Strange Home Remedies for Common Ailments That Actually Work

Shannon Quinn - September 11, 2021
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Golden raisins soaked in gin are supposed to help with symptoms of arthritis. Credit: Shutterstock

6. Raisins and Gin Can Help Ease Arthritis Symptoms 

A strange yet popular remedy to help alleviate arthritis symptoms are called “drunken raisins”. As the name suggests, this is when you take golden raisins and soak them in gin. Proponents of this home remedy say that it helps to alleviate stiffness, pain, and swelling in their joints. This could be due to the fact that raisins contain tons of vitamins and minerals, while gin is supposed to have anti-inflammatory properties.

This idea became popular in the 1990’s after a radio host called Paul Harvey talked about his home remedy over the radio. Some people who have tried this method say that it works, and they love eating drunken raisins as an evening snack. However, there has never been a scientific study to prove or disprove if this method actually works or not. So if you have arthritis, you might just want to give gin soaked raisins a try.

Gargling salt water can help cure multiple issues. Credit: Shutterstock

5. Gargling Salt Water For Multiple Ailments

Many of you have heard your mothers and grandmothers recommend that you gargle salt water for a sore throat. Believe it or not, gargling salt water can actually ease the symptoms of multiple ailments. This can help with sinus and respiratory infections, inflamed gums, and even the swelling caused by tonsillitis. It’s also a great way to help alleviate allergies, heal canker sores, and so much more.

Making this solution is easy. All you need to do is to add half a teaspoon of salt into an 8-ounce cup of warm water. Swish and gargle it around your mouth towards the back of your throat for as long as you can handle before spitting it out. If you swallow a small amount, it’s okay, but try to avoid it. Salt water can make you sick when it’s ingested in large amounts. The high salt content will reduce inflammation, and should help to heal an infection in your mouth. Repeat this process every day in addition to any over-the-counter medications you may be taking to ease the symptoms.

Using honey on your lips can help make them soft and smooth. Credit: Shutterstock

4. Honey Can Smooth Chapped Lips

If you’ve run out of Chapstick, you can always grab some raw honey as an alternative moisturizer for dry lips. Honey contains natural healing properties, and it dates back to ancient Egypt and Greece as a way to heal wounds on the skin. It’s antibacterial, antimicrobial, and moisturizing all at the same time. So if you have a wound on your lips, or you just generally feel like you need to change your lip care routine, consider honey. It’s also supposed to be great for cracked skin, acne, and even your scalp.

Another sweet method for taking care of your lips is to create a sugar body scrub. Mix sugar with coconut oil, and you can create a scrub that’s abrasive enough to remove flakiness while still being gentle on your skin. Follow up with honey after your sugar scrub, and you’ll have the softest- and sweetest- mouth around.

Stinging nettle tea is known to help with stimulating hair growth. Credit: Shutterstock

3. Stinging Nettle Tea Slows Down Hair Loss

For those of you who like to garden, you may have heard of stinging nettles. They are mostly prevalent in England, and they literally prick your fingers when you try to pull them out of your garden. Here in the United States, we have a variety called “false nettles”, which don’t contain stingers. Most people will throw away stinging nettles. But according to an old home remedy, they say that turning the weed into a tea actually helps prevent hair loss.

Whether you’ve gone bald, or you’re simply experiencing hair loss due to stress, drinking stinging nettle tea may help. For centuries, this has been an old wive’s method to accelerate hair growth and even cut down on greasiness in your scalp. However, while it may help, I doubt that it could recover someone who was already fully badly.

Soaking your feet in vodka helps eliminate bad odor. Credit: Shutterstock

2. Vodka Foot Baths Eliminate Odor

For those of you who have seen the TV show Mythbusters, you may have watched the episode challenging the old home remedy that a vodka bath can eliminate foot odor. They came to the conclusion that vodka does, in fact, work just as well to clean your feet as an over-the-counter foot soak that you find at your local pharmacy.

The reason why this works is that the vodka is an antiseptic, which will kill the bacteria on your feet. It is also odorless when it dries. If you don’t have time to soak your feet in vodka for an extended period of time, you can simply take a cotton ball and wipe down your feet instead. Or, fill a spray bottle with vodka and use it to spray your feet before putting them back in your shoes. While it may seem obvious, make sure you clean your feet with soap and water beforehand. Remember that this home remedy shouldn’t eliminate regular old hygiene.

Chewing on cloves can help alleviate pain from a toothache. Credit: Shutterstock

1. Cloves For a Toothache

Having a toothache is horrible, and not everyone can go to the dentist right away. Or, you may run out of your over-the-counter medication. There is an old home remedy of chewing on cloves in order to get some relief. This is because cloves contain a chemical called eugenol. It works almost like anesthesia, numbing and easing the pain in your mouth. Cloves are also known to have antibacterial properties.

However, you shouldn’t swallow cloves, because it can make you sick. Some people might also have an adverse reaction to cloves like diarrhea, upset stomach, breathing difficulties, or burning in your nose and throat. This is why many doctors recommend buying clove oil rather than chewing on the actual cloves. When you have the liquid product, it’s easy to make your own toothpaste using both clove and coconut oil mixed together.

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