Tested and Passed - 10 Home Remedies That Work (And They're Cheap!)

by 12 May 08, 2009 0 Comments

I was reading an article on home remedies in Ladies Home Journal for June 2009.  These home remedies were scientifically tested proven to work fantastically.  I am listing the Clif notes version, without the fluff:

1.  Bee Stings:  Toothpaste was found to relieve bee sting pain for up to five hours (better than 8 over the counter preparations and home remedies tested).

2.  Diarrhea and Intestinal Infections:  4-6 oz of Yogurt (that stated they contained "probiotics" on the label) per day shortened intestinal infections and cut the risk of diarrhea due to antibiotic use by 40%.

3.  Heartburn:  Chewing gum for a half hour after a high fat meal cut the burning sensation of heartburn to "mild" or none at all.

4.  Poison Ivy:  Everyday dish detergent spread over poison ivy rashes for 25 seconds before rinsing relieved the itch of poison ivy.  But, it must be done within 2 hours of exposure.

5.  Nausea:  Steep one slice of ginger (about the size of a pat of butter) in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes and drink.  This "tea" will calm nausea.

6.  IBS:  Peppermint oil will help 1 in 3 sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  Prescriptions only help 1 in 6. . . pretty good stats!

7.  Packed Earwax:  Mix 1/4 teaspoon baking soda mixed with 2 teaspoons water.  When lying on a pillow, drop mixture into ear.  Wait one hour and flush with an ear syringe and warm water. (Do not use on children with tubes)

8.  Toe Nail Fungus:  Apply Vicks VapoRub to nails with fungus daily until the normal nail grows out.  This works on 38% of patients vs. 35% with prescription.

9.  Warts:  Duct Tape works better on warts than freezing. (80% vs. 65%).  Put a small piece of duct tape over wart for 6 days.  Remove tape, soak wart in warm water and rub away soft areas with a pumice stone or emery board.  Repeat until gone, about 2 months.

10.  Cough:  Honey's antioxidants and antimicrobials, as well as coating capabailities, make it a better cough suppressant than over-the-counter cough syrups.  1-2 teaspoon per adult; 1 teaspoon for kids over 1.  Do not give to infants under 1 year.