I am always looking for natural alternatives to conventional medicine. I figure our bodies have enough to do without bombarding them with harsh chemicals and toxins. There are some “miracle cures” out there that simply do not deliver the goods; however, the following remedies are some exceptions I’ve found over the years. If the need arises, please give them a try. Also, please share any remedies that you have used and loved.
1. Apples, Cucumbers, Aloe Vera, and Potatoes
What do these four random fruit/veggies/plant have in common? Well, the next time you get a sunburn or even a mild regular burn try dabbing it with any one of the four. Of course, you have to peel them first.
2. Banana Peel, Onion, and Baking Soda
Another strange bunch, but oddly they can accomplish the same task. The banana peel and the onion can be applied to a splinter, cut with glass still in it, or an embedded stinger and actually aid in bringing the foreign object to the surface. Just cut a piece large enough to cover the area and bandage it for about an hour. The anti-inflammatory compounds draw the intruder out and also aid in healing.
Baking soda can be applied to insect bites and stings to bring out stingers and venom. Simply make a thick compound with the baking soda and a few drops of water; apply it directly to the sting, and let it set for 30-60 minutes.
Did you ever notice how the mosquitoes swarm around you while drinking beer on your deck or patio in the summer? Well, it turns out that they are extremely attracted to the popular party beverage. So, try setting several nealy empty bottles around the yard and watch those bugs go right to them- away from you and your guests.
Another great remedy for sunburn, this common household item can actually take the sting right out of your overexposed skin. Apply directly to the burned area with a cotton ball or gauze pad. Reapply as necessary. Remember to apply some form of moisture (lotion) after the vinegar as it may dry out your skin too much.
5. Oatmeal and Yogurt
Both of these food products have the ability to curb itching and inflammation due to poison ivy, chicken pox, yeast infections, and other minor skin irritations. Oatmeal can be added to a warm bath for an all over treatment or applied as a paste to smaller infections.
Yogurt is especially good for the itch associated with yeast overgrowth. The acidophiles within the yogurt actually helps bring the balance back to your body. You can apply this directly to any affected area. I used this for my daughter when she had a yeast infection on her bottom as an infant.
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