Are you a fan of home remedies? Me too! Here are eight favorite natural remedies that work every time! Click through to see my tried and true recipes.
It seems there is a home remedy for almost every ailment, but which ones really work? Some are, no doubt, just old wives tales that people believe to be true with nothing to really back them up. However, a lot of them do work – I know from personal experience!
I’m one of those people that doesn’t run to the doctor the minute I have symptoms. I’m not afraid of the doctor by any means, but 1) the doctor costs money and there can be a long wait and 2) many times, the symptoms will clear up on their own.
For example, I might have a stuffed up nose for a day or two, and then it goes away with some steam. That’s what I expect out of a home remedy.
First I want to note: none of these home remedies are substitutions for professional medical advice! You shouldn’t try natural remedies for more than a day or two before going to see a doctor.
Having said that, these can be really effective at keeping symptoms at bay. They are “treatments” my mom always gave me when I was little, and her mother before that. My family has used them for a long time (your family might have too!).
Below are eight home remedies that have withstood the test of time to help cure common issues! There are options for colds, sunburn, congestion, nausea, headache, and more. As I said, I use these on regular basis – these are my favorites!
Honey for Sore Throat
The thick properties of the honey will coat your throat as your swallow. This will help reduce irritation and soreness. Swallow a teaspoon of honey a few times a day to relieve an uncomfortable sore throat.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Sunburn
Vinegar has antiseptic properties that will help to heal your affected skin after sunburn. Take a cool shower before applying the apple cider vinegar directly to your skin. The vinegar will especially help dry up blisters and prevent any painful infections.
Olive Oil + Heat for Earache
A few drops of warm olive oil into the ear can help with pain. The oil will be a lubricant inside the ear canal and can help relieve the infection causing the earache.
Once you have dropped in the oil, provide heat to the ear with a warm heating pad or bottle of warm water wrapped in a towel. The two will provide great relief.
Steam for Nasal Congestion
When you have a stuffy nose, inhaling steam is a great home remedy. There is nothing harmful about breathing in steam from water, and it will help to unclog your nose.
Take a hot shower with the bathroom door closed, or simply drape a towel over your head as you stand above a pot of hot water. Be careful not to burn yourself!
Peppermint for Nausea
When you have an upset stomach, peppermint can provide calming or numbing effects to your digestive system. It also helps with morning sickness during pregnancy. Keep a few peppermint candies or sticks of peppermint gum in your pocket, just in case you have to deal with a bout of nausea.
Ginger for Headache
Ginger has long been used as a great home remedy for headaches. Because it can help reduce the inflammation in your head, ginger provides the relief you need for a headache.
There are many ways you can use ginger, including eating ginger candy, massaging a paste of dry ginger powder and warm water into your forehead and temples, or mixing ginger juice with lemon juice and drinking the mixture once a day.
Lavender for Insomnia
Studies have proven that the scent of lavender can help restless people feel drowsier so they can sleep better at night. Diffuse a couple drops of lavender oil before bed each night, or apply a drop to your temples before lying down. The aroma will have calming effects that will help you drift off to sleep.
Olive Oil for Dry, Damaged Hair
So many hair care products come with a mile-long list of chemical ingredients, but one home remedy to help damaged hair is olive oil. The oil conditions your hair to bring back moisture and add shine.
Before a shower, massage the olive oil into your hair and scalp. Leave for ten minutes before rinsing and washing your hair as normal. (We also have a three ingredient coconut mask you might like!)
What are your favorite natural remedies that you have tested and use regularly? Let me know in the comments! Oh, and if you like this post, check out these other natural posts on the blog: