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I don't keep much around for medications... when I do buy something it usually gets old and I throw it out long before I use it up. So tonight when I had a bad case of heartburn I searched for home remedies and one suggestion was cider vinegar... a staple item here. It seemed counterintuitive but I was ready to try anything so I poured a healthy dose into a dixie cup and took a big slug- WHOA, talk about sucking the air from your lungs!
Amazingly enough by the time that I stopped gagging and hacking the heartburn had gone away.

So what home remedies have others found for various ailments, which work as well or better than what you get at your drugstore or over the counter? I seem to recall reading about how to get rid of warts; something about bringing a black cat into a cemetery at midnight... (From Mark Twain's "Tom Sawyer.")
 
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One that I found on the internet that works is a a hairdryer for poison ivy or poison oak rash itch. You take a hairdryer on its hottest setting and hold it a couple of inches from the rash for a couple of minutes. It will bring tears to your eyes but a few minutes later the itch is gone for about 4 hours. Works like a charm for me. Better than of any the stuff you get at the drugstore.
 
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For stuffy sinus or sinus headache breath hot water vapor (steam but not). I'll put the tea kettle (or pan) on the stove's front burner and set a book on the back burner leaning over the kettle to read. Ten minutes is usually adequate for a "dose". For fungus on or behind your toenails, dry between your toes after you bathe or shower. No more fungus. These are really old remedies that work well for me.
 
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For heartburn I use about a teaspoon and a half of Bicarb of soda in a glass of water, however I mainly use QuickEze. More convenient.

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Had a Uncle that got a terrible case of poison ivy. He scratched it with a wire brush and pored Lysol from the brown bottle on it. Had to go to the hospital for the chemical burns but he said it beat the inching !
 
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Cramps

A pack of mustard from Mc donald's will stop the cramps, takes about 1 minute. I've read that any strong strong shock to the taste buds, like vinegar, will also work.
 
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I cramp up bad, started to drink Tonic water with quinine. Works for me (even if it's a mind game - Please don't tell me otherwise!!!)

Had a bad case of Gout - second time it tried to come back, half a lime, half a lemon and 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluted in a cup of water... not sure which one did the trick but 4 hours later it was pretty much gone. Usually last a week or more...

Growing up my dad drank Switchel every night... my wife started drinking them. I think if you have it everyday... it doesn't work when you need it to...
 
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Ex-Lax! It won't cure your cold but you will be afraid to cough!
 

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Seriously, my Fathers cure-all for grumpy, sullen, moody, out-of-sorts children was to foist a Laxative down our throats. Phillips Milk of Magnesia, Sal Hepatica or Epson Salt. None of the better tasting ones like Feen a Mint gum or Ex-Lax. If the laxative didn't improve our outlook, it was Enema Time! Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!
 

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Father used to paint his Tonsils with Methiolate when he would get a sore throat.
 

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Another poison ivy remedy...take a bath with a handful of laundry detergent (Tide seems to work best). Added bonus, it gets rid of any tub ring you might have. :D

Toothpaste (not gel) helps with a bee sting.
 

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Mustard Plasters worked well for generations. They were used for aches and pains, colds and flu.
 

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For plugged sinuses or sinus infections mix horseradish root with apple cider vinegar and honey. This is HOT and will make your eyes water but it sure opens up those sinuses(Yes, you eat it).
 

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Ginger for nausea.
Soak a copper (pre-'59) penny in vinegar for fungus infections.
Nitroglycerine is handy for angina, but too much will give you a headache.
The world is full of herbal remedies. Some of them work.
 

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Ginger for nausea.
Soak a copper (pre-'59) penny in vinegar for fungus infections.
Nitroglycerine is handy for angina, but too much will give you a headache.
The world is full of herbal remedies. Some of them work.

Ginger helps with lots of stomach issues. You can get it in capsule form.
 

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For fungus on or behind your toenails, dry between your toes after you bathe or shower. No more fungus. These are really old remedies that work well for me.

Rub with alcohol works too as it will evaporate and leave it completely dry
 

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Rub with alcohol works too as it will evaporate and leave it completely dry

Both of these worked for me:

1. Juice from a green walnut will cure ringworm

2. Juice from an onion will stop the pain of a bee or wasp sting almost immediately.
 
  
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A lot of the home remedies use the same mechanism as over the counter. Years ago my hands were covered with flat warts, and somebody told me to wash them in water which had been sitting for a while in a puddle on granite ledge. I ended up using compound W and it still took a long time to work as there was so much dead skin for it to work through. No doubt though, the standing water works because of the acidity absorbed from the granite.
 

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For poison ivy, other rashes, jewel weed (touch me not). Boil leaves until it's like dark tea, keep in refrigerator. Pour some in a saucer, soak a folded paper towel putting on area.
 

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Cramps

A pack of mustard from Mc donald's will stop the cramps, takes about 1 minute. I've read that any strong strong shock to the taste buds, like vinegar, will also work.

I suffered from leg cramps when I was pregnant. I couldn't sleep and go for long walks. My doctor told me that I haв a magnesium deficiency and prescribed me pills. I should say, I felt the relief after several days of taking them. By the way, I checked the info about them on the Canada Pharmacy site (I always read descriptions there) and found out that the magnesium in supplements has side effects, but only if taken in high doses. In addition, it can interact with some types of antibiotics and other medicines. So, thanks for sharing, I've never heard that mustard might have such an effect, I'll keep it in mind.
 

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Be careful wid Ginger. Bud of mine is allergic to Ginger. He's in hospital wid busted hip and dey load him wid gingerale.
Couldn't move fast wid hip so when he let loose in dat shirt whole room got tarred. Had to move him to another room.
Whole bunch doctors couldn't figure out volcano. Dey decide more gingerale to keep hydrated.
NOT good decision.

Sent him home wid a cork.
He got on de google and figured out what happened. Told doctor exactly what he thought of his ability too.
 
 
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