Home Remedies: October 2005

Vinegar for Fungus

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There are so many uses for vinegar it boggles the mind. An otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist) recommended rinsing the ear with the following solution: one part vinegar to five parts tepid water. He suggested putting drops in the... (Read More)

Vaseline for Lice

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This home remedy has gotten us into a lot of trouble. In recent years lice have seemingly become resistant to over-the-counter lice shampoos, which has left families desperate for relief. One mother wrote that a pediatric dermatologist, Neil Prose, M.D.,... (Read More)
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Anyone who has ever had to give a talk in front of a large audience knows that anxiety can be paralyzing. One woman had to give up a career as a musician because her stage fright was incapacitating. Even after... (Read More)
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Sweaty hands can be embarrassing, and sweaty feet can lead to foot odor and increase the risk of athlete's foot. One dermatologist we consulted offered the following home remedy: Boil five tea bags in a quart of water for five... (Read More)

Tagamet for Warts

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There are so many wart remedies it is hard to know where to start or stop. Castor oil applications are highly recommended by our readers. But one of the few treatments that have actually been tested is taking Tagamet. This... (Read More)
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We roared with laughter when we read the letter from a woman who told us that her uncle's little terrier had cured his long-standing case of athlete's foot. Every evening when he got home, he would take off his shoes... (Read More)
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This home remedy for arthritis pain has generated almost as much mail as the gin and raisins. One newspaper column reader related that her grandmother had been using it as long ago as 1945. Purchase Certo in the canning section... (Read More)
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A listener to our radio show called in the following recipe his Philippine-American girlfriend taught him. He says eating this chicken once a week keeps colds away. We don't know about that, but it might keep everyone else away as... (Read More)
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The meat tenderizer trick was our very first home remedy in the original edition of The People's Pharmacy®.* We stumbled across it in the Journal of the American Medical Association.** Dr. Harry L. Arnold of the American Health Institute suggested... (Read More)

Hot Water for Itches

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We discovered this technique in the book Dermatology: Diagnosis and Treatment* and have been using it ever since we wrote it up in the first edition of "The People's Pharmacy®." Moderate itching (the sort of thing you get from a... (Read More)

Ginger Tea for Colds

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We love this remedy and use it whenever we feel a cold coming on.It came to us from a radio listener in the hills of West Virginia but originated with her grandmother in India. Grind about half an inch of... (Read More)
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We have received more mail about this "raisin remedy" than any other home remedy we have written about. We don't know how it got started or why it works, but many readers swear it relieves arthritis pain. Ingredients: golden raisins... (Read More)

Fennel for Flatulence

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We have received numerous solutions for flatulence, but this one seems the most popular. A physician's wife wrote to tell us that her husband's serious gas problem was solved when he followed this advice from a Hungarian masseuse: 1 tablespoon... (Read More)
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Vaginal dryness is a common problem after menopause or certain cancer treatments. Finding an acceptable sexual lubricant can be a challenge. We heard from one couple who used an old-fashioned moisturizing hand lotion called Corn Huskers for twenty-five years. They... (Read More)

Coffee for Asthma

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Asthma can be a serious disease that requires medical management, not home remedies. But we mentioned in the first edition of "The People's Pharmacy®" that if you are caught without medicine, a couple of cups of strong coffee may help... (Read More)

Black Pepper For Cuts

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Thanks to Nell Heard and Wendall Dean for this contribution. Wendall is a wood-carver and scroller. His carving buddies always keep a packet of black pepper on hand for times when they cut themselves on sharp tools. Nell, her sister,... (Read More)