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Home remedies might not be miracle cures, but they are sturdy and time-tested. There are many situations where conventional medicine might not be available or wanted, and having an easily accessible alternative can be a great relief. This post is not intended to provide medical advice; this information is posted solely for informational purposes.

Blue cheese can remedy aching muscles

Blue cheese can remedy aching muscles

Aching muscles

Outdoors activities can lead to aching muscles. Blue cheese might be smelly, but it’s great to rub over sore muscles.

Bee stings

While bees perform important tasks in nature, pollinating plants, being stung by one is an unpleasant experience. Baking soda helps neutralize bee venom.


Cleaning and healing wounds

Everyone gets hurt from time to time, and it usually happens at an inconvenient time or place. Honey is very good for fighting infection; it is impossible for bacteria to exist in honey. Smeared on a wound, it dehydrates bacteria and aids in eradicating infections.

Powdered cloves can also be used to protect from infection. Cloves contain a substance called eugenol, which is both pain-killing and antiseptic. Sprinkle the powdered cloves over the cut.


Honey is good for curing everything from colds to open wounds.

Honey has strong antibacterial properties. It can be used on open wounds, to treat coughs and colds, and more.

Colds are difficult to escape, and can incapacitate a person at the most inconvenient time. There is no real cure for the cold as it is caused by one of over 200 different viruses. One can only wait it out, but no harm in trying a home remedy while waiting, right!

While many frowns upon the traditional chicken soup, it is a legit remedy. The soup has anti-inflammatory properties, and as a bonus it helps keep the patient hydrated. Both home-cooked and commercially available soups help inhibit immune cell migration, and particularly good ingredients include onions, parsley, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and turnips.


A persistent cough can be annoying, and ruin many outdoors activities. You can make your own cough syrup with ingredients found in most kitchens.

Mix 1 tablespoon honey with ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 2 tablespoons water, and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar.


Again, not a life-threatening condition, but annoying. Luckily, flareups can be soothed by dabbing olive oil on the irritated area. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants that can reduce inflammation. Olive oil is actually the basis for many moisturizers, but when using the oil as it is the body is spared many chemicals.

The traditional oatmeal bath can also help, or even smearing thick oatmeal onto the affected area. Soak in the bath or keep the paste on for at least fifteen minutes. Oats have an antihistamine effect, and reduce inflammation.

Smelly feet

Smelly feet might not be life threatening, but they are annoying. Try rubbing vodka on them. The high alcohol content kills the bacteria that causes the “smelly-foot-stink.”


No matter how much we attempt to protect ourselves from the sun, it is easy to be over-exposed. The end result is painful, and anything that can speed up recovery is welcome.

Black tea can relieve sunburn

Black tea can relieve sunburn

Black tea contains tannins, a substance that soothes skin, speeds recovery, and reduces peeling. The cure is easy to make: brew tea with three or more bags. Let the bags stay in until the water is almost black. Let the tea cool, and apply to the sunburned area.


Stress is all around us all the time, and in pressed situations it can throw off good judgment, leading to dangerous mistakes. Luckily, there are common household stress remedies that can help relieve stress.

Cherries are believed to soothe the nervous system and relieve stress.

Lettuce has a mild sedative effect; there is a natural sedative in the milky white juice that drops out when the stalk is snapped.

Cardamom helps keep stress in check. Cover two to three cardamom seeds with boiling water and steep for ten minutes.

The smell of mint enhances focus during stressful tasks.

Trouble sleeping

Peppermint tea is great for relaxing in the evening. Place one teaspoon dried peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling water. Sweeten the tea with honey and sip right before you go to bed.

Tart cherry juice can remedy sleeping problems

Tart cherry juice can remedy sleeping problems

If peppermint isn’t your thing, a glass of tart cherry might do the trick. The juice gives the body a dose of melatonin, and this helps give a good night’s sleep.

Urinary tract infections

A UTI should be treated with antibiotics, but there is a home remedy that can stave off the problem if it is discovered early enough. Make a solution of ¼ teaspoon of baking soda and 8 ounces of water. Drinking this once a day will reduce the bacteria’s ability to multiply.

Wasp stings

Wasp stings might not be outright dangerous unless a person is allergic to the venom, but that doesn’t make them pleasant. Luckily, white vinegar helps neutralize the wasp venom.

Do you have a favorite home remedy?

Do you have home remedy that actually works? Share in the comments; you never know whose life might be easier knowing the trick!