“Natural remedies” that I’ve found work

When I am at a loss of how to handle something, I often think to myself, “Humans thousands of years ago didn’t have the modern conveniences that we have today. They figured out how to handle this; I will, too.”

Granted, thousands of years ago the human life expectancy was nothing like it is today, and there’s something to be said about where science has brought us. However, sometimes those old natural remedies just WORK.

I have three that I’ve found to work fairly consistently, and I thought I’d share them today…

Neti Pot

198: Neti PotThere seemed to be a resurgence in the Neti Pot about the same time I was introduced to this old sinus remedy.

In October of 2007, I came down with the most horrific sinus infection of my life. My entire left cheek became swollen, and the doctor I saw worried about an abscess and it being so close to the brain. I was in bad shape.

She suggested I try a Neti Pot. I looked at her like she was a little crazy, and I never believed I’d really be able to do it. I could not imagine using this contraption that looked like a gravy boat to run salt water in one nostril and out the other. Was she crazy!? My brain my start to float or something!

Instead, I’ve discovered it to be one of my best friends. It’s dragged me through several other sinus infections, and I firmly believe its helped me avoid getting one all together. Any time I help mow the lawn or if we are in an exceptionally smokey bar, I use it to clear out my sinuses. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone with any sinus troubles. (You can find where to order one in my “Favorite things” widget on the right sidebar.

Garlic for a tooth ache

GarlicIt was Valentine’s Day 2008, and I got the worst tooth ache. I wanted to just cry! I wanted to go out with my husband, not lay on the couch in misery.

A little searching online for natural remedies, and I discovered the suggestion to put a garlic clove on the tooth. I was extremely skeptical, but it was better than nothing. Much to my surprise, the garlic clove trick (combine with a salt water rinse) WORKED! A day later, I had NO pain whatsoever. I was shocked!

I’ve used the trick several times since then. Only ONCE did it not work, but I blame it on the infection in the tooth just being too much for the garlic to work anymore. Penicillin had to be called into action that time. Yuck. BUT every other time I’ve had even a twinge of discomfort, I’ll turned to the garlic cloves natural antibiotic properties.

This doesn’t replace a dentist of course! I am not saying that at all. I’m just saying that when its the weekend, or you just flat out can’t afford an emergency dental visit, this IS a good natural remedy. I’d also highly recommend using a salt water rinse in addition to the garlic. It just seems to help move things along.

Vinegar for fruit flies

VinegarThis last week, my house has had a crazy “infestation” of fruit flies. I could not figure out where they were coming from. I don’t have any fruit nor any house plants for them to be in. I keep a clean kitchen. They seemed to just be EVERYWHERE.

Again, I did a search for natural remedies. The one that kept popping up was a bowl of apple cider vinegar with lemon Palmolive set on a cabinet or table. It would draw the flies to it, and as they landed to try for the lemon that they sense from the Palmolive, they instead get caught in the vinegar and die.

Well, I had regular vinegar and orange juice instead. To my amazement, IT WORKED. Over night, I came back and found five dead fruit flies floating in my concoction. I also noticed I didn’t see any flying around.

I later went and got apple cider vinegar, but the store was out of lemon Palmolive. So I picked up orange instead. My new mixture hasn’t caught any dead bugs, but I definitely no longer have any fruit flies. At all!  It may not have caught anything, but it seems to have run them off!

So, vinegar to get rid of fruit flies… try it!!

By the way, there are a TON of good uses for vinegar. I’ve also used it to clean my microwave and coffee pot. I’ve combined it with baking soda to make a gritty paste to clean food stuck on dishes, etc. without scratching them up. Baking soda also makes a great tooth paste if you’re out of tooth paste. It also helps you take smells out of carpet when used prior to vacuuming.

Lots of fun natural remedies out there to try… what are some of your favorites?

6 thoughts on ““Natural remedies” that I’ve found work”

  1. I love information like this and yes there is so much more of that out there. Racking my brain to think of one and all I can come up with is adding baking soda to your laundry when you use bleach as it helps the bleach and detergent do a better job. And on that note there is some cleaning in my kitchen I need to do. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. I’ve always wanted to try the neti pot thing but haven’t yet. I’ll have to keep the garlic clove thing in mind it’s always worth a shot. I use baking soda in all of my laundry even colors. It worked really well to take those nasty baby smells out. I’ve also used a lid full of lysol floor cleaner in my laundry to take out greese stains. =)

    1. OOH! I never heard of using lysol to get out grease stains. I’ll have to tell my sister-in-law about that to clean some of my brothers clothes after working on cars.

      I now the garlic clove thing probably sounds crazy, but it works. I didn’t think it would myself but now I won’t go without garlic in my fridge for that very reason.

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