Many folk remedies have graduated from being old wives’ tales to medically accepted forms of self-care for common conditions. Here are some of them.
For Burns: Aloe vera’s natural healing sap will do the trick. Break off a piece and gently rub on affected areas. Also, you can use an over-the-counter aloe vera cream. The plant has analgesic action that will relieve some of the pain. However, never try to use aloe vera if you are suffering from heart problems.
For athlete’s foot: Just make a paste by mixing a tablespoon of baking soda with lukewarm water. Rub the paste on affected areas, then rinse thoroughly and dry completely by dusting on powder or cornstarch.
For dry hair: Worried about dry hair, then try using beer. After you’ve shampooed, towel-dried your hair. Using a pump bottle, spray the brew onto your hair, afterwards you blow-dry or style. The brew gives a healthy and shiny look, even to dry hair.
For arthritis: For people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, doctors suggest, they follow diligently a “fasting on nothing but the carrot juice” schedule. For the first week, fast on carrot juice for a day. Follow that by alternate fasting for two days on the second week, and three days during the third week (e.g., Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Just a warning; always consult your doctor before attempting any type of fasting.
For sunburn: Add right amount of water to make a paste. Then, rub the paste to the affected areas. This will reduce soreness and inflammation on small areas.
For acne: A solution made from1 ½ ounces of garlic paste and eight ounces of rubbing alcohol will solve this pesky skin problem. and 1 ½ ounces of garlic paste. Simply wipe the solution on affected areas.
For motion sickness: Recent studies showed that eating a bit of ginger really works to ease motion sickness. Researchers, theorize, that ginger has a property that helps absorb acids in your gastrointestinal tract thus prevent nausea.
For backache: If you are being bothered by backache, then a good remedy is by putting ice on the sore part. This will help reduce swelling and the strain on your back muscles. Another effective way to relieve the pain, is to try ice massage. All you have to do is to put an ice pack on the sore areas and massage the spot for at least seven to eight minutes. For best result, try the process for three consecutive days.
For bruises: If you suffer from an injury and you think it might lead to bruises then an ice pack must be immediately applied to the affected area. Apply the ice pack at 16-minutes interval and continue this for 24 hours if you deem the injury will progress into a bruise.
For foot aches: Just get a piece of cloth put a few ice cubes then rub it over your tired feet for a couple of minutes. Ice acts as an anesthetic that can ease any inflammation.
For sinusitis: The best thing to do is to apply a hot compress/cold compress to the face . This will help open up clog nasal passages. For five minutes, press a towel from hot water on the and painful area, and press another towel from ice water and apply it for 30 seconds. The process must be done three times, ending with the cold compress.
For flu: Get some relief by gargling with a salt-water solution. Make a solution by dissolving one teaspoon of salt in one pint of warm water. It is best to gargle as often as needed, but avoid swallowing the solution because it is so high in sodium.
For hiccups: A very effective way to get rid of hiccups is to swallow one teaspoon of sugar (dry). The sugar is probably telling the muscles in the diaphragm to contract intermittently.
For eyestrain: Soak a towel in a basin half-filled with a mixture of tea. Lie down and put the warm towel over your closed eyes, leaving it there for10 to 15 minutes. This will relieve eyestrain.
For body odor: Pour a couple of cups in with your bath water sit in it for 15 minutes.