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Do Home Remedies Work?

The other day I was ichatting with my Spanish friend Luisa. I mentioned that I was feeling very tired, had a little cough, and was worried that I was going to get ill. Luisa, who is a few years my elder and a mother, immediately began to prescribe home remedies to cure me from the sickness I didn't know I had. She recommended that I slice a large yellow onion in half and place it directly next to my bed when I went to sleep that night. She went on to list other cures for headaches, sore throats, even hemorrhoids. I got to thinking and wondered, do these crazy ideas really work? Would I be better off taking a pill from the drugstore or sleeping with a raw onion next to my head? Was Luisa just telling me old wives tales that her mother had told her, and her grandmother had told her mother? Or would it really miraculously make me feel better?

What do you think, do home remedies work?

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celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
some do, others are just stupid miths.
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
Home rememdies work because people believe they work. The placebo effect can be incredibly strong. Just believing that something will make you better often does.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I grew up with a parent that worked in the medical field so we really know the danger of taking medication everytime you get sick. People who continually take antibiotics become resistant to their own medication and help in developing stronger colds. I got really sick this month and went on antibiotics for the first time in YEARS Im all about the home remedy. Not sure about the onion though. But Im all about downing warm chicken broth and tea Also when you are sick AVOID DAIRY. Dairy makes you phlegm-y
OliverCakery OliverCakery 10 years
Vitamins and Home Remadies! Whisey honey and warm water; that's my hubby's trick. When my boys get sick I make a garlic alfredo sauce for their noodles - they don't know what mommy is doing but they feel better later!
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
LOL Sticky! My granma is all about this stuff from some random (now defunct) beauty brand called Mask. Or Masque. Or something. :? She bought like a bajillion jars of the stuff before the company died. It's all totally dried out, but she just pours water in the jar and forges ahead. :rotfl: It goes on pimples, cuts, burns, bug bites, your forehead if you have a fever, name it. :rotfl:
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
Some work. I use baking soda and water on bee stings. My grandma was always like the old guy in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", except she used 409 on everyone instead of Windex.
Casimira Casimira 10 years
Well, my kids gargle with warm water, honey, and lemon. I personally gargle with bourbon, honey, and lemon.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I have to agree that the idea of sleeping with an onion rather puts me off, but a lot of other home remedies work better than any drug!
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
I don't think its necessarily any less crazy to believe that some pill is going to make you miraculously feel better. Some home remedies work! There's a reason people have been reaching for the same things for hundreds of years. Some are kind of crazy... But that's kind of the same thing with drugstore remedies. Some work. Some are kind of crazy...
andaman andaman 10 years
Garlic helps with infections. I know for a fact that it works. I eat garlic when I feel a cold coming on. Onions also help. I make myself onion soup when I'm sick. It helps me to recover quicker than usual. I don't know about placing it on my pillow though. The idea puts me off to be honest. Salt and bad throat works too. Not Honey and lemon but salt in warm water.
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