11 Common Home Remedies That Are Actually Bad For You

Last Updated on March 2, 2020

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If given the chance, everyone likes to try to deal with their health problems at home, instead of going to a doctor and spending a whole lot of money on prescription drugs.

And with the internet, finding “natural remedies” for every single one of our problems has never been easier. The real issue lays in the fact that some of these trusted home remedies do not, in fact, deserve our trust. In this article, we bring you a list of harmful home remedies that, in the end, can do you more harm than good.


1. St. John’s Wort

Some people say that this herb can be of great help when treating depression, but there are no solid studies that confirm this notion. And it gets worse – if the patients are taking other medications, St. John’s Wort can interfere with it.

There have been cases where taking this herb cut off the effect of the birth control pill, for example, and lead to unwanted and unexpected pregnancies.

People who are taking warfarin, anti-rejection drugs right after an organ transplant or antidepressants shouldn’t use this herb as well, as it can disrupt the action of the medication. A natural herb that has the power to cancel actual medications is one of the many hidden dangers of home remedies.

2. Kava

Kava is a herb that grows on the South Pacific Island, and some people suggest it as a natural remedy for anxiety. And research has come to show that kava can, indeed, help out with anxiety, as it has a calming effect that mimics the effects of harder drugs like Valium. However, studies have concluded that heavy consumption of kava might result in heart problems and eye irritation.

3. Kitchen cures for burns

The internet is filled with beauty DIY products made from things we have in our kitchen, and the vast majority of them are harmless, and some of them are even beneficial, like honey for your hair and skin, for example.



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