I remember as a child, my grandmother having a sure cure for every kind of illness or injury I would throw at her.
From the common cold and cough to a grazed knee, she would always pull some obscure herb or natural remedy from her pantry or cupboard and sure enough would seemingly cure me of my problems!
We’ve compiled some of the most bizarre solutions that our beloved grandmas have come up with that actually do work!
Discover centuries of wisdom below!
Olives for Motion Sickness
This may sound a little strange but we promise you it works! There is a ton of great information out there claiming that olives, high in tannins, can actually help prevent the over production of saliva.
So the next time you have that nasty feeling in your belly and your mouth that your going to be sick, go grab some olives from the pantry or the deli or carry some with you in a sealed tub or plastic bag when you’re travelling on long distance journeys.
Raisins Can Actually Help Arthritis!
Yep, you heard that right! Our dried grape friends can actually ease the symptoms of arthritis better than most pharaceutical drugs!
The old grandmother’s tale suggests that you soak a handful of golden raisins for 24 hours in a couple of spoonfuls of gin.
The raisin releases essential vitamins and combined with the anti-inflammatory effects of the juniper berries (used to make gin) helps to reduce inflammation, swelling and ease the pain in your arthritic joints.
Lemons for Earache
Another weird remedy for you… The story goes that if you were to squeeze some lemon juice onto a cotton-wool ear bud and place it inside your ear for about a minute, you can relieve the pains and symptoms of an earache.
The citric element of the lemon juice is supposed to stabilize pH levels in your ears to return them to their normal state.
Nettles Cure Hair Loss
Nettle leaves contain super high levels of calcium, protein, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, beta-carotene and high amounts of the vitamins A, C, D, and B complex’.
A lot of the nutrients and minerals found in nettles are fantastic for our hair. With our hair mostly comprised of proteins it’s little wonder that nettle leaves help keep it looking smooth, strong, silky and right where it needs to be!
To quickly and easily make a pot of nettle tea, boil the kettle, put 4-6 nettle leaves in a cup, pour the hot water over, and enjoy! How about adding some honey or lemon to the tea for extra flavor!
Please be aware: Nettles are high in a substance called silica which can be harmful at high doses… so don’t go TOO crazy with the nettle tea!
Celery for Bad Breath
This is a timeless classic. Get rid of the gum and replace with celery! Yes , that’s right, celery! The anise properties in the celery neutralize the odour causing bacteria on the teeth and tongue. All you have to do is chew…and chew…
Yams for Early Menopause Symptoms
Yams tend to have a thicker rougher skin and are darker in color than sweet potatoes but the similarites are definitely there. Being naturally high in Vitamin C and containing just the right amount of Vitamin A, Yams will help to return you hormone balance, back to its original state – and give you tons of dietary fiber which helps to lower cholesterol!
Baking Soda for a Urinary Tract Infection
I remember my grandmother being able to use baking soda for anything, and here’s another great use. Have you thought about adding a sprinkling of baking soda to a glass of water? If you have UTI symptoms and pains, watch and feel them disappear in no time at all!
The bicarbinate of soda makes your bladder more alkaline preventing the infection causing bacteria from multiplying and wreaking havok.
Obviously, if your symptoms are consistent, persistent or extremely painful, then you should ALWAYS consult your doctor first.
Dried Apricots for Better Indigestion
My grandfather used to swear by this. He used to eat exactly four dries apricots after his dinner every day for 50 years. When we aksed why he would say that it helped his food digest better.
This is so true! Dried apricots are exceptionally high in dietary fiber. This helps your stomach digest its food and prevents from indigestion and bloating. Now you know this, the next time you might have eaten too much or feeling a little queezy after a meal, there’s always room for a couple of dried apricots!
Potatoes for Spider Bites
A good friend’s grandmother once recommended this for a nasty spider bite back when we were young.
Raw potatoes are loaded with anti-itch and anti-inflammatory chemicals, just the kind of medicine you need after a nasty spider bite! Just wrap a fresh, clean, raw, sliced potato in a clean bandage or cloth and gently massage it into the affected area for a couple minutes until the itching subsides.
So there you have it. The next time you doubt your beloved grandparents logic, just give it a try! If it works for them, there;s a good chance it will work for you.