Home remedies that DO work!

Check out these old fashioned home remedies, using things around the home, that do work.


  • Common cooking oils for skin moisturiser. You can moisturise your hands, skin, cuticles and even hair with common cooking oils such as olive oil and coconut oil. These are also great for dry skin and chapped lips. Simply rub a few drops into patches of dry skin for instant relief.


  • Ginger tea for upset stomachs. Ginger is well known for its anti-nausea properties. And it can be especially comforting when brewed into a tea. Peel and slice a 3cm piece of fresh ginger, steep in boiling water for five minutes or more and even add honey for taste and an extra boost of antibacterial power.


  • Epsom salts for sore muscles. If you have body aches and pains or have had a hard workout, a bath with Epsom salts (or magnesium salts) can provide relief. Add 1-2 cups of salts into a hot bath and soak for a minimum of 20-30 minutes to soothe tired, achy muscles.


  • Aloe Vera plant for cuts and burns. A hardy succulent plant that provides relief to minor burns and healing to cuts and scrapes, and even bug bites. Simply cut off a leaf, slice it open, and scoop out the gel-like pulp inside for instant cooling relief.


  • Local honey or bee pollen for allergies. Eating local honey or bee pollen has been shown to combat seasonal allergies. Try raw, organic, and local varieties that are packed with the pollen in your area. Just add a spoonful to your tea or cereal in the morning for a little reprieve from sneezing.


  • Colloidal oatmeal for itchy, inflamed skin. Oatmeal has long been used to soothe skin conditions like eczema and dry itchy skin. Simply take normal rolled oats, grind them to a fine powder in a blender to create colloidal oatmeal and add some powder to a warm bath to soothe the itch.


  • Capsaicin cream for aches and pains. Capsaicin is found in spicy chilli’s, and is an ingredient often found in pain relief creams targeted at sore muscles and joints. Make your own with coconut oil, cayenne, and other ingredients using this recipe. Remember to use gloves, as preparing chillis can burn eyes and skin.


  • Tea tree oil to combat bacterial and fungal infections. Tea tree oil is known for its antifungal and germ-fighting properties. You can add it to household cleaners (homemade) as an antibacterial boost, as a DIY nail fungus treatment and when diluted as a homemade acne cream.


  • Elderberry for an immune boost. Elderberries contain many antioxidants and vitamins. Use fresh or dried berries, lemon juice and other spices like anise and cinnamon to make a DIY syrup that can provide an immune boost during cold and flu season.


  • Homemade yogurt for probiotics. Probiotics are important for gut health, and probiotic supplements can be expensive. Making your own yogurt, which requires some milk and a starter, is an easy way to get the beneficial bacteria your digestive system needs at a much lower cost.


  • Honey and black pepper for a cough. Honeys thick texture and antibacterial properties make it great for soothing the throat and a great remedy for soothing a cough. Adding a few cracks of black pepper can really ramp up the healing effects.


  • A tennis ball for an acupressure tool. For those that sit all day, walk all day or engage in physical activity for a job, sore muscles are often a given. A tennis ball is an easy tool to use to work out these aches and pains. Lay on the floor, place the tennis ball under your back and roll around to knead out knots in your muscles. For sore feet, you can also roll the ball under your feet while sitting down.


  • Frozen water bottle for plantar fasciitis. For foot arch, plantar fasciitis, pain you can roll around a frozen water bottle under your foot for 10 minutes a day. It can be cold, but the relief is undeniable.


  • Baking soda to clean and whiten teeth. Baking soda’s gritty texture makes it a great option to remove surface stains from teeth. Wet your toothbrush, dip into a little bit of baking soda, then scrub in circular motions on your teeth for whiter teeth. Please don’t do this this every day.


  • Essential oils for anxiety. Pure essential oils like lavender, jasmine and Bergamot can assist in reducing stress and anxiety. You can use an oil diffuser or burner to burn these oils during the day or night as a way to wind down before bed. For more stress and anxiety relieving oils visit HERE.


  • Cranberry juice for urinary tract infections. Cranberry juice, has compounds that prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder. Therefore, this can be a great way to fight urinary tract infections. Cranberry supplements or consuming 100% cranberry juice can provide some relief.


  • Sugar for hiccups.  It can be difficult to stop the hiccups, but, swallowing a cube of sugar does actually seem to help. this is because, as your mouth breaks down the sugar cube, you then swallow several times, and this causes your diaphragm to calm and stop the hiccups.


  • Zinc for a cold. Taking zinc supplements has been found to reduce the length of a cold. For instance, start taking supplements as soon as you feel a symptoms of a cold. After that, continue until a few days after you’re feeling better, for maximum benefit.


  • Chamomile tea to relax and induce sleep. Chamomile tea, with its light, floral flavour can be a relaxing way to wind down before bed and then get some sleep. For example, brew your tea and sip it in a dimly lit space just before bed.



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