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12 Folk Remedies That Grandparents Totally Swear By

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Sometimes, it's the simplest things that surprise you. Take a potato for example, I had no idea that it could be used for something other than become french fries.

It turns out, there are plenty of secondary uses for the foods we find in our refrigerator and cupboards. There are plenty of old home remedies that work, but these ones get the grandma gold seal of approval. They've been tried and tested by many people over the years and families everywhere swear by them.

The next time you've got an earache, reach for the fruit bowl instead of the medicine cabinet.

1. Celery Fights Bad Breath

Like many crunchy fruits and veggies, celery works as an effective weapon against bad breath. It increases the production of saliva and keeps your mouth rinsed and scrubbed!

2. Raisins Ease Arthritis

Ease the pain of arthritis or swollen joints with raisins and gin. Soak some golden raisins overnight in a couple of spoonfuls of gin. The vitamins from the raisins mixed with the anti-inflammatory effects of juniper berries  actually help to reduce swelling and ease joint pain.

3. Lemons Cure Sore Ears

Got sore ears? Squeeze some lemon juice into an ear plug and stick it in your ear for a minute or so. The idea is that the acid in a lemon will stabilize the pH levels in your ear.

4. Yams Will Ease Menopause

If you're going through menopause, stock on up some sweet potatoes!

Not only do they taste delicious with a maple glaze (see the recipe here), but they also work wonders for your raging hormones!

They're high in vitamin C and contain vitamin A, which help balance out your

5. Olives Fight Nausea

If you're feeling nauseous, suck an olive. These delicious snacks are high in tannins, which reduce the production of saliva in your mouth. Sometimes, when we're feeling queasy, it's that extra saliva that tips you over the edge. Chew a couple of

6. Baking Soda Kills Bacteria

Not only is it great for your cakes, it can pretty much be used for everything else in your life. If you suffer from a urinary tract infection, mix about 1/2 tsp of baking soda to a glass of water and drink up!

The baking soda makes your bladder more alkaline, which prevents the harmful bacteria from growing. If symptoms continue, you'll want to pay a visit to your doctor.

7. Dried Apricots Alleviate Indigestion

If you suffer from indigestion, eat some apricots. Dried apricots are high in dietary fiber, which helps you to digest and prevents bloating.

8. Potatoes Soothe Itchy Bites

If you wake up with itchy spider bites change the sheets and vacuum your mattress. Then, cut up a raw potato and gently rub the itchy spots with the slices. After you get them all, strap the slices onto the bite spots and wait a few minutes.

It's a strange one, but it works! Raw potatoes have anti-itch and anti-inflammatory properties. Also good for mosquito bites!

9. Listerine For Blisters

You think it's for bad breath, but it also cures blisters! It is a powerful antiseptic that will dry the area right out! Just pour some on a cotton ball and dab it on the blister until it no longer hurts.

10. Licorice Smoothes Calluses

Grind up some licorice sticks and mix them with Vasoline. Rub the mixture onto the rough areas of your feet to cure calluses and corns.

11. Olive Oil Clears Eczema

This cooking staple can help to clear up eczema. It's full of antioxidants that help to reduce inflammation and repair damaged skin. Rub in 1 tsp per square inch of skin.

12. Duct Tape Kills Warts

Ok, so this isn't a food, but you've still got it handy. Cover warts with duct tape. Every 3 days, remove the tape and file down the dead skin with a pumice stone or nail file. Repeat until it disappears!

[h/t Prevention / DontWasteCrumbs]

How many of these have you heard of before?