11 Bizarre Home Remedies Our Grandparents Taught Us That Actually Work

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When I was a little girl, probably only about 3 or 4 years old, I had the unfortunate luck of getting bitten by a nasty spider. Thankfully, the critter wasn’t anything too awful that I had to be rushed to the hospital, but it sure wasn’t fun.

But to tell you the truth, I quickly forgot all about the pain, and to this day only remember one thing: the strange home remedy my mom used, which she learned from her mom, to make the swelling go down and get me back in better spirits.

It might sound strange, but I can tell you firsthand that slicing up a raw potato and wrapping an Ace bandage around the affected area really does the trick! After sleeping with it on all night, I woke up to a barely noticeable and pain-free bump.

Take a look below to see even more amazing at-home cures for common afflictions!

And be sure to SHARE them with your loved ones to give them some much-needed relief.

1. Arthritis

1. Arthritis

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.

2. Bad Breath

2. 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!

3. Earache

3. Earache

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.

4. Hair Loss

4. Hair Loss

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.

5. Menopause

5. Menopause

Adding yams to your diet regularly will help support your hormones with plenty of vitamin A and antioxidants, and help lower your cholesterol. Just be sure to get real yams, not sweet potatoes.

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