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Updated on October 10, 2017
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Country life creates the pioneer spirit

When you live out in the country like I did with my family for many years, you find ways to make things work for you. You simply can’t take the trek into town for every little thing. It got to where going to town was a major outing with 4 kids in our family. With pets and bills to pay, we couldn’t just drop everything for things that could be fixed at home. Here are just a few of the many home remedies we used often at our house.

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Ear Mites in Pets

Your pets have problems with ear mites? We lived in the country with lots of tall grass and ground squirrels to chase. Our pets, cats and dogs, had tons of problems with those pesky ear mites. Corn Oil or Olive Oil in your cat’s ear or dog’s ear kills mites (it smothers them), soothes the skin, and accelerates healing.

Olive Oil

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Flea killer

Dishwashing liquid actually kills fleas. Add a few drops to your dog’s bath and shampoo thoroughly. Of course, you need to rinse well to avoid any skin irritations but that’s it. Also a little dried mint or pennyroyal in a cotton casing around the pet’s neck prevents further outbreaks. The fleas apparently don’t like the smell of mint. It won’t kill them but they stay away from it.

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Wet Doggie

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Wet Dog Smell

Hate that “wet dog” smell. On rainy days when your dog comes in from outside, just wipe him down with a dryer sheet. Your doggie smells springtime fresh every time.

Ginger Root Tea

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Gatorade and Ginger Root

Did you know that drinking a glass or two of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately? It’s a great way to get around those unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers too. A cup of fresh ginger root tea will also do the job. The fresh ginger root needs to be pealed and sliced into discs and steeped for a few minutes. You can add honey or sugar to taste but the effects are remarkable. I like to use it for my hip and arthritis pain as well.

Home Remedies for Acne

Toothpaste for burns

Next time you get a little burn from a stove or oven mishap, try using toothpaste as a salve. It takes the burn right out.

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Altoids

Curiously strong, Altoids peppermint breath candies will actually clear up a stuffed nose quicker than inhalers and cold remedies.

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Achy Muscles

Hard day at work? For relief of achy muscles, mix 1 tablespoon horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil for instant relief of aching muscles. Be sure to keep that away from your eyes though. Wow. That hurts.

Honey and Lemon

For a sore throat, mix ¼ cup of vinegar with ¼ cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills bacteria and the honey soothes the throat. My mother swore by a hot infusion of honey and lemon juice tea. She got to where she would drink it for no reason at all. She just liked it. It must be good for the throat. She is still singing soprano in the church choir at the age of 84.

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Cranberry juice

Have a urinary tract infection? Believe it or not, cranberry juice does wonders for the relief of pain and clearing up of infection. Drink several glasses a day. They also say Alka-Seltzer will also clear up urinary tract infections, even though it was never advertised for that use. Two tablets in a glass of water at the onset of symptoms brings relief.

My Dad, the beekeeper

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Skin Blemishes

Honey has long been used for skin blemishes. Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. It kills the bacteria and keeps the skin sterile, speeding healing. I understand it works overnight. My father was a beekeeper and used to expound the benefits of honey often. He said that people suffering from allergies should take honey daily for relief. He said you should find a local beekeeper and buy local honey from bees that have been working the pollen you are allergic to, not honey from the grocery store (who knows where that comes from). The local honey will cure a multitude of ailments. He swore by it and I can’t complain of having any allergy problems.

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Foot bath

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Mouthwash for more than mouths

I have long had a problem with toenail fungus. I have also seen the commercials that say you cannot cure the problem with topical medications, but believe me, this one works wonders. Try soaking your toes in antiseptic mouthwash. It really does kill bacteria and fungus, leaving your toenails looking healthy again. Not only that but add a drop to the top of broken blisters to disinfect and keep them from getting red and infected. It is a powerful preventative.

Playing outside barefoot means there will be splinters.
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Splinters

Do you have problems helping your children remove splinters? I know I did. As soon as I went for the needle and tweezers they would begin to cry. Try this instead. Pour a drop of white school glue over the splinter and let it dry thoroughly. Then just peal the dried glue off the skin and the splinter comes out with it. No more tears and you know how much kids love to play with glue anyway.

Tomato Paste

Tomato Paste is a cure for boils. Just cover the boil in tomato paste as if it were a compress. The acids in the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head. Good to know.

Wasp in the house?

Ever have a bee or wasp get into the house? Or a hornet or yellow jacket? Don’t bother hunting up that insecticide with all its chemicals. Instead try your kitchen cleaning liquid, like Formula 409. One spray and the insect drops to the ground instantly.

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Loose screw in glasses

If you have ever had trouble loosing a screw from your eyeglasses or sunglasses, you will love this remedy. Try applying a small drop of clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them. They won’t loosen up for a long time.

Vinegar

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Vinegar

Have you ever heard that vinegar heals bruises? Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to your bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process. I’m not sure I would use it on a black eye, however.

Oatmeal

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Artritis Relief

I suppose you heard that oatmeal is good for the heart, but have you heard it if great for fast arthritis pain relief too? Mix 2 cups of oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute. Let it cool slightly and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain. I hate the smell of that tubed arthritis cream so this is a relief in more ways than one.

Laundry Helps

No need to buy laundry-cleaning additives again. This works better than Oxyclean. In a bowl mix: 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid, 4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Scrub the stain with a scrubbing brush or a toothbrush and throw in the washing machine as usual.

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More Vinegar Uses

I understand vinegar has tons of benefits. For sunburn, for instance. Soak a cloth in vinegar and place it on the sunburn. It will remove the sting and the burning. Believe me. Some say apple cider vinegar, some say white vinegar. Either seems to work fine. It will also prevent blistering if blisters have not already formed.

Azaleas love a little acidic soil. Add a couple tablespoons of vinegar to a quart of water to pour on azalea roots.

Wash pots out with vinegar before repotting plants. It kills unwanted molds and neutralizes excess lime.

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Lemon Rinds

My husband appreciates lemon squeezed into his iced tea. This leaves me with lemon rinds that usually go into the trash. However a couple of lemon slices every week of so tossed down the garbage disposal keeps it smelling fresh. Just drop the lemon rind or two into the garbage disposal and turn it on with the water running. Fresh as a daisy.

Remedy for Roaches

I found that the noxious roach sprays drove me out of the house more often than the roaches. Finally my grandfather told me about boric acid powder. He said they used to use it when he was a boy to keep the roaches out of the house. It has no smell and is safe to get on your hands. My mother said it was what they used to clean the sleep out of baby’s eyes and cradle cap from their heads. It is however poisonous so it should not be ingested. What happens is that the roaches walk in it and track it back inside the walls to their families, who lick it off their feet, where they all die inside the walls. It is safe to put around cracks on counters and in cabinets but not inside things that will be eaten. It works really well.

Conclusion

It seems that people were taking care of their own problems with home remedies long before manufacturers got to idea of bottling and selling these tried and true solutions. All we need to do is remember that there are alternatives to the costly and sometimes toxic manufactured remedies for things. I hope I have helped with just a few we used on a regular basis. Enjoy.

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    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      3 years ago from Fresno CA

      phoenix2327,

      Thank you very much. I can say I use most of these all the time.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for this handy tip list. I'm bookmarking this for future reference.

    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      3 years ago from Fresno CA

      My pleasure sweet MsDora, come by anytime. Thanks for commenting.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Very helpful. It seems I get splinters whenever I don't use my garden gloves, and they stay in my fingers for day.. I will try your remedy for this and also your remedy for laundry help. Thank you very much.

    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      3 years ago from Fresno CA

      Larry Rankin,

      I think you are right about that. I preferred to use baby shampoo most of the time but Dawn if the fleas got bad. During the summer and out in the country where we lived they can get very bad. Thanks for commenting.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Not only does dish soap kill fleas, in my experience it works better than dog shampoo. In particular, Dawn works well.

      That said, I would avoid using it too often because it seems to be a bit rough on their skin.

      Interesting hub.

    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      3 years ago from Fresno CA

      drbj,

      It makes sense to me that people found ways to have their own remedies before modern medicine... although people did die younger back then. But I'm not advocating people to stop seeing doctors, just trying to take care of the small stuff. Thanks for commenting.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      What interesting tips, Denise. I am particularly fascinated by the use of horseradish for aching muscles. Just never thought of it that way. :) Seems there may be home remedies for just about everything.

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