Tinctures, Salves, Poultices and More

Home Remedies

I have not given much thought to tinctures, salves and poultices until I read the e-book Home Remedies by Alex Smith.   We will get back to what they are in a bit.

First, let’s talk about the book.

Home Remedies is exactly that:  a book that gives cures for common ailments using easy to find household items.  The conditions are listed in alphabetical order, making things easy to find.  One thing I did not expect was, the book also gives tips for general cleaning, deodorizing, doing laundry… even starting an herb garden.  It even includes home remedies for pets!

Now back to tinctures, salves and poultices…  The book gives great definitions of the terms used, as well as examples throughout the book.

What are they anyway?  From what I learned from Home Remedies (paraphrased):

Tincture is a mixture created by soaking an herb in alcohol or vinegar, helping draw out the properties of the herb, while preserving it.  Salve is an oil with wax added.  A poultice is comprised of a bandage combined with a paste or moist mixture and is placed on a wound, rash or other affected area.

Here’s a handful of fascinating things I learned…

  • Cornstarch can help soothe a sunburn
  • Cherries are good for the nervous system and stress relief.
  • Eating caraway seeds can calm an upset stomach.
  • Sucking on a lemon helps relieve nausea
  • Eating a banana helps calm a hangover (replaces the potassium lost)

I don’t want to give away too much… you’ll have to read the book to find out more.  It’s a good book to have around, to help you find simple home remedies for quick relief, until you can get to a doctor.  You get lots of “good to know” tips at $3.99 for the Kindle edition.  It is also available on paperback.

 

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Home Remedy for Sinus Allergy Sufferers

Sinus Rinse IngredientsMy allergies have started bothering me, with itchy, watery eyes, early morning congestion, sneezing, signaling the start of the fall allergy season.

At my last physical check-up my doctor asked me if I’ve had any health issues bothering me, and I did mention my sinuses bother me every fall and spring.  I can always tell the seasons by my chronic sinus congestion.  I told him I already take antihistamines, but sometimes they don’t help, and I don’t really want prescription inhalers if I can avoid it.  A fellow allergy sufferer himself, he recommended I try the new nasal rinses in the market.  I told him I was not successful with the Neti-pot, but he said the new ones are actually just sinus rinses that work by spraying.  This is the one I tried:

sinusrinseI gave it a try, and it actually gave me some relief.   I used up the pre-made packets, but instead of buying more, I am making my own.  After doing a bit of research, I found a mix that works.  (Please note this is for informational purposes only and not intended as medical advice.  Check with your own doctor before trying out any health remedies.)

Here are the ingredients:

8 ounces lukewarm distilled water (DO NOT USE TAP WATER or any other water except distilled)

3 tablespoons non-iodine salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

Mix all together, fill in a sterile bulb syringe and use as a nasal spray.  (Discontinue use if you feel any irritation/ discomfort or if it doesn’t work for you)

So far it’s worked for me and it does not feel any different than the store bought kind.  I am still keeping a few of the pre-made packets for emergencies and travel, but for now, I am using the homemade version.  I still keep the antihistamines handy, but in an emergency, I am glad I have a backup remedy for nasal allergies.

 

 

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Five Home Remedies that Really Work

Being a preparedness for emergencies, includes knowledge of common home remedies for simple ailments from hiccups to sore throats.   I am not a medical professional, but a mom who knows a few homemade cures that work.  Your results may vary, and if your problem persists, please consult a doctor.

Nose or Chest Congestion

 One of my kids recently had severe congestion and this remedy really helped.

You will need:

  •  Small pot with water
  •  Bath Towel
  •  Eucalyptus oil

Bring the small pot of water to boil.  Using mitts, place the pot of steamy hot water in the sink.

Place three to four drops of eucalyptus oil into the hot water.  To avoid burning, keep your face about a foot above the steamy water.  Drape a towel over your head.  Close your eyes and inhale the fragrant steam slowly.  Keep inhaling the steam for about five minutes until the water cools.

A steamy shower is also known to help congestion, but it does waste a lot more water than the above remedy.

Warts

This remedy actually works better than many over the counter freezing solutions.  You will need the old prepper’s stand-by:  duct tape.

Thoroughly clean the wart area.  Cut a piece of duct tape slightly larger than the wart and tape it over the wart.  Rub it down.  In three days, remove the duct tape.  The wart will soften up.  File down the dead skin with a nail file or emery board.  Repeat the process until it disappears.  What happens is, the duct tape suffocates and eventually kills the wart.

Hiccups

My mom taught me this remedy for hiccups from when I was very young.  It has never failed me.  You will need:

  •  1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 small glass of water

At the first sign of hiccups, pour one teaspoon or packet of sugar into your mouth, then, while pinching your nostrils, drink it down slowly with a glass of water.  Your hiccups will be gone instantly.   Please note, this remedy is not recommended for diabetics.

Sore Throat

Mix the juice of one lemon, 1 teaspoon of honey and a cup of warm water.  Mix well until the honey is dissolved.

Drink the liquid while it’s warm.

The lemon and honey mixture will relieve your sore throat.   Please note, if you have diabetes, this remedy may be inappropriate for you.

Skin Rash

Recently my hands developed a red and itchy rash from some cleaning products.  I tried regular had lotion but it did not work.  I applied coconut oil directly on the rash.  In a few minutes the itching disappeared.  I kept applying it for two days until the redness was completely gone.

What are your favorite home remedies?  Please share in the comments below.

 

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