Today is going to be fun. I’m sharing some slightly outlandish, but very interesting, home-grown folk remedies that could help you heal.
But please don’t take this medical advice. Just because something is natural, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily safe or effective. I’m just passing along what you’ve shared with me.
I’ve put my own comments in parentheses. Enjoy!
10 unusual home-grown folk remedies to consider
1. Minor burns:
If you get a minor burn that doesn’t expose any skin, quickly rub some toothpaste on it.
– Rob K.
2. Rashes, Bumps & Bug Bites:
I used to get little skin bumps or rashes on my legs. Now I know to rub the inside of a banana peel on them to control the itch and redness. This also works for little bug bites.
– Paul W.
(Essential oil of myrrh would be my recommendation, with or without the banana peel! – S.C.)
3. Stinky Feet:
My husband has the worst smelly feet in the world. I almost left him for this, until my aunt told me to rub his feet with some alcohol, like the kind you drink. So we tried vodka, and put it on a washcloth every night. We’ve been married 32 years.
– Patricia B.
(Alcohol is an antiseptic and kills surface fungus by starving them. This is probably why alcohol helped her husband get rid of the smell. I wonder if the secret really is that she drank the shots of vodka too. – S.C.)
4. Bug Bites:
If a bug bites you like mosquito or wasp, apply deodorant. It takes the sting out.
– Jenny L.
5. Thyroid Issues:
If you have hyperthyroidism (Graves’ disease), eat a dish of raw or very lightly steamed broccoli every day to reduce symptoms.
– Yvonne M.
(There’s actually some proof for why this works, but it may not be enough for full blown hyperthyroidism. Broccoli contains sulfur compounds called “thiocyanates” which reduce thyroid hormone production. – S.C.)
6. Sinus Infections:
Every spring I get at least one sinus infection. Put a teaspoon of oregano in 4 cups of water and boil it for 10 minutes gently. Cool mixture to room temperature. Strain it into a spray bottle and shoot it up there once daily.
– Brenda K.
I drink cinnamon tea instead of coffee to get me going. I simmer a cinnamon stick in water for 15 minutes and chill it for the next day.
– Ellen T.
8. Cold Sores:
I used to get cold sores on my lip every month. Take lemon balm supplements as a cure, at night though. You can apply the teabags to your sores too.
– Melinda J.
(I’ve also heard that applying an ice cube at the onset of tingle will help head off these oral lesions. – S.C.)
I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome for 6 years and one day I tried a peppermint capsule from a passenger on my flight to Sacramento. One capsule and I enjoyed the rest of the flight! Now I take a pill whenever I’m having a bad day and it works.
– Don L.
(Peppermint is known to support gastrointestinal health. Please don’t attempt this if you have reflux or heartburn, as peppermint can make those conditions worse. – S.C.)
10. Stomach Troubles:
Ginger extract is really good for gas and diarrhea. You can buy it as a dropper, or make tea out of fresh ginger root.
– John J.
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