People scour the shelves of drug and health stores looking for help for a variety of ailments. However, the pathway to relief from minor conditions could be sitting in the pantry or the bathroom cupboard. Old school natural remedies have been around for a long time and some of them just plain work. Deceptively simple and certainly easy on the wallet, here are the twelve best home remedies for minor aches, pains and irritating conditions.
These tips are not meant to replace medical advice. If you feel very unwell, especially for longer than 1- to 2-days, please contact your healthcare professional.
1. Witch Hazel for Pain and Itching Relief
Witch hazel is like a gentler version of rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. It can be used as a skin toner, but it also has amazing anti-itch properties and provides pain relief. This makes it great for cuts, stings, insect bites, scrapes and abrasions. It also helps with healing from bruises and takes the swelling down.
Witch hazel is great for kids for relief from those conditions because it does not sting as much as rubbing alcohol, which decreases the negative experience associated with first aid for some children. Witch hazel has long been used as an effective remedy for relief from the pain, itching and swelling from hemorrhoids. Dabbing witch hazel on a tissue for application is a cost-effective homemade version of anti-hemorrhoidal wipes.