I work with the geriatrics, but I am afraid mine are quite spoiled and have forgotten all these wonderful home remidies for simple probelms. Heck, today I had to go investigate a pimple that a lady scratched on her rear because it bled and she was in a panic, and another lady demanding to go to the ED because her eyebrow itched something fierce and she thought she would get an eye infection! Uhgggg, what ever happened to common sence?!?!? Nope, they have a nurse on duty 24/7 and I get calls about hangnails, small abrasions, pimples, bruises, and only I can cure them...sheesh! I guess as long as they know they have a nurse on duty..they don't have to think, just call her in...UHGGGGGGG!!!!!!! I am only one nurse to 150 folks, and gets too much with these complaints all shift..and yes, each one feels they are a priority. Oh well! (and it is so sad...they get charged way too much for me to go into their rooms for these types of probelms...they don't need that
So I do wind up using so many of these little tricks to remind my residents that they too can do simple nursing like they once did for their families! I ask "what would you have done for your kids if they complained of this?" and they tell me all sort of NEAT stuff! And I kinda wink at them and they get it (mind you...only things like slivers or pimple scratches they are over reacting too...).
I love these things!!!!!!!
Some of my favs were, Lice: coat your head in mayo or baby oil (and I have heard conditioner) and leave on for an hour...then rinse. That will kill the adults..then you have to nit pick the eggs/larva (no way around that one). Works like a charm..sadly my kids have gotten it and I had to do this...worked!
Cough/sore throat...lemon, honey, chamomile tea, and a little burbon...sorry but this old favorite does work! Many of my residents don't drink, so I take out the burbon part (yeah like I have burbon..LOL!) and it still seems to work if taken more frequently! Plus it helps with hydration
(IE the reason for an herbal tea with no caffeine...still is a diuretic, but not as bad without caffeine).
Constipation: Prune juice of course, but most won't touch the stuff (I don't blame them I won't either) but sometimes I can get them to eat prunes with those orange or lemon flavored coatings...but anyway..hot pad on lower back, tea (tea is my answer for so much now), and a rocking motion every 5 minutes or so in a comfy chair! Beats an enema if it works, and it has had great results! Sometimes soothing music helps too.
Dry eyes: Warm packs with eyes shut..using..what else...herbal tea bags! Also helps with conjunctivits pain/redness, or dry crusty lids
. Oh yeah...and helps the bags under eyes as well
UTI: CHILLED cranberry juice and watch the kind too...many cranberry juices are only 20% juice...so you will have to drink a ton. Hard for folks that can't stand the taste, but I find most folks actually like it with crushed ice and very cold (not so tangy this way). I am so going to test out the alka seltzer though!!!! Cranberry also come in gel caps
Chronic yeast infections...acidophilus in their milk, yogurt or dairy (you can find them..look on the lables..they are added in some brands), or even gel caps in healthfood stores. Take orally..LOL! Tinactin also works well if it is in a skin fold but not on open areas..kinda burns!
Sore feet and corns/bunions: good old epson salt soaks twice a day with nice hot water...not only good, but very refreshing and your patient will feel sooooo spoiled! Good time to trim those nails too
Keep them comming guys..I love it!!!!!!!!!! Sometimes I find the old remedies are sometimes the most practical and really work!!!!!!!!