We all want to feel better, and we often turn to home remedies when we don’t have the time or money for a doctor. But is it safe? Can these treatments do any good? Fortunately, many scientific studies prove the effectiveness of home remedies. We will cover some of the most effective and well-studied home remedies backed by science.
Chili Peppers for Pain and Soreness
Most people enjoy the hot, spicy taste of chili peppers in Mexican food. But did you know they may also help to make your body feel better? Chili pepper has compounds called capsaicinoids that trigger specific chemical reactions which lead to a temporary feeling of heat – this is what makes your tongue burn. These same chemicals are used topically for pain relief. According to several studies, they have been shown to decrease pain and soreness in various types of muscles and joints.
Ginger for Nausea
Ginger root is another common home remedy that has been scientifically proven to work. Participants suffering from post-operative nausea or vomiting were given either powdered ginger capsules or a placebo in one case. The ginger group experienced significantly less nausea, vomiting, and pain.
Eucalyptus Oil for Pain Relief
Eucalyptus oil has a compound called cineole which has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. In one study, participants suffering from musculoskeletal pain applied eucalyptus oil to the painful area. Over eight weeks, their pain decreased significantly.
Mint for Muscle Pain and Digestion
Mint has many therapeutic properties: it’s used as a home remedy for the common cold and flu, stimulates digestion, and helps calm stomach pains. Mint can even reduce pain associated with sore muscles. In one study, participants who applied peppermint oil to their skin experienced a reduced pain sensation.
Lavender for Sleep, Anxiety, and Pain
Lavender is one of the most well-known essential oils for its therapeutic properties. In one study, participants saw noticeable improvements in their insomnia when treated with lavender oil. It has also been effective as a topical analgesic to treat muscle soreness and pain.
The natural world is chock-full of incredibly effective home remedies. We all know that what works for one person may not work for another, but if you want to try something new, these remedies may be worth giving a shot.