Home Remedies for Common Ailments



It seems that whenever you have a certain ailment of sickness, people will tell you some of the craziest home remedies that they swear will work to cure you or to at least treat the symptoms. These home remedies have usually been passed down from generation to generation and are known to be old wives tales. But let’s face it – when you’re really suffering, you’re ready to try just about anything. Here are some old wives tales that might just do the trick.

  • Placing mothballs at the end of the bed has been said to relieve menstrual cramps.

  • Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can take away a headache.

  • Toothpaste can be a great ointment for burns.

  • Peppermint lozenges can clear stuffy noses.

  • For muscles that are sore due to a nasty flu, soak one tablespoon of horseradish in one cup of olive oil for half an hour. Apply it onto the muscles, as you would massage oil.

  • Mixing cup of vinegar with cup of honey has been said to cure sore throats. One tablespoon can be taken six times a day.

  • Alka-Seltzer can help with urinary tract infections. To use this treatment, dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink when you first start to notice the symptoms.

  • For skin blemishes, place a dab of honey on the blemish and cover with a band-aid. This is said to work overnight.

  • For toenail fungus, soak the toes in Listerine Mouthwash. Leaves nails looking clean and healthy. Something else Listerine can be used for is broken blisters. It acts as a disinfectant and will leave the broken blister clean.

  • For nasty splinters, apply a drop of glue over the splinter and let dry. Then peel the dried glue off the skin and the splinter will come out, still attached to the glue.

  • When trying to heal and soothe boils, completely cover the boil with tomato paste. It’s said that the acidity of the tomatoes is the real cure behind this remedy.

  • For bruises, soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and press onto the bruise for one hour. This will reduce the colour and help with healing.

  • Use oatmeal for arthritis pain. Mix two cups of oats and one cup of water in a bowl and microwave for one minute. Let it cool slightly so it can be handled and then apply to the affected areas.

Home Remedies for Common Ailments

Home Remedies for Common Ailments

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