Alternative Medicine Home Remedies Common

Common home remedies can help with many minor conditions. And keeping it simple, you can use many household products and items to make effective home remedies. When using natural home remedies, use common sense and consult a healthcare professional as appropriate.

Acne

Benzoyl peroxide is the standard ingredient in most over-the-counter acne treatments, but it can cause side effects in some people. A study published in the “Medical Journal of Australia” (1990) concluded that tea tree oil, dabbed directly on pimples, is just as effective as benzoyl peroxide in treating acne. Other natural home remedies for acne include placing grated cucumber or potato on pimples.

Burns

To ease the pain of mild burns and sunburn, apply a cold compress to the burn. Don’t use ice, which can cause further skin damage. After 24 hours, apply Aloe Vera (from a pure Aloe Vera gel or a broken Aloe Vera leaf), which has antibacterial properties, stimulates new skin cell growth and may relieve some of the sting and pain. Always consult a medical professional about severe burns.

Canker Sores

Eating four tablespoons of active yogurt each day may help prevent canker sores. If canker sores do develop, apply a wet black teabag to the sore. The tannin in the teabag numbs the pain.

Constipation

Natural home remedies for constipation center around prevention: Eating 20 to 35 grams of dietary fiber a day (yes, prunes really do help) and drinking eight glasses of water a day promote proper bowel movements. If constipation develops despite preventive measures, have a good laugh and take a walk. Laughter and exercise reduce stress and massage the intestines. Experts recommend being cautious about common herbal remedies for constipation because they can have unhealthy side effects.

Earaches

Earaches often indicate a bacterial infection, so see a medical professional, especially if a child experiences ear pain. To temporarily alleviate the pain, wrap a warm potato in a wet washcloth and apply to the ear as a compress. You can bake the potato or microwave it for five minutes so that it’s comfortably warm to the touch: Too hot and you’ll burn your ear! The heat from the potato eases earache pain and retains heat longer than a normal compress.

Foot Pain and Muscle Aches

Soak your feet in comfortably hot water and Epsom salts. For overall muscle aches, take a very warm bath with one to two cups of Epsom salts. Afterward, you can massage your feet or your muscles with vegetable oil.

Heartburn

To prevent heartburn, don’t eat within two to three hours of bedtime, allowing digestion to occur before you lie down. If you do have heartburn, refrain from lying down, as this may increase the amount of stomach acid leaking out of the esophageal valve. For quick, temporary heartburn relief, chew a stick of gum, which produces alkaline saliva and promotes swallowing. When you swallow, it clears acid from your esophagus. The alkaline saliva neutralizes any acid that’s left.

Hemorrhoids

For hemorrhoids, a sitz bath offers quick relief: Sit in three or four inches of warm water with the knees raised. Raising the knees allows blood to flow more easily to the affected area and the warm water provides soothing relief.

Poison Ivy

Calamine lotion is one of the best common home remedies for poison ivy. Apply the lotion liberally to the rash three or four times a day.

Sore Throat

A common natural remedy for a sore throat is gargling with one teaspoon of salt mixed with warm water. The warmth of the water soothes the throat and the salt acts as a natural painkiller, plus it leeches out the infection.

Toothaches

A toothache often indicates infection, so consult a dentist. For temporary pain relief, holding a mouthful of whiskey over the tooth numbs the pain, as the gums absorb the alcohol (swallowing the whiskey is optional). It will also kill some of the germs. Other remedies include gargling with salty water or dabbing small amounts of diluted clove oil on the tooth.

Resources

Bassett, I., Pannowitz, D.