Home Remedies are everywhere these days. However, I’m one of those skeptics that need scientific proof that a remedy works before I’ll spend money on it.
I’m a believer in taking care of our bodies. But it’s good to research remedies because of several factors. One, the vitamin industry isn’t regulated so we can’t be sure the ingredients on labels are actually in the vitamins. Two, the information we receive about things that are good for us are often skewed for corporate profits.
It’s important to look at many variables around the use of natural remedies because, like anything else, one different variable could mean all the difference on whether a particular product works.
So I did some research on hospital and doctor’s websites. The home remedies listed below are all backed by scientific studies that have proven they are beneficial for your health.
Dr. Weil says that people who live in India have the lowest rate of Alzheimer’s Disease in the world and it is believed to be the Tumeric spice that they use in most of their food. Dr. Weil suggests that using fresh herbs and spices in our daily cooking is the best way to utilize their qualities.
According to the American Society of Microbiology probiotics found in yogurt and supplements shows promise for diarrhea, eczema in children, urinary tract infections, vaginal infections, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, and lower side effects of some antibiotics. However, studies do show that probiotics can produce risks of bad reactions in people with a serious acute or chronic illness. So check with your doctor if you fall into that category especially. It’s important to look for yogurt that says “active yogurt cultures”, “contains active cultures”, or “living yogurt cultures”. If the label says only “made with active cultures” you can assume there are no longer live cultures in the yogurt.
In 2008 an Israeli study found that juice from cranberries and blueberries keep bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall. Studies show that drinking cranberry juice immediately at the onset of a bladder infection can heal the infection.
Dr. Steven Rennard MD tested chicken soup‘s effect on colds and the flu and found that it aides inflammatory responses that contribute to the miserable feeling of having a cold or flu. Also, studies show that the soup reduces symptoms of the cold or flu. The steam loosens nasal congestion and the heat comforts a sore throat. The broth helps avoid dehydration.
Welsh researchers discovered that the cold weather shrinks the capillaries in the nose which is where a cold usually starts. It turns out that this limits the number of white blood cells that naturally fight the virus. All of this proves that keeping warm can help protect you from getting a cold.
A U.S. Funded agency, The National Honey Board’s research prove the antiviral and antioxidant effects of honey in the body along with the belief that honey soothes the membranes in back of the throat. A 2007 study in the Archives of the Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine proved that honey soothed the throat and reduced coughing better than cough medicine.
According to the University of Minnesota, the following botanicals have sufficient proof and trials conducted to prove their positive effects: (please note the amounts of the botanicals used are not specified and you should consult with your doctor before trying any new remedy)
Hawthorne – Improves blood supply to the heart, stabilize blood pressure, help prevent arterial sclerosis, and helps to prevent congestive heart failure.
Ginkgo and Hawthorne– have antioxidant properties to help prevent hardening of arteries.
Ginger – effective for nausea, relief of morning sickness during pregnancy, indigestion, and minor gastric upsets.
Peppermint oil – for irritable bowel syndrome.
Rambaldi 2007 and Saller 2008 did studies which they admit evidence exists but more studies need to be done for the use of Milk Thistle and it’s ability to be protective and restorative to the liver.
Ginseng (1) helps nourish the adrenal glands where caffeine stresses them. Ginseng is effective in some tests for depression, fatigue, and helping mood and memory. But, Ginseng can cause reactions with other medications so it is best to ask your doctor before taking it and always buy from a reputable well-known company. Here is another way to help with these issues.
Saw Palmetto studies have shown moderate improvements in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Also, Saw Palmetto is known to help with urinary problems but doctors agree more studies are needed.
Black Cohosh and Red Clover have shown to be effective in reducing menopausal symptoms. I personally had success with a product called Estroven which contains these ingredients.
Cat’s Claw studies have shown some success in clinical trials for symptoms of herpes simplex, and h. zoster, and viral infections, including HIV.
Ginko, Ginger, Hawthorne, and St. John’s Wort have shown evidence of reducing inflammation.
Research (but not formal clinical research) has proven that Calendula can help relieve topical dermatitis for breast cancer patients going through chemo and radiation.
Grape Seed Extract has been proven in clinical trials to help support the health of collagen connective tissues. Grape seed extract does this in part with its anti-inflammatory benefits and also by preventing oxidative damage.
Tretinoin or Retinoids (prescription strength)are proven to decrease wrinkling because it encourages the growth of Collagen in the skin.
Collagen supplements, however, have no scientific studies to prove it helps protect skin from aging.
Boswellia is a tree in India and Northern Africa. The tree produces resin called frankincense. Clinical trials have shown its anti-inflammatory properties to be similar to NSAIDS (Ibuprofen) but without the stomach ulcer side effects. Look for extracts containing at least 37% Boswellic acid.
Basil has potent anti-inflammatory effects and can be used as a tea or in cooking.
Vinegar can help control the level of glucose in your blood. Web MD says to take a teaspoon after your nighttime meal either in water or by itself.
Kill potential germs on a salad with vinegar but remember that vinegar can also cause chemical burns on delicate skin.
Stop the sting of a jellyfish sting with vinegar
Using vinegar as a tooth whitener can damage the enamel on your teeth
There is no evidence that Vinegar :
helps you lose weight
helps get rid of dandruff or fungus
gets rid of lice
lowers blood pressure
can heal an ear infection (please don’t)!