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15 Home Remedies That Can Help Solve Health Issues On A Budget

by Karen Belz
Karen Belz has written for sites such as Bustle, HelloGiggles, Romper, and So Yummy. She's the mom of a sassy toddler and drinks an alarming amount of Sugar-Free Red Bull in order to keep up with her.

There’s a reason that most people enjoy life hacks. It’s because figuring out an easy solution to a problem can be really thrilling, whether it’s concocting home remedies or just figuring out a better (and cheaper) way to clean the house.

But in the world of the internet, some of them work and some of them don’t.

For example, pouring soda into my toilet was just a quick way to waste a bunch of soda. The bowl wasn’t magically cleaner afterward. Sure, it was possible that I did it wrong — but waiting another hour to try it again seemed like a poor use of my time. That said, trying it out was a lot of fun.

Home remedies are even more intriguing. Obviously, you know that medicine is the best (and sometimes only) way to cure common ailments, but you never know what may help out your symptoms prior to your doctor’s appointment.

Common sense is very important when it comes to home remedies. If you’re contagious, rest and book a doctor’s appointment before trying to involve all of your home supplies.

That said, most DIY home remedies aren’t dangerous. They just might not work for everyone. Here are 15 home remedies that people often swear by. Give them a shot and see if it’s something that’ll actually be life-changing.

Basil Might Help With Acidity

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If you’ve ever had acid reflux, you know it’s something that can really ruin your morning. Luckily, many people believe that basil is a great way to keep it under control. According to LiveStrong, a tea made from fresh basil leaves may be the best thing to control acid production. You can also make sure that your meals are basil-heavy. Since it’s an herb that literally makes everything taste better (ever have it on a pizza before?), it shouldn’t be hard to add more of it to your day.

Into gardening? Basil is one of the easiest crops to grow, which is just another reason why you should pick up a plant or two.

Watermelon Juice Can Improve Your Hydration

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By now, you probably know that the best drink for you is water. But as it turns out, watermelon juice also has a ton of benefits. Probably because it contains a lot of water. Makes sense, right?

Watermelon juice provides you with a ton of vitamins and electrolytes, meaning that you may want to sip on some if you plan on drinking alcohol. The electrolytes will help your nerve cells communicate and will also help balance your levels of hydration. So if you’re feeling parched and can’t stomach regular water, watermelon juice might do the trick.

Garlic Will Help Cure Your Athlete's Foot

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This sounds like something too smelly to try on your own, but people swear by it. According to Healthline, 79% of people who tried to cure their athlete’s foot with a derivative of garlic found success. You can’t deny the statistics there.

All you need to do is crush four to five cloves of garlic and apply it to your foot in the areas necessary. You’ll likely find success if you do it twice a day. Worried about smelling like garlic? Don’t worry — there are worse things you can smell like. And after a week, you’ll be back in the clear.

Garlic Can Also Help Solve Gastric Problems

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Don’t put away your garlic just yet. It actually has a ton of great uses. Another is that it’s key to preventing and helping gastric issues. By itself, it helps relieve bloating. Seriously — always have plenty of bulbs of garlic around, because it’s excellent for your body.

That said, it may cause more bloating if mixed with other foods. So try it on its own for a little bit. Sauteing it on the stovetop isn’t the worst idea, and you don’t need too much to test if it works for you.

Your Headache May Be Cured By Tiger Balm

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Tiger Balm is great for relieving aching muscles after a long day, but a little bit might also help you manage your headache. Standard Tiger Balm contains 15% methyl salicylate, 3% camphor, and 5% menthol to help make the area you apply it to feel cooler.

The method of using Tiger Balm for headaches was studied back in 1996. While it was popular then, more studies haven’t been done since. Still, if it doesn’t work for you, there are plenty of other reasons why having a jar of Tiger Balm in your house isn’t the worst idea. So it’s worth a shot to try to ease those headaches away.

Sesame Seeds May Aid Your Constipation

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Reader’s Digest Canada writes that sesame seeds can actually moisturize your intestines. I know — it’s a bit of a grisly visual. Luckily, we can just take their word on it. You can easily add sesame seeds to a bunch of different foods, like salads. You can even sprinkle some additional seeds on a sesame seed bagel. (Or just get a dozen sesame seed bagels at the store, if you’re on a carb-friendly diet.)

They’re known as being a natural laxative, since they contain a ton of fiber.

Grated Cucumbers Might Heal Your Acne

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The stereotypical “self-care” image of the ’80s and ’90s is a mud facial mask and cucumber slices covering your eyes. But what was the real benefit of this? Supposedly those cukes can reduce swelling and may help lessen undereye circles.

That said, the real benefit of cucumbers is for your acne. A cucumber mask can help you fight breakouts without drying out your skin. Since cucumbers are mostly made of water, you can see how they’d be worth a shot over stronger creams for mild acne. If they happen to work for you, they’re also a lot cheaper.

Sprite Might Help Your Hangover

If you like to drink but can’t stand the next-day headache, try to ease your hangover with Sprite.

Chinese researchers found that Sprite can actually speed up the breakdown of acetaldehyde, which is responsible for the hangover effects you’ve likely experienced. More research is still necessary, but it’s an easy enough experiment to concoct on your own if you’re curious about the possible results. Even if it doesn’t work for you, Sprite will always serve as a tasty and satisfying beverage.

A Banana Milkshake With Honey May Also Cure Your Hangover

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If you don’t like Sprite and want to try something a little more fun, some people think that banana milkshakes with honey are the best hangover cure. If you have a blender, you’re truly in luck.

Steemit reports that a banana by itself can help soothe your stomach. Meanwhile, the fructose in honey will help your body metabolize the alcohol you drank. Honey is also key in building up your blood sugar levels, which the alcohol likely depleted. Bananas are great for you no matter what, so this home remedy is worth a shot.

Fresh Ginger Root Might Stop Your Motion Sickness

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Motion sickness can stop you from experiencing a lot of life’s joys — like going on a roller coaster, or trying to beat your friends at go-karts. Thankfully, home remedies exist that can help you feel so much better. Fresh ginger root has been noted to help stop motion sickness symptoms. Here’s how.

Ginger root helps settle your stomach and keep nausea at bay. It’s mostly because of a component called gingerol. Healthline reports that a test was done that required its participants to take 1 to 2 grams of ginger before a motion sickness test. Those who were tested reported feeling much less nauseous than expected.

Tomato Paste Might Lift Your Dark Undereye Circles

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Many times, dark circles are hereditary. But there are ways you might be able to calm them down a little at home. One home remedy? Tomato paste.

It sounds a little weird, but it shouldn’t be any odder than cucumber slices. Supposedly, it’s the lycopene that helps your skin look brighter. Tomato juice may also work if you’re careful enough not to get it in your eye.

Clove Oil Can Help Soothe a Toothache

Clove Oil Can Help Soothe a Toothache

When your tooth hurts, the first thing you should do is contact a dentist. Problems with teeth can often indicate other health problems, so it’s important that you take care of them properly. In the meantime, clove oil might help you with the pain.

How does it work? Well, clove oil contains a chemical compound called eugenol. Scientists have found out that eugenol is key in solving issues with tooth pain. All you need to do is wipe a little over your gums using a cotton swab for quick relief.

Witch Hazel Can Eliminate Itching

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Witch hazel is often used as an astringent that helps take the itchiness out of bug bites. It’s even been used on hemorrhoids before. Based on the fact that it’s an anti-inflammatory, it has a bunch of different, practical uses.

It’s also great for skin damage, in small doses. That means that you might want to have a bottle of it handy just in case you ever need quick relief.

Fenugreek Can Help Your Sore Throat

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Ever hear of fenugreek? It’s a Mediterranean herb that reportedly can help with a bunch of things, from milk production in a breastfeeding woman to a sore throat.

It comes in many forms, but probably one of the best and most convenient is as a tea. Bonus — fenugreek has been known to kill off bacteria, adding to its other celebrated health benefits.

Onions Can Help Stop Nosebleeds

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If you get an occasional nosebleed, you might want to make sure you have onions on hand. Onions are good for a lot of things. Some people even believe that putting onion slices on your feet at night will prevent illness.

That said, this is a much easier (and less smelly) experiment. If you slice an onion and hold it under your nose quickly after the nosebleed starts, the fumes are said to help serve as a coagulant to get the bleeding to stop.