If you’ve ever been sick, then you have seen the rising cost of medication first hand. Because of this, many Americans are turning to inexpensive natural remedies to help treat their aliments. According to a 2009 study, 61% of Americans now turn to natural cures to treat their ailments. The question is, do they work?
With many people turning to the internet or other less credible sources, it is important to know what cures work and which ones don’t. I used as many credible sources as I could to help you sort the fact from the fiction. Enjoy.
Lemon Balm: It has long been rumored that lemon balm has the ability to banish anxiety, improve memory and aid in sleep and digestion. Fortunately, these rumors are true. Research shows that lemon balm can help people get a good night’s sleep and help banish anxiety. In addition, a 2002 study showed that lemon balm has the ability to reduce agitation with severe dementia patients and can reduce dementia and agitation in Alzheimer patients in a 2003 study. It can also calm an overactive thyroid and fight viruses.
Fish Oil: Fish oil is used by many people to help improve their heart health. Those who do are right to do so. Research shows that fish oil lowers blood pressure, reduce plaque in the arteries and inflammation, and lowers triglycerides.
Yogurt: A popular rumor about yogurt is that it has the ability to cure yeast infections. This is not the case. No study has been able to conclusively prove that eating yogurt cures or lessen the severity of yeast infections. In addition, douching or inserting a frozen yogurt tampon into the vagina will not help cure or lessen the severity of yeast infections. In fact, the sugar in the yogurt may worsen or cause a yeast infection.
Calcium: A popular myth about calcium is that calcium pills can help ease PMS cramps. This myth is not mere fiction, it is a fact. In addition to easing cramps, the pills can also help reduce bloating and headaches.
Steam: Lots of people believe that steam has the ability to clear alleviate sinus headaches. This really works. According to research, inhaling steam clears the nasal passages which lessens sinus pressure. I like to take a hot shower to help clear my sinuses, but that’s just a personal preference. You can also use a neti pot.
Aloe Vera: Aloe has several uses. It’s used a variety of lotions, sunscreen, and soap. It can be used to treat minor burns and irritated skin.
Tea Bags: There are several myths that feature tea bags including it being a cold sore remedy and the fix to a broken nail. Unfortunately, both these myths are false. Your nail will still break and your cold sore will still remain.
Onions: Although onions may taste terrible, they have a lot of benefits. Studies show that onions have the ability to reduce diabetes symptoms and prevent heart disease. It may also alleviate allergy symptoms and prevent a variety of cancers. Onions can also boost a person’s endurance.
Note: Before you take any natural remedies, you should consult a doctor. If you’re taking any type of medication, the natural remedy can interfere with it or other natural remedies.