Traditional remedies have garnered attention for their age-old wisdom, which has been passed down to us from ancestors or friends. But why have they outlasted modern medical treatments and years of medicine? Well, because they work! These 56 forgotten traditional home remedies will have you curing everything from your next cold to varicose veins.
56. Salt Water Sore Throat Cure
Not only is salt a key ingredient in our favorite dishes, but it’s also extremely beneficial in a household, as it serves a variety of purposes, one of which is an old-fashioned remedy to treat a sore throat. “Gargling with salt water when you have a sore throat may help relieve some of the pain and irritation,” says Dan McGee, MD, a pediatric hospitalist at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. “But don’t overdo it–one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of water should do it.” Remember: don’t swallow it! It’s strictly for gargling purposes. Studies have shown gargling to be effective; however, if the symptoms persist, see your doctor, as it may be an infection.
55. Ginger for Nausea
Ginger is probably one of the most used natural ingredients, both to add flavor and cure a number of things, one being nausea. “Research has found ginger to be an effective digestive aid, most notably by helping to alleviate nausea due to morning sickness during pregnancy, motion sickness or chemotherapy,” said registered dietitian Erin Palinski-Wade, RC, CDE, author of Belly Fat for Dummies. “Although we do not yet understand the exact method that allows ginger to be effective at reducing nausea, it is thought it may work by ginger obstructing the serotonin receptors in the gut that cause nausea.”