6 Popular "Home Remedies" That Don't Actually Work

6 Popular "Home Remedies" That Don't Actually Work

Studies have found that even some of the most well-known home remedies don’t work, and sometimes they do more harm than good.

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Honey for allergies

Butter for burns

Vinegar for lice

Ipecac syrup

Head back for nosebleeds

Tea bags for pink eye




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January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

I would always fight with teachers at school when they would tell me to tilt my head back, I knew even as a 8 yr old that the direction of my head wouldn't change how much I bleed, now I realize it's literally just because they didn't want to clean it up

Father Of Derpreply
January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

you forgot using alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide as a wound disenfectant. that's also a bad idea.

sato AUreply
January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

wasn't it honeycomb to prevent allergies, not honey?

Jared Freply
January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

Another serious reason to avoid vomiting after poison is there’s a very high chance you could breath some in. This is especially an issue when it’s a caustic or corrosive substance.

January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

The use of butter on thermal burns, I was told, is so your dog would lick it and provide you the gift of her antibiotic saliva directly to your burn.

Nole Muskreply
January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

So I had lice for several weeks as a teenager and tried the different lice specific products. It wasn’t until I used strong vinegar in the shower that I got rid of them. That stuff even burned my eyes. It worked though. Who knows why it worked in my situation.

January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

Animal studies burns…….

Jack Spratreply
January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

I have super wimpy blood vessels and I put an ice cube on my nose. Works, but I don't know if they'd think it was a good idea.

January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

A study on honey for 10 days is not even close to long enough as the allergy shots don't typically show relief of symptoms for 3 to 6 months and they are only minimal at first. Most shot sessions last 2 years. So now do an apples to apples comparison please. Trying honey for two years not less then 2 weeks.

Jabbers Artreply
January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

Here in Australia where we have the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, aloe vera is actually a very good burn healer, ive had some horrible burns heal so quickly from this stuff…wonder if that counts as a butter :p

Cory Breply
January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

You wanna get rid of lice comb kerosene through your hair just don't go around open flames

Indie Talliradoreply
January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

For burns I was taught cool vinegar from pickles. Or mustard/ketchup to "pull" the burn out.
For lice (children/adults with long hair and can't/wont cut) I used rubbing alcohol to kill adult and remove most of the eggs. After that lightly cover hair (section into 1 inch ponytails/braids) with warmed olive oil. Allow child to play for 30-45 minutes in full sun or heat with hair dryer (don't put dryer to close to scalp). Then have fun picking nits from each section strand by strand. After that keep childs hair clean and slightly oiled during outbreak as preventive measure. You don't know how many parents I angered during those times when I lived in the southeast US.

January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

Honey is great for scrapes and cuts, you can't prove to me otherwise.

January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

Kind of sad to hear about the honey not working. Still local honey tastes better than the processed stuff. So at least I have that.

January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

Actually, the honey REALLY worked for me. 2 teaspoons in my coffee each morning. It took 2 weeks for it to take effect tho. And when I moved areas, honey from one farm didn't work, but honey from another farm did. The study was 11 days. More research is needed methinks. And yes, I understand that this is anecdotal but several people that I knew had the same positive results.

…I just switched to antihistamines because it was cheaper.

January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

What the hell would the placebo for honey be?

Tattooed Gaymer Girlreply
January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

My ex's mother swore that honey water would cure my asthma…all it did was make me vomit lol

January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

7:07 I do this or use my pinky finger to directly apply pressure to the bleeding area. Couple minutes later and the nose bleed has stopped with minimal blood.

January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

My great grandma grew up on a farm in the 1930s without electricity, and so they used an actual box of ice to refrigerate things. As ice was not a cheap thing back then, especially in the 1930s, they stored 3 things in there: milk, butter, and occasionally the nice meat they got from the deli. As I understand it, even back then they knew that actually coating the burn in butter wasn’t smart, but they still used butter on burns for the simple reason that it was one of the only cold things in the house! To make it clear, they used it more like an ice pack than a burn cream.

nab 6215reply
January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

"to the research!"

Judith *reply
January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

My ex suffered from severe nosebleeds and he usually just pinched his nose, ran to the sink and let it flow. It looked as if someone had slaughtered a chicken in that sink, but nevermind. Eventually, I came up with the idea of giving him some of my tampons (the ones for "light days" obviously, or they wouldn't have fit in his nostrils) and it actually seemed to reduce the duration of the nose bleed. Ofc this means you need to have the guts to walk around with two tampons in your nose, but when the alternatives are either choking on your own blood or staining your favourite shirt, it's a valid option.

Rezail Uhhhreply
January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

Time for me to try all of these.

The Jack of All Tradesreply
January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

My mom is super into homeopathy and things of that nature and a few weeks ago told me that I should use local honey when making my mead because of the allergy thing. Serendipitous that I found this video the same month that I first heard about that "home remedy".

Ross Carlsonreply
January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

What do you call "alternative medicine" that works?


RockaRolla Woman S.-A.reply
January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

Diotamacious Earth WILL kill lice as it is powder "tiny razorblades" that slices the waxy carapace of insects- essentially causing suffocation & dehydration quite quickly.
It MAY destroy the eggs as well.
However, it's a pain in the ass to wash out & can be highly messy as it's just ground down diatoms (fossilized algae found in bodies of water. The cells of these algae were high in a compound called silica, the dried sediment produced from these fossils are also very high in silica).
Also, after all lice & nits are gone from the head, the scalp n hair will be hella-dry so be sure to use a good gentle baby conditioner to rehydrate both.

January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

The pink ete teabag might also come from the fact that you can use some teabags to stop bleeding like similar to what your would do in the mouth…not sure the connection between bleeding and pink eye tho

January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

I definitely had my fair share of run ins with lice as a child. I remember my mother washing my hair with mayonnaise because that is what she was taught to do by her mother doing the same to her as a child. Needless to say it didn't work, felt extremely gross, and just made my hair smell awful.

Kyra Breply
January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

For the head lice, I once read a book where the young girl's mother braided their hair tight and coated it with some kind of oil- and told her not to stand near lamps (before widespread electricity I believe). I always assumed it was bs, but now idk

IMustBe Crazyreply
January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

Got a problem. There is a pill for that.

January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

as a child when i got lice from other kids at school. my father tried everything he could to get rid of them. in till a family friend suggested using bottled rubbing alcohol. get a regular bottle of alcohol put it in you hair don't get it on your eyes so be careful. then but a white or clear bag over your hair like a shower cap covering your entire scalp. wait 30 to 40 minutes in till your head starts to burn a little then wash your hair out over the sink or in the shower. and afterwards comb your hair out with a lice comb. all the lice and eggs will be dead.

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