Cough and Sore throat remedies don’t have to come from the drugstore – quick and easy relief may be right in your pantry. Sometimes sore throat pain is just caused by winter dry air; sometimes it’s linked to a cold, flu or other virus. Whatever the cause, these home remedies can help relieve throat pain and speed healing. Remember – If pain is severe or persistent, is accompanied by high fever, bleeding or trouble breathing, please see a trained health care provider. Take care of yourself and get help if you need it. [Read more…]
Several many years ago I was blessed with plantar warts on the heel and toe of my right foot. They were fairly large and uncomfortable (heel about the size of a pencil eraser, toe about half that). This was the B.C. (Before Crunchy) time in my life, so I scheduled a doctor’s appointment to have them lasered out. GAH! Never again! The smell of charred flesh was foul, as was the crater in the bottom of my foot, but the worst part was that the darn things came right back! I ended up treating with over the counter wart removers, pecking and poking until the darn things finally disappeared.
I was not happy when I recently discovered a Mini Me version of the heel wart had returned. (This is fairly common, since the virus can hang around dormant in your system.) This time I caught the wart early, and am unleashing the full armada of home remedies for warts to knock it out. In this post will cover a bit of info on what causes warts and wart identification, before giving you a great list of natural treatment options for warts. [Read more…]
If you’ve been watching the reports about this season’s unusually severe flu symptoms and looking for more ideas to give your family’s immune system a boost, you may want to give this recipe a try – or make your own variation. I made “jello flu shots” by infusing immune boosting herbs in finger gelatin made with fruit juice. Call them what you like, and enjoy some extra anti-oxidants and cold and flu fighting herbs.
These are not made from the prepackaged gelatin dessert. The color comes from fruit and vegetable juices. They are thickened with plain gelatin, or agar agar can be used if you need a vegan alternative.
Recently, some friends asked me for home remedies for acid reflux, so it seemed like a great topic to add to the Home Remedies Collection. Whether you call it acid reflux, GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, it doesn’t feel good. Symptoms include upset stomach, regurgitation, and the classic mid-chest burning sensation known as heartburn. Many folks resort to proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as esomeprazole (Nexium®), lansoprazole (Prevacid®), and omeprazole (Prilosec®). The thing is, long term use of PPIs has been linked to problems such as life-threatening diarrhea, respiratory illness and osteoporosis. (See “Do PPIs have long-term side effects?” for more information.) So what can you do to feel better? [Read more…]
Both my mother and my grandmother dealt with arthritis pain. When I was a little girl, my grandmother Catherine held up her gnarled hand with crooked fingers and told me, “This is what happens when you crack your knuckles. Never crack your knuckles.” While most studies seem to have found no correlation between knuckle cracking and arthritis, the image of grandma’s hand has stuck with me, and I know arthritis caused her pain. Mom never said much about it, but I’d see her rubbing her joints, and she always wore copper bracelets for the last several decades of her life. Just recently, I was talking to my neighbor, Betty. She told me that a friend of hers was on arthritis medication that knocked out her immune system so badly that she couldn’t kick a simple cold. Her story inspired me to write this post and assemble a list of home remedies for arthritis to provide her with some natural treatment alternatives. [Read more…]