Heartburn – “I suffer from this on a regular basis. I used Prilosec for awhile but sometimes even that can’t keep my heartburn in check and I’m seriously tired of trying to sleep as the heartburn continues to wake me up. I heard that eating almonds would stop heartburn and decided to give it a try as I had nothing to lose. I eat 5 almonds (either raw or roasted; unsalted seems to work best for some reason) and my heartburn disappears within minutes. Try it!
Warts – “I had warts on my feet. I had the doctor remove one and it was kind of terrible. He would burn and scrape until the wart was gone. It never came back but when I got 2 more warts, I didn’t really have the heart to return to the doctor’s office. I heard that covering the warts with duct tape could help remove them. My mom bought me some really cute duct tape and a pumice stone. I covered the warts with the tape every day (sometimes twice daily) and used the pumice stone to shed dead skin once a week. I found I needed to wear socks all the time so I wasn’t embarrassed by the tape shedding in unexpected places (like my boyfriend’s apartment). It took 4 months but it worked! I’m happy to say I no longer have warts. ”
Skin Conditions – “I have Keratitis Pelaris. My skin gets dry, then bumpy. I really hate this rash and suffered through years of using prescription medicine to keep it in check. One day I bought some goat milk soap at a street fair – just because I liked the smell of it. After a few days of using it, I realized my rash was gone. I got brave and quit using the prescribed corticosteroid creams. For the most part, goat milk soap controls my rash! During the dead of winter, I do have to use a heavy moisturizer or shea butter to protect my skin but that is so much nicer than having to depend on corticosteroids. I’ve recommended this soap to tons of friends and family members who are parents of toddlers with stubborn rashes. Everyone has come back and thanked me because this really works and doesn’t have the scary warnings found on the prescription medicines. I do have a preference of supplier, I order mine from www.creamerycreek.com. My favorite is the Black Raspberry. “
Hiccups – “When I get the hiccups, I head to the kitchen for 1 teaspoonful of granulated sugar. It stops my hiccups in no time flat! I would say it works 85% of the time. The rest of the time I just suffer.”
Sore Throat – “I have a few remedies to take care of a sore throat.
- Gargle with 1 T. salt in 1 C. of warm water. That usually gives me at least temporary relief and I am told that salt has some healing values.
- Drizzle 1 T. honey down my throat and the sore throat is usually gone – for awhile, at least. And it tastes better than salt water.
- Drink warm Lemonade. Mix 1 T. lemon juice, 2 T sugar (more if you want it), and hot water together. Top with a dallop of butter. The lemon and warm water provide relief while the butter seems to coat your throat and ensure that relief is long lasting.
- Hot Toddy. Mix 2 oz of whiskey or brandy with 1 T honey, 1 t. lemon juice, sugar to taste, and 1 c hot water. The lemon is healing and the whiskey lets you sleep and reduces any coughing.“
Headache - “Sometimes the source of my headache determines the action I take. Here are a few of my strategies:
- Headpressing: This works on all types of headaches and I do not know why. I only know that it brings relief about 80% of the time to me or anyone (i.e., friends, family, coworkers) to whom I offer it. The headache sufferer sits in front of the presser. Using the thumbs, the presser presses 3 seconds at a time on the patient’s head in a pattern that would look like braids (see the above picture – you would press along the same path you see as braids in the hair). To start, both thumbs press in the hairline/forehead area and then work back and down toward the neck. Once the presser has pressed all the way down to the bottom of the skull, the presser should gently massage the patient’s ears for another three seconds.
- Hot Bath: In a dim to dark bathroom, run a hot bath (as hot as you can comfortably enjoy), pull your hair up, and sink into the bath until you are submerged to your chin. Relax and the let the heat do the work.
- Throw Up: If this is a migraine and you have tried the hot bath to no avail, throw up. This can be difficult to do. Use a toothbrush or some other longer handle and tickle the back of your throat while hanging out around the toilet. The weird thing about migraines is that throwing up usually does the trick. But it’s so gross, I always use it only as a last resort.”
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