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Natural remedies for everyday problems including hangovers, spots, pimples, burns, coughs etc.


The following hints and tips have been received from
visitors to Hints and Things site –

  • A relief for hay
    without the usual adverse side effects –

a: avoid dairy products (substitute
soya instead)

b: try getting hold of locally
produced honey.

Thanks to
Andrew Muschett for this one.

  • To relieve a sore throat pour
    300mls of boiling water into a jug with a sliced lemon and a tablespoon
    of honey.  Add a teaspoon of fresh sage if you have a headache or a
    half a teaspoon of ginger if you have a cold.  Leave to cool and
    then strain.  Take 2 teaspoons 3 times a day.

by Saragh Shoemake

  • Vinegar is good for gnat bites and spots.

Contributed by Sheerie

  • Another popular remedy for spots
    is to cover the offending pimple with toothpaste before you go to bed.  In the
    morning it will be far less angry (and sprakling clean too!!!).

This was sent in by
Lynne Baxter

I have been told this can
dry the skin which can cause more problems than the offending spot.

  • Egg white on nappy rash
    provides a barrier and seems to clear the rash up.

Personal experience of
mother of three – Lynn Gran

  • As soon as you burn
    yourself liberally apply PURE vanilla extract to the spot and you won’t develop a blister
    or experience any pain.  It is important you use PURE vanilla not imitation.

Thanks to Mary Bowden
for this one.

  • To stop mosquito bites
    itching lick with your own saliva.

This gem handed down by
the grandfather of N. Adam

  • Or meat
    tenderiser.  A white granular powder made from papaya derivatives
    (also called papain).  Mix about 1 teaspoon of the tenderizer
    into 1 cup of water.  Just dab onto bite and it will stop itching
    right away.  This keeps well in a clean screw top jar.

Thanks to
Lisa Lindemann for this one.


  1. Try using old coffee grounds.  Apply the grounds and scrub
    gently after you have washed with your regular soap.  It will leave your skin nice
    and smooth as the coffee contains natural oils.  Once you rinse the grounds off the
    coffee smell will be gone.

    knows how Jette Holme found this out!

  2. Take a small handful of caster sugar and moisten under the tap.
      Apply to face massaging until dissolved and rinse off with warm water.  Safe,
    non-abrasive, cheap and skin feels wonderful afterwards.

Sue Rogers sent this
one in, thanks

Cough Mixtures

  1. Take 1 dessert spoon of sugar or honey (more if
    required), 2 tablespoons of vinegar and a good knob of butter or margarine.  Heat
    gently until the fat has melted and then sip.  Relieves those dry chesty coughs
    particularly well.

  2. Juice from a couple of fresh lemons (or bottled juice
    will do), plus two tablespoons of honey taken with a couple of paracetamol are just as
    effective as cough medicines and sweets.

These remedies have
been handed down by grandmother and mother to Barry Rowe.

  • Grapefruit seed extract (available from health food
    shops) can be used for many things.  Excellent preventative for
    “gyppy” tummy (diarrhoea) when travelling;  it stops pain from stings and sea urchin spines and can also be used to clean objects and surfaces.

  • Grown an Aloe Vera plant in your home and you will
    always have a handy cure for
    burns and
    other cuts
    .  Cut a small piece of
    the leaf and split it, then apply the gel to the burn or wound.  Also very good for

Both of these ideas
were sent to us by Ruth Corner

  • To control diarrhoea
    heat up a cup of milk and ground black pepper (about three shakes). Then drink the

  • Alternatively, get a bottle of 7-up or lemonade (i.e. the
    colourless, carbonated drink not the bitter  lemon variety), get rid of the fizz and

Kindly contributed by
Shane Swift.

A man goes to the doctor and
tells him that he hasn’t been feeling well.

The doctor examines him,
leaves the room and comes back with three different bottles of pills. The
doctor says, “Take the green pill with a big glass of water when you
get up. Take the blue pill with a big glass of water after lunch. Then just
before going to bed, take the red pill with another big glass of

Startled to be put on so much
medicine the man stammers, “Jeez doc, exactly what’s my problem?”

The Doctor says, “You’re
not drinking enough water.”

Peter Kemp

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