Natural Home Remedies


Contributing Writer
Jeffrey Barkstrom

What to do when you can’t get to a Doctor. I thought I’d put together a simple list of things you can do for small problems.

Burns are a common problem for many chefs. It’s good to have an aloe plant in the kitchen. If an accident happens, simply break off a leaf and dab on the burn.

Aloe is also good for ulcers. In this case, you would want to get the liquid from the plant. Add a couple of spoonfuls to a glass of cold herbal tea. It provides instant soothing relief.

For a cold, Echinacea is an herb you can grow in your garden or get in tea form at a store.

Garlic chives are great to help with colds. Just boil up some water, cut up the chives and pour over the boiling water. If you have a sore throat, just add a tablespoon of honey to quickly relieve your throat irritation.

If you have trouble controlling your blood sugar, besides the normal advice of cutting back on your sugars and grains, drinking the juice of one fresh lime in a small glass of water everyday has been shown to help immensely.

Joint inflammation has many causes, but good advice is to avoid the #1 inflammatory causing food: SUGAR! Turmeric is great for inflammation and is available as a spice in most grocery stores. You can add it to foods or make a tea out of it. Celery is also great for inflammation and has the added benefit of lowering blood pressure.

Canker sores are a pain. They can be helped easily with baking soda. Simply put a teaspoon in a half cup of warm water and swish around your mouth. Aloe as mentioned above is also good for canker sores.

Garlic and onions help to reduce cholesterol by cleaning out the arteries. Fish and olive oils are great for helping raise your good HDL cholesterol. Just spend the extra money and get quality fish oils. Fish oils can go rancid and are toxic if taken when they have gone bad.

So, these are just a few things to start with. We’ll be going over more things you can do at our March 7th workshop. Until then, have a happy healthy February!

Jeffrey Barkstrom has been helping people with health and weight loss issues for more than 12 years. He has spoken at colleges, businesses, non-profits, national conferences and on television about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. He currently practices at Barkstrom Acupuncture PC, Natural Health Improvement Center in Jamestown, NY. Learn more at or at