Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Bundle of Home Remedies

I am firmly of the mind that you should exhaust all home remedies before seeing a doctor (disclaimer: I am not a doctor and if you are having serious symptoms, by all means call 911!).
p.s. I learned many of these tricks from my grandmother who didn't see a doctor for 50+years (the time between having her last baby and breaking her arm when she was around 75 years old).
  • For digestion problems, take an acidophilous pill (found in the vitamin aisle, it replenishes the bacteria in your stomach that helps you digest food; these little bugs can be wiped out by antibiotics, stress, foreign bugs, etc).
  • For constipation, drink a lot of water, eat rolled oats (the long cooking ones, not the instant ones), and exercise vigorously (like take a brisk walk for an hour). Repeat.
  • If you are cold at night (grandma didn't have central heating in her home, just a wood stove in the living room and kitchen), put a pillow over your feet while you sleep.
  • If you are tired, take a nap instead of jolting yourself with caffeine.
  • Take vitamin B12 for a couple of days in advance of heading out comping, it will help ward off mosquitoes.
  • If you get sunburned, cover the burned area with Noxzema. Grand dad used to put vinegar on sunburns but I think Noxzema works better.
  • Take a multi vitamin every day.
  • If you feel a cold coming on, double up on the vitamin C until it passes.
  • If you are sick, stay in bed in a cool room with a bunch of blankets over you until you feel better (this works well for me and I usually kick any kind of malady in a day or two).
  • Tea tree oil works great to disinfect scrapes, abrasions, and other potential infection sites.
  • If you feel a urinary tract infection coming on, drink quantities of cranberry juice mixed with water.
  • Don't take antibiotics unless you have a BACTERIAL infection that hasn't resolved after a bit of time.
  • Your basic germs are actually good for you, they help boost your immune system.
  • Make sure your vaccinations are up to date.
  • Don't eat heavy meals except on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Do a headstand/handstand each day. For some reason, the body likes to be inverted.
  • Remind yourself to stand up straight (I heard this about a million times from grandma), it makes you look better and it is better for your skeleton and internal organs.
  • Congestion or sore throat? Drink tea and/or soup broth.
  • Blood problems? Boil beef bones and drink the broth.
  • Fast for a day every once in a while.
  • Don't lay down/sit down after eating. Take a walk first. If you must lay down (ie: you are ill), lay on your left side.
  • If you are constantly chewing on ice, it may be a sign that you have low blood iron levels; a doctor can diagnose this definitively.

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