Bad Home Remedies

The ultimate goal of most home remedies is to cure or minimize the symptoms of an illness or condition. Home remedies prepared from herbs, plants and active ingredients you’re most likely to have in your cabinet have been used for centuries – and in many cases they work.

Beware of homemade medications that can hurt rather than cure. Listed here are some bad home remedies that could cause you a trip to the hospital rather than avoiding it.

  • Butter for Burns – For many years, butter has been applied as a salve for burns. In reality, butter is extremely bad for burns because rather than cooling the burned area, it keeps the heat inside and heightens the possibility for an infection.
  • Paraffin (Kerosene) – Thought as an effective technique to cause a child to vomit. Forcing a child to ingest paraffin can harm the lungs as well as the stomach.
  • Castor Oil – An old home remedy for constipation, castor oil is a stimulant laxative that can damage the intestines if taken too often. You can also become dependent on it to stimulate regular bowel movements.
  • Herbal Aphrodisiacs – Herbs like Spanish Fly aren’t regulated, so you have no idea just how much you’re getting in a supplement. An excessive amount of any herbal remedy could be harmful to your system.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide – Some home remedy enthusiasts use hydrogen peroxide as an antiseptic. It works in cleaning wounds, but does not kill the bacteria that can eventually cause infection.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Used to promote weight reduction, apple cider vinegar can destroy your tooth enamel if you don’t brush your teeth after ingesting it.
  • Syrup of Ipecac – A home remedy used to induce vomiting if a poisonous substance is ingested. Doctors now discourage making use of the syrup and suggest rather that you call the National Poison Center at 800-222-1222.
  • Kerosene – Treating head lice by applying kerosene on a child’s head is a home remedy that is not effective and can be dangerous to the child.

Most home remedies are harmless, but some can possibly be extremely dangerous. Combined with certain prescriptions or medical conditions, these non-prescribed treatments can cause severe damage or death. Consult your medical professional or pharmacist before using any sort of home or herbal remedy.

 

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