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Even if you prefer to avoid running to the doctor or pharmacy for every little cough or sniffle, you’d probably like to get some relief when a minor ailment strikes. These seven home remedies for some common complaints have been around and relied upon for generations for good reason—they work. In fact, they can be so effective that they are even recommended by doctors. When in doubt though, always be sure to consult your own doctor before beginning any treatment.
1. Nausea And Motion Sickness
When you are so sunburned you can feel the heat coming off your skin, you need something to cool things down. Try an oatmeal paste. Just grind up some oats and add a little milk and honey. The oats will act as an anti-inflammatory while the milk and honey soothe the skin. Get the recipe here.Photo by ktmadeblog
A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down, but two teaspoons of honey will help the cough go down. Honey may even be as effective as common over-the-counter cough suppressants. A word of warning though, this remedy should only be used for children over the age of two to avoid putting your child at risk of infant botulism.
Remedy: Salt water nasal rinse
This is a home remedy that people swear by. Just spray the solution into each nostril (or use a neti pot such as this one) and then allow it to drain. These homemade salt water solutions should bring quick relief.
Remedy: Green tea
This antioxidant-packed tea isn’t just for drinking, it’s also beneficial for your skin. After steeping the tea for 20 minutes, massage it into your hair to exfoliate flakes and reduce inflammation on your scalp. Make sure to leave the tea on your hair and scalp for at least 30 minutes. As an added bonus, green tea will also increase your hair’s shine.
Remedy: Peppermint oil
Headaches can be caused by tension and stress. Known for its calming and numbing effects, peppermint oil can help to counter this. To maximize the oil’s benefits, pair it with massage. Gently rub the oil into your temples or have a friend or loved one rub it on your shoulders and/or the back of your neck.
Remedy: Duct tape
A wart is nothing a little duct tape can’t handle. Take a piece of tape a little larger than the wart and place it over top. Leave the tape on for a few days then file the wart down with a pumice stone or emery board. Repeat until the wart has been removed.