“Remedios caseros” is Spanish for “home remedies” and refers to traditional methods of treating common medical and cosmetic ailments. These remedies employ natural methods and common household ingredients to treat a variety of conditions.
Some examples of remedios caseros include using a solution of lemon juice, baking soda and honey to treat acne and oily skin, and using compresses of vinegar and camphor to reduce pain and swelling from insect bites. Many remedios caseros are similar to conventional techniques for treating certain ailments, such as using baking soda and water to treat indigestion. Some remedies have at least some degree of value proven by medical science. For example, one suggestion for treating a sprained ankle includes eating pineapple. Pineapples contain an enzyme known to reduce swelling and inflammation. Other remedios caseros, such as using cucumber or potato slices to treat conjunctivitis, have dubious value and are potentially dangerous.