Weird Home Remedies That Actually Work


No matter what problem you have, there’s a home remedy out there that will cure it. We hear these remedies from our grandparents, aunts, and friends. Mostly we laugh it off and don’t even consider following it, but you’ll be surprised at how effective some of these actually are! We have a list of a handful of home remedies that you should definitely try when the need arises, and overlook at how bizarre they actually sound. Enjoy the list and thank us later.

  1. Potatoes FTW
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Potatoes can cure anything, be it your hunger or headaches! Sudden attacks of migraine or an annoying headache that won’t go away can certainly ruin your day and put you in a bad mood.

This bizarre but effective solution to get rid of headaches works wonders. Just cut a few slices of a raw potato and soak them in a thin and porous cloth. Apply it directly to the forehead or temples and lie down for a while. It will take away your headache and leave you feeling refreshed and productive enough to get up and make some mashed potatoes for dinner – with a different potato of course. You can also apply the slices over your eyes. Works better than cucumber for an energizing in-home spa treatment!

Yogurt for Halitosis

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If you suffer from bad breath, yogurt can greatly help you with your problem and give you the confidence boost you need. There are a number of preliminary researches and scientific experiments that support this theory. Apparently, there are some live bacteria (probiotics) in yogurt that diminish the levels of bad breath causing bacteria in the oral cavity. This helps get rid of bad breath, and coupled with mint, it leaves you with minty fresh breath.

Duct Tape to the Rescue

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Whatever problem you have, put duct tape on it and call it a day! It’s that effective. But to be precise, it has been proven that duct tape can actually help get rid of warts and blisters.

It’s not applying and ripping it off like a band-aid, but the actual properties within the duct tape that eventually remove the wart from the skin. For this, you will need tiny pieces of duct tape to cover the affected area and leave it on even while you shower, until it falls off on its own. You can also replace it from time to time, and by the 3rd or 4th application, your wart or skin tag will be gone! However, make sure that you are being smart and careful about it. Keep the area clean and don’t use it around sensitive areas like armpits or genitals.

Krazy Glue for Krazy Heels

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When creams and lotions don’t work, heal a cracked heel with Krazy glue or super glue. It’s pretty simple to understand the logic behind it actually. The glue causes the skin to stick together until the crack fills up and heals. However, the application is tricky and you should be careful with it to avoid infections. Make sure that you have properly soaked and cleaned your feet thoroughly. You can use the glue along with some moisturizer directly over the cracks and hope for the best!

A Spoonful of Sugar Makes the Hiccups Go Down

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Mary Poppins was right about many things. A spoonful of
sugar is the sweetest way to get rid of hiccups. In fact, it is one of the most
commonly recommended ways to stop hiccups in children. Just a teaspoon of it
does the trick, as it stimulates the vagus nerve so the body forgets all about
those annoying hiccups by overthrowing those muscle spasms causing it in the
first place. If you are not a kid though, don’t get too carried away as hiccups
are much better than diabetes.

Coconut Oil for Smooth and Acne Free Skin

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We all know that coconut oil is loaded with beneficial nutrients that promote all-rounded wellbeing.

One of the most favorable outcomes of using coconut oil topically or by ingesting it orally is clear and smooth skin. This is mainly due to the high amount of fatty acid that acts as a moisturizer for the skin. Coconut oil also contains lauric acid, which combats acne-causing bacteria. However, be careful with it if you already have oily skin. You can also use it as a base with cosmetics and as a makeup remover!

Lemon Juice and Baking Soda for a Dazzling Smile

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Before you invest your money on teeth whitening bleach kits or expensive toothpaste, give this simple and effective home remedy a go.

Mixing equal portions of lemon juice with baking soda works wonders for the teeth. Make a thick paste and apply on the teeth for a few minutes. Using it just a couple of times can give you great results. Although, if you have teeth sensitivity and other dental problems, be careful with the use of lemon as it can further worsen an erosive lesion or mouth ulcers due to its acidic lesion. Also, don’t get too carried away as to replace it with your toothpaste! You still need it, buddy. Nobody wants to smell that lemon breath no matter how shiny your smile is.

Onion in the Sock, Party Round the Clock

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This is an old folk remedy for cold and flu if you don’t mind a stinky foot early in the morning. Placing raw onion slices under the foot and keeping it in place with a sock can apparently heal your cold and flu. The onion has the potential to soak in all the toxins from the body and cure you overnight. It was used in older times during attacks of influenza. However, it was more common to cut it in rings and place around the room rather than under the foot. As to whether it works or not, let’s just say onions are much better in your hamburgers than under your feet.

  • Beets to ‘Beet’ Constipation
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Beets might be your colon’s best friend. It is a vegetable that’s quite high in fiber content.

This soluble fiber helps things slide down smoothly if you get what we mean. Enjoy a refreshing cup of beet juice, or boil some beets into fresh steamed cubes and eat them with your salad. It will help you get rid of constipation. The beets have a naturally bright red color that is a natural dye, so don’t panic if you notice a bright red color. It is just nature’s practical joke to mess up with your mind!

Aspirin for Dandruff

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If you are tired of your dandruff issue, and no shampoo has given you the results you desire, try crushing some aspirins as an anti-dandruff formula. It is one of the cheapest ways to get rid of dandruff, as some of the hair products can cost you a lot to get rid of that snowy problem. Most people already have aspirin at home, so it won’t even cost extra to get some.  The salicylic acid in aspirin fights dandruff and leaves the scalp smooth and healthy. All you need is 3 crushed pills mixed with your shampoo and voila! You are left with shiny, dandruff-free hair.

Toothpaste for Skin

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There are a lot of skin problems that can be cured with the help of toothpaste. The most common of these is applying toothpaste to a burn.

It prevents the formation of blisters and also helps with the pain and burning sensation due to the menthol and other oils present in the toothpaste. People also use toothpaste on the face to get rid of blackheads, blemishes, pigmentation, and even acne. However, its use with pimples is a bit tricky as it can irritate the already inflamed skin, eventually causing the pimple to shrink but leaving behind a dark patch.

Black Licorice for Smooth Feet

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Let’s face it, black licorice is the devil’s candy. It makes you nauseous and hates candies altogether. Nobody needs that stash you got on Halloween, we are here to help you put it to good use.

Your tongue may hate it, but your feet will love black licorice, especially if you suffer from calluses and corns. The estrogen-like substance present in licorice smoothens out the rough areas and soften the feet. Just grind them up and apply the paste on affected area. You will notice the callus shrink and decrease in size and roughness overnight.

ACV for Hangovers

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After a night of partying and fun, it’s hard to come back to your senses and sober up the morning after. Here’s when a shot of apple cider vinegar will jolt you awake. Let’s be honest, the smell enough can wake up a comatose patient. For this reason, we urge you to dilute it with water first! Dilute a tablespoon of it in a glass of water and have it first thing in the morning. It will help combat fluid retention, stabilize your blood sugar and have a much needed natural diuretic effect so the toxins leave your body. All of this greatly helps after a night of drinks.

A Jar of Olives on the Drive

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If you are a frequent traveler or planning a long road trip with motion sickness, you should carry a jar of olives with you to help combat the problem.

This may seem like a bizarre remedy but it really works. Besides, you can always use it for martinis if you decide to stop and have a party. The salty taste of olives is good for an upset stomach and nausea, while the tannins in olives dry out the mouth and decrease excess salivation, thus preventing vomiting.

Spice it Up to Prevent Diarrhea

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It might sound like the opposite of what you should be doing in an upset stomach, but a blend of some spices can actually help with diarrhea. If you have a bad case of the runs, instead of trying medicines that might end up constipating you, try the side effects free herbal remedy first. For this, you will need a liquid paste of honey, cinnamon, cumin and ginger blended well together. Have a teaspoon of it and drink it down with some water. However, keep in mind that everyone has a different reaction to spices, and in cases of severe dehydration or loss of electrolytes, it’s best to stick with conventional medicines!

The Pleasurable Yams

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If you are going through menopause and want to save yourself from some not so fun signs and symptoms of it, you should increase the dietary intake of yams. Well, if you are a fan of Sex and the City, you might already be aware of this home remedy but let us shed some light for those who don’t. Yams are loaded up with Vitamin C that are high in antioxidants, so that they help with several symptoms of menopause, and might even help with your libido. They are also super delicious so it’s a win-win situation.

Garlic for Sneezy Days

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Garlic has a very strong smell, so you’ll probably prefer to keep away from it when you have nasal allergies and a bad case of sneezes.

But it’s actually quite good for you, and a proven remedy to cure a stuffy nose. Garlic is a natural nasal decongestant and should be kept close in allergy season. It relieves the built-up sinus pressure – mainly due to the strong aroma. Also, if your crush the garlic cloves, it helps with the release of mucus that blocks up the nose and makes it so hard to breathe. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory, so it lowers the nasal inflammation and gives you relief. Once you get better and recover, you can keep it to ward off vampires as well.

The Tennis Ball Roll

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It sounds like a 70’s dance move, and we allow you to go crazy with it. Rolling a tennis ball under your feet actually helps relieve pain after a long day of standing or walking around. It is kind of like a mini foot massage to relax your feet. Besides the occasional foot aches, it is also helpful in more serious conditions like plantar fasciitis, which is a very painful foot condition. All you need to do is place a smooth tennis ball under your feet on a flat surface and roll it around to massage your foot and release the pressure points as well as massage the sore spots.

Oil up Those Nails

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If you have brittle nails that are prone to breakage and can never grow out, get some vegetable oil and see its magic work on your nails.

Vegetable oil naturally softens and strengthens the nail so you can grow them long and beautiful. Apply vegetable oil directly to your nails and cover them with gloves overnight. You can also soak your nails in a bowl of vegetable oil for a few minutes every day. It helps as a deep moisturizer and prevents further breakage. It also smoothens out the skin of the hand and moisturizes it.

Treat Yourself with Ice Cream for Pizza Burns

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Our palate is quite sensitive to hot food, and the most common way to burn your palate is through the hot cheese topping over a pizza. Yes, pizza has betrayed us many times no matter how much we love it. One of the ways to continue your treat yourself meal after a bad pizza burn is having some chilled ice cream. The cold from the ice cream can help soothe a scorched mouth and prevent blistering on the burned palate. It also helps you ease into the betrayal while still enjoying an unhealthy meal.

Pencil for Headaches

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No no, we are not talking about stabbing yourself with it, although a bad headache can really make you want to do that to yourself.

This remedy is usually for those band-like tension headaches that are due to stress and anxiety. They occur most commonly when you clench your jaws too often. One way to relax your jaws and cause the headache to go away is by biting down on a pencil. It creates a space between the jaws so that they are not crushed together and can catch a break. Do this while taking a few deep breaths and maybe listening to some country music, you’ll lighten up in no time!

‘High’ Raisins for Arthritis

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Here’s a combination you didn’t know you need. Golden
raisins soaked in gin can really help with joint pain and arthritis. This is
due to the highly beneficial nutrients of the raisins, including vitamins and
minerals, combined with the anti-inflammatory properties of the juniper berries
in gin. They combine to form a kind of superfood that’s great for arthritis, as
it targets both the swelling and pain to provide ultimate relief. It will also
help you lighten up a bit, and make for a great evening snack.

Baking Soda and Splinters

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Oh how we hate the annoying splinters under the skin that refuse to come out. Not only are they painful and inconvenient, but they can also be dangerous if left in place for too long.

Here’s when baking soda saves the day and provides quick and easy relief. When applied to the skin for a few minutes as a paste with water, baking soda swells it up enough to bring the splinter to the surface and make it easy to remove. You can also apply the paste and cover it with a band-aid to leave it for a day if it doesn’t work the first time. 

Smelly Feet, Smelly Feet, What are They Feeding You?

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Feed them vodka! Smelly feet are often a source of embarrassment wherever you go. You can’t dare to take off your shoes or socks to relax up a bit. If you have some vodka lying around, you can take care of this problem. It takes that sharp pungent smell of the foot and removes the odor. This is because of the high alcohol content that kills bacteria and also dries up excess moisture, leaving the foot dry and odorless. You can apply it with some cotton or a piece of cloth, or put the vodka in a spray bottle and spray it on your feet.

Oatmeal and Eczema

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Oatmeal is great for breakfast and rubbing on your body. We don’t kid, there are many oatmeal facial masks and even body massages that help with a number of skin problems.

If you suffer from eczema, oatmeal is a natural home remedy to cure the itchy skin patches. All you need is two cups of oats mixed with a cup of milk and warmed for a little while. Once it has cooled down, you can massage it on the affected area and leave it to work up its magic for a few minutes. It also helps relieve hives and rashes due to allergies.

Salt Water and Tonsillitis

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We are often advised to gargle and rinse our mouth with saltwater when our gums are inflamed or painful. But the benefits of saltwater go far and beyond that.

It also helps in soothing the pain and swelling caused by tonsillitis and helps with sore throat and a number of respiratory tract infections. The salt content reduced inflammation and pain, eventually subsiding the infection. All you need is half a teaspoon of salt in a cup of lukewarm water to swish and gargle around your mouth.

Cloves for Toothache

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Toothaches are often so brutal that they can bring a grown man down to tears. This is when having cloves around the house can really come in handy.

They are a proven remedy against toothache and other dental problems, and you will even find some in a dentist’s office when you complain of pain. This is because cloves have the chemical eugenol that has an anesthetizing effect to ease the pain, and also anti-bacterial to fight caries causing bacteria. You can apply the clove oil on your tooth with a cotton ball or swab, or chew down upon a whole clove and keep it between the teeth.

Stinging Nettle for Hair fall

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Hair fall and baldness is one of the real tragedies of life. When it comes to hear loss, you will hear many home remedies that seldom if ever work on the scalp.

Stinging Nettle is one of those that have actually proven to have good results. While it may not be able to grow the lost hair back, it can greatly slow down the process of hair loss. Whether you apply it to your head, or drink the stinging nettle tea a couple of times a day, it has a great effect on hair health.

Honey Lips

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Ditch those chapsticks and apply raw honey on your lips. They are a great moisturizer and loaded with healing properties with natural nutrients and plant-based components.

Raw and organic honey helps with chapped lips and gives you a smooth and soft skin in no time. Rub it on the affected area couple of times a day, you will be amazed at the sweet surprise. Honey is also good for cracked and acne-prone skin and even the hair. Just stay away from the bees and you’re good to go.

Tea Bags After a Good Cry

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You’ll need a warm cup of tea after a good cry to soothe yourself, but don’t throw away those tea bags as they still serve a good purpose.

That puffiness and under-eye circles can magically disappear by regularly applying teabags over the eyes. You can also store them in the fridge and use them to refresh yourself and cool down burning eyes whenever required. Tannic acid and caffeine reduce puffiness and makes you feel fresh and revived.