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Got any? Know of any?

I thought it would be fun and useful to detail some home remedies here - and they don't have to be health-related. For each post that follows, I'll add a note to this original post so it can serve as an index. With any luck, we'll have quite a collection that can be easily searched through without reading page after page. Neat, huh? If it takes off well, I'll sticky it.
  • As always, information given here is not verified or necessarily tested by Dimensions Magazine, it's owner or readers. Users assume their own risk in following any advice. Entries here are NOT to be considered a substitute for professional medical care.
HEALTH:
Bladder Infections
Chilblains
Colds, viral infections (item 2)
Diaper rash (item 2)
Ear Ache
Ear Ache (item 1)
Fungal Infections
Heartburn
Head Lice
Immune system, promoting health of (item 2)
Impromptu heating pad! (item 5)
Migraine (item 6)
Mosquito bites
Nail fungus
Nail fungus
Overfull stomach (items 3,4)
Poison Ivy
Skin cancer cure? (see also here)
Sunburn
Sunburn (item 7)
Sunburn
Sunburn (item 1)
Upper respiratory congestion
Viral infections, colds (item 2)
Wound care/antibacterial
Yeast Infection
Yeast Infection

FAT BODY TIPS AND TRICKS

Comfort tricks of the fat boy/girl trade


HOME:

Removing blood stains from fabric
Removing blood stains from fabric
Removing ink stains from fabric
Copper cleaner
Impromptu heating pad! (item 5)
Natural Disinfectant
Chemical-Free Floor Cleaner
Unclogging a showerhead

BEAUTY:
Making eyeliner last longer
Neck/underarm discoloration
 

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I've always suffered from ear infections (hello? I'm not 5 anymore!), and usually a course of antibiotics clears it up. However, the last time the doctor discovered that my ear pain was not an infection, but the result of blisters forming on my eardrums - the result of clenching my teeth at night, and stressing the jaw (a condition known as TMJ), putting pressure on my eardrum.

There are all sorts of ear drops and other things you can take to fix this or other types of ear aches, but I've found the best thing is to rest my ear on a heating pad. For a really bad case, I'll sleep on the heating pad all night at a medium heat setting. In a day or two, the ear is back to normal.
 

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Mustard or some white vinegar works great on a burn..Instead of ice or butter just put the mustard or vinegar on the burn..It will burn as it pulls the heat out of the burn but in my experience it kept the skin from blistering..
 

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Dr TJ told me to use mentholatum for foot fungus. It worked for me. I found that it also keeps my ears clear of mold and fungus caused by my diabetes.
 

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Chilblains - I've tried everything but a little bit of Tiger Balm rubbed in takes the pain away and seems to heal them up. It does smell very -medicinal- though..

Tracey xx
 

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Hydrogen peroxide...the weak 3% version, will remove blood from clothes and furniture...you know, when you "leak" during that time and leave spots? Pour some peroxide directly on the spill, leave it for a minute as it fizzies up and then you whipe it with a damn cloth...works wonders!!!
 

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  1. My son got horrible earache like kids get, one saturday night and we couldn't get to the doctor til Monday. Nothing was helping, so I looked on the net and saw a cure I was very dubious about. However, the pain my son was in, I decided I had nothing to lose. It said to put some mouthwash onto a cottonwool pad and gently squeeze the wash into the ear. I did this and it was like a miracle. He went from a pained constant whine, to his cheeky self in about five minutes. When I took him to the doctor on the Monday, he said it worked because it's antibacterial and would have killed bacteria in the ear. I wouldn't recommend this for everyday, but for an emergency it worked brilliantly.
  2. If you have a baby with nappy rash and sensitive skin, whisk up an egg white and spread it onto the babys bottom. It forms a natural barrier and helps heal the skin.
  3. If you have overindulged at dinner, shave some ginger root into hot water, then drink. It tastes good and really settles an upset stomach. It's also good for morning sickness or queasiness due to other illness. If you only have dried ground ginger, it works too. Just stir half a tsp into a cup of hot water.
  4. If you know you are going to be eating a lot (eg.. Christmas or Thanksgiving), have some pineapple to hand. Eat a chunk of pineapple immediately after your main "binge" lol, and it will help your food digest much more easily. Pineapple contains an enzyme that acts like stomach acid on food, great stuff. This does not apparently work with pineapple juice, you need the flesh.
  5. If you need a heat pad and don't have one, fill a clean sock about two thirds with uncooked rice, then tie the end in a knot. Heat in the microwave 'til the desired temperature is reached. This will hold its heat for quite a while and is good on a sore ear or jaw, and it moulds into shape nicely.
  6. If you suffer from real migraines and you don't get proper relief from your medication, try this cure I heard on radio, and told a friend about. When you feel the first sign of your migraine coming on, make the strongest cup of black coffee you can. Four tsps of instant coffee in half a cup of hot water is about right. Drink this down quickly (hold your nose lol). This should stop your migraine forming. My best friend had bad migraine for many years and has never had another since starting this "treatment".
  7. If you get sunburned (tsk tsk), spread natural yogurt on the affected areas to cool it down. Alternatively you can place slices of tomato on it. I learned both those from Greek people, when I visited Corfu. It's what they always use.
 

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Erk - fantastic list! I hope it's okay if I numbered your entries - that way it's easier for people to find what they're looking for from the index.

Thanks for your ideas! These all sound great :D
 

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Mustard or some white vinegar works great on a burn..Instead of ice or butter just put the mustard or vinegar on the burn..It will burn as it pulls the heat out of the burn but in my experience it kept the skin from blistering..
She's right. She made me put mustard on my hand after pouring a whole pot of boiling water and pasta on it. It burned like a MOFO for hours..but by morning, the burning had stopped and miraculously, no blister. It wasn't even really sore to the touch the next day.

But let me tell you..it's the worst pain of YOUR LIFE! But worth it.
 

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Noxzema!! If you get a really bad sunburn on your face and shoulders, rub noxzema into your skin. Do not rinse off. Reapply every 3-4 hours for a day....you be in less pain, you skin will release heat, and you will be less likely to peel...and it feels like heaven.

I miss Noxzema, I have yet to find it here in the UK.

Another good use for Noxzema: you know how under your arms and around your neck can appear brownish at times (well, at least with my insulin resistance the skin would discolour) Applying a large amount of Noxzema to those areas in the shower before I washed with soap, makes them fade and makes you skin feel all smooth.
 

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If your shower head is clogged from hard water, you can unclog it by removing the shower head and running vinegar through it until it runs through every hole. (Then obviously put your shower head back on, lol) Works like a charm.
 

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i guess this post don't belong her, but what the....:p

if you have problems with eyeliners not staying in place and go away during the day, hold a lighter and warm it up for 2-3 sec. it works wonders.
 

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Erk - fantastic list! I hope it's okay if I numbered your entries - that way it's easier for people to find what they're looking for from the index.

Thanks for your ideas! These all sound great :D
Thanks Sam! Yes, great idea to number the tips, makes them stand out better too!
 

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You can use white vinegar as a disinfectant if you do not have any alcohol or peroxide..It is also good for cleaning baby things that you do not want to put any chemicals on such as a pacifier or bottle nipple..

If you get poison ivy easily there is a product called "Tecnu" that you can use..You wipe it on your affected skin for 2 minutes then rinse off with cool water..It washes the ivy's oil off your skin..
 

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I have two:

1- sunburn. I'm very pale, and burn easily- even with sunscreen there have been times I've been trapped outside, and no amount of sunscreen saves me from a burn. There's this stuff called Hoofmaker. A huge bottle is really cheap. Don't laugh, so many people are using this that the label reads, now approved for human use. It's a great moisturizer for the body, smells a bit like Noxema. Use only the Original Formula.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000QSCUFO/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20

For sunburn, I apply it immediately and thickly, and reapply whenever it's absorbed, or whenever I think about it, whichever comes first. This stuff almost always fades the sunburn to nil by morning, and I almost never peel, when I continue to use (more lightly) for a few days.

2- viral infections, colds. My mom has lymphoma, so she has tried a bunch of alternative medicine since her immune system is challenged. She found a product that keeps her healthy, even when the 3 or 4 other residents of her house (all usually healthy) fall ill. She just toddles around with her challenged immune sytem, helping them. I tried it at her insistence, and it's saved me over 10 times already. I start feeling sick, coughing, etc., and I start swigging this stuff- gone by morning. I've given it as a gift to a lot of friends.

It's called Sambucol, and I'm recommending the Immune System Formula, rather than the Original Formula. It's at a lot of health food stores, but this link to an Amazon merchent has had it on MEGA-sale for almost 2 years, so it looks like it may really be their regular price, which is 65% cheaper than anywhere else. For some reason the smaller bottles are a much better deal than the economy sizes. It really is amazing stuff, and I've never had much luck with Airborne, etc. The main active ingredient is black elderberry extract, and you can Google info on studies about how effective they are finding it against viruses. It even tastes, not *great*, but kinda sweet/tart, not bad.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00068R2TI/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20


Feel free to ask me anything else about them. No, I don't work for them or anything! I should ask the company for commissions though, I've referred these a lot! :)
 
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Head lice- use coconut shampoo and conditioner (Suave coconut brand is very cheap) - rinse in 1 cup vinegar:eek:ne gallon water solution

Something in coconut is a natural enemy of lice and kills them quickly- wash hair in the shampoo and then rinse with the vinegar solution
The vinegar's ph effects the stickiness of the eggs/nits- cover the hair in the coconut conditioner and use a nit comb to comb out- rinse in vinegar water again - then rinse vinegar out with water.

Anything such as pillows, stuffed toys, bedding, etc that can't be washed in hot water and baked in a dryer for 20 minutes or more should instead be sealed up in plastic bags sealed up airtight for at least two weeks. The lice and any subsequent hatchings all smother in that time frame.


I hope I just saved someone hundreds of dollars and months of angst with this post
 

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You can use white vinegar as a disinfectant if you do not have any alcohol or peroxide..It is also good for cleaning baby things that you do not want to put any chemicals on such as a pacifier or bottle nipple..

If you get poison ivy easily there is a product called "Tecnu" that you can use..You wipe it on your affected skin for 2 minutes then rinse off with cool water..It washes the ivy's oil off your skin..

Vinegar splashed into hot water cleans floors too- with no chemicals :)
 

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Head lice- use coconut shampoo and conditioner (Suave coconut brand is very cheap) - rinse in 1 cup vinegar:eek:ne gallon water solution

Something in coconut is a natural enemy of lice and kills them quickly- wash hair in the shampoo and then rinse with the vinegar solution
The vinegar's ph effects the stickiness of the eggs/nits- cover the hair in the coconut conditioner and use a nit comb to comb out- rinse in vinegar water again - then rinse vinegar out with water.

Anything such as pillows, stuffed toys, bedding, etc that can't be washed in hot water and baked in a dryer for 20 minutes or more should instead be sealed up in plastic bags sealed up airtight for at least two weeks. The lice and any subsequent hatchings all smother in that time frame.


I hope I just saved someone hundreds of dollars and months of angst with this post
WOW I so wish I had known about this when my son was younger! In the UK, head lice is epidemic amongst school kids, mostly primary age (5- 12 yrs). When I was a child, there used to be a "nit nurse" that would go round the schools and check all the kids heads, skin etc for things like head lice, scabies, etc. If a child was found to be infected they were immediately sent home with a green card and not allowed back til they had been completely fumigated! Because of this policy, head lice levels were kept really low. However, nowadays, it's seen as "child abuse" for a nit nurse to go through childs heads... so we have horrific levels and we were always on the lookout on our kids heads. Every week I would check my son's head, and luckily he only caught them once, because his hair was about an inch long all over. I caught them early and they were gone in one treatment. I have friends with daughters with long thick hair who have had lice now several times. Too much treatment with over the counter preparations can damage the nerve endings on the scalp, too. Some people use tea tree preparations and the old combing the hair with conditioner and a nit comb until the eggs are all gone, treatment. Some people here are even treating their kids heads when they arent infected, only resulting in the lice becoming immune.

ps for toys, if you have room, 48 hrs in a freezer does the trick too. Lice can only live for a day or two at room temperature though, so most here don't bother with that stuff, and it seems ok.

Anyway, sorry for the ramble there, and thanks for that remedy!

Vinegar splashed into hot water cleans floors too- with no chemicals :)
Vinegar splashed onto hot fried chips is great too lol.
 

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WOW I so wish I had known about this when my son was younger! In the UK, head lice is epidemic amongst school kids, mostly primary age (5- 12 yrs). When I was a child, there used to be a "nit nurse" that would go round the schools and check all the kids heads, skin etc for things like head lice, scabies, etc. If a child was found to be infected they were immediately sent home with a green card and not allowed back til they had been completely fumigated! Because of this policy, head lice levels were kept really low. However, nowadays, it's seen as "child abuse" for a nit nurse to go through childs heads... so we have horrific levels and we were always on the lookout on our kids heads. Every week I would check my son's head, and luckily he only caught them once, because his hair was about an inch long all over. I caught them early and they were gone in one treatment. I have friends with daughters with long thick hair who have had lice now several times. Too much treatment with over the counter preparations can damage the nerve endings on the scalp, too. Some people use tea tree preparations and the old combing the hair with conditioner and a nit comb until the eggs are all gone, treatment. Some people here are even treating their kids heads when they arent infected, only resulting in the lice becoming immune.

ps for toys, if you have room, 48 hrs in a freezer does the trick too. Lice can only live for a day or two at room temperature though, so most here don't bother with that stuff, and it seems ok.

Anyway, sorry for the ramble there, and thanks for that remedy!
No ramble at all :)

Seems to me that not realizing your children have lice and getting rid of it quickly is more "abusive" than someone checking their heads frequently. The school nurses here can do it for the kids in school. However, I have three girls- one caught it from the neighbors child and EVERYONE in the neighborhood seemed to be getting it. When I discovered it in the one's head, I then checked everyone and we all had it (yes, that bad and disgusting and how I WISH we had that nit nurse here :p ). It was shocking because the little ones don't go to school yet (they caught it a neighbor's home- not in school) and the oldest one knows not to wear other's hats, use their combs,etc.
I had to do REPEATED treatments- they kept coming back. After spending over $250 on the store treatments, I went online and discovered the coconut shampoo trick posted by a woman that raises foster kids and frequently gets children with lice. The vinegar solution for the nits was posted elsewhere but it made absolute sense to me as soon as I read it because I know about the ph balance of vinegar and how it is useful for so many things.

The coconut shampoo/conditioner and vinegar all cost me less than $3- and worked the first time. There have been no more re-occurences in two years either.
 

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Since i havent seen it yet, Hairspray gets ink out of clothing. My mom used to make beautiful quilted dresses and one load of laundry got a pen in it and it spattered the clothes with ink and hairspray got them all out.

also a quilting tip, spit can get blood out of your clothing. Sometimes you prick yourself and bleed on it and your spit will neutralize the blood.
 

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