Natural Home Remedies – The Importance Of Home Cures For Everyday Ailments

Nowadays, more and more people are turning to natural home remedies to help them treat their ailments. Some plants with “magic powers” are safe for human consumption while others are not. It is important to know which plants are perfectly safe when used externally or internally. Keep in mind that some plants can be fatal when eaten. And just because they are natural home remedies that does not mean they are necessarily safe.

Almost every family has a form of home treatment that has been passed down from generation to generation. Your grandmother may have taught your mother to serve you peppermint tea when you are sick. How about the chunk of ginger root that you peel and grate each time you travel to prevent stomach discomfort while traveling? And remember that chicken soup your grandmother served when you were recovering from common cold? These are natural treatments that were used by your grandparents and passed on to your parents and to you as well.

Thousands of remedies
There are thousands of households and myriad remedies available today, which were handed on over generation. Some of them are provided by homeopaths, herbalists, naturopaths and general practitioners.

How to choose the best?
Choosing the best natural methods in treating certain ailments must involve careful study. Some of them are effective but not appropriate for all individuals. Other old remedies are not worthy to be mentioned as they are too complicated in today’s world.

Remedies and prescription drugs
Perhaps, you are used to take prescription medicines, undergo blood tests and other techniques of modern medicine that you tend to forget the benefits of home cures. You have to remember that time-tested remedies are as effective as they were before.

- Applying bicarbonate of soda as a bee sting treatment
- Putting wet tea bag on your tired eyes
- Applying cooked cabbage leaf on your boil to draw out the pus
- Dabbing aloe vera gel on a burn
- Inhaling the scent of lavender to melt away anxiety

These are just some of the effective home cures that can make you feel better. They may not replace the effectiveness of modern treatments but they can prevent small ailments from turning into bigger problems.
Even some doctors recommend these natural home remedies because they often work. In fact, some of the drugs contain active ingredients similar to those found in plants.

- Aspirin was first derived from white willow bark.
- Ephedrine is based on the ephedra plant.
- Digitalis is derived from foxglove.

Pharmaceutical companies are even sending their teams to remote areas (remember the “Anaconda”?) to look for plants that may contain promising chemicals.

But of course, it is also important to know which natural home remedies do work.

- Honey. Coating a cut from a knife with honey can work more effectively than antiseptic ointment. But make sure that you wash the wound thoroughly before applying anything.
- Echinacea. Taking Echinacea can be as effective as antibiotics when you have sinus infection.
- St. John’s wort. This plant has now been recognized by thousands of Australians and New Zealanders to be effective in treating depression.
- Yogurt is a popular natural home remedy for fungal infection.
- Chamomile tea is great for people with insomnia.
- Arnica is being used as one of the active ingredients of many prescription creams as it contains pain-killing and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Honey and yogurt can be used for lightening the brown liver spots that appear at the back of your hands as you age.
- Gaffer tape has been recognized by researchers in the US to be effective in removing warts in a few days.

But of course, if you choose to take natural home remedies for your ailment, you must consider the commonsense approach. This means that you have to take them for the right reasons. 

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