home remedies you would NEVER try - page 4

Doing some research today and found a good one for vaginal yeast infections-Insert a fresh clove of garlic wrapped in cheese cloth....I don't think so! A former neighbor would wipe her baby... Read More

  1. by   OrionQuiltsRN
    Try using "alum" for canker sores. Moisten your fingertip, dip finger in alum, and apply to the canker sore. The alum causes shrinking and helps the canker heal. Leaves a funny taste in your mouth, but works so well!
  2. by   gentlegiver
    For a cold my Mom gave us Turpinhydrate (spelled wrong sorry) at bed time by the morning our sheets would be soaked but the cold was really gone. Horrible taste by the way!
  3. by   flashpoint
    I had an instructor in paramedic school that recommended "inducing a fever" for just about everything. He would take 100 mg (yikes!) of Benadryl and put on flannel pajamas, socks, and a hat and crawl into bed under all of the covers he could find. He swears that by morning, whatever he had going on was gone.

    Sounds like a bad plan to me!
  4. by   Vikingkitten
    Quote from gentlegiver
    For a cold my Mom gave us Turpinhydrate (spelled wrong sorry) at bed time by the morning our sheets would be soaked but the cold was really gone. Horrible taste by the way!

    No doubt, as the stuff is 40% alcohol! No wonder you slept so well. When I was in the Service, we called it "G.I. Gin"! Even had some with Codeine! The old soldiers would come into my Troop Medical Clinic asking for it by name!
    Speaking of home cures, when I was a G.I., I got a call one day from one of the Mess Halls, they were bringing over one of the Cooks who got burned on a stove. His Sergeant (a real, down-home Southern boy!) brought him into the clinic and I had him take the patient to the Treatment Room. "Were did you get burned? My hands, Sarge! Why is the rest of your arm so red, I asked?" His Sergeant piped up with," I put the arm in the oven to bake the heat out it!" ?
    Got to be some Southern thing.
  5. by   JDZ344
    How about cracking an egg on the head for headlice? An older lady I knew when I was a kid told my motehr to do that because nits are allergic to egg, according to her.
  6. by   Not_A_Hat_Person
    Ear candling. I don't want a flame that close to my head.
  7. by   josinda421
    Quote from General E. Speaking, RN
    Red thread on the forehead will get rid of hiccups. Egg under the crib will draw out the fever and cook the egg. Crisco on the butt for diaper rash. Rubbing alcohol on everything...ouch!!



    Any type of thread will get rid of hiccups. I tried it many times before, it works.I used to tear of hanging theards from the any clothing I have and it works. Even on babies it works. It will disappear before you know it.
  8. by   outrunningzombies
    I like to use ginger for nausea. I've heard that urine will help really stinky feet. My cousin swears that putting an unwrapped bar of soap under her sheets fixed her restless leg syndrome when she was pregnant (maybe an offshoot of the soap for leg cramps thing?). I've heard of killing head lice with gasoline.

    The weirdest one I've heard was rubbing a cut potato under your arms if you sweat too much.
  9. by   belgarion
    Read the bar of soap thing in a syndicated doctor's column. A lot of people swear by it. I haven't tied it myself.

    The following ones are some I learned growing up on a west Texas ranch.

    If you brush up against a bull nettle, urine applied as soon as you feel the sting works wonders.

    Wet potato peelings wrapped in a rag will reduce the pain and swelling in eyes that have been exposed to welding glare.

    Crush up a cigarette, make a poultice from the tobacco, and put it on a bee or wasp sting. It's supposed to draw out the poison.

    Turpentine is good on ringworm. (Actually turpentine seems to the major component of a lot of home remedies out here)

    One of my favorites was told to me by an old Hispanic man who lived on our place. He said the best remedy he knew for a cold was to put a hat on the foot of the bed, get under the covers and start drinking tequila. When you see two hats, stop drinking and go to sleep. He absolutely guaranteed that you would not think about the cold. He never did tell me a cure for the next day though.
  10. by   Williss2
    When I was anxious to have my baby, I read on a lot of blogs to take 4-6 oz of castor oil to induce labor. When I bought the castor oil, I realized, that they were talking about the whole bottle! I was too scared to try that much(2 tablespoons maybe). No wonder people complained of uncontrolled BMs during delivery. But I hear it works and that some midwives even recommend it.

    One embarassing remedy I did try. It is recommended to rub butter on your breast during puberty and you will have large breasts. My mom and her friend tried it. Both in the double D's. Myself, a nice large D cup. So this one might have prevented plastic surgeons from being so rich nowadays.
  11. by   teeniebert
    Soaking the feet in Listerine will cure athlete's foot...not true, but it does decrease the associated itching and burning. Also, unless you use the 'original' medicine-tasting kind, it stains your skin blue or green or orange. Festive!
  12. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    Quote from teeniebert
    Soaking the feet in Listerine will cure athlete's foot...not true, but it does decrease the associated itching and burning. Also, unless you use the 'original' medicine-tasting kind, it stains your skin blue or green or orange. Festive!
    Speaking of Listerine: (sorry to hijack the thread) has anyone bought the kitchen cleaner by Seventh Generation? Supposed to be chemical free products. I bought some out of curiosity (and it was on clearance!). I kept wondering why it reminded me of my grandparents everytime I used it. I finally figured out it smells JUST LIKE LISTERINE mouth wash!! My grandparents used to keep a huge old glass bottle of the stuff in their bathroom....
    Last edit by General E. Speaking, RN on Sep 27, '10 : Reason: typo
  13. by   tainted1972
    My husband had athletes foot and I had heard about urine curing it.
    I told him to urinate on his feet in the shower (at the end so he would not rinse off the urine) .. It worked after about 3 days

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