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Simple home remedies for common ailments such as insect bites, splinters and sunburn.

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Listed below are some home remedies for
various general “ailments”.  

These have not been tested and
have no medical background but are given in good faith.  

Please note, any remedy is undertaken
at your own risk.

To ease leg cramps
– This may seem unlikely but it works for me. If you get cramps in the calf
muscles, pinch your top lip just below the nose as hard as you can. The
cramp will go. It may return but do it again and again for instant relief.

Keith Rodney

My mums swears by
this cure for a

“dodgy stomach” and nausea:-

Grate and
apple with the skin ON, then eat it slowly. 

sucking a lemon is very good when you feel sick.

 Nick Wareham

To reduce feverAnisya
Bolkonski has been kind enough to share this gem with us all!

I know of an exceptionally effective natural remedy
for healing burns and lowering a fever: egg whites.

Egg whites are by far the best method to lower
a high temperature within MINUTES! When I was about 4 or 5 years old, I had
acquired a fever so high that I started to hallucinate. My mother was in a
panic, she feared brain damage if something didn’t lower the fever and FAST.
My grandma told her to soak 2 cloths or handkerchiefs in egg whites and put
on the soles of the feet (cover with socks). The egg whites instantaneously
start to draw the temperature DOWN from the brain (where it is dangerous) to
the feet (where it can do no damage). After that incident my mom used this
method successfully every time I had high temp.

The egg whites are also a miracle cure for burns, even
severe ones. Soak or coat affected area in egg white. While the egg white is
still wet you will feel no pain from the burn. As soon as it dries up the
pain comes back so reapplication is necessary. This method not only
alleviates the pain it actually heals and prevents scarring from the burn.****

I submitted this remedy to http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/fever.html 
and there has been a lot of positive feed back: 

I would like to let more people know about the
miraculous effectiveness of treating fevers and burns with egg whites so
please post this on your site if you deem fit.

This is not recommended by many, especially on severe burns, as egg
whites are not sterile and can contain Salmonella


add a spoonful of Ground Cardamon into a cup of coffee.

– Eat a lettuce sandwich
before going to bed.

Car sickness
Eat some crystallised ginger.

A cure for headaches,
without using chemicals.  Take a lime, cut it in half
and rub on your forehead.  The throbbing will go away.

Mark Ward.

To get rid of hiccups (or hiccoughs)
take a small sip of apple cider vinegar.  That’s it –
hiccups have gone (or so I am told).


Or – a spoonful of sugar- this
also does the trick.

To stop mosquito bites itching
apply a tiny dab of haemorrhoidal ointment.

When I received this one I asked how on earth they
found out this worked and was told that a very young member of the family had read on the
box “stops itching and irritation” so gave it a go!!!

Jade Wikkerink

If you have an
insect bite
and scratch it, it only damages the skin, inflames it and
makes it itch 10 times worse. But, if you use two fingers held about an inch
apart and scratch either side of the bite it *feels* as if you are
scratching it, but you do no damage! Blissful. Try it – it really works!

Peter Lapinskas

Insect stings
rub a slice of raw onion on the sting as soon as possible.

 Gerald Martin

–  Mix
equal measures of Aloe Vera Gel and Honey then apply to the affected area.  The aloe
aids in healing the damaged skin and the honey has a natural analgesic effect.  Users
will not really notice the “sticky” sensation that would be assumed with just
plain honey.

This has been received from someone who
has served as a firefighter/paramedic in the United States Air Force – so who is going to

 Charley Johnson

Soaking in a bath in which some
bi-carbonate of soda (baking soda) can also help alleviate the discomfort. 
This is also said to help relieve the itching of bites and even chickenpox.

– to take the pain
out of a small burn make a paste from baking soda and water and apply gently to the
affected area.   Swelling and pain will disappear.


When you have a cold
to prevent a
sore nose
, use cotton based toilet tissue instead of the regular
“Kleenex” type.


– If a splinter
is too small to extract with tweezers, put some Elmer’s Glue on the spot and let it
dry.  Then pull the glue in the opposite direction to that which the splinter
entered.  It works great – no tears, no traumas.

I must admit I am not familiar with “Elmer’s
Glue”, but hopefully you all are.

 “Tinker Dink”

Get some MAGNESIUM SULPHATE which if you put this on it does
pull the splinter out. You put a blob on and cover with a plaster it will work itself out in a day or so, this does work.
I have also been told that a ‘bread poultice’ made with bread and hot water
also works.

Michele Clark

Arthritis pain

I was searching your site for tips on natural remedies to ease arthritis
pain. I didn’t come across anything, but maybe I wasn’t looking in the right
place. I do happen to have a hint that I think would be helpful to your
readers who suffer from arthritis pain. 

I have suffered with rheumatoid arthritis for 26+ years, and have tried every medication doctors have prescribed (except for a few that I felt would be too harmful to my system, or those that were too outrageously expensive), yet I continued to suffer with painful swollen joints. However this year in chatting with my brother, he told me that he had suffered with gout for a while, which is a form of arthritis. He told me that someone had suggested he try drinking cherry juice, which he did, and he told me it got rid of his gout. 

I decided to try it and bought a bottle of 100% cherry juice at a health food store in town. Amazingly, I began to get relief from the pain and swelling in my joints. I should mention that the pain and swelling was all over my body, in my shoulders, wrists, hands, hips, knees and ankles. I now have no pain or swelling in any part of my body, and I can actually see my kneecaps and ankles, which I have not been able to see in many, many years. I had stopped wearing rings because I could not get them over my swollen joints, or if I got them on, I could not get them on. Now I wear my rings and they often slip off my fingers.

My 17 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with an auto-immune disease, and also suffered painful swollen joints. She too has started drinking cherry juice and is now pain free. This week she was tested for the level of inflammation in her body and the test came back showing that she currently has no significant inflammation in her body. This is after several months of taking a medication prescribed by a specialist to relieve joint pain and swelling, which brought her no relief. 

The cherry juice I buy costs $3.99 per quart, but I’m not sure how that translates to liquid measurements in your country. My daughter and I drink approximately 3 ounces of cherry juice in the morning, and again in the evening, and this is enough to relieve our arthritis symptoms. 

I would also recommend that readers check with their physicians before starting cherry juice, and to be careful that the sugar in cherry juice does not cause problems for diabetic readers.



Recently I was asked if I knew how
to get rid of warts.
  My daughter is a pharmacist and she said there were a
variety of over the counter preparations but warts usually disappear of their own accord,
although it can take two to three years.  They often return even after surgery.

I did further research and came across a couple of
‘alternative’ remedies which I thought may be of interest.

I would like to stress, it is
important that the wart is diagnosed as such BEFORE any type of treatment is tried.

  • Take the INSIDE of a
    Banana peel and rub the wart 2 times daily……….usually is gone in
    two or three days…even worked on a wart that was on the inside of my
    child’s nose.

Jeannie Johns

  • Rub the wart with the inside of a broad bean pod.

  • Lightly rub the surface of the wart with a pumice
    stone in warm water.  Place the inside of a banana skin to the wart and keep in place
    overnight.  It will probably sting on initial contact.  Repeat this process and
    it should vanish in a few days.

  • Rub the wart with onion which has been dipped in
    salt.  If this does not get rid of the wart, it will surely get rid of your friends!

  • A remedy my family and I have used a few times
    to remove warts is putting saliva on your wart first thing in the morning. It only works first thing.
    A chemical build up in your mouth overnight. It takes a week or two depending on how good you are at remembering to do it. This does work.

Michele Clark

Warts are
apparently a virus and they will, in fact, disappear of their own accord
over time.


Perhaps a more controversial remedy just received from Donald Garner, is to get a book of paper matches, strike one and
blow it out as soon as it lights.  Stick the burnt end to the tip of the wart, it
will turn white and fall off.  Depending on the size of the wart it may have to be
done several times.  NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN.

This is a bit like DIY
cauterization and I must stress I cannot guarantee results.  Any remedy undertaken is
done so at your own risk!