10 (Very) Strange Home Remedies That Really Work

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4. Chocolate For A Cough:

My favorite one, this! 🙂 I don’t really need much justification to eat chocolate – but there is plenty. In addition to chocolate’s “bliss inducing chemicals” known as anandamides, it also contains 2% to 10% theobromine, a xanthine alkaloid. Theobromine has been studied and is reported to suppress nerves responsible for the cough reflex. [1] Note however that as with caffeine, it can induce sleeplessness. I’ve also nibbled on cacao to help with wakefulness on long distance drives with good effect.

5. Teabags For Burns:

Applying a cool, wet used teabag (black or green tea) to a small skin burn is reported to bring relief. It’s also possible that drinking green tea can also reduce the possibility of skin damage, due to the tea’s antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate. For mild sunburn you can also add a couple of teabags to bath water. Note that in cases of significant or serious burns you should always seek prompt medical attention.

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  • By Lori, January 21, 2015 @ 5:11 am


  • By Maria, December 2, 2015 @ 8:30 am

    I am going to try some of these remedies , i hope it works for me.

  • By Ms Terry Speck, February 22, 2016 @ 3:13 am

    The onion at night in the bedroom I have read is true but you don’t have to chop it into pieces. Just cut it in half and put it in a jar that has a lid. Do not put the lid on until the next morning. Just take the lid off at night. You can use it for at least 3 nights.

  • By Helen Cano, April 28, 2017 @ 2:46 pm

    I can vouch for Vicks curing toe nail fungus. I had a nasty fungus for years. Tried the over the counter cures to no avail. The podiatrist wanted to remove my nail. I read about Vicks and figured what the heck. It works. Apply to area every nite put on your sox. It works on most fungus, also helps with callous. Vicks also works to stop coughing. Apply to soles of feet put on sox. Good luck

  • By elizabeth, October 6, 2017 @ 3:42 am

    I swear by the bar of soap for restless leg. Works best with Dove.

  • By Janet W, February 13, 2018 @ 2:20 am

    yes, Vick’s works on toenail fungus. I had an ugly toenail for several years, when I heard about the Vick’s trick for toenails. I had used an cheaper brand of medicated rub, applied enough to cover the nail generously then I covered the nail completely with 2 band-aides, one in each direction (around and over the top) to keep the medicine contained. I did this once or twice daily for at least two to three weeks. Your nail will get very soft and flaky. Remember to dispose of your bandages and use clean socks ( this is a fungus, therefore possibly contagious) after you stop treatment watch your nail as it grows out , if the new nail is normal looking you are good, if not just continue treatment for another week or so. Remember to wash all your socks so you don’t reinfect your self. On a side note; I noticed that the Vick’s made my nails soft so when I had a client with ingrown toe nails i used this treatment to soften his toenails and eased his pain until he could get to the doctor.

  • By cc, July 8, 2018 @ 7:05 am

    potato’s and bacon both work for splinters. onion juice also helps with coughs and phlegm. Grate onions very fine. spoonful mixed with water and drink it.
    flour and water to make paste, mix in a small drop of vanilla and few granules of sugar for taste. drink to get rid of diarrhea.

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