Be careful, the natural is not always safe: home remedies that can make you sick

It is the current trend to resort to home remedies for everything from losing weight to increasing sexual desire and even fighting cancer. But are these alternative and natural treatments really safe and effective? Of course, to some extent, these treatments are safe. But you have to use them carefully. This is especially true if you are already taking some medications, as some of the remedies may interact negatively with it. It can also aggravate existing health conditions if you are not cautious about how you use these remedies. In addition, it is safest to always consult a doctor before trying something just because someone said it is natural and totally effective.

Here, we try to point out some serious side effects that may result from the use of some folk home remedies.

Green Tea

It contains some really powerful antioxidants that offer protection against damage caused by free radicals. It also helps you fight many diseases and reduces your risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer. It is known to be especially effective in preventing skin, breast, lung and colon cancers.

The disadvantage: green tea can cause digestive problems such as stomach upset and constipation. Calcium is leached from the bones. In very rare cases, it can cause liver and kidney disorders, bleeding disorders and dizziness and seizures. But these side effects are visible only if you drink too much of this drink. Limit your consumption to 2 to 3 cups in a day and it should be fine.


It is known that this spice reduces blood sugar levels and reduces the risk of heart disease. It is full of antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. This aromatic spice can also help you delay the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and even offer protection against certain types of cancer.

The disadvantage: too much of a good thing is bad. Excessive intake of this spice can cause mouth sores, liver damage and respiratory problems. It can stimulate the growth of cancerous tumors in the lung, liver and kidneys. It can also interact negatively with diabetes medications.

Activated carbon

It is known that this eliminates dangerous toxins from the body. It is also said that activated carbon helps eliminate swelling and constipation.

The disadvantage: experts say it can cause life-threatening intestinal obstructions and severe dehydration.


This is a popular home remedy for nausea and vomiting. It is also used to eliminate a sore throat. Some say it also helps reduce the intensity of menstrual cramps.

The disadvantage: some people may not be able to tolerate this spice. Too much can cause stomach upset, heartburn and gas. You can also react with certain medications.


It is known that this spice offers a cure for many conditions ranging from arthritis to fatty liver and cancer. It also provides relief from many skin conditions and rejuvenates your digestive system.

The disadvantage: too much of this spice can cause digestive problems. You may have diarrhea and stomach ache from excessive consumption of turmeric.


This is a natural sweetener that relieves a sore throat and makes the skin soft and supple. It is also said to offer relief from asthma attacks and improve overall health.

The disadvantage: never, never, give honey to a baby. It can cause a condition called infant botulism. This is a life-threatening complication.

Posted: October 18, 2019 10:21 am | Updated: October 18, 2019 10:23 a.m.

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