Q. I am having very good results with the gin-soaked raisins but I know several alcoholics who have terrible pain and want to try. Is there an alternative for them?
A. Although there is only one drop of alcohol in the daily dose of nine gin-soaked raisins, alcoholics should not tempt themselves by keeping gin in the house to make the remedy.
We have dozens of alternate solutions in our book, The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies, including turmeric, tart cherries, grape juice and plant pectin, boswellia, cayenne and pineapple juice.
Other readers have recommending soaking golden raisins in apple cider vinegar mixed with honey (two parts vinegar, one part honey). This completely sidesteps the problem of keeping gin on hand (and also of overdoing the dose). Whether it works as well has not been determined, but it is certainly worth a try.