Questions tagged [natural-remedies]

Use this tag for "natural" solutions to common problems such as healthcare conditions, but also everyday nuisances and problems. See also "folk remedies" or "home remedies".

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Can drinking “harmonized” water prevent sunburn

Osmosis Skin Care offers what they call "Harmonized H2O" This product is a UV Neutralizer-Tan Enhancing[sic]: Boost your body’s defenses with this innovative new technology utilizing frequencies that ...
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Is squeezing pimples bad for you?

I've always been told, or notice others being told, or hear it in popular media, that squeezing pimples or blackheads is somehow "bad" for you. Certainly, when there is a chance that the skin breaks, ...
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Can I get high using binaural beats?

Some sites claim that you can get high using binaural beats: All I-Doser doses are tested by a panel of users who consider themselves experienced in binaural beat modification. A dose is not passed ...
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Does aloe vera help cure sunburn?

I'm on vacation and got sunburnt, so someone said I should go get Aloa Vera since that apparently helps. There seems to be a plethora of made-for-adsense-sites that claim the same. http://www.care2....
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Can regular cold showers reliably improve health?

I have encountered anecdotal claims that the act of taking a cold shower fairly frequently (e.g. once a day) improves health, or at least, reduces susceptibility to illness. Is there any scientific ...
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Can locally produced honey help to build an immunity to hayfever?

I suffer quite badly in the summer months with hayfever and I've been told by numerous people that eating a spoonful of locally produced honey a day in the months leading up to summer will help me ...
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Does baking soda remove odors?

I have always been told that an open box of baking soda will "absorb" odors and make a fridge smell less. I have even seen people with three boxes in one fridge. My question is whether there is any ...
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Is a glass of red wine a day beneficial for the heart?

It has been stated that drinking a glass of red wine per day is good for the heart. There has been a lot of discussion surrounding this issue; two examples are this article from the Guardian and this ...
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Does drinking coffee improve concentration?

Will drinking a cup of coffee before I sit down to work improve my concentration, compared to drinking a cup of water?
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Can you successfully treat a burn by covering it in ordinary flour?

I'm not sure how long this particular email has floated around the internet before it landed in my inbox, but it seems to claim that you can treat a mild (First or Second degree) burn by covering it ...
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Does honey cure or alleviate the symptoms of a common cold?

A friend of mine insists that downing honey by the heaping tablespoon at the first sign of a cold will alleviate the symptoms, shorten the duration of the cold, or prevent it entirely - any and all of ...
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Does the temperature of the water when you shave affect your pores?

I have heard from a number of people advice that using hot water either before or during shaving "opens your pores" to give you a closer shave. (As discussed on a makeup site, The Art of Shaving, and ...
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Does vinegar help with dandruff?

This of many such sites, claims that vinegar can help with dandruff. Have a problem with the dreaded “dandruff?” Here’s the “sure cure” and you’ll find it in your kitchen. Vinegar! Yes, it is ...
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Can scaring a person cure hiccups?

There is a popular belief that scaring a hiccuping person would cure the hiccups. Is it true?
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Does flour or rice make an ant's stomach explode?

As I attempt to kill ants in my yard, I've been reading various claims about how to kill ants without common consumer chemical pesticides like DEET. One claim that I've heard repeatedly is that rice, ...
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Is 432Hz sound frequency more “natural” or beneficial to human body than 440Hz?

I have been reading about tuning musical instruments to A=432 frequency instead of recently (meaning in the last century) arbitrarily defined standard of tuning to A=440Hz. Supposedly the 432Hz ...
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Does soursop cure cancer?

I was linked a website about the effect soursop has in fighting cancer. The website heavily implies that soursop is an effective cancer treatment similar to chemo. source Chemotherapy is a widely ...
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Does garlic repel mosquitoes?

I have heard claims that garlic repels mosquitoes. Specifically, this site claims that Eating a diet heavy in onions and garlic can make you unattractive to mosquitoes. Is there any evidence ...
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Does washing your hair with a coal-tar soap prevent hair loss and accommodate hair growth?

I have heard several people, including both a former dermatologist and a hair-dresser claim that coal-tar soap can help prevent hair-loss. The Herbs and Home Remedies site recommends it (combined ...
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Are there any proven benefits to ingesting wheatgrass?

I have read statements such as "Fifteen pounds of wheatgrass is equivalent to 350 pounds of the choicest vegetables", of which I am obviously skeptical. Are there any independent studies from ...
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Does drinking warm or hot water aid in digestion?

One of my brother-in-law's coworkers claims that drinking hot water (straight from the tap) aids in digestion. I've been able to find a debunking of cold water causing cancer, but can't find anything ...
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Does black seed oil help treat various cancers, asthma, epilepsy, liver conditions, high blood pressure and more?

Does anyone know if the scientific claims about black seed oil talked about here are true: One of black seed's primary bioactive components is thymolquinone, or TQ, which is found in its ...
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Is acid reflux (“heartburn”) caused by having too little stomach acid?

According to a number of websites, "almost everything you have been told about heartburn, indigestion, and common stomach ailments are lies", and heartburn is actually caused by too little stomach ...
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Eating ice cream during tonsillitis?

Some people I know would never eat anything cold during tonsillitis, because they think ice cream can worsen it (some others are afraid ice cream could cause it, when ice cream is eaten with a cold ...
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Is vinegar a sunburn remedy?

While searching for a remedy for sunburn pain last year, I ran across multiple references to vinegar as an effective method in treating sunburn pain. Is there any research that validates or ...
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Does eating her newborn's placenta relieve a mother's postpartum symptoms?

Eating placenta has become really popular, especially since Mad Men star January Jones spoke to People Magazine about her own choice to have her son's placenta freeze dried and put into pill capsules. ...
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Are most humans infected with parasites that water fasting can eliminate?

So this is a new one for me... I came across a jaw dropping niche of health-woo today. Apparently tens of thousands of people (if not more) believe that almost all humans are infected with parasites ...
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Does ginger help against the common cold?

My wife is treating all cold symptons in the family with a few spoons of freshly ground ginger juice mixed with honey. While I don't mind an occasional placebo, drinking ginger juice is unpleasant ...
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Is cancer linked to having an acidic body?

There a lot of differing views reports on pH levels and cancer. Some say that cancer only grows in acidic bodies. Some say that an alkaline body can prevent or cure cancer. Many others disagree ...
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Does the ripeness of a banana have any effect on causing constipation?

In this Parenting SE question there seem to be two opposite claims made: A +7 answer claims that banana ripeness has no effect on constipation (I'm leaving aside the second, obvious claim that ...
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Is catnip ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET?

Linked from this Travel.SE answer, I saw a surprising claim in Science Daily from 2001: Researchers report that nepetalactone, the essential oil in catnip that gives the plant its characteristic ...
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Are fish oil capsules beneficial?

Page 28 of the February 2018 edition of Which? magazine says, (You don't need...) Fish oils such as Omega 3 capsules Unless you are advised to take these, you don't need to. Studies show that ...
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Does laughter prolong life?

This popular claim comes in different shapes, like: a minute of laughter adds 5 minutes of life: source laughter is the best medicine (maybe) source Finding studies that confirm causation wasn't ...
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Does sleeping an average of 11 hours or more raise one's risk of brain-related disorders?

I am familiar with the effects of sleep deprivation and some of the harmful effects of oversleeping. However, I have also heard more than once that sleeping more than 10 hours on average, even for a ...
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Is it possible to get high smoking banana peel?

I know this sounds ridicoulous but some people are claiming that you can get high smoking banana peel Is it true? And if it is how does it work?
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Does aromatherapy have proven efficacy in certain cases?

When answering this question on the possibility of using soap to cure leg cramp I began looking around for double blind studies related to aromatherapy. This lead me to the following examples: ...
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Is “blue scorpion venom” a legitimate treatment for cancer?

I came across this article just recently, in which it states that no data had been collected about the effectiveness of blue scorpion venom as a treatment for cancer. However, this article was written ...
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Can bacon help to remove splinters?

Some claim that bacon can help to remove splinters. Is there any good evidence that this makes sense? For example, these splinter remedy lists both suggest that bandaging a piece of bacon (or bacon ...
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Does ivy leaf extract help treat coughs?

I was prescribed ivy leaf extract for my (quite heavy) cough. More info about Ivy Leaf Extract. Does it work, or is it just a placebo?
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Does rubbing a dock leaf on a sting from a stinging nettle help to reduce pain?

I was always told this as a kid, and have been told it again recently. I'm skeptical, do they actually have any medicinal properties?
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Does garlic enhance immune system?

There's a widely held belief that garlic enhances immune system. I'll reuse the same links as my earlier "onion" question, but the purported mechanisms seem different, even if they are folded in the ...
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Can coconut oil work as a natural sunscreen?

Documentary Lovers claims that coconut oil has a natural SPF factor in their Ditch those Toxic Sunscreens; Go Natural with Coconut Oil article: Coconut oil has an SPF of 10 which means 90% of ...
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Does green tea help with dental hygiene?

This Youtube video claims that green tea "is the best mouthwash", citing various medical studies that claim that green tea is more effective in reducing dental bacteria than various standard chemicals....
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Does inserting soap into the rectum relieve constipation?

There is an old wive's tale (mostly among parents with constipated babies) that you can temporarily relieve constipation by inserting a small piece of soap into the sufferer's rectum to prompt a bowel ...
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Do Ostrich Eggs repel Spiders?

After someone told me that Ostrich eggs repel Spiders I had to google it. I haven't been able to find a scientific explanation but throughout the Internet there are a lot of articles that mention it ...
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Is the hydrogen peroxide therapy harmful?

I'm receiving advertising (from my friends) about hydrogen peroxide therapy (oxygenated water, I think). They affirm that this treatment is a low-cost therapy based on a natural oxygenating ...
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Is vinegar an effective treatment for arthritis?

I've learned that some people take vinegar to treat arthritis. It's a well known folk cure. Natural News: http://www.naturalnews.com/026715_apple_pain_vinegar.html Learn How to Relieve Arthritis and ...
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Do vinegar or salt prevent the cloth colors from bleeding?

Here are the claims: Vinegar helps “set” colors and prevents build-up of detergent residue, which contributes to color fading. [...] Pour ½ cup of salt in the wash cycle to prevent the dyes in ...
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Will coffee increase the growth of white hair?

I am curious about white hair: A friend told me that drinking coffee and tea would increase the number of white hair. There is a similar claim on the English Pravda site: Among other reasons of ...
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Can blackheads be removed with egg white?

There is a home-remedy for blackheads, using egg white. Does this truly work to remove black heads? Is there any proof of this being a successful remedy? From crunchybetty.com: Use Egg Whites ...