Home remedies are inexpensive and chemical-free solutions for various health problems. Ingredients for home remedies usually contain superfoods, spices, and other items that are readily available can help you whip up the perfect organic remedy without having to worry about side effects. Home remedies vary from one family to another since there’s usually a plus or minus when it comes to the ingredients. These remedies are also passed on from one generation to another. A simple herbal solution can help treat a young girl’s sore throat faster than the commercial cough syrup that’s sold at the pharmacy.
While it’s no secret that these home remedies help us find easy and affordable solutions to various problems, they are often underrated. There are different types of home remedies. Some are popular, some are not, and some are strange but effective. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if a home remedy is strange for as long as it gets the job done, right?
Here are ten strange but effective home remedies:
- Coconut Oil, the organic deodorant
Too much perspiration can be such a huge hassle. Aside from having to deal with sweaty armpits, you also have to think of ways to curb the foul smell. Good thing you can use coconut oil to address this issue. You just have to dab a small amount of extra-virgin coconut oil on your armpit and rub it gently until it is absorbed by the skin. Coconut oil contains lauric aid that helps get rid of odor-causing bacteria which results in the elimination of body odor. It also moisturizes the skin.
- Drink Water Upside-Down to Cure Hiccups
Sounds silly, but you’ll be surprised at how effective this home remedy is. Hiccups occur when the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain all the way down to your stomach, gets irritated. To treat hiccups, you need distract your vagus nerve by taking your mind off it. There’s no scientific explanation for this, but people who have tried doing this claim that it’s an effective treatment for hiccups!
- Get an empty glass and fill it with cold water.
- Bend over so your body is perpendicular to the ground and then lower your head.
- Let your lips touch the opposite side of the glass and then slowly drink water.
- If you still have hiccups, repeat the process.
- Cure Motion Sickness with Ginger
Have you ever felt nauseous while in a bus, airplane or fast-moving train? It’s difficult, and it’s one of the worst feeling in the world. Here’s an effective home remedy for motion sickness:
- Chop a fresh ginger into tiny pieces.
- Get a clean tumbler or plastic container and put all the chopped ginger inside it.
- Suck on a slice of ginger whenever you feel nauseous.
- Vodka to Cure Smelly Feet
Have you ever tried smelling your feet after hitting the gym? It smells awful, right? Usually, people wash their feet with soap and water to remove the odor but that becomes a problem when you’re in a rush, or if there’s no place for a quick foot bath. One quick solution for this treatment is vodka- it functions as a drying agent and antiseptic that effectively removes odor-producing bacteria.
- Pour some vodka on a clean cotton ball.
- Dab the wet cotton ball on your feet.
- Let it dry.
- Instant Oatmeal as treatment for Eczema
Oatmeal contains moisturizing, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe dry and flaky skin. This is extra helpful for those with eczema because the skin condition is very painful and irritating. Oatmeal also helps slough off the dead cells on the surface of the skin.
To make the oatmeal mask, you need a cup of milk and two cups of instant oatmeal. Put the ingredients in a clean bowl and microwave it for about thirty seconds to one minute. Let the mixture cool before applying it on your skin. Leave the mask on your face for fifteen to twenty minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel and apply a gentle moisturizer after.
- Listerine treatment for Athlete’s Foot Pain and Toenail Fungus
Warning: it is important that you let your doctor see your condition before trying this home remedy. Athlete’s foot gives you that burning, itching, and stinging sensation that’s quite uncomfortable. Toenail fungus, on the other hand, is disgusting. Period. What you can do to treat these conditions is by applying some Listerine. If you have a toenail fungus, you just need to soak a clean cotton ball with some Listerine before putting it on the toenail. If you have an athlete’s foot, soak your feet in a tub filled with Listerine for one to two hours. Repeat the process two to three times a week.
- Use Baby Powder to Remove the Grease from your Hair
If you have limp and greasy hair, then you might just need some baby powder. It restores your hair’s bounce by absorbing the excess oil. If there’s no baby powder available, you can use talcum powder.
- Put a teaspoon of baby powder on your palm and sprinkle it on your hair.
- Use a comb to spread the powder.
- Linger a bit longer on the crown area because that part is usually greasy.
- Use a hairbrush to get rid of the excess powder.
- Lemon Balm as treatment for Cold Sores
Cold sores usually form around the lips and mouth. These painful blisters resemble herpes (they are not sexually transmitted, don’t worry) and these cause severe mouth irritation. Cold sores have a painful, stinging sensation that make it difficult to speak, drink, or eat. One of the natural ways to treat cold sores is by applying some lemon balm tea, which contains anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antiseptic properties that can effectively heal the irritation.
- Place two to four teaspoons of lemon balm herb in a cup filled with hot water.
- Set the tea aside for fifteen minutes and let it cool down.
- Once the tea cools, soak a clean cotton ball and apply the tea on your cold sores.
- Keep doing this until the cold sores are fully healed.
- Toothpaste as treatment for Minor Burns
Accidents in the kitchen are inevitable. There are instances when you touch a hot pan by accident, or you place your fingers in a pot of boiling water, and you end up with minor burns. While the immediate reaction is usually to place the hand or finger in a basin filled with cold water, the pain resumes once the hand is removed. One effective way to deal with this is by applying toothpaste after soaking the affected area in cold water. You will notice that the pain disappears within minutes. If you have itchy mosquito bites, you can also apply toothpaste to soothe the irritation.
- Licorice Sticks to treat Calluses and Corns
Yes, we know that licorice sticks should be eaten and not placed on the foot but the thing is, these sweet treats are highly effective in treating corn and calluses. Licorice contains anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties that’s effective in treating various skin ailments. Here’s what you can do to treat the painful corn and calluses:
- Put four to five licorice sticks in a grinder or blender and wait until it forms a thick paste.
- Pour the paste in a clean bowl and add some petroleum jelly.
- Mix thoroughly and the apply the paste on the corn or callus.
- Do this remedy two to three times a day.