Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Home remedies

The Internet is never short of home remedies and money-saving ideas. Here a few I have come across recently.

Before you head to the chemist for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of strong Peppermints. They'll clear up a stuffed nose.

Colgate Toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns – allegedly. (Why Colgate and not others I don’t know – or perhaps Colgate was the only one tried.)

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief.... It's not for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain. Spend next half hour getting the resulting mess from your hands and under your fingernails. Ugh.

Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of Horseradish in a cup of Olive Oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for relief for aching muscles.

Sore Throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria and the taste is so horrible you get better in self-defence.

Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly -- even though the product was never advertised for this use.

Cover skin blemishes with a dab of honey and place an Elastoplast over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

Listerine therapy for toenail fungus... Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

Easy eyeglass protection.. To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Crystal Clear Nail Polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine.. a powerful antiseptic.

For bruises - soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

Kills fleas instantly. Dish Washing Liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good-bye fleas.

Rainy day cure for dog odour... Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

Smart splinter remover... just put a drop of superglue on the splinter, let it dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.
(That’s the theory but I hereby add the caveat that I am not prepared to bear responsibility for disastrous results if you try any of the above ideas!!!!)

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