10 Natural Remedies That Actually Work

10 Natural Remedies That Actually Work

I’ve come on this channel and debunked “natural remedies” and “at home treatments” for various health problems more times than I can even remember. Considering how critical I’ve been of these naturopathic treatments, you might be surprised to learn that while most of them a myths, there are a handful of natural treatments that you can actually use to treat some mild health conditions. Honey for a cough, melatonin for sleep, saline nasal sprays to clear your sinuses while you have a cold, sugar for hiccups, oatmeal to treat eczema, aloe vera for sunburns, prunes for constipation, calamine for itches and burns, probiotics, and even duct tape to fight warts. Of course, don’t get me started on soda for fighting an upset stomach! Have you tried any of these? Let me know down in the comments!

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  1. @notimportant3201 on February 12, 2024 at 4:28 pm

    Melatonin supplements make me have extremely,vivid nightmares.☹️

  2. @leechesg on February 12, 2024 at 4:34 pm

    On the note of natural hiccup remedies, my favorite is to hold my breath while also trying to breath out. It sounds strange to explain, but it always ALWAYS works for me. Trying to breathe out through your mouth while blocking the air in with your tongue (like when making a K sound) for about ten seconds kinda resets the whole system somehow. Try it out!

  3. @AndreiGrozea on February 12, 2024 at 4:34 pm

    Wasn’t the blue light thing confirmed to not play a role in circadian rhythm changes in a few studies by now?

  4. @chickenskink1 on February 12, 2024 at 4:35 pm

    Would love your take on "calming" plants for an upset stomach such as chamomile, peppermint, fennel, ginger, etc. I want to know how much of what my grandma told me is true.

  5. @janetf9076 on February 12, 2024 at 4:37 pm

    Where have you been all my life ❤

  6. @CarmelaForbing-ze2pk on February 12, 2024 at 4:37 pm

    When I have the flu or other virus where I can’t keep anything down I feel root beer is a godsend.the

  7. @terbear5120 on February 12, 2024 at 4:38 pm

    I’m deathly allergic to calamine and this isn’t over exaggeration. It was used on me when I had chicken pox and ended up in the hospital getting treated for anaphylaxis. That was fun. So, no calamine lotion for me. I’ve been asked what I do when I get bitten by mosquitos or come in contact with poison ivy (or other poison plants). For the former, I just deal with it. For the latter, I am very familiar with what poison ivy looks like and have never had an issue.

    Melatonin is a life saver for me. I have severe insomnia and taking it helps me get to sleep. I have a crazy circadian rhythm anyway and I get sleep tests regularly to check on things.

    I have a weird and somewhat ridiculous hiccough remedy, but I may try the sugar one.

  8. @Heathhack-ti4vb on February 12, 2024 at 4:41 pm


  9. @Roobah on February 12, 2024 at 4:42 pm

    "Proo-enz", LOL. Even after fixing it you still say it funny. (Made me laugh)

  10. @fergoramone on February 12, 2024 at 4:43 pm

    At my country when you want to say that someone is a very wealthy person we say "He-she has more properties than Aloe Vera"

  11. @bnsffan6584 on February 12, 2024 at 4:45 pm

    ha ha I’m in WA state the ocean is my back yard

  12. @lynzesminzy2962 on February 12, 2024 at 4:45 pm

    I used Duct tape to get rid of a wart on my finger, it scared sooo much when the wart just came of on the tape, there was a bit of a hole in my finger where the wart was but yes, tape works! I went to the doctor to have it "froze" off and I went many time for these treatments to no avail. The tape was the King here.

  13. @LauraPalay on February 12, 2024 at 4:50 pm

    Wait… does that mean Sprite won’t help my upset stomach? I thought it was supposedly the carbonation that helped? (And I don’t like carbonated water, even flavored. I prefer my water flat and freezing.)

  14. @idkmyguy7896 on February 12, 2024 at 4:51 pm

    Mike: “Soda”
    Me: looks to my left to see a Pepsi can next to me
    Also me: “aww sh-“

  15. @DanielFernandez-jv7jx on February 12, 2024 at 4:51 pm

    It’s Duck tape. Really. Google it if you don’t believe it.

  16. @Abiding77 on February 12, 2024 at 4:51 pm

    Melatonin gives me horrible nightmares!

  17. @Svitification on February 12, 2024 at 4:53 pm

    For warts try nail polish. Applying daily over. I got this crazy tipp in comments, tried out and passing back in comments – it worked! I huees the reason is the same as taping it – sealing it off.

  18. @Lord_Horker on February 12, 2024 at 4:54 pm

    I had tried cryotherapy when I had several warts on one foot growing up. Didn’t work for me but, the duct tape method literally got even the worst ones to the point I could remove them after a month or so.

  19. @santiagogarcia9436 on February 12, 2024 at 4:55 pm

    0:30 Legend of Zelda heart pickup sound effect (Skyward Sword?)

  20. @brightbright9524 on February 12, 2024 at 4:56 pm

    Hey doctor , what if I mix water with salt and rub in my nose

  21. @chickenskink1 on February 12, 2024 at 4:59 pm

    An addition: lightly sautéed onion for a cold-related earache. This one was told to me by a doctor and definitely worked. You have to do it right though: dice like half an onion and lightly sautée it. Wait for it to cool to a warm temperature, put in a breathable cloth (dish towels work), lay your head on a surface and press the onion towel to your ear from above. Wait. The juices that flow down will help open the blocked canal. It’s a little gross, but it really works.

  22. @pamsplace4986 on February 12, 2024 at 5:00 pm

    Warm water with apple cider vinegar makes a wonderful gargle when you have a sore throat!

  23. @akshayraj5722 on February 12, 2024 at 5:02 pm

    I didn’t know my mum was a flipping.

  24. @lospollos. on February 12, 2024 at 5:03 pm

    dont use melatonin if youre male, your prolactin will blow up and you can eventually get boobs

  25. @SarcasticIrony on February 12, 2024 at 5:05 pm

    I used to get warts on my hands ALL the time when I was in middle school. I almost always had duct tape on my hands because it always worked!!

  26. @brianoconnor1721 on February 12, 2024 at 5:07 pm

    I tried the sugar thing for hiccups, IT DID NOT WORK, it didnt feel good either

  27. @diabolicallink on February 12, 2024 at 5:09 pm

    8:03 I always thought this was a comfort treatment not a medical one kinda like turning on a tv show or movie you like and getting under a cozy blanket. Kinda Like “you feel like trash, here’s a little treat to get you happier.” Not “you feel like trash, this will fix you.”

  28. @tchftg on February 12, 2024 at 5:09 pm

    used nasal saline spray like a month ago cause my nose was so congested it was painful and it was my first time using nasal spray ever and i was absolutely horrified. i thought i would be fine because my best friend’s nose is always stuffed and she has to use nasal spray a lot and acts like it’s god’s invention but nobody actually TOLD ME WHAT WOULD HAPPEN??? IT WENT DOWN MY THROAT??? IT’S ACTUALLY LIQUID??? THAT WAS THE MOST HORRENDOUS THING THAT EVER HAPPEND TO ME I WAS SPITTING UP RED STUFF????

  29. @Anna-rg7yo on February 12, 2024 at 5:10 pm

    Opthalmologist here. PLASE don’t use teabags for stye or other related eye infections. Yes, warm compresses are a good idea for treating blocked glands (including Meibom glands when you have sicca) but DON’T use teabags. Chamomile actually has high allergic potential and mint (as shown in the video) can actually make it worse! If you want to use some tincture on your compress, use euphrasia. But please consult with your ophthalmologist first because the underlying issue can be so many different things. NO teabags!!!

  30. @DontTryToRunItWillFindYo-rp3ts on February 12, 2024 at 5:11 pm

    what is the difference between salt water used for clearing nasal passageways and the salt water we can make in our house by mixing salt and water?

  31. @gunnernathan7023 on February 12, 2024 at 5:11 pm

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  32. @jackiesaylor2487 on February 12, 2024 at 5:11 pm

    Hey Dr Mike. Isn’t it true that you can drink (baby) pear juice also to help with constipation. My son used to have really hard poops because he’d hold it for so long then couldn’t go. Well his pediatrician said give him pear juice, it works like prune juice and tastes better…. it works too. I’ve personally have had to use it myself.

    Also I’ve heard that if you have sunburn you can make a pot of really strong tea. Cooĺ it, Dip a towel in it and ring it out and place it over the burn and it will take away the burn and make it tan. I haven’t tried this yet but I really want to.

  33. @mynamejefffffff on February 12, 2024 at 5:12 pm

    honey is sold in 4g bags here. when i was growing up it was common for people with small children to keep some of them at home to give to their kids in case they got sick

  34. @alanstrong55 on February 12, 2024 at 5:12 pm

    Duct tape over a wart can cut off the air and eventually cause it to suffocate and die. Migh

  35. @IcarusRuthven on February 12, 2024 at 5:14 pm

    I only started drinking ginger ale within the last year or so. Something about the color never appealed, I think. Anyway, I got curious, and didn’t hate it. Tried it a few months later, but got a stronger, less well-marketed brand. And later, as I dealt with respiratory infections and asthma, I kept leaning toward ginger ale when breathing was harder and I was thirsty.

    A friend noticed my new interest, and gifted me a ginger beer. The effect it had was strong enough to make me look up research, and a paper I found suggested that about half of asthmatic people studied in that paper had relief when taking ginger. It was suggested that it was the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger that help relax the bronchioles, or the bronchial tubes, or something to that effect.

    Ginger tea is now in my office and at home. I keep a brewed ginger beer around too. I’d love to see more definitive research go into it, but for me it appears to be a pleasant alternative to over-the-counter or prescription rescue inhalers (which I of course still have on hand at all times) and steroid-based preventative inhalers.

  36. @NatiLite on February 12, 2024 at 5:15 pm

    I love tou but are you we a ring eyeshadow? Lol

  37. @joy211191 on February 12, 2024 at 5:16 pm

    Honey has been a treatment for cough in India for ages, back from the ancient times. Ayurvedic medicines are something that are natural and this is one of those. In fact, dice cut ginger and put in honey and then you can eat that. Will fix your cough much better than just honey.
    Aloe is also another that has been used for ages.
    Calamine is another one for the same thing.

  38. @JulianWilliams-px2lz on February 12, 2024 at 5:20 pm

    and that wht you use tecolhy in the mornin

  39. @Bella_7815 on February 12, 2024 at 5:23 pm

    1:05 i dint belive that because im not tired at all and the moment i turn on netflix on my phone i get sleepy

  40. @abigailgerlach5443 on February 12, 2024 at 5:24 pm

    Melatonin does nothing for me. Saline spray is particularly good for higher elevations in dry climates where nose bleeding or cracking nasal tissue happens.

  41. @emmamencia1935 on February 12, 2024 at 5:26 pm

    I was told growing up that the point of soda when you’re nauseous is because the carbonation helps move things around by inducing burping and releasing trapped gas. Also, I recently read that soda ACTUALLY utilizes the placebo effect, where by thinking you’re doing something to fix the pain/nausea, you calm your subconcious down, which helps you take your mind off the pain, which then makes you feel better.

  42. @theniceone06 on February 12, 2024 at 5:26 pm

    Calamine lotion has always been a staple in my mom’s medicine cabinet. Especially for chicken pox and poison oak/ivy

  43. @LillyWatters-jh9cb on February 12, 2024 at 5:28 pm

    Him saying don’t watch your phone late att night me: I’m watching this att 04:30 my time 3:30 your time haven’t even slept bc my stupid cold