Home remedies can range from super practical to downright weird.
The advantage of using home remedies is that they are inexpensive and readily available. They are often more natural and proven over several generations. Also, let’s face it – they can be pretty fun and interesting (unless, of course, you’re looking at home remedies as a cure-all and seek real medical help if necessary).
1. Sugar for hiccups
Sugar is a carbohydrate, and we’ve all heard a lot about the health problems associated with too much sugar, from diabetes and weight gain to its effects on the brain and nervous system.
But in the case of hiccups, sugar is one of the quickest and most commonly used remedies. Literally: a spoonful of sugar is the same medicine. It works by stimulating your vagus nerve, causing diaphragm spasms (the cause of hiccups in the first place) to stop.
2. Baking soda for bee stings, teeth whitening and odor removal
Baking soda is a crystallized form of the alkaline chemical compound sodium bicarbonate. It can be used both for washing and for neutralizing acids before baking.
To reduce swelling from bee stings, make a paste of water and baking soda. It will help soothe the bite burn, reduce redness and itching, and reduce soreness. To whiten your teeth, try making more baking soda or adding it to your toothpaste. It polishes teeth well and removes stains.
Baking soda can be used to soothe (not cure) urinary tract infections. Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink to neutralize acid in the urinary tract. The antibacterial properties of baking soda also help keep infection at bay, but again, it’s not a cure. You still need to see a doctor as soon as possible.
Finally, baking soda is great at absorbing odors, so you can put it in the fridge, sprinkle it on your shoes or carpet, and more.
3. Corn starch as a dry shampoo
Corn starch is a thickening agent made from corn kernels. It looks like a dry powder used for baking, soups and sauces. It can also be used as a shampoo!
Mix it with a little cocoa powder (for color) and any essential oil. This compound can absorb excess oil and sweat, and make your hair bouncy when you don’t have time to wash your hair. Plus, it smells amazing!
4. Tape for warts
Scotch tape is in every home, and you can fasten anything with it. But this is not the only use of duct tape. It can remove warts!
Cut a small piece of duct tape the size of a wart, stick it on and forget about it until it falls off. Wet the wart and cover again. Continue the process until the wart is gone. It’s hard to say how it works, but it works, and there’s a lot of evidence for it.
5. Olives for nausea
Believe it or not, the olive is actually a fruit. They are grown in the Mediterranean and are fermented before they become edible.
Just eat a few olives to prevent pregnancy nausea or seasickness. The tannins in olives dry out your saliva to ease the nasty feeling of nausea. They are also high in “good fats” and vitamin E, so they are a healthy addition to your diet. Greens are less ripe than blacks and may have a milder, fruitier flavor.