We have traditional home remedies that work very well for many ills that ail us. The ingredients are in our own kitchens and contain no harmful chemicals. They are inexpensive and in some cases they work better than over the counter medications. Of course if you have a serious illness, see your doctor, but for everyday ailments try some of these traditional home remedies.
Teenager spend an exorbitant amount of money on treatments for acme. But do they work any better than the old traditional home remedies? Many people would say no. In parts of Africa they use a facial mask of avocado, egg yolks, and honey for treating acme. Eggs are rich in retinol which helps heal the skin. Honey helps kill bacteria by hydrating them, and avocado moisturizers the skin. It stands to reason this traditional home remedy would help, if not cure acme. But do use the yolks for dry skin. Use the whites only for oily skin. Mash and mix one avocado, egg yolks, (or whites for oily skin) and a tablespoon of honey. Apply to the face and leave it on about 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse with water. Use this treatment about once a week.
To get rid of body odor, a traditional home remedy Italians use is baking soda (and so do Americans) Make a paste of baking soda and water. Rub it directly on the skin under your arms for about 5 minutes. Then rinse or if you cannot shower leave a thin layer of soda directly on the skin. Baking soda acts as a magnet for odors.
For chapped lips try the traditional home remedy used in the Middle East. Combine the juice of half a lemon, and a teaspoon of sugar. Apply to the lips and leave on two minutes. Rinse with water and rub on liquid glycerin to seal in moisture. You will find it at most health stores. Or use Vaseline. Lemon contains vitamin C an exfoliant, and sugar provides a thin barrier, speeding healing.
In Mexico, a traditional home remedy for burns is mashed tomatoes. Apply it directly to minor burns. Cover the area with a bandage to prevent scarring. Tomatoes contain vitamin C,A and phytonutrients, all work to heal wounds. Another traditional home remedy for burns is spreading honey on the burned area. A New Zealand study found honey worked as well or better than antibiotics.
The traditional home remedy in many countries for a sore throat is a vinegar and honey gargle. Mix a tablespoon of vinegar and honey in a hot glass of water and gargle every two hours. Vinegar works as a astringent to clear secretions, restores the ph balance, and discourages the growth of bacteria. Honey works as an anti-inflammatory.
In Russia, a home remedy for nasal congestion is the juice of one clove of garlic, a half teaspoon of honey, and the inside of one aloe vera leaf, all mixed in a bowl. Soak two cotton balls in the bowl and insert one into each nostril for about five minutes. Garlic has powerful antibacterial properties. Honey works as antibacterial and as an astringent. Aloe moisturizes sore nasal passages. Be prepared, garlic can be a little difficult to handle.
Did you know that in World War 11 garlic was used to treat soldiers wounds when they had no antibotics?
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