When you were younger, your grandmother always had an instant remedy for any of your conditions – sore throats, wounds, sunburns, common colds, you name it. And since you were eight at that time, you were probably not happy with her for making you smell like an old lady.
Now that you’re older and assuming you have your own family, you wish that you kept your grandma’s book of home remedies,or at least written what she kept in her medicine and kitchen cabinet, because you just realized how effective they were.
So you are trying your best to recall what she’s doing because you don’t know what to do with your child’s toenail fungus or stinky feet or even sunburns. Instead of rushing to the nearest drugstore to buy some medicine, you decided to think hard enough and recall what your Nana will do. Until finally, you had an “Aha!” moment and remembered that –
1. Black Tea Can Treat Sunburn
Did you enjoy your recent trip to the beach? Maybe your body had fun too, so it’s no wonder, the sun decided to hang around with you for a bit in the form of a red sunburn.
For sure, you’ve heard about ice or putting cream on to reduce the pain and peeling, but did you know that black tea can work its magic on sunburns?
Aside from treating your puffy eyes or as a perfect alternative to coffee, black tea is full of antioxidants that can soothe your skin, speed up its recovery and reduce peeling. Black tea contains tannin, which is effective in treating sunburns.
All you have to do is soak black tea bags in cool water until the water darkens. Then place the teabags on the affected areas for 10 to 20 minutes. This will remove heat, pain and stinging on your skin, while turning the sunburn area into a tan. Much better than red, painful, peeling skin, right?
2. Tea Tree Oil To Get Rid Of Dandruff
Nobody wants to have flaky hair. You can’t wear black, plus the fact that you might look like Olaf’s sister with snowflakes hanging on your hair, which can be embarrassing. Sure, anti-dandruff shampoos can work – until you realize the tons of chemicals in it with names you can’t even pronounce.
Thankfully, you remembered that your grandmother used tea tree oil, since she had a flaky situation way back when. It may be a good treatment for acne and athlete’s foot, but believe it or not, tea tree oil can also be effective in getting rid of dandruff.
According to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, those who use shampoos with five percent tea tree oil can improve the itchiness and greasiness of the scalp as a result of dandruff. If you can’t find shampoo with tea tree oil, you can use your own shampoo and just add a small amount of tea tree oil in it. Be careful, though. Too much of tea tree oil can over-dry your scalp.
3. Hydrogen Peroxide For Nasty Earwax
Here’s a fact: many infections start within the ear canal. So, if you don’t clean your ears regularly, or at least get rid of the earwax, then you might have a problem – though this doesn’t mean you’re going to die anytime soon.
The point is, get rid of the wax. And surprisingly, hydrogen peroxide might just do the trick. To do this, simply lie on your side and fill your ear with three percent hydrogen peroxide.
Let it drain inside your ear for five to ten minutes, and when the bubbling stops, allow the solution to soften that wax. Then clear it out carefully with cotton swabs, so you can finally hear clearly.
4. Vodka For Your Stinky Feet
A night out with friends will never be complete without alcohol. And when it comes to alcohol, vodka will always be part of the list, since enjoying a few martinis with friends once in a while isn’t that bad, right? After all, you only live once.
Did you know that aside from getting you drunk, vodka can be a great way to get rid of the smell way down there? If taking off your shoes can already get you drunk, no thanks to the horrific smell of course,
then rub a generous amount of vodka on your feet, so it can make those odor-causing bacteria drunk, too. The high alcohol content of vodka can get rid of those stink bombs, making your feet smell better.
Talk about putting vodka to good use.
5. Aloe Vera For Canker Sores
Canker sores are small, shallow lesions that appear on the soft tissue inside your mouth, or at the base of your gums.
It is painful and can make eating and talking a bit difficult. Canker sores are usually not contagious like cold sores are, and they don’t appear on the surface of your lips, either.
If you have canker sores, then you’d better run to your backyard and check to see if your grandmother has been growing aloe vera. Aside from soothing first and second-degree burns, aloe vera is also an excellent treatment for canker sores.
It contains amino acids that can repair damaged tissues plus several other compounds to prevent inflammation and control pain. At the same time, a study reveals that using aloe vera gives you fifty percent chance of healing faster than waiting for two weeks for it to heal. You can also find aloe vera gel in most department stores and pharmacies.
6. Nasal Spray To Stop Nose Bleeds
So, you’re used to a cool weather, that’s great. Until you decided you want to see the sun more so you booked yourself a trip to fly to Mexico or Saudi Arabia or India, or whatever country with a really hot climate for some R&R.
As soon as you step out of the airport, you notice your head starts to ache and your nose starts to bleed.
Pinching your nose for 10 to 20 minutes might do the trick, but if you have been a girl scout and decided to bring a nasal spray on your overseas trip, then you’re in good hands.
Nasal sprays with a decongestant called oxymetazoline are found to successfully treat nosebleeds. Just gently spray it into the affected nostril. Pinch the soft part of your nose and maintain pressure for ten minutes. If it still didn’t stop bleeding, bring yourself to the nearest hospital for a checkup.
7. Yogurt To Prevent Gum Disease
Yogurt is an excellent source of probiotic bacteria that can improve your digestion and keep your bowel movements always on the clock. But did you know that it can prevent gum disease, too?
According to researchers at the Kyushu University in Japan, eating 55 grams of yogurt everyday can reduce the risk of periodontal disease. That’s gum disease, just in case you haven’t been informed. And the reason for this? Yogurt has lactic acid that can help protect your gums against the harmful bacteria that can cause gum disease.
Aside from gum issues, yogurt is also known in treating yeast infections. This time, don’t believe your grandma when she says you should try vaginal douching. Just go for yogurt plus, your tummy will be happy, too.
8. Dark Chocolate For The War Against Sun Damage
Good news, chocolate lovers. Aside from reducing your risk of cardiovascular diseases, dark chocolate can be a good defense against Mr. Sun’s harmful UV rays.
Based on a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, dark chocolates are rich in flavonoids and antioxidants that can cut the risk of skin cancer due to exposure to the sun. Plus, you finally have a reason to eat chocolate, even when under the sun. Why not, right?
9. Duct Tape Wins Against Warts
Warts are those tiny bumps on your face, neck and other portions of your body that can be really annoying to look at.
Instead of going through expensive treatments, did you know that duct tape can be effective in removing warts? Simply stick the tape on the affected area, leave it there for 24 hours, and then pull it off, and voila, bye-bye warts.
What are you waiting for? Go through your dad or husband’s tool box and look for some duct tape. Don’t just say what it’s for since they may think you’re insane for using duct tape against warts. If they don’t have it, you can find it in lots of fun patterns and colors at your local mall.
10. Honey For Scars
The wounds of yesterday will always have their way of reminding you of what happened, no thanks to scars, of course.
If you have been battling a scar, or it has affected you in some way, then there’s good news for you. Aside from adding sweetness to your food, honey can also be an effective way in treating scars.
Honey stimulates the healing process, which can be extremely helpful in treating wounds and stimulating tissue regeneration.
And even way before your grandmother was born, honey was been used in treating acne scars, thanks to its natural moisturizing benefits. Just make sure to go for the natural, unprocessed variety, and not the over-processed honey you see in the grocery stores that come with little therapeutic effects.