So far, we’ve seen that home remedies work well in many ailments. However, some people find it necessary to know if these remedies really work or have a placebo effect. Earth’s Wisdom has come today with a few of the home remedies that have been proven effective by scientific studies. Here they are.
By now, ginger is widely used for cough and cold, sore throat or morning sickness, by adding it to tea. Ginger is also anti-inflammatory. It can also be tried in headache and queasiness.
Studies have found that it inhibits certain inflammatory compounds and treats existing inflammation through an antioxidant that reacts with the acid in the fluid between joints. Moreover it has no risks that come with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
Turmeric is being used by Ayurveda in India since almost 4,000 years as a natural remedy for a number of illnesses, including pain, inflammation, cough and cold. It also disinfects and heals wounds.
Studies have found that curcumin in turmeric is the one which causes all these good effects. A study found that 500 mg of curcumin caused reduction in pain levels of arthritis patients more than 50 mg of diclofenac sodium, a popular pain-killer drug. Other studies too have found that turmeric extract is as effective as ibuprofen for pain-relief in people with knee osteoarthritis.
It’s also recommended to add black pepper to turmeric to boost its absorption.
Fenugreek is commonly used in the Asian and Mediterranean cuisine; however, they contain medicinal properties too which has been proven by studies.
It has been found that fenugreek can boost milk production in breastfeeding moms.
In diarrhea, fenugreek works excellently to firm up stools with its water-soluble fiber. However, these seeds should be avoided in constipation.
Fenugreek has also been proven to reduce blood sugar levels, probably because of its high fiber content, which can also help improve insulin function.
The goodness of eucalyptus oil has been backed by studies in which it’s found that it has an ingredient named 1,8-cineole which may help reduce pain. This ingredient showed a morphine-like action in the study done on mice.
Eucalyptus oil is also an essential oil that relieves pain after inhalation. It’s the magic ingredient in Vick’s VapoRub.
However, it should be remembered that inhaling eucalyptus oil can trigger asthma and also may cause harm to pets. It may even cause respiratory distress in infants.
Mint provides different uses and benefits depending on its type.
For example, wintergreen which has methyl salicylate, that has an action similar to capsaicin, can be taken to relieve pain. It can be applied to get a cool “burning” effect before the numbing effect occurs. This helps with muscle and joint pain.
Other common type is peppermint which has been found to be effective particularly in IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) symptoms.
Studies have found that it helps reduce spasms and also abdominal pain and diarrhea. Peppermint stimulates an anti-pain channel in the colon due to which pain in digestive tract is reduced.
In addition, peppermint tea or capsules may even help with colds, headaches and other discomforts.
Inhaling lavender can help in headaches, migraine, anxiety and stress. Its effectiveness in migraine, anxiety or restlessness, and memory problems when stressed and sleep has been proven by studies.
Drinking lavender tea or keeping a satchel handy is helpful in reducing stress and anxiety and relax body and mind.
One study has found that lavender can be combined with rose and sage to relieve PMS (premenstrual syndrome) symptoms.
Thus whenever you undergo common health problems, use these home remedies without fear as they all have been proven by studies to be helpful.
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