the good bacteria living in our bodies help keep these fungi under control. But change the pH balance of the body and these fungi can grow unchecked. Yeast infections are a manifestation of this problem. By far the most common manifestation, a vaginal yeast infection can cause burning, itching and soreness along with a thick, sticky discharge.

Yeast grows best in warm, moist conditions with little oxygen. Always dry the vaginal area after bathing or showering and wear cotton underwear and loose clothes to keep the area dry. You should also avoid heavily scented feminine products as they can irritate the vagina and upset the pH balance. Yeast infections can be sexually transmitted, so avoid intercourse until the yeast infection clears up as it can get passed back and forth. (Yes, men can get yeast infections, too!)

The fungus that causes vaginal yeast infections feeds on sugar and yeast. Avoid foods containing these substances (especially alcohol) during the initial phase of treatment. Instead, consume foods known to support detoxification such as onions, spirulina and wheatgrass. Oregano oil and garlic are two antiviral herbs that may help your body fight off a yeast infection. Take 100 to 150 mg of oregano oil three to four times daily or 300 to 600 mg of garlic twice daily. Garlic can thin the blood, so avoid it if you take blood-thinning medications or if you’ve recently had or will have surgery. It may also not be recommended for those with thyroid problems or ulcers.

aholden
9/3/2015 1:31:56 PM

When I was in my tweens I had over 30 warts on my fingers and hands (palm too), the only thing that worked after trying to freeze therm off, using some sort of acid etc. was to wrap each one in medical tape for about two weeks straight, they died and fell off because they need oxygen. I wish I knew that before I went through so much pain and embarrassment.






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