By: Terry Graedon March 21, 2016 17 Comments
    How to Discourage Mice with Peppermint Oil

    Can you keep mice from invading your home? There has been a controversy over this topic lately among readers of The People's Pharmacy. Making sure that these rodents cannot get into your food or leav…

    By: Terry Graedon February 15, 2016 20 Comments
    How to Ease Restless Legs Syndrome with Soap Und…

    Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological condition in which a person feels an irresistible urge to move the legs. The movement temporarily relieves an uncomfortable sensation similar to a tickle…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2016 18 Comments
    Acupressure Wristband Is the Secret for Not Snor…

    People go to great lengths to stop snoring. Some are silly, like sewing a tennis ball into the back of the pajama top. This is supposed to keep you from lying on your back, a position in which snoring…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2016 6 Comments
    Try Coconut Oil on the Skin to Relieve Itchy Ecz…

    Eczema is not very well understood. Dermatologists call it "atopic dermatitis," which implies that the red, itchy skin characteristic of eczema is fundamentally a type of allergic reaction. In most ca…

    By: Joe Graedon January 21, 2016 6 Comments
    Clear Up Cracks at the Corner of the Mouth with …

    Cracks at the corner of the mouth look ugly and feel terrible. Can castor oil help? Q. A year ago I read your newspaper column and discovered a remedy for cracks at the corner of the mouth. I've had c…

    By: Joe Graedon January 11, 2016 11 Comments
    Should Breast Cancer Patients Avoid Aluminum Ant…

    There is a great deal of confusion about the safety of aluminum-containing antiperspirants when it comes to breast cancer. Most health professionals and patients aren't even aware that there is a cont…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2016 7 Comments
    Is Listerine a First Aid Kit in a Bottle?

    Some household staples are so versatile that people use them for nearly everything. Where would we be without baking soda and vinegar in the kitchen cupboard and Epsom salts or Vicks VapoRub in the ba…

    By: Terry Graedon December 21, 2015 10 Comments
    Yellow Mustard for Frightening Glue-Gun Burn

    Certain home remedies show up time and again in reports from our readers. One of those is the application of yellow mustard to a burn. When we first heard this remedy, the caller specified that the mu…

    By: Terry Graedon December 21, 2015 12 Comments
    Milk of Magnesia Makes Canker Sores Disappear

    Some people are troubled frequently with canker sores, while other rarely experience them. Unlike cold sores, which are caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus (HSV-1), canker sores are not known to be c…

    By: Joe Graedon December 14, 2015 4 Comments
    Get All Our Best Home Remedies in One Place

    Do you save newspaper clippings? We know many people who do, including ourselves. We've never quite mastered the knack of keeping them in a really organized file that makes it easy to access informati…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2015 12 Comments
    When Someone Smells Bad What Can Co-Workers Do?

    Q. Every week we have a staff meeting and one of my co-workers ends up sitting close to me. He has body odor that I find really offensive. I have asked friends of his at work what the problem is and t…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2015 2 Comments
    Tai Chi Helps Ease Knee Pain from Osteoarthritis

    A study from Tufts University in Boston has found that tai chi works just as well as physical therapy to ease pain and improve function for people with osteoarthritis of the knee. Tai Chi Compared to …

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2015 6 Comments
    Using Vanilla as a Burn Remedy

    What do you use as a home remedy for a simple burn? First aid is getting the burned area into or under cold water. But then what? Readers of The People's Pharmacy have shown a great deal of ingenuity …

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2015 3 Comments
    Afrin Nasal Spray Helped Stop Persistent Bleedin…

    There are a number of home remedies that readers have found helpful in staunching bleeding from a simple cut. If you look this website over, you will find many testimonials to the ability of ground bl…

    By: Joe Graedon November 2, 2015 3 Comments
    Tincture of Thyme Fended Off Cold

    Physicians don't usually learn much in medical school about herbs, home remedies or even dietary supplements. As a result, they often tend to be skeptical of these unconventional approaches to healing…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2015 33 Comments
    Vinegar as a Remedy for Blood Sugar and Choleste…

    What is your favorite home remedy? One of the oldest and most versatile remedies known to humankind resides in your kitchen cabinet. It gets very little respect, but science is now discovering why vin…

    By: Joe Graedon October 19, 2015 8 Comments
    Heat Eases Itchy Mosquito Bites

    Itchy mosquito bites can drive you crazy. But what can you do about the itch? Some people are devotees of Vicks VapoRub to relieve the itch, while others like to apply hydrogen peroxide. We think, how…

    By: Joe Graedon October 12, 2015 5 Comments
    Listerine Restored Luster to Dog’s Coat

    Q. I had a dog with a weird pattern of shedding on her neck and upper back. Someone at a dog show told me it could be the beginning of a staph infection. My dog wasn't showing any pain or itching, jus…

    By: Joe Graedon October 8, 2015 1 Comments
    Huge News About Our MoM Deodorant and a Special …

    We've got some exciting new products that we have been working on for the last few years and we think you will love them. We are proud to introduce Men's MoM with a fresh clean scent. We are also offe…

    By: Joe Graedon October 8, 2015 40 Comments
    What Can I Do About Plopping Poop Toilet Water S…

    Q. Please help! When I have a bowel movement it is not unusual for me to experience a plop and then feel the water in the toilet bowl splash back up on my bottom. I cannot begin to tell you how annoyi…

    By: Joe Graedon September 21, 2015 23 Comments
    Will the Soap Remedy Really Prevent Leg Cramps?

    We hate it when a leg cramp hits at night and wakes us from a sound sleep with a bolt of pain that does not let up. People have proposed many causes for these muscle cramps, and it is worth trying to …

    By: Joe Graedon August 31, 2015 10 Comments
    Using Vicks VapoRub Against Fingernail Warts

      Warts are at the same time a very simple complaint and also somewhat mysterious. They are a tissue reaction to a virus, human papillomavirus (HPV). That has been known since before antiviral me…

    By: Joe Graedon August 17, 2015 106 Comments
    Reader Dismisses Mustard for Leg Cramps as Junk …

    Q. I am disappointed in your response to the person who claimed that swallowing a teaspoonful of mustard cured severe leg cramps in two minutes. You agreed with the writer that it was most likely the …

    By: Joe Graedon August 10, 2015 2 Comments
    AmLactin Cream Soothed Hands Jalapenos Hurt

    Anyone who handles hot peppers is well-advised to use a pair of disposable kitchen gloves (latex or vinyl) for the chore. That would prevent the predicament in which this reader found herself: Q. I de…

    By: Joe Graedon July 20, 2015 2 Comments
    Stop Collecting People’s Pharmacy Home Rem…

    For many years we have been hearing from readers of our syndicated newspaper column that they clip articles they find intriguing. Sometimes they send them to friends or family members. Other times the…

    By: Joe Graedon July 20, 2015 10 Comments
    Probiotics Solved Problem of Bowel Movements Tha…

    We have heard from a number of mothers whose children suffer embarrassment because their bowel movements are so large they clog the toilet. It always makes sense to check in with the pediatrician and …

    By: Joe Graedon May 25, 2015 3 Comments
    Simple Remedy to Ease Migraine Headache Pain

    Migraine headaches are often debilitating. There are prescription medications ("triptans") that can be very effective in alleviating the pain of a migraine. They are often expensive, however, and they…

    By: Joe Graedon April 6, 2015 13 Comments
    Does Castor Oil Get Rid of Warts and Scars?

    The Castor bean (Ricinus communis) has been used for thousands of years for an amazing number of maladies. The seeds are also a source of ricin, one of the most toxic chemicals known to man. Fortunate…

    By: Joe Graedon March 30, 2015 8 Comments
    Calendula Cream Calms Redness of Rosacea

    Q. I have been looking for ways to get rid of rosacea and have tried a number of products over the seven years I've had this problem. Finally, a local herbalist gave me an herbal blend cream; the acti…

    By: Joe Graedon March 30, 2015 10 Comments
    Vet Defends Placebo Effect on Dogs

    Q. A letter writer who suggested that a "placebo effect" is not possible with dogs was mistaken. The person had used a bar of soap under the dog's bed to treat arthritis. There is a very large placebo…

    By: Joe Graedon March 23, 2015 12 Comments
    Hot Home Remedy Worked for Nail Fungus

    Q. You recently wrote about the high cost of treating toenail fungus with the prescription medicine Jublia. I found a better approach after trying several over-the-counter products without success. A …

    By: Joe Graedon March 16, 2015 8 Comments
    Yerba Mate for a Gentle Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

    Yerba mate (pronounced matay) has been valued in South America for centuries, long before Columbus set off on his epic journey. A hot "tea" was made from the leaves of a holly tree (Ilex paraguariensi…

    By: Joe Graedon March 9, 2015 8 Comments
    Soy Sauce Can Ease the Pain of a Kitchen Burn

    Household accidents like kitchen burns don't always need full-fledged medical attention. But some quick first aid can make a difference. For common burns, we are partial to a home remedy that uses col…

    By: Joe Graedon March 2, 2015 15 Comments
    Dog’s Benefit from Soap Might Not Be Place…

    Are you tired of reading about people who swear that putting a bar of soap under the bottom sheet near their feet calms nighttime leg cramps? Do you think it is all nonsense and most likely a placebo …

    By: Joe Graedon February 22, 2015 6 Comments
    Don’t Double Up on Statins

    Q. Is it harmful to take Crestor and red yeast rice together? My doctor prescribed Crestor, but I have also been taking red yeast rice. I would like to get my cholesterol level low enough so I would n…

    By: Joe Graedon February 9, 2015 14 Comments
    Castor Oil Helps Cracked Fingertips and the Corn…

    Q. After successfully using castor oil to heal those pesky fingertip cracks I get every winter (my cousin's suggestion), I decided to try it on the corners of my mouth. They are always cracked and som…

    By: Joe Graedon February 5, 2015 24 Comments
    The Straight and Skinny on the Dietary Supplemen…

    Dietary supplements may not always deliver what they promise. The New York State Attorney General's office conducted an investigation of store-brand supplements sold in the national chains GNC, Target…

    By: Joe Graedon February 2, 2015 22 Comments
    Lavender and Tea Tree Oil Block Male Hormones

    Q. I'm wondering if men should be using lavender. Many articles I've read state that lavender is a male hormone disruptor. A. Lavender and tea tree oil were investigated as hormone disruptors when doc…

    By: Joe Graedon January 29, 2015 11 Comments
    Why Do Most Doctors Disrespect Natural Medicine?

    Many doctors look down their noses at natural medicine. They didn't learn about such therapies in medical school and they perceive this "alternative" approach as unscientific. Yet every day physicians…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2015 17 Comments
    Cornmeal Mush Soaks Cured Nail Fungus

    Q. I developed toenail fungus and tried using some herbal remedies. The daily soaks were working, but very slowly. Then I did a cornmeal soak and almost immediately the nail fungus started to disappea…