This author is a former teacher of gifted and talented students, where creative thinking and problem solving is a primary focus.
Home Remedies and Natural Cures
Simple home remedies and natural cures are often all we need for common health ailments. Learn a few and stop spending time or money at the doctor's office or drugstore. Instead you can start building your own home medicine collection of natural health remedies.
The remedies below contain no harsh chemicals or substances that will cause side effects like pharmaceutical drugs will do. Simplify your life and save on the budget by trying some of these inexpensive and safe home remedies and natural cures.
Kiss Your Migraines Good-Bye!
- Did you know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately-without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers? If the Gatorade doesn't work and you are prone to headaches, consider evaluating your lifestyle to find out why.
- There are many types of headaches, each one with its own set of triggers. Some poor habits that can trigger headaches include poor posture, poor diet (avoid wheat, grains, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and preservatives) and dehydration. Artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame, have been known to trigger migraines in many people, so avoid all diet products.
- Just an increase in water intake daily might do the trick. However, do keep in mind that dietary changes do take some time to work.
- More immediate relief methods might include intravenous magnesium and the Emotional Freedom Technique. EFT is usually very effective for relieving pain, of many kinds, often in as little as a few minutes.
Natural Remedy for Sore Throat
- Try chewing on a couple of Altoids peppermints to clear up your stuffed nose. They are curiously strong and will likely get you breathing again right away.
- Sunshine! Your body produces Vitamin D in response to sunlight, and this plays a key role in your immune system, so getting your vitamin D levels is a number one defense against colds and infections of all kinds.
- Another really simple and inexpensive treatment that is surprisingly effective against upper respiratory infections is hydrogen peroxide. Put a few drops of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) into each ear. You may hear some bubbling (normal) and might also feel a slight stinging sensation. Wait until the bubbling and stinging stops (~ 5 to 10 minutes). Then tilt your head to let it drain onto a tissue and repeat with the other ear.
- To treat a sore throat, few remedies work as well as honey. Just make sure you use raw or unrefined honey. Most of the honey for sale in the US is highly processed or refined. These and other refined foods can actually promote disease and damage your health rather than help. Stop in your local health foods store & grab some honey, honey - the REAL kind, raw or unrefined - many many benefits here.
- For a sore throat, mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills bacteria.
- Elderberry - Grab some good elderberry syrup and add a few drops to your water bottle. Some call this nature's flu shot. Get in the habit of consuming some elderberry daily for strong immune system support.
Never suffer from motion sickness again.
- Olives can help you avoid motion sickness, but only if you eat them when the first symptoms appear. That's because olives contain tannin, ant this substance helps eliminate the saliva that triggers nausea.
- Some find ginger helps relieve motion sickness. Ginger can be taken as either dried extracts in the form of capsules, powders, or teas or in the form of liquid extracts or tinctures. You can also make a tea using dried herb by putting about one teaspoon of the herb into a tea strainer, then put it in a cup of hot water. If you must sweeten, avoid sugar. Try using honey or stevia instead.
- Another excellent method is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). You can that you can do it whenever and wherever motion sickness strikes. EFT balances your energy system and calms your motion sensors, which will calm symptoms of motion sickness.
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Soothe those achy muscles and joints with these natural remedies.
- Quaker Oats is not just for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute. Let it cool slightly and then apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.
- Epsom Salts — my friend with rheumatoid arthritis swears by Epsom salt baths to soothe joint pain.
- Achy muscles from arthritis or even a bout of the flu can often be relieved with just 1 tablespoon horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil for instant relief for aching muscles.
- Mustard - Yep a spoonful of mustard often releases muscle spasms & cramps FAST! Mustard contains turmeric and the liquid form absorbs quickly to stimulate the nerves.
- Pickle Juice - Many athletes swear by drinking pickle juice regularly to prevent muscle cramps. This seems to work because pickles contain important electrolytes such as sodium and magnesium, as well as nutrients like calcium. Just a few ounces at a time is all you need and dill pickle juice is best.
Make your toenails look healthy again and get happy feet.
- Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine Mouthwash, a super powerful antiseptic.
- Many swear by a Vicks VapoRub foot massage to treat the fungus. Not sure why this works, but it does.
- Reduce fungal infections by simply cutting down on sugar, because sugar is food to the fungi.
- Soak the feet in salt water or spend time in the ocean. The combination of salt water and sunshine plus fresh air will zap that fungus in its tracks.
- Spray a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on the feet, especially the toes daily. Let it dry.
- Use mouthwash to cure Athlete’s Foot Pour mouthwash on cotton balls and then swab your feet. The alcohol will disinfect the bacteria completely if you continue this for a week or so.
Say Good Bye to UTI
- Try this cure for urinary tract infections. Dissolve two Alka-Seltzer tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly-even though the product was never been advertised for this use.
- Drinking cranberry juice also helps alleviate symptoms of urinary tract infections. Those prone to getting UTIs would be wise to drink cranberry juice regularly for prevention.
- Do not use sugar for hiccups. There are many better options that do not involve spiking your insulin.
- One interesting method that makes hiccups vanish for many is to have someone hold down the tragus of your ear to close off your ear canal while you drink a full glass of water. This has been the single most effective remedy I have ever used for hiccups.
- Another cure for hiccups many swear by is a spoonful of peanut butter. Works for me!
Think twice about that "Low Salt Diet."
Decades ago a low salt diet was recommended in order to avoid having high blood pressure. Why then, do more Americans have high blood pressure today than they did thirty years ago?
Consider that... Your blood is 94% water, your brain is 85% water, and your soft tissue is 75% water. This combination of water, salt, and potassium together regulate the water content of the body. So every cell in our body has fresh water inside the cell and salt water outside the cell and your health depends on a delicate balance of the water between this salt and water.
In his book "Salt your Way to Health"* Dr. David Brownstein writes about learning in medical school that salt causes high blood pressure and so we should be on a low-salt diet. Yet he began to notice his patients who had high blood pressure received very little benefit from a low-salt diet and that most of them were also low on minerals. In his search for ways to help these patients, he came across unrefined salt, which has over 80 trace minerals in it. His patients with high blood pressure who began consuming unrefined salt were finding that their blood pressure was actually coming down so much that they were able to stop taking blood pressure medications.
Sea Salt has SO many health benefits, get some today!
Sea Salt is a powerful natural antihistamine, also your digestive system requires refined salt to properly absorb food. Refined salt can also be used to relieve: Asthma symptoms, stress symptoms, kidney problems, depression, bladder control, diabetes, irregular heartbeats, gout, muscle cramps, osteoporosis (bones get their hardness from salt, not calcium), varicose veins and more.
Those who suffer from asthma, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis can get rid of mucus and phlegm in the lungs by simply using salt and drinking plain water. Men having problems maintaining an erection might try eating more salt and drinking more plain water. Taking salt and drinking plain water before exercising will help you to breathe better and sweat less.
Celtic Sea Salt is highest in minerals.
It is rare to find an MD willing to suggest such natural cures such as simply changing the kind of salt we consume. One cause of high blood pressure is a lack of fresh water for the inside of the blood cells, called hypertension. There are significant differences between salt and potassium and their opposite effects on hypertension (Brownstein, MD).
It is not recommended to drink the sea salt with water, at least not regularly. Instead take it in one of the ways below in this ratio: 1/8 tsp of unrefined sea salt for every 16 oz of water you drink daily. Three options for taking the sea salt:
- Drink one or two glasses of plain water, then putting a pinch of salt on the end of your tongue and let it dissolve. Wash it down with water.
- Put the extra salt on your food. You may need to acquire a taste for very salty food, so start small.
- If you are very salt-sensitive then you could get some empty capsules and put the amount of salt you require into the capsules to take it with food.
Think twice before you pitch that banana peel. Here are many ways to reuse them for home remedies.
- Fertilizer: Bananas are naturally very high in potassium and so they encourage plant growth. If you compost, bananas are great to add. But even if you don't you compost, can use the banana peel or even puree the entire banana and bury with soil.
- Shoe Polish: Rub the peel on your shoes to make them nice and shiny.
- Stop the Itch: Rub the inside of a banana peel on a bug bite helps itch relief.
- Pain Reliever: The oil in a banana peel will help relieve pain from burns & scratches.
- Wart Removal: Apply a piece of banana peel on a wart with a band aide or adhesive tape. Continue til wart is gone.
- Make Houseplants Gleam: Banana peels can be used to make the leaves of plants shine, same as shining shoes.
- Removing Splinters: Similar to wart removal, apply a piece of the peel over the splinter and cover with tape or band-aid. The enzymes help dislodge the splinter and to heal the wound.
- Whiten Teeth: Rub the inside of a banana peel on teeth daily for 2 weeks and watch them lighten up.
Simple Remedies for Healthy Skin
- Burns: Did you know that Colgate Toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns? Another great remedy is flour! I learned this one from a Viet Nam vet, works like a charm! You might even keep some flour in the fridge like I do, only because cold flour feels a lot better (and do not run the burn under cold water first). Another remedy for burns that works great — keep an aloe plant around for burns and just break off a piece and squeeze some of the juices inside on the burn. No more burning, no blisters, no problem.
- Acne: Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. In fact, some say it works overnight. See even more remedies for acne below.
- Splinter: Just put a drop of Elmer's Glue all over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.
- Boil: Cover the boil with Hunt's Tomato Paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.
- Broken Blister: To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine, a powerful antiseptic and balm.
- Bruise: Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.
- Poison Ivy: Before you buy those expensive lotions, try washing the rash with Dawn dish soap, which contains ingredients that attack the oils that cause the rash and painful itching.
- Swollen Eyes, Bags Under Eyes: Try the common product made to reduce swelling on other body parts — Preparation H. It works on the eyes, too! You can also try placing a thin slice of raw potato on the eye for about 10 minutes.
Spa Baths for a Simple Home Remedy
Don't forget the honey, honey ... and cinnamon powder too, please.
Did you know that honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot? When left in a cool dark place for a long time it may resemble sugar because it will crystallize. When this happens, just loosen the lid, boil some water, and sit the honey container in the hot water. Then turn off the heat and let it liquefy and the honey will be as good as new. Never boil honey or put it in a microwave because this will kill the enzymes in the honey.
Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has important vitamins — particularly iron in large amounts. Regular use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases. It is found that a mixture of honey and cinnamon can be a very effective treatment for most diseases without any side effects. Even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it can even be used by people with diabetes.
Be careful where you get the honey, honey. Most of the honey sold in grocery stores is not real honey, but instead a mixture of chemicals and additives that look and taste like honey. Get it from a reliable beekeeper if you can, or some other more reliable source.
The list below includes some diseases that can be treated with significant success with honey and cinnamon. These claims were researched by western scientists and published by a Canadian magazine called Weekly World News, January 17 ,1995.
- Heart Disease: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder and apply on bread instead of jelly and jam. Eating it regularly for breakfast will reduce cholesterol in the arteries. Regular use can relieve loss of breath and strengthen the heart beat. As we age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins.
- Arthritis: One cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Even those with chronic arthritis report significant relief from pain after drinking this mixture daily.
- Bladder Infections: Two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water will destroy germs in the bladder.
- High Cholesterol: Mix two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of cinnamon powder in 16 ounces of tea. When given to a cholesterol patient, this mixture was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within only two hours. If taken three times a day, even chronic cholesterol can be releived. Also, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.
- Colds, Cough, Sinuses Clogged: One tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.
- Upset Stomach, Indigestion & Gas Honey taken with cinnamon powder relieves stomach ache and gas pain. It can also clear stomach ulcers from the root. Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.
- Longevity: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increase and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old.
- Pimples: Mix a paste of three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Apply it on pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.
- Skin Infections: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.
- Weight Loss: Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.
- Cancer: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day.
- Vitality: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is helpful to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder increases the vitality of the body within a week when taken twice daily.
- Bad Breath: Gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water and breath stays fresh throughout the day.
- Hearing Loss: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts is said to restore hearing loss.
Remving Dead Skin from Feet - A delightfully simple foot bath...
Apple Cider Vinegar
Zap those Zits! Pimples be gone!
- Apply a yogurt mask on the face regularly and add yogurt to your regular diet.
- Use honey mixed with cinnamon powder. Apply the mixture on acne and leave overnight.
- Aloe Vera improves skin and there are two ways of using it. You can either drink aloe vera juice regularly or use the gel directly on the skin. Aloe Vera can even be grown in a pot.
- Lemon juice is also great for treating acne. Apply it gently with a cotton ball and wash it off in ten minutes.
- Baking soda is used in a lot of cosmetics and works as a mild exfoliator for skin. It removes dead skin, deep cleans, and unclogs pores. When you use it for the first time, you may feel a slight stinging.
Make sure you use baking soda and not baking powder since baking powder can burn. Baking soda acne mask is one of the easiest home remedies and is very effective. Use it no more than 3 times a week at first to allow the skin get used to it before you use it more frequently. When you apply it on your skin, it should be consistent and not too runny, so don't dilute it too much.
Wash your face and pat it dry before you apply the mask. Gently apply the mixture onto your skin and leave it on for awhile. It is important to wash it off thoroughly so that none of the baking soda is left behind. Your skin will feel soft due to the exfoliation effect of baking soda. If this home remedy works for you, you can keep repeating the procedure a few times a week.
Your skin may tend to get dry at first so make sure you to moisturize after you use this mask. In order to maintain a good pH of the skin, you might try splashing your face with diluted apple cider vinegar after removing the baking soda away. The vinegar acts as a toner but wash it off after a minute as the smell is gross.
Acne can leave scars which make be a problem even after the acne is cured. Mint juice is a simple solution to get rid of acne scars. Apply mint juice on the scars every night and wash it off every morning. You'll likely see results within a few weeks.
One cold January I couldn't get rid of a nasty headcold. I tried a couple of over the counter meds - the first dried me out so harshly that my skin began to peel like it would with a sunburn! The second drugstore product was Alka Selzer Plus, took it for a couple of days before I noticed that one of the ingredients is Aspartame! Geez!
Then I went searching for natural remedies and found one I could easily mix together with basic ingredients I already have in my kitchen - knocked all symptoms out in less than 24 hours! This after I'd had a sore throat off and on for weeks.
Mix cider vinegar, honey, ginger & cinnamon - that's it! Take a tablespoon a few times a day same as you would a cough syrup. You can also mix it in hot tea.
Other options: Cayenne pepper instead of cinnamon, also add lemon juice or follow the recipe in the image above.
1/4 tsp each of the spices mixed with 1 tablespoon of the cider vinegar & honey. Simple & works great!
Best to use organic cider vinegar (Braggs is a good brand) also get real honey, NOT the substitute sold in most grocery stores.
Great recipe for sore throats and chest colds, makes about 2 cups
- Two lemons cleaned and sliced
- Two pieces of ginger sliced into coin size pieces
- Honey (1/2 to 1 cup)
- Ground cinnamon- about a teaspoon.
- Combine lemon slices and sliced ginger in 12-16 oz jar.
- Pour honey (organic) over it slowly.
- Let the honey sink down and around the lemon and ginger slices.
- When the honey has filled in all the voids, make sure there is enough to cover the top of the lemon slices.
- Close jar and put it in the fridge, it will form into sort of a jelly.
To serve: Spoon jelly into mug and pour boiling water over it. Can store in fridge 2-3 months.
Natural Sinus Relief
Ginger is one of the oldest and most popular medicinal spices.
- Aids in digestion and assimilation.
- Prevents colds, flu, motion sickness, and vertigo.
- Alleviates menstrual cramps, nausea, heartburn, migraines, sore throats, exhaustion, fatigue, and constipation.
- Relieves stomach flu and food poisoning.
- Potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols.
- Powerful painkiller for joint, muscle, and nerve pain.
- Immune-boosting and germ-fighting abilities.
- Provides protection and relief from E.coli, Staph infections, and Candida albicans.
In ancient times, ginger was regarded highly as a spiritual cleanser, used during holy days to awaken & purify the body, mind, and spirit.
Make a liter of ginger water or tea by adding freshly grated ginger to water. Then let steep for 10-20 minutes. Add raw honey and fresh-squeezed lemon juice to enhance flavor. This also adds to its protective and healing properties.
For an energizing and immune boosting beverage, try fresh ginger juiced along with apples and celery.
Natural Painkillers in Your Kitchen
Who'd have thought you could knock out pain with simple kitchen ingredients like salt, honey, cloves and other spices? Go check out this list of 20 natural painkillers in your kitchen. Great natural remedies and drug alternatives.
Health Merits of Turmeric
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2008 Carolan Ross
Household Cures Reader Feedback - Comments welcome and appreciated.
Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on May 31, 2015:
Wow! These are loads of household cures. Thanks for sharing this useful and informative hub. Great hub. Well done. Voted up and more.
rileystone on July 07, 2014:
I really love alternative medicines it helps me save money and at the same time it is very easy to use. When I was a child my mother used alternative medicine to cure my wounds.
Ann Hinds from So Cal on March 17, 2014:
I know a lot of this but to find it all together in one place is very helpful. Pinning it so I can refer back to it when needed. We prefer natural remedies.
Carolan Ross (author) from St. Louis, MO on November 25, 2013:
@KimGiancaterino: Yes, many health properties exist in turmeric. Also garlic, cayenne pepper and more. Not sure HOW I went so many years before learning this, good to know!
writerkath on November 24, 2013:
Excellent list of resources! This is right up my alley!
KimGiancaterino on November 24, 2013:
I use many of these natural cures already, but learned some new ones. Funny, I just bought some turmeric yesterday.
Carolan Ross (author) from St. Louis, MO on October 30, 2013:
@RapidWhiteSmiles: Yes, there's so many helpful natural rememdies. Good luck with the arthritis.
Carolan Ross (author) from St. Louis, MO on October 01, 2013:
@FrancesWrites: There are many health benefits in ginger as well. Health remedies such as these are much more effective and SAFER than over the counter meds with scary ingredients and tons of side effects.
FrancesWrites on August 18, 2013:
What a mother lode of tips! I use honey and freshly grated ginger in orange juice for colds but I'll try honey and cinnamon next time!
Carolan Ross (author) from St. Louis, MO on August 05, 2013:
@mbgphoto: Thanks Mary Beth. That one I tried myself and it worked great (after many over the counter meds failed). LOVE finding natural remedies like that one!
Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on August 05, 2013:
Lots of good ideas. I'll have to remember the cold remedy...honey, cider, cinnamon and ginger!
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on January 02, 2013:
There really are many natural home cures that are sitting in the kitchen cupboard that many people do not realize work as well as prescription drugs and are much safer to use.
CreativeGal on November 20, 2012:
You are so accurate in what you present! Oh, I do so love the benefits of Honey! Many thanks for all the research you did on this.
evannecarter on October 05, 2012:
Great info..Thanks for the tips on honey and cinnamon
HolisticHealthC on August 30, 2012:
Holistic home remedies are the way to go. Great lens!
Sunflower2423 on August 25, 2012:
Very nice and informative lens. I will have to try the one with honey and cinnamon to lose weight.
Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on August 06, 2012:
Very informative lens. Especially about salt. I try to avoid salt but many things you were talking about are my problems. Maybe I should look into the salt idea and see if it can help. Thanks for sharing a great article. Blessed.
jmchaconne on July 02, 2012:
This is a great lens, especially the information on salt. I've had a lot of bodily injuries, and used Epsom salt. Then I discovered Red Sea salt, and it not only helped the aches and pains, but helped with the dry skin. I did a lens about Mark Kurlansky's the Story of Salt. If you haven't read it, I think you'd enjoy it. It's a fascinating read. Thanks for this lens, I learned a lot, and it brought back memories.
anonymous on March 19, 2012:
You say that gatorade is a cure for some types of headache...
I would like to add that it's the fiz in the drink that does the trick.
I learned this when I attended a Buteyco workshop where I learned a new breathing technique.
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on March 17, 2012:
I'll keep these home cures in mind. I think vinegar is a wonderful product!
tinamahan on March 14, 2012:
Wow, those are great tips! My hubby has degenerative arthritis and I told him about the oatmeal for rheumatoid arthritis and he says he will try it and see if it brings him any relief.
StaCslns on March 14, 2012:
Very informative! Great lens!!!
anonymous on March 12, 2012:
pearlyhr on January 13, 2012:
Useful info. We know that in a natural approach to heal disease, such as using herbs and natural ingredients can be eliminate harmful from the body.
Home remedies for treatment some illnes is a natural way and it almost without any side effects.
anonymous on October 19, 2011:
Well written and informative lens.I love this lens.Thanks a lot for sharing this :)
awakeningwellness on August 13, 2011:
Great info...I firmly believe that natural remedies are the best!