The early stages of recovery from alcoholism can be tricky. With AA sponsors encouraging individuals to watch what they eat and drink, many people also become concerned, with some justification, about the other products that they use on a regular basis.
The choice between chemical-based solutions and natural treatments may be best illustrated by looking at one of the earliest issues people new to sobriety often deal with: cravings.
One concern many people have when they decide to cut down — or stop drinking alcohol — is the cravings. How to safely deal with them without triggering a relapse.
A few popular drugs that are used in treatment centers, Naltrexone, Acamprosate and Disulfram, can have some uncomfortable side effects. Common side effects include diarrhea, indigestion, nausea and vomiting. Worse side effects have also been associated with these drugs leaving many to wonder if they do more harm than good.
The pharmaceutical industry hasn’t done very much to help keep alcoholics sober. On the other hand, herbal remedies have shown promise and results. But since profit is a big motivator for business, you probably won’t find your doctor offering herbal alternatives any time soon.
One herbal remedy which has shown some promise is Kudzu. The scourge of the Southern States, Kudzu has been shown to possibly cut alcohol drinking in half without the side effects of pharmaceuticals. Used in China since 600AD to help people reduce drinking, scientists are now studying it and found it to be useful in rats.
Other studies show that Kudzu can also reduce drinking in humans. The plant works by increasing alcohol concentration in drinkers so that the need for more and more alcohol to reach previous levels of “buzz” is reduced.
Many alcoholics go the extra step and choose to stay away from any chemically based product when there may be natural substitutions. Avoiding products which contain chemicals — or have been processed — can not only aid in recovery, but can also help return a person to health.
There are hundreds of home remedies online and a favorite one is a healthy, and natural, way to deal with dandruff, avoiding the alcohol contained in most over-the-counter shampoos.
Seborrheic dermattis, more commonly known as dandruff, is an affliction in the scalp which is common among individuals of all ages. The reasons for dandruff are as varied as the heads it has landed on. Dry skin, irritated oily skin, bacterial growth and scalp fungus are some of the factors which cause itchiness along with the telltale white flakes.
Originally, dandruff can be kept at bay by having a healthy hair-care routine. Dandruff can also be controlled with some natural remedies. While the natural fixes may take a little longer to deliver results that the chemicals in a bottle, they can completely and effectively treat the problem.
The anti-bacterial properties of Indian lilac help treat dandruff along with other problems like scalp acne and itchy scalp.
- Take a handful of meem leaves and boil in two quarts of water
- Let the solution cool and the strain it.
- Use the mixture as a hair rinse several times a week.
Coconut oil works to eliminate dandruff because of the oil’s inherent anti-fungal properties. A side benefit is the oil moisturizes the scalp and relieves the itching.
- Mix lemon juice in with half of the available coconut oil.
- Massage the mixture into your scalp.
- Wait twenty minutes then wash your hair.
- Repeat several times a week.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Scalp treatment with apple cider vinegar is great at getting rid of dandruff. Restoring the pH balance of the scalp, apple cider vinegar inhibits yeast growth and helps as a natural conditioner and clarifier which cleans clogged pores and hair follicles.
- Measure out two table spoons of apple cider vinegar.
- Add two table spoons of water and about 20 drops of tea tree oil.
- Massage the mixture into your scalp, rinsing after several minutes
- Repeat several times a week.