11 'Folk' Remedies From The Buffet To Cure Your Ailments!

August 10, 2015

Have you ever been ill on a cruise and wanted to avoid the expensive doctor’s bill? The problem is when you’re feeling under the weather all you want is to feel better! So what do you do when you don’t want to spend a fortune on over the counter remedies or insurance claims?

Your Nan would be turning to tried and tested ‘home’ remedies at this point but how do you fashion a home remedy when you aren’t at home?

If you find yourself in this predicament – then maybe you need a www.CRUISE.co.uk home remedy… from the buffet!

Here are some options that you could use to make yourself better, without paying an arm and a leg (and hopefully not losing a leg either…)

So read on for some tips and tricks to cure your ailments, using nothing more than items you can either eat… (Disclaimer: we take no responsibility for your health or looking stupid).


Been Stung By A Wasp? Order A Pepsi!

It may surprise you to learn that the alkaline in a wasp sting can be neutralised by the acidity in a Coke or Pepsi. Cover your sting in this and it’ll help to ease the pain and stinging. However, don’t pour cola on a bee’s sting as it will only make it worse!

wasp sting


My Hair’s Gone Green!

The blondes amongst you may have had the misfortune of green tinged hair before, after too long spent in the pool following a very recent dye job. As most people dye their hair just before they go on holiday – more people than you’d think suffer the dreaded green glimmer.

However, the buffet can once again help! Just try adding some ketchup… no really! Cover your hair in tomato sauce (although we’d recommend you stay in your room whilst you do this as the waiters could get a bit funny) and the red colour in the sauce will help neutralise the colour. The chemical reaction that takes place between the acid in the sauce and the chlorine in your hair helps to remove the green, leaving you looking slightly less like a mermaid from the deep. We’d recommend leaving the sauce on for at least thirty minutes before rinsing (and try and make sure your partner doesn’t get a picture either!)

tomato head

Stung By The Dreaded Jelly

If you’ve been stung by a jellyfish and its really bad – the first thing you should do is consult the ships doctor. However, for small, minor stings you could try bathing it in vinegar from your buffet. Grab a few sachets and bathe the sting in it or else soak cotton wool in the vinegar and hold over the wound to relieve the pain. The acid in the vinegar neutralises the sting, the same as with coke and a wasp sting.

jelly fish


I’m Going To Hurl!

Some cruisers are unfortunate enough to suffer from motion sickness and suffer terribly on rough seas. If you unexpectedly become sea sick on a cruise and haven’t come prepared with tablets then try eating some ginger. It’s best in its purest form (so put down the gingerbread) and try having ginger tea or even eating crystallised ginger, as many cruisers have told us about its calming effect on stomachs.

feeling sick

My New Shoes Hurt!

Many of us buy brand new shoes for our holidays – after all – you want to look good! But doing so can leave you with sore and blistered feet after a long day of excursions. However, old fashioned salt can help! Dissolve a few packets into a bottle of water to soak your feet in.  It’ll help to wash and clean the skin that’s been rubbed raw. Even better, just dip your feet in the sea when you’re next on a beach. Gargling salt water (preferably not from the sea) will also help soothe painful mouth ulcers.

feet in the sea


You Can Use Yoghurt For What?

A more unusual use for natural yoghurt is to soothe skin ravaged by bad sunburn. Obviously you should always take preventative measures before you go in the sun with a good sun factor  but if you’ve been caught out and left burnt then smooth natural Greek yoghurt over the area to soothe your skin.

bad sunburn

A Reason To Love Garlic

If you’ve got the onset of a cold and have a sore throat or even if you’re feeling croaky from being too enthusiastic on the karaoke – garlic can help! If you stew the garlic in hot water (handily provided in the buffet or from the kettle in your room) and then gargle the stuff once it’s cool, your throat should be feeling better in no time!

eat garlic


How To Make It All Smell Better

If all this garlic or the indulgent tasty food you’ve been eating, has left you with bad breath then you could try our buffet remedy to cure this.

You simply need to first gargle lemon juice and then eat plain yoghurt. The acidity of the lemon reacts with the bacteria in the yoghurt to neutralise the bacteria in your mouth that gives you bad bread. Supposedly this will keep your breath smelling better for 12 hours… alternatively though, you could just lay off the garlic!

bad breath


Can’t Sleep? Try This…

Another common problem when going on any holiday is that it can take you a while to get used to your bed. It doesn’t matter how comfy the bed is or how great the choice of pillows on the pillow menu, for some it will always take them several nights to get a good night’s sleep out of their new bed. However, something to help with this is cherries. They contain melatonin which is a natural substance your body produces to regulate sleep patterns. Eating a handful a few hours before bed could help settle you off to dreamland…

cant sleep

Getting Rid Of Those Eye Bags

If you’ve lots of bags under your eyes from late night dancing or because you lost track of time at the bar then try the old faithful method of putting tea bags under your eyes! Easily accessible from the buffet or your room, used teabags (once cooled) can be placed over your eyes and the black tea is said to re-energise the tired skin.

tea bags for eyes


Heartburn Is Hell

We’ve probably all had heartburn from eating a little too much at the buffet… but the buffet can be the answer! Try some camomile tea, as this will help to soothe the levels of acid in your stomach that’s causing the pain.



We can’t prove that any of these work but with a pinch of luck there’s no reason why they shouldn’t… we’d quite like you to have a go! After all, they can’t hurt!

Have you ever used home remedies from the buffet on your cruise?

Did they work?

Let us know in the comments below!