- March 13, 2007 at 1:50 am #238922BiggerPiggyBankParticipant
I don’t usually do this, but I just got this list from a friend,
some look like they really might work:
>Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost
> immediately–without the unpleasant side effects caused by
> pain “relievers.”
>Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for
>Before you head to the store for a high-priced inhaler filled with
> mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong
> peppermints. They’ll clear up your stuffed nose.
>Achy muscles from about of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish
> cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply
it as a
> massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.
>Sore Throat?? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and
> Tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.
>Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two
> in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms.
> Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost
> instantly–even though the product was never been advertised for
>Eliminate puffiness under your eyes…..All you need is a dab of
> preparation H, carefully rubbed into the skin, avoiding the eyes.
> hemorrhoid ointment acts as a vasoconstrictor, relieving the
>Honey remedy for skin blemishes……Cover the blemish with a dab of
> and place a band-aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the
> sterile and speeds healing. Works overnight.
>Listerine therapy for toenail fungus….Get rid of unsightly toenail
> fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful
> antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.
>Easy eyeglass protection….To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from
> loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail
> the threads of the screws before tightening them.
>Coca-Cola cure for rust…Forget those expensive rust removers. Just
> saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust
> phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done.
>Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer….If menacing bees,
> hornets or yellow jackets get in your home and you can’t find the
> insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground
>Smart splinter remover…..just pour a drop of Elmers Glue all over
> splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The
> sticks to the dried glue.
>Hunt’s tomato paste boil cure….cover the boil with Hunt’s tomato
> as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and
> boil to a head.
>Balm for broken blisters…..To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a
> drops of Listerine….a powerful antiseptic & Heinz vinegar to heal
> bruises… Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the
> for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the
>Kills fleas instantly. Dawn dish washing liquid does the trick. Add
> drops to your dog’s bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse
> avoid skin irritations. Goodbye fleas
>Rainy day cure for dog odor…Next time your dog comes in from the
> simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet,
> making your dog smell springtime fresh.
>Eliminate ear mites….All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn
> your cat’s ear. Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball.
> for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat’s skin, smothers the mites, and
> accelerates healing.
>Vaseline cure for hair balls…..To prevent troublesome hair balls,
> a dollop of Vaseline petroleum jelly to your cat’s nose. The cat
> off the jelly, lubricating any hair in its stomach so it can pass
> through the digestive system.
>Quaker Oats for fast pain relief….It’s not for breakfast anymore!
> cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the
> or 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for
> soothing relief from arthritis pain.
- March 2, 2009 at 11:28 pm #416524
I’m curious, I’ve always been fascinated by the various home remedies use by people before the advent of modern medicine. Not that I plan to use any, but just find the the paractices people used out of necessity fascinating.
Does anyone recall some of the home remedies used by parents or grandparents rather than say modern medicine? I recall my Mom used to talk about different things her Mother used, but unfortunately, both are gone now.
And, hubby suffered from warts that Compound W never really removed, and nothing availble from the local doctor seemed to work. His Mom took him to a someone local, now both passed on, who apparently “muttered” and “rubbed” something on the warts. The warts went away! The man needed to pass his healing on to a woman, and wanted to teach hubby’s Mom, but she was a Christrian, and afraid to learn. I’d gladly have learned, but the man had sadly passed on by the time I entered hubby’s life.
It’s things like that I’d just like to hear about. Anyone have any memories and are willing to share?
Two things I remember my Mom talking about were the use of Keroscene, though I don’t recall the specifics and “fat meat” for a wound.
Just curious, as a historian, I’m fascinated by the small daily living things people did, a la, the way old recipes are often lost.
Thanks for any input.
- March 3, 2009 at 12:09 am #416531
trekglo – I’ve heard about raw beef on wounds; it’s the enzymes in the meat if I remember right. . . . .When my boys were toddlers, we went to the lake where the two older ones were really sunburned on their backs. (there was absolutely no money for a Dr.). I made them a pallet on the livingroom floor in front of the water cooler (we didn’t have reg. AC) then I put menthol shave cream on their backs. The cooler would dry the shave cream so I wet tea towels and laid them over the cream. When the towel started to dry, I changed it for another one. I know shave cream is soap and will dry the skin but it relieved the pain enough for them to sleep through the night and by morning the worst was over. Haven’t thought about that in years.
- March 3, 2009 at 1:21 am #416538
One tried and true remedy for burns for me (except doesn’t seem to work as well for sunburns) is mustard. If you get splattered by oil or touch a hot pot, grab the mustard from the fridge, squeeze it on then wrap with a washclothe or guaze and leave on for a couple hours. When my baby was 2 he wanted to help make cookies and reached in and grabbed the oven rack to pull the cookies out, did this, no pain and the marks all went away. Hubby touched a hot bbq rack and didn’t want to believe me, he tried everything, an hour later we put the mustard on the pain went away and no mark. I dumped a pan of hot oil on my leg, should have been a 3rd degree burn, slapped the mustard on wrapped in a dish clothe then taped it on and left it for about 12 hours, pain went away right away and have only a couple little brown marks on the leg.
First time I learned this was about 22 years ago when I made the mistake of touching a hot muffler on a motorcycle, I have a pea sized brown spot from that. Has something to do with the vinegar in the mustard but using the mustard helps it to stay in place.
- March 3, 2009 at 1:41 am #416540
If you get a cut soak it in kerosene and it won’t get sore. Put fatback on a boil and it will draw it up to a head. for an upset set stomache drink blackberry juice or mix a tablespoon of cola syrup in a half cup of water and drink. To unstop a chest bake 2 or 3 onions in the oven and make a poltice chest rub out of them. These are some that I remember my grandmother using. They worked.
- March 3, 2009 at 2:11 am #416544
Kim – I also use mustard for burns and learned about it the very same way!!! . . . . Another remedy: Used to help my friend who was a pet groomer and I got bitten on the wrist by a cat. Within an hour there was a large red, swollen knot – in 2 hours it was almost to my elbow. A friend told me to put Skoal (tobacco) in a coffee filter, wet it and put it on the bite. I did and taped a wash cloth around my wrist. The next morning there was a small bruise but everything else was gone.
- March 3, 2009 at 9:09 pm #416597
Thanks alot for these remedies. I know the dawn works for fleas…. DH has hunting dogs(very well taken care of, taking care of 1 with 7 pups myself right now) and we use thiw all the time to get rid of not only fleas but ticks as well. I’ve heard of the wesson oil for earmites, but since we got the dog(he cleans my cats ears) haven’t had a problem with mites!!! I have also used 409 for wasps, kills em dead. Found that one out by accident. Went to grab the raid and grabbed the 409 instead. I’m terrified of flying, stinging insects and didn’t really think about it. Will have to try a few more of these.
- March 12, 2009 at 12:39 pm #417302KawaiiGiggleParticipant
another tip to help with the “doggy” smell is to take a wet washcloth and just wipe the dog down with it.
- October 4, 2009 at 3:32 pm #425397
just looking around the site and found these and these are great, Thanks to all for posting them. Homemade is so much better/cheaper than store bought.
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