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Facts about Home Remedies: Knowing its Pros and Cons

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Home remedies are life savers. Isn’t it just cool when remedies are actually lurking inside our kitchen cabinets? Amazingly, it always keeps us surprised to know that a warm tea bag can help heal boils and that a glass of water with baking soda can help soothe an upset tummy and ease a bee sting. And what’s even better is that they are actually way cheaper and readily available. Who knew beer can be a great furniture polisher and that milk can compress minor burns? Moreover, peanut butter can be used a lubricant and it can clean leather as well. Totally awesome!

Homeowners get a relief knowing that it won’t be such a scary experience anymore when someone’s sick or is injured.  Organic and herbal remedies make waves as well and many people swear by their effectiveness, claiming little to no side effects.

But you may also be surprised to know that home remedies may not be for everybody. Let’s discuss both the good things and bad things about home remedies.

The Good Stuff

  • Inexpensive. Aside from being cheap, home remedies seem far more appealing since they are milder and not harsh to your system. Alongside with home remedies being affordable, they are also way more practical.
  • Easy to find. You don’t need to take a trip to your local drug store or pay a visit to your pharmacist with home remedies. More often than not, most home remedy products are those that are daily necessities, so you wouldn’t have to worry much of saving supplies.
  • Healthier. Home remedies are known to be natural, organic and chemical-free. They may also have gentle effects. Many people claim that most of the home remedies don’t not hurt when applied compared to modern medication. Home remedy treatments are the healthier road to take.

The Bad Stuff

  • Allergies. Not all natural home remedies are for everybody. Side effects may even be much worse than the actual problem you’re trying to fix. It’s true that home remedies have much lower side effects but this doesn’t mean it’ssafe to all people.
  • Over dosage. When creating mixtures, it can get to a point where you will get confused if you are doing it in the right amount or if you have exceeded the proper quantity. Over dosage can have deadly effects and under dosage will not give you results at all.
  • Hygiene. Some medications require a few cleaning process that may not be available to home remedies. Infected wounds may need more delicate medication that may not be handled by your little first aid kit. Major wounds or cuts may require quick medical attention that may worsen if you stick with home remedies.

This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t trust home remedies. They do work and can even be way more effective. However, you will need to identify which things need minor attention and which ones have to be consulted with a professional for your own good. This way, you will know if a home remedy will be much more relied on than conventional treatments.

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Saturday, April 12th, 2008 Home Remedies

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