Home remedies prove to be benefical

By Patrick McGowan
November 10, 2006

Soups, special medicines and other actions are all considered home remedies. There are many different home remedies from around the world. Maybe tryingsome of these remedies will help cure the suffering felt during the changing seasons.

People say that there is no cure for the common cold. In China, however, there is an interesting way of making cold medicine. Take Coca-Cola and put it in a pan, squeeze a lemon over it and add ginger. Mix and boil the concoction and let it cool off, then drink and the cold should go away.

Going out on a date but have bad acne? If there is a tea tree around that won’t be a problem. Dab a cotton swab in tea tree oil and apply it to our acne, it works by drying the skin and getting rid of the oil that causes acne.

Stress is a major part of college life, but there is a way to alleviate some of that stress. A simple hot cup of milk, honey and cinnamon can help calm one down.

Body odor causing trouble? This remedy from Peru can help, mix one cup of maple syrup with two tablespoons of lemon juice. Add 10 fireflies to the mixture then apply to armpit area and leave it for 30 minutes. After 30, minutes take a shower and the body odor should be gone for three months.

Another odd remedy comes from the U.S. and applies to burns. If you burn yourself toothpaste can help. Toothpaste can nullify the pain and help the burn heal faster.

Another remedy is good for Band-Aids aren’t around. This Canadian remedy calls for the use of a pinch of cayenne pepper. Put the cayenne on whatever is bleeding and the bleeding will stop almost immediately.

Laura Muto, a first year grad student and secondary education major, remembers two home remedies that were practiced in her home. For colds, the person with the cold would be placed on someone’s knee and their back would be hit. This would help get rid of the mucus in one’s body.

The second remedy that Muto knew of is for sore throats. Simply gargle some warm salt water. This could help with sore throats.

Another sore throat remedy comes from England. It is a mixture of black pepper powder and warm water. Once it gargles it makes the sore throat much better, but one may have to gargle again the next day to completely get rid of the sore throat.

Getting gum stuck in your hair can be a very annoying experience, but don’t cut your hair to get rid of it. Put margarine in your hair and work the margarine a little. The margarine dissolves the gum making it easier to pull off, and once done, just wash your hair.

Ever get sick and can’t stop vomiting? The Philippines have a way to help. Boil white rice in water and add garlic and salt while cooking, and it should come out like soup. The garlic and salt help you feel better and the water will help with dehydration.

Have a bad memory? People in Singapore have a way to solve your problems. Chew about four or five gingko leaves will help and can also help with diabetes.

Need an energy boost? There is a Korean mixture that is readily available in the U.S. Take some tomatoes, oranges and onions, cut them up and put them in a blender. Drink this two days a week and your energy will be increased.

These are just some of the many home remedies that can be found around the world. Try some of these out the next time you have a chance, they may be better than what you are using.

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