Natural remedies are all around us. People are starting to regain consciousness of nature’s ability to provide safe, inexpensive, and really effective medicine. The stigma so evidently attached to natural treatments in the past is starting to wear off, as more and more research show the potency of plants and herbs against various diseases. Of all the claims flooding the internet, which natural remedies are most effective? Here’s a short list:
- Garlic (Allium sativum)
Most of garlic’s medicinal activity is attributed to two compounds – allicin, and diallyl trisulfide. Together, these two makes garlic one of the most effective anti-bacterial and antifungal natural remedy. From cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension and atherosclerosis, to osteoarthritis, and cancer, a dose of garlic will surely make you feel better.
- Aloe Vera (Aloe vera)
Aloe Vera one of popular natural remedies for three reasons – its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and antioxidant properties. As such, people use its gel for a wide spectrum of illnesses such as stomach ulcers, epilepsy, diabetes, asthma, multiple sclerosis, as well as skin ailments such as psoriasis.
- Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
The compounds curcumin and turmerone found in turmeric makes it able to treat many conditions. Turmeric is used as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, or antidiabetic natural remedy, specifically for conditions such as arthritis, Chron’s disease, ulcerative colitis, dementia, cancer, and diabetes.
- Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger, another common kitchen herb also possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which helps remediate many diseases including heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, gastrointestinal irritations, nausea, and cancer.
- Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)
Perhaps one of the most clinically researched natural remedies in the planet, Echinacea is one superfood of a herb. Its many medicinal properties such as anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and immune-boosting capacities make it a very ideal natural remedy for so many ailments. Echinacea is proven to be affective against yeast infections, HIV/AIDS, herpes, colds, respiratory and urinary tract infections, sore throat, malaria, syphilis, typhoid, and many more.
- Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
You are probably familiar with oregano, a spice we also use for several dishes. Being a potent antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory herb, oregano is also one effective natural remedy. It can be used for many conditions such as colds, acne, bronchitis, intestinal parasites, heart conditions, toothache, and even cancer, thanks to a few of its components like carvacrol and beta-caryophyllin
- Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum)
You are sure that an herb is a good natural remedy when it has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, and anti-clotting properties. The good news is, cinnamon, a favorite spice of many, has all that. It is thus used as a natural remedy for several cases like heart-related conditions, diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, diarrhea, infections and colds.
- Moringa (Moringa oleifera)
Moringa, also known as drumstick tree, is a low-cost source of vitamins and minerals. Additionally, it has also proven itself to be an effective natural remedy, with antioxidant, antiatherosclerotic, hypolipidaemic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, it is used to treat conditions such as anemia, asthma, epilepsy, diarrhea, high blood pressure, thyroid disoreder, and bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic infections.
- Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Clinical studies have also shown that sage, with all its flavonoids and phenolic acids, is well capable in treating many conditions. Being anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, this plant’s components protect cells from oxidative damage that lead to complications. It is also used to treat inflammation such as atherosclerosis, asthma, gastritis, Alzheimers, digestive problems, as well as cardiovascular diseases.
- Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris)
Thyme, another kitchen ingredient previously used as incense in Ancient Greece, is a plant full of medicinal compounds. Containing primarily thymol, thyme can be used to treat conditions ranging from acne and hypertension to cancers and skin problems. Thyme is a potent natural remedy with antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-cancer capacities.
In actuality, there are a lot of effective medicinal herbs around. However, clinical trials are usually expensive, so not a lot of plants get funding for structured research deemed necessary by many physicians in order for natural remedies to be prescribed to patients. This of course, is not entirely unreasonable, as some herbs do have negative effects and does interfere with certain medications. However, regardless of the lack of clinical trials, there are plenty of evidence that prove nature’s capacity to produce the most potent healing agents for us to use. Cheers to natural remedies and health!