by Boston Parents Paper
These home remedies were tested by our editors:
Home Remedies for Hiccups – Take 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar to stop your hiccups! The dry granule of sugar stimulates and actually resets the nerve that is causing you to hiccup. Or try a spoonful of peanut butter if you or your child doesn’t have allergies.
Home Remedy for Sore Throats – Looking to soothe a sore throat? Mix garlic cloves into a glass of warm water. Gargle twice a day for three days. Fresh garlic has properties that fight pain causing bacteria and the warm water will soothe inflamed tissues.
Home Remedies for Cough – Indulge in dark chocolate! One or two squares are plenty and some say more effective than codeine. If your cough is keeping you up at night, take 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey. It will boost your immune system.
Home Remedy for Burns – If you get a burn from a hot pan, oven or sun, make sure to put aloe vera gel on it. It will help soothe the skin and protect it from the air. It creates a second skin that will protect the nerve endings so your burn isn’t as sensitive.
Home Remedy for Indigestion –If your child (over the age of 4) is feeling extra full after a big dinner, have her chew a stick of sugar-free gum. It should have her feeling back to normal in no time.
Home Remedy for Splinters - Splinters can be very painful to remove. Skip the pain and try baking soda to remove the splinter. Mix about a teaspoon of baking soda with enough water to make a thick paste. Put the paste on the splinter and place a adhesive bandage over the area. Wait about 24 hours before taking the bandage off. The splinter should be visible and easily taken out with tweezers.
Home Remedy for Warts – Warts can be painful and embarrassing. Duct tape can potentially get rid of the wart for good, and it hides it! Cut a piece of duct tape to the size of the wart. Keep the piece of duct tape on for a week. If it falls off, just put a new piece on. After a week, soak the area and peel off the tape. Rub the wart with an emery board or even a pumice stone. Place another piece of duct tape on for another week. Repeat the process until the wart is gone.
Home Remedy for Colds – Chicken soup is great for colds. The steam in the soup helps loosen congestion and the broth of the soup is hydrating. The ingredients in the soup have an anti inflammatory effect which will help ease stuffy noses and coughs.
Home Remedy for Bug Bites – Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with water until it makes a thick paste. Put the paste on the itchy bite and let dry. It will help stop the itching.
Home Remedy for Ear Aches – Ear aches can hit at any time, but always seem to occur abruptly In the middle of the night. Try putting a warm moist heat compress around the ear for about 20 minutes. It should help alleviate the pain until your child is able to go to the doctor.
Home Remedies for Teething – Teething can be painful for your little one. Try to ease their pain with this simple trick. Take a wash cloth and wet the center of it with water. Spread on a good amount of apple sauce. Stick it in the freezer until it is frozen. It allows your baby to chew on something t hat will not be a choking hazard and the cold will numb the gums. Another trick is to fill a mesh teether with frozen peas or frozen fruit. It’s a little messy, but it helps numb the gums while providing a nutritious treat.