If you need a bit of release from those constant aches and pains, take a look through the natural home remedies and relief section below.
There’s a good reason why lots of people are searching online for answers to a few of these. By their very nature, some can be a little embarrassing. My advice would be to forget the embarrassment and go see the doctor, its nothing he or she hasn’t already seen a hundred times!
Having said, it took me a long time to collate this information and at times these remedies can give much-needed relief. I would love your help here, you can get involved by posting your own quick remedy below the post (I’m trying to get 101 quick home remedies) or you can submit a post with photos.
NATURAL HOME REMEDIES CONTENTS TABLE
Hemorrhoids (also known as piles and often misspelt as hemorrroids) are small swollen veins that normally appear in the lining of the rectum and /or anus.
Internal hemorrhoids develop within the rectum and tend not to be visible or even felt, In fact the only symptom you have is bleeding.
Having said that they can sometimes collapse or fall down into the anus, which can be quite painful so it’s good to know there are some very good haemorrhoid home remedies around to help.
External hemorrhoids develop in the anus and unlike the internal ones; these are very uncomfortable and painful.
External hemorrhoids can also collapse and extend beyond the anus which can often develop into a blood clot. Although this may look serious, and feel quite painful it should disappear on its own in a week or so.
Possible Causes of Hemorrhoids
- Constipation, straining when passing motions can often put pressure on the veins within the rectum and anus.
- Pregnancy and childbirth can sometimes produce hemorrhoids
- People who spend long lengths of time sitting or standing are much more likely to develop hemorrhiods
- Increasing your intake of fibre, eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, and try to add more pulses, wholemeal bread, pasta and brown rice in to your diet.
- Drink plenty of water (8 glasses a day)
- If your hemorrhiods are due to constipation, exercising for half an hour twice a week will help with this.
Home Remedies For Hemorrhiod Relief
These hemorrhoid home remedies are all made with natural ingredients, are very easy to makeup and are extremely soothing and gentle when used:
- Mix 2 drops each of cypress, juniper, peppermint and chamomile essential oil with about 6 teaspoons full of either almond, olive or soya oil, and apply it to the affected area.
- You can make enough to last a week, but store it in a glass bottle and keep it in a dark place.
- Alternatively, add 3 drops of each straight into a warm bath.
- Note don’t use the juniper oil if pregnant.
Constipation can irritate hemmorrhorids so try this simple massage to relieve constipation.
Mix together three drops each of rosemary and marjoram essential oils with two drops of chamomile; add the mixture to six teaspoons (30ml) almond oil.
Softly work the oil in around the belly button in a clockwise direction.
- Making an ointment with either elder leaf or pilewort and petroleum jelly will give some welcome relief and help reduce any swelling (see homemade ointment instructions)
- Dabbing the area with neat witch hazel will help stop the area feeling itchy and help with the pain.
- Make an herbal infusion with yarrow and use as a compress. Infuse 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried yarrow in a cup of hot water for ten minutes, then strain. Warm the infusion and dip a clean cloth or towel into it apply to the affected until cool. Repeat when necessary.
- Make a tincture or decoction using devils claw
Homoeopaths suggest the remedies listed below at 12x dosages (Do not eat drink or clean your teeth for 15 minutes before or after taking one).
- Hamamelis – for a sore bleeding anus
- Aesculus – for a sharp painful rectum that’s worsens when passing stools
- Sulphur – for relief from inching and burning
- nux vam – for throbbing hemorrhoids
Garlic is great for fighting of hemmorriods, rub garlic over the painful area and try to eat more garlic and onions in your diet.
Sitting on a cushion with raised legs can give a little light relief, or before a bowel movement make up a hot water bottle, wrap a towel around it, and sit on it.
Looking for cold sore home remedies? There is nothing worse than that tingling feeling telling you there’s a cold sore breakout on its way, and once it comes; you know there is a very good chance it may be with you for the next 7 to 10 days.
Fortunately, there are a few things we can do to quicken the healing processes up. Bellow, you will find some very effective healing methods that people have been using for years to treat cold sores.
Whether you are looking to combat a full outbreak of sores or hoping to treat the area before the cold sore even appears, you should easily find a cold sore home remedy to suit you here.
Cold Sore Causes
Cold sores are caused by the contagious herpes simplex virus. They are small blisters that are usually found on the outer part of the lips, chin and nose although they can also be found on other parts of the body to.
Quite often you can experience a tingling feeling for up to 24 hours before the sores appear.
Some people can get an outbreak just once, whiles others have them over and over again. Cold sores often come after having a cold, sore throat or a chest infection, but can also be trigger from stress, menstruation or tiredness.
Unfortunately, there is no permanent cure for cold sores, but there are some very easy cold sore home remedies that you can try, and some good precautions you can take to avoid catching them from someone else, as cold sores can be highly contagious.
Cold Sore Precautions
- To avoid spreading cold sores on yourself or others try not to touch them, if you do happen to touch them, wash your hands straight away. Cold sores can easily be spread to other parts of the body and can take up to 28 days before this new infection shows up.
- Don’t kiss anyone if you think you may have a cold sore on the way (the Infection is often passed on in childhood when someone kisses a family member who has a cold sore. The virus then passes through the skin, and travels up one of the nerves where it sits within the nerves root until it’s activated).
- Never share razors or towels with anyone.
- Cold sores can be triggered by sunlight or strong winds. Wear a homemade lip balm daily that contains UV protection.
- Cold sores can often be a sign that you may be run down, so take time out to rest and relax
Easy Cold Sore Home Remedies
This is the easiest and most effective way to treat a cold sore.
Use a cotton bud to apply a small amount of neat tea tree or lavender essential oil to the cold sore. Tea tree and lavender have antiseptic and healing properties and can also take the sting out of them.
Other very good oils to use are bergamot, lemon, chamomile and patchouli, however, these oils need to be diluted with carrier oils such as a light olive or almond oil. Dilute 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 3 teaspoons (1/2 oz – 15ml) carrier oil and massage into cold sore. You can make up a little more than I’ve suggested here and store it in a dark colored bottle for convenience.
Use a spoonful of St. Johns wart tincture with a few drops of myrrh essential oil to make a soothing lotion.
For one minute, press the upper part of your big toe directly below your toenail (this point is known as the face reflexology point). Then press the other toes in the same positions.
Cold sore home remedies from the Kitchen cupboard
Vitamin c and bioflavonoids can help with the healing process of cold sores, along with finding these ingredients in supplements, vitamin c and bioflavonoids can also be found in green bell peppers, blackcurrants and citrus fruits. Adding these into your diet can help keep cold sores and mouth ulcers at bay.
Dabbing a few drops of undiluted lemon juice on to a cold sore will sting, but it will help with the healing process.
As cold sores are often triggered by stress many people have managed to control and limit the outbreak of cold sores, mouth ulcers and spots using this calming visualization method.
As this treatment is to relieve stress it works best when you are lying down, but you can also do this whilst sitting.
Close your eyes relax and imagine that you are in a peaceful place, imagine you are listing to a waterfall even better that you are sitting on a beach listening to the waves. Use this cold sore home remedy for about 15 minutes whenever you feel a cold sore on its way.
Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that can become very painful and swollen at times particularly in damp cold conditions. Here we have a great arthritis home remedy, in fact we have lots of remedies, most of which have been used for years and with great results.
As there are two different types of arthritis; osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. I’d recommend you read though all of these home remedies, just to make sure you choose the best arthritis home remedy to suit your individual needs.
So let’s take a quick look at the symptoms and possible causes of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis before checking out any arthritis home remedy below.
Stiffness and pain in the joints, especially in the hip, knees, spine and hands which can eventually lead to difficulty in moving the joints, yet with no visible signs of swelling.
Inflammation of the muscles (one of the less common symptom)
Occasionally suffering with severe pain from any muscle or nerve damage that’s been caused by bone spurs. (Osteoarthritis can cause the joints to deform and develop bone spurs, this abnormal bone growth can press on to surrounding muscles and nerves).
Although doctors aren’t 100% on what causes Osteoarthritis or even why it seems to affect more women than men, in general it seems to be a symptom of getting older. Other cause has been linked to joint injuries and family genes.
Rheumatoid arthritis (symptoms)
Painful swelling and stiffness in the arms, legs, wrists and fingers (usually on both sides of your body)
Symptoms tend to be more severe first thing in the morning.
Children often suffer with Low energy levels and loss of appetite, a fever and sometimes a rash on the arms and legs are also common in children.
Rheumatoid arthritis is once again more common in woman than men, and usually affects women over the age of forty, although it can occur at any time. Though to be triggered by a virus resulting in the immune system attacking the body’s own tissues.
Herbal Home Remedies For Arthritis
Devils claw is particularly good for Osteoarthritis. Make up a tincture (see instructions on how to make a tincture) and take 1 tablespoon daily.
For pain relief try a tincture of willow bark, take one teaspoon full 3 times a day.
A tincture mix using 2 parts willow bark and 1 part each of nettle and black cohosh.
Bladder wick capsules or powder may prevent the progress when used on regular bases.
Dandelion and horsetail tea is highly recommended for degenerative arthritis.
The stings in nettles are known to contain natural histamines, which are anti-inflammatory, try making a tea or adding them to a soup or broth.
Meadowsweet is a natural anti-inflammatory that makes wonderful arthritis home remedy when used as a simple compress; It is one of the original sources of aspirin and can help to soothe painful and swollen joints.
A compress can be made with fresh or dried meadowsweet both of which are very effective.
Add 1 1/2 fresh or 1/2 oz dried meadowsweet leaves and flowers to 1/2 a pint of freshly boiled water and leave to steep. Once cool enough to touch, soak a piece of cloth or cotton wool in the infusion, squeeze out and wrap around the painful areas.
Blend together 2 to 3 drops of chamomile or lavender oil in 3 teaspoons of almond or soya bean oil, and gently massage into the affected area.
More essential oils that have had some excellent results, all of which can be blended with the almond or soya bean oil as above, or added to a warm bath (about 8 to 10 drops per bath):
Warming and relaxing oils;
marjoram – ginger – eucalyptus – juniper – peppermint – pine
Anti-inflammatory and healing oils;
cypress – lime – myrrh – spruce – ambrette seed – lemon – rosemary
For convenience, oils can be made up in larger quantities and store in a dark glass bottle with a secure stopper for up to six months.
Take 6c of one of the following four times daily for 2 weeks, do not eat drink or clean your teeth for 15 minutes before or after taking.
Rhus Toxicodendron for pain and stiffness that’s been brought on by dampness or rest.
Bryonia for more severe pain in movement.
Honey and Cider Vinegar
Many people swear by this sweet and sour arthritis home remedy, believing that it clears the toxins from the system.
Add 1 teaspoon of runny honey and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of hot water and drink it daily.
Before rushing down to the remedies section in your local store, check out how home remedies for heartburn can ease, or maybe even cure that discomfort!
Heartburn is basically a kind of indigestion in which the Stomach acid enters the throat and irritates it leaving you with a burning sensation in the chest area.
Heartburn can be very uncomfortable but fortunately, it’s not usually very serious, and it is easy enough to find a pretty good heartburn home remedy.
So before heading off to the pharmacy, it’s worth taking the time to read why you may be suffering with the symptoms in the first place; this may help you to avoid having heartburn in the future and reduce the need for these home remedies for heartburn.
Causes Of Heartburn
Try to relax while you eat, chew your food for longer and avoid the foods that cause you problems.
Stressful situations can really upset the stomach very often leading to a pretty bad bout of indigestion and heartburn, thankfully once the situation has been resolved you can quickly diminish the symptoms by using one of the home remedies for heartburn below.
Other causes of heartburn can be brought on by being pregnant, overweight, smoking or taking pain killers.
When to see a doctor
If your symptoms last for a number of hours without any let up, especially if your chest pain is also felt in the arms, neck and jaw or if vomiting, sweating or shortness of breath occurs.
If you have frequent bouts of heartburn or indigestion it maybe a weak muscular valve around the gullet or a bacterial infection that’s associated with a peptic ulcer, so get it checked out.
Home Remedies for Heartburn
Make a herbal tea with a mix of meadowsweet which lowers acid production (meadowsweet can also be used as a tincture or as a tea on its own) comfrey to heal the burning, and chamomile to reduces stress and inflammation.
Massage is very good for indigestion type symptoms; it can really help the circulation in the Stomach area.
Use a gentle amount of pressure to massage one of these recommended oils on your abdomen, in a clockwise direction; bergamot, chamomile, fennel, Melissa, mandarin, peppermint essential oil or clove oil.
Do not do this if you have diverticulitis Crohn’s disease, ulcers, cancer or any other serious inflammatory conditions.
Arsenicum album. is recommended for heartburn in the chest and throat; take 6c three times at 15 minute intervals. If necessary, repeat the series.
Carbo veg can help if you have flatulence as well as indigestion.
Lycopodium is also useful if you have cramping pains that make your stomach feel hard and bloated after eating foods which give you wind, such as bean onions and cabbage.
From the kitchen
Drinking a glass of milk can ease the pain of heartburn.
Drinking soda water can be a great heartburn home remedy. Also, drinking sparkling water with your meal can prevent it.
Eating fresh pineapple (tinned is not as effective) after a meal can prevent heartburn.
Indigestion is caused by too much acid in the stomach, Yoghurt and rice help to settle the acid. Overnight, leave a handful of cooked rice in a glass of cold water. Strain the next morning and mix with a carton of plain (preferably live-bio) yoghurt; eat for breakfast.
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the feet that can spread if left untreated to the nails on the feet and on the hands. You will then be looking for a good athletes foot home remedy.
Athlete’s foot thrives in warm, moist conditions and feeds from a particular protein that can be found in the skin, nails and hair.
Athlete’s foot and other fungal infections such as ringworm are quite catching and can easily be picked up or passed on in public places such as communal swimming pools or gyms.
Ringworm can be a little deceptive in its name as it isn’t a worm at all. Ringworm like athletes foot is a fungal infection which can affect the nails, feet, scalp, groin and torso. It often has the appearance of a round rash (note the name) and is very contagious as it can be passed on from infected people and domestic animals.
Ringworm is more common in children than adults and normally starts as a small red patch that becomes a very itchy round rash.
The Most Common Symptoms Of Athletes Foot
- A red and itchy rash that can often crack or peel, mainly between the toes but can spread to the soles.
- Thick, brittle and unsightly toe nails.
- Unpleasant foot odour
The Home Remedies For Athletes Foot
Essential oils are extremely good at treating fungal infections. So we tend to use them often in these home remedies for Athletes foot.
Mix 3-5 drops of essential oil in 1/2 fl oz or 3 teaspoons (15ml) sunflower oil. Rub the oils sparingly into the feet 2 to 3 times a day until fully absorbed.
For convenience you can make double the quantities given but don’t be tempted to make up to much, essential oils are much more potent when fresh.
Store the oils in a dark glass jar (clear glass can be used for storing mixed oils in, but you will need to protect the oils by storing them in a dark place).
Best oils to use
- Lavender – Antiseptic and healing
- Tea tree – Antifungal
- Geranium/Birch – Anti-inflammatory and soothing
- Lemongrass – Deodorizing and drying
An aromatherapy foot bath is one of the best Home remedies for athletes foot that there is, and they can be so soothing and relaxing.
You will need
- 3 drops of Birch essential oil and 6 drops of Geranium essential oil Or 8 drops of Tea Tree essential oil
- A large bowl or bucket, preferably square
- 2 gallons (nine litres) of hot water
- A clean warm towel
Add the oils to the bucket of hot water drop by drop just before you put your feet in to it. Relax and leave your feet to soak for about 20 minutes then dry thoroughly with the towel.
Prevention of Athlete’s Foot
May be used during or after using one of the home remedies for athletes foot treatments.
Athlete’s foot can be stubborn and will often return when the environment is right, so to keep yourself protected, follow these simple procedures below.
- Always dry your feet, concentrating on the toe webs.
- After drying, use an antibacterial spray or powder on your feet or shoes (check out our Homemade Foot Spray sent in by Anne).
- Wear clean socks each day (preferably made from absorbent fibers).
- Athletes foot thrives in warm damp areas so wearing water proof flip flops in communal pools and showers will protect you from standing in any infected areas.
- Try going bare foot around the house on hot and humid days.
- Always avoid wearing tight fitting shoes that have little or no ventilation. Sandals and perforated shoes are much better
- If possible try not to use the same shoes every day. This will give them time to air between users.
The main thing to keep in mind is that certain home remedies for constipation can affect individual people in different ways, so you may need to try more than one to get the results you need.
Constipation can mean different things to different people, mainly due to the individual bowel movements of each person.
Whilst one person finds it normal to move the bowls three times a day, another may find once every three days is normal.
Basically, constipation occurs when the usual pattern in bowel movement is broken. Most of the time simple home remedies for constipation can be a more effective way to relieve symptoms by gently inducing gut movement.
Try to avoid using any over the counter laxatives, unless they contain bulking ingredients such as fibre as they often make the bowl lazy or even worse, hide a more serious condition.
When to see a doctor:
- Your constipation lasts for more than a week.
- You find blood in your stools.
- Severe or prolonged abdominal pain.
- Symptoms start shortly after beginning a new medication.
Typical Causes and Easy Home Remedies For Constipation
- A change in your life style; Such as going on vacation; make an aromatherapy oil from one of the recipes below to take with you. Use the reflexology or acupressure treatment.
- Not eating enough fibre; Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, change to eating wholemeal bread, brown rice, pulses and wholemeal pasta.
- Lack of fluids; Try to drink 8, 8 oz glasses of water a day.
- Not getting enough exercise; Half an hour’s exercise five times a week, try a good brisk walk.
- Pregnancy; For home remedies for constipation try the reflexology or acupressure bellow.
- Suffering with stress can often trigger constipation; Use one of the following from bellow, aromatherapy, reflexology or acupressure.
- Certain vitamins can cause constipation; Such as iron or calcium; again this may be avoided by eating more fibre, drinking more water and excising. But it may be worth speaking to your doctor for an alternative.
Home remedies For Constipation
- Yellow dock; Makes a very effective yet gentle laxative; it’s suitable for children over 18 months at half the recommended adult dosage. Makeup a decoction or take as a tincture three times a day
- Rhubarb root; In your home remedies for constipation use 1/2 oz (15g) of the herb to 22 fl oz (600ml) of water for a decoction or take 1/2 a teaspoon of rhubarb root tincture 3 times a day.
- Liquorice root drink; Place 2 oz (50g) of peeled liquorice root in a saucepan and pour over 2 pints of boiling water. Simmer for 10 minutes and then strain. Drink three small glasses (about the size of a wine glass) a day until symptoms improve.
- Dandelion leaves; Create a mild laxative out of dandelion leaves by infusing 1 â€“ 2 teaspoons of the dried leaves in a cup of hot water. After ten minutes strain and drink the infusion. Use herbs such as senna and cascara with professional supervision as they can have side effects.
- Aloe Vera; Makes an excellent stimulant for chronic and stubborn constipation, make a tincture from the whole leaves and take 3 times a day. Unsuitable during pregnancy
- Kelp (bladder wrack); Is seaweed with great digestive properties to help shift stubborn constipation you can use the powder sprinkled on to food but no more than one or 2 teaspoons a day. Also makes a good tea but needs a long infusion.
Take 6c of alumina every two hours for up to ten doses if you have to strain to pass stools but they are soft. After taking the alumina; do not eat drink or clean your teeth for the first 15 minutes.
Mix together three drops each of rosemary and marjoram essential oils with two drops of chamomile; add the mixture to six teaspoons (30ml) almond oil. Softly work the oil in around the belly button in a clockwise direction
Mix 3 drops of geranium essential oil with 3 teaspoons of olive oil and use as above.
The pressure point in the centre of your foot is said to be linked to the intestines, so try this reflexology for a little relief.
Apply light pressure to the centre of the foot above the heel, and rub for ten minutes.
Place your fingertips on the back of your arm four fingers width from the wrist, apply pressure then rub in a circular motion.
One arm at a time, place your hand on the opposite shoulder. Using your other hand, press your thumb deeply into the crease in the outer edge of your elbow, and hold for one minute.
Home Remedies For Constipation Straight From The Kitchen
- Bran; Gradually start to introduce bran into your diet, start with a teaspoon a day for the first three days, then gradually increase, a teaspoon at a time. Increase your drinking water by 10 fl oz (300ml) for every additional teaspoon of bran that you eat.
- Prunes; Take one small teacup of stewed prunes a day until motion resumes (used since 1747)
- Stewed rhubarb; Will also help to relieve constipation, if you find the rhubarb is to tart, add a little honey to it to improve its taste.
- Ginger; Is a very relaxing herb that can ease stomach cramps, so add a bit to your food when you are cooking or make a warming tea with it.
Fig syrup is another well known home remedy for constipation, although is more recommended to eat more fibre as a cure, if you are desperate the following recipe should do the job.
- Soak 2 oz (50g) each of dried figs and prunes in a pint of water for about 8 hours.
- Bring the fruit and water to the boil and simmer until the fruit becomes soft and the liquid has reduced.
- Mix in 1 tablespoon of treacle then allow it to cool.
- Once the mixture has cooled blend together in a blender then transfer to a clean container (a jam jar is perfect for this) and store in the refrigerator.
- Take 1 dessertspoonful as needed.
We’re at 74 Homemade Remedies right now, but our target is 101 Quick Remedies If you have some of your own please post them as comments below.
- Juniper berries or a splash of Jin in hot water settles your stomach if you have indigestion.
- Roast Onion helps heal Chilblains, simply press it on the affected area.
- Take a tea spoon of honey in chamomile tea to help with your insomnia
- A jacket potato, eaten plain, helps alleviate the nausea of a migraine.
- Dab one drop of oil of cloves on an aching tooth.
- Warmed olive oil loosens ear wax, put a little in the ear and keep in place with cotton wool
- Honey is one of the great homemade remedies and may help heal wounds.
- Half a raw onion held against a bruise encourages it to disappear.
- Three juniper berries eaten daily may ward off rheumatism.
- Place raw steak on a black eye.
- Warm cabbage leaves are good for sprains, secure with a crepe bandage.
- Warmed almond oil soothes an earache, put a little in the ear and keep in place with cotton wool.
- A rosemary oil scalp rub lifts headaches.
- Gargle with salt water, a tea spoon of salt in a glass of water, twice daily to relive a sore throat.
- Take a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of hot milk for colds
- Spray lemon juice on the back of a sore throat.
- Chew honeycomb to clear sinusitis
- Inhale Friars balsam (tincture of benzoin) for a blocked up nose.
- A sprig of rosemary in red wine fights infection.
- Cold baths are said to boost immunity!
- Apply slices of fresh pineapple to warts
- Distilled witch hazel is good for acne.
- Cold weak tea makes a soothing wash for sunburn.
- Rub basil leaves on a sting.
- A little glycerine mixed with a pinch of turmeric powder can help mouth ulcers.
- Fresh cucumber slices placed on eyelids will help to soothe tired eyes.
- Warm chamomile tea bags on the eyelids can help relieve inflammation.
- Slices of raw potato soothe puffy eyes.
- Rub a style with a gold wedding ring to encourage it to disappear.
- One drop of oil of cloves taken in a teaspoon of sugar can relieve nausea.
- Stewed rhubarb helps relieve constipation.
- Dry white toast helps treat diarrhoea.
- Take half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in water for flatulence.
- Eat a grated apple to treat sudden diarrhoea.
- Sniff pepper to cure hiccups.
- Chickweed can relieve constipation, serve in a salad.
- Add two cloves to a cup of herbal tea to help lift depression.
- Porridge may relieve depression, oats are full of vitamin B, which is vital to the nervous system.
- Try thyme to relieve anxiety.
- Chop fresh basil in salads or add to sauces. It stimulates the mind as well as the taste buds.
- A few drops of rosemary oil in the bath will stimulate and refresh.
- Put two drops of chamomile oil on your pillow to help you sleep.
- Lettuce is a natural sedative, so eat plenty in salads or try lettuce soup for insomnia.
- A drink of warm fresh orange juice, sweetened with honey, will induce sleep
- Roast onion helps heal chilblains, simply press it on the affected area.
- Cider vinegar can be applied twice a day can shrink varicose veins.
- Horse chestnut essence in a foot bath improves circulation and soothes chilblains.
- A mustard foot bath warms cold feet and can help headaches and colds too.
- Massage coconut oil into your skin during pregnancy to help prevent stretch marks.
- Eat starchy snacks(crisp bread nuts or seeds) every three hours for PMS.
- Take fennel or caraway tea for period pains.
- Put a few drops of tea tree oil on a tampon if you suffer from thrush.
- Dissolve half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in a glass of water and drink to relieve acidity, and hence cystitis
- Take an onion (not a sweet onion) and cook it in water until well done. Use the juice, add 3tbs sugar to it and then drink a few sips. It will make you breathe easier and breaks up congestion. You can also give this to infants, just a couple of sips
- Whisky, honey, rock candy, mix all ingredients together and let it sit for a while. May want to dilute the whiskey for children. It breaks up the congestion, fever and coughs.
- Walnut hulls, use when it turns black put hulls in some water and boil on a stove until it turns, take a qtip put it on ringworm. It will get rid of it faster than the cream that the dr gives you.
- Baking soda and water as a thick paste removes toxins from bug bites. Spread paste on the bite. Leave on until paste dries. Brush dry paste off with hand, no need to wash off. Repeat immediately if bite was severe. Has worked for severe mosquito bites and minor spider bites.
- Pour vinegar over serious burns. Never pour water. The sooner vinegar is applied, the better skin heals and recovers to normal skin texture.
- Vanilla extract dabbed for tick repellant around ankles of little ones.
- Eat raisins! Makes the stye pop and drain…
- Dab insect bites with apple-cider vinegar to reduce itching and swelling.
- To combat athlete’s foot make a foot bath with one part apple-cider vinegar and three parts water.
- Sprinkling your sneakers with baking soda over night will help neutralise those smelly odours.
- To remove dry or flaky skin on hands, dampen them, and then rub with coarse sugar.
- Moisten dry cracked lips or dry skin spots with olive oil.
- Reduce swelling and cool sunburn by dabbing milk on it (also works well on razor burn)
- Wipe minor wounds with honey to stop an infection from spreading
- To relieve a cold or congestion, make hot lemonade with fresh squeezed lemon and honey. leave the pulp and rind in the cup and add boiling water, then let it steep to cool.
- Rinse a sty several times a day with q-tip and diluted baby shampoo. The sty is actually a piece of dust or particle in a hair follicle. Notice outdoor types get them most.
- A wet teabag applied to a cut (including inside the lip) will stop the bleeding and absorb it to alleviate panic.
- Take a spoonful of mustard seed paste with honey to get relief from early morning coughs.
- Juniper berries or a splash of Gin in hot water settles your stomach if you have indigestion.
- Roast Onion helps heal Chilblains, simply press it on the affected area.
- Take a tea spoon of honey in chamomile tea to help with your insomnia.