By: Joe Graedon October 29, 2005 0 Comments
    #564 Guerilla Tactics Against Germs

    Cold season is here and our best defense is appropriate hand washing. But can we become obsessive about germs? Is it safer to wash your vegetables in the toilet than in the kitchen sink? What are the …

    By: Joe Graedon October 22, 2005 0 Comments
    #563 Eyecare Update

    Our eyes are second only to the brain as the most complex organs in our bodies. There are more than two million working parts to the eye, and a lot can go wrong. As we age, we have more and more troub…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 98 Comments
    Vinegar for Fungus

    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 t…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 81 Comments
    Vaseline for Lice

    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 w…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 5 Comments
    Valerian for Stage Fright

    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. E…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 11 Comments
    Uddercream For Dry Skin

    The People's Pharmacy® radio show is made possible in part by Redex Industries, makers of Udder Cream, Udderly Smooth Hand and Body Lotion, and the new COUNTRY CREAM.aids for dry, chapped skin. 80…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 82 Comments
    Tea for Sweaty Palms and Soles

    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…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 203 Comments
    Tagamet for Warts

    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 i…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 26 Comments
    Saliva for Athlete’s Foot

    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 ta…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 41 Comments
    Purple Pectin for Pain

    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 C…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 8 Comments
    Philippine Chicken Against Colds

    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 mi…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 13 Comments
    Meat Tenderizer and Vinegar for Stings

    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…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 124 Comments
    Hot Water for Itches

    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 (…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 50 Comments
    Ginger Tea for Colds

    We love this ginger tea 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…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 427 Comments
    Gin Soaked Raisins for Arthritis

    We have received more mail about this "raisin remedy" than any other home remedy we have written about. Many people are incredulous that eating nine gin soaked raisins daily could do anything for pe…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Fennel for Flatulence

    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 adv…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Corn Huskers for Slippery Sex

    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 moisturi…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Coffee for Asthma

    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 …

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Black Pepper For Cuts

    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 …

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Valerian

    Valerian is a perennial plant that grows readily in Europe, North America, and northern Asia. A number of related species have been used by herbalists throughout history, but the exact kinds and amoun…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 1 Comments
    Stinging Nettle

    Stinging nettle is native to Europe, but it has become established in North America and now grows in Canada and throughout the United States. It is best known for its ability to provoke an impressive …

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 4 Comments
    St. John’s Wort

    Overview St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) has long been used in Europe for treating mood disorders and has become very popular in the United States. The plant itself is a perennial native to Eur…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Slippery Elm

    Slippery elm trees are native to North America and grow in moist but not waterlogged woods of eastern Canada and the United States. The colonists were familiar with the use of bark from other elm spec…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Siberian Ginseng

    This shrub, a Russian relative of China's popular herb ginseng, also grows in northeast China, on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, and in Korea. In Russia, it occurs in forest undergrowth and…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Senna

    Senna (Senna alexandrina) has a place in medical history going back to the ninth century when Arabian physicians introduced Europeans to this powerful laxative. The plant is native to the Nile in S…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Scullcap

    Scullcap is a member of the mint family and a native of North America, where it thrives in moist woodlands. Common names for it include helmetflower, hoodwort, and mad-dog weed (from its introduction …

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 1 Comments
    Saw Palmetto

    Saw palmetto, also called sabal palm, grows in the southeastern United States. Its dark berries were traditionally made into a tea and taken for urinary problems or sexual difficulties. During much of…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Red Clover

    This familiar plant is native to Europe, northern Africa, and central Asia, but red clover is also grown for pasturage and as a rotation crop in the Americas and Australia. (Nodules on the roots fix n…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 4 Comments
    Psyllium

    Psyllium seeds (also known as blond psyllium or ispaghula) are derived from a species of plantain that is native to India and Iran. The seeds are small and reddish-brown, with no distinctive aroma an…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Pau d’Arco

    Pau d'arco, known as lapacho colorado in Argentina and Paraguay and as ipe roxo in Brazil, is a good example of the lure of the exotic. This South American native has been used medicinally by several …