Taking a natural approach to better health appeals to many of us, especially to Jenny Hills. As a medical writer and researcher, she’s been interested in herbal remedies, aromatherapy, holistic medicine, and other natural ways of improving health for years.
After her natural remedies helped many friends and family members, Jenny brought her experience and knowledge to the world. She shares comprehensive and practical medical advice through her website and in various books. Her work has also been referenced in a variety of medical journals and news sites.
Given Jenny’s years of first-hand experience, we had to know: Which essential oils, teas, and other natural remedies does she recommend? Luckily, Jenny was happy to share!
Tea tree oil
When it comes to this essential oil — which happens to be my favorite — the question isn’t what it can do for you. It’s what can’t it do? From keeping hair, skin, and nails healthy, to repelling insects and serving as a disinfectant, tea tree oil is a workhorse that you can use every day.
Virgin coconut oil
I use virgin coconut oil daily, and not just in my cooking. Think of it as both food and medicine, with so many uses. I use it daily as a moisturizer, to relieve swelling bug bites, for oil pulling, and so much more. The key when buying coconut oil for use as a home remedy is to look for organic, virgin coconut oil.
Apple cider vinegar
I start every morning with a healthy cocktail made with just two ingredients: water and apple cider vinegar (ACV). It’s an amazing natural substance with so many health benefits. In its unprocessed, raw form, ACV can heal a range of health issues, from helping to fight joint pain, reduce inflammatory conditions, heal digestive issues, and much more. Look for organic, raw, unpasteurized, unfiltered ACV and mix it with water before you consume. Try adding some honey to improve the taste.
Matcha green tea
My Japanese neighbor introduced me to this amazing tea, and it’s become my go-to! You may have heard about the benefits of green tea, but matcha green tea is even better. Originating in Japan, matcha green tea is believed to be the highest quality powdered green tea on the planet. It’s been extremely popular in the Far East for thousands of years, and its long list of health benefits makes it easy to see why.
Aloe vera gel
This is one of the most useful healing products in my medicine cabinet. I use aloe vera gel for treating rashes, sunburned, inflamed skin, and after waxing. I recently planted aloe vera in my garden, and this humble plant has a wealth of nutrients: active enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. They’re all packed into something that doubles as a garden ornament. When buying aloe vera gel, make sure it’s organic and as pure as possible, without too many additives.