Home Remedies are everywhere these days, but I’m one of those skeptics that need scientific proof that a remedy works before I’ll spend money on it. Especially since the vitamin business isn’t regulated by our government, I find it hard to trust any company out there.
I’m a believer in taking care of our bodies but I also see how the pharmaceutical companies seem to be running our medical world! Plus, many medicines have nasty side effects, others may not have been studied long enough to know the side effects, and then there is the dishonesty factor of people in any industry when it involves making money.
So I conclude that no matter which way we decide to trust a cure for an ailment it becomes a personal choice based on how well it works, and how much it’s backed by scientific studies and reputable doctors’ beliefs, and by hearing the opinions of those who’ve used the specific remedy. Also, we have to look at many variables around the use of the remedy because, like anything else, one different variable could mean all the difference in whether we should use that particular product.
Let’s say I go to Pinterest to search for home remedies. I think I can find lots of pins to put on my boards, therefore, whenever I’m ailing I have the info easy to access and use without spending big bucks on doctors and pharmaceuticals, am I right? WRONG!!! Not everything we see online is true! So I did some research on Hospital websites, Doctor’s websites, and websites that pointed to legitimate doctors opinions or science-backed conclusions about the home remedies listed below. These are the ones that work, according to legit doctors and scientists.
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 “made with active cultures” you can assume there are no longer live cultures in the yogurt due to government manufacturing standards.
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.
Dr. Steven Rennard MD tested chicken soup‘s affect 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, and the broth helps avoid dehydration. On top of all this, 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 what was recently announced as untrue. It’s the fact 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 have sufficient proof and trials conducted to prove the effects of the following botanical medicines: (please note the amounts of the botanicals used is not specified and consult with your doctor)
Hawthorne – Improves blood supply to the heart, stabilize blood pressure, help prevent arterial sclerosis, prevent or help improve congestive heart failure.
Ginkgo and Hawthorne– have antioxidant properties to prevent hardening of arteries.
Ginger – effective for nausea, relief of morning sickness during pregnancy, indigestion, and minor gastric upsets.
Stress is another thing that can affect our physical health.
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) has been proven to help nourish the adrenal glands where caffeine stresses them. Ginseng was found to be effective in some tests with 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). Saw Palmetto has been 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 contained these ingredients.
Cat’s Claw studies have shown some success in clinical trials for symptoms of herpes simplex, and h. zoster, 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. They do 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 they encourage the growth of Collagen in the skin. Collagen supplements, however, have not been proven in any scientific studies yet, to help protect skin from aging.
Boswellia is a tree in India and Northern Africa. The tree is tapped for its resin which is 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 affects 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.
Vinegar can kill germs on salad because of its acidity but it could also cause chemical burns on delicate skin.
Vinegar can stop the sting of a jellyfish sting
Vinegar, if used as a tooth whitener it 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
lower blood pressure
heal an ear infection (please don’t)!