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Le Taz Hot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-10 08:05 AM
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List Your Home Remedies for What Ailes Ya
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So, I'm still on this self-sufficiency kick (a.k.a. sustainability movement) and I thought it might be a good idea for DUers to offer up some tried-and-true home remedies for common problems. Requisite Disclaimer: MOST DUERS AREN'T MEDICAL DOCTORS AND ONE SHOULD ALWAYS CONSULT ONE'S PHYSICIAN BEFORE APPLYING ANY REMEDY.

Before Western Medicine and Big Pharma we had home remedies for common ailments. With claims from the government and pharmaceuticals we were trained to believe that the old remedies were superstition and not based on science. We've been so brainwashed that virtually any ailment now has us running to the pharmacy instead of running to our pantries and/or gardens.

All contributions are welcome. Here's a starting place:

Athlete's Foot. Soaking the affected area in a solution of 1 cup vinegar to 1 gallon of very warm water for about 20 minutes will kill the fungus. It's one of MANY uses for vinegar.

Bug Bite. Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the bite. Something in the baking soda draws out the irritants (usually saliva) and soothes the itch.

Arthritis Pain. A paste of Wintergreen Oil and cayenne pepper applied to the area. The cayenne pepper inhibits the "pain" signal to the brain. CAUTION: Wintergreen Oil is toxic and should be used sparingly. Asthmatics should NEVER use it.

Hydrogen Peroxide. Disinfectant -- much cheaper than Bactine.

Your turn.
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