Easy Home Cures For 15 Types Of Pain

Some things are annoying or painful but don’t necessarily warrant a trip to the doctor’s office. It could also be that, because of some disaster caused by man or nature, you CAN’T get to a doctor. In either case, home cures will save you money and make you more comfortable without the expense or inconvenience of a doctor’s visit, even if such a thing is possible.

Here are 15 common types of pain and some suggestions to help you cure them at home. We’ve also included some links so that you can read some more about each tip if you’d like.


A bunion is a bony hump that forms at the base of your big toe. Your big toe turn in more toward your other toes than it used to. When this happens, a bunion forms on your metatarsal bone. It’s painful because you put most of your weight on it every time that you take a step and it may be red and irritated, too.

Bunions often run in the family and are frequently caused by years of walking in tight shoes such as high heels and may be triggered by the flu, gout, tonsillitis, poor nutrition or metabolism, or rheumatic infection.

Since a bunion is actually a buildup of salt, the following recipe is designed to break that up.

  1. Place 10oz of water and a bay leaf in a small pan and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool refrigerated overnight.
  3. Drink the next morning.
  4. Repeat for 3 days in a row, then take seven days off and repeat.

You should start to notice relief in about 10 days and your bunions should be gone in two months.

Note: You’ll notice more frequent urination; that’s normal. Increase your water intake if you don’t drink as much as you should.

To make a tincture to relieve external pain, crush 10 bay leaves in 96% isopropyl alcohol and let it steep for a week. Strain and apply to your bunion after a warm soak or shower.

bunion drawing

via Health And Healthy Living.

Mole Removal

Most moles aren’t a health problem but they’re often a source of aesthetic angst. This method of getting rid of moles involves honey, which is rich in nutrients and minerals and has antibiotic, antifungal and antibacterial properties.

  1. Wash area around mole well.
  2. Apply a dab of honey directly to the mole.
  3. Cover with a Band-aid.
  4. Repeat twice daily until you start to see results. It may take a while depending on the mole.

Note: If you notice a change in the shape, size or color of any mole, you should have it checked out.

Profile of Woman Before and After Mole Removal With Honey

via Beauty Lovers.

Getting Rid of a Cough 

Persistent coughs are a drag. You feel terrible, your head likely hurts and your throat may be sore from the constant hacking. Try this to get rid of a cough in just one day.

  1. Combine 2 pounds of quartered onions to 3 quarts of water and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce by half (there will be 1.5 quarts of water left).
  3. Allow to cool then strain.
  4. Sweeten 8 ounces with a tablespoon of honey and a bit of lemon.
  5. Drink and repeat 2-3 times daily.
  6. If you’d like to sweeten it and add some better flavor, add a few apples to the pot, too.

Sliced in half red onion

via Good Morning Center.

Stuffy Nose

Stuffy noses are irritating and can get so bad that they even affect your vision. This method doesn’t involve any kind of tincture or recipe; it’s just a physical way to actually clear your stuffy nose.

  1. Sit in a chair with your head up.
  2. Close your mouth and keep it closed unless you have to breathe out through it the first time or two.
  3. Take a deep breath and breathe out through your nose, unless you absolutely can’t. In that case, breathe out through your mouth and close it again immediately.
  4. Hold your breath and pinch your nose.
  5. Gently nod your head forward and back.
  6. Keep doing this until your begin to feel the need to take a breath.
  7. Let go of your nose and breathe in through your nose.
  8. If you’re still stuffy repeat.

stuffy nose drawing

via Organic Health.

Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown toenails are painful and can often lead to infections and other foot problems so you want to take care of them immediately. Try to avoid developing an ingrown toenail by trimming your toenails straight across instead of rounding them and don’t trim them too short.

  1. Gather all the stuff necessary to trim your toenails; trimmers, tweezers, etc. and some gauze.
  2. Soak your feet in water as warm as you can stand it for 15-30 minutes.
  3. Trim your nail straight across if needed.
  4. Use a sterile needle to lift your ingrown toenail from your toe.
  5. Fill the space between your nail and toe with a piece of cotton.
  6. Wrap with gauze.
  7. Repeat daily, (except for trimming – do that as necessary) changing the gauze until your ingrown toenail heals.
  8. If you notice any signs of infection, see your doctor immediately.
  9. Go barefoot when you can so that your feet can breathe. That will help prevent infection.
  10. Your ingrown toenail should be healed within two weeks.

Ingrown Toenail Photo

via Healthy Food Team.


A corn is a tough patch of skin with a packed center that forms on the tops and sides of your toes, generally where your shoes rub. They can be painful but are there because your body felt that your foot needed extra protection in that area. For that reason, it’s important that you wear shoes that fit well in order to avoid them. Here are a few ways to get rid of corns at home:

  1. Grind up a small piece of chalk and add enough water to make a paste and rub it on.
  2. Rub raw papaya juice on it 3x daily.
  3. Rub green fig juice on it 3x daily.
  4. Make a paste from the herb Indian squill and rub it on the corn then cover with a bandage.
  5. Rub lemon juice on it several times daily.
  6. Place a small piece of raw onion on the corn and bandage it. Leave on for a few hours.

Drawing of different types of corns

via Healthy Food Team.

Kidney Infection

Kidney infections are often caused by an infection that spreads from the urinary tract. They’re more common in men than women and can cause damage to the kidney if you don’t take care of it. Symptoms include pain in the side or lower back, nausea, fever and a burning sensation when you urinate.

Fortunately, kidney infections are actually quite easy to cure at home, especially if you catch them early. If it persists, see your doctor for antibiotics. Here are a few steps that you can take to cure a kidney infection or avoid them altogether.

  1. Drink at least 64oz of water per day. You need at least that much to stay hydrated and to keep your kidneys flushed. A good clue as to whether or not you’re drinking enough is the color of your urine. If it’s clear or nearly clear, you’re good. If it’s dark, drink more.
  2. Cranberry juice is great for your kidneys because it makes your urine more acidic, thus helping fight bacterial infection. Drink a glass per day but not more.
  3. Yogurt has probiotics that help keep your kidneys healthy. Go for the unsweetened type though because the sugar in the sweetened varieties isn’t good for you.
  4. Get more vitamin C because it increases the acidity of your urine. Citrus fruits, strawberries, peppers, broccoli and tomatoes are all good sources. One or two servings per day is plenty.
  5. Marshmallow root is antibacterial and is also a diuretic so it helps in 2 ways. Make a tincture by steeping 1 tablespoon of marshmallow root in 8oz of hot water. Allow to sit for a few minutes, strain and drink. Do this 2-4 times daily.

Kidney Infection Infographic

via Top 10 Home Remedies.

Sore Throat

Sore throats can be caused by several reasons but are irritating and can cause lost sleep and irritability. Here is the Amish cure for a sore throat. It’s simple yet effective.

  1. Dissolve 1-2 tablespoons of corn syrup in 8oz of warm water.
  2. Gargle. It’s perfectly safe for kids because they can drink it.

via Recipe Goldmine.

Pimples & Acne

Regardless of your age, pimples and acne can plague you. Acne in particular is bad because it can scar you in addition to causing social embarrassment. It’s caused by bacteria and is tough to cure if you don’t stay on top of it. Here are a few methods to get rid of it for good.

  1. Apple cider vinegar wash – mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 3 tablespoons of warm water. Swab it on your clean face.
  2. Apply a cinnamon and honey mask. Both are antimicrobial and can help to clear your skin. Combine 2 tablespoons of honey with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and apply to your clean face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse well. Pat your face completely dry.
  3. Apply milk or yogurt and honey. The lactic acid in milk is mildly acidic and the honey is antibacterial and antimicrobial. Mix equal parts of room-temperature milk or plain yogurt and honey. Apply to your face and allow to dry, then apply another layer. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse well.
  4. Other ingredients to add to your masks include egg whites, papaya, orange peel, tea tree oil, sodium bicarbonate and lemon juice.

garlic acne solution

via Everyday Roots.

Acid Reflux

This is uncomfortable and can cause further problems if not treated. Acid reflux is caused when stomach acid washes back up into your esophagus after your eat. Some simple ways to help acid reflux include eating smaller meals and sitting up for at least an hour after you eat. Sodium bicarbonate, aka baking soda, also helps because it alkalizes the acid and keeps it from burning you.

  1. Mix ½ – 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 8oz of water and drink it when you’re feeling the reflux. You can add lemon juice or honey for flavor.
  2. Combine ½-1 teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar and ½ teaspoon lemon juice in 8oz of water and drink slowly.

Baking soda comes with some precautions. First, it’s high in sodium so if you have high blood pressure, be careful. Also, prolonged use of baking soda can cause digestive issues because it will over-alkalize your stomach. It can cause gas and other gastric distress after drinking it. It can also reduce the levels of minerals in your body so long-term use isn’t recommended.

Baking Soda for Acid Reflux

via Home Remedies for Life.


Dandruff is not only aesthetically embarrassing, it can also be itchy and uncomfortable. Relax though; it’s easy to cure. Chronic dandruff is actually caused by an imbalance or fungus in your skin so this solution not only gets rid of the dandruff, it treats the causes.

  1. For mild dandruff, mix equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar and apply to your scalp weekly.
  2. For moderate dandruff, add 1 cup of ACV to your shampoo and use daily.
  3. For severe dandruff, apply 1 cup ACV directly onto your scalp every day for a week. Allow to sit for 5 minutes and rinse.

apple cider vinegar

via Health Ambition.


Yes, it’s annoying for the person that you’re sleeping with, but it also disrupts your sleep and can make you tired. Chronic poor sleep can affect your immune system and your “happy” chemicals too so it’s important to stop it if you can. Here’s how.

  1. If you have sinus problems that cause your snoring, mix ¼ teaspoon kosher or canning salt with ½ cup water and put it in a nasal bottle or dropper. Dissolve well and add a squirt or a 2-3 drops to each nostril before bedtime. This solution is good for 5 days.
  2. Rub a couple of drops of peppermint oil under your nose or breathe in steam with peppermint oil in it.
  3. Boil a handful of sage leaves and 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar in a pot of boiling water. Remove from stove, put your head over the pot, put a towel over your head to form a tent and breathe in the steam for a few minutes.
  4. Drink a cup of mint tea before going to bed.
  5. Have a cup of ginger tea before bed.

Snoring man sleeping with baby

via Rapid Home Remedies.


Candida is an awful thing to fight. It’s caused by too much candida yeast in your body and can manifest in your mouth or your genitals as a whitish coating or on other body parts as a rash. Be careful using any of these if you’re pregnant or nursing.

  1. Black walnut oil or powder has antifungal properties that have been shown to effectively treat candida. Follow directions on the bottle
  2. Barberry contains berberine that has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Make your own barberry tincture by soaking 1 cup of barberry root in 2 cups of vodka for 3 weeks, shaking frequently. Drain and discard the herbs. Take 28-56 drops three times daily for no more than 7 days.
  3. Burdock root is also an effective anti-fungal. Follow the same directions as for barberry.
  4. Garlic is practically a cure-all because it has so many antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. Eat a ton of it!


via Whole Intentions.


Friction blisters are painful and can lead to infection if not treated promptly. Here are just a few good treatments to help them heal a bit faster.

  1. Apply castor oil at bedtime. It will dry it up. Don’t peel the skin off.
  2. Soaking in warm water for 15 minutes will help the blister to soften so that the fluid in it leaves faster.
  3. Antibiotic ointment can help fight infection.
  4. Apple cider vinegar and some smashed onion combined are good to smear on the blister. It will dry quickly.
  5. Salt water soaks help.
  6. Aloe vera promotes healing.

Foot blister

via Organic Facts.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels can be painful and can lead to foot infections that are difficult to cure. Especially if you’re on the run, painful, infected feet are a bad thing to say the least so here are some common cures for them.

  1. Pour a few tablespoons lemon juice in 2 quarts of warm (not hot) water and soak for 15 minutes. Pat dry and moisturize well.
  2. Warm up 3 tablespoons of honey and add 1 teaspoon of sesame oil. Massage this into your cracked heels and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse well and moisturize.
  3. Massage your feet with olive oil or coconut oil before bedtime every night.
  4. Smash a ripe banana and rub it on your feet. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse well.
  5. Mix mashed papaya with a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice and apply to your feet. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse well.

Home Remedies For Cracked Heels

via Lady Care Health.

We hope that you enjoyed these easy home cures for many common illnesses and conditions. If you have any suggestions to add to the list, please feel free to do so in the comments section below!

This article has been written by Theresa Crouse for Survivopedia.

Disclaimer: The opinions voiced by Theresa Crouse, are her own and are not meant to take the place of seeking medical help from your healthcare provider. The practice of medicine without a license is illegal and punishable by law. Seek modern and standard medical care whenever and wherever it is available.

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Theresa Crouse is a full-time writer currently living in central Florida. She was born and raised in the hills of West Virginia, where she learned to farm, hunt, fish, and live off the land from an early age. She prefers to live off the grid as much as possible and does her best to follow the “leave nothing behind but footprints” philosophy. For fun, she enjoys shooting, kayaking, tinkering on her car and motorcycle, and just about anything else that involves water, going fast, or the outdoors.

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  • i only noticed one mention of alovera. Aloevara is a suculent and can be grown at home. It is an Indian remedy for many ailments. We use it primapily for those times we get burned in the kitchen or the wood stove. Simply aply it to the affected ares and in about twelve hours there is little sign of a blister and pain/discomfort.
    If you grow Alovera don’t let it freeze,it will die. Alovera needs occasional watering and grows like a weed.

    • Aloe is also great for sunburns. A note for people who have never handled fresh aloe before…. When you have cut a piece off the plant, carefully trim off the spiny edges. This will make it much easier to split the piece open to access the gel inside. If your sunburn is extreme, see a doctor, you could have sun poisoning. I knew a person once who was hospitalized for a few days because of it. The key is to monitor yourself carefully, especially if you do not have a really good base tan. The moment you start to see light pink, you are already burned… get out of the sun. It may not look bad, but it will intensify with time. Simply moving to a shady spot is not good enough if you are at the beach or a lake. The sun will reflect off the sand and water. Commercial sunblock is not the answer either. They contain ingredients that over time, will actually promote skin cancer, if not be a direct cause of it. Sorry I rambled, but growing up in FL, I have all too often seen tourists with milky skinned kids running around already very pink. And yes, when I see it I do my best to warn them and tell them about aloe. Unfortunately by then, the kids are already doomed to suffer sunburn pain.

      • Best to first immerse burned area in ice water for at minimum 20 minutes, then alternate for several hours using ice packs off and on to avoid ice burn. Then apply aloe, fresh from plant. Even from drug store works, but why spend money on additives?

        • Absolutely NEVER immerse a burn in ice water. Cool water for 15-20 minutes at a time, take a break until uncomfortable again, before using cool water again, until peak burning sensation ceases. Then apply aloe. If using fresh aloe, and are scraping it out of the leaf, avoid the flesh closest to the bend in the leaf (one side having a bend, the other more flat). Just slice or scoop it out without pressing all the way down into the bend. Especially avoid this area if making an aloe drink from fresh leaf flesh.

    • Hello all ,awhile back i burned the palm of my hand i was a bad one so i did what my relative told me that was to me to be just shy of god touching me ,i took 6 egg and used only the whites in a bowl at first the pain had subsided right off the bat so i soaked my hand for 45 mins i know that the burn was to the point of going to the ERoom ! well after the 45 mins passed i ran my hand under some room temp water to get the egg off and there was on pain at all
      i said to my self no way well i use only egg white’s for burns my hand did not blister it was as if it never happened !

  • Glycerine for cracked heels and glycerine and rose water for hands.
    Can use glycerine and rose water for feet also, after having scrubbed the area with an abrasive board.
    Continuous use of creams or baby oil after showers prevents this condition from returning. Repeat abrasive board and rose water with glycerine if necessary.
    Also, spoil yourself to a pedicure once in a while, the foot and leg massage will be good for your health and well being.

    • Great advice Lalita, but I would like to add… I personally do not advocate the use of baby oil, or any other petroleum based product. I have read too many articles by respected holistic doctors who warn of health hazards. I fully support glycerine and rose water, and another I have found to be very good is Borage oil. This natural oil is so thin it can penetrate cellular walls. Most health food stores will carry creams and lotions made with this oil. They also sell softgel caps so you can take the oil orally as a supplement.

  • This is an excellent website, well written, informative, factual, my compliments Theresa Crouse and Survivopedia.

  • Skin Cancer: Let me start with a disclaimer… I am not a doctor, this is a true story from my sister who had a cancer on her cheek but with no insurance could not afford to have it removed. She detected hers early, and this simple trick worked for her. Using a cotton swab, she dabbed the cancer a few times daily with hydrogen peroxide. It worked, nuff said 🙂 For other cancers, I recommend reading an article “The Many Benefits of Hydrogen Peroxide” by Dr. David Williams. Not only cancer, if you read the article you will see many other things H2O2 can help with. It is a detailed article that fully explains everything. Two of my personal local friends were told they were terminal with their stage 3 cancers (one was liver, the other, lymph). They have been cancer free for 8 and 3 years respectively. Be sure not to miss the part that it must be food grade. Drug store peroxide contains stabilizers and is not safe to ingest. Some health food stores carry food grade, or you can find it on line. Store it in the freezer to preserve it, it will not freeze.

  • Added note on the Dandruff article: A separate article suggested putting the ACV (either the 50/50 mix or straight up) into a spray bottle and to spray and massage it down to your scalp, and repeat a few times for 15-20 minutes before washing your hair. I feel this is a good idea since it gives you more control of getting it all over your entire scalp without having to deal with the runoff you would get by simply pouring it on, and the refreshment sprays give you a little extra exposure time to allow it to work.

  • Added comment on Sore Throat: I have the utmost respect for the Amish, and while this may in fact work (because the corn syrup will coat the throat and reduce irritation), it does not offer (as far as I know) any antimicrobial properties. I would substitute with raw unfiltered organic honey. Another reason I would make that switch is the fact that at least 90% of corn crops in the US are genetically modified and heavily sprayed with Roundup and pesticides. Honey offers many health benefits, corn syrup does not. To me, it is simply a much better choice.

    • Does the corn syrup work by feeding beneficial bacteria, which proliferate, overwhelming the pathogens? (bad bacteria)

  • Hi Folks,
    This site was very nice to review and the misc. comments are very nice. i believe more of this kind of get together gives me hope that all is not lost in this country just yet. I have spent the last few years looking into our medical field and very disappointed about how money is the driving factor in taking care of our needs. A 6 cent pill selling for $3.50 etc. you have it right this way. Thank you all.

  • Living off-grid now, we heat & cook with wood, & I’ve sustained a few burns while using the wood stove. I immediately apply a marigold ointment I have on hand (Pronatura Calendula Ointment) & it usually heals without a blister or sore, just a bit of pinkness for a few hours or a day. It also immediately stops the pain. Love it!
    I had many years of sinusitis & sinus infections, till I started taking a high-quality probiotic & NAC (N-AcetylCysteine, a mucolytic & liver cleanser, OTC/online) daily. None since! I also recommend sinus flushes; add sea salt, vit C, grapefruit seed extract, or whatever works for you. Great for halting a cold in its tracks.
    Good site, thanks.

  • Just an added note on acid-reflux, or just nausea, or upset stomach. Use apple cider vinegar “WITH THE MOTHER”, never distilled vinegar. The mother is alive, distilling it kills it, it is the mother that relieves stomach distress, and so much more. I use Braggs, found in almost any store, this stuff works.

  • great info keep coming

  • What can we use or do for MS?

  • Does anyone know of a cure for toenail fungus?

    • tea tree oil but it can take up to a year.You can also use a product called fungi-nail made by a company called Kramer. Bought mine in a traditional chinese medicine clinic.

      • Thank you

    • I have one solution for you that should offer some immediate relief and clean your feet up anywhere from a week to a month (depending on how often you shower). This may seem a little odd but this method has never failed and has cured and prevented various foot ‘issues’ for my family more than once. My teenage boys have problems with their feet also. In order to treat and prevent athletes foot from spreading to everyone else who uses the shower, I have instructed each person to urinate (pee) on the shower floor as soon as they get in and to kick the water around a little to make sure it gets the entire floor. Urine is sterile when first eliminated so it kills the bad stuff. I also instruct my sons to urinate directly on their feet when in the shower to cure and prevent. When he has an active case of athlete foot (and I would recommend this for you also) in addition to the urine, at the end of his shower right before he turns the water off I douse his toes and foot (or feet) with rubbing alcohol, making sure to really concentrate on spots that have gotten bad. If for some reason your feet are still irritated after your shower it would help to soak them in some water with Baking Soda added. The times when my son’s feet are really bad it can take two (rarely three) showers to really get rid of everything (the the itching/burning part typically goes away after the first shower). If his feet do still itch a little and he doesn’t want to soak his feet in the baking soda water then I give him a washcloth saturated with rubbing alcohol and have him wipe his toes/feet down really good. I would recommend using at least 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol. I have found some cheaper bottles that are 50% and lower and they just don’t seem to work as well.
      This ‘urine trick’ is actually quiet popular with musicians, salesmen, etc. who stay in a lot of hotels to make sure they don’t catch anything from the bath tub/shower floor.
      Hope this helps, good luck.

  • Amazing thank you for this lot of information. It helps me very much in healing my hand pain which I have from many days after using these easy treatments I cure this pain easily.

  • I didn’t realize bunions are caused by salt. This seems like a pretty easy solution to alleviating bunion pain. It makes me wonder, though, why people have bunion surgery if it’s this easy to relieve the pain?

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