Cost-free proven cures to help your family pinch pennies

Cost-free proven cures to help your family pinch pennies

POSTED: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 4:35pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 4:38pm

Money is tight for many American families. That means more people are looking for creative ways to pinch pennies. Take a look at some of these home remedy tips provided by the AARP Bulletin.

• Just one spoonful can help quiet a nighttime cough better than over-the-counter cough syrups or suppressants, according to a Pennsylvania study of more than 100 children found
• Honey coats and soothes an irritated throat to help calm repeated coughing
• Two teaspoons per dose should do the trick, but remember honey has a high sugar content, which may be inappropriate for those with diabetes

Liquid dish soap
• If you come into contact with poison ivy or poison oak, washing the affected area with liquid dish soap within two hours of contact may prevent you from getting an itching red rash
• When volunteer medical students rubbed poison ivy leaves on their forearms and then washed with dish-washing soap for 25 seconds before rinsing, the soap prevented a reaction in almost half the volunteers and reduced the inflammation in the rest by 56 percent

Tart cherry juice
• Drinking tart cherry juice can help prevent gout attacks, relieve muscle soreness after exercise, and possibly help with arthritis pain because of its natural anti-inflammatory properties
• Gout expert Naomi Schlesinger, M.D., says the juice seems to reduce the joint inflammation that gout causes
• Schlesinger led a study that found patients who took a tablespoon of tart cherry juice concentrate twice a day for four months cut the frequency of their gout attacks in half. More than a third remained gout attack-free
• Other studies have shown that drinking tart cherry juice daily helps runners reduce muscle soreness and reduces inflammation in overweight patients.
• Unlike its sweeter cousins, the Bing and black cherry, the tart cherry is bright red and higher in antioxidants

Menthol rub
• Applying mentholated ointments such as strong smelling Vicks VapoRub has been shown to be a safe, cost-effective treatment for toenail fungus, often more effective than over-the-counter products
• A small study this year found that applying Vicks to the affected nails once daily helped 15 of 18 adults either cure or partially clear up their fungus
• Also try first wiping the affected nails with a cotton ball soaked in white vinegar, then applying the VapoRub

• Helps reduce nausea and relieve motion sickness
• Studies have shown that taking one gram of ginger an hour before surgery can reduce nausea and vomiting during the first 24 hours after surgery
• A National Cancer Institute-funded study found that people undergoing chemotherapy who take as little as one-quarter of a teaspoon of ginger daily for three days before chemo cut their nausea by 40 percent
• The study found that a small amount of fresh or powdered ginger worked better than a larger dose


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