Share Your Home Remedies

Eat homemade chicken soup or a hot toddie to get rid of a cold. Use baking soda or peroxide to whiten your teeth. Sleep with a bar of soap to calm leg cramps. Submit a comment below to share your home remedies. Also, view a U.S. News & World Report slideshow featuring tips from internist Wendy Bennett of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center on "old-school cold remedies that really work."

 

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Elaine May 22, 2014 at 7:40 am

For a bad diaper rash... Pore flour into a skillet and cook over a low heat until the flour is brown. Put the flour on babies bottom. A friend told me about this remendy that her grandmother use for them. I was skeptical, but in awe when it worked.

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Latosha May 29, 2014 at 7:18 am

This one REALLY does work. I dont know how or why but it works!

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Bonnie C May 16, 2014 at 10:00 am

A wet teabag helps keep a burn from blistering (and there isn't any scarring after either). A towel soaked in unsweetened iced tea works equally well. I know of several people who burned their bare legs on hot motorcycle exhaust pipes who used this method and they don't have scars.

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Rose Richardson April 28, 2014 at 9:35 am

When I was a child frequently someone would leave some chocolate candy on a low lying shelf or table and I would quickly eat it and love it only it didn't like me so I would get diarrhea. My grandma would take some flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg, she had to grate it to get slivers (long forgotten spice) with a teaspoon of water. This she would brown on the stove in a skillet and it would come out in a flake and she would break off peices and have me eat it and it really worked. I guess the flour ws the binding gent and the spices gave it a taste.

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Alex April 28, 2014 at 8:54 am

The cure for hiccups at my house growing up? Drinking water through a paper towel of course! Very odd, but it does work.

Another remedy I use now as an adult is the "lemon trick." Cut a lemon in half, squeeze all of the juice in your mouth, and swallow.

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Lori April 24, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Tobacco to stop bleeding from a cut--when you have nothing else available!! It works!!

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Katie April 24, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Eucalyptus oil on the bottom of the feet with socks over top. Helps with coughing through the night. I use it on my babies when they are sick. A few drops on their chest also helps with congestion.

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Susan April 24, 2014 at 12:20 pm

If our Granny heard us coughing in the middle of the night, she would give us a spoonful of Apricot Brandy that she kept for " medicinal purposes". It was awful but it helped.

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Misty April 24, 2014 at 11:50 am

If stung by a bee, cut an onion and half and place on the sting. The onion draws the stinger out of the skin and eases the sting.

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Darnell April 24, 2014 at 10:46 am

I was the youngest and last of six kids growing up in a household where my dad was the only parent that worked so my mom used plenty of home remedies. Here are two...(1) Camphorated Oil was used for the constant ear aches I used to get. She would soak a cotton ball into the warm camphorated oil and then put it in my ear to drain. I hated it but it worked. Eureka!! Also, there was (2) turpentine...many people used it to clean up paint and varnish but my mother used it for abrasions we had to help them heal. A little on a cotton ball to rub on the abrasion after it scabbed was to eliminate permanent scarring. Other kid's parents in my neighborhood used it as well, and yes it worked.

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Anita April 24, 2014 at 10:10 am

My Grandmother would dice onions in a bowl and put sugar on top of it. A lid would go on top of the bowl and it would sit on the countertop until there was juice. We would be spoon-fed the juice and it would cure our cold. I still use it to this day for my children who are too young for the over the counter cough medicine with no side effects.

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Cindy April 24, 2014 at 9:44 am

Our pediatrician recommended to my mom for an upset stomach, warm, flat Coke. He said the recipe for Coke contained coke syrup that calms stomachs. It used to be able to be purchased separately in pharmacies but no longer so the soda is the best bet.
It worked, I still use it today.

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Susan April 24, 2014 at 12:17 pm

I remember having the Coke syrup bottle from the pharmacy in our refrigerator too! No one else I've told this to knew what I was talking about.

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Cathy Carini April 24, 2014 at 9:20 am

Any time we had a bad cold/flu (course back then, it was never called the flu), my Mom would get Chinese chicken rice soup. As far as she was concerned, that was the "cure-all."

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Peg April 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

My Mom would heat olive oil on a spoon and pour it in my ear to calm an earache. She would also swab my sore throat with Hydrogen Peroxide.

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Regina Martin April 24, 2014 at 8:58 am

This may sound gross but it's the truth...ring worms were treated with the person's own urine. Sorry, but it works!

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Paula Mattingly April 24, 2014 at 8:54 am

"Musterole"...hope I spelled that right! Get a cold with heavy congestion - and that's what got put all over us. Then the topper was that area had to be wrapped with a towel in order for this to work...it "seemed" to work to us!

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Jennifer April 24, 2014 at 8:39 am

My grandfather would put a broom straw in my hair to cure hiccups. And it worked!

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Clifford April 24, 2014 at 8:28 am

For upset stomachs, when anyone of us six kids would feel ill, we would drink Coke - as the carbonation was good for the stomach. It was the only time soda was allowed in the house.

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