We all know one (or fifty) “Old Wives Tales.” These are traditional beliefs, superstitions, and pieces of advice often handed down from generation to generation. Some common examples include, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” or, “Step on a crack and break your mother’s back.” These bits of wisdom are clearly unfounded and inaccurate. While eating an apple a day is probably a good choice, there’s nothing that will magically prevent you from getting sick and needing to see a doctor. And, of course, stepping on a crack won’t actually break your mother’s back. However, there are some Old Wives’ tales that have stood the test of time and remain a source of wisdom, now backed by science! Keep reading to see which ones made the cut!

A Bar of Soap in Bed Bars Cramps Instead

Yes, this means what you think it means. By simply sticking a bar of soap in your sheets at night, you can get a better night’s sleep as well as cure those little aches and pains in your body. While the hard science is still trying to figure this one out, hundreds of people swear by it! We have our own ideas of why it works. Some studies show that the magnesium sulfate in the bar of soap can help address deficiencies in our bodies. See our in-depth article here!

Carrots Improve Eye Sight

Carrots contain vitamin A, which has a significant role in the health of the eye. Vitamin A helps the eye to register light and translate it into something the brain understands. This process also helps us see in dim light. A vitamin A deficiency will affect eyesight, and if someone has low, or no vitamin A in their body, they can go blind! In fact, vitamin A deficiency is the cause of over 250,000 cases of blindness in children annually. Other foods that have a lot of vitamin A include sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, and apricots.