Who hasn’t tried a home remedy? Whether it’s because of your grandmother, a friend who swears by it, or the Internet, we’ve all tried these natural remedies for a sore throat, colds, or anything in between. Not only are they simple and inexpensive, but the ingredients you need are also almost always readily available around the house. But which ones are backed up by research and science? In today’s list, we give you our top five!
Looking for pain relief? Then some turmeric will do the trick thanks to the main active ingredient in it called curcumin. It’s even more effective for pain associated with inflammation. In fact, studies show that turmeric extract is as effective for pain treatment as ibuprofen as shown by this study in patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis. In another study, people with pain caused by arthritis reported lower pain levels after 500 mg of curcumin compared to taking an anti-inflammatory drug.
Unlike other home remedies, though, turmeric isn’t about instant relief—to see and feel the benefits, it’s recommended to consume 1/2 to 1 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric per day! Add it to a cup of warm water and drink away!
Known for its medicinal properties, it’s impossible not to include ginger in this list! Over its long history as a traditional and alternative medicine, it’s been used to help with the flu and common cold, reduce nausea, and can even aid in digestion. It’s also recognized to help with weight loss, which may be due to its potential effects of increasing the number of calories people burn as well as its ability to reduce inflammation.
Studies indicate that lavender has been used for many centuries to help treat anxiety and depression. Whether it’s the flowers or the extract and in the form of essential oils or tea, one study found that lavender can be a promising treatment option because of how it improves depression-like behaviour. This herb is known to be calming without being sedating and can also reduce anxiety because of its effect on our fight and flight response. By regulating breathing, improving sleep quality, lowering adrenaline levels, and improving mood, it’s a great complementary treatment for people experiencing mental health challenges.
Oregano has several antioxidants that not only give it its flavour and scent—these also help provide health benefits. Among these antioxidants, a study found that carvacrol and thymol may have antimicrobial properties when they prevented strains of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria from developing on meat and dairy products. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, and testing on animals suggested it could help prevent allergic asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. That and did you know that both the Greeks and the Romans associated oregano with happiness? So it’s probably great for your emotional wellbeing too!
Garlic isn’t just great with food—it’s a known home remedy too! Popular for its antibiotic properties, the Greek physician Hippocrates even used garlic to treat respiratory problems, poor digestion, fatigue, and even parasites in the past. Nowadays, however, its also used for cardiovascular-related conditions, some of them being hypertension, heart attack, heart disease, and high cholesterol. A note, though, that heating or cooking garlic can reduce some of its effects – so if you want to eat it with good food and still enjoy the benefits, make sure to add garlic by the end of cooking.
While there are a lot of modern medications out there that we can either buy over the counter or through a prescription, nothing beats the convenience of natural remedies. They’re almost always readily available at home, and the fact that they’ve been around for centuries just goes to show how effective they are. Of course, going to a health professional is still recommended for any type of sickness and disease, but if it’s something any of the things on this list can fix? A home remedy is a great choice!