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8 Home Remedies from Mom: Do They Really Work?

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8 Home Remedies from Mom: Do They Really Work?

By Sara Novak, Planet Green

You’ve heard about them for years. The minute you started to get the sniffles your mother came home with chicken soup. In college you turned to cranberry juice for UTI infections and in pregnancy, saltines for morning sickness. But do these time-honored home remedies actually work or are they nothing more than an old wives’ tale?

I explored some of the most common home remedies to find out whether they actually work. And if they don’t work, what remedies do the job so that you can get back to health as soon as possible. This is in no way intended as a doctor’s advice.

How Effective Are Mom’s Time Honored Home Remedies?

1. Chicken Soup For Colds

I wrote a while back that the medical journal Chest actually tested the healing remedy behind chicken noodle soup and found that it wasn’t a myth at all. In fact, chicken noodle soup does work on cold symptoms.

Here’s what the study found:

When [we] added chicken soup to a Petri dish full of inflammatory cells called neutrophils the ability of these cells to move around and migrate was decreased. Neutrophils are cells that help to fight infection but also cause inflammation which is responsible for some of the uncomfortable symptoms experienced with a cold.

2. Cranberry Juice for UTI

Recently, the New York Times Wellness Blog explored whether cranberry juice was really a cure for bladder infections. This is one of those go-to home remedies, but does it actually work?

According to the article:

[R]esearchers have repeatedly shown that the juice does effectively prevent some species of bacteria from adhering to the cells that line the urinary tract. More to the point, urine from both mice and people who drank modest amounts of cranberry juice also prevented bacterial adherence.

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12:41AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

ty so much

4:36PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012


7:52PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

interesting article, thank you!

3:02AM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:41PM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

warm fresh lemon juice, add 2 teaspoons of honey and take 2 paracetamol tablets,go to bed,when you wake up in the morning you feel much,much better

8:34PM PDT on Apr 10, 2011


8:45PM PDT on Mar 27, 2011

Chicken noodle soup here I come

2:23AM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

Well of course! Don't knock old wives tales.Old wives are bound to have experience knowledge and wisdom. Haven't we?

9:41AM PST on Mar 8, 2011

thanks for the article... very interesting.

9:44AM PST on Mar 1, 2011

tk you for the info,i had 3 colds in 4 months..that is not good...have to take better care of myself

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