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: 6 20.7%
  • chamomile for anxiety

    Votes: 3 10.3%
  • Honey, onion and garlic syrup for cough

    Votes: 7 24.1%
  • Aloe Vera gel for insect bites

    Votes: 4 13.8%
  • cinnamon used to gently reduce congestion and phlegm in the lungs, and dry up runny noses

    Votes: 3 10.3%
  • Cloves to calm bloating and flatulence

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

    Votes: 11 37.9%
  • Others (please specify)

    Votes: 14 48.3%

  • Total voters


Sustainability Master
Jul 16, 2017
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Zone 6B or 7 can't decide
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...

MMD is spot on with ammonia. It worked wonder on my chigger bites. I've also used it on tick bites with great success. It seems to pull out the puss and dry the bite out. I finish off with triple antibiotic ointment to finish healing so the bit doesn't get infected.
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Super Self-Sufficient
Oct 24, 2019
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mid-Michigan, USoA
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.

yeah, if i'm working outside i expect it's going to be fragrant around me. Mom calls me the Gentle Cloud as a joke. remember Pigpen from Peanuts? :) this time of the year it is much easier in that sense. :)

i have a Crystal Stick (alum i think it is) which works ok if i'm expecting to be around people, but i've been trying to avoid everything as much as i can recently because of rashes or itches and i just wanted to see if something different would work instead, which is why i'm happy that the aloe vera gel and ACV seems to do ok.

i've not used anti-perspirants for 20yrs or more. if it didn't come out under the arms it seemed to come out of the feet and hands instead.