Homemade remedies have been around for years, you’ve heard about them from your mom, your dad, your grandparents, and maybe even your neighbors, but if you’re like me you’ve also probably wondered if there’s any truth behind these cure-alls or if it’s best to stick to modern medicine?
Many natural cures find their roots deep in history; we’ve even found 5,000-year-old ancient Egyptian references to plants that were used for herbal medicines, while in ancient China (3,000 years ago) they formed an intricate part of ritual. However, in recent times they’ve fallen out of favor, replaced by modern alternatives.
Here we’ll take a look at some of these old-time remedies and discover their health-boosting benefits.
Best natural home remedies for health and beauty (that work!)
Whether you’ve got a runny nose, sore throat, achy tummy, or just feel run down, this is our list of home remedies that could actually help you cure faster and boost your immunity.
*While these concoctions may help you feel better and healthier if your symptoms don’t improve you should always seek the advice of a medical professional.
Warm honey and lemon for a sore throat
A truly tied and tested home cure for a sore throat. Honey is a natural substitute for sugar; its healing properties have been well noted for many years and is effective against many types of bacteria. The golden liquid is used to treat burns, heal wounds, and even aid in the treatment of foot ulcers. And when it comes to coughs and colds, it may ease that sickly throat of yours.
Its companion, lemon, is packed with vitamin C and can lead to the reduction of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and kidney stones. Besides, this antioxidant vitamin helps to keep your immune system healthy, so when combined, these two natural wonders are both excellent for your health and your cold.
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant potentials
Brightly colored, flavorful, and healthy too? This sunshine spice could be no other than turmeric. Adding this spice to your next meal or creating a tasty milky drink could have significant benefits to your health. But what are they?
Turmeric is said to have anti-inflammatory properties; studies show that the spice can reduce inflammation, pain, and stiffness related to arthritis when taken regularly. In addition, it is also said to have antioxidant properties, helping to clean out the body’s system and may be effective in aiding the treatment of certain types of cancer. Although more research is required to prove or disprove this with any certainty.
In any case, turmeric is a beneficial addition to almost any diet; however, those with an easily upset stomach, those on blood thinners, or ladies in later stages of pregnancy may wish to regulate the amount they ingest to avoid side effects.
Rosehip for colds and boosting immunity
Who said roses were just for Valentine’s Day? By mid-winter, you might be seeking a boost to your immune system, and that’s where the other part of the rose, rosehip, might be just the ticket. Packed with vitamin C, rosehip can serve as a tasty supplement in many forms – in tea, as a jam, in soup, etc. – giving your body an immune-boost.
Research also shows that the floral solution might be effective against osteoarthritis pain. It’s also used for many other conditions, such as obesity, stretch marks, diarrhea, stomach irritations, although there is insufficient evidence to prove or disprove its effectiveness.
Stinging nettle’s health increasing effects
The garden menace, stinging nettle has long been thought of as a weed and a plague on a beautiful lawn. But, if we are to believe our elders, there is some sweetness beyond the pain.
Nettles have long been brewed into teas or eaten as soups with supposed health benefits. High in nutrients, nettles contain vitamins (A, C, K and several of the Bs), minerals, fats, amino acids, polyphenols, and pigments meaning they are pretty packed.
Aside from providing an overall boost to the body, nettles have also been suggested to be helpful to an enlarged prostate, allergies, and diabetes.