Some of Grandma’s home remedies that still work today
Patrick still remembers getting picked up from school by his grandma because he was feeling nauseous. His grandma would give him a handful of olives to eat, telling him that they would make him feel better. Patrick didn't like olives, but he believed her, ate them, and, to his surprise, felt a lot better straight away.
Many people have stories like this, but a lot of grandma's home remedies easily disappear into the past. The following 11 tips have helped generations of people make quick recoveries from stomach aches and more.
1. Urinary tract infection (UTI)
Drink a glass of water with a pinch of baking powder. This will turn your bladder more alkaline, making it more difficult for bacteria to multiply.
Include yam, cooked or in pill form, at mealtimes. This root vegetable contains lots of antioxidants and is high in vitamin A. These both help to lower your cholesterol levels. Yams also contain diosgenin, a steroid related to the hormone progesterone. Consumption can help relieve chest tightness, PMS symptoms, and bloody spotting.
3. Hair loss
It's not just men who have to worry about hair loss. Losing your hair can be really frustrating so you should get right on it if you start to see extra hair in your hairbrush or in the shower. A simple way to combat hair loss is drinking herbal tea. Drinking nettle and herbal tea regularly helps to strengthen your hair follicles, making your hair less likely to fall out. But keep in mind, all good things in moderation: too much herbal tea can damage your kidneys.
4. Upset stomach
Olives aren't the only trick in the book for stomach problems; dried apricots are also known to help. They help get rid of that uncomfortable full feeling you get after eating a big meal — plus they make for a tasty dessert.
Try wrapping your next wart in tape. The nasty thing will suffocate within a few days.
Dip a cotton swab in freshly lemon juice and lightly rub it on your ears. This should help kill any pain-causing bacteria and will neutralize the pH within your ear.
7. Bad breath
What worked for grandma can't be that bad, right? Instead of buying expensive chewing gum, grab a strand of celery or parsley. These two leafy herbs aren't only great for fresh breath, they also help clean your teeth and are good for digestion.
Soak golden raisins in gin overnight and then eat a few the next day. Don't worry, you won't get drunk from eating just a few. This combination is helpful to lessen the swelling and pain caused by arthritis. The soaked raisins have anti-inflammatory properties.
9. Sore throat
It sounds easy, but it's very effective. Place two sage leaves under your tongue and let them dissolve. This is a much more effective trick than lozenges to fight off sore throats in the long-run.
10. Tooth pain
Cloves contain many numbing and antibacterial ingredients. Taking clove oil and/or chewing on a raw clove are good places to start if you have a sore tooth.
11. Stuffy nose
A salt solution can be a quick way to help clear out your nostrils and get rid of snuffles. Add a teaspoon of salt to a half liter of hot water and use a nose irrigation system to clear out your sinuses.
I'm sure some of these sound somewhat familiar. If not, that's okay too — now you know some time-tested methods to try next time you're feeling under the weather!