With thousands of products flooding the market for every imaginable ailment, it can be difficult to choose the right one. A simple trip to the chemist will confirm this! From moisturising creams to painkillers, you often have to try several different brands before you come across one that actually works for you.
To combat this, many people are turning to tried and true home remedies to cure everything from flakey skin to motion sickness. Our list below covers the most unusual cures.
5. Use Vodka to Treat Foot Odour
This bizarre home remedy is a great alternative to the traditional foot odour powder sold in store. The high alcohol content in Vodka gives it both antiseptic and drying properties which destroys odour causing fungus and dries out the moisture to prevent it growing in the future.
4. Use Listerine for Blisters
Your morning breath freshener can help remove blisters. According to Janet Maccaro, PhD, CNC, a holistic nutritionist, applying a ball of cotton soaked in Listerine to the affected area 3 times a day will dry out the area and prevent infection.
3. Remove calluses with liquorice
This may sound odd, but according to Georgianna Donadio, PhD, director of the National Institute of Whole Health, liquorice is a great way to remove callouses. To make the home remedy paste, crush a few liquorice sticks and combine it with ½ tablespoon of petroleum jelly. Apply the mixture to the affected areas of your skin for fast results.
2. Whiten your teeth with apples
We’ve all heard an “apple a day keeps the doctor away”! We’ll according to Jennifer Jabow, DDS, of Park 56 Dental in New York City, it’s more likely to keep the dentist away than your GP. Crunchy fruits and vegetables work as natural toothbrushes when you chew them. Apples in particular contain gentle malic acid that helps dissolve ingrained stains on your teeth.
1. Cure warts with duct tape
According to a study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, duct tape has been proven to eliminate warts better them freezing them off! In the study, duct tape eliminated 85% of warts over a period of 2 months compared to 60% using the freezing method.
All you need to do is clean the area, cut a piece of duct tape larger than the wart and cover it for 3 days. Then remove the duct tape, file down the area with a nail file or pumice stone and apply a new piece. Repeat this until the wart is completely eliminated.
Whatever ails you, it may be a good idea to try some home remedies to help combat the problem. In serious cases such as internal infections, fevers or extreme changes in wellbeing, we strongly advise you consult a doctor. However, for small problems, using a simple home remedy can save you time and money.
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