Grandparents can be kind of weird. But they can also be pretty awesome. I know I’m not alone in enjoying my grandparents’ often bizarre home remedies. I also know I’m not the only one who got curious enough to try one or two of these strange sounding fixes.
From rubbing chicken poop your hands for soft skin, to baking and eating clay to get an extra mineral boost, there are tons of weird old bits of advice. And thanks to grandparents, there are no shortages of people to help spread the weird gospel of strange home remedies.
Here are 11 of the most bizarre ‘Old Fashioned’ home remedies from people’s grandparents that actually work!
1.) Duct Tape for Warts
There are multiple ways to cure the common wart. However the cheapest and fastest way is to get out the duct tape and simply wrap a piece around the entire wart so it cannot breathe. By doing this you will essential suffocate it and children find it way less scary than using the cryotherapy or “freezing” method.
2.) Lemons for Earache
People don’t realize their are many amazing health benefits of lemons. Next time your ear is giving you grief, slice yourself a lemon, squeeze the juice onto a q-tip, and let it rest in your ear for a minute or two. Doing this apparently stabilizes your ear’s natural pH levels, making them feel totally better. And if you think this is weird, just remember that some people swear by urine in the ear to help cure what ails you!
3.) Raisins for Arthritis
If you’re suffering from arthritis, then you may want to grab yourself a couple of handfuls of golden raisins, and a couple of shots of gin. Grandparents from all over swear that soaking these delicious raisins overnight in gin will combine the vitamins from the raisins and the juniper berries’ anti-inflammatory properties for relief from pain and swelling due to arthritis.
4.) Nettle Tea for Hair Loss
Then reach for a mug of organic nettle leaf tea. Though nettle leaves can be dangerous in high doses, it doesn’t stop many grandparents for sipping on it to help prevent hair loss.
And if you think it’s just a weird reason for them to justify drinking it, consider the fact that nettle leaves are high in beta-carotene, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, calcium, and protein. Pair that with the fact that our hair is almost entirely made up of proteins, and you can see why nettle tea could be a great ally in keeping your luxurious hair on your head.
Tip: Nettle leaves contain high amounts of silica which could be harmful if taken in high doses, so don’t over do it!
5.) Yams for Menopause
If you’re going through the ‘menopause’ change, then you might want to get familiar with 2 things: the first is a plethora of delicious yam recipes. The second is that yams and sweet potatoes are not the same things.
Yams have a much darker color and tend to have much rougher, thicker skins. They are naturally packed with a little vitamin A and a lot of vitamin C. These vitamins will hep your body balance out your fluctuating hormones, and the dietary fiber in it will help you lower high cholesterol.
6.) Celery for Bad Breath
Save a bit of walking around money with this tasty bit of advice: Replace gum with celery. According to Gram and Gramps, chewing celery thoroughly will rid you of any bad breath. Not only does it work just as well, it’s better for your teeth, too!
7.) Potatoes for Spider Bites
Want instant anti-inflammatory and anti-itch relief from nasty spider bites? Get out your slicer and tackle a potato. Yes, a potato. High in both properties, all you need to do is wrap a sliced, raw potato and a bandage. Some people prefer to just rub it on the bite for a few minutes.
8.) Olives for Motion Sickness
If you keep olives nearby, you won’t have to worry about motion sickness any longer. Make Grandma and Grandpa proud by indulging in this seemingly outrageous home remedy. Olives are quite high in tannins. Don’t know what that is – neither did I! But when I was researching these home remedies, I discovered that tannins help to prevent your body making too much saliva. That disgusting feeling of saliva flooding your mouth right before your sick can be a thing of the past if you keep olives handy on your next car ride.
9.) Licorice for Calluses & Corns
Licorice root is an extremely popular ayurvedic medicine that contains these estrogen-like substances that softens the layer of tough skin on calluses and corns make it fall off and crumble into pieces. Licorice also contains powerful healing properties that promote fast healing and prevent infections with zero side effects.
All you do is mix a tablespoon of licorice powder with petroleum jelly (or mustard oil) so that it creates a thick past. Apply the paste to your calluses or corns and wrap with a bandage before you go to bed. Simply repeat the process each night until it’s gone!
10.) Dried Apricots for Indigestion
Dried apricots aren’t just a delicious, sweet treat. They’re also terrific treats to help with digestion and bloating! Just eat a few after a meal and be amazed as these fiber-filled nuggets help you not only digest your meal but ward off bloating. A must have for Thanksgiving and Christmas when big meals are standard!
11.) Baking Soda for a Urinary Tract Infection
We all know that you should head on to the doctor if you have a persistent or particularly painful urinary tract infection, but something you might not know is that you can do more than just sip on cranberry juice when you come down with one.
According to many-a-grandparent, if you add just a pinch of baking soda to a glass of water, you can almost immediately feel the symptoms of your UTI disappearing. This is due to the fact that baking soda helps your bladder become more alkaline, preventing bacteria from spreading.
No wonder there are many surprising uses for baking soda!
So our grandparents may sound a little crazy sometimes, and a little weird most times, but their advice usually has some validity to it. I highly recommend trying some of it out.
You never know, you might find yourself passing these amazing home remedies down to your grandchildren!
Which remedy works best for you?
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