Saturday, January 19, 2008

Some frugal home remedies

Sometimes home remedies for your ailments work! 
(In the interest of not getting sued, I am not a medical professional & don't claim that these remedies can diagnose or cure any illness or medical condition.)
Here are a few frugal remedies that I have personally found to be helpful:
~ Canned green beans for cold sores - At the first inkling of a cold sore eat canned green beans. Do not drain the beans and do not substitute frozen or fresh beans for canned. The cold sore will stop forming & if already started will be less serious & not last as long. Green beans work better than OTC remedies & as well as prescription remedies. Also, consider taking the amino acid Lysine, available at drugstores & health food stores.
~ Apples & apple juice for Fibromyalgia pain. I'm told it helps as much as many of the OTC & prescription remedies.
~ Artichokes for liver detoxification. Artichokes are a member of the Thistle family& contain the same liver detox herb, Silymarin, as the herbal preparation Milk Thistle. Two fresh, canned or frozen Artichokes twice weekly provide as much Silymarin as a daily 600 mg. Milk Thistle capsule.
~Magnesium for migraine headache prevention & to help prevent nighttime leg cramps. Potassium also helps the cramps. I've also heard that placing a silver spoon on the cramp or sleeping with a bar of Ivory soap under the calf of your leg can help.

~Vitamin E for leg cramps - It's the main thing that stopped my horrible leg cramps. A doctor recommended this to me.
~ If you get a cold take sub-lingual (under the tongue) Zinc Gluoccinate tablets. The Zinc shortens the duration & the intensity of the cold. Also, take a laxative & help flush the mucus out of your system & down the drain. And of course, there's always chicken soup!

Sambuccus (elderberries) To avoid or lessen the flu & other seasonal viruses such as colds.
~ For a stomach ache, take ginger ale or ginger tea or a piece of candied ginger. Ginger also helps nausea.


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Shirley said...

It's important to get at the cause of deficiencies, like magnesium. Often people who have gluten issues from sensitivity to celiac suffer from daily headaches and sometimes migraines. Removing gluten from the diet removes the headaches as the deficiencies go away because the body starts absorbing vitamins/minerals again. A good calcium/magnesium+ supplement can help the process.

Cheechat said...

I've had cold sores for 30 years and I've never heard of the canned green beans trick. When I feel one coming on I chew a 1000mg L-lysine tablet every couple hours for a couple days. Really seems to work. The canned green beans really work like that for you? Can they be heated or do you eat em from the can? Do you scarf the whole can? Two cans a day? I have to research this.

MaryEL said...

The green beans DO help, if you eat them right at the first tingle & then eat them regularly for prevention. I've had fewer and less severe sores!
You MUST eat CANNED GREEN BEANS - not fresh, not frozen. Do not drain or wash them. You can heat them or eat them straight from the can or in a casserole.
Try to eat as much as you can!

Lily said...

Generic medications are a great way to keep your prescription drug costs down. I’ve seen ads on TV for Caduet. It has two ingredients. One is Amlodipine and the other is Atorvastatin. With my RxDrugCard I can get 30 tablets of Amlodipine for $9 and 30 tablets of Simvastatin for $9. I’ll bet they are charging more than $18 for this new drug! The unthinking public is going to pressure their doctors into giving them something just because it’s new, when something old or generic would do the job for cheaper.