Handed down over generations, there’s a reason old wives’ tales have been around for so long there’s a grain of truth in many of them. In plenty of cases, it seems that my Mum really did know best with her old-fashioned home remedies.
From easing colds to relieving pain and keeping other assorted afflictions at bay, these golden oldies also have the potential to save you money. So many common household items can have therapeutic benefits, and now science backs them up. Here are seven homespun health tips that still stack up today.
Cranberry Juice Prevent UTIs
Can a glass of cranberry juice a day keep the doctor away? Yes, so says a US study on women with a history of urinary tract infections (UTIs), which found those who drank a glass (50ml) of cranberry juice every day for six months reduced their chance of getting a UTI by 20%, compared to women who didn’t consume the juice.
Cranberries contain antiseptic properties that help fight the bacteria causing UTIs, Aim for a glass a day.
Honey Soothes A Sore Throat
This golden nectar is a proven cure-all from colds. It’s especially effective on sore throats as its antibacterial properties fight infection, while the sticky texture soothes swelling and pain. Buy the cold-pressed version this has the most medicinal benefit. Add two or three tablespoons of honey to a cup of hot water for instant relief.
Chocolate Relieves Stress
When you’re under pressure, it’s not uncommon for sugar cravings to go off the charts. In fact, studies show that 80% of women crave the sweet stuff when mentally pushed to the limit. Chocolate contains theobromine, a chemical that’s known to boost mood and promote feelings of genuine calm. Aim to stick to a maximum of four squares of dark chocolate a day to make the most of its health benefits
Chicken Soup Eases A Cold
Nothing beats a bowl of chicken soup when you’re under the weather. Now, science proves it. A study found that compounds in chicken soup can slow the movement of white blood cells, which help fight inflammation. Plus, the use of ingredients like garlic, pepper, and onion in chicken soup work to open up and clear your airways.
Carrots Help You See Better In The Dark
Because of beta carotene, yes, the same nutrient that makes carrots orange converts to vitamin A in the body, it’s directly related how well people see after the dark. Without vitamin A, the retina becomes less flexible, so it’s less sensitive to light and makes it harder to see at night.
Severe deficiencies are usually corrected with a vitamin, an injection but if caught early enough, this can be corrected by eating carrots. Carrot soup may help your night vision come back.
Cloves Reduce A Toothache
If you’re suffering from a toothache, sucking on an aromatic clove or dabbing on ground clove powder can help reduce inflammation and infection within minutes.
Applying cloves to the gum around the sore tooth is really helpful for pain relief because it has a slight numbing effect. The taste isn’t exactly pleasant, but it works. Swirling cloves around in the mouth with a little warm water can also get rid of bacteria that lead to cavities.
Warm Milk Aids Sleep
If you’re struggling to fall asleep after a hectic day because your mind won’t switch off, your instinct to put a pan of milk on the stove to warm it up is right. Milk contains the amino acid tryptophan.
This helps produce the brain chemicals serotonin and melatonin, which are related to feelings of wellbeing and sleepiness. As well as the physical benefits, it’s helpful for unwinding. The ritual itself brings on feelings of comfort and relaxation.
Final Thoughts on Proven Home Remedies
As always, discuss health concerns with your General Physician and check whether natural therapies are suitable for you.