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Home remedies or old wives’ tales?


Many home remedies are passed on through generations in families, but some are said to be merely old wives’ tales.  Here are a few I have heard of:

  • honey:  sore throats
  • salt:  sore throats
  • oatmeal: in a bath relieves dry, itchy skin and rashes
  • coconut oil:  makeup remover, after bath moisturizer
  • olive oil, tea tree oil:  ear wax
  • diluted baby shampoo (1:1): itchy or scaly eyelids
  • vinegar: mixed with baking soda, cleans out slow drains.  Weed killer on lawns, but will kill grass too.  Mixed with water alleviates heartburn.
  • lemon juice: mixed with water cleanses colon
  • ginger: indigestion
  • turmeric: arthritis and other chronic inflammation
  • cranberry juice: bladder or urinary tract infections
  • cucumbers: under eye bags


I make a concoction of lemon juice, crushed garlic, vinegar, cinnamon, and honey when someone in my house has a sore throat.  I believe in this home remedy.  It seems to work for this old wife.

Do you have any home remedies that you believe in?


Herbs and spices with mortar and bottle with oil


6 thoughts on “Home remedies or old wives’ tales?

  1. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    The cranberry juice is no longer a wives’ tale. There’s scientific evidence that it honestly helps with urinary tract infections. I recommended it to my patients and have used it myself. I like to drink cranberry juice even when I don’t have a UTI, but then I make it about half water and half juice. ~ Connie

  2. My mother was big on the old Doc’s remedy of cider vinegar and honey for energy and losing weight – can you tell me if this is fact or fiction?

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