10 Natural Household Remedies For Burns, Pains & More

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Need an excuse to toss all those old meds in your cabinet this season? Well, we've got good news for you! For many common aches and pains, there are regular household remedies that are all-natural and absolutely perfect solutions. So, next time you feel that little itch, think outside the tube.

  1. Burns. OK, you forgot to put the oven handle on the pot again, so your finger is burning up. Luckily for you, there are several household solutions to your problem. First, rinse it with cold water, and then immediately apply aloe vera gel to the burn surface. If you don't have aloe, then a potato will also work. Simply slice it up and rub its cool juices all over the burn for a soothing effect. Honey, in additional to living forever, has antibacterial properties, so it works well as a topical ointment. Mustard also works as a salve for burns if used immediately.
  2. Bleeding. A lot of times, those shaving nicks just won't stop bleeding. For a quick solution, sprinkle a small amount of cayenne pepper onto the cut. It quickly stops the bleeding and usually reduces the pain, as well.
  3. Toothache. Relieving pain in your mouth is no easy feat, but you also have to worry about infection, which can spread to your brain quickly from your mouth. While you're waiting for your dentist appointment, put a few drops of clove oil on your tooth and gums, and it will reduce swelling and pain. To fight bacteria, bite down on a smashed piece of garlic, which has excellent antibacterial properties.
  4. Acne. For acne-prone and sensitive skin, there are many imbalances that can make them worse. However, to gently exfoliate and draw out excess oil and impurities, wash your face with oatmeal. It will natural scrub away the dirt and give your skin a healthy glow.
  5. Ear infection. For a mild infection (anything serious or severe should be brought to a doctor immediately), put a few drops of garlic oil or white vinegar into your ear canal and lay down on the opposite side. That way the drops can sink in and do their jobs. Both garlic and vinegar create an environment that doesn't support bacteria that cause infection. Repeat this a few times a day until your symptoms disappear.
  6. Sore muscles. You may not have arnica cream now, but it's a cabinet must-have. The arnica flower contains helenalin, which is a naturally potent anti-inflammatory. By rubbing the cream on your sore muscles and bruises, you can stop the spread of the bruising and get quicker relief. It speeds up the healing of bruises, sprains, sore muscles and other general aches.
  7. Dandruff. Dandruff shampoo often contains chemicals that can be harmful to your health. Try something a little more natural first, like aloe vera gel. Rub it onto the scalp and leave it in for 20 minutes before rinsing it out. Another choice is to rinse with apple cider vinegar. Use for several days and see the results.
  8. Headache. Sniffing oils like peppermint or lavender have been shown to help relieve headache and migraine, so try rubbing one on your temples and at the base of your neck. You can also try rubbing a fresh-cut lemon or lime on your forehead. Feverfew is a good herbal remedy to try, as well. For a sticky-free alternative, drink caffeine via green tea, and use an ice pack for 20 minutes.
  9. Rashes. Over-the-counter and prescription antihistamines usually come with serious side effects. So try green tea, which contains compounds that have similar antihistamine properties, but without the drugs. Drink two or three cups a day for best effect.
  10. Indigestion. Heartburn and indigestion usually occur when you don't have enough stomach acid to break down excess food. Try downing a spoonful or two of apple cider vinegar, which contains natural acids that can help break down what's causing your stomach distress.

So this time, before you go to the pharmacy, consider what's already at home. These quick and easy remedies aren't just convenient, but they're all-natural, too! So enjoy what's right in front of you, and find relief in that.

Last Updated: January 18, 2012
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About Emelie Battaglia Emelie Battagila is a contributing writer for Idealhomegarden.com

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