LIfe is full of all sorts of problems. Whether it's a migraine, hiccups, or halitosis, you might want to have a few tricks up your sleeve to prepare yourself for every situation. Instead of rushing to the pharmacy or the doctor's, you can keep this list of surprising tricks of natural home remedies that actually work up your sleeve. Although there is no shortage of hacks that prove to be slightly useless at the end of the day, these tricks are known to be the best of the best, despite being a little bizarre. Tuck them away into your memory and we promise they will come in handy one day.
Duct Tape Can Be Used to Remove Blisters
It is no secret that duct tape is extremely versatile and that it can be used for so many different purposes beyond just the basic ones of taping things together. One of the most unique uses for duct tape is that it can be very helpful to remove blisters and warts. All you have to do is place it on the wart or blister and the remarkable sticking properties will help to remove it.
It may take a few tries before you are able to actually remove the wart or blister. So don't be disheartened if it doesn't come off on the first try.
Beets Can Treat Digestion Issues
No one likes to have any issues with their digestion. It can ruin plans and put you overall in a bit of a foul mood. Next time when you are feeling stuck and don't know what to do, check your pantry for some beets. You can have fresh and cooked beets or even beet juice. It won't take long before you'll notice that there is some relief that is caused as a result.
Don't be too scared if you notice that your poos are a little redder than normal after eating the beets. After all, they are dyed red, so it makes sense!
Toothpaste Can Be Used to Treat Acne
You may have heard in the past about using toothpaste to help remove the occasional pimple that may arise. It is not a hoax, though, and it is actually very effective for removing and preventing pimples. There are usually extracting qualities in the toothpaste that helps to clear the skin and leave it smooth and fresh. You can apply it all over the face or just on individual pimples, one at a time.
Vaseline also helps if you want to have an even smoother look and feel. However, Vaseline is quite a heavy oil so if you have sensitive skin, you should be extra careful.
Raw Honey Is the New Chapstick
have you ever forgotten your chapstick at home or in the car and suddenly you could not get over how chapped your lips felt? Who knows if it is psychological or if life is just pretty dismal without lip moisutirizer. However, next time you are in a pinch, don't panic. Instead of Chapstick, you can try using raw honey and see how it helps to smooth and soften the lip skin
Raw honey is amazing for so many different things, so consider using it on your hair and your skin in general as well.
Aspirin Is Not Only for Headaches but for Dandruff Too
You may think that aspirin is only good when it comes to looking for a cure for headaches and head pain, however, that is not the case. Aspirin can come in handy in many different ways beyond its most conventional use. If you are suffering from dandruff, all you have to do is get a few aspirin pills and crush them into your normal shampoo bottle and shampoo as normal.
You'll be surprised at how beautiful your hair looks after all of this. It is a simple and inexpensive solution, especially if you are in a last minute pinch.
A Spoonful of Sugar for Hiccups
There is nothing worse than getting the hiccups at an inconvenient time. To be completely honest, hiccups are quite unpleasant even if the timing is ideal. Sometimes it seems like there is no way to get rid of them and you are stuck with potentially painful hiccups for a seemingly eternal amount of time. Don't be concerned next time you get the hiccups though, there is a simple solution for this!
All you have to do is consume a spoonful of sugar and this will activate the vagus nerve which will then "turn off" the hiccups as fast as they started.
Apple Cider Vinegar Is the Perfect Hangover Cure
Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably have heard that apple cider vinegar is all the rage lately. It is used for so many different things that it is hard to keep track. But there is one thing that is known for sure, without a doubt, it is good for you. Did you know that one of the uses is to help people recover from a hangover? Apple cider vinegar is actually the perfect and simple solution to help you with that.
Add about a tablespoon of the ACV into a glass of water after a crazy night out and you will be pleasantly surprised by how much better you feel.
Baking Soda and Lemon Juice to Whiten Your Teeth
It seems like one of the most popular beauty supplies are those that help you to whiten your teeth. Everyone wants to whiten their teeth a bit and there is an easy and non toxic way to do that, with ingredients that you most likely already have at home. All you need is some baking soda and lemon juice. If you combine equal amounts and apply it to your teeth for a few minutes, you'll be surprised by the results.
Baking soda is sometimes used as a toothpaste so it would make sense that it could be used in this context as well. Brush and whiten your teeth at the same time.
Stiff Jaw and Headacehs? Use a Pencil
If your headache is caused by the fact that you clench your jaw, you might find that a pencil is actually one of the most useful items for you. All you need to do is put the pencil in your mouth, between your teeth. As a result, you will clench and grind your teeth on the pencil instead of on your other teeth and it will act as a buffer.
You will notice that your headaches will also diminish as a result. It can also help to train your jaw to not clench and grind your teeth as much, acting as a great long term solution.
Onion in Your Socks When You Have a Cold
When you are stuck sick with a cold, there is nothing that you want more except for your symptoms to be relieved somewhat. You are ready to do and try anything. Next time you have a cold or the flu, grab one of the onions that you have lying around your house, cut it up into slices, grab a pair of socks, and put the onions inside your socks.
The onions soak up the toxins in your body which will make you feel better and have fewer symptoms in the long run. Try to ignore the smell on your feet though!
Have Halitosis? Eat Some Yogurt
It is no secret that there are some foods that you should absolutely avoid if you are someone who suffers from halitosis. Onion and garlic are the most infamous. However, there are also some food that you can consume that will actually help to improve your halitosis. One of the best foods for this is yogurt. The probiotics in the yogurt help to fix the bacterial issues in the gut that could be contributing to the halitosis.
If you add some mint to the yogurt than you will really notice the differences right from the beginning. And what a tasty way to improve bad breath!
Gins and Raisins to Help the Arthritis
You probably never would have guessed this one if someone told you that soaking raisins in rum would be a good thing and actually beneficial to you. It sounds more like some sort of dessert that you would enjoy eating. However, this combination can actually work wonders for those suffering from arthritis. Raisins are high in vitamins and nutrients that are only exemplified by the anti-inflammatory properties of the gin.
This one is nice because it is actually a very yummy and tasty snack along with being something that is helping your health issues overall.
When You Have a Headache, Try Potatoes
Most people love potatoes. After all, they are one of the most versatile foods that are downright delicious. They are also something that most people have lying around the house at any given time. However, you probably didn't know that they can also be used to help relieve headaches and migraines. All you have to do is slive a raw potato and place it directly on the forehead or temples and wait for the magic to kick in.
You can also use a thin cloth to protect your bare head from being touched by the potato. However, it will have the strongest effect if you use it directly on the skin.
Coconut Oil for Clear Skin
Coconut oil is known to be one of the best and nicest oils available to mankind. It is full of fatty acids and nutrients that are healthy for consumption and application. If you are looking to have beautiful and radiant skin, then coconut oil is the perfect choice. Not only is it relatively expensive (especially compared to other oils and face creams) but it is all natural and good for you!
Most face creams have a long list of ingredients that are impossible to pronounce and would be toxic to ingest. However, coconut oil is the opposite!
Ice Cream Can Cure Burns and Blisters
This is definitely a remedy that you won't want to be telling children. Did you know that ice cream can actually help to relieve burns that are caused by foods that are too hot? It can also help with the prevention of blistering. Isn't that just the best excuse for eating ice cream? You can just tell yourself that you burnt your mouth on some of the hot food and so you had no other choice but to eat ice cream.
It looks like ice cream isn't all that bad if it can help to heal your mouth after getting burnt from hot foods.
Saltwater for Overall Mouth Health
Most people know that one of the best solutions for overall mouth health is salt water. You can gargle with it when you have painful gums or even sores in your mouth and it is known to bring relief. However, it is actually much more useful than just that. If you have tonsillitis, salt water is one of the best and simplest solutions that can help with the pain and swelling.
These are two ingredients that you almost definitely already have in your house. All you need is salt, water, and a spoon to mix it all together.
Olives to Help With Motion Sickness
Although olives are probably not the first thing that you would think of when you are feeling motion sickness from traveling, they are actually surprisingly one of the best solutions for it. There is something about the saltiness and the naturally occurring tannins in the olives that help to reduce nausea and the possibility of vomiting. So if you are someone who suffers from motion sickness, it wouldn't hurt to carry around some olives just in case.
You might want to eat the olives before you embark on your journey, however, since once you are feeling sick, olives are probably the last thing you can think about eating.
Tea Bags Help to Reduce Puffy Eyes
No one likes to wake up in the morning and see that their eyes are puffy and swollen. It ages a person quite a bit and makes them appear more tired than they should appear. Don't worry, however, as there is a simple and inexpensive solution to help with this. All you need are some green tea bags and a little time to soak them on your eyes and you will be good to go!
Green tea is important due to the caffeine content as that is what contains tannic acid which is the main player in reducing puffiness.
Krazy Glue to Fix Cracked Heels
No one likes to have cracks on their heels or dry skin. Not only does it look bad, but you also feel like it is rough and hard to manage. There is a unique and interesting and arguably effective treatment for this. All you have to do is to insert the glue into the cracks on your skin and it will naturally pull it all together. Be sure to do this carefully though!
You want to be sure to avoid infections while you are doing this and to ensure that the crack closes and heal properly.
Garlic Is Great for a Stuffy Nose
If you have ever smelled garlic you could probably imagine how it would be great for certain health issues related to the nose. After all, the smell is so strong that it is hard to imagine that it wouldn't be good for clearing out the nose. So next time you are stuck with a stuffy nose and you don't know what to do, garlic can come to the rescue!
You don't even necessarily have to consume the garlic in order to get all of its benefits. All you have to do is crush the garlic and inhale it. You'll see that your nasal passageways will be cleared very soon.
A Tennis Ball for Foot Pain
Although a tennis ball may be the reason that you have foot pain in the first place, it can also be the reason that your foot pain is relieved. If you have done too much exercise, walked too much, or even stood for a long time, then this tennis ball hack is for you! All you have to do is get a tennis ball, place it under your foot, and stand on it, rolling it up and down.
It is a simple and easy way to get rid of foot pain and feel as if you had a great foot massage. It releases pressure and brings immediate relief.
Oatmeal and Egg White Face Masks
Why go out to the store and buy yourself an expensive face mask when you could easily make one at home that is arguably much more effective and definitely cheaper? All you need for these DIY face masks are a few ingredients. Just make some oatmeal, add in egg whites, yogurt, and a little bit of honey (Manuka if possible). You will be amazed by the wonderful results of this face mask.
You only need to leave the mask on for about ten minutes and then you will hopefully see the results on the first try.
Vegetable Oil to Nourish Your Nails
Your nails show a lot about your overall health. If your nails are brittle and dry, there is probably a reason. However, if you just want to fix it for cosmetic reasons, vegetable oil will do the trick. All you have to do is to apply the oil right onto your nails and hands, put gloves on, and sleep on it. You'll wake up with moisturized and healthy nails in the morning.
If you aren't a fan of the gloved look and feel at night, then you can just soak your hands and nails in oil for a few minutes each day.
Licorice Is Great for the Skin
Licorice is a very difficult taste for a lot of people to stomach. Some people absoutley love the flavor and can eat the candies without end. However, many other people can hardly even smell the candies, let alone eat them for pleasure. If you happen to be stuck with a lot of licorice and don't know what to do with it. consider using it to help get rid of calluses and rough skin.
Licorice is high in estrogen which, when grounded and made into a paste to apply to areas of the skin, can result in softer and healed skin conditions.
Baking Soda Can Be Used to Remove Splinters
If there is one thing that you keep seeing appear on this list it is baking soda. It seems like there are endless uses for this item outside of the usual ones related to cooking and baking. Besides whitening your teeth and helping to reduce pimples, baking soda is great to remove a splinter. Since the baking soda helps to extract things, it is perfect for those stubborn splinters.
You can put a paste of baking soda and water directly on top of where the splinter is stuck and you will see that it will help loosen and pull out the splinter in no time.
Vodka to Get Rid of Foot Odor
There is nothing more embarrassing than having stinky feet. Well, there probably are some things that are more embarrassing than that, but stinky feet are definitely not the ideal thing to have. If this is something that you are self conscious about then you should consider this easy remedy. All you need is some vodka and a foot bath bowl and voila. Soaking your feet in the vodka solution will help eliminate the bacteria and thereby the smell.
If you don't have enough to fill an entire tub and soak your feet, you can try using just a spray bottle and applying it directly to your feet.
Bleach Your Pimples Away
Almost everyone has bleach sitting around the house. After all, who doesn't use a little bit of bleach every now and then to clean things around the house and to get stubborn stains out? However, did you know that it can also be useful when it comes to the treatment of acne? Many say that a little bit of bleach can be used as spot treatment for those stubborn pimples that just won't go away.
Be careful how much you use here though. Bleach is a strong substance and you don't want to put too much on your face.
Cloves Are Great for Your Teeth
Having a toothache is one of the worst things. It can cause migraines and overall discomfort. If you are suffering from a toothache, or really any problem associated with your teeth, the secret remedy lies with cloves. Cloves are filled with something called eugenol which acts as an anesthetic, helping to relieve toothache pain. And an added perk is that it is also antibacterial. So you are alleviating the pain and also helping to heal the wound at the same time.
If you don't want to use fresh cloves you can buy clove oil and it can be placed directly on the tooth or with a rinse or cotton swab. You'll be impressed by the immediate results!
Stinging Nettle Can Help in the Battle Against Hair Loss
When it comes to hair loss it almost seems like it is a lost cause. People try endless creams and various remedies to help with the process, however, most of the prove to be ineffective. If you have tried everything else, don't give up hope as there is still a secret weapon in the arsenal. Stinging nettle is known to help to prevent hair loss, or at least slow down the process.
Applying the stinging nettle tea to your scalp or drinking the tea a few times a day may not grow back the lost hair, but it can significantly help in prevention.
Cardio Exercises Can Help With Menopause Treatment
Aging is arguably one of the most difficult things in life. It's hard to see the body you know turning older and not being quite as capable or strong as it used to be. Women tend to notice this especially when it comes to the time of menopause. However, you would be surprised to see how much exercise impacts your symptoms and their severity. Regular cardio exercise can drastically reduce menopause symptoms.
Running may be the most obvious and best option, however, walking is a close second and should not be underestimated.
Herbs for Digestion Issues
Herbs are nature's medicine. And the best part about that is that you most likely already have a whole selection of herbs at your house that you can choose from if you ever have an upset stomach. Instead of worrying about going out to the store to get medicines, all you have to do is open your kitchen cabinet. With the help of cinnamon, cumin, ginger, and a little bit of honey, you will be good to go.
This can help stop and prevent diarrhea if you combine it with some water and drink it. It's a great, simple, and inexpensive way to fix those stomach issues.
Fix Your Acne With Aspirin
No one likes to wake up in the morning and see a big pimple on their normally clear complexion. It is even worse when there are endless pimples and you just aren't able to get rid of them. Instead of worrying, grab some aspirin and make a paste by crushing the pills, adding a little water, and a bit of manuka honey. The salicylic acid in the Aspirin combined with the honey's antibacterial properties will work wonders.
You can put this mixture directly onto your skin as a face mask or as spot treatment.
Natural Oils for Moisturization
No one likes the feeling of having dry and brittle skin. Instead of worrying about buying expensive creams to help to prevent and fix this, you can turn to your kitchen cabinet and use some of the natural oils that are found in your house. Coconut, olive, and avocado oils make some of the best hydration options for the skin. Just pour a little on your hands and then apply directly to the skin.
If you don't want to use just the oil directly, then you can try adding a little bit of the oil to your existing products.
Yams Can Help With Menopause Symptoms
Menopause is a difficult time in a woman's life. Not only do women have to suffer through an entire life of period issues and pains, but then even when that ends they have to suffer through menopause. However, there are some natural remedies that can help to relieve the symptoms and discomfort that come along with menopause. Yams are the most common and simplest food that can be consumed to help with menopause symptoms.
Yams are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, which, as a result, can help to reduce some of the uncomfortable symptoms that go along with menopause. And they're tasty too, so why not incorporate them into your diet?
Oatmeal Helps to Get Rid of Eczema
Oatmeal is a wonderful and inexpensive breakfast food that is versatile and loved by many people. However, did you know that it is also good for things outside of the breakfast and food world? If you have issues with your skin, oatmeal is one of the most beneficial things for you. You may have heard of oatmeal facials as they are known to help with skin issues in general and overall skin health.
If you suffer from eczema, oatmeal can be one of the best things that can help to alleviate the itchy skin patches that come as a result.