Traditional Amish home remedies to use for anything from migraines to fungal infections

If there is one thing in common among different cultures around the globe, it’s the extensive use of home remedies to address health issues and simple everyday concerns. The Amish, for instance, have been known to use home remedies that have been passed down for generations for their effectiveness.

Traditional Amish home remedies

The Amish like to be self-sufficient in all things; they strive to be independent from conventional medicines. Below are some home remedies that can help with both health problems and common everyday issues  – ranging from sore throats, burns and dandruff, to migraine and female menstrual problems.

Sore throat and cough

For sore throat or cough, simply take a teaspoon of honey every hour until the sore throat or cough is relieved. You can also brew sage leaf tea for sore throat and flu symptoms.

You can also make your own cough syrup. Put three whole eggs in the shell in a pint jar and fill with vinegar. Cover the jar with a lid but do not screw it on. Set it aside for four to five days until the eggshells are soft and slightly black in color. Lift the eggs out and fill the jar up with honey. Mix and use one teaspoon four times a day to relieve cough.


Simply take two teaspoons of honey with each meal for an effective pain reliever for migraine headaches. Alternatively, you may boil equal parts of honey and apple cider vinegar and pour into a bowl, then place a towel over your head and the bowl and inhale the steam.

Fungal infections

Fungal infection can spread rapidly if not addressed quickly. An old Amish home remedy for ringworm includes brewing black walnut hulls in water and applying the resulting (cooled) tea onto the affected area twice a day for two weeks. This remedy also works on athlete’s foot and other skin fungal infections.

You can also make your own foot powder by mixing one part baking soda and one part cornstarch; place the mixture in a sprinkler container and apply on your feet before putting on your socks or shoes.

For asthma sufferers, mold and mildew can aggravate symptoms. Mix one cup of lemon juice with 1/2 cup of bleach and two quarts of water. Place the mixture in a spray bottle and spray down moldy areas of your home, leaving the concoction to penetrate overnight. Rinse away with water in the morning. Repeat the process for any stubborn mildew or mold.

For yeast infections, simply use plain yogurt to address the problem. Fill a cough medicine syringe with plain yogurt and squeeze some into the vagina every night for two weeks for an effective remedy without any side effects.

More Amish home remedies

Below are more Amish traditional remedies that can help with home and hygiene issues:

  • Arthritis – Take 10 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and add to a glass of water and drink with every meal.
  • Bee stings – Cover the stung area with dampened salt or make a thick paste using baking soda and water and let dry. Alternatively, put wet clay or mud on the stung area for relief.
  • Boils – Apply Vaseline to the boil, then put one slice of lemon on the affected spot. Put a fresh slice on the boil every day until it’s gone. This usually takes three days.
  • Burns – Break off an aloe vera leaf and apply the ooze on the burn area. This will stop the pain in a few minutes. Leave the burn uncovered whenever possible to hasten the healing process. Another remedy is a paste made of unsalted lard and flour. Note that these remedies are only for mild burns; severe burns need immediate medical care.
  • Dandruff – Boil one tablespoon of nettle tea in a quart of water. Cool and massage this tea into scalp regularly.
  • Earache – Put some molasses on a cotton bud and apply to the outer ear to relieve an earache. DO NOT stick cotton bud into the ear canal.
  • Internal parasites – Boil ginger root in a quart of water for half an hour, then drink the ginger tea daily for four days. You can also use 10 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar mixed into a glass of water, to be taken at each meal. Use honey instead of sugar to sweeten.
  • Nose drops – Mix ¼ teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, and one cup of boiled water. Put a few drops into the nose whenever necessary or pour some into the palm of your hand then sniff up into the nostrils. Emit through the mouth.
  • Period pains – Use one teaspoon of dry, crumbled red raspberry leaves plus one cup of boiling water. Sweeten the resulting tea with honey and drink it hot. Use no more than two cups in 24 hours to relieve menstrual cramps.

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