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10 Home Remedies That Surprisingly Actually Work

Medically reviewed on Mar 28, 2017 by L. Anderson, PharmD.

Oil Of Cloves For Toothache

Clove oil is used for treating a variety of disorders but it is most commonly associated with dental care. Clove Oil can be applied directly to the gums for a toothache or for pain control during dental work. Chewing a clove bud or gargling diluted clove oil may help ease an irritated throat.

Clove oil can also be added to hot steamy water and the vapor inhaled to help clear nasal passages and ease breathing. It may also help reduce phlegm associated with a cough.

Duct Tape For Wart Removal

It seems the uses for Duct Tape are limitless! Follow these simple steps and chances are your wart will be no-more.

  • Cut a piece as close to the size of the wart as possible.
  • Leave the tape in place for 6 days.
  • After 6 days, remove the tape and soak the area in water. Gently rub the wart surface down with an emery board or pumice stone. Leave the tape off overnight.
  • Repeat this process until the wart is gone, but not longer than 2 months.

Salt Water Mouth Rinse For Mouth Ulcers

Salt water rinses are a natural disinfectant and effectively promote healing by reducing swelling. They can be used to treat an inflamed throat, mouth ulcer or similar lesions or after you’ve had a tooth extraction. Salt water solutions are simple - mix 1 teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of warm (not hot!) water. Swish around your mouth or gargle for 5 to 10 seconds before spitting out. Do not swallow.

Honey For Sore Throats

A time-honored solution, drinking warm lemon water mixed with honey is an effective way to soothe a sore throat - honey may be an effective cough suppressant too. Honey should not be given to children younger than one year of age due to a rare serious risk of infant botulism. Treat dry, cracked lips with a layer of honey. The antibacterial properties of the honey help with healing. For best results, simply combine 1 teaspoon of honey to a 1 cup of very hot water and add the juice of 1 lemon. But let it cool before drinking!

Ginger For Upset Stomach

Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of “stomach problems,” including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, diarrhea, and vomiting. Fresh ginger may be chewed every few hours to prevent vomiting and travel-induced motion sickness or you could make ginger tea by adding a few slices of raw ginger root in some boiling water. This may also help to soothe a cough or a sore throat. Inhalation of ginger oil drops or steam inhalation with ginger water helps clear nasal passages. Ginger also contains an analgesic chemical called zingibain. When combined with massage oils, ginger oil or ginger paste can be used to relieve muscle aches and pains.

Cranberry Juice For Urinary Tract Infections

Cranberry juice is widely considered to be an effective remedy for urinary tract infections (UTI’s). Cranberries contain certain compounds that are thought to stop infection-causing bacteria like Escherichia coli from taking up residence in the lining of the urinary tract. While it does have antiseptic qualities, it’s important to get on to antibiotics quickly if you do indeed have a UTI. To prevent a UTI, doctors recommend that women drink plenty of water and urinate as needed.

Beware: Baking Soda For Acid Reflux and UTI Symptoms

Also called sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is a cheap way to battle the symptoms of acid reflux and urinary tract infections (UTI’s), but may not be the best. Baking soda helps to neutralize stomach acid and urine, which may lessen the sting of a UTI. However, both of these conditions may need a doctor visit.

OTC products like Pepcid AC may work better for acid reflux, and your UTI may need a bacteria-killing round of antibiotics. Excessive baking soda can also lead to serious stomach problems like pain and perforation. A load of sodium from baking soda can lead to trouble with swelling, nausea, and blood pressure, too. Check with your doctor before use.

Apples for Constipation

Apples contain pectin which helps bulk up the stool, and sorbitol, a naturally occurring sugar alcohol which acts as natural osmotic laxative to help soften the stool.

For best results, eat apples or drink apple juice daily which will help to keep stools soft and easy to pass. If you have chronic constipation try mixing apple juice and prune juice together and drink 3 to 4 glasses a day.

Yogurt For Infections

Yogurt contains probiotics - otherwise known as friendly bacteria. If you are prescribed a course of antibiotics the natural balance of good and bad bacteria in your body is disrupted and can result in certain infections including candida, a fungal infection. Taking a natural probiotic like yogurt regularly may reduce the chance of developing these infections by restoring the natural balance.

Yogurt may also be helpful for bad breath as the live bacteria in yogurt counteract the bacteria responsible for bad breath.

Steam For Calming Coughs & Breathing

Effective in calming coughs or bronchospasms, the steam shower provides warm moisture to the respiratory system, helping to break up mucous and remove it from your system. Adding a cool-mist humidifier in the bedroom may help a person with croup or the flu. The extra humidity also has the effect of reducing nasal inflammation, making it easier to breathe, and calm the “croup type” cough.

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