Home Remedies That Work – Promote Wellness Naturally

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As a mom, I've lost count of the times I've used home remedies for my family over the years. It's such a blessing to be able to turn to the pantry, garden or herb stash to help relieve pain and treat minor ailments.

Natural cures are convenient and cost effective – you can even use common weeds for herbal medicine.

At Common Sense Home, we've built an extensive natural medicine library, sharing what works for our families.

REMEMBER – Always see a trained health care provider if symptoms are severe or last an unusually long time. The posts on the site are for information only. I share what works for us and our readers, as well as the latest research.

Home remedies, cold and flu remedies, treating psoriasis and candida, women's health tips, food and diet, emergency healthcare, herbal remedies and more.

Home Remedies

Our Natural Health posts are divided into several categories, grouped below. Let's start with our general home remedies:

Natural Allergy Relief – 15 Home Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

15 Home Remedies for Bug Bites and Stings

10 Best Home Remedies for Sunburn

10 Home Remedies for Acid Reflux and The Problem with PPIs for GERD

7 Home Remedies for Upset Stomach to Soothe Indigestion

15 Home Remedies to Naturally Reduce Cholesterol and the Risk of Heart Attack

10 Home Remedies for Headaches – Headache Relief That Works

Migraine Relief Tips and Treatment from a Long Term Migraine Sufferer

12 Home Remedies for Coughs to Help Quiet and Soothe

7 Easy Sore Throat Remedies

9 Home Remedies for Congestion – Natural Decongestants That Work

12 Home Remedies for Earaches – Pain Relief Without a Prescription

9 Home Remedies for Dry Skin

15 Home Remedies for Warts – Easy Home Wart Treatments

12 Home Remedies for Sore Muscles

16 Home Remedies for Arthritis

9 Home Remedies for Canker Sores and Tips to Avoid Cankers Sore Triggers

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease – Symptoms, Prevention and Home Treatment

10 Causes of Chapped Lips and What to Do About Them

Cold and Flu Remedies

Winter is generally cold and flu season, but viruses can hit any time of year. I work to boost our immune systems through the use of herbs and probiotics.

If symptoms hit, there are natural treatments that may help reduce the duration and severity of the illness.

Natural Remedies for Colds and Flu to Help You Feel Better Faster – summary of all our cold and flu related posts

Flu Prevention and Treatment – 10 Quick Tips, Old and New

Thieves Vinegar – Immune Booster and Germ Killer

Probiotics for Colds and Flu – Fewer Symptoms, Faster Recovery Time

Knock Out Cold and Flu Germs with Essential Oils

The Best Supplements to Prevent and Treat Cold and Flu

Best Cold Remedies – Herbs and Spices – Plus a Secret Weapon

The Best Home Remedies for Stomach Flu Treatment

How to Make Elderberry Syrup with Fresh or Dried Elderberries

Easy Homemade Cough Drops for Treatment of Sore Throats and Coughs

Immune Boosting Herbs in Finger Gelatin

Cold and Cough Care from Mountain Rose Herbs

See also treatments for coughs, congestion, earaches and sore throat.

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Beating Candida and Psoriasis

In 2015, I was diagnosed with psoriasis, which covered large areas of my body in red, crusty, peeling skin. It was extremely painful, and made me uncomfortable going out in public. (A large area of my face was affected.)

When I went to the dermatologist, she basically said, “Live with it.”

Thankfully, through research and trial and error, I found a solution that worked for me. My skin is now clear and smooth. (No more scaring small children.)

I share my story in the following posts and book. WARNING – graphic images. The “before” photos were not pretty.

"Psoriasis Healing: From Curse to Blessing" book cover

Psoriasis Healing – From Curse to Blessing – my story and tips for healing, available in print or kindle format. Includes information not shared on the website.

Psoriasis – The Year My Face Exploded

Toxic Skin – My Mother’s Nightmare

Psoriasis Causes – Mainstream and Alternative Viewpoints

Candida – Missing Link to Psoriasis and Other Chronic Illness

My Anti-Candida Anti-Psoriasis Diet – MAY BE HELPFUL FOR OTHER HEALTH ISSUES

Alternative Psoriasis Treatments – BodyTalk and EFT

Topical Psoriasis Treatments – Relief for Dry, Flaking Skin

Psoriasis on My Hands – My Experience with Home Remedies for Psoriasis

Women's Health

This section is mostly for the ladies, but gentleman may sometimes have breast issues, too. Too often we do so much for others, but forget to take care of ourselves. A little self-care can go a long way to prevent illness and heal.

Breast Health – Healing with Foods and Detoxification

Lumpy Breasts? Cure Breast Cysts

Herbal Remedies for PMS

Natural Breast Health for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

How To Heal Thyroid With Foods

Natural Health and Wellness

A key point in natural medicine is daily self care. There are many simple steps you can add to your daily routine to improve your health. Self-diagnostics, like checking your poop, can help you spot problems before they get severe.

Heat Stroke – Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

Oil Pulling – Fact Versus Fiction

Dirt Therapy – 8 Reasons You Need to Have a Garden

5 Ways to Practice Gratitude to Improve Your Health Naturally

What's a Healthy Bowel Movement? Check Out the Bristol Stool Chart

Natural Back Pain Relief

Non-toxic Home Pest Control – Avoid the Risk of Neurotoxic Pesticides

Deep Breathing for Better Health

6 Benefits of Cold Showers, the Cheap and Easy Health Tonic

The Autoimmune Epidemic – Can Detox Treatments Help?

Barefoot Therapy – “Naked Time” for Happy Feet

My Thyroid Journey – Part One

How to Identify Liver Problems and Improve Liver Health

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Personal Hygiene

What you put on your body is as important as what you put in your body. Transdermal medications work because things absorb through the skin. I recommend skin care products with simple, non-toxic ingredients, and avoiding synthetic fragrances.

Super Easy Hard Lotion Bar Recipe

Easy, Non-toxic Homemade Deodorant Recipe

Herbalix Deodorants – Heal, Detoxify, Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer

Make Your Own Perfume with Essential Oils

Hand Sanitizer – Pros and Cons for Usage (Includes Recipes)

The SCOBY Cure for Cradle Cap

Common Sense Home Book Review: No More Dirty Looks

Armpits Don't Smell Like Roses

Made-On Skin Care

Home remedies, cold and flu remedies, treating psoriasis and candida, women's health tips, food and diet, emergency healthcare, herbal remedies and more.

Emergency Healthcare

Sometimes natural remedies are enough, sometimes you need a little extra help. It pays to be prepared for minor medical emergencies with some basic equipment and training. (If you have the time and ability for advanced first aid training, even better.)

My husband had EMT training and I come from a farming background. Between the two of us, we've seen and patched up a number of messy situations.

Phytophotodermatitis – Plants That Cause It, How to Treat It

Honey as Medicine – Prevent Infection, Kill Bacteria, Promote Healing

Preparedness – Homegrown Medicinals

Preparedness – First Aid Kit and Medical Supplies

Emergency Preparedness – Radiation Exposure

The Survival Doctor’s Guides to Wounds and Burns

Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid Fundamentals for Survival

Honey, Mud, Maggots and Other Medical Marvels – The Science Behind Folk Remedies and Old Wives’ Tales

Food, Diet and Farming

Hippocrates said, “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” Good health is impossible without proper nutrition.

Each of us are unique, so our nutritional needs will vary. That said, good food, well prepared, should be part of the foundation of wellness.

Book Review – Deep Nutrition:  Why Your Genes Need Traditional Foods

MSG – Making You Sicker and Fatter?

Is What We Eat and Drink  Making Us Sicker and Dumber?

Bt Corn – What is it, and Why Should You Care About it?

Better Butter?

Protect Yourself from Salmonella and E Coli Naturally

Live Culture Foods

When I first started writing, hardly anyone had heard of live culture (fermented) foods. Now, yogurt, kefir, kombucha, raw kraut and more are common items in many grocery stores. Live cultures have proven benefits as probiotics, improving gut health.

Store fermented foods are great for convenience, but you can save a lot of money if you make your own. Fermenting at home also allows you to experiment with different flavors and food combinations.

Beet Kvass and the Purple Bull

Healthy Homebrew – How to Brew Kombucha

Water Kefir Versus Kombucha – What’s the difference between water kefir and kombucha?

Flavoring Kombucha and Kombucha Testimonials – Tips for flavoring kombucha and stories about how people I know have been helped by kombucha

Kombucha Q and A and More Flavoring Ideas – More flavoring ideas and all the Q and A from the comments in a more readable format

How to Flavor Kombucha – Holiday Flavors – Fun seasonal flavor ideas.

How to Brew Coffee Kombucha

The Dark Side of Water Kefir

How to Brew and Flavor Water Kefir “Soda Pop”

Lacto-fermented Asparagus

How to Make Sauerkraut

Herbal Remedies

Herbs can be wonderful as a daily tonic, and are also useful as a first aid option. It's darn handy to grab the right leaf out of the garden and slap it on a mosquito bite to relieve the itching.

I'm partial to wild plants (weeds), since they grow with little care, but I do cultivate a few favorite herbs. Whether you grow your own or purchase quality herbs, it's worthwhile to make herbal medicine a part of your life.

Herbal Antibiotics

What if I told you weeds and bacteria could save your life?

Milk Thistle – The Gentle Liver Tonic Everyone Should Know

Sage Benefits – One Herb, Many Uses

Grandma Called it Medicine Leaf – Medicinal Properties of Plantain, How to Infuse Plantain in Oil

How to Make Salve with Infused Oils

Harvesting and Using Dandelion Roots

Please see also the “Herbs and Wildcrafting” page.

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Originally published in 2012, updated in 2019.