Since the beginning of recorded history, humans have sought remedies for their ailments, often resorting to quackery and alternative medicine. However, there are certain strange remedies that have stood the test of time and have been proven to be effective.
Alcohol is one such remedy that has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, although its role has been refined mainly to use as an antiseptic. Home remedies calling for alcohol, including using vodka or rubbing alcohol to treat poison ivy, warts and cold sores, and also for acne treatment, have been found to be effective.
Onions are another surprising remedy, containing an antioxidant flavonoid called quercetin, which can help to reduce allergies, asthma, hay fever, risks of heart disease, cholesterol and even cancer. Applying onions to honeybee stings and bug bites has also been found to be effective.
Acupuncture and cupping have long been used as forms of alternative medicine, in which needles are placed along meridian lines in the body or glass jars are suctioned to the body respectively. While these practices are considered pseudoscience, people swear by their healing powers, and further study is needed to understand why and how they work.
Meditation has also been found to have numerous health benefits, including reducing stress and even promoting brain growth. Saunas, on the other hand, have long been a part of Northern European culture and are believed to have health benefits such as cleansing the skin, flushing toxins and reducing stress, as long as precautions are taken.
Essential oils and hemp are other surprising remedies, with peppermint being one of the most widely used plants for essential oils. Hemp hearts, which are legal and rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, have also been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure and may even prevent Alzheimer’s.
Sleep is another remedy that we literally could not live without. Having good sleeping patterns has been linked to improved heart health, memory and sex drive. Music has also been found to have numerous subtle effects on the body, including reducing pain and anxiety, improving visual and verbal skills, and even reducing depression.
Finally, fermented foods have numerous health benefits, such as aiding digestion and boosting the immune system. As our stomach is often called the “second brain,” the foods we eat can have a profound impact on our overall health and well-being.
In conclusion, while many alternative remedies may seem strange, these remedies are often backed by scientific research and have been proven to be effective. It’s important to be open-minded when it comes to exploring different approaches to healing and to always consult with a medical professional before trying any new remedies.