Friday, March 4, 2011

The Doctors' Home Remedies

It's great to have a doctor in the house, or at least a few on TV.  This morning I had a chance to watch such a show on CBS.  It was an hour well spent.  “The Doctors” discussed quick home remedies for treating common ailments.  So I'm posting their list, often rewording their advise.  Because that's what I do, fiddle and fuss and tinker with words … and for that, there is no cure.  But the recommendations below come straight from the show:

1. Facial Blemishes: Rub tomato slices on your skin to increase circulation and clear your complexion.
2. Ingrown Toenails: Use Epsom salt and dental floss to treat.
3. Headache: Drink watermelon juice to cure a headache.
4. Plantar Warts: Tape a small piece of a banana peel to a plantar wart overnight, every night until the wart is gone.
5. Body Odor: Beat body odor by rubbing turnip juice on your armpits.
6. Menstrual Cramps: Curb cramps with Cramp Bark, an herbal supplement.
7. Allergic Skin Reactions: Mix crushed poppy seeds with lemon juice and water until it turns to a paste, then rub the mixture on the irritated area.
8. Fleas: Spray diluted lemon juice (with water) onto a dog’s back to fight fleas.
9. Bug Bites: Make a paste using Epsom salt and warm water, and rub it on bites to reduce inflammation.
10. Athlete’s Foot: Put apple cider vinegar on potato slices and place directly on the affected area.  The doctors say this works just as well as anything you can buy.
11. Sore Throat: Soothe with a spiced tea. Mix cloves, ground ginger, ground cinnamon and honey in boiling water, let it cool. Drink it.
12. Sore Throat: Sucking on gummy bears can help soothe a child’s sore throat.
13. Bad Breath: Sip and swish with pure cranberry juice.  Also prevents yeast infections.
14. Sunburns: Ease sunburn pain by boiling lettuce in water, refrigerate the liquid to cool and place it on the burn.
15. Unwanted Body Hair: To remove, use Karmissie, an at-home threader.
16. Ragged Cuticles: Dip fingers in (1) a paraffin wax bath or (2) softened soy candle wax to moisturize.
17. Frizzy Hair: Treat with a hair mask made of olive oil, mayonnaise, one egg and beer.
18. Blackheads: Remove blackheads by making a paste consisting of  1 tablespoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Leave it on your skin for 30 minutes and rinse.
19. Fingernail Stains: Treat yellow fingernail stains with whitening toothpaste.  Brush and let toothpaste soak on nails for about 5 minutes.  Rinse.
20. Wrinkles: Use diaper rash cream to remove fine lines around your eyes. The effective ingredient is zinc oxide.  
21. Indigestion: Eat celery to relieve indigestion.  Has anti-inflammatory compounds.
22. Hangover: Prevent a hangover by eating and hydrating before drinking alcohol.  Try a whole wheat pizza with pepperoni, which contains carbohydrates, olive oil, cheese and pepperoni, to help coat and prepare the stomach for alcohol, and add Bifidus powder, a probiotic, to water to help with digestion. Also, eat a fruit salad of banana, watermelon and crushed almonds to help prevent a hangover.  This puts nutrients into your system that alcohol depletes.
23. Knee Pain: Strengthen your knees by sitting on the floor with your legs in front of you and your heels on the floor, and flex the muscles around the kneecap to create strong musculature around the knee.  This is called the “knee dance.”
24. Congestion: Use vapor rub on the chest to ease congestion.  The Doctors say don't put it above your lip or in your nostrils.
25. Gnats: A dab of pure vanilla extract on your wrist or neck will repel gnats.
26. Smell: Use vanilla extract as an aphrodisiac and natural perfume.  According to scientific studies, vanilla attracts men; it was their favorite fragrance, so the smell may also cure loneliness.
27. Headache: Give yourself a scalp massage to relieve a headache. Stick your fingers in your hair at the scalp and pull. The headache will go away, but once you let go it may come back.  Repeat it every few minutes for more relief.
28. Sun and Age Spots: Use potatoes to lighten age or sun spots on your face.  I wonder why the show stopped at face.  Isn't the skin on hands a bigger age spot problem?
29. Feeling Blue: Go for a walk to combat the blues.
30. Safety: Make sure any home remedy you try is safe for you.
© 2011 Stage 29 Productions LLC 

I favor home remedies because they have fewer chemicals so you don't have to worry as much about side effects.  And I like the simplicity of using items you already have at home.  But conventional medicine has its place.  And not all home remedies work, so a list approved by a team of doctors is good to have.  Always use good judgment:  Go to your doctor if a condition persists.  Keep your doctor informed, and never treat yourself for anything serious!  Wow after finishing this, I need to get up to eat a banana.  Seriously.  Anybody got any plantar warts?

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  1. Love it all! Thanks for sharing! My son had the plantar warts and I did not enjoy burning his skin on a nightly basis. I will definitely get the bananas out next time : )

  2. Enjoyed the read too! This long winter really had its toll on us and these are such useful, purse-friendly tips to get into shape for the warmer seasons.

  3. Nice Blog!!
    I really liked to visit this blog. This is very informative blog. Thanks for providing us information various home remedies. If you want to cure from wrinkles then use diaper rash cream to remove fine lines around your eyes.

  4. Thanks everyone, I always enjoy your input.