Top Ten Tips on Home Remedies: Everything From Colic to Stretching Leather
The ten things I'm handing down to my daughter...
We all have our lists of advice that we've gleaned over the years, little household remedies for various things that can save you a few dollars or a trip in the middle of the night for medications. I've found, after years of suggesting things off my list, that many people look at me and say, "What? Really?" Granted, not all my tips are rare or unheard of and for some, you may know them all. But for those who are like the majority that I've met, trust me, these work!
10. Dust - Forget all the Swiffer dusters and their competitors. My step mom has the best idea ever. Take a garden glove and sew pompoms (we all know which pompoms, the ones your grandmother always sewed onto the tops of the slippers that ALL grandmothers crotchet!) onto the palm of it. It's perfect and can be used with or without cleaning spray and it's washable.
9. Grease in Clothing - Silence the Shout people, have a Coke and a smile and relax with clean clothes! For things like industrial greases (auto grease, etc.) add a can of Coke to your wash load or directly onto clothing for spot treatment and let sit briefly.
8. Nausea/Morning Sickness - Peppermint is the answer here. A cup of peppermint tea in the morning can help settle your stomach enough to get some food into it when you have morning sickness. Those little, round, white Scotch Mints are lifesavers (get it....lifesavers? I think I'm funny but looks aren't everything!) when you're hit with a sudden wave of it while standing in a line up or in a pinch.
7. Toothaches - An oldie but a goodie. Clove Oil. Use it like you would Orajel.
6. Men's Libido - Believe it or not, a scent combination of Lavender and Pumpkin triggers something with a man's sex drive and works like an aphrodisiac.
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5. Dandelions - The best way to kill dandelions to the root is to put a 1/2 teaspoon of salt in the center of them and let it sit there for as long as it takes, usually a couple days to a week and reapply if it rains. If you have a lot of them it can be labour intensive but if you're determined to get rid of them then this works. Also boiling water poured on them works great too. Both tips are super for those weeds that grow up from the cracks in the sidewalk or front path.
4. Mildew in Towels and Clothing - That black mildew that you can never get out of your towels after you find them in a swim bag stuffed in the corner of your teenagers room is wretched. This is tricky as you have to be really careful because you need to use your stove for this one. Mix lemon juice and salt together to a runny batter consistency. In a large pot, get water boiling and place the mildew covered area over top the pot so the steam is coming up through the stain. Coat the mildew with the lemon and salt solution and let it sit while the steam works through it. Take a toothbrush and repeatedly brush the stain and reapply as needed. Wash thoroughly and the stain should come out completely.
3. Colic - A woman who had 11 (Yes, that's right, it's not a typo. It's 11) kids told me this one and by gosh if it didn't work like a hot damn!! 100% Maple Syrup diluted with warm water so it looks like ice tea. You can give them a couple tablespoons and literally hear their little stomaches gurgling with gas getting ready to come up. The best part is that if it doesn't work then you can give them more, unlike gripe water and other things that "aren't medicated" but have a maximum dosage. It was a miracle cure for my daughter, with whom I tried everything under the sun before I came across this tip.
2. Leather Stretcher - One night I decided to wear my cowboy boots to work at a pub in a small town where I lived in at the time. I'd worn these boots many times over the past year and was sure that they were broken in........but no. No, they weren't. I was a miserable, limping, mistaken woman that night and was actually considering going home because I couldn't stand it anymore. Being a logging/ranch town, there were a lot of old timer cowboys around and one of them asked for the jug of white vinegar. He soaked my boots in it and told me to start walking. Within 15 minutes they were a perfect fit and have never bothered me again. It didn't damage the leather whatsoever either. It's a natural relaxant for the leather apparently and will even stretch out the space between shoulder blades on a coat that is fitting snug. It's amazing stuff!
1. Lice eggs/nits - Okay, again, vinegar. It dissolves the glue that the lice use to anchor the eggs to the hair shaft. Pour white vinegar over hair and let sit for 15 - 20 minutes. Rinse out, add conditioner and then use the nit comb. The secret to finally defeating lice is to effectively get rid of the eggs. My daughters waist length hair almost got chopped after the kids brought it home from school, which has been the case for many. Again, a "Grandma" up at the pub told me to do this first and it worked. I would wait a week then do it again, wait a week then do it again. That with the shampoos you can that kill the adults and you can actually get rid of the little abominations.
I truly help that these tips come in handy and make somebody's life a little easier, if only for the moment!
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