Weird Remedies, or What else Preparation H, Duct Tape, Soap (and more) Can Do for You
Nontraditional, Weird Home Remedies for What Ails You
Some people call them folk remedies or home remedies, but let's face it - some of these tried-and-true cures (many natural) for what ails us seem downright weird! The treatments we're going to talk about aren't quite as weird or extreme as the picture suggests (in fact, nowhere near that weird), but they may seem unusual. Thing is, they work. At least they work for some people and who's to say they won't work for you.
Reports of success with alternative uses of products such as Preparation H and duct tape are anecdotal, but we think they may be worth a try. In fact, we've tried some of these ourselves and have been surprisingly pleased with the results.
So, read on and maybe you'll find a rather nontraditional, if not weird, "cure" for something that ails you. If so, or if you know of other weird remedies, I hope you'll leave us a message in our guestbook near the bottom of the page.
Disclaimer: The information presented here is for informational purposes only. Consult your physician before doing anything really crazy to yourself. And never, EVER perform a lobotomy on anyone!
Rid Yourself of Those Puffy Circles Below Your Eyes
. . . with Preparation H
Okay, we'll get this one over with first.
You've probably heard the commercials, "Shrinks swelling of inflamed tissue." Well, apparently the tissue doesn't have to be located in the hind quarters for this product to work its magic. When used sparingly on puffy skin below the eyes, Preparation H Cream quickly reduces the swelling and puffiness. Beauty pageant contestants reportedly swear by it.
Other suggested uses of Preparation H include fresh tattoo aftercare. You might find the ointment version, rather than the cream, to be more effective. The ingredients in the ointment help constrict blood vessels, which helps reduce the amount of bleeding from the new tattoo. Apparently some plastic surgeons recommend the product to relieve itching on skin as it heals after surgery. We suggest you check with your doctor - or your tattoo artist - before you utilize the product in these ways.
Note that the Canadian version of Preparation H contains a yeast extract. Apparently many people prefer this version to use as a wrinkle remover and to help heal dry, chapped skin. We don't know; we've grown rather fond of our wrinkles as they are.
Hemorrhoid Cream for Reducing Undereye Puffiness: Here's How it Works
Use Preparation H For Wrinkles, Just Use It Carefully
Order Preparation H Online, Privately
(So your neighbors don't see you buying it at your local store.)
I've read that Preparation H is one of the most shoplifted items in the country. Don't you just love the anonymity of ordering online?
So, tell us . . . - Have you tried Preparation H for puffy, baggy circles under you eyes?
Have you tried the Preparation H treatment for the skin below your eyes?
Wart Removal - A Sticky Situation
Especially when you use this rather weird remedy - that works!
Ever have one of those nasty little warts pop up on your hand? How about on the bottom of your foot? If not on you, how about on your kids?
Warts spring from viruses and are very common in children but can affect anyone of any age. Until now, wart removal has been a lengthy and sometimes painful process, and freezing, burning, acid, cutting and paring are often just temporary solutions, if they work at all. In fact, if your doctor is honest, he will tell you that the wart he just froze will likely be back in a couple of weeks, so plan on coming back for more treatments until the virus just finally goes away.
Yuck! What's a person to do? Well, you likely have the solution in your kitchen or workshop already. It's duct (or Duck) tape, that gray roll of sticky stuff (now available in colors - hooray!) that is a staple for anyone who has ever needed to repair, pack, or anchor something so that it stays. I'm not sure who tried it first, but the duct tape wart removal cure is becoming well known and widespread - and that's because it works.
Many doctors now recognize the simplicity and effectiveness of using duct tape for warts, and the Duct Tape Guys, who you will hear more from below, also tout their favorite product as an effective wart remover. The procedure goes something like this: Cut a piece of duct tape just bigger than the wart. Apply tape to wart. Wait six days. (If the tape comes off, replace it.) Remove tape. Use an emery board or pumice stone to gently (and painlessly, kids) rub down the spot. Repeat the process. Often the next time the tape is removed, the wart will come off with it. If not, repeat again. While it's not guaranteed, reports of success are staggering.
The benefits of the duct tape treatment are obvious. First, it's non-painful, an important point for all of us but especially for kids. Second, it's cheap, even free if you have a roll of the tape on hand. Third, it does tend to work better than conventional treatments and without expensive trips to the doctor's office, and without side effects or scarring.
I just wish I would have known about this treatment years ago when I was a child and had pesky warts on my hands and even more recently when my son had warts on his hand (which he has now apparently outgrown).
Oh, and there's one more advantage. It's fun! Use colorful Duck tape cut into star or moon shapes and your kids won't even be embarrassed and hide their hands while they're being treated. Try it! You'll like it! (And let us know in a comment in our guest book if it worked for you.)
Here's a link to the Duct Tape Guys' page about wart removal.
Duct (or is it Duck?) Tape for Wart Removal and Everything Else - If you don't have any on hand (no pun intended), you can find it here.
Gotta Love the Duct Tape Guys, Tim and Jim (or is it Jim and Tim?)
So, tell us . . . - Have you used duct tape for wart removal?
Have you tried duct tape to remove warts?
Does WD-40 Really Help Arthritis?
Who do you think you are, the tin man?
While some have reported that the lubricant WD-40 has helped their arthritis, we don't recommend it. This article points out that the petroleum distillates in WD-40 may dry out or even harm your skin.
WD-40 does, however, have a lot of other uses around the house and this book, in true Hank Hill style, will provide you with uses for WD-40 that you've probably never thought about.
Weird Remedies Really Work!
(Say it five times fast.)
At Last! Relief from Leg Cramps!
The cure is in the soap.
No, you don't wash with the soap. Instead, you unwrap a bar of soap and place it beneath the bottom sheet on your bed, in the area where your legs rest. Then go to sleep as usual. But, this time perhaps you won't wake up during the night with those awful, horrible leg cramps!
Now, this is a subject I know something about. I used to have a big problem with leg cramps, having to get up and hobble around, rubbing my calf, thigh, or even toes trying to get rid of the cramp. My husband first told me about the soap "cure" when he read about it in Dr. Gott's column in the newspaper, then my mother shared the same cure with me. It worked for her and for many of Dr. Gott's readers, so why not for me?
I tried the Ivory and, whadya know, it worked. On rare occasions I'll still get a cramp, but it's far less frequent than before. When I went through a few nights in a row recently of having cramps again, I moved the bar of soap from the bed to the bathtub and opened a fresh bar for the bed and I've been cramp-free since then.
No one seems to know why it works. My personal theory is that my brain subconsconciously knows the soap is there, keeping me from doing a big stretch that might trigger a cramp. That might be right, might be wrong, but I don't really care as long as the soap cure keeps on working for me.
Another treatment for leg cramps, one that used to be prescribed by doctors, is quinine. Since quinine is no longer available, I sometimes drink tonic water, which contains a small amount of quinine. Add a twist of lime to the tonic water and you have a nice, refreshing, cooling drink. Add a splash of tonic and drink a few and you might just sleep through the cramps, but you might wake up with a hangover, too, or a damaged liver, so I don't recommend that. Since you probably won't drink a glass of tonic water every night and the bar of soap will always be there, I vote for the soap.
The Soap Cure (and more) for Leg Cramps - Hey, don't knock it 'til you've tried it.
Here's Joe Graedon of The People's Pharmacy talking about treatments for leg cramps, including our particular favorite natural cure, the ol' bar of soap under the sheets trick. Many people swear it really works!
Bar Soap Under the Sheets for Relief of Leg Cramps - Try it!
So, tell us . . . - Have you tried the bar soap cure for leg cramps?
Have you tried putting a bar of soap under your sheets for leg cramp relief?
Embarrassing Toenail Fungus
Weird treatments for weird-looking nails.
I was going to put a picture here of nails with fungus but, let's face it, nail fungus is pretty ugly. Unfortunately, traditional cures can be pretty ugly, too, when you look at the bill and the potential side effects.
The standard treatment for nail fungus is an oral medication such as Sporanox or Lamisil. Those medications must be taken for several weeks and can have potentially serious side effects. Specifically, they can damage the liver, so monitoring of liver functions by blood test is required when those drugs are prescribed. This is a case where the treatment may be worse than the disease!
This is where nontraditional treatments come in, topical treatments that should be safe for just about anyone. One such treatment, now recommended often even by medical doctors, is Vicks VapoRub applied liberally to the nails. If Vicks can be applied to a child's chest when he has a cold or stuffy nose, chances are it's going to be just fine on an adult's toes or fingers.
Another treatment that I happen to know is effective, or it was for me, is grapefruit seed extract. I woke up one night with a horrible pain in my big toe and a nail that was black with fungus. After suffering through a few sleepless nights and doing some research, I found GSE and started using it. I just diluted the GSE as indicated in the instructions, applied regularly with a cotton ball, and in no time I was back to normal. I did lose the damaged nail, but below it the new, healthy nail grew in quickly and I haven't had a problem since then.
My case may not be typical, but even for thickened, yellowed nails, I would recommend trying GSE, applying it regularly to saturate the nail as much as possible, in order to kill the fungus. If you prefer, try the Vicks treatment. All it costs is a few dollars and some time as, of course, it takes time for a complete new nail to grow.
There are other suggested alternative treatments, including those recommended on the video below (tea tree oil, oregano oil, vinegar, Listerine, and cornmeal). Have you suffered with nail fungus? Have you been treated with oral medication or tried alternatives? Let us know in our guestbook below what worked for you.
Fixing Fungus - Curious cures from the People's Pharmacy guy, Joe Graedon.
Vicks VapoRub is one of several treatments/cures for nail fungus mentioned on this short, informative video.
It's not the same video as the one above on leg cramps - this one is about nail fungus. You just get to see Joe's handsome face again!
Grapefruit Seed Extract for Treating Nail Fungus - Comes with my personal recommendation.
This is the identical product that I used and it worked quickly and worked well for my nail fungus. It is potent, so follow the directions, dilute as indicated when using on the nails or skin and, as with all medicinal products, keep out of the reach of children.
Or, Try the Vicks - Doctor recommended.
Not only does Vicks VapoRub work for nail fungus, try it for jock itch or other fungal rashes on the body. Much cheaper, not to mention safer, than Lamisil or other anti-fungal creams.
So, tell us . . . - Have you had to treat nail fungus?
Have you ever used an alternative treatment for nail fungus?
Books About Home Remedies. This one isn't weird at all.
Have you tried any of these solutions for your strange maladies?
Did they work? Do you use other natural or home remedies that might be considered weird? Leave us a message in our guestbook below and tell us all about it, or just say hello!
Thanks for reading!
© 2008 Susan Deppner