Long before modern medicine, home remedies were used to treat anything from a sore throat to the black plague or a colicky baby.
No matter what your culture or a family tradition or what part of the world you come from, home remedies are legendary. Some have been proven to have some medicinal healing properties while others are just down right bizarre.
Now don’t get me wrong, not all the bizarre ones are a fluke. In fact, I have put together a list of some bizarre and not so bizarre home remedies that have proven to be amazingly effective. However, I do not recommend you trying any home remedy without checking with your local doctor, or any other, medical practitioner.
Burns: Where’s the Mustard
For a minor burn just dab a little mustard on the burned area. Although it may sting a little it will soon take the pain away and reduce scarring and blistering.
Insect Bites and Stings: Get a Banana
Rub the bite or sting with the inside of a banana peel. Some people have experienced amazing relief and healing this way.
Bruising: A Little Dab of Butter
Gently apply butter and NOT margarine to the bruise immediately after the bruise appears. Also, a mustard poultice applied to the bruise is said to be very effective. It will draw the blood away from the bruise.
Diarrhea: Lemon or Wine
Squeeze the juice of a lemon into a large glass of water and drink this at least 4 to 5 times a day and it will kill the pathogens causing diarrhea. Another one is, drink 6-ounces red or white wine. It contains poly phenols, an anti-bacterial.
Poison Oak and Ivy: Get Catnip
Squeeze the juice out of catnip leaves and apply it to the rash. Catnip has anti-inflammatory properties. this will reduce the itching and speed up the healing.
Got Dandruff: Try Some Listerine
For a mild case of dandruff rinse your hair Listerine mouthwash, making sure to get the roots. This said to be very effective but do NOT use this if your scalp is broken or bleeding, it has antiseptic properties. Don’t like Listerine, try a tea made of sage or burdock and use as a rinse after shampooing.
Corns Hurt: Lemon Peel
Soak a small piece of cloth in vinegar and gently bind it over night, or soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes and apply a small piece of the inside of the lemon peel to your corn.
Indigestion: Have Some Vinegar
If you suffer from corns then try mixing two tablespoons of vinegar in a glass of water then add a little honey for flavor and drink slowly with your meals.
Excessive Underarm Odor: Rub a Little Vinegar
If you have excessive underarm odor then try rubbing them with alcohol, white vinegar or witch hazel instead of deodorant.
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