Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thursday Thirteen

*A note to other Thursday Thirteen players*

I try to comment on everyone's blog, particularly if they visit me here. However, some of you have comment forms that psych me out completely. Some wordpress forms no longer work for me. Sometimes I can't figure out the captcha codes. Sometimes I leave a comment and it vanishes into thin air.

Please, please check your comment forms and make it easier! - added after several unsuccessful comment attempts this morning.


Today I offer up 13 home remedies. I am taking these from two books: Home Remedies from a Country Doctor, by Jay Heinrichs, et al, and The People's Pharmacy Quick and Handy Home Remedies, by Joe and Terry Graedon.

Some of these I have tried, some not.

1. Drunken raisins. I wrote about how I make gin-soaked raisins earlier this week. I use it for arthritis.

2. Ice. Ice helps a lot of things, but mainly inflammation. It helps with arthritis, too. Ice helps these things: migraines, stiff neck, aches and pains. Don't crunch ice; it will break your teeth.

3. Certo and grape juice. Mixing these two together and drinking it is also supposed to help arthritis, according to the Graedons. Some people mix it with pomegranate juice instead of grape juice.

4. Cherries or cherry juice also lowers inflammation and helps with gout.

5. Vinegar is supposed to help with everything from weight loss to hair care. You can use it for dandruff, foot odor, head lice, heartburn, muscle cramps, nail fungus, poison oak rash, and swimmer's ear, too.

6. For indigestion or other stomach upset, drink chamomile tea. Aloe vera is also good the stomach.

7. Witch hazel is used to cure pimples and acne.

8. Avon's Skin-So-Soft is a good bug repellent. Here's a homemade ointment: melt 1 pound of petroleum jelly in the microwave. Stir in 1 ounce of citronella. Rub it on. Vitamin B1 is also supposed to keep bugs away. Apparently it makes your skin taste bad.

9. If you are having trouble sleeping, have a turkey sandwich and a glass of milk before bedtime.

10. Probiotics are good for yeast problems and diverticulitis. They also help with colds and flu, diarrhea, eczema, gas, and irritable bowel syndrome.

11. Honey helps with coughs, can help cure a wound, and may be useful for constipation, joint pain, and arthritis.

12. Listerine can be used for bug bites, blemishes, body odor, dandruff, lice, nail fungus, psoriasis, shingles, skin fungus, stinky feet, sunburn, and warts.

13. Speaking of warts, you can remove them by using bacon fat, banana peels, duct tape, garlic, aspirin (topically, not internally), and warm bath soaks.

None of these remedies are guaranteed to work. Try at your own risk and always consult a doctor if you have a concern.

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here. I've been playing for a while and this is my 241st time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. Interesting. Listerine is scaring me though. Thanks for sharing.

    The Food Temptress

  2. Aha! pimples and acne - witch hazel. I'll remember that. Didn't know aloe vera was good for the stomach too; I only think of it as something great for the hair.

  3. Where do I get witch hazel? My kids need it.

  4. Great post! I love using home remedies.

  5. Thanks for the tips. I'm going to look for this book.

  6. I so agree about the commments being harder to make. For some reason I can't use my own email address on Wordpress blogs to comment but have been able to fill in Joe's. I keep thinking the captcha codes that have gotten harder to read are like an brain exercise keeping my brain agile, trying to look on the good side!

    I like your list but just have to mention that probiotics infected with too much bacteria and gave me painful symptoms like diverticulitis or a UTI. I was shocked because I thought they were good for everyone but searched online and discovered that some people with immune dysfunction can have this reaction.

    I also really love baking soda for so many things, reflux and more.

  7. Vinegar really is so useful for so many things.

    Have a great Thursday!

  8. Those are some interesting "remedies." Think I'll stick with Tylenol, heat and ice.

    I'm also glad to know it's not just me having issues commenting on wordpress blogs today. After the fourth or fifth time of trying to get a comment to go through on someone's blog, I finally gave up.

    My blog

  9. cherry, eh? I've rarely had cherries. maybe I should try.

  10. The comment situation is frustrating. I totally agree.
    I've heard the drunken arisen one before. Some people swear by it.

  11. Love Listerine for sunburn! That's inspired! And in return for your tips, here's one that's worked for me -- press a cotton ball soaked in ammonia directly onto mosquito bites to reduce the itching.

  12. Now why didn't I think about eating a turkey sandwich before going to bed to help with insomnia? It makes complete sense to me! Oh, and vinegar is also great for helping to clean up hard water spots or calcium deposits on sinks and in tea kettles. :)


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