Homemade remedies

YOURLifeChoices has quick and easy remedies which can be rustled up from the contents of your pantry. So the next time you’re feeling under the weather, you can give the pharmacy a miss.

Pop into your local pharmacy and there’s a whole range of lotions and potions for everything from blocked ears to wind, and they usually come with a hefty price tag. Homemade remedies are often more effective than their chemical counterparts and gentler on your body, and wallet.


Gargling several times a day with salt water can help ease a sore throat but as neither viruses nor bacteria like acidity, you may find gargling with equal parts white wine vinegar and water more effective.

To take away the dreadful taste of the vinegar, infuse boiled water with ginger, add honey and drink as a tea.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

If your symptoms are severe, then you should seek medical advice, but if you only suffer from some bloating and cramping now and again, try the following to relieve the pain.

A few drops of peppermint essence in water will help to ease cramps and drinking ginger tea will reduce the inflammation.

You may also wish to consider keeping a food diary to try and pinpoint which foods trigger the symptoms.


Chilled milk is the best remedy. Or if you have them to hand, chew on a few almonds as the oil will help neutralise the acid.

Stuffy nose

A few drops of eucalyptus oil on a handkerchief will help unblock nasal passages. Or you can place some eucalyptus oil in boiling water and use as a steam bath by placing a towel over your head and inhaling the vapours.


Drink plenty of cranberry juice until the symptoms subside and avoid drinks such as tea and coffee which act as irritants when you urinate.

Fungal infections of the feet and toes

Apply tea tree oil to the affected areas and in the case of athlete’s foot where skin has cracked, sprinkle bicarbonate of soda and rinse after fifteen minutes. Ensure you dry your feet properly.


If this is an allergic reaction to something you have come into contact with, all you can do until the allergen leaves your system is to relive the itch and swelling of hives.  Half-fill a bath with warm water and add half a cup each of baking soda and cornflour. Relax for fifteen minutes in the solution. When you come out of the bath, ensure you dry yourself properly and apply milk of magnesia or aloe vera gel on the affected area(s).

Hay fever

Boil some freshly squeezed grapefruit and lemon juice, add some locally produced honey and drink three times a day.


Add a few drops of apple cider vinegar to warm water and use as the final rinse when washing your hair.

Cold sores

Apply a warm tea bag to the area and hold in place for ten minutes. Repeat every couple of hours.


Do you have your own natural remedy for any of the above, or other, common complaints? Why not share them below?

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