Home Remedies Quiz


Looking for a more natural way to care for your body that doesn't involve standing in line at the pharmacy or filling out health care claims? Home remedies might be just what you're looking for. Take this quiz to see how much you know.

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Question 1 of 10

The dreaded snorer! Thundering through the nighttime landscape emitting raucous nocturnal noises -- is there any hope for those who can't seem to stop sawing logs?

Sorry, out of luck. Roll them over, wait 20 minutes and they're beating on the bass drum all over again.
Sure there is, there's lots of foods a person can eat to cure a case of the snores.
It's true those roaring snores can be eased, but not at the dinner table.

... If you're the culprit, lots of stuff can help ease the misery of the people doomed to live with your chronic snoring -- but that secret isn't usually found at supper. Sleeping on your side can help -- and if you seem to roll over the second you start to slumber, attach some tennis balls to the back of your pajamas as a gentle reminder for you to get back on your side. If any of these sound like something you've been meaning to get around to: lose weight, quit smoking, avoid alcohol and sleeping pills, get help for allergies and keep a more regular sleeping schedule, then these courses of action can also help ease the situation.


Question 2 of 10

Depression is a nasty demon -- can you find ways to combat it in the kitchen?

Maybe, but only if you keep your liquor cabinet well-stocked.
It's worth a shot; the foods you eat may be able to have an impact on your mental state.
Nope, the kitchen can't help here either.

... Sure, lots of different foods can help ease the blues. Brazil nuts, a couple of cups of coffee, garlic, chicken, spinach and anything with Omega-3 fatty acids are all among the chow that can have you eating well and feeling better. If you're still down in the dumps, try getting a little extra R&R and avoiding sugary snacks and alcohol. Take a walk and get a bit of beneficial exercise, have some laughs with family and friends, and just try to think happier thoughts.


Question 3 of 10

Some people aren't normally depressed but they do get a serious case of the seasonal blues. Are there any home remedies for those?

There are a few tricks you can try, but most deal with upping sunlight, not snacks.
Apart from the home remedies for regular depression, there's not much you can do if the winter months get you down.
People with seasonal affective disorder can only keep an eye on the horizon and hope for better days.

... Sunlight is definitely the key to improving seasonal affective disorder. Although additional tips like avoiding alcohol and caffeine, increasing exercise and carefully monitoring your carb intake are all good ideas, the real secret is to up the amount of sunlight you receive. Some possibilities include getting up and going for a morning walk or lounging by a sunny window, eating lunch outdoors and opening up curtains and shades to flood your house with sunlight. If naturally soaking up the sun isn't possible, you can get a bright light box to increase the amount of illumination you're exposed to. If any of these work for you, then your symptoms should ease in a couple of days. If you still feel like a wreck, you may want to look into the possibility of moving to a sunnier clime.


Question 4 of 10

Feeling like your forgetfulness is starting to have some unpleasant consequences in your life? Provided you can remember where they are, are there any home remedies for boosting your memory?

Most memory problems can't be improved by anything hanging around the house.
You can find home remedies for a poor memory all over, from the spice rack to the refrigerator and even in the pages of the morning paper.
Remedies for a bad memory can be found around the home, but there aren't any foods on the list.

... If your bad memory has been giving you grief, there are a number of home remedies that can make a big difference. Foods like pistachios, wheat germ, artichokes, blueberries, eggs, okra and carrots can help improve memory. Mental exercises can also help you out. Try your hand at the crossword puzzle, practice remembering old recipes and make a diary of the foods you eat to try to determine which ones help the most. Keeping notes and lists can keep you on the ball and exercise boosts your circulation, something your brain definitely approves of. Vitamins B6 and E, along with some herbal teas made from spices like sage, rosemary and basil are also a good idea.


Question 5 of 10

Bug bites, irritating chemicals, allergies, medications, dry weather and skin infections are all among the myriad occurrences that can have you itching like crazy. Resisting the urge to scratch can be a battle, so what are some good home remedies for itches?

If you have calamine lotion you're in luck, otherwise the oven mitts are you're only solution.
Actually, scratching is good for you, it clears the skin of what's irritating it and should be encouraged. That's what the itch is for, after all.
Baking soda, oatmeal, lemon, you name it. Lots of household items can have you breathing a sigh of relief.

... While scratching might provide some temporary relief, it can also often lead to open wounds and scarring, so you'll probably want to do some scrounging around for an anti-itch home remedy. In this aspect, you're lucky. There're many items that can do the trick. As mentioned before, baking soda, oatmeal and lemon can sooth the skin, but you can also try cloves, juniper berries, basil, mint, thyme and aloe vera on your itch.


Question 6 of 10

Ah -- the dreaded hangover. That party last night was a blast, but this morning you find yourself holding onto the carpet of your living room floor to make sure you don't accidently fall off the planet. Is there any way you could have prevented this -- or perhaps more importantly -- anything you can do now to ease your pain?

Sorry pal, no dice -- there's not an easy fix for hangovers.
If you had been thinking more clearly (or at all) last night you could have helped your hangover -- now it's way too late.
There's lots of stuff you can do, both while drinking into the wee hours and moaning the next morning, to help alleviate a hangover.

... Although your couch appreciates all the extra attention, you can help free yourself from it's binds by taking a few simple steps both before and during a hangover. While carousing in the evening, try drinking more slowly and alternating alcohol with water; antacids and multivitamins can help your body handle the fun too. The next day, if you drink a bunch more water you can't go wrong -- and bananas, honey and lemon, rice, light soups, toast and sports drinks are also among the items that can help ease your suffering.


Question 7 of 10

While some people think an after dinner burping contest is about the funniest thing they've ever witnessed, not everyone is quite so thrilled. If you're a big burper but your future in-laws in town for a visit have more refined tastes, what can you do to have a burp-free weekend?

There are several actions you can take, but you'll need some time to pull them off.
Unfortunately, you (or more accurately they) are out of luck, burps are as uncontrollable as sneezes and hiccups.
Ah, who cares about them anyway -- your in-laws need to loosen up!

... Hmm, while it's probably true your soon-to-be in-laws could be a bit less stiff, your future spouse would probably appreciate a little effort on her (or his) behalf. You'll need to start in advance of their plane landing though, because the reason people burp is they've swallowed too much air -- and you'll want to decrease the air in your digestive system before you go give Mom her first hug. Some tips for beating the burps include not smoking, not chewing gum or sucking on candy, not talking while you're eating, cutting back on carbonation and ditching straws. Some less direct methods include staying active and avoiding things that make you swallow more, like anxiety or a cold. It also doesn't hurt to keep track of what you eat so you can stay away from any of your common triggers.


Question 8 of 10

Is there a way to stave off a vampire and a case of strep throat at the same time?

OK, we know your throat hurts but put down the wooden stake -- you'll get through this.
A clove of garlic might do the trick against both -- at least if you can handle it better than the vampire can.
If you have some holy water on hand, you can try giving that a whirl.

... A wooden stake, holy water and garlic might all be reassuring to have on hand if you ever come across a vampire, but only garlic may get you through that bout of strep at the same time. If you slice a clove of garlic in half and shove a piece in each cheek, you can suck on them like cough drops while occasionally crushing them up against your teeth. The flavor might be strong, but so is the organic compound called allicin that you'll be releasing -- it may be able to kill the bacteria that are causing your strep.


Question 9 of 10

Only thinking about yourself! How about some good home remedies for your pets -- is there anything you can do to ease their stinky breath?

Sure, there's lots of stuff you can do about that reeking miasma panting all over you.
Sorry, your pet is a complete package, smelly licks and all.
No, it's best to leave it all to the professionals.

... While many aspects of pet health are best handled by a veterinarian, there are a few steps you can take around the house to help their health -- and their breath. Wolfing down a little cooked brown rice can help ease digestion woes, chomping on a carrot can safely loosen up plaque and generate cleansing saliva, while steeped parsley makes a great breath spray. Other ways you can improve your pets' dental health are by brushing their teeth with broth or watered-down garlic powder (using your finger or a bit of gauze as the toothbrush) and letting them gnaw on a boiled oxtail. Just keep in mind, it's very important to remember that human health products like toothpaste and other breath-odor products are not safe to use on pets. If you're in doubt, phone up the vet.


Question 10 of 10

So you might be wondering at this point -- what's something you've already got lying around the house that'll give you the most bang for your home-remedy buck?

Dishwasher detergent

... As we've learned in this quiz, there's lots of stuff you've probably already got hanging around the house (and lots of helpful, common sense tips) that can act as home remedies -- but some really top the charts. Of these three unlikely sounding household items, the hands-down champ is vinegar. Ready for this? Vinegar can help with headaches, backaches, leg cramps, muscle sprain, flu, sore throat, bug bites, bee stings, sunburns, poison ivy, poison oak and a whole lot more. For further details on the seemingly magical properties of vinegar and lots of other great home remedies, visit HowStuffWorks' Home Remedies Library.


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