Official Poll: What's your favorite/most useful natural remedy?

What's your favorite/most useful natural remedy?

  • arnica drops and spray for achy spots/bruises

    Votes: 5 17.9%
  • chamomile for anxiety

    Votes: 3 10.7%
  • Honey, onion and garlic syrup for cough

    Votes: 6 21.4%
  • Aloe Vera gel for insect bites

    Votes: 4 14.3%
  • cinnamon used to gently reduce congestion and phlegm in the lungs, and dry up runny noses

    Votes: 3 10.7%
  • Cloves to calm bloating and flatulence

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Ginger for ausea and digestive complaints

    Votes: 10 35.7%
  • Others (please specify)

    Votes: 14 50.0%

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milkmansdaughter

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I guess my favorites that weren't already mentioned are using ammonia for mosquito bites (it works fabulously!), witchhazel for inflammation, bruises, cleaning the face...), ACV for all kinds of things (soaking pesticides off store-bought berries and veggies, burns, and in chickens/pets' water), cornstarch for heat rash and diaper rash, and the inside lining of eggshells for pulling poison out of spider bites and other inflamed sores...
 

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never heard of the eggshell lining one... do you dry and powder it, or what?
the outer skin of chicken gizzards (the part you peel off) is almost pure pepsin-- dry and powder it for a great stomach aid
 

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@Britesea,
No, you crack an egg open (put it in a cup in fridge for later...). Then just peel the wet membrane out of the inside of the shell. Lay it wet side down over a spider bite, I put several pieces on. Cover with a light bandage if needed to hold it in place. Then I let it dry completely. As it dries, it will pull the poison out of a sore. I usually leave it at least 8 hours. Wash it off. Repeat if needed.
 

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that's cool! I bought the Sawyer B4 Extractor Pump to deal with spider bites but it's nice to know other methods if for some reason the pump was unavailable or not working.
 

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@Britesea, there's another post here somewhere talking about the egg membranes and what they can be used for. I remember someone was discussing ways to save them, and dehydrate them for further use. Maybe you can find it in the search section...
 

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I guess my favorites that weren't already mentioned are using ammonia for mosquito bites (it works fabulously!), witchhazel for inflammation, bruises, cleaning the face...), ACV for all kinds of things (soaking pesticides off store-bought berries and veggies, burns, and in chickens/pets' water), cornstarch for heat rash and diaper rash, and the inside lining of eggshells for pulling poison out of spider bites and other inflamed sores...
+1 ammonia for blood sucking insect bites. It works great and dried up my chigger/turkey mites right up!!! Thanks again kiddo for the ammonia tip.
 

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We used Lavender & Tea Tree EO on bites.

And Lavender EO works on so many the list would be WAY to long to list. After having kids we can really tell the difference in using them other then meds. We dont kikis MEDs
 

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believe it or not, water, it is the thing that has made the most difference for one of my worst problems in the spring and early summer, pollen from trees and grasses. when i'm done working outside i come in and rinse out my eyes, wash my face and then rinse out my sinuses. i used to get sinus infections from all the crud, but since i've been doing this i haven't had a single sinus infection.

apple cider vinegar is good for any digestive acid problems, use it dilluted, do not lay down after meals, will help with GERD as it tells the stomach to not produce any more acid. this is very contrary to doctors treatments with antacids and such, but it is not good in my opinion to lower the acid content of the stomach i think that just tells the stomach to put out yet more acid. has worked great for me.

for my itcy ears i use either ACV, hydrogen peroxide and water, or rubbing alchohol and water. depends upon which one i grab first, i keep small bottles of all of these on hand diluted to the proper balance. after many years of trying all sorts of things to relieve the ear itching these at least do help and are not expensive or hard to get. the itchy ears are not an infection but my own body reacting to the ear wax. doctors no help.

tea tree oil for atheletes foot fungi, tea tree oil lotions for various surface rashes. tea tree oil and olive oil mixed and then any scent wanted as a foot ointment, i love a 1 to 1 mix with spearmint and peppermint drops added. masks the tea tree oil smell makes the feet nice and soft. :) tea tree oil for nail fungi - apply once or twice a day for as long as it takes, be patient it takes a while for the nail to grow out completely. tea tree oil after trimming the nails. prevents nail fungi infection to begin with.
 

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here is something i'm trying recently as a underarm deoderant. apple cider vinegar and aloe vera gel or just plain aloe vera gel. seems to work better than deoderant (whatever they put in it feeds the bacteria which make my pits stink more) so now when i want to smell when going out in public i just put the deoderant on my stomach instead of in my pits. :) i need to use it up (i bought 3 sticks when they were on sale and at the rate i'm using these up they may be a lifetime supply)...
 

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I use a salt bar in summer or if I'm out doing a lot of work. That's the only time my pits smell sour. I'm super sensitive to the smell. I notice it before hubby ever does and will wash.

Most of the year I don't use anything. My pits quit smelling really nasty long ago. I don't sweat a quarter as much since I stopped using antiperspirant. I had started getting a reaction to the only brand and scent I could tolerate.

It did take a couple years for my body to balance out.

Both Mom and Grandma always did say that anything that's just a deodorant is worthless and just mixing perfume with stink. They were farmers when Mom was growing up and just accepted that you stink in the field but shower at the end of the day or before going into town.
 
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