We have a collection of some pretty awesome home remedies we want to share with you. They range from the simple to the weird and icky, but we guarantee you, you’ll try at least one.
So without further ado, here is a list of ten tried and true home remedies to cure what ails you. Be forewarned though, you should be open for trying these remedies because some of them are not for the faint of heart.
1Put a penny on a fresh bee or wasp sting
If you are mildly allergic to bee stings, not anaphylactic, but swelling up pretty seriously, you should try this remedy. This quick remedy will amaze by how well it works. Don’t quote us on the science of it, but the copper in the penny helps reduce the swelling and takes out the sting. If you are like a bee “magnet”, you should always carry a penny in your pocket.
2Onions to cure a chest cold
This one is totally wacky, but again the proof is in the pudding, or should we say onion. If you have a chest cold, put half a peeled onion in an open jar beside your bed. In the morning when you wake up it will be brownish black from absorbing your sickness. Throw it out immediately. As an aside it is never a good idea to keep left over onion in your fridge, they are like sponges and pick up bacteria quickly. Do yourself a favour and eat the whole thing, they have amazing health benefits or chuck the remainder in the compost.
3Hydrogen peroxide for an earache
This one is pretty cool and absolutely works. Just get some standard hydrogen peroxide, the kind you would use to clean a cut or scrape and with an eye dropper, drop 3 or 4 drops into your ear. Make sure you are lying down when you do it and aren’t required to hear anything for about 20 minutes after. It is the weirdest sensation, you can actually hear it fizzing in your ear and it kind of tickles, but it works wonders and often the earache is gone within 24 hours. It’s not recommend doing it more than every eight hours.
4Your own urine for an earache
We already mentioned that some of these are not for the faint of heart! The fact is that urine has tons of healing properties, a lot of cultures embrace it and go so far as to drink their own urine as well as some animal urine, but in Western cultures it’s frowned upon. Dropping a few drops of your own urine in your ear for an earache works wonders. Note: it has to be your own urine. Gag all you want, but there’s some truth to the healing powers of urine.
5First urine of the day for athlete’s foot
More pee! You’re probably still freaking out from the last pee remedy suggestion, but this one might be a little more palatable. If you suffer from athlete’s foot then peeing on your feet in the shower first thing in the morning can help. It has to be your first urine of the day because that is when the ammonia and urea will be most concentrated. This really works!
6Duct Tape for plantar’s warts
Yow do these hurt! And if you’ve had the misfortune of having a doctor put liquid nitrogen on your foot to remove the wart you’ll know that hurts even more. Why not skip the nitrogen and wander down to your workshop for some duct tape? It’s super simple, cut a small piece of duct tape out and cover your wart with it. Leave it on for two weeks. Take it off, and the wart should come with it. Sometimes you need to pumice your foot to loosen things up. If it doesn’t fall out try another two weeks with the duct tape again. Having gone the nitrogen route, we strongly recommend duct tape instead.
7Toothpaste for insect bites
Have a mosquito bite that just won’t stop itching? Forget those ridiculously expensive after bite pens and grab some minty toothpaste. Just put a little dab on the bite and let the mint soothe the itch. It’s also great for drying up pimples…oh and brushing your teeth.
8Mr. Clean for infections
We have no idea how it works on dirty floors or toilets, but it works wonders on infected scrapes. It has to be Mr. Clean though; other brands don’t have the same magical healing powers. Depending on the area and level of infection, soak the infected area for 30 minutes every four hours until the infection subsides. You should follow this regime for more than two days before you see major healing.
9Oatmeal bath for chicken pox or poison ivy
To combat the itchiness from chicken pox, putting an old sock filled with oatmeal in a warm bath will do the trick. Keep the water luke warm and watch the water turn milky coloured when you put the sock in. Make sure not to rinse them off after the bath. If possible let them air dry to keep some of that oatmeal anit-itch goodness on them. Add more oatmeal to the sock with every bath.
This remedy works for poison ivy as well.
10Listerine as an insect repellent
This remedy got a lot of mention online a few years ago, but it bears repeating. Just throw some Listerine in a spray bottle and squirt some on yourself before heading out into the great outdoors. It works and you will smell minty fresh. It can be a little sticky if you go hog wild with the spray, but it’s better to be sticky and minty then covered in bug bites or worse yet spray DEET. Yikes!
So there you have it, ten tried and true wacky home remedies that you can start using today. If you decide to try any of these home remedies we would love to hear from you.
Good luck and good health!
Note: The home remedies in this article should not be used as a substitute for real medical advice. We are all personally responsible for our own health.