Updated: Nov 10
Author: Katarína Marcinová
Date of Publication: 02/12/2022
Home remedies effectiveness: the question
Home remedies have existed for centuries. They replaced modern medicine and the lack of doctors. In addition, these remedies were easily available and freely used. This is because they contain natural ingredients and rarely have side effects. Some of the reasons why people reach for home remedies are to manage cold symptoms and to deal with health problems. This is especially the case for people who have no access to modern medication.
It is likely that most of us have already taken some kind of home remedy in our life, whether in the form of herbal teas, essential oils or natural supplements. However, there is one question that remains unanswered: is home remedies effectiveness due to real physiological changes or is it just a placebo effect?
Such a question led to a great number of research studies. Some results suggest that home remedies actually work at a physiological level. This is because home remedies contain powerful natural ingredients that benefit our whole body.
Some of the most effective ingredients in home remedies
Turmeric is ideal for pain and inflammation. Originating from India, this natural ingredient attracted the attention of the Western world because of its benefits. Indeed, various studies have shown that taking regular doses of turmeric helps with itching, heartburn, joint pain, osteoarthritis, high cholesterol, IBS and others. One of the easiest ways to include turmeric in your diet is to make tea. It is also a great ingredient in soups and as a condiment in various meals.
Chili peppers are famous not only because of their spicy taste, but also because they contain a whole range of antioxidants. The substance capsaicin that is present in chili peppers is what makes this ingredient so beneficial. Capsaicin is able to bind to pain receptors in the body, thus reducing pain perception. It can also stimulate the breakdown of fat stored in the body and convert it into fuel.
Years ago, chili peppers were already used for the treatment of respiratory diseases such as asthma, and to relieve toothache. In some places, they were used to treat headaches, stiff joints and heart problems. Therefore, chili peppers are beneficial for the digestive tract, for lowering blood pressure, and for pain relief among other things. There are many ways in which chili peppers can be added into our diet; for example in soups or sauces.
Many studies indicate that ginger is a very effective medicine against nausea and vomiting. It is suitable even during pregnancy nausea or nausea caused by chemotherapy. Its curative effects extend to bacterial and fungal infections. Actually, it helps with any kind of inflammation. Besides, it is powerful in the prevention of intestinal ulcers and diabetes complications.
A simple idea for including ginger into your diet is to make lemonade. Here you can simply combine some water with freshly grated ginger, lemon juice and honey. The combination of ginger, olive oil, soya sauce, and garlic can also make a wonderful salad dressing. Essentially, the ways this ingredient can be added to your dishes are endless!