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Home remedies or old wives’ tales?

April 18, 2016

The cranberry juice is no longer a wives’ tale. There’s scientific evidence that it honestly helps with urinary tract infections. I recommended it to my patients and have used it myself. I like to drink cranberry juice even when I don’t have a UTI, but then I make it about half water and half juice. ~ Connie



Many home remedies are passed on through generations in families, but some are said to be merely old wives’ tales.  Here are a few I have heard of:

  • honey:  sore throats
  • salt:  sore throats
  • oatmeal: in a bath relieves dry, itchy skin and rashes
  • coconut oil:  makeup remover, after bath moisturizer
  • olive oil, tea tree oil:  ear wax
  • diluted baby shampoo (1:1): itchy or scaly eyelids
  • vinegar: mixed with baking soda, cleans out slow drains.  Weed killer on lawns, but will kill grass too.  Mixed with water alleviates heartburn.
  • lemon juice: mixed with water cleanses colon
  • ginger: indigestion
  • turmeric: arthritis and other chronic inflammation
  • cranberry juice: bladder or urinary tract infections
  • cucumbers: under eye bags

I make a concoction of lemon juice, crushed garlic, vinegar, cinnamon, and honey when someone in my house has a sore throat.  I believe in this home remedy.  It seems to work for this old…

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