While we just about have a medicinal cure for most diseases nowadays, in the past, minor ailments were treated with natural remedies, most of which have long been forgotten. But on occasion, I do recall my own grandmother's tips and tricks, some of which I still use today. These solutions may seem bizarre, however, they do work. Check out Gran's words of wisdom below:
1. Ease symptoms associated with arthritis with raisins
Soak the golden raisins overnight and add a couple of spoonfuls of gin. The vitamins from the raisins paired with the anti-inflammatory effects of the juniper berries that are used to make gin will help reduce swelling and ease your pain.
2. Combat bad breath with celery
Rather than chewing away at gum, celery has long been deemed to be a cure all for bad breath. So be sure to keep a few sticks at hand instead.
3. Cure an earache with lemons
While using lemons to alleviate an earache may seem unordinary, this age old remedy is known to reap results. Squeeze some lemon juice onto an ear bud, cleaning the inside of your ear (gently) for a minute or so. The lemon juice will stabilize pH levels in your ears, alleviating the pain.
4. Banish hair loss with nettle
Nettle leaf contains high levels of protein, calcium, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, and beta-carotene. It also contains high amounts of vitamin A, C, D and B complex. Many of these vitamins and minerals promote hair growth and maintenance, keeping it strong and luxurious. Simply boil 4 to 6 nettle leaves in a mug and rinse your hair with the nettle mix.
Caution: Nettle leaves are high in silica which can be harmful at high doses.
5. Control symptoms associated with menopause with yams
Yams - which tend to have a thicker, rougher skin and are darker in color than sweet potatoes, are nutritionally high in vitamin C, and they also contain some vitamin A which will help balance your hormones. Yams are also rich in dietary fiber and can help lower cholesterol.
6. Consume olives to prevent motion sickness
While this may sound like an old wives tale, there are facts contributing to olives as a remedy for motion sickness. Olives are high in tannins, which can help stop the production of too much saliva.
7. Use baking soda for a urinary tract infection
Add a pinch of baking soda to a glass of water to alleviate UTI symptoms. Baking soda is high in alkaline, preventing harmful bacteria from multiplying.
8. Prevent indigestion with dried apricots
Here's a remedy my grandfather always insists on. After his dinner he eats five apricots, helping him to digest his food better. Dried apricots are high in dietary fiber, helping your stomach to digest food and prevent bloating. If you're feeling unwell after your meal, grab a handful of apricots.
9. Use raw potatoes over a spider bite
Raw potatoes contain anti-inflammatory properties, alleviating symptoms associated with a spider bite. Wrap a raw, sliced potato in a bandage or thin cloth and gently rub it over the affected area for a couple of minutes.