Believe it or not, there are plenty of ailments you can be cured by Mother Nature. Of course if you need to see a doctor, don’t delay getting proper treatment, but if you’re looking to treat minor burns, uncontrollable gas or a pesky cold sore, take a look at these crazy herbal remedies that really work.
Lemon balm contains antiviral properties that help tame outbreaks of a type of herpes virus, the cause of cold sores. Brew 2 to 4 tablespoons of lemon balm per cup of boiling water. Once it’s cooled, use a cotton swab to dab the tea onto your cold sore several times a day.
If you want to keep a cut from getting infected, just sprinkle some powdered cloves on it. Clove oil is rich in eugenol, a chemical with both antiseptic and analgesic properties.
The tannins in black tea are great for soothing skin, so brew some tea using at least three bags, steeping until the tea is almost black, and apply the cooled tea to a sunburn. The tea will also speed recovery and reduce peeling, so you have a better chance of your sunburn fading into a tan.
It may sound crazy, but certain estrogen-like substances in licorice can soften the hard skin of calluses and corns. Just grind a few black licorice sticks, mix them with ½ teaspoon of petroleum jelly and rub the mixture onto the rough areas of your feet.
Peppermint oil is a great way to alleviate a tension headache. Dilute 3 to 4 drops of peppermint oil onto one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, then apply a small amount of the mixture onto your temples at the first sign of headache. The aroma will easy your tension and reduce the pain associated with it. You can also just add about three drops of peppermint oil to a warm bath and soak for 15 minutes to achieve a similar result.
Allspice is made from the fruit of the Jamaican Pimenta dioica plant and tastes like a combination of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and juniper. Rubbing allspice onto meat, sprinkling it on vegetables and adding it to soup will not only help prevent gas, but it also can help maintain your blood sugar.