13 Remedies I’ve Used At the Lake House, 8th

  1. Warts: Lemon Essential Oil . Just a drop two to three times a day, directly on the wart – and it disappeared.
  2. Stomach Flu: Each boy got his turn at this flu, about 3-4 days apart. I didn’t have Mama Milton’s remedy, Oscillococcinum with me, but I did have essential oil of Cinnamon, Oregano and Peppermint . I poured some plain olive oil in a cup, and added one drop of each of the three essential oils listed above. Then, I gently rubbed it on each afflicted tummy, especially where it hurt. In about two hours, the symptoms were gone. These oils will not let you stay sick.
  3. Swimmer’s Ear: Doctors are more cautious about handing antibiotics out for every little ear infection. However, garlic fights bacteria, and your body cannot develop immunity to it. I heated up some olive oil in a pan on the stove, and added fresh cut garlic to the oil. Once cool, but still warm, I used a little plastic spoon to scoop the oil out and into the afflicted ear. Just a little bit – several times a day. The early you catch this one the better. One son only needed the drops once. For another son, it took about 2-3 days to clear up the infection – but it worked like a charm.
  4. Water in the ear: My pediatrician gave me this one – but she cautioned that you can only do this once or twice a year, as it is very drying and can cause eczema in the ear if done too much. Mix one part rubbing alcohol, and one part vinegar. Pour a few drops into the afflicted ear. It will eventually dry up the water – immediately, or within a few hours. Hydrogen Peroxide works too – but they say the “noise” from the bubbles is hard on your eardrum.
  5. Breakouts: I found this in Body + Soul. Throw a handful of parsley in boiling water. Cover, remove from heat and steep for 10 minutes. Strain, and a splash of apple-cider vinegar and 4 drops of tea tree essential oil. Shake well, and apply to face after washing. Store bottle in the refrigerator.
  6. Allergies: In a pinch, a turkey baster makes a GREAT Neti Pot. I didn’t bring my Neti Pot. And this worked like a charm.
  7. Dry cracked heels: This was adapted from Body + Soul. Cut an orange in quarters. (I bought some that had no flavor – so this was perfect.) Sprinkle Epsom salts on the orange quarters, and rub them all over the feet, elbows, and anywhere else you have dry skin. In two days, my feet were smooth again.
  8. Stiff Neck: My neck still hurts, but not as much. On the days when it hurts the most, I apply a damp cloth to the sore area, and then plug in the heating pad. Instant pain relief.
  9. Safe Bug Repellent: I had this mixed for me for me at a health food store. It includes several essential oils, like pennyroyal, mint, lavender, tea tree oil and cypress. Smells nice, and the bugs hate it.
  10. Mosquito Bites: For those times when they forgot to use the spray. Rub a little Vicks Vapor Rub on the bite for “itch relief.”
  11. Cuts and Scrapes: A little Tea Tree Oil (an antiseptic) gets rid of bacteria, and your body cannot develop immunity to it.
  12. Oil-based paint. Fingernail polish worked great for clothes. Eye make-up remover was great for the skin.
  13. Cabin Fever: MotherWort – for the Mom.
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22 comments to “13 Remedies I’ve Used At the Lake House, 8th”
  1. The Lemon Oil sounds easy enough for warts. I liked the easy cracked heels one, will have to keep that in mind.

    Enjoy your vacation!

  2. Great suggestions. I didn’t know that about garlic and ear infections. That has been a big problem in my house. I’ll try it next time!

  3. Ooohh. That’s interesting about the vinegar and the swimmers ear. I haven’t heard that one. I have pretty liquidy ears, so get a lot of vertigo.

    I am a real dork and have to go to the Dr regualarly to get it all flushed out 🙁

    Thanks for visiting 🙂

  4. My book club was talking tonight about how these old herbals remedies and knowledge has gotten lost over the years. Neat to see that it really hasn’t.

    But have you see the price for oranges lately??? I’ll stick to my loofah, I think…

  5. I’m going to email this list to my house. I love homeopathic remedies as opposed to chemical ones. I want to try that bug spray.

    Happy TT. 🙂 Mine is up here

  6. Look at you, you featured blogger you! AWESOME!

    These are great tips! Sometimes I find that the home remedys work better than their pharmeceutical counterparts!

    Two of my faves is a spponful of honey for a dry cough and apricot juice for a dry/scratchy throat! They work!

    Happy TT!

    Jessica The Rock Chick

  7. I wish I would have heard about that safe bug repellent before. I hate being covered in Deet, so on our camping trip I got a lot of bites. I think I ended up with over 30 and that’s crazy. Thankfully they’ve all healed up now.

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