These easy home remedies will cure what ails you
Every season of the year can bring a whole new set of afflictions, and some of us encounter symptoms like heartburn often. Whether you’re looking to save money or need a quick cure in a pinch, being resourceful in curing what ails you is good to know.
Here are home remedies for common symptoms and inflictions. From hangovers to sleep relief, you can try a cheap, natural way to feel better before running to the pharmacy.
Got an irritating, itchy bug bite? Mix some baking soda with water, and apply it to your bite.
Hungry? Peel a plantain or banana and apply the peel directly to the bite to get rid of the itch. Hold it there for about an hour and a half then wash the bite.
When it comes to naturally fixing a sore throat, you can’t go wrong without hot beverages. Cayenne pepper tea is a popular choice: mix one part lemon tea, one part peppermint tea, lemon juice and couple teaspoons of honey in a saucepan. Add 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, heat then serve when hot!
Luckily, some common breakfast foods are great natural remedies for hangovers. If you wake up feeling groggy after a night of drinking, have a banana or two once you get up–this will replenish potassium in your body, which is probably low after excessive drinking.
While you may not have an appetite, work your way slowly through some toast or crackers spread with honey. In addition to potassium, honey contains antioxidants that will help your recovery. Fresh-squeezed juice on the side can only help in raising blood-sugar levels and vitamin intake.
If you’re experiencing heartburn try mixing half a teaspoon or full teaspoon of baking soda mixed with a glass of water. This cocktail functions as a base to neutralize acid in the stomach. But if you experience heartburn often, try the remedy below–baking soda is high in salt, able to cause nausea.
Aloe vera can do for a burning esophagus what it’s known for doing on other parts of the body. Simply drink about half a cup before eating–but make sure you’re drinking aloe without its native laxative component, or you might find yourself running for the bathroom!
Dry skin, rosacea, psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema–all these skin conditions can be helped with an ingredient that you’re sure to have in your kitchen: olive oil! Add a splash to a bath, or apply directly to dry patches of skin to keep you looking your best.
Most headaches can be cured with a cup of ginger tea. Cut about an inch off of fresh ginger root, crush it up and add it to a pot of boiling water. Let it boil for about 10 minutes. While it’s not necessary, you can add a little bit of honey for taste. This tea can also ease stomach aches!
Having trouble falling asleep at night? Try spritzing some lavender on your pillow before you sleep for a scent that will soothe you.
Doing some yoga or meditation before bed will also relax the body and calm the mind–so you can hit the hay free from restless thoughts.