Home Remedies that Work

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Well before prescriptions are in as today, there were home remedies which have been used by our parents or grandparents and so on. While some belong to the tales of old wives and sphere of folklore, scientists are noticing that some of these time-tested cures from the kitchen in fact do work. Sure, it is always safe to verify with your doctor or other health professional to ensure a treatment is right for you. You can try treating:

1. Sore throat with salt water: A salt water gargle is often recommended to ease a sore throat. Try gargling warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt to one cup of water) several times a day. Honey and lemon can also be useful throat soothers.

2. Itchy skin with oatmeal: Oatmeal bath products have been recommended by many medical professionals to soothe dry, itchy skin. The anti-itch and anti-inflammatory properties of oatmeal may help to relieve some symptoms of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or shingles.

3. Colds with chicken soup: Since at least the 12th century, chicken soup has been a popular home remedy for colds. While it will not cure a cold, the steam may help clear congested nasal passages, and taking in the extra fluid can be useful in helping your body fight off infection. Researchers think that some of its healing properties may be linked to an amino acid called cystine found in chicken soup.

4. Nausea with ginger: Ginger has been commonly used in Japanese, Indian and Chinese medicine since the 1500s and some studies have shown that it may lessen the length of time and severity of a person experiencing nausea after a chemotherapy treatment. Preliminary studies show that it may also be effective and safe for nausea during pregnancy when used for short periods of time and in limited doses.

5. Bladder infections with cranberry juice: Cranberry juice has antibacterial properties that can help in the prevention of urinary tract infections, as discovered by many studies. Though it will not help treat the infection once it has set into the body, a glass of cranberry juice a day most likely can keep bladder infections away.

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