Home remedies for common ailments

Fed up of taking medicine full of ingredients that you can’t even pronounce? Go back to basics with these simple home remedies:

1. Chicken soup for the soul…& a cold

This is an age-old remedy for anyone coming down with a common cold. As well as being a delicious way to provide the body with nourishment, scientific evidence has also suggested that the soup can reduce the activity of the white blood cells that are responsible for causing some of the common colds nasty symptoms.

2. Clove oil for toothache

Clove oil is rich in eugenol – a natural painkiller with antibacterial properties. Mix a few drops with olive oil and apply to the tooth with a cotton wool ball soaked in the mix. Individuals should use clove oil with caution as applying it undiluted to the mouth can cause burning and or tissue and nerve damage. It should also not be applied to broken skin.

3. Bicarbonate soda for upset stomachs

Bicarbonate of soda is the key ingredient of many over the counter upset stomach relief remedies. The ingredient, often used in baking, sparks a chemical reaction with excess stomach acid to neutralise pH in your stomach. For a simple home remedy dissolve a teaspoon in a cup of water.

4. Milk for cold sores

Whole fat milk contains Monocaprin, a complex that reduces activity of the virus that causes cold sores. It also promotes healing in the affected areas.

5. Honey to sooth sore throats

Honey harbours some fantastic medicinal properties, one of which is its ability to soothe sore throats. Honey can be taken alone, or it can be added to herbal teas.

Before using a home remedy you should always consult your doctor for advice.

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Written by Emma Hilton

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