Natural Homemade Remedies using leftovers that really work and save you money too.

Garlic, one of the best and most useful natural home remedies.

Garlic bulb.
Garlic bulb.

Natural, home made remedies that really do work.

The first thing to remember about natural home made remedies is that they are natural and home made and they can save you a great deal of money. The clue really is in the name with this one.

And that these natural remedies have been around for a whole lot longer than anything you can now buy over the counter. Whenever we feel sick, or down, or have a tumble or fall it is all too easy to reach for the traditional option of the medicine cabinet or visit the doctor or chemists shop, but is it really necessary?

We might just have the perfect natural home made/home grown remedy for what ails us at our fingertips, or at least in our own back gardens and yards. Not only are home grown remedies far more natural than the shop bought varieties but they are a whole lot cheaper too and available at any time of the day or night. You can have a pharmacy, quite literally, at your fingertips.

Saving money in these hard times is never going to be a bad thing. Natural remedies have been around for thousands of years and a great many of our modern day medicines are derived from plants that our ancestors knew and used. Here are twenty of the best home grown natural remedies that I have personally tried and tested and can say with some degree of certainty that they really do work. I hope you find all of the following information as useful as I have over the years.

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Twenty tried and tested Natural home made remedies.

1. How to Reduce the pain and swelling caused by arthritis and rheumatism.

Simply mix equal amounts of fresh squeezed lemon and carrot juice, store in an airtight glass container in a cool dry place and take a tablespoonful once a day in the morning before eating any food.

Make a fresh batch of this juice every two weeks. If you are one of those people who have found that citrus aggravates your condition then try making a tea using fresh ginger root or rosemary.

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2. How to lower your cholesterol levels.

Crush a whole bulb of fresh garlic in a mortar and pestle and then rub the mash through a fine sieve to produce an oily liquid. Store this liquid in the fridge, make sure to keep it in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid if you don’t want everything else in the fridge to smell like garlic! Drink a tablespoonful of this liquid every day. Wash it down with a slice of bread or toast to take away the taste quickly. This mixture will last for about three months if kept in the fridge, so you can make up a large batch if you find it works for you. A food processor will speed up things if you are making a large batch of this remedy.

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3.To relieve the pain of a sore throat.

Put half of a peeled white onion into a jar of runny honey and leave for at least a week. Take a teaspoon of this mixture every few hours whenever you have a sore throat. I have kept a jar of this for six months in the fridge and it still tasted fine and, what's more important, still worked.

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4. When you want to give your immune system a boost.

Put equal quantities of fresh green gooseberries, boiled red beetroot and raw carrot into a container. Add a few cloves of fresh garlic and a pinch of sea salt. If you have a food processor blitz the mixture until it is smooth and liquidised, you can do this by hand but it takes forever! Drink slightly chilled and always use up the mixture daily. Brazil nuts are another great immune boosting food, eat a small hand full daily to keep bugs at bay.

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5. Feeling a little down, got the blues?

Pick a large handful of fresh basil leaves, wash and then place them in a teapot. Pour on hot water and leave to brew for ten minutes. Have a couple of cups of this tea three or four times a day and you’ll soon be feeling better. Good quality dark chocolate, over seventy percent cocoa, can also have a very good effect on your mood, eat a couple of squares whenever you are feeling a little down.

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Good quality olive oil has many uses.

Extra virign olive oil.
Extra virign olive oil.

6.To lower a high temperature.

Add a heaped teaspoonful of dried sage leaves, (the fresh ones don't seem to work as well for some reason) and a handful of sliced fresh ginger root to half a pint of cold water. Allow to stand for an hour then boil until the mixture reduces by around three quarters. Drink this mixture twice a day until your temperature comes down.

7. Menopause.

Drink beetroot juice twice a day and eat a small handful of raw cashew nuts daily. Add a tablespoonful of extra virgin olive oil to your food every day, uncooked olive oil is best as heating the oil can destroy some of its health giving properties. Olive oil makes a wonderful salad dressing.

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8. Unblock a stuffy nose.

Place a crushed garlic clove, four crushed black pepper corns and a large handful of fresh thyme leaves into a bowl. Pour on boiling water, cover your head with a towel and breath in the fumes from the bowl for about ten minutes.

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9. Upset stomach.

Follow the BRAT diet for two days. Eat only Bananas, boiled white Rice, poached Apples and lightly toasted white bread. It is pretty boring but it really does work.

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10. Relieve an annoying cough.

Sprinkle two teaspoonfuls of dried turmeric into a small bowl of boiling water and stir well. Breath in the steam for twenty minutes and follow with a spoonful of honey. This is really helpful last thing at night as it can help you get a good nights sleep.Turmeric is a powerful anti inflammatory and helps to reduce swelling in the throat.

Rub a cut lime of your forehead to stop the throb of a headache.

Sliced limes.
Sliced limes.

11. Reduce pain and swelling produced by insect stings and bites.

Tear aloe vera leaves in half and apply to the affected area. If you don’t have any aloe vera then use an infusion of equal parts cider vinegar and fresh rosemary leaves. Tomato juice also works really well, apply it directly to the sting or bite and cover with a loose bandage or clean tea towel and leave on for at least fifteen minutes for maximum effect.

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12. Relieve the pain of toothache.

Rub a few drops of good quality vanilla extract onto the gums near the toothache. Don’t use vanilla essence as it does nothing at all. You can buy vanilla extract at most supermarkets, it does cost a bit more but is well worth the extra expense as a health remedy or in baking. The taste difference between the two products is amazing. Once you have tried good quality vanilla you will never go back to the cheaper variety.

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13.To reduce stress levels.

Mix together raw cashew nuts, sunflower seeds and alfalfa sprouts and add to a tossed green salad. Wash it down with a glass of cranberry juice and a couple of squares of chocolate. Sit back and feel all of the days stresses and strains flowing out of your body like a tidal-wave.

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14.To ease cystitis.

In a small saucepan cook a handful of fresh spinach leaves, some chopped onion and celery and a couple of okra in a little water. Simmer for about twenty minutes then blitz in a food processor or push through a sieve. Eat twice a day until the symptoms clear. Make sure to drink at least six glasses of water a day too. Don't be alarmed if this treatment turns your urine bright green, it's a normal reaction.

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15. Cold sores.

At the first sign of the tell tale tingling feeling wrap some ice in a thin cotton tea towel and hold against the lip for at least twenty minutes. Repeat two or three times and you should be able to stop the cold sore developing.

Watermelon juice is a great cure for headaches.

Watermelon sliced in half.
Watermelon sliced in half.

16. Headache

Blend together one ripe banana, some fresh watermelon juice and a few drops of Tabasco sauce. Sit back and rub a cut lime on your forehead as you sip your smoothie.

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17. Reduce swelling.

Place a cup of cider vinegar and two teaspoons of cayenne pepper into a small saucepan and simmer for twenty minutes. Soak a clean towel in the hand hot liquid, wring it out and then wrap it around the affect area. Refresh every five minutes and keep the compress on for at least thirty minutes. If the swelling is in the leg elevate the limb to help with the reduction.

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18. Puffy eyes.

Lie back and place two cold used tea bags over the eyes, after twenty minutes you’ll look bright eyed again. Cucumber slices work really well too.

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19. Indigestion.

Drink a small glass of water to which you have added a level teaspoonful of bicarbonate of soda. You should sip this mixture slowly fro best effects. It does taste pretty awful but it does really work.

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20. Insomnia.

Eat a slice of granary or wholemeal bread just before bedtime and drink a cup of camomile tea sweetened with a teaspoon of honey. Place a bag of dried lavender under your pillow to help you drift of to sleep naturally.

Herbal teas have been used for centuries, buy some from Amazon.

Dry fresh herbs against a sunny wall.

Drying herbs.
Drying herbs.

Make your own dried herbs.It is much easier than most people think.

Drying your own fresh herbs to use in your natural remedies couldn't be easier, it is so much cheaper than buying them.

Simply pick a bunch, tie them together with some twine and hang them up on a nice warm, sunny wall.

If the weather turns wet bring them inside and hang them near your stove top, or in a warm spare room.

Keep herbs of one type in one bunch, don't mix them as they can take differing amounts of time to dry.


If you use these natural homemade remedies, you will find that they work and they will save you money as well.

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Jennifer 6 years ago

What great tips! very interesting. I am looking for more and more natural remedies and hadn't heard of most of these. Thanks!


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GALAXY 59 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks for the comment. I have tried all of these and they do work. Natural remedies are so much better than the shop bought kind in my view.


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SavannahEve 6 years ago from California

Galaxy 59. This is a great hub! I've tried some of these in the past and they work well! I'm going to try the rest. You are sooooo right about natural remedies.


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Wow! Fabulous hub!! I haven't heard of a lot of these and I am all about natural remedies for everything! LOVE this hub. Will bookmark this for sure to use!! Thanks for the info!!


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GALAXY 59 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

SavannahEve. Thank you, Let me know how the rest of these remedies work out for you. I always think natural is best.


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GALAXY 59 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

theherbivorehippi - thank you so much, I am so glad you love this hub. I know from my own experience that these do work, some of these remedies have been passed down my family and I love the connection to the past that using them gives me.


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Artamia 6 years ago from GTA, Canada

• Great advise... Thank-You for sharing. Happy Holidays 2U *(


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idreesfarooq 6 years ago from fiverr dot com/idreesfarooq

Great Hub. Thanks for sharing nice thoughts. Looking for more. Keep posting


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GALAXY 59 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Artamia, thank you for reading and happy holidays to you too.


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GALAXY 59 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

idreesfarooq. I am a firm believer in natural remidies and natural food, thank you for commenting on my hub.


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eatingright 6 years ago

Very useful tips - Thumbs up! The cider vinegar does work to reduce swelling of swollen feet.


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GALAXY 59 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

eatingright, thank you for the comment, glad to know you found relief for swollen feet.


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

Great info here GALAXY 59! I have used several of these with good results, but had not heard of some of them either. One of my faves is the onion/honey syrup - but I have always simmered mine with chopped onion. Yours sounds easier so I will remember that one particularly. I am becoming your fan now.


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GALAXY 59 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Frogyfish, thanks for the great comments and for becoming a fan, I am flattered.I have always found the natural remedies to be best, after all, most of the modern medicines come from plants originally.


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cooperfsu 6 years ago from Valencia, Spain

Since perscription drugs almost always cause some unpleasant side effects, I am always looking for some home remedies to try first. Thanks for this hub.


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GALAXY 59 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Good luck with a more natural approach to medicine, cooperfsu. Let me know how these remedies work out for you.


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

Great tips very useful information. I love natural remedies or healing.Thanks for the useful info. Voted up.

Sweet wishes Rhonda


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GALAXY 59 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you so much Rhonda. I'm glad you found this hub useful, I have tried and tested these remedies and they do work.


Bhozk 3 years ago

I can recommend the foillwong for settling your stomach, and your entire digestive system, but there is the possibility that your stomach upset is due to stress or emotional upset and that is where the physical problems are coming from. If that is the case, then you need to deal with that as well.The idea is to give your stomach a break and give it a more alkaline (the opposite of acidic) diet for a while. Cutting out tea and coffee is a great idea, but don't replace it with milk. Drink water instead, and a couple of times a day, add a dash of salt and a squeeze of lemon juice to the water sip it slowly. This drink is great for settling your stomach. Milk is one of the worst things you could take.If you're really serious, then modify your diet to eliminate the acidic foods. Go to the websites below for lists of acidic and alkaline foods.If you are having more serious digestive problems in your bowels, then a good way to quickly flush out your system is taking activated charcoal for a couple of days, and then take some probiotics for a week to replace all the good bacteria. The activated charcoal will clean out your bowels, but it takes everything. Also, it is an absolute MUST that you drink plenty of water, preferably start a couple of days beforehand. If you can manage it, get genuine mineral spring water, or water that has been through reverse osmosis. Boil this water and drink it within 3-4 hours after boiling. Your body will better absorb the water.Otherwise, if you want avoid a doctor but want some professional help, see a Naturopath/Homeopath or chinese doctor.Good luck!

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