Health, fitness, & beauty are topics that Susan finds very important, especially as a baby boomer who faces challenges in these areas daily.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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
What do you think about Weird Remedies? Do folk remedies or home remedies work for you?
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on August 14, 2016:
Barb, if you don't see relief from the Vicks, do try the GSE. It worked for me, amazingly well. (I hadn't heard of using Vicks at that time.) Sorry your husband needed the laser treatments. That really does sound serious and, of course, sometimes it comes to that. Hope you've caught yours before it gets any worse!
Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA on August 13, 2016:
I think the Vicks is worth a try. It didn't work for my husband, but his nails were terrible and needed laser treatments. Mine aren't quite that bad and I may be able to prevent the fungus from getting worse.
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on February 02, 2016:
Hi Barbie. Since Prep-H shrinks tissue, it might have a slight effect on a double chin. I doubt it would do a particularly good job, but I'd love if you'd try it then report back! And if anyone out there has a non-traditional approach for improving a double chin, something that really does work, I'd love to know about it!
Barbie on February 01, 2016:
If preparation H works for the bags under eye, then would it work for the double chin?
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on June 04, 2015:
Awesome tip about the Prep-H, Barbara, thank you! I need to remember that one. I hope you have good success with the Vick's VapoRub; I think you will. Thanks so much for your very helpful comment and kind words!
BarbaraCasey on June 04, 2015:
This was a timely find, Susan. I'm gonna ditch the Lamisil and use my trusty Vick's VapoRub instead. Also... Preparation H was the ONLY thing that stopped the itching during my first summer in Florida when I had sun poisoning. Never had to use it on my tush, but applied it generously all up and down my arms and legs. Cool article!
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on June 29, 2014:
@getupandgrow: Thanks for your visit, your tip, and your very kind words!
getupandgrow on June 29, 2014:
I love weird remedies-and was brought up at home on many. Your mention of soap such as the "soap and sugar poultice" for painless splinter removal (it *really* works). Thanks for a great lens.
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on June 25, 2014:
@asereht1970: I hope your friend has success with the duct tape. It takes some time, but many people have seen it work. Thanks so much for stopping by!
asereht1970 from Philippines on June 24, 2014:
I actually apply home remedies first before going to the doctor. I'm going to suggest the duct tape for my friend who has warts.
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on June 03, 2014:
@EmmaGraceEllis LM: I love your comment! I've heard before about rubbing Vicks on babies' feet, so now I know more details from someone who's done it. Thank you so much for sharing your great tips, and for your very kind words!
EmmaGraceEllis LM on June 03, 2014:
Great read, super informative! The comedy was great too!
For foot issues all round, I strongly recommend using 1part water and 1 part listerine in a foot soak for 25 mins at least once a month. This leaves your feet super fresh, smooth and removes excess build up of bacteria :-)
When is comes to Vicks, it has so many great uses, one I learnt when one of my children were just a baby is to mix 1part Vicks with 2 parts Vaseline (petroleum jelly) for 0-3 month olds- rub on chest, back AND feet in the winter months, this helps keep all the essentials of bub warmer. If bub is 3months+ 1:1 ratio is fine, after 2 years, regular Vicks is suitable- my kids never get the sniffles :-)
I really enjoyed this lens!
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on March 30, 2014:
@Zeross4: I prefer natural remedies, too. Thanks for the pin!
Renee Dixon from Kentucky on March 30, 2014:
Great ideas, I love home remedies and natural ones especially. Will pin this to my remedies board!
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on March 25, 2014:
@OUTFOXprevention1: Thanks for the visit!
OUTFOXprevention1 on March 25, 2014:
Interesting! thanks for the share.
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on February 23, 2014:
@Arachnea: Some are just a bit intimidating, I agree. Thanks for the visit and your great comment!
Tanya Jones from Texas USA on February 23, 2014:
Some of these give me pause, but who knows? Great lens.
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on February 04, 2014:
@luggnutz13 lm: Good to know! Thanks for sharing your weird remedy!
luggnutz13 lm on February 03, 2014:
I like the duct tape remedy. Castor Oil works equally well (if not better). Got that from my dad years ago and it worked like a charm!
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on January 22, 2014:
@Marinna: Thanks! Hope the weird remedy of your choice works for you!
Marinna on January 21, 2014:
Love the lens! Will try the remedies :)
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on January 02, 2014:
@happynutritionist: One thing about putting soap under the covers - it couldn't hurt! And it just might help. I'd love to know if you have positive results.
happynutritionist on January 01, 2014:
I really enjoyed reading your remedies, these are fun. Especially liked the soap remedy for leg cramps...if taking enough magnesium doesn't work, I'll give this a try:-)
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on December 30, 2013:
@Merrci: Thanks so much! Just a couple of weeks ago I told someone about Vicks for nail fungus. Guess what her doctor recommended when she followed up with him? Yep, I was right on with the Vicks. Weird remedies rock!
Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on December 30, 2013:
This is a great lens! Very fun and good info. Love duct tape, and will definitely recommend Vicks and grapefruit seed extract to someone I know. What an interesting idea for a lens too.
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on December 26, 2013:
@PNWtravels: Thank you. Hope you don't need any of these!
Vicki Green from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA on December 26, 2013:
I haven't tried any of these remedies, but will keep them in mind - great info!
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on November 28, 2013:
@seahorse60: LOL! Thanks for sharing your experience, even if it didn't work out!
seahorse60 on November 28, 2013:
Thanks for some interesting and useful ideas. I had heard of using Preparation H for getting rid of wrinkles but never tried it. I did try some heel repair cream though. I thought if it could fix cracked heels it should easily improve my cracked face. Didn't work, I still have the wrinkles!
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on November 14, 2013:
@Nate On A Plate: Thanks for adding those additional remedies. It's always really good to have a personal recommendation, especially behind a weird remedy!
Nate On A Plate from California, Way Up North and Too Far Inland for Me on November 14, 2013:
That is some funny stuff, and interesting. I did not know about any of those. They are definitely worth a try. I can tell you that clove oil definitely works for a toothache and baking soda and water helps for bad gas. Those are a couple of home remedies I've used with good results.
yurisz on November 09, 2013:
Some interesting ideas here. Duct tape for warts? Oh dear :0)
I've used several products from these guys http://gentlyheal.com/ (headache and insomnia for myself and gout for my husband) and found them to be quite effective.
I always try the natural path first before heading for the Dr.
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on November 04, 2013:
@ramonabeckbritman: Seems that many, many people confirm that weird remedy. Thanks!
Ramona from Arkansas on November 03, 2013:
I like the Vicks Vapor rub remedy for the toe nails. Nice Lens
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on October 15, 2013:
@MarathonRunning: Thanks for the feedback!
Martina from Croatia, Europe on October 15, 2013:
Very useful tips. Thanks!
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on October 06, 2013:
@Judy Filarecki: Great to know! Weird works!
Judy Filarecki from SW Arizona and Northern New York on October 05, 2013:
Not so weird. Vicks really worked for my toes.
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on October 05, 2013:
@VictoriaHolt: Thanks! And you are quite welcome - that's a clever lens!
VictoriaHolt on October 04, 2013:
Very fun lens. Thank you so much for Squidliking my Katy Perry ROAR lens! That was an unexpected pleasure!
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 26, 2013:
@j3st3r: LOL I think I can figure it out. Thanks for stopping by!
Leroy J Dayhoff from Scottsboro, AL on September 26, 2013:
Love this Lens! Here in Alabama, we are firm believers in the phrase, "If you can't duck it........" well, you know the rest.
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on August 29, 2013:
@darkflowers: Great tip about burns! Yes, I can definitely use that information from time to time. Thanks!
Anja Toetenel from The Hague, the Netherlands on August 28, 2013:
Very funny and still helpful Lens, Susan, I wonder if the Duct Tape remedy works for the corn I have under my big toes too... must give it a try :-D
One weird solution for your collection: If you're as clumsy as I am and burn yourself while for example cooking... and you have mild burning wounds.... grab your toothpaste and put it on... works great, better than those expensive cremes etc. they sell at the drugstore. Of course cool with water first before applying... ;-)
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on August 25, 2013:
@sierradawn lm: I hope it works!
sierradawn lm on August 25, 2013:
Amazing ideas! I am going to try the ivory soap tonight!
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on August 17, 2013:
@ghoststorylover: Indeed! Hope the soap trick works for you!
ghoststorylover on August 16, 2013:
I going to open a bar of soap when I'm done writing this, I hate leg cramps they can hurt like hell!
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on August 10, 2013:
@DANCING COWGIRL: If you try any of these, let me know how it works out!
Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on August 10, 2013:
Some interesting stuff. Duck tape will fix most anything. I will have to try these ideas. Thanks.
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 25, 2013:
@lisasuniquevoice: Thanks for the visit, the comment, and the pin!
lisasuniquevoice on July 24, 2013:
I enjoyed reading your lens. I love to try all home remedies when I come across them. You've got some great ideas. I'm pinning this lens to Pinterest on my "Tricks" board so I can refer back to it should I need it in the future.
Thanks so much,
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 15, 2013:
@anonymous: Thanks, Karin. I hope you never need the information, but at least you'll know where to find it if you do!
anonymous on July 15, 2013:
Great information! I haven't tried these, but have heard about many of these home remedies.
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 02, 2013:
@hazeltos: I really think it helps - let me know if it works for your husband!
Susan Hazelton from Summerfield, Florida on July 02, 2013:
I love those weird remedies. I will be trying the soap remedy for leg cramps, at least my husband will. He gets horrible leg cramps.
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on June 13, 2013:
@SteveKaye: LOL Love that - and what a good idea! Get 'em started young! (Thanks for the visit, Steve!)
SteveKaye on June 13, 2013:
I've heard that in some parts of the US, a baby boy is given a roll of Duct Tape when he's born, just to make sure he's off to a proper start into manhood.
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on June 12, 2013:
@WinWriter: If you have that problem, I hope the soap trick works for you!
WinWriter on June 12, 2013:
This is really interesting and I love your humorous writing style. I've never heard of the soap trick before so thank you for a new tip. :)
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on June 09, 2013:
@Redneck Lady Luck: Do let me know if it works for you - hope it does!
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on June 09, 2013:
I think I am going to try that wart removal trick. I've had one on my foot that is driving me buggy and the doctor did not remove it so I guess I will have to.
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on June 09, 2013:
@Craftypicks: Wow I didn't know that Rockinpicks. I'm going to pass that one along.
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on March 04, 2013:
@Craftypicks: Thank you so much for that professional and very excellent advice!
Lori Green from Las Vegas on March 04, 2013:
Leg cramp are easily treated. I have taught hundreds the trick after working in a Labor and Delivery room for many years. When the spasm starts Do NOT point your toe or foot. It's a natural reaction but increases the pain. Instead bring your foot up in the direction of your head. Not your leg but your foot. Stretch the muscles toward you or have someone push on the bottom of your foot up. It breaks the spasm almost immediatly and if the spasm doesn't break it is instant pain relief until the spasm stops.
MissKeenReviewer on February 22, 2013:
Great but simple (weird too) remedies. Love it and will try some.
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on February 22, 2013:
@JeffGilbert: Good to know! Thank her for allowing you to share!
JeffGilbert on February 21, 2013:
My girlfriend tried the Preparation H solution for puffy eyes. She had to buy from Canada cause they weren't selling the formula that actually helped with puffy eyes in the states anymore. It definitely helped some.
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on February 18, 2013:
@Zodiacimmortal: Good point about the hydration and potassium (in the bananas and tonic water). Those things certainly do help, too!
Kim from Yonkers, NY on February 17, 2013:
I don't know about the soap bit for leg cramps but from my experience, I've always gotten really bad charlie horses in my claf at night since I was little. I was told Tonic water,
bananas, & keep hydrated. Lots of water as not only are charlie horses from when the muscle goes from being relaxed to contracts but it can also be from you muscles not being hydrated or properly stretched out
M Sankey on December 12, 2012:
I totally LOVE off the wall and old fashioned remedies. Excellent hub.
EMangl on November 09, 2012:
good thing i need none of them
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on November 06, 2012:
@kburns421 lm: Thank you so much for those very kind words!
kburns421 lm on November 06, 2012:
First off, I love how you write. I appreciated the little jokes here and there :-P I'm one of those people who does turn to natural home remedies before putting chemical in my body or having painful procedures, so thumbs up to this lens!
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on November 01, 2012:
@TreasuresBrenda: I'm relieved to report that I have no first-hand knowledge of that, Brenda! :)
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on November 01, 2012:
Interesting weird remedies, Susan. I'm sure that lobotomy works wonders...
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on October 31, 2012:
@GregoryMoore: I'm right with you on that!
Gregory Moore from Louisville, KY on October 30, 2012:
Interesting ideas. I'm all for an alternative option if I can avoid taking a prescription.
Kristen from Wisconsin on October 30, 2012:
I usually avoid the doctor, so these remedies will definitely be helpful!
SilmarwenLinwelin on October 02, 2012:
Interesting lens, well done!
katlovestrouble on May 04, 2012:
I haven't tried any of the weird (but interesting) things talked about here but I do swear by getting rid of a stye by rubbing a gold ring directly on it. It really works!
enjoyecigs on April 22, 2012:
Senditondown from US on April 22, 2012:
Very interesting. Remember hearing about the duct tape and warts. WD-40 for arthritis? If it works will they have to rename it WD-41? Weird and unique at the same time. Nice job.
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on April 20, 2012:
@chezchazz: Thanks for those additional remedies, Chazz! Since my dog likes to each the soap that I put under the sheets, I've been getting leg cramps again and, indeed, our cold tile floor really does get rid of them quickly!
Chazz from New York on April 18, 2012:
Very interesting. A few others I know work - at least some of the time: dip a cotton ball in household ammonia and apply to ease pain and swelling from bee stings. A hot (as warm as you can take it without getting burned) teabag applied to styes feels good and does get rid of them. An ice pack, cold soda can, or bag of frozen veggies applied to the back of the neck behind the ears can prevent or minimize a migraine headache. Another cure for leg cramps (in case you forget the bar of soap) is to stand in your bare feet on a cold floor. Also heard that sucking a peppermint lifesaver or a candy cane can prevent car sickness. Haven't had to try that one yet. Bookmarked this to check back if a problem arises.
Flop69 on April 01, 2012:
I guess using "weird" home remedies is not a bad idea, but probably easier and more effective are homeopathic remedies. One of the best things here surely is that both have no side effects.
miaponzo on November 25, 2011:
Wow! These are great remedies.. interesting, too! Blessed!
Marco696 on November 14, 2011:
If you have garlic at home, you can make an easy Hemroids home remedy. Simply poke the garlic with a knife to release the smell and essence of the garlic and then rub it on the area where your hemorrhoids are. It will hurt for a second but it will really help decrease their size. This may sound weird but it really works!
Valdacious on October 29, 2011:
orange3 lm on September 12, 2011:
I love weird remedies! They are fun to try and even funnier to talk about.
LisaDH on August 02, 2011:
I haven't tried any of these weird remedies, but I enjoyed reading about them!
CCGAL on July 29, 2011:
I recently read about baby shampoo and scalpicin for rosacea, and I have to admit it does take away most of the redness. Scalpicin is hydrocortisone in a liquid, not a cream ... so it makes sense that it works. What I found ironic was that it was less than 10 dollars for a bottle of each, while the cream the dermatologist prescribed is $180 for one tube and doesn't reduce the redness nearly as much.
I had never heard about the wd-40 for arthritis, but my husband's youngest son just sprayed both of his knees and now swears by it. I still think it's not healthy, but he won't listen to me.
Very interesting lens, by the way!
anonymous on June 30, 2011:
Vick's also works for hemorrhoids. Instant relief apparently.
howtocurecancer on May 01, 2011:
Blessed by a SquidAngel.
aquart on February 07, 2011:
For leg cramp, charlie horse, my family uses an icepack in the small of the back. Plus tonic water if we have any.
Webazony LM on December 14, 2010:
I think natural remedies work the best, no matter how weird looks to us. Nature has it ways, and we should consider ourselves lucky that others discovered these great ways to fix our problems.
I have a similar lens, but the main focus is on warts and moles, go check it out.
Great lens! Liked and favorited, too.
anonymous on November 12, 2010:
I think if it works, who cares what is was made for. If I have a problem and someone can give me a remedy to fix it, I will try it. Great lens.
WhitePineLane on February 18, 2010:
Great idea for a lens! I haven't tried any of these yet, but our pediatrician actually told us about the duct tape for warts cure! I might try the soap under the sheet for my son, too. You never know 'til you try!
Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on February 02, 2010:
@Joan4: I had no idea! Thanks for that new tip!