Some home remedies to treat simple ailments include frozen ginger chips for nausea, sugar for hiccups, pressed garlic cloves mixed in warm water for a sore throat and dark chocolate for a cough, according to Pamela Bond for Prevention. Additional home remedies are linden flower tea for a fever, aloe vera gel for burns, enteric-coated peppermint capsules for flatulence and a nightly vinegar soak for stinky feet.
Many home remedies do not work. For example, people believed in the 1500s that onions could ward off the bubonic plague, states Linda Melone for MSN Healthy Living. Other bogus remedies include placing a copper penny over bee stings to relieve the pain and applying white flour to a burn to make it heal.
Melone says that some remedies are backed by science, however. Examples include the use of duct tape to get rid of warts, the application of honey to a wound to kill bacteria, drinking a mixture of baking soda and water to help ease the discomfort of a urinary tract infection, applying toothpaste containing peppermint oil to itchy bug bites, eating fennel to bring down the effects of flatulence and holding a wet, cool green tea bag on a cold sore to ease the pain.