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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2006 12:13 pm    Post subject: Grandma's Home Remedies and Urban Legends

Almost every family in the world has old family remedies for many maladies that seem to plague kids and adults alike.
If you have any of those in your own family that you don't see already posted in this thread, please take a moment to list them, for the entertainment and enlightenment of us all.

If you know of an herb or over the counter substance that will cure or help some condition? Post it here.

Disclaimer:
The posts here are not intended to be a prescription for the healing of any serious medical condition and should not be used in opposition to a Dr's advise.


(I won't even take a Rx drug, till I've Googled it and know exactly what it does, how it does it and what interaction it may have with other things I'm already taking and what side effects to expect from it.)

OK....Post away and lets have some fun with this one.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2006 12:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Grandma's Home Remedies and Urban Legends [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Let me start this with a few 'Over the Counter' remedies that either I or my friends take daily:

Saw Palmetto Extract: Helps reduce the swelling of the prostate, typical in older adult men.

bilberry Extract: Said to increase ocular acuity. (helps old eyes see better)

Melatonin: Supplements the body's own melatonin to promote a feeling of peace and contentment. Natures own Sleeping Pill.

5-HTP: This substance helps the body to produce more natural Melatonin.

L-Lysine: Inhibits the growth of the incurable virus, Herpes II. Prevents Herpes attacks as long as it's in the body. Take daily just like a vitamin.

Googling on the above supplement names will give you more information on them than I could ever type into a forum.

My source of information on most of the above is my own favorite Pharmacist, Suzy Cohen, my own Dr's wife.
Meet Suzy:

Dear Pharmacist: medical & pharmaceutical resources from www ...
Suzy Cohen, R.Ph. is a syndicated columnist who provides answers to questions about medication use, drug side effects, medical treatments, and much more.
www.dearpharmacist.com/index_flash.php

OK,,,it's your turn,
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It's my sincere wish that this thread be helpful to many and entertaining to all.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2006 12:53 am    Post subject: Re: Grandma's Home Remedies and Urban Legends [Login to view extended thread Info.]

To join in the fun Wink, plain ol' Cod Liver Oil Capsules do help to keep the joints lubricated, It's available in capsules extremely cheaply with a little bit of looking around Wink

A herb that Mrs WereBo always keeps in stock is Wild Thyme. If you ever get a splinter, nasty spot/boil, bring a few teaspoons of Wild Thyme in a few tablespoons of water to the boil, then immediately drop to a gently simmer for a few minutes. Strain and allow to cool until very hot to the touch, but not scalding. Dip cotton wool into it then apply to the wound, the Thyme will actually draw the splinter or poison out of the flesh.

I know the Thyme works from when I was doing a lot of bricklaying and got very bad Dermatitis in my fingers from the cement mix. 5 days after starting treatment, it had totally disappeared. Another incident was when Mrs WereBo and I was given a freebie sofa, and the wife got a very tender inflamed sore on her back. After applying the very hot Thyme, a small black 'dot' appeared which turned out to be a 1/4" long hair!!! A quick pull with a pair of tweezers got the whole hair out, AND sterilised the wound Very Happy. By the end of the next day, there wasn't a sign of anything being wrong.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2006 2:21 am    Post subject: Re: Grandma's Home Remedies and Urban Legends [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Being from the SOUTH .........
Well ..... South-East Missouri,

We grew up POOR,,,, If we got "stung" by a bee, we came into
the house and someone would take "tobacco" (chewing tobacco
or smoken ... didn't matter), and it was moistened and placed onto
the stung area. Worked Every Single Time!!!

For sunburn.......... nothing beat getting an "evaporated milk" bath.
And a "hot toddy" was good for ANY cold/fever ....... well that and
Vicks Vapor Rub. LOL
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:40 am    Post subject: Re: Grandma's Home Remedies and Urban Legends [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Ah yes, grandma's old favorite for a bad cold or a case of the chills.

The "HOT TODDY"!
For those not familiar with this old time favorite, here's the recipe.

Boil some water.
Into a large coffee mug, add one tablespoon of sugar, the juice of one large lemon and one shot of whiskey (any brand will do) then fill with the hot water. Stir well and drink while still hot.

Driving or operating machinery is not recommended after drinking your "HOT TODDY". In fact, going to bed and staying warm, is recommended.

NO Dr's prescription is required!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2006 1:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Grandma's Home Remedies and Urban Legends [Login to view extended thread Info.]

An alternative for 'Hot Toddy' above, is hot milk with a good shot of whiskey (Sugar optional, but no lemon juice, it'll curdle the milk Wink). You'll likely be snoozing with 20 mins, and feeling lots better when you wake up.

Another good home-cure for colds and flu etc. is vitamin C, so lots of oranges or whatever citrus fruits are available. The Vitamin C tablets also work well, but don't really fall into the topic of 'Grandma's Home Remedies'
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Grandma's Home Remedies and Urban Legends [Login to view extended thread Info.]

For cold or flu, home made chicken noodle soup, not the canned variety.

Always makes me feel better. Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2006 9:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Grandma's Home Remedies and Urban Legends [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Well, it always makes the tummy feel better, even if your head's a killin' ya.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 9:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Grandma's Home Remedies and Urban Legends [Login to view extended thread Info.]

For a cough many of my neighbours, (mostly Gujerati) recommend milk with Turmeric.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 12:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Grandma's Home Remedies and Urban Legends [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Very Happy You have got to remember this was in the 1950s. Grandma would fix up a tablespoon of sugar with a good saturation of coal oil on it for a cough and cold. Her other thing was that new fangled over the counter medicine...Exlax. My brother and I would generally spend a week each summer with grandma and grandpa and she would load us both up on Exlax that whole week whether we needed it or not and when we went home it would take my mom a week or better to get my brother and I straightened out. She would ask us if grandma gave us any medicine and we would tell her no because we thought she was giving us chocolate candy. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 2:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Grandma's Home Remedies and Urban Legends [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Exlax also has another use, when bugged by food-stealing flat-sharers, but that's another story Wink ....

An old cure from Mrs WereBo for certain 'female' problems that sometimes happen on certain months, is the herb Basil. Fresh Basil sprinkled over your food will help purify and regulate blood-flow.

Basil also makes a good 'blood-tonic' for us guys too, cleaning and purifying the blood, and it tastes good as well Very Happy.....
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 10:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Grandma's Home Remedies and Urban Legends [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Grandma's remedy for ants coming into the house was to paint Kerosene on the door sill. Ant's won't cross it. Repeat the treatment every few days for best results, till the ants give up and go away.

I recently found an urban remedy of my own for Ants. I sprinkle some Equal (aspartame) on the ant hill and in a few days the ants are gone. Voila!

And just think, some folks actually eat that stuff Exclamation Question Question


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 5:43 am    Post subject: Re: Grandma's Home Remedies and Urban Legends [Login to view extended thread Info.]

pcrattail wrote:
Being from the SOUTH .........
Well ..... South-East Missouri,

We grew up POOR,,,, If we got "stung" by a bee, we came into
the house and someone would take "tobacco" (chewing tobacco
or smoken ... didn't matter), and it was moistened and placed onto
the stung area. Worked Every Single Time!!!

For sunburn.......... nothing beat getting an "evaporated milk" bath.
And a "hot toddy" was good for ANY cold/fever ....... well that and
Vicks Vapor Rub. LOL
..
.

Hi. New to this so bear with me. I'm gonna try the "Skoal Patch" next summer, although i have been doing something for two summers now.
As soon as i notice a Mosquito bite, i go to the sink and run the water until it is as hot as it will get. If it is easy, like a bite on the forearm or elbow i just hold that bite under the water (It's not going to cause a blister) If it is on my leg or shoulder say, then i use a washcloth and hold it until it starts to lose the heat, and then i re-do it, keeping it as hot as it can get. I do it about five or six times and then there is no itch, no bump. It's gone.
I got the idea by looking for remedys for these Missouri mosquitos we have here close to St. Louis. They drive me crazy, they swell up and take forever to heal cause i just can't keep from scratching that itch. Anyway i found an ad for a little metal thing, kinda like a tongue depressor i think. It has two settings for heat, One for children and one for adults. the idea is that when you get a mosquito bite, the mosquito inserts some kind of protein, and histimine from the body goes to the bite area to counteract the protein. The hot water or washcloth with hot water kills the protein. It has to be over 106 degrees. anyway, that's my two cents on a remedy. thanks for this place...Dan
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 6:05 am    Post subject: Re: Grandma's Home Remedies and Urban Legends [Login to view extended thread Info.]

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 4:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Grandma's Home Remedies and Urban Legends [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Gee, I don't have a flashing Neon sign, but I'd like to welcome DAN as well.

Jus a plain ol' southern "HI Y'all! ".

Y'all come back now, Y'hear?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 5:16 am    Post subject: Re: Grandma's Home Remedies and Urban Legends [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I live in China and this is the land that invinted Home remdies.
Here is the child- safe hot toddy:
Cut up some ginger and put it with some coka-cola clasic and boil, serve coool and drink.
Worked grate for me: Actually plain old ginger in boiled water works great
works better if you sweat after drinking

Exercise has always been good for any ailment. When i am sick i hit the gym (more sweat)

But my favorite is the Banana -the herb our Darwinian ancestors eat as a staple has amazing powers, namely: Helps with the runs -Bananas help me when I eat local Shanhainese street food (you'd think I'd learn the first time); Ladies want to Make "Aunt Flow's" visit a bit more endurable feed her some naners; Gotta new years hungovers- My young swiss friends love Banana Milkshakes first thing in the morning. Any thing natural with large amounts of sugar can do this (honey is good too); feeling a bit blue, eat a banana or two- loaded with natural mood enhancers these yellow herbs can bring a smile to even Poe's face; and the list goes on.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 1:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Grandma's Home Remedies and Urban Legends [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Allo BFitztrick and welcome to the Lockergnome Forums
Yep, Ginger's a very god cure with the added bonus of tasting delicious too Wink I can't quite eat it raw, but any other way is good by me

Another excellent use for honey is on open wounds, the various sugars are absorbed directly through the skin and is the most easily absorbed sugars for the body to use. Many years ago, my Father had a triple heart valve bypass surgery, which entailed opening his chest from belly-button to throat. When released from hospital, he had 'train line tattoos' from the incisions. It was one of the nurses (Chinese, funnily enough Wink) who advised my Mother to use honey on the scar. 1 year later, all that was visible was a pale line down his chest. Great Stuff!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 2:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Grandma's Home Remedies and Urban Legends [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Honey?

It's pretty good on hot biscuits too! Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 2:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Grandma's Home Remedies and Urban Legends [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I'm eating a late-night snack of honey on toast right at this moment Laughing .

Honey is more widely accepted in the medical fields these days. Here's a bit of info about it's medicinal properties:

Medical uses for honey
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For around 2000 years, honey has been used to treat a variety of ailments through topical application, though it was not until modern times that the cause of infection was understood. Now, has shown that the folk remedy of using honey to treat wounds has a scientific explanation: it acts as an antiseptic/antibacterial agent. As an antimicrobial agent honey has potential for treating a variety of ailments. Antibacterial properties of honey are the result of the low water activity causing osmosis, hydrogen peroxide effect, and high acidity. (continued)
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 4:46 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I see this thread hasn't had much attention since last November, so I thought I'd revive it....a little.

Eliminate ear mites. ? All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil in
your cat's ear... Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily
for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and
accelerates healing.

Kills fleas instantly...Dawn dishwashing 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 odor ...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.
Did You Know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain
almost immediately-- without the unpleasant side effects caused by
traditional "pain relievers."

Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.

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

Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in 1
cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a
massage oil, for instant 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.

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 been advertised for this use.

Honey remedy for skin blemishes ... ?Cover the blemish with a dab of honey
and place a Band-Aid 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 Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the
threads of the screws before tightening them.

Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer ... If menacing bees, wasps,
hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the
insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground
instantly.

Smart splinter remover. ?Just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the
splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks
to the dried glue.

Hunt's tomato paste boil cure ...cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as
a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil
to a head.

Balm for broken blisters... To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few
drops of Listerine. ?a powerful antiseptic.

Vinegar to heal 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.

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief... It's not for breakfast any more! 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.
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