Home Remedies That Work – Promote Wellness Naturally

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.

Best Probiotics for Colds and Flu (+5 Ways They Help)

25 Immune Boosting Herbs and Spices

How to Make Elderberry Syrup with Fresh or Dried Elderberries

Copper Kills Germs (Here’s How to Use it At Home)

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

Knock Out Cold and Flu Germs with Essential Oils

The Best Supplements to Prevent and Treat Cold and Flu

The Best Home Remedies for Stomach Flu Treatment

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.

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

Dirt Therapy – 8 Reasons You Need to Have a Garden

Heat Stroke – Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

How to Improve Vision Naturally (I did it)

Oil Pulling – Fact Versus Fiction

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

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

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

11 Best Medicinal Herbs to Grow (Herb Garden & Wildcrafted)

Preparedness – First Aid Kit and Medical Supplies

Emergency Preparedness – Radiation Exposure

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

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

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.

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  1. I to had very thin nails &brittle. So i started taking D3 vitamins@ 5000 mg &600 calcuim every day for the last 8Yrs.has worked really well beautiful nails now worked for me. J.G.

  2. Hi, I’m new to your site and have read almost on your Natural Remedies that you have posted. I love them, and have used a few of them already!!! I’m hoping that you might be able to help me with a problem that I have. I am 57 and have already gone through menopause (hot flashes, etc). Now, I’m experiencing a problem with my fingernails. They are very thin, easy to tear, and actually have a ripple look and feel. They are not discolored, and I don’t wear nail polish at all (never have). I also take a Calcium (1,000mg) Magnesium (500mg) supplement and have for years. I also have been eating as much natural, no sugar, raw milk, water kefir, homemade yogurt, etc as much as possible. In fact, my DH and I went to Easter lunch with friends and decided to eat a piece of fruit pie. What a mistake……….way to sugary and yuck!!! I am very thankful that the pie didn’t taste good because that means we have made the transition off white sugar. We really never consumed very much sugar unless it was in baked sweets. But now since we have consumed any since Christmas we see how much it doesn’t really taste good or feel good!!! Now, back to the reason I’m posting this question. I would really appreciate some help if anyone know what the problem could be with my fingernails. The problem has only been in the last year to year in a half. I have asked 2 doctors……..they had no idea what would cause this………just chalk it up to menopause was their response.

    1. It’s a shame that standard medical practitioners have so very little to do with nutrition. There are a few things I can think of off the top of my head. One, make sure your thyroid is doing what it should be doing, as low thyroid function is commonly linked to brittle nails.

      Two, consider your K2 levels. Vitamin K2 (not vitamin K) is very important, especially for post-menopausal women, to help the calcium get where it needs to be in our systems, instead of it building up in our arteries where it should not be. The book “Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life” was a real eye opener for me. Natto is the best natural source of K2, but Gouda and Brie cheese are also fairly high in it. Supplements are also available.

      Another thing to check is zinc levels. Brittle/ribbed fingernails and stretchmarks are often linked to zinc deficiency.

      Finally, gelatin. collagen peptides, and bone broth are great for gut health and strong hair and nails.

      I hope these ideas help!

      1. Where do you find vitamin K2? Is it only obtained in food?
        Thank you for all the info and research you do to help others.

        1. You’re welcome. You can get K2 from food, but the highest concentrations are in foods most people don’t eat regularly. Natto (a fermented soybean product) has far and away the highest amount per serving. Other top sources are goose liver pate and Gouda and Brie cheeses. Most of the sources of K2 are animal products. More are listed at “K2: The Missing Nutrient“. Grassfed and wild animal products, especially organ meats, will have higher amounts of K2.

          You can also find it in supplements. The one I am currently taking is the Swanson Ultra Natural Vitamin K2 with Nattokinase.

      2. My nails have improved 100% since I started taking Hair, Skin and Nails (available at Walmart). I also take an additional Biotin capsule (also available at Walmart). Biotin is good for hair and nails. They are growing stronger than ever. It’s worth a try.

  3. I appreciate your natural health writings, i.e., on MSG, etc.

    It’s challenging to reach people that the primary cause of their chronic health conditions is the food that they eat. Unfortunately most of Americans are not homesteading or living in a rural life but part of the big city buzz. And there is a price that they pay for that.

    We’re on the same team, trying to reach people at where they are. Keep plowing away! Hopefully what I term as “turning on more light bulbs” will turn on. I hate to think where this nation will be 20 years from now if we don’t start improving our eating habits.

    Debi J

  4. does any one know of a good natural cure for flees. they are really bad here in texas, and eating my dogs alive. i have tried ever thing i can find and nothing is working.

    1. Here in Tennessee, I found that feeding my dog a clove of garlic a couple of times a week helped keep the fleas off. My dog loved the flavor.

      1. It should be noted that there are some concerns when feeding dogs garlic, specifically from http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/garlic-for-dogs-poison-or-medicine/:

        Garlic is safe for your dog when you feed it in appropriate amounts as I’ll explain later. However, there are some cautions.

        Pregnant Dogs
        Always be cautious with any medicine or supplement for pregnant dogs. Consult your holistic veterinarian when feeding garlic to expectant mothers. Garlic also changes the taste of breast milk so avoid feeding it to nursing dogs.

        Don’t give garlic to puppies under six months. Puppies eight weeks or less don’t produce new red blood cells so never give them garlic. For puppies aged six months to a year, you can be cautious and feed half the regular dose.

        Breed Specific Issues
        Veterinary herbalist Susan Wynn warns against giving garlic to Akitas and Shiba Inus. These breeds are more sensitive to the hemolytic effects of oxidants such as N-propyl disulphide found in garlic. Consult your holistic vet if you have concerns about your dog’s breed related risks.

        Drug Interactions
        Garlic can interact with several types of medications. Here’s the short list:

        Immune suppressants
        Heart medications
        Chemotherapy drugs
        Blood thinners
        High blood pressure drugs.
        Don’t use garlic if your dog is on any of these drugs.

        Since garlic affects blood clotting don’t use it two weeks before any scheduled surgery.

    2. Lots of Brewers Yeast in my dog’s water helped deter fleas. Works in humans for mosquitoes as well. Increasing B Vitamins as in Brewer’s Yeast creates a smell that fleas and mosquitoes don’t like but is great for the dogs and the humans.