Ancient medical wisdom has introduced us to a wealth of herbs and other natural cures for everyday ailments. Some of these have been proven dangerous or ineffective, but many have been found to be extremely good as home remedies for certain illnesses and conditions.
Some of these home remedies may come from plants, while others are common food ingredients that you can find in any kitchen. A lot of research has been done on the efficacy of these home remedies, and here are just some of the ones you can try out for yourself:
Chamomile is a flower that is dried and steeped in hot water to make a tea that can help with upset stomachs caused by indigestion, colic, or heartburn. It’s also a very mild relaxant which can help you wind down before bedtime and help with insomnia.
Aloe Vera flesh was traditionally used in many parts of the world to treat burns and irritations on the skin. It’s easy to just cut an Aloe leaf if you have one growing and slather the gel onto skin burns and sunburns as a first aid. A small amount (usually a teaspoon) of Aloe Vera juice can be taken to help heal digestive tract irritations and ulcers.
Cinnamon tea can function as a mild stimulant similar to coffee and is healthier too. Use it when you need a pick me up in the mornings, or to keep you alert throughout the day, especially if you’re working a sedentary job.
Garlic has proven anti-cancer properties, as well as being antimicrobial. You can add raw garlic to salads or just consume chopped raw garlic with your fried rice, soupy noodles, meats, and pasta. Remember that raw garlic is better than cooked ones. Applying chopped garlic to wounds can help it heal faster too.
If you’ve eaten a large meal and are now feeling bloated, and can’t find any ENO salts anywhere, just find some fennel seeds and chew half a teaspoon of it to dispel the gas. Fennel seeds are a common spice in Indian cooking and can be found in any Asian supermarket.
Often consumed in a powdered form as a pill or as a tea, ginger has long been used in ancient Asian cultures to treat head and chest congestion as well as stomach upsets. Lately, ginger powder has also been proven to improve joint pain due to arthritis.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar was originally used as a cooking ingredient, but now research has shown that it can really help those suffering from Type II diabetes by regulating the fasting blood glucose levels. It also helps lower cholesterol and thereby preventing heart disease. Apple cider vinegar is also antibacterial and many have used it to fight skin issues like dandruff. However, since it’s highly acidic, it should not be used on open wounds.
This natural antibacterial oil has been shown to inhibit fungal growth and is therefore effective for skin and nail infections stemming from fungi. Apply tea tree oil twice or three times daily in the affected area to combat fungal infection.
Rosemary is a herb that is often added to meats when cooking them to add a fresh flavor. However, Rosemary is also good for allergies. You can add it to your cooking or crush it up and add it raw to salads to help bring down an allergic attack. Additionally, it’s good for poor digestion and appetite, improving joint pain and increasing blood circulation.
This herb produces very pretty pink flowers, and a study has shown that people who consume Echinacea upon the onset of a cold suffer less severe symptoms compared to those that didn’t consume this herb. Echinacea can be found in pill forms as well as teas in many pharmacies across the world.
Always remember that home remedies are never a replacement for a professional consultation with a doctor. If you’re taking modern medication, you should inform your doctor what supplements you’ve been taking and ask if it’s safe to continue.
Gentle reminder: The information on this article is not meant to replace a qualified healthcare professional and should not be considered as professional advice. Please seek appropriate medical help when necessary.