As the popularity rises for home remedies, it’s becoming more evident that your local drug store isn’t the only place providing comfort and relief for the common illness. Take a look in your cupboard, even your garden, to create a one-of-a-kind remedy.
I’ve always been one to create cool beauty remedies for my face, but recently I have discovered there are numerous at-home items I can use to cure things such as a common cold, body aches, and even stain removal. Before heading out to grab medicine or a body rub, try out some of these at-home remedies. Below I have listed a few ideas to try:
Sore Feet Soother: Get your green intake up while soothing your sore feet. Steam asparagus and it will act as a natural diuretic, helping to flush excess fluid out of your system, thereby reducing inflammation. Epsom salt in warm water is also amazing for your feet and whole body aches. Fill your bathtub with warm water and add ½ cup of Epsom salt. Light a candle, play relaxing music and soak for about 20 minutes.
Bug Removal: Summertime is approaching rapidly and so will gnats and fruit flies. Try filling a mason jar or a recycled jelly jar with apple cider vinegar, covering the top with its original lid and poking tiny holes with a toothpick. (Alternate Lid: try saran wrap sealed off with a rubber band). As the days go by check the jar to see how many gnats you have collected.
Stain Removal: Baby Powder works wonders on stains like curry or oil spills. Sprinkle a sufficient amount of the powder onto the stain (preferably immediately) and wait for the powder to soak up the oil. Once the stain reaches the surface of the fabric, it’s much easier to remove.
Lemon is also a great stain remover for stains on white items. Simply squeeze lemon juice on the stain and place item out in direct sun light. Let sit for about 30 minutes and wash as usual.
Sore Throat: Got a scratchy throat from the weather change or allergies? You may be able to skip the antibiotics. Honey mixed in tea or simply taken straight up has long been a home remedy for a sore throat. In a study done on 139 children, it was proven more effective then the common cough suppressants. Warm salt water has always been a family go to. Gargle at least once each hour with 1 tsp. (5 g) of salt dissolved in 8 fl oz. (240 mL) of warm water.
Allergies: Spice cabinet friendly. Turmeric contains curcumin that acts as a decongestant and hence helps reduce allergy symptoms. Also, turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substance. Try adding turmeric into your liquids, including tea, water, and juice. Want a little stronger remedy? Try six tablespoons of turmeric mixed with raw honey.
Skin Rash: Itchy skin getting out of control? Reach in your cupboard and pull out the extra virgin olive oil ( great for moisturizer during those skin drying months also). Rub the olive oil and honey on your rash a few times a day until the rash is gone completely. Also try castor oil or coconut oil.
The above remedies can be created from items pulled from your home. If your symptoms are not lifting, I suggest reaching out to your doctor or pharmacist.