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bottles of listerine and white vinegar help curing nail fungusAlternative HealthJoe Graedon - November 28, 2022 - 97 comments

Listerine, Vicks & Vinegar Curing Nail Fungus

Common drugstore items like Vicks and Listerine are the key ingredients to home remedies that may prove helpful for getting rid of nasty nail fungus.

Terry Graedon - October 24, 2022

Milk of Magnesia Is Magnificent Deodorant

Terry Graedon - October 3, 2022

How to Make Warts Disappear by Buying Them

portueguese man o' war jellyfish washed up at the beach
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - September 26, 2022

How to Ease the Pain of a Jellyfish Sting

The best remedies for a jellyfish sting may depend on the species of jellyfish. Vinegar is sometimes helpful, and so is hot water.

seborrheic keratosis
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - September 19, 2022

Could Hydrogen Peroxide Get Rid of Seborrheic Keratosis?

No home remedies appear effective against a seborrheic keratosis, but applying diclofenac gel might be worth a try.

Woman holding her hand to her left breast, suffering from under breast rash and under-breast itching
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - September 12, 2022

Will Milk of Magnesia Help Under-Breast Itching?

How can you control under-breast itching? Many women share their remedies, from Listerine to Milk of Magnesia. A low-sugar diet also helps.

A bottle of vicks vaporub and toes
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - August 28, 2022

Will Vicks VapoRub Help Your Athlete’s Foot?

Vicks is NOT promoted as a treatment for athlete's foot. How could Vicks VapoRub help? It has many essential oils with antifungal activity.

Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) In Blossom is source of chasteberry
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - August 22, 2022

Is Chasteberry a Natural Way to Ease Hot Flashes?

Chasteberry has traditionally been recommended for premenstrual syndrome, but some women find it very helpful against hot flashes.

Image of crowd with center obscured replicates age-related macular degeneration
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - August 15, 2022

Will Saffron Delay Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

A reader got great results taking saffron for age-related macular degeneration, along with AREDS vitamins. A few studies support its efficacy.

benefits and risks of aspirin tablets on blue paper
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - August 8, 2022

Fascinating Strategies to Get Rid of Warts

Readers offer a range of remedies to get rid of warts, from banana peel to cayenne pepper on the wart. One swears by vitamin A supplements.

Hands With Arthritis
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - August 1, 2022

What Will MSM Do for Joint Pain?

NSAIDs like diclofenac or ibuprofen can ease arthritis, but they have serious side effects. Can you benefit from MSM for joint pain?

middle aged woman with stubborn blemishes on her cheeks
Acne (pimples)Terry Graedon - August 1, 2022

How Milk of Magnesia Cleared Stubborn Blemishes

A person who suffered from stubborn blemishes for many years found that applying milk of magnesia worked better than other treatments.

Lit gas burner on a kitchen stove
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - July 25, 2022

What Can You Do for a Kitchen Burn?

First aid for a kitchen burn is cooling it under running tap water. Then, consider soy sauce, yellow mustard or vanilla unless it is too severe.

toes with unsightly nail fungus
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - July 24, 2022

What Can You Do to Get Rid of Toenail Fungus?

Toenail fungus is unsightly, and the available medications for it are costly. That's why people love home remedies for nail fungus

A group of hikers walking on a trail together need a first aid kit
Acid Stomach (heartburn)Terry Graedon - July 18, 2022

Be Prepared for Summer with The People’s Pharmacy First Aid Kit

Don't forget to take your first aid kit with you on your summer travels. We suggest what to take to make sure you are prepared.

Hip waders hanging up to dry on outside of cabin wall could lead to swamp rash
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - July 18, 2022

How to Cure Swamp Rash with Milk of Magnesia

Milk of magnesia may be helpful for an astonishing variety of skin problems, including swamp rash from wearing hip waders.

Bottle of 5mg Melatonin tablets
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - July 11, 2022

Is There a Problem Taking Melatonin to Sleep?

Is taking melatonin a reasonable way to manage chronic insomnia? Be aware that there may be hazards like a higher risk of fracture.

foot bath at a day spa in a bowl
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - July 11, 2022

Can You Cure Your Plantar Warts with Hot Water?

Can you cure your plantar warts by soaking your feet in hot water? Some readers have. Others use duct tape, Listerine or nail polish.

Runner holding sore leg knee pain from running or exercising jogging injury or cramp
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - July 6, 2022

Hyaluronic Acid Offers Minimal Relief for Sore Knees

Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on hyaluronic acid injections (aka viscosupplementation). The effects are modest at best.

Little boy examines a splinter in his foot
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - July 4, 2022

Removing a Splinter Without Tears

Why not try a doctor-recommended home remedy for removing a splinter? A wart removal patch could help get out a tricky splinter. White Glue?

pharmacy shelf with four bottles of original amber Listerine
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - June 13, 2022

Putting Old Familiar Brands to New Weird Uses

If you like to learn about new uses for old drugs, this article is for you! We love repurposing old familiar brands of household products.

foot with plantar warts
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - June 13, 2022

How Can You Make Plantar Warts Disappear?

Remedies to make plantar warts disappear range from simple–soaking the foot in hot water–to complex, such as silver duct tape.

Traditional Marseille soap also called Savon de Marseille put up for sale at the market
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - June 6, 2022

Can Soap Chips in Your Socks Ease Leg Cramps?

A reader who loves long hikes reports that putting soap chips in her socks prevents leg cramps. We have a possible explanation.

Hand embracing foot with deformed right toe due to painful gout inflammation
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - June 2, 2022

What Are the Natural Remedies for Gout?

Natural remedies for gout, such as tart cherries, celery seed or a DASH diet, can significantly ease the suffering that a person experiences.

woman putting cold gel pack on neck
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - June 2, 2022

How to Use Cold Keys to Stop Your Nosebleed

A cold pack or holding cold keys against the back of the neck may stop your nosebleed. Nuns and teachers have been using this trick for years.

close up of a honey bee on a yellow flower
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - May 23, 2022

Do You Have a Favorite Remedy for Bee Sting?

If you need a remedy for bee sting, read on. Readers offer testimonials on plantain leaf poultice, cut onion or meat tenderizer on the sting.

foot with athlete's foot on pinky toe
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - May 23, 2022

Warning–Don’t Use Bleach to Treat Athlete’s Foot

Not every home remedy we get is good or safe. Advice to use bleach on athlete's foot shouldn't be followed. But lots of people disagree. Why?

an Aedes aegypti mosquito biting and feeding causes the itch of mosquito bites
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - May 16, 2022

How to Prevent and Stop the Itch of Mosquito Bites FAST!

How do you prevent mosquito bites? DEET, picaridin, vitamin B1? If that fails, how do you stop the itch of mosquito bites? How about HEAT?

red apples
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - May 9, 2022

Grated Apple and Toast Calm Kids’ Diarrhea

A reader remembers her mother's home remedy for kids' diarrhea. It was grated apple and toast or rice for a few days.

bowl of coffee ice cream
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - May 2, 2022

Brain Freeze Breaks Migraine Cycle

Eating ice cream to induce brain freeze may stop a migraine cold. We think it is working through TRP channels on nerves that sense cool temperatures.

a bottle of castor oil
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - May 2, 2022

Castor Oil Helped Prevent Knee Surgery

Castor oil has been used for thousands of years. Readers report success with this ancient remedy to ease knee pain. Will it work for you?

tape, gauze and alcohol wipe
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - April 25, 2022

Will Sniffing Alcohol Ease Nausea After Surgery?

Nurses who take care of people after surgery know that sniffing alcohol wipes can help ease nausea quickly and easily.

Psilocybe semilanceata, magic mushroom, cancer death anxiety
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - April 14, 2022

Psilocybin from Mushrooms Can Ease Depression

New research indicates how psilocybin from mushrooms may be as effective as the antidepressant escitalopram in alleviating depression.

Older woman in blue jacket walks with poles to treat peripheral artery disease
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - April 14, 2022

Walking at Home Can Help Ease Leg Pain from Peripheral Artery Disease

When people practice walking at home, they may overcome limitations due to peripheral artery disease. Physical therapists can help.