Do home remedies work?

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Wed, 11-10-2010 - 7:25am

Can peppermint tea relieve indigestion? Does whiskey ward off a cold? Can St. John's Wart help mild depression? Read More to find out the answer to these questions and more: Home Remedies: Do The Work

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Mon, 11-15-2010 - 10:46am

Hot lemon with honey in it is very effective for relieving the symptoms of a head and chest cold, and if some grated ginger is steeped in it as well, it becomes very effective. Ginger has antiseptic properties that are well known, and ginger is excellent for tummy upsets. I like hot peppers, and those too have palliative properties; if nothing else, a good feed of something hot will make you sweat it out, and the heat from the peppers helps to release endorphins in the brain, which then leave a real feeling of well being. That makes eating food laced with hot peppers good even if you're not feeling under the weather! Yum!

Can you tell it's getting on to supper time here for me? lol

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Mon, 11-15-2010 - 10:50am

LOL Nenu- I'm guessing you'll be having something spicy for dinner?

I love drinking a nice mixture of hot lemon and honey when I've got a scratchy throat or cold. It works better than anything I've ever tried. I'll have to try the grated ginger with it.

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Mon, 11-15-2010 - 11:00am

LOL! Yes I think there is going to be some spice added to the soup tonight. We're having dreadful weather, it's been raining and windy all day, and when I was out earlier, the air had that bite to it that hints at snow. Nooo!!!! It's too sooonnnn!!!!! So anyway, a little bit of spicy soup will be quite warming.

When I was a child, my mother used to make a soothing syrup with the juice of a lemon mixed well with honey, but no water in it. She'd leave a cup by the side of the bed if one of us kids were sick with a cold, and we could take a little spoonful of it as needed. That really helped to soothe persistent coughs. That was in addition to dosing us with hot lemon and honey as a drink.

She was a very smart woman, my mother.

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Mon, 11-15-2010 - 11:04am

hahaha-my mother would also whip up a conconction of lemon and honey when we were sick but she also threw a shot of bourbon or whiskey in it too. Honestly it worked better than any cough/cold medicine we ever tried.

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Mon, 11-15-2010 - 12:03pm

We take chewable vitamin C for allergic reactions and I find it works just as well as any antihistimine meds I have ever taken.

My husband used to take allergy meds before he met me, and now he finds just as much relief with the vitamin C.

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Mon, 11-15-2010 - 12:36pm

I totally agree with nenu about hot lemon and honey.

And while whisky may not cure a cold, you sure can feel better after! LOL

I have one home remedy (well, not home but ... well, you'll see what I mean!) that may substantiate the peppermint v indigestion:

Back in grad school, we had a couple of classes (ichthyology, mainly, but also marine invertebrate zoology and even a plankton seminar) that meant we were "privileged to go out into the Catalina Channel on the school research vessel, the RV Velero. When I say "privileged", it is with deep sarcasm since the nickname for the Velero was not "Research Vessel Velero but Rough Voyage Velero. You see, Velero was a converted pleasure vessel with a flat bottom and the Catalina Channel is FAMOUS for it's standing waves, and a flat bottomed boat on standing waves means both pitch and roll. We spent a lot of time in the cabin behind the dredge apparatus, sorting our catches on the engine cover --- lots of sloshing sea water and the smell of formaldehyde and engine fumes. Add to that the fact that the cook was prone to using a

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Registered: 11-16-2001
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 8:24pm

I love my ginger tea when my stomach feels cold and I am feeling queasy. For scratchy throats I do a gargle with warm water and salt as I don't like honey that much.

When traveling I always make sure that I have activated charcoal with me in case I ate something wrong and have diarrhea.

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Tue, 11-16-2010 - 10:13am

Karla, I swear by the ginger tea remedy for a queasy tummy! I use fresh ginger root.

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Tue, 11-16-2010 - 10:43am

I wonder where I could get that around here. Where does one buy that?

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Registered: 11-16-2001
Tue, 11-16-2010 - 6:58pm
Ginger root can be found in Asian groceries, Karla.

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