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More Home Herbal Remedies

Updated on February 24, 2012

Here are a few more home herbal remedies! We have all used them at some point in time, whether it is applying ice to a sprained muscle or taking a bath in hot water for an achy back. These are home remedies too! Take a look at these herbal remedies that I have tried and found to be true and reasonable remedies for families.

Sweet oil is a great home remedy for ear aches!
Sweet oil is a great home remedy for ear aches!

Sweet Oil

A few drops of warm sweet oil into an ear irritated by infection can soothe and even help to heal the infection. The sweet oil helps to form a layer of protection upon the irritated ear drum separating out the fluids which cause the infection. The fluid then is cut off from the eardrum and can evaporate. Sweet oil also can soften ear wax and assist with its removal from the ear which also helps to eliminate causes of ear irritation. It is available at area pharmacies for less than $5. It can also be used on pets for ear mites and will not harm them. Our vet recommended this treatment for our kitten.

I have been told that a little sweet oil added to shampoo can keep lice at bay. Also, I have heard that it helps reduce stretch marks and reduce scars. I do not have personal experience with those applications, but they may be worth checking into!

Red clay will be your skin's best friend!
Red clay will be your skin's best friend!

Red Clay

We live in an area where poison ivy and poison oak thrive. It is essential to wash your skin immediatly following exposure to the oils on the leaves of these plants. This will help to minimize the reaction to the plant. In addition, an application of a paste made from red clay can help to draw the oils, not only off the surface of the skin, but also out of the pores. This helps to remove the oils completely and will help to lessen the body's reaction to this poison which can be painful.

It is also a good remedy for those who have consistently oily faces. A mask made from the clay will draw out the oils from the skin and will provide moisturizing agents. It soothes and smoothes the skin. It is a cost effective way to prevent break outs caused by oils and dirt. A container of about 8 oz. costs less than $5 which is very economical! It only takes a tablespoon of the clay mixed with water to give your face a clean and fresh treatment just like you would receive at a spa!

Baking soda has many home remedy applications!
Baking soda has many home remedy applications!

Baking Soda

Baking soda is another wonderful home remedy tool. Every one knows that baking soda will help to kill odors in the refrigerator, but did you know that a spoonful in a pair of cleats will help to remove the sweat odors without damaging the inside of the cleats.

You can also put a half cup of baking soda into your bath water to ease and eliminate irritation caused by yeast infections. This is safe for both children and adults as well. It is soothing for infants and will not damage their fragile skin. A baking soda bath will also soothe sunburned skin and help to draw out the heat.

One of my favorite remedy uses for baking soda was when I was breast feeding, my daughter had frequent bouts with thrush. We finally eliminated it by taking a quarter teaspoon baking soda and mixing it with a tablespoon of distilled water. I then would dip a cleanly washed finger into the solution and rub the inside of her mouth, making sure to get the inside of the cheeks, the tongue, and the roof of the mouth. In addition, the breastfeeding mom should wipe her breast with a clean washcloth dipped in straight white vinegar. Warning...this burns only for a moment, but it is less painful than the thrush!! I swear by this treatment! It works and works fast! Then, to keep thrush at bay, cut down your consumption of bread products. It really made a difference and I was glad to be free from thrush!

Text Copyright 2011 Deborah M. Carey

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      Debbie Carey 6 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA


      I am glad to give you a new idea! We first learned about sweet oil for our pet, then when my son had an earache, well....we went for it! It has been a staple in our medicine cabinet ever since. I didn't know that baking soda would keep away ants! Thanks for sharing!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I am a big user of herbal remedies for the home. Your introduction to sweet oil is new to me and I thank you. Baking soda is the best! It kills ants immediately and they do not care to return. I also use it for cleaning counters, basins and such and it is marvelous for non-stick pans that need cleaning. Voted UP!

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      Debbie Carey 6 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA


      Thank you! I hope you never have to deal with thrush, but if you are set! Congratulations on the new addition!

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      Gina Boudreau 6 years ago from Ma.

      Great Hub. I learned some new remedies for breast feeding as well and am grateful since I will be getting ready for that come February! Voted up and useful!!!

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      Debbie Carey 6 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA


      Thanks for the comment reinforcing the power of baking soda! It is amazing what we can do with the things we have right at hand every day!! God Bless!

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      Debbie Carey 6 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA


      Thank you for the compliment! It just is so cool how it all works! It was my Marine son who suggested I write these two hubs on home herbal remedies! He's a real believer!! God bless!

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      stevenmcpherson 6 years ago from Pembroke

      I use home remedies all the time, I have tried all of the baking soda remedies listed and it works great

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      NMLady 6 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

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