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Home Remedies- A Top Ten Home Remedies Selection

Updated on May 10, 2014
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In health care since 1977, but keenly aware of Western medicine's shortcomings, Rose Mary began exploring natural health in the late 1990s.

Although I have worked in Western Medicine for over 30 years, for the last 5 years I have abandoned Western Medicine in favor of natural, non-pharmaceutical solutions, including natural home remedies. I have been amazed at the success of some of the simplistic of strategies.

For this hub, I again consulted a friend of mine, who has 25 years of experience as a massage therapist. She has a clinical practice with physician referrals. Her specialty is clients with chronic pain, acute injuries, and visceral and connective tissue disorders. She has an extensive background in herbal healing, supplements, and natural healing strategies.

I asked her for her Top Ten list of Natural Home Remedies. The results below are her favorite remedies with her comments, a few of my experiences and comments, and additional research here and there when needed. See also her Top Ten Herbal Remedies.

Natural Home Remedies in this hub:

Skin brushing for detox

Castor pack for detox

Sore throat treatment

Ginger bath for detox

Migraine treatment

Carpal tunnel and arthritis

Plantar fasciitis

Yeast infections

Gall bladder cleanse

Fibrocystic breasts

Natural bristle brush; personal photo
Natural bristle brush; personal photo
Pet brush with soft rubber bristles; personal photo
Pet brush with soft rubber bristles; personal photo

Home Remedy 1, for General Detox, Connective Tissue and Circulation


Skin Brushing

Use a dry natural bristle brush, with very light pressure.  You want to increase lymphatic flow, detoxifying the body and assisting with immune function.  The lymph vessels are small and close to the surface of the skin.  Heavy pressure from the brush will push beyond the layer we are targeting, thereby being counterproductive.  Some describe the light touch of lymphatic stimulation ‘like stroking a cat’. 

Brush in small circles, starting with the feet, moving upwards to the major lymph depots in the upper chest.  Brush to the area between the collar bone and breast.  Starting with the hands, brush in small circles, moving toward the upper chest. 

Skin brushing is good for general detoxification, swelling, cleansing protocols and circulatory problems.  Skin brushing is also good for autoimmune diseases of the connective tissues, such as rheumatoid arthritis.  Brushing decreases fluid build-up in the tissues. 

How to Make a Castor Pack, same video on Edgar Cayce website

Home Remedy 2, Liver Detox, Fibroids, Ovarian Cysts, GI Diseases

Castor Pack

Use Palma Christi castor oil, available at Edgar Cayce, or other 100% pure castor oil. Saturate a cloth, such as thin hand towel with the castor oil. The cloth should be full but not dripping. Place cloth over the area you wish to treat. This would be on the right side of the upper abdomen for the liver, the pelvis for uterus or ovaries, entire abdomen for large intestine. Place a plastic bag over the castor pack, such as a plastic grocery bag to protect your heating pad. If you prefer, pads with protective barrier are available from Edgar Cayce for $2.95 each. Place heating pad over castor pack. Heat on high setting for 60 minutes.

Clean skin with witch hazel. Alternatively, you can mix 2 teaspoons of baking soda in 1 qt of warm water.

Store castor pack in a plastic Ziplock bag in the refrigerator. Repeat castor pack treatment once a week, or more often if indicated. Before re-use, remove from refrigerator and allow pack to come to room temperature. Refresh with castor oil as needed. Reuse castor pack towel up to 10 times, then discard.

Applied externally, the castor oil acts as a cleanser and a nutrient to the organs below. Heat drives the castor oil through the skin to the tissues. It is gentle with no contraindications. Castor packs are helpful for uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, liver detoxification, constipation, diarrhea, and colon problems such as diverticulitis, diverticulosis, and Crohn’s Disease.

Video on Preparing Clay for Hair, but Still Good Info

Home Remedy 3, Sore Throat


Salt water gargle

Isotonic:  1 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 pint water

Saltier:  2 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 pint water

Baking soda helps break down mucous better.  Isotonic solution approximates your body’s saltiness.  If you make the solution saltier, it helps draw fluid out of swollen tissues. 


Clay pack externally to throat

According to Eytons’ Earth website:  Hydrate swelling calcium bentonite clay with 2.2 parts water to 1 part clay.  Hydrate swelling sodium bentonite clay with 3 or 4 parts water to 1 part clay.  Hydrate the clay such that it barely holds together without falling apart. 

Apply to throat to draw out excess fluid and metabolic wastes. 

Ginger | Source

Home Remedy 4, Ginger Bath Detox


Ginger bath

Grate 1 large root of ginger and boil everything, skin, pulp and juice in a large pan of water for 20 minutes.  Strain out ginger and keep the water.  Place a blanket and a layer of towels on your bed.  Run a hot bath.  Add all of the ginger water except 1 oz.  Soak in the bath for 10 minutes.  Drink the 1 oz of reserved ginger water.  Towel yourself dry immediately and wrap in the towels and blanket you have prepared on your bed, for 30 minutes.  Sleep immediately after. 

Ginger is a blood and liver cleanser. Grating it breaks it down.  Boiling concentrates its potency.  Soaking in the bath, the ginger penetrates through the skin to the tissues.  Drinking 1 oz jump starts the liver.  Wrapping in the towels and blanket induces a sweat, allowing toxins that have been brought to the surface to leave the body. 

Acupressure Points For Migraine

Home Remedy 5, Migraines


Scrub scalp vigorously to warm the fascia.  Grab the hair close to the scalp and make a fist.  Repeat all over your head, holding for 1 to 1 ½ minutes per spot.  The whole process should take 3 to 5 minutes. 

You are using the hair as a handle into the cranial fascia, loosening and decompressing any vascular and nerve compression. 

Arthritic Hands
Arthritic Hands | Source

Home Remedy 6, Carpal Tunnel and Hand Arthritis


Contrast baths for hands and forearms

My massage therapist friend recommends this for carpal tunnel.  I recommend it to my clients for carpal tunnel and arthritis.  I have written a hub describing in detail how to perform contrast baths, as well as alternatives and “cheaters”. 

In brief, fill 2 plastic basins or 2 sinks, one with warm water, the other with cold water.  Soak hands and forearms in the warm water 3 minutes, then in the cold water for 1 minute.  Repeat for 2 more cycles, then end with 3 minutes in the warm water.  Perform contrast baths 2 to 5 times per day. 

Home Remedy 7, Plantar Fasciitis (bottom of foot pain)


Perform Contrast Baths.  See above, Home Remedy 6.  See also my hub on Contrast Baths. 

After Contrast Baths, place a golf ball on the floor, and roll foot over golf ball, massaging deep into the tissues. 

Spread a sheet of newspaper on the floor.  Using toes, crumple newspaper.  Then use toes to straighten paper back out again. 

This increases circulation and decreases facial binding between layers of muscles, massages to release tissues, then restores intrinsic muscle balance. 

Garlic | Source

Home Remedy 8, Yeast Infections

Crush 5 to 8 cloves of garlic.  Place garlic in 2 to 3 cups of water.  Bring to a boil, then simmer 10 minutes.  Let cool to room temperature.  Strain garlic out.  Use water to douche. 

Garlic acts as an antibacterial and antifungal, and enhances the immune system. 

Take acidophilus capsules 3 to 4 times per day.  Acidophilus kept in the refrigerator section of your health food store is best.  The clerks are usually very knowledgeable and can advise you on potency. 

Function and Problems with Gall Bladder

Home Remedy 9, Gall Bladder


Fast for 3 days on organic cloudy (unstrained) apple juice.  The pectin in the apple juice breaks down the gallstones.  If needed, add protein powder for energy.  Do not eat solid food.  The body needs to “not digest”. 

On the 3rd evening, mix ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil and ½ cup organic fresh squeezed lemon juice.  The oil stimulates the gall bladder into action and the citrus helps in expelling any of the stones not broken down. 

Lay on your right side with a pillow under your hips.  Take a ginger capsule if needed for nausea.  You will have multiple bowel movements.  Gallstones will exit through your feces, appearing as green pellets, mossy colored if the stones are old, and emerald green if new. 

Eat light vegetarian meals the next day. 


My chiropractor recommended another version, which I have done:  6 oz olive oil, 6 oz of Coke Classic, and the juice of 1 lemon.  If you do not ordinarily have multiple bowel movements per day, you can take psyllium husk or other natural laxative.  There is no prep before the cleanse.  My chiropractor said there is no pain or discomfort associated with this, and I certainly didn’t have any.  I passed substantial quantities of green gallstones of various sizes.  Gallstones are large and soft compared to kidney stones.  yoshi has included this version in his Gall Bladder hub

Breast Massage Testimonials

How to Do Breast Massage

Home Remedy 10, Fibrocystic Breasts


Breast lymph massage

Sit down.  Place your right hand firmly on your right breast, and your left hand on your left breast.  Move your breasts in circles toward the armpits.  You are not just moving your breasts around superficially, but should be compressing slightly into the chest wall, moving lymphatic fluid. 

Start with 36 rotations on the first day.  Build up by 36 rotations each day until day 10, when you would be doing 360 rotations. 

This breaks down the fibrous nodules, increases blood circulation, and especially lymph circulation. 

My friend did this for 4 months, 19 years ago, and hasn’t had problems since.  One of the videos has similar testimonials. 


Hopefully this information on Natural Home Remedies shows you that there are often alternatives to expensive tests and prescription drugs.  Natural Home Remedies are known to be gentle, with few if any side effects.  If you are looking for alternatives to typical Western Medicine strategies, continue to research.  “Health Food Store” clerks, like at Sun Harvest and Whole Foods, are very helpful and knowledgeable.  Consult a specialist licensed in an alternative medicine discipline for individualized evaluation and treatment strategies. 

This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  You take full legal responsibility for whatever decisions you make regarding you own health care. 

Home Remedies by Ladies Home Journal Editor


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    Wearmanyhats 2 years ago

    Many good ideas here. I have done the gall bladder cleanse and would like to add that to combat the nausea over night, I sucked on the juice of a tomato, which really helped. Also, my homeopathic PA suggested a followup cleanse the weekend afterward to get out any additional gall stones that remained from the previous weekend. One thing I hadn't been prepared for was how sore I was the next day, and I recommend all people have someone with them who can take care of children, pets or other minor responsibilities, plus just help you if you are feeling ill. Great topic and well done.

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    jtrader 3 years ago

    Some of these should be quite relaxing.

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    Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


    Hello, rm, Oh really?! I would NOT do that to you. In fact, I am jealous of you for living in Newberry which I would broadcast to the world about the pleasures of a small town. That is me. Guess Im strange, but Im like the Dove commercial with ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit, who FYI is not my twin brother, "I'm comfortable in my own skin," and that makes me ask, "Who else's skin would I fit into?" LOL! Happy New Year, rm! Appreciate the blessing of KNOWING a talented writer like YOU! Sincerely, Kenneth

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    rmcrayne 5 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks kerlynb & wmhseo for your nice comments.

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    rmcrayne 5 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    kenneth, I'm from a small town named Newberry, for which I have been teased many times- because of Mayberry! Thanks for your incredibly kind comments.

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    kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

    Talk about a well-written, absolutely useful, and informative hub! I can't say thank you enough for this hub. Also, the vid about breast massage is very helpful for me as a woman.

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    Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

    rmcryne . . .GREAT hub. Amazing home remedies that will save us some money. Voted up and away. Thanks for this and your many topics. You, my friend, are a talented person. Thanks for not hiding that under a bushel. And may I be your fan and follower? Id love that. Sincerely, KENNETH AVERY, from a rural town, Hamilton, in northwest Alabama that looks like Mayberry, the little town on The Andy Griffith Show. Peace and it was nice meeting you.

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    rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Marpi thanks for visiting. I have written hub on self help strategies for arthritis. Money Glitch has written on natural remedies for arthritis. Check them out.

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    Marpi 6 years ago

    This is a great article with very useful info I'm gonna use in the future! I suffer very often from migraines and arthritis and I'm going to try the remedies that are suggested here.

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    rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks billrobinson. Try these RSS feeds for more of my health topics:

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    billrobinson 6 years ago from CA, USA

    I find this very useful for me. Keep posting more.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    That's quite a compliment Owl. I appreciate it.

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    Owl72 7 years ago from Central America

    This is an exceptionally well thought out and informative hub! Definitely bookmarked and will now move on to your other hubs. Cheers!

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Wow, thanks for the compliment ed burns!

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    ed77burns 7 years ago from USA

    I have discussed your hub with my friends and our unanimous view is that the hub is interesting and beneficial in our routine.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Wow Savannah! Thanks for your awesome comment.

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    SavannahEve 7 years ago from California

    Okay, color me impressed! I appreciate it even more coming from someone who truly knows Western Medicine. I am sending this link to many friends. As an Herbalist and all around natural kind of person, this hub resonates with me on many different levels. Well done!

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks so much for your supportive comment Shawn!

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    Shawn Scarborough 7 years ago from The Lone Star State

    I have had Plantar Fasciitis for a while now and have been looking for a natural alternative treatment. This is a great hub, thanks for posting it!

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for the visit love.

    Thanks Butterfly Lady. You gave me one of my favorite compliments. I take pride in explaining things in an easy to understand, logical way.

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    Butterfly Lady 7 years ago from Broken Arrow, OK

    This hub rocks... You have a great gift for putting the information together that is informative easy to understand. I will boodmark this for giving to all my friends so they, too can geta away from the chemicals.

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    loveofnight 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

    thumbs up from me, you have a lot of good info here.....thx

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for commenting sunforged. With ADD, organization is always a struggle. It's nice to know I got it right on this one. And I'm glad you added to your arsenel.

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    sunforged 7 years ago from

    Very well done and organized, this is a topic I am familiar and active in and you still opened my eyes to a couple of great methods.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for the compliments Paradise and Pamela, and for your ongoing support.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    I'm with you Jen. I no longer want to have anything to do with prescription "poisons". The less chemicals in "my cocktail", the better.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    This is a very good hub with great directions and pictures. Good job.

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    Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

    Ah, thank you! Another great hub to bookmark!

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    JenDobson27 7 years ago

    This is a great Hub. I have never been a fan of taking a bunch of medication so this will be really helpful! Thanks for sharing.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for your support RTalloni!

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    RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

    I'm glad I was next to leave a note -- thanks for interesting info!

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    My first visitor to this hub. Thanks so much Maita!

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    prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

    complete selection, nice and thumbs up RM, Maita