Do You Have to Spend a Fortune to be Healthy?
Do You Have to Spend A Fortune to be Healthy?
We live in a day and age that it’s easy to get caught up in all of the health crazes of the world. There’s either skepticism or full-on fangirl mode with the waves of change that occur in our health care system.It is undeniable that some aspects of health require a financial investment.However, I promise that it doesn’t have to break the bank.You don’t have to spend a fortune to be healthy.If you want to eat the best food -- organic produce, grass-fed meats -- then you need to be able to afford to do so. If you want to be able to add nutrients to your diet with supplements that you can’t obtain from food sources, then you have to be able to afford to do so.
Health insurance in and of itself costs money; even for those receiving Medicare, there’s the need to pursue detailed information about the various supplemental options to the basic coverage. It is therefore easy to conclude that, no matter what stage of life you are at, spending on your health is essential.However, it is worth noting that you don’t have to spend an absolute fortune to maintain good health. Below are some common ways of ensuring that your health is as good as it can possibly be, without having to spend a small fortune…
Research folk remedies
Since you’re reading my blog, I’m assuming that you are aware of the fact that I subscribe to a “crunchy” lifestyle. If you’re not sure what that means, be sure to ask ;)Many people look down on folk remedies, but they definitely have their place in this world. For minor ailments -- such as headaches or a cold -- folk remedies can be as effective or more so as expensive medications. Not only can they be more effective, they don’t have the long list of possible side effects that many modern medicines tend to have. For example, lemon and honey can be just as useful for helping to ease the symptoms of a cough as a cough syrup is-- and it’s far cheaper, too!Folk remedies should always be applied with caution and thorough research (as with any over the counter medication or prescription), but for minor conditions, they can save you a small fortune.
I can go on for days about how many ways essential oils have changed my life and the life of my family. There are many different essential oil brands on the market these days.Please, I implore you, do your research before you start buying just “any old” oil in an amber bottle. Depending on the source, they can be adulterated and be cut with synthetic ingredients that pretty much negate the whole point of using essential oils for their therapeutic properties.However, if you want to try using essential oils, then follow the rules below and you can be fairly confident of protecting yourself:
- Never ever ingest essentials oils unless otherwise said it is safe to do so. (There are certain brands of oils that are FDA approved as safe to ingest. Let me know if you want to know more!)
- Never apply essential oils directly to the skin; always dilute with a carrier oil. There are a few that I use undiluted but that is because I have used them successfully without carrier oil and negative effect. If you want to spread your oil over a larger part of your body, using a carrier oil will help.
- Consult with a doctor before using essential oils if you have a pre-existing condition or are taking any prescribed medication.
- Never put oils directly in eyes or ear canals. Just don’t.
- Use common sense, ask a professional aromatherapist or someone who has had extensive experience (feel free to ask me any questions you may have).
- Read the labels.
Make your own
If you’re looking to keep your expenditure on health provisions low, then making your own natural remedies can be the best way to keep costs down. You can make your own hand purifier, for example, or try your hand with homemade skincare. These methods are safer to use because you know the exact ingredients you use to make them and, but they are also substantially cheaper to produce.
Basic healthcare tends to be expensive, but for anything preventative or minor, you can manage with a much smaller expenditure-- allowing you to live the healthiest life possible for less.Don’t be afraid to experiment with one of the above-mentioned ways to support your health. We could have gone in many different directions, but it’s easy to become overwhelmed when starting to take control of your health.Start small and become good at one thing, then go on to the next.Empowerment is a wonderful thing! It’s comforting to know that you don’t have to spend a fortune to be healthy.