10 Odd Home Remedies That Really Work
When it comes to home remedies, many are passed down (for centuries even) and people swear by them. Of course, some of them are a little suspect (so far as their effectiveness), but many others really do work. In fact, those that do work are the focus of this blog, and there is plenty of good news to share, I assure you.
I’ve heard of some of the remedies detailed below, others are new to me. I am hoping you will find something that will help you if you have to face any of these health issues. #5 is about the craziest thing I’ve heard, but hey, if it works I’ll have some of THAT remedy on hand for sure! 🙂
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Home remedies, no matter who swears they work, are more often bunk than bona fide fixes. But some actually do have science on their side and, in fact, perform even better than their traditional medical counterparts.
1. Cure cuticle infections with vinegar.
The natural antibacterial properties of vinegar can eliminate infections caused by an overzealous manicurist or picking at cuticles. Apply white wine vinegar combined with warm water for 15 minutes a day. (Check out these 9 other genius DIY uses for vinegar.)
2. Eliminate dandruff with a DIY aspirin shampoo.
Aspirin is basically salicylic acid, the anti-acne ingredient that sloughs off dead skin. “It does the same thing for your scalp—gets rid of flakes,” says Marie Jhin, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in San Francisco. Add 1 tablespoon of crushed aspirin to your regular shampoo, suds up, and leave the souped-up shampoo in for 5 to 10 minutes. Tip: use a mortar and pestle to finely crush the aspirin.
3. Ease nausea with ginger.
Your mom was right. Ginger accelerates stomach emptying and helps break up and release intestinal gas, says Stephen Hanauer, MD, a professor of gastroenterology and hepatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Sip on ginger ale or ginger tea, or slowly eat a few candies made with real ginger.
4. Beat a migraine with sex.
But don’t just go through the motions—43% of those who found relief in the sheets said their symptoms improved only after orgasm, according to a study published in Cephalalgia. The researchers speculate that endorphins may cause pain to subside.
5. Eliminate warts with duct tape.
Docs theorize that the combination of the airtight environment and something in the adhesive is toxic to warts (but harmless to you), says Patrick DeHeer, MD, a podiatrist and board-certified foot surgeon based in Indianapolis. In fact, 85% of warts were eliminated with the tape, comparted to just 60% who had them frozen off, according to research published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Replace the tape every 6 days for 2 months, or until the wart disappears.
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