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

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,… Simi - December 21, 2018

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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