Home remedies are used worldwide, made from items that we could all have laying around the house. There are home remedies that are recommended for many different ailments, some remedies have been around for hundreds of years while others are fairly new. If you look on line you can find remedies for things like:
- Oily skin
- Bug bites, hives and itching
- Nail problems
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Although many are not proven to work, we are all willing to try anything rather than pay for prescribed medication. Here are some of the most used home remedies –
Duct tape to remove warts –
If you have a wart, cut a piece of duct tape slightly larger than the wart and apply it to the cleaned area. Every few days, remove the tape and ex-foliate the wart with a pumice stone or nail file. Repeat until the wart is gone.
Bite a pencil to relieve a headache –
When you’re stressed, you often clench your teeth, which strains the muscle that connects the jaw to the temples and can cause a headache. By placing a pencil between your teeth — but not biting down hard — you relax your muscles, which reduces pain.
Listerine to dry out blisters
Mouthwash like Listerine is a powerful antiseptic, which can dry out blisters. Use cotton balls to dab Listerine onto blisters three times a day until they heal.
Oatmeal to soothe eczema
If you have eczema or simply have dry, irritated skin, try soaking in an oatmeal bath. Add two to three cups of finely ground oatmeal to warm water and soak in it for 15 minutes. The oatmeal reduces inflammation and is thought to have an antihistamine effect.
Olives for motion sickness
Motion sickness is accompanied by increased salivation, which is the body’s way of protecting teeth from stomach acid in the event of vomiting. Olives dry the mouth out, so eating a few can eliminate the excess saliva. Treating that symptom can reduce nausea and keep the body from vomiting.
Sugar to cure hiccups
It seems a spoonful of sugar does more than just help the medicine go down. Taking a teaspoon gets rid of hiccups by stimulating the vagus nerve, which makes the body forget to hiccup.
Vapo Rub for nail fungus
Some people believe it’s the menthol that kills fungus, while others think it could be the suffocating effect of the balm. To treat nail fungus, simply smear Vapo Rub over the affected area twice a day until it’s gone.
Vodka for foot odour
Alcohol is an antiseptic that can destroy odour-causing bacteria and dry out the moisture that allows these organisms to thrive. Simply soak a wash cloth in the liquid and wipe your feet down at the end of the day. Of course, rubbing alcohol works just as well, if you’d rather save that vodka for a Martini.
Yoghurt to cure bad breath
Bad breath can originate in several places, but one of the most common sources is the stomach. Eating yogurt and other foods that contain probiotics can neutralize acid and help the odour.