Weird Home Remedies
By Luis Gutierrez
Pour a small amount of Listerine on a
cotton ball, and apply it to the blister 3 or
4 times a day. Doing this will kill germs and
dry out the blistered area, helping ease
Bug Bites and Stings
Rub the inside of a banana peel on an itchy bug bite or
painful sting to soothe itchiness and inflammation.
Treat fire-ant bites and/or stings (fire ants do both!) by
rubbing the area with any antiperspirant that leaves a
white, chalk-like residue on the skin. It prevents the painful
sensation of being on fire.
Use an aluminum-containing roll-on deodorant on
mosquito bites to relieve itching and swelling.
For a bee sting, remove the stinger quickly, either by pulling
it out with a pair of tweezers or scraping it loose with a
credit card or similar hard object. Then mix 1 teaspoon of
meat tenderizer with just enough water to create a paste.
Slather the paste on the sting, leave it there for 15
minutes, and rinse it off with plain water. If the sting is still
red, place an ice pack on the skin for about 15 minutes.
Instead of using a special burn cream, apply
a thin layer of ordinary toothpaste to the
burned area. Bandage as you normally
would. Clean the skin daily when you bathe,
reapply toothpaste if necessary, and keep
the burn covered while the skin heals.
Apply a thin layer of mustard to the burned
skin. It may sting a bit at first, but the mustard
eases pain and reduces the likelihood of
blistering and scarring.
Treat dry, cracked lips with a layer of raw
organic honey. The antibacterial
properties of the honey help with healing.
To avoid getting a cold, simply gargle with
plain water 3 times every day.This is one
remedy that has science on its side. In
2005, researchers in Japan found that the 3
daily water gargles reduced colds by close to
If you have a cold, homemade chicken soup
can boost your body’s own immunity and
combat inflammation. Adding a pinch of
cayenne pepper can ease congestion.
Whether you’d like your bowel movements to be
more (or less) frequent, here’s one simple solution:
apples or applesauce. Apples contain
pectin, which softens stools. But apples can also
help counteract diarrhea. If raw apples are not
your favorite fruit, applesauce is a good substitute
For an effective homemade cough syrup, mix
together the following ingredients:
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons water
Adults can take 1 to 3 teaspoons, as
needed, to control coughing. Keep leftover
cough syrup in a closed container.