What did people do before we had the marvels of modern medicine available to them? They worked with what they had at home in hopes of dealing with the illness, pain or other malady. Admittedly, not all of those home "remedies" worked. There is a reason that some people were (and still are) referred to as "snake oil salesmen."
Now, that being said, some home remedies actually do help you deal with whatever might be ailing you, so we decided to take a look at 8 of them that actually work.
1. Ginger for nausea.
This one has been well established for a long time. As a kid most of us likely had the chance to drink ginger ale that had gone flat in order to deal with stomach issues. Ginger actually helps to break up and release gastrointestinal gasses. Drink some ginger ale, ginger tea, or chew on some candy made with actual ginger.
2. Sex for migraines.
When you have sex, and you orgasm, your body releases endorphins which help to deal with pain. Researchers found that migraines subsided in 43% of people who took part in the study, but the relief only came after "completion." We're sure that this is one of the home remedies that people will be happy to try and see if it works.
3. Duct tape can help remove warts.
If you have ever had a wart, you likely did one of two things in treating it: you either froze it off, or you put one of those bandages over it that helps to pull the wart free from your skin. Patrick DeHeer, MD, a podiatrist and board-certified foot surgeon based in Indianapolis says that there is something in the adhesive of duct tape that is toxic to warts but harmless to people. It also has something to do with duct tape creating an airtight bond. Apparently, 85% of warts were taken care of using nothing but duct tape.
4. Superglue can help heal cracked heels.
Superglue was actually developed to treat battlefield wounds quickly so that soldiers wouldn't bleed out and die before they could be properly seen to, so it only makes sense that it could help with cracked heels. Soak your feet in water for a few minutes, rub in some moisturizer, and then use small amounts of glue on any remaining cracks.
5. Sage tea can help deal with a sore throat.
Any tea is bound to help you deal with a sore throat, but sage tea looks like it might be the best bet when trying to deal with it at home. When brewing this concoction at home, pour nearly-boiled water over two tablespoons of fresh sage, or one tablespoon of dried leaves before covering it. Let it steep for 10-15 minutes, then enjoy the relief.
6. Use lemons to help treat motion sickness.
One of the symptoms of motion sickness is excessive saliva. Think about anytime you have been feeling like you were going to throw up, your mouth suddenly felt flooded with spit. Lemons help dry out you mouth to relieve the feelings of nausea that comes with it.
7. Listening to nature sounds helps cure tinnitus.
For those that don't know, tinnitus is that annoying ringing sounds in your ears that comes out of nowhere and never seems to stop when you want it to. It has been scientifically proven that listening to the sounds of nature and animals can significantly cut down on that annoying ringing sound, and the mental anguish that seems to come with it.
8. Use peppermint essential oil to deal with anxiety.
Anxiety can be crippling. Wheeling Jesuit University did a study that suggests using this essential oil almost like a smelling salt can help to reduce the feelings of anxiety by 20%, and the feeling of frustration by 25%. Seems like this is a must have for any moms and dads out there.
What home remedies have worked for you in the past? Let us know in the comments.