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10 Healthy Home Remedies

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10/14/2013 6:00 AM   :  5 comments   :  5,944 Views

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1. Soothe a Sunburn with Vinegar

Plain white vinegar helps ease the pain and itch of a recent burn, and may also prevent blisters from forming. If the burn is on your face, soak a cotton ball in vinegar and dab onto affected areas. If it's on a larger part of your body, use a washcloth or paper towel and cover your skin for 15 minutes. 

2. Fade Sun or Age Spots with Lemon Juice

The citric acid in a lemon helps dissolve dead skin cells, exposing fresh skin underneath. Lemons also contain vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects the skin from future damage. Cut the fruit in half and squeeze out the juice. Dab on skin with a cotton swab and leave on for 1 to 2 minutes before rinsing. Use this remedy before bed, but not in the morning (citrus contains a compound that can cause darkening when exposed to sunlight).
 
3. Relieve an Itchy Bug Bite with Bananas

The inside white part of a banana peel helps moisturize and calm irritation. Apply the inside of the peel directly to the bite for 2 to 3 minutes.
 
4. Calm Swollen Skin with Green Tea Bags

The tannins and caffeine in tea bags help reduce swelling. Green tea works best because it also contains EGCG, an anti-inflammatory compound. Put used tea bags in the fridge for 30 minutes, then place on swelling.
Bonus benefit: Have a small paper cut or scrape? Clean it thoroughly, then put a tea bag directly on the cut, pressing gently for 5 minutes. The tannins in tea help clot the blood.


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  • 5
    I found a product that helped me with itchy bug bites--it's only ingredient was ammonia. Works great and only a tiny bit is needed. And since glass cleaner's main ingredient is ammonia there's apparently something to the go-to remedy in the film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"--well, there's one ailment that it helps, anyway. Lol :) - 10/30/2013   4:02:33 PM
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    I am going to try the tea bag. Thanks - 10/25/2013   7:09:53 PM
  • 3
    Thank you! I am going to use those tea bags! That's a really good idea. Some times my eyes are puff and I've heard years ago to do that as well as using cucumbers. Great information! :) - 10/14/2013   11:31:14 AM
  • 2
    I am very very prone to mosquito bites, and I've tried all kinds of home remedies for relieving bite itch, and the ONLY thing that works is scalding the bite for a second with the hottest water that you can tolerate. Kills the itch for hours! - 10/14/2013   8:29:50 AM
  • 1
    My mom always used vinegar on sunburns when we were kids, but she used apple cider vinegar, not white. Stinky! - 10/14/2013   6:24:45 AM

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