Some home remedies are based on real medical ingredients while others are some of the most bizarre and weird home remedies that I have ever come across.
Home remedies have been around since the beginning of the human race. Long before modern medicine they were used to cure anything from child bearing to headaches. Every culture has its own unique folktale for home remedies, just as every family has its own traditional home remedy passed down from one generation to the next.
Home remedies are known throughout the world and vary from one part to the next they do, however they do share one common bond between them, that every family or culture swear by their effectiveness. Some of them are based on true medical ingredients and some….are not. In fact you will find that some of them are some of the most bizarre remedies that you have ever heard of.
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Disclaimer: You should always check with a medical practitioner before subjecting someone or yourself to any home remedy.
Go to Bed with Soap and Say Goodbye to Leg Cramps
If you suffer from severe leg cramps during the night, it is said that by placing a bar of soap under the covers with you, this will bring much needed relief by preventing those nightly cramps. Also, you will smell nice and fresh come morning. Sounds silly, I know but people from all over North America swear by it.
Gum in Your Hair? Just Add Chocolate
To remove gum from your hair, rub a plain chocolate bar on it. After you have completed that step, you then wash your hair and the gum will easily slide off your hair.
Spiders Cure Malaria
When a form of malaria (Ague) was running rampant through many parts of the world, many various treatments were concocted to find a cure for this disease. One of these so-called cures were consuming compressed spider webs. The belief of the medical ingredients of this was lost throughout history, the healing aspects of a spiders web remains a mystery. Some parts of this folktale include eating a spider while it was still alive.
What’s that Smell?
For smoke or paint fumes, leave a bowl of vinegar in the room and it will absorb the paint and tobacco fumes leaving the room smelling fresh. This also been proven to be very effective.
Foot in Mouthwash
For toenail fungus, soak your feet in a bowl of Listerine mouthwash. This strong antiseptic will cure your fungus and leave your feet looking fresh and healthy again.
Get Rid of the Fever—Swallow the Spider
A North Carolina folk remedy is, to catch a daddy long-leg, pull its legs off and while it’s still alive swallow the whole thing.
Waxing a Cold Sore
To cure a cold sore, one home remedy explains that digging out your own ear wax and dabbing it onto your cold sore, that this will prevent the cold sore from progressing. This is said to be very effective. In fact, some people still use this method today.
Black Ants = Aphrodisiac
This home remedy was used in the Europe during the medieval times and still today in some parts of the world, you collect a bunch of black ants, dry them out and mix them with white wine. It is believed that whosoever drinks this concoction will become quite randy.
Don’t Sweat It
If you have a problem with sweating, then take a potato and cut it in half and rub it under your armpits. I’m not sure as to why this or how this works but people swear success by it.
Get Fuller Lips
In an effort to achieve fuller more rounder lips, plump them-up by using a vacuum cleaner nozzle. You turn the vacuum on and press the nozzle to your lips and do this for a few seconds. Some women swear by this. In actuality, you can damage your lips by bruising, scarring and breaking blood vessels and the risk of bacteria infection.
For a stuttering child, smack him/her in the face on a cloudy day. As cruel as this might sound it was used in ancient Chinese practice and is still widely used today and considered to be very effective.
Medicinal Animal Droppings
Since the start of civilization animal droppings have been used to cure just about anything. Ancient Egyptians used it for skin ailments. It is also used to treat and cure headaches, cure the blind, rid people of intestinal parasites, jaundice, epilepsy and many other ailments and purposes. Animal dung is still a popular used and wide spread treatment today.