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

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,… Simi - December 21, 2018

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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