Have you ever had a problem you needed to get rid of but didn’t have money to spend buying expensive products or the time to go see a specialist to get it fixed?
We spend thousands and even hundreds of thousands of dollars every year consulting specialists and buying products to fix problems that can be fixed with ingredients that are already in our homes. And the people who stand to benefit are not us but the people who provide these special remedies and products.
Substances that are more natural and beneficial to our health can easily replace most of the special products out there. When you open your fridge, you will find plenty of ingredients you can use to cure certain ailments. For instance, did you know that drinking unsweetened yogurt gets rid of bad breath?
Sometimes we find a cure in something that can easily be dismissed as being useless, or maybe we simply didn’t think of using it for that particular purpose. Most of us throw away our tea bags after we are done with them, but you can actually use them to reduce the appearance of those annoying eye bags.
We have compiled a list of home remedies that will make you go “huh…I didn’t know I could use that!”
PS: the information given here is not meant to replace expert medical advice or any other advice given by specialist.
10. Coca-Cola for Perfect Hair
Suki Waterhouse, a popular and famous supermodel, revealed in an interview with Us Weekly that she rinses her hair with Coca-Cola.
She said she hates washing her hair with shampoo because it makes it fine and limp. So she just rinses it with soda to get those perfect waves.
To get started, purchase a 20 oz bottle of Coca-Cola and head to the shower. Remember not to use any shampoo or conditioner. Pour the soda in your hair making sure it gets all of it. Tousle it with your fingers and blow-dry.
You’ll notice that your waves will become more defined and your hair will be softer and have lots of volume.
Coke consists of phosphoric acid and sugar. The phosphoric acid lowers the PH of your scalp causing your hair cuticles to tighten and your curls to become more defined. The sugar makes your locks stick together, making your hair appear fuller.
9. Tomatoes and Aspirin for Acne
Do you know what the active ingredient in most acne treatments is? It’s salicylic acid and aspirin contains a similar acidic substance. So how do you use aspirin to cure acne?
Simply crush an aspirin and mix it with water to make a paste. Apply it on the affected area and let it dry until it becomes a powder again, then rinse it off.
Tomatoes on the other hand contain lots of vitamin A and C, anti-oxidants and acidic content. If you have oily skin, tomatoes can do wonders for it. Mash up one tomato into a pulp and apply it on your face. Let it sit for one hour then wash it off and pat dry. Do this once a day every day for one week.
8. Duct Tape for Warts
Do you have warts but don’t want to go through expensive treatments to get rid of them? You don’t have to worry anymore because duct tape can do the job just as well.
All you have to do is cover the wart with duct tape for a week. Remove the tape and scour the area with a pumice stone. Cover it again with duct tape and repeat the process until the wart naturally falls off.
Covering the wart with a duct tape blocks oxygen supply to it and prevents it from growing any further.
7. Baking Soda for Fresh Breath
We have all experienced bad breath at some point. The onion rings, spicy food and of course bad oral hygiene have a way of leaving their mark.
There are plenty of expensive remedies for bad breath, including pills, oral sprays and rinses, but baking soda is a cheaper and more natural solution.
Add a little amount onto your toothbrush and rinse thoroughly after brushing. You can also mix two teaspoons of baking soda with a glass of water to make an oral rinse.
The chemical compounds in baking soda balance the level of acid in your mouth preventing the growth of bacteria that causes bad breath.
6. Chocolate for a Cough
Ever heard of the song that goes, “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”? Well, the saying holds true, especially if you have an annoying cough. Two ounces of chocolate contains the same substance (theobromine) found in most over the counter cough medicines.
Theobromine suppresses the nerves responsible for the cough reflex. When you eat dark chocolate, you can get a break from your annoying cough.
5. Onions for Earaches
Earaches are one of the biggest mysteries of the human body we have yet to solve. I mean, how do you even tell what’s going on in that dark, deep tunnel of the ear canal?
Researchers say most earaches are caused by fluid buildup in the ear, which consequently provides the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, causing infections.
Onions have antiseptic properties, which can help kill the bacteria in the ear. Boil an onion until it is soft enough to squeeze the juice into a bowl. Apply 2-5 drops of the juice into the ear canal for quick pain relief and to clear the infection.
4. Lemons for Queasiness
We sometimes feel queasy for all sorts of reasons. Some people feel queasy when they are pregnant and others when they are traveling in a car or while at sea.
You might be thinking of taking anti-nausea medication but some of these medications have side effects like drowsiness. So what’s the point of going on a cruise only to sleep through it because you had to take anti-nausea pills?
It’s much better to carry fresh lemon slices with you and sniff them whenever you feel queasy. The fresh citrus lemon scent will provide you with instant relief.
You can also suck on them and throw some olives in the mix to help further ease your nausea.
3. Sugar for Hiccups
Hiccups are caused by a spasm in your diaphragm. The diaphragm is the muscle that separates your thorax from your abdomen. Hiccups can be annoying and sometimes uncomfortable, so how do you get rid of them fast?
Well, taking a spoonful of sugar has been known to cure hiccups instantly. There was even a study conducted to prove that taking sugar actually cures hiccups. The study was done on 20 patients and it was found that 19 out of the 20 patients were cured of hiccups when they took a spoonful of sugar.
Researchers believe that the sudden sweetness on the tongue overloads the nerve endings in the mouth and consequently stops the hiccups.
2. Vodka For Stinky Feet
You know what causes smelly feet? Bacteria. When you wear your shoes all day, your feet start to sweat. Bacteria loves moist places and what better place to thrive than on your sweaty feet? Before you jump up and declare you’ll be washing your feet fifteen times a day to get rid of the bacteria, you should know that having smelly feet isn’t an indicator that your feet are dirty…at least, that’s not usually the case.
The good news is, you don’t have to waste money buying expensive products on the market that promise to help you get rid of the smell. Vodka will do the job for you. Any brand of vodka will do and the higher the alcohol content, the better the results will be.
The alcohol content in vodka has a drying effect, which will not only help get rid of the moisture on your feet but it will also kill the odor-causing bacteria. All you have to do is soak a piece of cloth in vodka and use it to thoroughly wipe your feet.
1. Peppermint or Cinnamon Gum for Commuting Stress
Researchers have found that chewing on cinnamon or peppermint gum reduces fatigue by up to 20% and increases awareness. Those who participated in the study reported that they experienced 30% increased alertness and 25% less frustration. In fact, the drive seemed shorter for those who chewed gum as compared to those who didn’t.