Holistic Remedies for Alcohol Withdrawal

Holistic Remedies for Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome is the set of symptoms you experience when you reduce or stop drinking cold turkey after binge drinking or long term drinking. Any excessive use of alcohol can lead to tolerance, physical dependence, and alcohol abuse. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome occurs because, once alcohol is no longer in your system, your central nervous system goes into and over-active state. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome may include seizures and delirium tremens and may lead to nerve cell damage and death.

Kindling

Some people who have repeatedly gone through cold turkey withdrawal without tapering off become more and more likely to have bad withdrawals from even small amounts of alcohol. This phenomenon is referred to as “kindling.” The way to avoid kindling is to taper off.

Holistic Drug Treatment

You may not want to go to a traditional drug treatment facility. Take comfort in knowing that there are holistic drug treatment programs that do things a bit differently than typical treatment centers. But, if you are trying a Do-It-Yourself alcohol detox, here are some things to keep in mind:

Taper off Alcohol

It is best not to quit drinking alcohol cold turkey. Alcohol withdrawal is a serious condition. Tapering means to limit your drinking to keep alcohol withdrawal symptoms from starting. Slowly reduce how much you drink; the taper can take anywhere from a couple of days to a week or even longer. It all depends on body chemistry, how much alcohol you’re used to drinking, for how long, and also keep in mind the kindling effect – so if you’ve gone through withdrawals before, this time might be more severe and/or last longer. If, on your first day without alcohol, you start to feel alcohol withdrawal symptoms, then that is a sign that your taper is not done yet.

Holistic Remedies for Alcohol Withdrawal

First, make sure to increase fluid intake when withdrawing from alcohol. Drinking water, alone, is not enough. Be sure to take in electrolytes, too, because an imbalance in these can cause serious problems.

Holistic Remedies for Alcohol Withdrawal #1: Acorn – alcoholic cravings; enlarged spleen and liver

Holistic Remedies for Alcohol Withdrawal#2: Angelica – alcohol cravings; creates aversion to alcohol; relieves gas, bloating, colic, headache; enlarged spleen; anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic.

Holistic Remedies for Alcohol Withdrawal #3: Calanatts – alcohol cravings; restorative for brain, nervous system; relieves gas, cramps, distention; improves appetite and exhaustion

Holistic Remedies for Alcohol Withdrawal #4: Cayenne – stops vomiting; alcohol cravings; improves appetite; reduces irritability, anxiety and tremor; induces calm and sleep; reduces Delirium tremens (the DTs), chills

Holistic Remedies for Alcohol Withdrawal #5: Celandine – liver problems; liver detoxifier; calms emotions (i.e. anger, depression) during withdrawal or cravings; for general sluggishness, difficulty concentrating and mental dullness

Holistic Remedies for Alcohol Withdrawal #6: Hops – sedative that relieves anxiety-related withdrawal symptoms; aids the DTs; helps irritability and restlessness; promotes healthy digestion; relieves insomnia

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox #7: Kudzu – traditional use in China for various side effects of alcohol such as hangover, thirst, gastric bleeding, loss of appetite; alcohol cravings

Holistic Remedies for Alcohol Withdrawal #8: Milk Thistle – protects against damage to the liver by alcohol, drugs and toxins; regenerates damaged liver tissue; essential for cirrhosis; restores proper nerve functioning; eases a racing heart or palpitations.

Holistic Remedies for Alcohol Withdrawal #9: Passionflower – treats insomnia, delirium tremens and muscle spasms; restful sleep

Holistic Remedies for Alcohol Withdrawal #10: Wild Lettuce – produces a general sense of well-being, calms excitability, relieves pain; mild sedative for insomnia

Other Options

If all else fails, consult your doctor who can prescribe certain medications, such as benzodiazepines (benzos like Valium, Xanax, Ativan), to treat your alcohol withdrawal syndrome. These can be taken at home by carefully following his/her instructions. You do not necessarily need to go into a medical   detox facility. However, it might be suggested to you by your doctor to do so. If you find it difficult to see it through, you may want to consider entering a holistic detox treatment program to help you with alcohol withdrawal and alcohol abuse.

 

 

 

Sources:

http://hamsnetwork.org/

http://www.homemademedicine.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/

5 Holistic Health DIY’s

homemade vitamin water

5 Holistic Health DIY’s

Holistic health may sound like something you need help from a professional to achieve but that just isn’t true. Holistic health is actually all about home remedies and using the only power of your body to heal and balance itself to find a sense of well-being. Here are 5 of the most refreshing, tasty, and relaxing holistic health DIY’s that may just become a part of your daily routine!

Homemade Vitamin Water

Buying vitamin water at the grocery store seems like a good idea but it can be loaded with sugar and artificial flavoring with little to no nutritional benefit at all. Luckily with this holistic health DIY, you can save some money and find a much healthier alternative with homemade vitamin water. Depending on what you want your vitamin water to do depends on what you put in it. Most of the homemade vitamin waters include fruits and veggies and maybe a hint of herbs and spice. You grind some of it up, throw it in some water and let it refrigerate for 4-6 hours and TaDa! You have vitamin water. Here are some of the best recipes for recovery and detox.  Follow the link for more homemade vitamin water recipes. http://www.zainsaraswatijamal.com/site/recipes/zains-signature-vitamin-water-five-flavours/

Recovery.

Ingredients:

1/2 Pomegranate Seeds

1/2 Cup Blackberries

1 Cup Cherries (pitted)

5ml Glutamine Powder

Pinch Himalayan Crystal Salt

750ml – 1 liter Filtered Alkaline Water (or Purified water + 1 Tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice)

Directions:

1. Muddle blackberries, cherries and pomegranate in a small bowl and add to a large 1 liter glass or Mason jar, add remaining ingredients and stir

2. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours

Detox

Ingredients:

1 Cup Fresh Young Coconut Water

1/2 Cup Fresh Coconut Meat

1/4 Cucumber (sliced)

1/2 Cup Raspberries

1/2 Cup Blueberries

5-10 Drops Milk Thistle Extract

Pinch Himalayan Crystal Salt

750ml – 1 liter Filtered Alkaline Water (or Purified water + 1 Tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice)

Directions:

1. Muddle blueberries and raspberries in a small bowl and add to a large 1 liter glass or Mason jar, add remaining ingredients and stir

2. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours

Taking a detox bath

Believe it or not but getting a spa experience in your own tub is easier than you may think and cheaper too! Buy Epsom salts. Epsom salts are one of the greatest holistic health chemicals out there today. The skin is the biggest detoxification organ because so much of the toxins in your body leave through your sweat. A detox bath with Epsom salts which is also known as magnesium sulfate, not only pulls out the toxins but it also has tons of benefits of its own. For more information on detox baths and detoxification through foods follow this link http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2012/01/detoxification-part-i-healing-waters.html

Here are the steps to taking a detox bath:

1. Add 2 cups Epsom salt to a standard tub full of water. If your tub is bigger, add more salt.

2. Ideally, you want the water as hot as you can stand it. We are looking to create a nice sweat.

3. If your bath water is not filtered, add 1 cup of baking soda as this helps neutralize the chemicals, primarily chlorine, as well as increases mineral absorption.

4. Immerse yourself in the water, all the way up to your neck. You want as much of your body underwater as you can. Close your eyes do some breathing exercises and soak for at least 20 minutes.

5. Once you are done soaking, rise out of the tub very slowly and cautiously. You may feel a little dizzy and light-headed; this will go away as you shower off quickly in cool water.

6. It is important not to use harsh soaps or shampoos as your pores are open and will just absorb the chemicals found in those products.

7. Once dry you can apply a natural moisturizer like shea butter or coconut oil, but again no lotions with perfumes, dyes or chemicals.

8. Do not eat immediately before or after taking a detox bath.

9. Instead hydrate yourself with filtered water before and after.

10. Allow time after your bath to rest and rejuvenate.

Skin Moisturizer

Honey. Yes, honey. Honey is a natural moisturizer. So if you are looking for an extra boost to your already amazing skin, honey is your thing. Here is the way to use honey as a skin moisturizer:

Just mix a pea-sized dollop of honey with your regular moisturizer and then you spread it all around your face like normal. That’s it.

Teeth Whitening

Believe it or not but your diet can help with whitening your teeth. This is a definite holistic health DIY. Here are some things you can eat to naturally whiten your teeth. http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/natural-teeth-whitening-solutions

  • Strawberries which contain astringent and vitamin C.
  • Apples act as toothbrushes when you chew them and scrub away surface stains
  • Raisins help to keep your teeth white because they are catalysts for saliva production

Homemade Body Wash

This holistic health DIY can save you some money and improve the state of your skin at the same time. DIY body wash is also meant to help with eczema. http://www.littleseedfarm.com/to-be-a-farmer-blog/homemade-body-wash-keep-scary-out-of-your-shower.html/

  • 1 Tbsp steel cut oats (optional – to infuse)
  • 1 sprig of rosemary (optional – to infuse)
  • 1 c. distilled water
  • 1 Tsp. citric acid (to prevent bacterial growth in your body wash)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil (can swap out with olive, grapeseed, almond, jojoba, apricot kernel or any other oil)
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1-1/2 c. liquid castile soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1 tsp. guar gum (you can find it in most markets that carry natural foods with the Bob’s Red Mill grains)
  • 30 drops essential oils (your preference – I used a blend of lavender, chamomile, and lemongrass)

1. Boil water in a kettle and once boiling pour over the oats and rosemary (or whatever you decide to infuse). Cover and let sit for an hour, then strain to remove oats and rosemary bits from your infusion.

2. In a bowl whisk your oil, honey, infusion, and citric acid together.

3. Sprinkle in the guar gum, whisking to combine, and then immediately afterward whisk in the castile soap (if you wait too long the guar gum will thicken and you’ll have clumps) until blended and smooth.

4. Drop in your essential oils and fold in with a spoon or spatula. Store the mixture in a bottle that you have sterilized (opaque is best) out of direct sunlight and shake before each use.

There are tons of holistic health DIY’s out there for you to start living the best you yet! Holistic health is all about you and what better way to capture that than by creating your own remedies and relaxation techniques. It sounds so good; I think I am taking an Epsom salt bath tonight! Stay healthy, stay  holistic, stay happy!