For hundreds of years, so-called ‘home remedies’ have been the go-to option for those with limited access to formal medical care when faced with a minor sickness or illness. Indeed, it is estimated that in Britain today, over a third of the population have used, or regularly use, herbal remedies to treat minor illnesses and ailments such as coughs and colds, sleep disruptions, and minor aches and pains. Herbal remedies can be used in a wide array of circumstances and make a great option for those with limited access to prescribed or over the counter (OTC) medications.
What are herbal remedies?
A popular option amongst the many available home remedies are ‘herbal remedies’ which refers to a treatment used to cure or alleviate the symptoms of an ailment that uses combinations of spices, vegetables, herbs, and other natural ingredients. Herbal remedies are used to treat the symptoms of a wide array of minor ailments and illnesses and can be accessed easily by individuals. However, herbal remedies are not the same as the medicines prescribed by healthcare professionals and should thus be approached with caution and only used under the supervision of a suitably qualified professional. Furthermore, as herbal remedies are for the most part unregulated, caution is advised when sourcing a suitable herbal remedy.
The benefits of herbal remedies
Much like other home remedies, herbal remedies have proved so lastingly popular because they can be put together relatively quickly with items commonly found around the home. This gives individuals access to effective symptom relief without having to wait for a formal diagnosis and prescription by a healthcare professional. In certain circumstances, herbal remedies will also present a highly cost effective option for minor illnesses and ailments where a doctor’s visit would be disproportionately or prohibitively expensive.
Popular herbal remedies
Please see below for some popular herbal remedies that have been tried and tested by users:
This herb has been used for centuries as an immune-booster and to treat cold and flu symptoms.
Studies have shown valerian root to be effective in improving sleep quality when taken over a number of weeks.
This widely used herbal remedy has been a go-to amongst individuals suffering from the effects of overindulging with food and drink. It is also reported to have a role in supporting liver health.
St John’s wort
This herb has been used for centuries to treat low mood, anxiety, and stress when taken regularly. As such, it makes a great alternative to prescribed mood supporting medicines.
Peppermint oil is used to treat a wide variety of gastrointestinal ailments from bloating to gas and constipation. User reports have also noted positive benefits when used to treat headaches by rubbing peppermint oil on the temples and forehead.
Where to purchase herbal remedies?
Traditionally herbal remedies were assembled using materials from the pantry and garden. However, consumers nowadays have ready access to herbal remedies in supermarkets, pharmacies, and dedicated health food shops. Increasingly, herbal remedies are also purchased through online stores. As always, caution is advised when purchasing herbal remedies instore or online as the quality can vary greatly depending on the manufacturer. It is always recommended to purchase the highest quality possible product to ensure you are getting the necessary dosages with your chosen herbal remedies.