Have you ever wondered whether the remedies that our grandparents used on our parents and on us actually work? We may not have control on what treatment they use on us but now that we are older, we are probably eager to use them on our kids. Some of us may be wary about using old remedies. This is understandable because we have modern medicine to use nowadays. But if you don’t want to rely on taking medications all the time, these old school remedies may be worth trying out.

Baking soda

Baking soda should be a staple in your pantry as it can be used in various treatments from acne problems to bee stings even. What’s great about baking soda is that it neutralizes any bacteria, viral, or fungal infection that may be present in your skin. You can mix some baking soda powder with a bit of powder until you create a paste. Apply this paste on the skin where you are having issues with and you will feel relief in no time. When used on bee or insect stings, the baking soda will remove the itching and relieve any pain that you may feel.

Lemons

We often use lemons to lighten our skin or to help improve our immune system, but did you know that lemons were once used to treat ear aches? It is believed that the acidic nature of lemon can help treat any inflammation or pain that is present in our ears. Squeeze half of a lemon to get the juice, dip a Q-tip in it, then apply on your ear. Leave it for a few minutes and you will feel some relief afterwards.

Steaming

Nasal congestion can be uncomfortable. Yes, we have nasal decongestants that we can take to clear up our sinuses but why not try steaming first? As the name suggests, you will need to create some steam that will help de-clog your nasal passages. Boil some water first then transfer it in a bowl. Add a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus in the water and inhale the steam. You will find that your nasal passages will be cleared in no time so you will be able to breathe easier.

Raisins

Grandparents swear by raisins as a sure way to treat arthritis. Try soaking raisins in gin overnight as this will help mix the vitamins that are present in raisins with the health properties of juniper berries used in gin. The anti-inflammatory properties of gin and the vitamins present in raisins can help minimize the swelling in joints and tendons that is caused by arthritis.

Honey

There is no denying that honey has powerful antibacterial, and antiviral properties that can be used in healing your body hence it is commonly used as a home remedy. You can take a tablespoon of honey or mix it with some tea and you will receive plenty of nutrients from it.

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