Sometimes grandparents really do know best.
It is easy to forget that our grandparents didn’t have many of the modern “quick fixes” we now have. So they had to find creative ways to cope with the same issues we face today.
In this article, learn about eleven “grandparent-worthy” bizarre home remedies that really do work!
Remedy 1: Potato for Spider Bites
Spider bites can be painful and itchy. Some spider bites also swell up and that can be really scary.
But relief is hiding right in your pantry in the form of a simple potato.
Thinly slice a raw potato, then hold one of the raw slices over the bite and place a bandage to hold it there.
Or you can just rub it directly on the bite and let the raw juices ease the swelling, itching and pain.
Yams are very tasty with brown sugar and marshmallows at Thanksgiving (find lots of great yam recipes here). But they are also a great treat all year long.
If your doctor tells you that you have entered “the change” of life, head for the produce section in your local grocery store and snap up some fresh yams. The vitamins will help your body cope with see-sawing hormones so you can feel more balanced in no time.
Remedy 3: Grow More Hair with Nettles
As people live longer, hair loss becomes more common. Some people don’t mind hair loss, but for other people they really don’t like it.
If you want to regrow your lost hair, there is nothing better for it than nettle leaves. The nettle plant is a great natural source of beta-carotene (the same healthy stuff in carrots) and minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron and phosphorus. Nettle also has lots of protein which is great for making long, strong, healthy hair.
You can buy pre-made organic nettle leaf tea on Amazon or brew your own by popping a few fresh or dried nettle leaves into a cup of steaming hot water. Let it steep, strain out the leaves and drink!
Remedy 4: Fight Bad Breath with Celery
Chewing gum for bad breath isn’t as healthy as most people think. Gum can be high in sugar, and it can also cause gas because you swallow air when you chew it.
But celery can cure bad breath just as well without the sugar or the gas. Just de-string a chunk, pop it in your mouth and chew!
Remedy 5: Ease Ear Aches with Lemons
Have you ever had an earache? They really hurt! But now you don’t have to take time out of your day to go to the doctor.
Thanks to Grandma and Grandpa and the little yellow miracle citrus fruit, you can find relief in your own frig!
Cut a fresh lemon in half and squeeze some juice onto the end of a Q-tip. Place it in the opening in your ear (don’t push it in too far!) for a few moments.
You should start to feel better quickly. What is the lemon’s secret? Lemon is a natural cleaner, which means it can send bacteria packing quickly. Lemon also balances your body’s pH (how acid or alkaline something is).
Remedy 6: Get Rid of UTIs with Baking Soda
Add one pinch of pH balancing baking soda to a cup of water and you can ease the trademark burning that a UTI causes.
Just drink it down and enjoy the fast relief!
Olives are high in tannins. Tannins can reduce the flow of saliva in your mouth.
When you feel motion sick, the mouth often starts producing more saliva, which makes you feel even sicker. Olives tell your saliva glands to STOP so you can feel better fast.
Remedy 8: Send Warts Packing with Duct Tape
Warts. Yuck. No one likes them. The moment a wart pops up on your skin, you want it GONE.
Did you know warts “breathe” just like you do? Yes – the common wart needs oxygen to survive. If it can’t breathe, it will die.
And guess what suffocates a wart better than anything else? Good old-fashioned duct tape! Just rip off a piece of duct tape and wrap it tightly around the wart, making sure there are no gaps anywhere.
This will cut off the wart’s oxygen supply and it will die. This is an awesome remedy for kids too, since it isn’t scary like going to a doctor’s office for treatment.
Remedy 9: Use Licorice Root for Corns & Calluses
Licorice – yum, right? But this is a different form of licorice that comes in a powder. All you need to do is mix some of the powder with some mustard oil or petroleum jelly.
Make a paste and smear it over the corns/calluses. Then put a bandage or socks on and leave the paste on overnight. In the morning, check your progress. You may need to do this for a few nights before the corns or calluses are completely gone.
Remedy 10: Eat Ginger-Soaked Raisins for Arthritis Pain
Millions of people suffer from arthritis pain today.
But your grandparents knew what to do to ease those aches and pains. Take a handful of raisins and two ounces of gin. Soak the raisins in the gin overnight. Eat the raisins and feel better.
Why does this strange remedy work? The secret is in the juniper used to make the gin and the potent vitamins in the dried fruit. Juniper is a berry that can ease swelling, and vitamins speed up your body’s healing.
Remedy 11: Recover from Indigestion with Dried Apricots
Dried apricots are packed with nutrients, and they are also great after-dinner treats.
Even better, if you eat two or three after a big meal, you won’t have to worry about gas or bloating.