With all of the options at your disposal to treat common ailments available ready-made and prepackaged at the store, it is easy to forget that you can take your health and your family’s health into your own hands—often at a fraction of the cost of branded options!
But it can be hard to know what a reliable alternative is or, even more pressing, what a safe alternative is, when compared to closely regulated store remedies. Fortunately, DIY home remedies are often low risk, with high reward.
Here are 7 DIY home remedies EVERY parent needs to know.
Oh, acne: the bane of every teenager’s existence—and that of their parents! An entire industry has sprouted on the back of our children’s insecurities. And they all boast clinician endorsements and awards and big words on the bottle. So a home remedy could not possibly compete, right?
Wrong! The truth is that there plenty of fillers in over the counter so-called acne “medications” that you could do without. They are all there to distract you from the fact that they are structured around time tested, all-natural ingredients that do the heavy lifting.
Honey is one such ingredient! Honey has a storied history as a potent anti-fungal treatment for skin, hair, and nails.
Psoriasis / Eczema
Sometimes, the best way to treat a problem is to nip it in the bud before it starts. If you, your spouse, or your children are experiencing flaking skin, hair, or nails, check your water! The effects of hard water on hair are nothing compared to the effects of hard water on skin.
Over time, regular exposure to hard water can lead to persistent health problems like eczema, psoriasis, or dandruff, amongst others. There are plenty of quick fixes that you can execute at home. First, check your water, and install water softeners accordingly.
Next, use a drop of dish soap in your shampoo to remove hard water build up from your scalp. (Pro tip: you can do this intermittently for a great DIY anti-build up shampoo!) Then remember to exfoliate and moisturize your skin daily after bathing.
Constipation / Upset Tummy
A wide swath of essential oils is an integral tool in any aspiring naturopath’s arsenal. It’s almost like there is no ailment some combination of essential oils cannot solve.
If your child suffers from an turned stomach now and again or some miscellaneous upset has them backed up, you can try waving some peppermint essential oil beneath their nose.
There is a litany of natural pain relief solutions available for purchase, but you can find what you need for pain relief closer to home. Naturally occurring tannins in beverages such as teas and coffees can offer tremendous relief from pain related to menstruation.
Start increasing your intake of tannins in the week before you expect your period to start to prevent the onset of pain in the first place.
Candied ginger was a staple in our household growing up. A stirred up tummy or some random bout of nausea was never a valid excuse to keep us home from school, because our mom would send us off with a tiny candied piece shoved square in our mouth before the whining could even start!
Ginger has long been touted as a nausea buster, and for good reason. Gnawing on a hunk of ginger is reliable as an instantaneous cure for upset stomachs everywhere.
Today, I keep a jar of candied ginger in my home for the same reason my mom did. The sugary sweet coating is an easy sell for children, and the zesty kick of ginger is a welcome treat for me. It’s a win-win!
There is a common misconception amongst us thick thighed beauties that deodorant is the end-all, be-all of anti-chafing technology. Not true! In fact, most converts to deodorants as a means of preventing chafing are short lived.
In truth, deodorants are simply too drying to be effective in preventing the negative effects of chafing. Petroleum jelly is a cheaper option that will keep thighs (and other particularly chafe-prone places) from rubbing together unpleasantly.
Hangnails are another fact of life which prove that–just like cramps, chafing, and eczema—prevention might be the best medicine.
Hangnails are actually not nails but hardened skin tags. The best way to keep them from forming is to keep from trimming nails to short and to keep hands and cuticles well moisturized.
If you decide to take matters into your own hands and treat an already formed hangnail, you should know that you are putting your fingers and nail beds at risk of infection. Disinfect and sanitize the area both before and after clipping the hangnail with a standard nail clipper. (Psst…clip as far away from the finger as possible to minimize pain.)