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DIY Medicine Cabinet: Grandma’s Remedies

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DIY Medicine Cabinet: Grandma’s Remedies

By Sarah Irani, EcoSalon via Divine Caroline

Is the economy beating you up? It’s time to get creative. Next time you have an ache or pain, forget about a costly trip to the drugstore and test drive some of your grandmother’s remedies instead. It’ll save money and be gentler on your body and the environment. Recessionistas (and Gents), welcome to the DIY medicine cabinet.

Indigestion and Heartburn
It almost goes without saying–but consider why yoe’re getting heartburn in the first place. Did you overeat? Too much grease or spicy food? Eating late at night? Scout out the cause and try to stop this before it happens. Then, put down the antacids. The belching, bloat, and heartburn caused by indigestion come about because you don’t have enough stomach acid to do the job right. A spoonful or two of apple cider vinegar will help break down the excess food that is causing you trouble and bring your stomach back to balance.

Sore Throat
Sore, scratchy throats are usually a sign of a cold or flu coming on, so you don’t want to ignore this symptom, but you can relieve the pain by gargling with warm salt water a few times a day and then drinking a soothing honey-lemon tea.

Sore Muscles and Bruises
After a hard afternoon of rowing with a friend, I resigned myself to a few days of burning muscles and soreness. But my friend saved the day with a tube of arnica cream. He rubbed it on my shoulders and voila, instant relief and absolutely no aches the next day. The humble arnica flower makes an incredible cream that no medicine cabinet should be without. Use it immediately to speed up the healing of bruises, sprains, sore muscles, and other general aches.

Stop Bleeding
You’d think it would burn, but a sprinkle of cayenne pepper on a cut will quickly stop the bleeding and actually relieve the pain.

Ear Infections
Ear infections can become quite serious and cause permanent damage, so please see a doctor if your ear ache has become severe. But if you feel like your infection is mild and at the beginning stages, put a few drops of garlic oil or white vinegar into your ear canal and lay down on the opposite side to let those drops do their work. Garlic and vinegar create an environment that won’t support the bacteria causing the infection. Repeat a few times a day until the symptoms disappear. (If your symptoms last longer than a few days, you should definitely see a doctor!)

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5:29AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

I have an appointment next week to see my dentist for a toothache. I've been using Ambesol, but I think I will try the Clove oil and see if it helps better! Thanks for the tips!

5:39AM PST on Dec 26, 2011

Great article...needless to say nature's medicine is so much better for you barbecue it works with your body, and not against it like most "modern" medicine does

2:58AM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

Thanks....

3:09PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

Thank you

1:48PM PDT on Apr 26, 2011

these are all awesome! thank you.
cleaning the system for constipation and digestive issues, worked really well for me. i used the lemonade cleanse (pure maple syrup, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and filtered water) for 3 days and it was kind of amazing. it also helped me recognize more of my food allergies right after that, which helped me transition easily to a vegan way of life. No more stomach problems since (and those i had my entire life).

10:35PM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

i think i might try these

2:49PM PST on Mar 7, 2010

Interesting tips. Thanks for sharing, Melissa.

9:11AM PST on Mar 7, 2010

This article and the comments are much appreciated for anyone (including myself) on a tight budget.I have Aloe Vera growing in my garden and the comments are all very correct.

6:33AM PST on Feb 24, 2010

Great tips! By using these not only do you not have to come in contact with chemicals, but your saving tons of money. Pain relivers, anti-acids, and other meds cost so much, the natural method always wins in my book!

3:35PM PST on Feb 20, 2010

Wonderful tips and comments. Thank you! Lavender is realy
an incredible source-helps me sleep and great for jet-lag.

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