When you walk into the office for a busy day of work, there’s one thing you don’t want to hear: your coworker coughing. One of the most terrifying sights for a parent is their children sneezing and wiping their nose over their coat sleeve or hand. These are all signs that germs are in the air and will likely cause you to give up at least a few days of your life to sickness.
There isn’t much you can do about the common cold and flu once it starts spreading, but you can protect your own body from becoming a host. You could buy something from the store, or you could just put this one potent substance in your belly button.
The Power of Home Remedies
Most people have easy access to doctors in the modern world. In fact, a new mobile app called Doctor On Demand allows anyone with a credit card to talk to a doctor through video whenever something ails them. This wasn’t always the case. Travel back in time a few generations and you come to times when visiting a doctor was expensive and often required significant travel. Most people couldn’t afford to visit for every sniffle and sneeze, so they used home remedies.
Even though you probably have easy access to a doctor now, you probably suffer through the common cold, flu and minor aches and pains without paying a visit. There isn’t much a doctor can do for many minor illnesses, and it is often still expensive to cover copays and prescriptions if your insurance isn’t the best. You may feel like doing nothing but going to bed and hiding under the covers for a few days, but you won’t have to suffer in that manner if you learn the right home remedies. They worked for your ancestors, and they can work for you as well.
3 Home Remedies for Everyday Illness & Minor Pain
1. Stick it in Your Navel & Forget It
It sounds unlikely, but your belly button is the key to easing tense or sore muscles and fighting the misery of a cold or flu.
What to Do:
Soak a cotton ball in brandy or rubbing alcohol, and then stick it into your belly button with tape or a Band-Aid holding it in place. This in no way prevents you from going about your day, but it may keep you from giving up life for a bottle of Nyquil.
2. Motion without Sickness
If you dread long road trips or even the shortest airline flights, a little brandy in the navel could stop you from vomiting while relaxing your stomach.
What to Do:
Soak that cotton ball in brandy (or you can use rubbing alcohol), but sprinkle it with salt before placing it in your belly button and heading out to live your life.
3. Ease the Monthly Blues
What to Do:
If menstrual pain starts to slow you down, soak a cotton ball in a brandy (or rubbing alcohol) and put it in your belly button. Hold cotton tightly in your hands while resting in supine position (Lay flat on one’s back). One short break could deliver enough pain relief to get you through a busy day.