As a mom, I can’t begin to count how many times I’ve used home remedies for my family over the years. It’s such a blessing to be able to find what I need in my garden, pantry, or herb stash to help relieve things like pain and minor ailments. Natural cures are the most convenient and cost-effective ways to take care of minor health problems.
But as wonderful as home remedies are, please remember that they are no substitute for a trained healthcare provider. So please see your doctor if symptoms are severe or they last an abnormally long amount of time. This article is for informational purposes only.
The good folks at Common Sense Home built an extensive library of home remedies that work. Here are five of our favorites for some of the most common ailments.
For allergies, one of our favorite home remedies is Stinging Nettle. Nettles are a natural antihistamine. Try drinking some hot nettle tea or taking nettle capsules leading up to and throughout allergy season for the best results.
#2 Bug Bites
One of my favorite ways to relieve itching from bug bites is using plain, unscented ammonia. Applied directly onto the bite, the ammonia will help negate the venom from a bite. You can even use Windex if you’re in a pinch. Another excellent treatment is a hairdryer. Blowing hot air from a hair dryer directly onto the bite for a few seconds at a time (be careful not to burn the skin) will relieve itching and pain from bites for hours.
#3 Sun Burn
To heal inflamed skin caused by a sunburn, try applying some apple cider vinegar with a cotton ball or soft washcloth. You can use this remedy on the hour as needed for the discomfort. Or if you don’t care for the smell, try some natural aloe. It’s best if you grow aloe and break off a piece to use when needed. But aloe gel can work in a pinch.
#4 Acid Reflux
Here’s an excellent home remedy for those who suffer from minor acid reflux. For this uncomfortable malady, we once again recommend apple cider vinegar. Take 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in room temperature or mixed in warm water right before a meal. You can also take a dose in the morning or just before bed for additional relief. And you can take it right after a meal.
Please, keep in mind that acid reflux can be a more serious condition or a symptom of a more significant issue, so make sure you’re following up with your doctor if it continues to get worse.
For minor coughs, try eating some honey and cinnamon. To prepare, pour about a 1/2 cup of honey in a container (I use a mason jar) and mix in about 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Then take about one tablespoon of the delicious mixture to help relieve your cough. You can also mix your tablespoon in some lemon tea (using real lemons) for added relief.
We hope you’ve found these natural home remedies helpful and as always we wish you good health, love, joy, and all the happiness in the world.
Please remember to share these remedies with your family and friends, and if you have any suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment.