Many individuals rely on home remedies to address various ailments, and their use has grown increasingly prevalent since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Some common herbs can be used to treat common ailments, including headaches and hangovers. Natural remedies offer less side effects than pharmaceutical solutions; however, further research must be conducted to ascertain their efficacy and safety.
Ginger, Zingiber officinale, is an aromatic root herb belonging to the same family as turmeric and cardamom. Available as fresh, dried, ground, or juice forms.
Studies demonstrate the power of ginger to alleviate nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. According to one such study, those taking 1 gram daily of ginger experienced less nausea and vomiting compared to those given a placebo pill.
As well as soothing discomfort associated with indigestion and gas, ginger relieves discomfort from bloating and relieves gas pains. Furthermore, its antioxidant properties protect against premature aging while improving skin complexion.
Ginger can interact with medications such as blood thinners and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Before taking ginger supplements, consult your healthcare provider first.
Garlic has long been valued for its health-boosting and disease-preventing properties since antiquity. Studies on in vitro, in vivo and clinical settings have confirmed its health-giving abilities; its constituent metabolites and allicin have demonstrated anti-cancer, diabetes prevention and cardiovascular disease reduction effects while simultaneously lowering cholesterol.
Garlic contains organosulfur compounds, including allicin, which interact with cystine in the gastrointestinal tract to produce allyl mercaptocysteine, which reduces homocysteine in bloodstream. This helps prevent inflammation and oxidative stress as well as lower the risk of atherosclerosis.
Garlic’s anti-inflammatory properties help to decrease pro-inflammatory cytokines and ease joint pain and arthritis symptoms. While fresh garlic provides additional microbial benefits, cooked versions also offer considerable health advantages when roasted or sauteed; research conducted on rodents has also demonstrated this enhancement of performance with garlic supplementation.
Lemon (Citrus limon), an evergreen tree or shrub in the rue family, is widely used to add flavor to beverages and food products. With its distinctive tart astringency and aroma, its use as an ingredient has long been prized in pastries, desserts and tarts alike; not forgetting being an integral component in warm-weather beverages such as lemonade and tea!
One lemon provides over half of one’s daily requirement of vitamin C, an antioxidant which is important in combatting disease-causing oxidative stress. Furthermore, lemon contains small amounts of B vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin and niacin for further nutritional support.
A cup of hot water mixed with lemon juice can provide relief for nausea, indigestion, high blood pressure, depression and stress. Furthermore, it helps flush toxins out of the liver while encouraging weight loss through better digestion.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) leaf and oil have long been used medicinally, with its primary component, menthol, being an effective decongestant that thins mucus to make coughing out phlegm easier while loosening chest congestion. Peppermint also helps soothe and relax throats.
Herbal remedies such as lavender have a soothing effect on skin irritation caused by hives or poison ivy, can reduce headaches by relieving pressure on the brain stem, have antispasmodic and calming properties to soothe symptoms related to irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, indigestion and bad breath, while helping reduce headaches as a result of reduced headache intensity.
Early research indicates that rinsing with HiOra by Himalaya Herbal Heathcare, which contains peppermint oil and other ingredients, may help reduce dental plaque more effectively than water alone. Peppermint may be taken safely during pregnancy and breastfeeding in amounts found naturally within food products.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) has long been recognized for its powerful aromatic properties. Its essential oil contains carnosic and rosmarinic acids – two powerful antioxidants with antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, apoptotic, and antitumorigenic properties – making this plant one of the best remedies available against infections or tumors.
Studies have demonstrated that rosemary can aid in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration, an eye condition. Furthermore, rosemary improves hair and scalp health by reducing dandruff. Furthermore, rosemary may provide temporary headache relief and assist with insomnia disorders.
Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist and author, shows in this Storey BASICS guide how to create soothing salves, syrups, tablets, teas and more using herbs for everyday health and wellness needs. With clear dosage guidelines and recipes you’ll soon be treating anything from diaper rash to colic with herbal home remedies that the whole family will appreciate!