29. Milk of Magnesia for Canker Sores
Have a painful canker sore? Canker sores are ulcers of the mouth that can be caused by viral infections or injuries. To help ease the pain, try rinsing your mouth with milk of magnesia or apply it to canker sores three or four times a day.
28. Ground Flaxseed for Constipation
“It’s almost as if nature tailor-made ground flaxseed to relieve constipation,” said Will Bulsiewicz, MD, a gastroenterologist in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. “It is a great source of both insoluble and soluble fiber, which add bulk to the stool and promote the growth of good bacteria.” Ground flaxseed is a great source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to aid in stool softening and constipation relief.
27. Thyme Tea for a Cough
Thyme is a natural expectorant that helps relax the respiratory tract by loosening mucus. Studies have found that using thyme with a combination of primrose or ivy can help relieve the frequency and duration of a cough. To make thyme tea, place two tablespoons of fresh thyme (or one tablespoon of dried thyme) in a cup of hot water. Let it steep, then drain out the herb. Add a bit of honey for taste.