July 15, 2018

5 Home Remedies that Really Work

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

Being prepared for emergencies includes having knowledge of common home remedies for simple ailments from hiccups to sore throats.   I am not a medical professional, but a mom who knows a few homemade cures that work.  Your results may vary, and if your problem persists, please consult a doctor.

Nose or Chest Congestion

 One of my kids recently had severe congestion and this remedy really helped.

You will need:

  •  Small pot with water
  •  Bath Towel
  •  Eucalyptus oil

Bring the small pot of water to boil.  Using mitts, place the pot of steamy hot water in the sink.

Place three to four drops of eucalyptus oil into the hot water.  To avoid burning, keep your face about a foot above the steamy water.  Drape a towel over your head.  Close your eyes and inhale the fragrant steam slowly.  Keep inhaling the steam for about five minutes until the water cools.

A steamy shower is also known to help congestion, but it does waste a lot more water than the above remedy.


This remedy actually works better than many over the counter freezing solutions.  You will need the old prepper’s stand-by:  duct tape.

Thoroughly clean the wart area.  Cut a piece of duct tape slightly larger than the wart and tape it over the wart.  Rub it down.  In three days, remove the duct tape.  The wart will soften up.  File down the dead skin with a nail file or emery board.  Repeat the process until it disappears.  What happens is, the duct tape suffocates and eventually kills the wart.


My mom taught me this remedy for hiccups from when I was very young.  It has never failed me.  You will need:

  •  1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 small glass of water

At the first sign of hiccups, pour one teaspoon or packet of sugar into your mouth, then, while pinching your nostrils, drink it down slowly with a glass of water.  Your hiccups will be gone instantly.   Please note, this remedy is not recommended for diabetics.

Sore Throat

Mix the juice of one lemon, 1 teaspoon of honey and a cup of warm water.  Mix well until the honey is dissolved.

Drink the liquid while it’s warm.

The lemon and honey mixture will relieve your sore throat.   Please note, if you have diabetes, this remedy may be inappropriate for you.

Skin Rash

Recently my hands developed a red and itchy rash from some cleaning products.  I tried regular had lotion but it did not work.  I applied coconut oil directly on the rash.  In a few minutes the itching disappeared.  I kept applying it for two days until the redness was completely gone.

What are your favorite home remedies?  Please share in the comments below.


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10 Comments on 5 Home Remedies that Really Work

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  2. bug bites,,,slap some soapy ammonia on it,it stops the itch,,,,,,BOILS,,raw fatty bacon or side pork,put it on boil and hold in place with duct tape,it will burn a bit but by morn it will be gone,,bad cut to stop bleeding,,slap some kerosene on it,kerosene is also a antiseptic,lice on cattle or you,rag with just the fumes of kerosene and wipe once down the back of livestock or your hair and LICE BE GONE

    • Hi Dave, Thanks for all those tips! Lice are really hard to get rid off- good to know what works.

  3. Wasp stings?? Instant relief with white toothpaste..don’t know why, but white works faster.

    Just stung last night swatting a nest–owee.

  4. if you come in contact with poison ivy poison, poison oak or, or poison sumac. The next day when it starts to become an itchy rash spray it with carburator cleaner or brake fluid cleaner. It burns for a minute or two but by evening it will be gone.

  5. Broad leafed plantain is an amazing plant. For cuts, chew a leaf and apply directly to the cut. Pain stops, bleeding stops, and cell regeneration is increased so in just a few minutes the wound will start to knit. My experience – deep scratches from blackberry bushes -pain and bleeding stopped immediately and the profusely bleeding cut was a white line in 3 minutes. The leaves are useful for salad as well and taste sort of mushrooms. The seeds are a nice snack too, and are related to selenium seeds.

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