Home Remedies Backed By Science

August 5, 2020

At some point in time or another, almost each one of us has used a home ready. Some common remedies that practically all of us must have used include essential oils to overcome headaches, herbal tea to overcome cold, and plant-based supplements to get a good night’s sleep. Your grandma could have suggested it, or you might have read it online, the point is you trusted it and tried it. And anytime you fall sick, you face one big question: Should I try that home remedy one more time? Honestly, it is not clear what makes home remedies to the trick – is it the placebo effect or an actual physiological change?

Fortunately for us, the scientists, too, have been asking similar questions in the lab, and have confirmed that some plant-based remedies work. So, here, we have come up with some such remedies, which are backed by science.

Turmeric to overcome inflammation and pain

All of us know about turmeric. Turmeric has long been used in South Asia as Ayurvedic medicine. However, today even science suggests that turmeric works excellently in reducing inflammation and pain. This golden spice contains curcumin, which helps lessen arthritis pain. Some studies also suggest that turmeric has been just as effective as ibuprofen in treating pain in patients who suffer from knee osteoarthritis. Stacey, an employee of TFTH, says that she has arthritis, and she hasn’t found a better medicine than turmeric latte to relieve the pain. If you want to try turmeric for pain relief, don’t forget to add some black pepper to it. It would boost instant absorption.

Chili pepper to relieve soreness and pain

Chili pepper has an extensive history in folk medicine. Today, it has become a more accepted form of treatment outside homeopathy too. It is because capsaicin is one topical ingredient helpful in managing pain. Chilli pepper makes the area hot before it turns it numb. You can find Qutenza at the drug store, a prescription capsaicin patch that relies on massive capsaicin levels for working. So, as far as sore muscles or general body pain is concerned, you could make a capsaicin cream using the cayenne pepper or hot peppers.

However, before you use the medication extensively, don’t forget to do a patch test to see the body’s reaction towards it. You could also use jalapeño peppers. However, the amount of heat would vary depending on the pepper. Please avoid using the cream around the eyes or the face, and always wear gloves while handling it.

Ginger to relieve to nausea and pain

Elle, an assignment and English homework help provider with EssayWriter4U, says that it is an unsaid law in her family to use ginger anytime someone has a sore throat, cold, or morning sickness or nausea. Ginger is most effective in relieving nausea and cold when consumed in the form of a tea. You could quickly grate it and drink it with your tea. However, the other benefit of ginger, which goes unnoticed, is its worthiness as an anti-inflammatory.

So, next time you have a headache or feel queasy, try ginger. Ginger, indeed works differently as opposed to pain relievers, which strictly target inflammation. It would block the formation of a type of inflammatory compounds and tries to break down the inflammation in the body via an antioxidant that directly reacts with the acidity present in the fluid in-between the joints. The best part is with it, you will see anti-inflammatory effects, without exposing yourself to the many side-effects, which come with the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Shiitake mushrooms

Active hexose correlated compound or AHCC, also known as lentinan, is an extract of shiitake mushrooms. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. The medication works at a cellular level. AHCC also works to inhibit the cells of breast cancer.

Furthermore, its interaction with the immune system goes a long way in fighting cancer. It strengthens your chemo-weakened immune system. Toby, an executive, working with TrumpLearning, says that he has a rule in his family – always consume bone broth with some shiitake mushrooms finely chopped at least thrice a week for boosting the immunity. Consumption of at least 5 to 10 grams of shiitake mushroom every day goes a long way in boosting the immune system.

Eucalyptus oil for getting relief from pain

Eucalyptus oil has a 1,8-cineole component, which helps in providing relief from pain. The good thing about this essential oil is that it produces positive results even with inhalation. Reva, an educator with TAE, says that she always prefers inhaling Eucalyptus oil over Vick’s VapoRub to get relief from congestion.

However, please remember that eucalyptus oil inhalation is not meant for everyone. The oil does trigger asthma and is also not suitable for pets. Eucalyptus is also known to cause respiratory distress in infants.

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