The use of natural products in combating illness has been used for centuries, although their use has become increasingly unpopular in comparison to conventional medicines. Through the adoption of these modern medical practices, we had unnecessarily abandoned an incredibly beneficial method of healing ourselves. I feel that traditional medicines should be used in cases where they will have the same, if not a better, effect on our well-being; this is especially important to me, as we are living in a world of increasing awareness in regards to the impact of what we are exposed to, as well as what we expose to the environment. “Over the counter medicines contain several ingredients that attack the intended ailments however, it does not stop there. Such medications affect your other functions with their side effects” (“The Benefits of Natural Home Remedies.”). I have been making an effort as of late to encorpoate natural remedies such as green teas in treating my minor illnesses and ailments, and especially appreciate the lack of side effects associated with this form of natural medicine. “…[I]f natural home remedies survived for no one knows how long, it is surely give effect in the easiest, fastest, safest, and cheapest way” (“The Benefits of Natural Home Remedies”); it is still incredibly important to follow the orders of doctors regarding serious medical conditions, but as for common illnesses such as minor colds, I enjoy the use of natural alternatives alongside conventional remedies. It is also beneficial to the environment to use these remedies, as when certain conversational medications enter water sources, the breeding practices of many aquatic species are quite negatively affected and, in extreme cases, these organisms become extinct. In the interests of both humans and the environment, natural remedies provide many benefits and far less ramifications than that of conventional medications, which fuels my strive to adopt these practices.