Home Remedies That Actually Work

There's no end to the wives' tales that promise everything from curing the common cold with chicken soup to losing weight with cabbage (not to mention those that advise you not to swim after eating).

Try these solutions! They'll actually work!

Many of these long-standing kitchen cures don't work at all, but there are a few that actually deliver many, if not all, of the healing they tout, proving your mother either right or wrong. We've rounded up some home remedies that have proven to work, using everything from tea bags to sugar to olive oil.

Here are a few home remedies that have withstood the test of time (and science), offering up actual health benefits that you can definitely get on board with! In the meantime, let's stay away from the five-second rule, and not waste salt by throwing it over our shoulders. Click through our slideshow to find out more about home remedies that actually work.

— Brooke McLay, Babble