Home remedies may or may not have medicinal properties. They are typically passed down from one generation to the other. As the expense of conventional medicine continues to rise, home remedies have found favour with people due to their very nature of cure: simple, no side effects, no chemicals, inexpensive and also the ability to cure.
For herbal home remedies or natural home remedies, the kitchen is a great place to start. It has a host of medicines required to deal with common ailments. In fact, in India, plants with medicinal value were grown in the kitchen garden.
Just because they are natural products, does not mean they are always safe. Some herbal remedies are powerful, so when the mother is expecting a baby, she should consult a doctor. This also applies when the mother goes into labour. Many herbal remedies cause blood thinning and this could lead to extra bleeding.
The following herbal remedies are safe to use in moderation in pregnancy:
- Chilli – May cause diarrhoea if used in large quantities in cooking.
- Ginger – Large amounts may cause blood thinning.
The herbal remedies to avoid:
- Caraway seeds, Fennel, Fenugreek and Garlic– May cause contractions, miscarriage or premature labour.
- Cinnamon – Large amounts can lead to liver toxicity
- Clove – May cause blood- clotting problems and liver complications.
Home remedies do not provide miracle cures and are not meant to be substituted with treatments and medications prescribed by a doctor.
In this section, you can read more on home remedies for common cold, sore throat, constipation, hair fall, heartburn, acidity, itchy skin, dark circles, stretch marks and a few tips from a grandmother.