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Grandma and Grandpa’s Odd Home Remedies and Why They Work

15. A remedy for scrapes and cuts What is it? A scrape is an abrasion of the skin caused by contact with something that damages or… Simi - December 21, 2018

15. A remedy for scrapes and cuts

What is it?

A scrape is an abrasion of the skin caused by contact with something that damages or breaks the skin. A cut is an opening of the skin, where the skin has been penetrated. Cuts and scrapes are an inevitable part of life. However, they are susceptible to infection as they come into contact with bacteria in the air.

What’s the remedy?

Honey is an effective natural treatment for cuts and scrapes. Before applying the honey, clean the wound thoroughly with an antiseptic to get rid of as many bacteria as possible. Determine the size of the wound and select an appropriate dressing. Rub honey evenly across the whole dressing before putting it on the wound.

Why does it work?

Honey has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which help wounds to begin the healing process. It draws fluid out of an injury. Honey also seals the wound to prevent airborne infections.

14. Headache remedy

What is it?

A headache is a continuous pain in the head. It can present at the back of the head or right at the base of the skull, in the temples, or above or behind the eyes. A headache can be caused by many factors including dehydration, stress, and flu.

What’s the remedy?

Instead of turning to painkillers, try a home remedy instead. Something as simple as a cup of coffee can ease a headache right away. A moderate dose of caffeine can help relieve the pain associated with a headache. Caffeine is present in coffee, tea, chocolate, and certain sodas.

Why does it work?

The blood vessels in the brain tend to enlarge before the onset of a headache. The increased flow of blood to the brain contributes to the pain. Caffeine acts as a vascular constrictor, temporarily decreasing the blood supply to the brain.

13. Hiccup remedy

What is it?

Hiccups occur when there is a sudden involuntary contraction of the diaphragm. The diaphragm muscle is located below the lungs. The diaphragm muscle continues to contract after the initial contraction. This affects the inflow of air, and the space between the vocal cords closes. This is what makes the hiccup sound we all know.

What’s the remedy?

Hiccups go away by themselves. However, a protracted episode of hiccups can be exhausting. A lesser known remedy for hiccups is sugar. Eating a spoonful of granulated sugar can send your hiccups packing.

Why does it work?

A 1976 study showed that 19 out of 20 subjects got their hiccups to stop after eating a spoonful of granulated sugar. The exact reasons are not known. However, it is believed that the sugar affects the vagus nerve which could stop the spasming of the diaphragm. As soon as the diaphragm stops contracting, the hiccups will stop.

12. Nail fungus remedy

What is it?

Nail fungus is a pretty common condition. Once a fungus starts growing under the fingernail or toenail, it starts spreading quickly. The telltale signs of a nail fungus are a yellow or white spot developing under the nail. The fungus spreads further under the nail, eventually causing the nail to thicken and crumble. The nail also becomes discolored.

What’s the remedy?

Regular vinegar can help clear up a nail fungus infection. Mixing vinegar with water and soaking the affected foot or hand in it will curb and then eliminate the nail fungus. Use the vinegar soak once a day for 10-15 minutes at a time.

Why does it work?

Vinegar has antifungal properties that will help to fight the fungus off. Vinegar contains antioxidants known as polyphenols which support the immune system resist infections and protects the body from oxidative stress.

11. Leg cramp remedy

What is it?

Muscle cramps can occur all over the body. They are the result of the sudden contraction of a muscle or muscle set. A muscle cramp can last for seconds or minutes. It causes acute pain. Many people experience muscle cramps in their legs. The cramps usually occur in the calf muscles. These cramps can be excruciating and might render the sufferer temporarily unable to walk.

What’s the remedy?

Foods rich in magnesium or magnesium supplements are a remedy for leg cramps. Increasing your magnesium intake is as simple as adding more leafy green vegetables, legumes, and seafood to your diet. Alternatively, you can drink magnesium tablets or a multivitamin that contains a high concentration of magnesium.

Why does it work?

One of the things magnesium does in the body is facilitating neuromuscular transmission and muscle contraction. Too little magnesium disrupts the transmissions and causes the contractions that result in cramps.

10. Period pain remedy

What is it?

Period pain differs from one female to another. Girls and women have very different period experiences. Most of them don’t have pain with every period. Cramps can occur during ovulation when the egg is released from the ovaries. They are also possible when the egg disintegrates and leaves the body during menstruation.

What’s the remedy?

Drinking a couple of cups of chamomile tea will help to ease your period pain. A soothing cup of warm chamomile tea is the first thing you should turn to if you have period pains.

Why does it work?

The tea contains Hippurate and glycine. Both these compounds alleviate muscle spasms. At the same time, these compounds also relax the muscles, such as the uterine muscles. One of the added benefits of chamomile tea is that it’s caffeine-free and relaxing. It can be calming for those women who experience mood swings.

09. Sore gums remedy

What is it?

Sore, swollen, and bleeding gums are usually the result of poor dental hygiene. As bacteria attack the teeth, the gums may also be affected. The bacteria cause the gums to become inflamed. When gum disease worsens, it causes the gums to pull away from the tooth. This causes little pockets where food gets trapped, causing further decay.

What’s the remedy?

A salt water rinse is a perfect way to get rid of painful swollen gums. Take half a teaspoon to a teaspoon of salt and stir it into a glass of warm water. Rinse 2-3 times a day.

Why does it work?

Salt is a known healer as it has anti-infective products. A saltwater oral rinse increases the pH balance in the mouth. This reduces the acidity. The raised alkaline levels make it more difficult for bacteria to thrive. Salt helps to wounds in the mouth to heal.

08. Eczema Remedy

What is it?

Eczema is an allergic reaction. It is usually accompanied by other allergic reactions such as red eyes, a runny nose, or asthma. Certain foods can trigger an eczema attack. Patches of the skin become red, itchy, and rough. The skin is inflamed and may crack. Eczema is very painful.

What’s the remedy?

Olive oil has a calming healing effect on an eczema outbreak. While eczema tends to limit itself to the creases in the elbows and knees, it can occur anywhere on the body. Application of olive oil to the affected areas of skin can make a significant improvement to eczema.

Why does it work?

Most topical applications work to treat the symptoms of eczema. However, olive oil may go a little further than that. Olive oil hydrates the skin and calms the inflammation. Taking internally in small doses, olive oil also boosts the immune system.

07. Wart remedy

What is it?

A wart is the result of a viral infection of the skin. They develop on broken skin as the virus can easily penetrate the skin. Warts can be spread from one person to another and from one part of the body to another.

What’s the remedy?

Place a piece of duct tape over the wart. After about five days, remove the duct tape. File the wart with an emery board or pumice stone. Soak the wart in warm water. Give the wart air exposure for 12 hours to dry, then cover it with duct tape and start again.

Why does it work?

Duct tape has a strong adhesive layer at the bottom. Removing the duct tape dressing eliminates a layer of skin from the wart. After several repetitions, all the layers will have been removed. The duct tape dressing is also useful in preventing the spread of warts.

06. Acne remedy

What is it?

Acne is a skin condition. It is caused by the clogging and inflammation of the oil-secreting glands in the skin. Eventual infection by bacteria results in an acne outbreak. Swollen papules (pimples) and pustules form on the affected skin. The extent of an outbreak and its severity may fluctuate.

What’s the remedy?

For some acne sufferers, coconut oil brings relief. Liberal application of coconut oil to the area can help to clear it up. However, those with oily skin ought to exercise caution. Try the coconut oil in small quantities to make sure it doesn’t amplify the skin’s oiliness.

Why does it work?

Applying coconut oil to the affected area allows it to kill the bacteria that cause the outbreaks. This is because coconut oil contains the bacterial fighting compound lauric acid. Coconut oil is an intensely hydrating moisturizer which helps to prevent scarring.

05. Bug bite remedy

What is it?

We live in a world surrounded by bugs. And most bugs have one thing in common: they bite. Most bites do not affect the body. However, some cause red, itchy bumps that are inflamed. Giving in to the temptation to scratch only makes matters worse. Scratching the skin until it’s open might lead to an infection.

What’s the remedy?

To get the bites to stop itching, use some toothpaste. Immediate relief from the itching allows the bites to heal and go away on their own. Apply toothpaste directly to the bites.

Why does it work?

The mint flavor of toothpaste is the secret to getting bug bites to stop itching. The cooling effects of the mint can stop the itching. As soon as the skin feels the relief, it communicates with the brain to say there’s no more itching. That prevents you from scratching and making the bites worse.

04. Hangover remedy

What is it?

A hangover is the result of excessive drinking and a lack of sleep. The symptoms may include a severe headache, excessive thirst, and nausea. The alcohol in beverages consumed acts as a diuretic. It stimulates the urge to urinate and can leave the drinker dehydrated.

What’s the remedy?

Make a cocktail of 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, pineapple juice, and a pinch of cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Drink plenty of water and replace the electrolytes lost.

Why does it work?

The after-effects of excessive alcohol intake include fluid retention and abnormal blood sugar levels. Apple cider vinegar acts as a mild diuretic and allows the body to expel excess alcohol through urination. Apple cider vinegar also stabilizes blood sugar levels and gets them back under control. Many alcoholic drinks contain a lot of sugar. This residual sugar needs to be removed to keep blood sugar levels healthy.

03. Mosquito bite remedy

What is it?

Mosquitoes tend to come out in spring and summer. They are active at night. The female mosquito bites animals including humans. She sucks the blood of her bite victim. Mosquitoes can arrive like swarms at outdoor events like barbecues, leaving everyone with a few bites. Mosquito bites are itchy and can make large red bumps on the bite site.

What’s the remedy?

Prevention is better than cure. There are lots of home remedies to put onto mosquito bites to stop the itching. However, why not try a remedy that will stop mosquitoes from biting you in the first place? Garlic should be your first line of defense against mosquitoes. You can eat a small amount of fresh garlic or take garlic capsules daily.

Why does it work?

The sulfur compounds that cause the odor of garlic repels mosquitoes. However, don’t overdo it, or you’ll be repelling more than mosquitoes!

02. Burn Remedy

What is it?

A burn is an injury caused by exposing the skin to heat or fire. Initially, a burn is a bright red mark on the skin. Severe burns make a blister to help the skin heal. A burn kills skin cells. Healing takes place as the skin regenerates itself to replace the dead skin cells with new ones. Mild burns can be treated at home.

What’s the remedy?

A little vanilla essence placed on a mild burn helps to alleviate the pain and discomfort. Best of all, since most burns occur in the kitchen, the vanilla essence is right at hand!

Why does it work?

As soon as the vanilla essence is dabbed onto the burn, its alcohol content begins to evaporate. This cools the burn and alleviates the pain. The most important thing to do in the wake of a burn is cool the area down. This prevents additional burning.

01. Bee sting remedy

What is it?

When a bee stings you, it leaves its barbed stinger behind. The stinger is packed with venom which keeps entering the body as long as the stinger remains in the skin. The venom contains proteins that affect the immune system and the skin cells around the sting site. This causes the immediate pain and discomfort after the sting. If you’re not allergic to bee stings, you can treat them at home.

What’s the remedy?

Cut a fresh onion and place it on the sting site as soon as you’ve removed the stinger. Hold the onion on the sting for at least five minutes.

Why does it work?

Onion contains an ingredient that makes the chemicals which cause inflammation and pain break down on contact. This means that the immediate discomfort is treated which allows the skin’s healing processes to begin. Using onion on a bee sting also reduces the amount of swelling around the sting site.

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