How many paracetamol do you take a week? Do you take just one tablet? Maybe two? I surprised myself some years ago when I tried to purchase 3 packets of paracetamol at my local chemist and was refused, the limit was two packets. I explained that I did not take more than the recommended dose � I just needed one packet for work, one for home and one for my handbag – I was still refused. I never asked myself why I needed such ready access to paracetamol.
It was a long time before I recognised a pattern that had formed over many many months. I had a severe headache at least once a day and needed at least one if not two paracetamol tablets to keep going through to the end of the day.
There are side effects to simple paracetamol, not many, but taken consistently over time I wondered what damage I had done to my body? Now when I have a headache the first step I take is to have a glass of water and I’ll wait for at least ten minutes before seeking alternative pain relief. Better yet, if I know I’m going into a stressful situation, I put a drop of my Stress Buster aromatherapy oil on to my wrists beforehand to relax myself.
There are many natural, non invasive drug free options as a first line of treatment. Prevention is always better than cure, however if you need a cure and are willing to experiment, why not try an alternative to pharmaceuticals?
In the case of an injury the kitchen is a great place to start. Simple everyday items can be used such as ice cubes or a bag of frozen peas when applied to an inflamed area can prevent further swelling. Alternatively a wheat bag kept in the freezer can be used over and over again. Wheat bags are simple cotton bags filled with wheat grains, wheat grains have a unique cellular structure that allows them to absorb a temperature quickly and release it slowly. They are inexpensive and flexible. Also known as wheat warmers they can also be used to treat conditions using heat. Simply heat in the microwave for two minutes and then apply to any muscle pain or ache. For conditions such as back ache, neck pain or even ailments such as arthritis or fibromyalgia a wheat bag is only a treatment, meaning it can relieve pain temporarily, it is not a cure but it may offer the suffer sufficient relief to manage their pain.
Common sense is the key to using alternative remedies well and making them work for you. If you are unsure of why you are not well or what has caused you to feel ill then the first step is to consult a medical professional, once you have received advice you are in a position to make an informed decision about your treatment. Wheat bags or wheat warmers are only one of many options available and there are numerous websites specialising in natural and alternative remedies. Wishing you good health.