10 Surprising Home Remedies You Already Own

10 Surprising Home Remedies You Already Own

When it comes to treating minor health issues such as nosebleeds, dandruff and insect bites, everyone knows that the best solution is to have a medicine cabinet filled with medication, in anticipation of such problems. However, you might be surprised to know that some household items you probably already have, can also do health wonders and help you stray off the pharmacy and save you money.

Antacid Tablet

Antacid Tablet

Famous for treating heartburn. Antacid surprisingly relieves heartburn discomfort in a matter of seconds. This wonder drug can be obtained even without a doctor’s prescription and is relatively inexpensive.

Although antacid is typically ingested to alleviate various types of stomach upsets, it can also be applied topically (on the skin) to treat insect bites. According to medical and cosmetic dermatologist Howard Sobel, MD, the aspirin that is present in antacid formulations such as Alka-Seltzer, provides immediate relief for the sting and itch caused by insect bites. In fact, it’s better than some anti-itch salves because it also prevents the skin from drying.

The best form of antacid to treat an insect bite is the liquid variety, as it is far easier to apply and faster in reducing the itch than the tablet form. However, if the tablet is all you have, just crush it and mix a bit of water or milk, then apply the mixture directly on the skin.

Mouthwash

Mouthwash

Aside from brushing and flossing, gargling mouthwash is another way to avoid oral health issues like tooth decay and gingivitis. It also promotes healthy teeth and gums and freshens breath.

Mouthwash, specifically alcohol-based ones, can now save you from the horrifying stench and discomfort caused by athlete’s foot. It also helps keeping your feet and toenails pristine. Dr. Sobel said that the alcohol that’s in mouthwash kills and/or prevents fungi that causes athlete’s foot. Just swab the bottoms of your feet and between toes with a cotton ball soaked in mouthwash for a stench-free and healthy feet.

However, you have to be careful if you decide to try this out. Don’t do it if you have wounds on your feet and stop immediately if you experience pain. Most mouthwash products have methyl salicylate and menthol that can be

Baking Soda

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a common household item because it has many uses around the home, from eliminating smells to removing tough stains. It’s also popularly used for making sure our smiles are always pearly white, that’s why it is found in many toothpastes and teeth-whitening products. Baking soda, or Sodium Bicarbonate, is made of a chemical compound that is a great mild abrasive. It’s the same abrasiveness that removes surface stains from your teeth and make them appear whiter.

Baking soda is the most common home remedy for itchy skin, skin rashes and other skin nightmares such as eczema, prickly heat and poison ivy. It’s anti-inflammatory properties give a soothing effect and being a natural acid neutralizer, it helps relieve itching.

A clinical assistant professor at New York University, Linda K. Franks, MD, says that being a mild alkaline compound, sodium bicarbonate helps restore your skin’s pH balance. It’s this effect that helps ease inflammation and discomfort. To get relief, soak for about 30 minutes in water composed of running bath tap and a cup of baking soda.

Nasal Spray

Nasal Spray

Decongestant nasal sprays provide fast relief by shrinking swollen blood vessels and mucous membranes in your nasal passages, making you breathe more easily.

Surprisingly, nosebleeds can be stopped by nasal sprays. If pinching your nose for 10 to 20 minutes won’t work for you, then it’s time to have a nasal spray solve your issue. The Director of Drug Information Services at Butler University, Amy Sutton Peak, PharmD, says that most people that are brought to emergency rooms due to unstoppable nosebleeds, are treated successfully with nasal decongestants that have oxymetazoline in them.

To stop the bleeding, she recommends tilting the head forward and blowing out the nose to remove any clots (this may temporarily increase the bleeding). Then spray oxymetazoline into the affected nostril(s) while breathing in. Maintain pressure by pinching your nose shut for 10 minutes. If bleeding won’t stop, pinch the nose for additional 10 minutes. If nose still bleeds and doesn’t respond to any of these measures, seek further medical advice.

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel extract is an all-natural remedy for treating acne and all skin issues related to it. It acts both as astringent and disinfectant. It’s widely popular for acne because it does a very good job cleansing the skin and doesn’t dry up the face. It reduces the amount of bacteria on the face and in the pores, halting future breakouts while healing current pimples or skin issues.

Witch hazel can give relief from hemorrhoids. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory that’s been used to reduce hemorrhoids, making it the primary ingredient of many hemorrhoid wipes and medicated pads. According to Dr. Sobel, witch hazel is a natural astringent and can be used bring back inflamed skin and blood vessels to their normal condition.

Dr. Sobel adds to moisturize the affected area by applying a cream or Vaseline because putting witch hazel solely may dry out delicate tissues.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Topical use of aloe vera gel is great for healing and soothing burns. It’s soothing and rejuvenating properties immediately cool the burned skin to diminish the pain and it often gives little to no scarring at all, even on serious burns.

Having an aloe vera plant at home might be the only thing you need to get rid of the agony caused by canker sores. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and curative components that ease the pain and inflammation caused by canker sores. It also speeds up the healing process.

If you have an aloe vera plant, extract the gel from a fresh aloe vera leaf and apply directly on the canker sore several times a day. You can also try rinsing your mouth with fresh aloe vera juice several times a day and/or taking orally taking at least 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel three times a day for faster results.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is widely-known as a topical antiseptic and antifungal treatment. It works great controlling and healing acne symptoms, toenail fungus and athlete’s foot. Further research is still actively conducted to unlock the full potential of tea tree oil when it comes to treating skin issues.

Tea tree oil kills off bacteria that overproduces skin cells, which is the main cause of dandruff. A study from the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology concluded that people who used a shampoo with 5% tea tree oil reduced their dandruff significantly by 41% and improved their scalps’ greasiness.

Though there are tea tree oil shampoos readily available, you can also make your own DIY tea tree oil shampoo by mixing 10 drops of tea tree essential oil for every 8 oz. of your favorite shampoo and use it until you are dandruff-free. Applying a few drops onto your scalp before hitting the shower is another easy method.

Yogurt

Yogurt

This tasty treat is known for having probiotics which promote healthy tummies. Probiotics, labeled as “friendly bacteria”, help promote better digestion and makes your bowel movement regular.

Based from the research conducted by scientists at Kyushu University of Japan, people who consume 55 g of yogurt everyday have fewer periodontal issues. The lactic acid in yogurt fights bad breath, plaque and gum disease by creating an inhospitable environment for harmful bacterias in your mouth.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Aside from it’s flavorful taste, olive oil also is famous for lowering cholesterol. It contains a potent mix of antioxidants that lower your bad cholesterol but leave the good cholesterol untouched. Using an extra virgin olive oil has greater cholesterol-lowering effects than normal olive oil due to it being less processed and containing more heart-healthy antioxidants.

A study conducted in 2013 by researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia concluded that extra virgin olive oil can improve your vision and maintain your eye health. The Omega-3 fatty acid present in olive oil help prevent macular degeneration. Their findings showed that people who consumed the greatest amount of extra virgin olive oil (at least 100 ml or 7 tablespoons per week) were 50% less likely to develop AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration) during their lifetime, than those who consumed less than 1 ml .

Dark Chocolate

Dark Chocolate

This sweet treat is believed to be good for the heart. Thanks to the flavonoids it contains. Flavonoids have potential influences on vascular health such as improving blood flow, lowering blood pressure, and promotes healthy blood platelets.

If you’re planning on a beach vacation, you might want to consider loading up on dark chocolate in the prior weeks and months to prevent skin damage caused by the sun. Flavonols in chocolates can protect you from sun damage, improve blood flow to the skin, and increase your skin’s density as well as hydrate it well.

Studies show that consuming more dark chocolate will increase your minimal erythemal dose (MED), preventing sun damage. MED is the minimum amount of UVB rays needed to cause skin redness/ sunburn 24 hours after exposure to the sun.

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