9 Home Remedies Backed by Science

You've probably used home remedies before: herbal teas for colds, essential oils for headaches, herbal supplements for better sleep. Maybe it was your grandmother or you read about it on the internet. It's just that you tried - and maybe now you're thinking, "Shall I try again?"

It's not clear what makes a home remedy effective. Is it a real physiological change in the body or a placebo effect?Thankfully, scientists have been asking the same questions in the lab for the last few decades, and have discovered that some of our botanical remedies aren't just old wives' tales.
So for the skeptic who needs more than a placebo to feel good, we've got your back. Here are some science-based home remedies:

Turmeric for Pain and Inflammation Who hasn't heard of turmeric? Turmeric has been used primarily in South Asia as part of Ayurvedic medicine for almost 4,000 years. When it comes to proven medicinal uses, golden spice may be best for treating pain, especially pain related to inflammation.

Several studies have shown that curcumin is responsible for the “wow” effect of turmeric. In one study, people with joint pain found their pain was reduced more after taking 500 milligrams (mg) of curcumin compared to 50 mg of the anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac sodium.

Other studies also support this claim of pain relief, noting that turmeric extract was as effective as ibuprofen in treating pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Do not grind turmeric: it stains heavily! – but for instant relief.The amount of curcumin in turmeric can be as high as 3%, meaning it's best to take curcumin supplements for relief.

That's not to say a soothing turmeric latte won't help. It is believed that 2-5 grams (g) of the spice may still provide some benefit. Just be sure to add black pepper to increase absorption.

Chilis against pain and pain This active ingredient in chillies has a long tradition in traditional medicine and is slowly gaining acceptance outside of homeopathy.Today, capsaicin is a popular topical ingredient for pain relief. It works by heating an area of ​​skin before it eventually becomes numb.

Today you can get a prescription capsaicin patch called Qutenza, which relies on a very high level of capsaicin - 8% - to work.
So, when it comes to body aches or general body aches nagging you, do you have chili or cayenne on hand? Prepare a capsaicin cream.
For that extra touch, beat the coconut oil with a hand blender until fluffy.
It's important to test your reaction to the compound before overusing it. You can also use jalapeño peppers, but heat may vary depending on the pepper. Never use this cream around your face or eyes and be sure to wear gloves when applying.

Ginger for Pain and Nausea It's almost a law to try ginger for a cold, sore throat, or morning sickness.The preparation of the cup is very classic: crush in the tea for a stronger effect. Another less obvious benefit of ginger is its anti-inflammatory properties.

Next time you feel nauseous and have a headache, try ginger. Ginger works differently than other pain relievers that fight inflammation. It blocks the formation of certain types of inflammatory compounds and reduces existing inflammation through an antioxidant that interacts with the acidity of the fluid between joints.Its anti-inflammatory effects do not pose the risks associated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).