5 Home Health Remedies Backed by Research

Maylin Rodriguez-Paez RN

Before there were prescription medications and fancy trips to the doctor, there were home remedies. Tested through time, most have been passed down from generation to generation.

Chances are you’ve tried a home health remedy or two. And while you may have noticed that some are totally bogus, some of them really do work.

Below are some of our favorite home remedies, all of which have some evidence to back them up. Stay tuned and take notes. Perhaps you’ll see your favorites on this list.

Home Remedy #1: Sage for a Sore Throat

An herb primarily used in cooking, sage has been used medicinally for hundreds of years. Its astringent properties make it particularly useful for alleviating sore throats.

In a clinical trial, a 15% concentration sage spray was found to ease throat pain better than a placebo. Results were felt in as little as 2 hours.1

Want to make your own remedy? Add sage leaves to a boiled cup of water. Steep for 5 minutes and enjoy. Save a portion to gargle with.

Home Remedy #2: Licorice for Indigestion

You've probably had licorice candy, but have you ever used it medicinally? Licorice contains mucilage, a gel-like substance that coats and soothes the stomach.

Next time you have indigestion, try licorice and other herbs such as peppermint, caraway, bitter candytuft, matricaria flower, and lemon balm. In combination, they've been shown to help.2

Home Remedy #3: Vitamin C and Magnesium for Constipation

Nothing beats a fiber-rich diet for maintaining regularity but every once in a while, the body needs extra help.

Laxatives provide immediate relief but aren’t always the best option. With continual use, they can lead to a sluggish gut. A better short-term remedy is magnesium and vitamin C. In higher doses, they stimulate the bowel to contract.

Home Remedy #4: Eucalyptus for Asthma

Eucalyptus was used traditionally by Australian Aboriginals to treat fever and fight infections. Today, it’s used by people around the world.

Research shows eucalyptus essential oil helps to alleviate congestion. And not only that, it can help asthmatics breathe easier too.3

Want to enjoy the benefits at home? Add several drops of eucalyptus essential oil to a bowl of steaming, hot water and inhale for ten minutes.

Home Remedy #5: Arnica for Bruises and Injuries

Arnica is a wildflower that grows in the mountains of Europe and North America. It was used by Native Americans to treat injuries.

Arnica has been shown to alleviate pain, bruising and inflammation.4-6 Its active ingredient, thymol, stimulates circulation, making it useful for alleviating injuries.

What About You?

Do you have any favorite healthy home remedies to share? Tell us about them in the comments!


  1. Eur J Med Res. 2006 Jan 31;11(1):20-6. 
  2. Digestion. 2004;69(1):45-52. Epub 2004 Jan 30. 
  3. Altern Med Rev. 2010 Apr;15(1):33-47. 
  4. Eur J Sport Sci. 2014;14(3):294-300. 
  5. Br J Dermatol. 2010 Sep;163(3):557-63. 
  6. Biol Chem. 1997 Sep;378(9):951-61.


Anonymous said...

Aloe Vera for hard stools !!

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