5 Natural Remedies That Are Backed By Science

Natural remedies are becoming increasingly popular. But a lot of us are still quite skeptical. How do these sorts of “natural” treatments even work? According to science, these are the most effective natural remedies you can try.

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Lemon and warm water to aid digestion and prevent kidney stones

Lemon and water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning, usually 20 minutes before a meal, is a popular Ayurvedic health tonic used to aid in digestion and boost immunity.

Aside from a healthy dosage of potassium and vitamin C, there’s some evidence that citric acid really helps with digestion and prevents kidney stones. Add a spoonful of honey for its antimicrobial properties and a pinch of turmeric to help with digestion and reduce inflammation.

Honey as an antimicrobial

Since ancient times and across cultures, honey has been used to dress wounds and burns, sustain blood sugar, relieve sore throats and coughs, treat allergies, and more. Honey is a natural antimicrobial; you can have a spoonful to soothe a cough or apply honey directly to clean burns or wounds.

Chamomile for anxiety and depression

Chamomile has been used for thousands of years throughout Europe and other continents to ease anxiety, sleeplessness, and gastrointestinal complaints. It’s also applied topically to soothe skin ailments. The most common variety is German chamomile, which was used to make teas, salves, and tinctures. It turns out that chamomile not only works to ease anxiety but also may function as a mild antidepressant.

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Gargle with saltwater

It turns out that a saltwater gargle is recommended by health professionals, not in place of treatment, but to reduce uncomfortable symptoms from illnesses like a common cold. You can try a teaspoon of salt dissolved in a glass of warm water to soothe a sore throat.

Meditation as an immunity booster

A 2012 study looked at whether mindfulness meditation helps reduce stress, an exercise regimen, or a control group. Those in the meditation group were more resistant to colds than the others, and though more research needs to be done on the physical side, you really can’t go wrong with the mental benefits you’ll get, too!