Lizzie Bennett | Feb 18, 2014
Modern studies into ‘old wives tales’ are turning up surprising evidence that many of these nostalgic old remedies actually work.
For thousands of years, this spice was used to knock out nausea. It has been used in Asia for centuries to combat nausea, and it works. A string of studies pointing to ginger’s potential to combat nausea related to motion sickness, chemotherapy and pregnancy. Try candied ginger, ginger tea or even ginger cookies the next time that you’re feeling queasy.
Remember when Grandma swore by prunes to keep you regular? Well she was right, and the scientists have proved it…though I prefer not to think of the clinical trial! Recent science has confirmed prunes’ benefits: A 2011 study found that eating 12 a day relieves constipation better than the trendier psyllium supplements.
This pain-easing ointment was always a favorite with athletes but not so much with the average exerciser, mostly because of the medicinal scent. BenGay now comes without the pungent smell and is entering the modern age in the form of gel as well as cream.
A randomized study by The American Journal of Preventative Medicine has proved that salt water gargles soothe a sore throat. Rinsing your mouth with a salt solution can also help reduce the pain of mouth ulcers and other minor irritations.
Petroleum jelly has dozens of uses, many of them not medical so I’ll try and stay on topic. It seals scratches and shallow wounds preventing bacterial colonization and infection. It prevents chaffing. It puts a waterproof barrier between you skin and water stoping drying and flaking of the skin. ( It also waterproofs boots, prevents rust on garden tools and burns like hell even in wet conditions)
Exedrin fell out of favour when non-steroidal painkillers came on the market. It is very useful however for migraine and other severe headaches and is well worth having around the house.