There are some things you will never want to be without in your home, including bandages, pain relievers and possibly anti-diarrheal tablets, but should you ever find that you are without any of these so-called medical necessities, you should know that there are lots of remedies that do work by using items you probably have around your home. Here are 15 strange home remedies you can use to cure minor ailments, from stinky feet to the annoying case of the hiccups.
1. Vodka for Foot Odor
If you have a bad case of stinky feet, whether it be from old shoes or your feet sweating an immense amount during the day, you’re going to want to do something about it. Vodka is made of alcohol, as you already know, and alcohol will take away the stench will destroying odor causing bacteria as well. Your feet will be dry and smell a lot better after a rub down with some Ciroc.
2. Pencil for Headaches
Believe it or not, when you are stressed out, you have a tendency to clench your jaw. This strains your muscles and can also cause a tension headache, which is never any fun. If you feel a tension headache coming on, take a pencil and put it between your teeth, but do not bite on it. It will stop you from clenching and relieve the pain.
3. Yogurt for Bad Breath
if you have bad breath, you’re probably desperate to do something about it. Bad breath is caused by bacteria that is growing inside your mouth. The good bacteria that lives in yogurt will overpower the bad bacteria, leaving you with breath that is much more tolerable.
4. Listerine for Blisters
Everybody knows that Listerine is a popular mouthwash, but what many people do not know is that it can actually help to get rid of blisters as well. If you have a blister that is causing you a great amount of pain, simply take some Listerine on a cotton ball and dab it on the blister. Doing this three times a day will dry the blister up and help it to heal faster!
5. Lemon Balm Tea for Cold Sores
Lemon balm is a well known herbal remedy to cure the herpes virus that causes cold sores. The antiviral properties of the lemon balm will work to dry up the cold sore that is causing you pain by simply dabbing it on the affected area three times per day. You just need to boil it in some water, like a teabag and save the brew.
6. Licorice for Calluses and Corns
Licorice is well known for containing an estrogen-like substance that miraculously softens hard areas on your skin. This is why it is so effective on calluses and corns. You’ll want to mash up some licorice and mix the paste with petroleum jelly. You can then apply the concoction to the hard areas of skin and you’ll see them begin to soften up shortly after.
7. Tennis Ball for Achy Feet
One of the more common home remedies is for achy feet. All you need is a tennis ball. You’ll simply slip your shoes off and place your foot on top of the tennis ball. Roll it around the floor with your foot to massage and alleviate pain. You can do this as often as you want. If your feet feel hot, you can also switch out the tennis ball for a bottle of iced water.
8. Olive Oil for Eczema
Eczema can be really annoying. It can be itchy, red, inflamed and flakey, but it can also be treated with olive oil. All you have to do is rub a light layer of olive oil over the affected area. It will also prevent wrinkles and brown spots while it relieves the issues associated with eczema. It’s a win-win.
9. Sugar for Hiccups
Everybody knows how annoying hiccups can be, especially when you cannot get them to stop no matter what you do. If you should ever find yourself in this situation, desperate for some relief, swallow a teaspoon straight sugar dry to stop them within just a few moments. These calm the nerves in your throat so they don’t keep spasming, causing the hiccups.
10. iPod for High Blood Pressure
If you’re stressed out and your blood pressure is high, bust out your iPod and listen to some music for at least 30 minutes per day. While listening, focus your breathing, and inhale and exhale deeply, but do it slowly. Systolic ratings are known to drop in just a month by listening to music and breathing properly every day.
11. Olives and Lemons for Motion Sickness
If you get sick in a car, you suffer from a condition called motion sickness. It can make traveling dreadful, but thankfully, there is any easy cure. You can eat a few olives before you get in the car, as they contain a compound known as tannins, which will make your mouth dry. You can also suck on a lemon for the same effect, whichever taste you prefer.
12. Apple for Whiter Teeth
Apples are a tasty treat, but they’re much more than that, as well. Eating an apple can make your teeth so much whiter. When you’re chewing on an apple, you will see that it lifts dirt and stains from the enamel on your teeth and makes them so much whiter. An apple a day will keep the dentist away!
13. Cloves for Cuts
If you should ever get a cut or a scrape and you do not have any Neosporin or other antiseptic cream around, you may be surprised to learn, you can use something right from your spice rack for the same purpose. Sprinkling powdered cloves into a cut will help to clean it out and act as an antiseptic. It can also bring pain relief.
14. Duct Tape for Warts
Warts are annoying, disgusting and sometimes painful. If you have one on your finger that is driving you nuts and you cannot stand it anymore, tape a strip of duct tape and wrap it around the wart. You will remove the piece of duct tape every three days, use a pumice stone to remove the dead skin cells over the wart and replace the tape.
15. Peppermint Ice for Sore Back
Many people suffer from a sore back, and if you are one of these people, there is an easy solution for the pain. When you are making ice, add a few drops of peppermint oil to the water. When the ice has frozen, have someone give your back a massage with the ice. You’ll feel cooling relief almost instantly!