You probably have some of these items in your bathroom cabinet.
Generations have depended on them to treat ailments ranging from the occasional sore throat to stomach discomforts and even toothache.
What are these old-fashioned remedies and how do they work?
We ask health professionals whether these good old standards can actually give you relief and whether you need to be cautious when using them.
TIGER BALM OINTMENT
Used for: Headaches, insect bites, muscle aches and pains.
What makes it work?
The ingredients cajaput oil and Japanese mint oil help destroy germs, said Ms Lim Wan Peng, a senior pharmacist at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
In addition, it contains clove oil, a mild anaesthetic which helps to relieve pain, she added.
The ointment comes in two forms, white and red. The white balm provides fast relief from problems like headaches while the latter is used for muscular pains.
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