Home Remedies that Really Work

Call it mother wit or an old wives’ tale, but that odd remedy your grandma gave you when you got sick really worked—and worked surprisingly well!

Experts say that some old home remedies are very effective at curing’ what ails us.

While the following natural cures are relatively safe, use good judgment If you have any unusual reaction, or if symptoms persist or get worse, stop treatment and consult your doctor.
•Chicken soup for a cold. Medical studies show that hot chicken soup has a better effect on upper-respiratory infections than other hot liquids, the New York Daily News reported. The steam breaks up nasal congestion and the soothing broth, especially if it’s homemade, certainly can make you feel better.
•Sugar to stop hiccups. A teaspoon of granulated sugar, dissolved in your mouth before swallowing, is a remedy for annoying hiccups.
•Coffee for a tension headache. One study of regular headache sufferers found that caffeine boosted the painkilling effects of ibuprofen. Lead study author Dr. Seymour Diamond of the Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago said that “a big mug of good coffee” may also do the trick, Reuters Health reported, but warned that chronic sufferers should avoid caffeine, which could make symptoms worse.
•Ginger for upset stomach. Research shows that ginger, in moderation, can quell nausea, but it caution pregnant women who take it because it can promote bleeding.
•Honey and tea bags for minor cuts and scrapes. Honey contains a natural antiseptic and vitamins and minerals. Dab it on a wound to kill germs and stimulate healing. A wet tea bag can stop a minor cut from bleeding since the tea contains tannic acid, which constricts blood vessels.
•Toothpick and cotton for ingrown toenail- A toothpick wrapped in a bit of sterile cotton and placed (not too deeply) under the toenail near the affected area relieves pressure and eventually allows you to clip the nail.
•Bananas to lower HIGH blood pressure. High blood pressure increases your risk for heart attack or stroke. Studies show that potassium- rich foods like bananas can lower blood pressure, possibly because potassium causes blood vessels to expand, thus lowering pressure.
•Cherries to relieve gout. Gout, a form of arthritis that affects mostly men, results from uric acid in the blood that hardens around joints, especially in feet, and causes severe swelling and pain. To relieve pain, eat 1/4 to 1/2 cups of cherries daily. Experts believe the cherries contain an enzyme that breaks down and excretes uric arid.

Saw palmetto for prostate problem. Studies show that this small plant, which resembles a palm-tree, is effective in reducing an enlarged prostate gland, reducing the need to urinate and improving blood flow


Boil that irritating boil away


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A boil can really make you make you simmer in irritation especially when it crops up when you are preparing for a party, a get-together, and a long awaited vacation with friends or even a visit to a friend. The natural reaction to most boils would be to either insensitively squeeze the boil in spite of the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ or simply apply an antiseptic cream on it and hope/pray that it vanishes before the due date! Both the methods are wrong and will definitely not give you the desired results. So, what do you do? Leave that chemical cream that clears away the boil in an instant. It only suppresses the boil to make it appear with a vengeance again. That will do more harm than good. All you have to do is scan your kitchen cabinet and find something really useful to slash that villainous boil away.

 Before you do that, you need to keep the area clean and dry. Do not scratch or squeeze the boil how much ever you feel like doing so. You don’t want to spread the infection elsewhere do you?

Castor oil is an excellent home remedy for a boil or a skin abscess as it is known in medical terms. A cotton ball dipped in castor oil can be applied on the boil. Try to let it be on the boil for a longer time as it will draw the poison right out of the boil. If your hands pain holding on to the cotton boil, just secure it with a band-aid and watch the boil disappear naturally within a day or too.

Tea tree oil is useful oil that helps get rid of that boil. This oil is a natural antiseptic so; apply a drop of it on the boil after washing the area.

Crushed garlic cloves applied on the boil can heal the area fast too.

 Last but not the least, drink lots of water and eat healthy (and that means, not too much of spice in your food). You could also go on a temporary juice fast. This will clean your body of toxins and prevent boils from erupting when you least expect them.

By the way, did you know that when boils spread they are called ‘carbuncles?’