20 home remedies that actually work

Most of us grew up with home remedies from wise relatives, but they're often old wives' tales. There are many home remedies that science has proven to work, such as using fenugreek to boost breastmilk supply and oatmeal to soothe skin.

Olive oil, coconut oil, and safflower oil are versatile moisturisers. Rub a few drops of your favourite oils into dry skin patches.

Moisturize cuticles, hair, and skin with cooking oils.

Ginger tea has well-established anti-nausea properties. Peel and slice 1" ginger, then steep for 5 minutes. Honey is antibacterial.

Ginger tea soothes stomachaches.

A cheap bag of Epsom salts can relieve back pain from work or the gym. Pour a cup or two into a hot bath to soothe tired, achy muscles. Soak for 20-30 minutes.

Soothe sore muscles with Epsom salts.

Aloe is a versatile plant for treating minor burns, scrapes, and bug bites. Scoop out the gel-like pulp from a leaf for instant cooling.

Buy aloe vera for burn relief

Local honey (or bee pollen) reduces seasonal allergies. Especially raw, organic, and hyper-local varieties with local pollen. Add a spoonful to morning tea or oatmeal to reduce sneezing.

Honey or bee pollen can help with allergies.

Oatmeal has been used to soothe eczema, poison ivy, and dry skin. Blend rolled oats to make colloidal oatmeal. Powder a warm bath to relieve itching.

Soothe itchy, inflamed skin with colloidal oatmeal.

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