For every ailment, there is a claim out there on how to fix it on your own without a doctor’s care. Some home remedies are very effective and can save you a great deal of money, but some are either old wive’s tales or just plain bonkers. If you prefer to use a home remedy, make sure it is always for something small. For major illnesses and injuries, please seek professional help. Here are some of the most popular home remedies, and lets find out if they really will help, or if you should turn a cold shoulder.

1. Duct Tape For Warts – True

Studies have shown that keeping duct tape on a wart for 2 months, and exfoliating with a pumice stone weekly is more effective than freezing. So if you don’t mind wearing duct tape all day, every day for two months, it might actually be better for you to try that first.

2. Gargling With Warm Salt Water For A Sore Throat – True

We all had to do it as a kid, and remember how it worked? Well, it still does! Salt draws out excess fluid from your throat, reducing inflammation which relieves some of the pain. It won’t heal you, but it will offer some much time off from your pain. And the best part? You can do it as often as you want! (Just don’t swallow too much salt!)

Putting Butter On A Burn – False

My grandmother did this to me every she witnessed me get a burn of any kind, and it hurt like crazy! Truth is, the butter actually works like a seal, trapping the heat from the burn in, which can actually make it worse. It can also lead to a bacterial infection. If you get a minor burn, rinse it off with cold water and use aloe vera. For a more serious burn, go to the hospital.

4. Taking Apple Cider Vinegar For Heartburn – False

There is no research to support that apple cider vinegar has any effect on heartburn. And besides, who wants to drink that stuff by itself? Blech!

5. Yogurt For Bad Breath – True

The live bacteria in yogurt suppresses bad breath. Just one more reason to eat this yummy and super-beneficial food!


For more great home remedies, check out This Article in Women’s Day!

Also, check out WebMD’s article on home remedies that do not work.