Sometimes you just can't bet the results from a home remedy. A lot of these are probably remedies and fixes that your grandmother and great-grandmother relied on. You may even use some of these now!
See twelve decades old home remedies that actually work.
SUGAR FOR HICCUPS
What was Mary Poppins saying? A spoonful of sugar helps the hiccups go down? “Eating the grainy sugar crystals forces you to swallow harder than normal, and this resets your diaphragm” to stop the spasms, says nutritionist, Claire Martin.
ALOE FOR BURNS
Aloe is widely known for it's healing properties when it comes to burns. It's important to make sure to use pure aloe, and not a scented version. Those of you lucky enough to own an aloe plant, simply cut open a leaf and apply the liquid directly to the affected area.
BUTTERMILK FOR AGE SPOTS
While we are constantly bombarded with ads for expensive skin creams, you can probably skip them if you put your faith in trusty buttermilk. This rich by-product of butter contains lactic acid and ascorbic acid. One study showed that this combination lightened age spots more effectively than lactic acid alone. Apply to the spots with a cotton ball, then rinse with water after 20 minutes.
THYME FOR COUGHS
Thyme is known to be great for curing coughs, especially when it is brewed in the form of a tea. Thyme is a natural expectorant and is known for relaxing the respiratory tract and loosen any mucus. To make thyme tea, place two tablespoons of fresh thyme (or one tablespoon dried) in a cup of hot water. Allow it to steep, then drain out the herb. Add honey to taste.
CHERRIES FOR GOUT
A study found that those who ate about 20 cherries everyday were less likely to experience gout flare-ups. Cherries contain compounds that help neutralise uric acid.
BLACKBERRY FOR DIARRHOEA
Blackberry tea is known for helping settle a tummy that doesn't want you to hold anything in. Make blackberry tea by boiling one or two tablespoons of fresh or frozen blackberries or dried blackberry leaves in one and a half cups of water for 10 minutes, then strain. Drink several cups a day. If you choose to buy tea, make sure it has blackberry leaves - not just a blackberry flavouring!
LAVENDER OIL FOR FOOT ODOUR
Lavender essential oil not only smells good but also has antibacterial properties that help kill germs. Before bed, rub a few drops of oil onto your feet and massage it in. Pull on a pair of socks to protect your sheets.
FLAXSEED TO GET BOWELS MOVING
Ground flaxseed is an excellent source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to help soften stool and relieve constipation. Aim for two to three tablespoons a day as part of a fibre-rich diet.
CRANBERRY JUICE FOR UTI'S
Cranberry juice is super helpful for those prone to urinary tract infections. A compound in cranberry juice can prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract.
PEPPERMINT OIL FOR HEADACHES
Using a peppermint essential oil is said to help numb pain in a tension headache thanks to it's skin cooling abilities. It's suggested to mix a couple of drops with olive oil and then gently massage onto temples and forehead.
LEMON FOR KIDNEY STONES
The most common type of kidney stone occurs when oxalate – a compound found in foods such as spinach, bran, and French fries – builds up in urine and ‘sticks’ to calcium, forming crystals. Drinking at least 120ml of lemon juice per day could help, researchers say, as citric acid can prevent the crystallisation of calcium and oxalate that creates these stones.
AVOCADO FOR RAZOR BURNS
Avocado is rich with vitamins and oils that soften and hydrate skin to relieve the tenderness of razor burn. Apply mashed fruit or avocado oil directly to the irritated skin.