7 Bizarre Home Remedies Our Grandparents Taught Us That Actually Work

I am sure you can remember when you were quite young your parents or grandparents gave you simple remedies that worked like a charm. These were used instead of or in addition to any modern drug or medications. Over time you began to see these home remedies as strange and bizarre.

Below is some of the most effective and simplest of these old remedies. You may not always like or get access to pharmaceutical medicines. This is why its important that we know these amazing at-home cures so we can use them to help others too! These were taken from littlethings.com-an inspirational blog on DIY, food, life, parenting and pets.

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Soak golden raisins in gin overnight (or however long it takes for them to soak it all up) and eat 10 a day. Don’t worry, you won’t get drunk, but the vitamins in the grapes and the anti-inflammatory effects from the gin’s juniper berries will help bring swelling down and ease your pain.

Bad breath

Instead of popping a piece of gum in your mouth to mask the stinky scent, grab some celery or parsley to chew on to really clean your pearly whites and freshen your breath. They also help with digestion!


I can verify this handy trick myself as my ears frequently like to torture me when I get even the slightest cold. Squeezing lemon juice onto a Q-tip or cotton ball and gently applying just inside your ear will help restore the pH balance and neutralize the icky bacteria.


Brew a pot of some nettle or horsetail herbal tea, both of which have high levels of silica, a chemical that can help strengthen the hair tissue you still have. Be careful not to go overboard, though, as silica can have toxic effects on your kidneys in high volumes.

Urinary Tract infection

Adding a tiny sprinkle of baking soda to a glass of water will make your bladder more alkaline, which makes it more difficult for the uncomfortable bacteria to multiply.


Feeling bloated after enjoying a nice meal? Pop a couple of these fiber- and potassium-filled apricots for dessert and you won’t have to worry about undoing the top button of your pants.

Calluses And Corns

Mash some Red Vines together with a little petroleum jelly to smooth out those rough patches thanks to the estrogen-like ingredients found in the sweet treat.

Bolaji Alli is the lead contributor and editor for Natural Health In Action , a website committed to empowering the physical well being of humanity. He is a qualified Naturopathic Nutritionist from the College of Natural Nutrition and a member of The Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners in the United Kingdom. Bolaji was awarded the order of Merit for outstanding contribution to Alternative Medicine by Empire Magazine. He is the author of “The Miracle Power of Holistic Medicines”.

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