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Natural Remedies, Supplements and Oils

    • 3299 posts
    July 1, 2014 6:40 PM PDT

    A friend of mine sent me a package of essential oils. She uses them for boosting health and in home remedies. I have used some essential oils, herbs and other home remedies myself and like them for preventative measures and catching things early.

    Do you have natural remedies that work?



    If you are interested in how essential oils can work for you then you might want to read, "Nature's Answers", an article on choosing essential oils at The Dollar Stretcher.

    This post was edited by Brandy at June 24, 2015 3:12 PM PDT
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    July 2, 2014 5:39 PM PDT

    I use quite a bit of herbal tea like echinace and nettle.  Chamomile, calendula, elderberry....tons of them.  They are cheap in the bulk section at the food co-op.  The nettle keeps my asthma in check. 

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    July 3, 2014 9:21 AM PDT

    For me the only one that comes to mind we use with regularity is Valerian root. It's a natural muscle relaxer, great for getting a good night's sleep without actual sleeping pills, and to help ease pulled muscles. Smells and tastes horrible even in capsules, which is why we refer to it as "eating dirt."  Dirt is a kind word to use for that smell!


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    July 3, 2014 1:11 PM PDT

    Jess:  That's true.   The nettles make a tea that pretty much tastes like pond water, but compared to the side effects of's not that bad.  I add a bit of buckwheat honey if I have it, plain honey if I don't.  Recently I made honey/lemon syrup (2 parts lemon juice to 1 part honey) for instant lemonade.  I've been adding a tablespoon of that syrup to the more yucky herbal teas.  it's not fabulous, but it cuts the bitter quite a bit.

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    July 10, 2014 6:55 AM PDT

    The Dollar Stretcher put up an article this week on natural rememedies.


    • 2792 posts
    July 11, 2014 1:02 PM PDT

    Okay I will challenge y'all:  Help me find something natural to help my psoriasis!

    Tea Tree oil sets me on fire.  Red oak bark tea bath did nothing but make me smell weird.  I can't bathe n baking soda because well, umm, lady parts.  Being naked in the rain at midnght was no help nor was being naked in the rain at noon.  (Hey when you are desperate...).  DH enjoyed it but that was the only good outcome.

    Lye soap didn't help, Blue Star ointment was no good, Vick's Vapor Rub smelled good but didn't help.  Crisco was ridiculous but my dogs loved me (can you believe a DOCTOR told me to do that?).

    And nothing with onions or onion family.  They tend to make me itch more even when I just eat them.  Which I still do.



    • 3724 posts
    July 12, 2014 5:45 PM PDT

    olive oil?  no dyes etc in the detergent or soap?  my kids get ezema so ivory soap and I just use purex or not too smelly things for laundry.


    • 2792 posts
    July 12, 2014 7:13 PM PDT

    Thanks Martha.  I have been on that blog many times.  My dermatologist says I just flummox him.  Things that work in 99.9% od his cases don't even touch me.  But I keep trying everything except the one drug that requires a liver biopsy every 9 months.  He doesn't think it would do me any good anyway.



    • 1476 posts
    July 19, 2014 12:48 AM PDT

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    • 460 posts
    July 21, 2014 4:30 PM PDT
    I'm started growing medicinal plants a few years ago..I used my Elderberry and made a Tincture that we used all winter long for when we felt a cold or other symptoms of sickness..

    I grow Bee Balm and for the first time made Bee Balm tea (pick the whole flowered head) for my dh and myself..its a very mellow nice smelling tea that I added raw local buckwheat honey to sweeten it..I found it made me very relaxed within minutes of drinking it..within 1/2-hr any gas bubbles I had had diminished and a toilet break was needed after the gas bubbles I would say it definitely can help with that

    I grow Echinachea,all kinds of mint,lavender and St Johns Wart..have not used any of these medicinal wise as some are not mature enough to harvest and the mint I just have t gotten around to learning enough about yet.

    I use Tea Tree oil for many acne,athletes foot,bug bites etc...its a wonderful all purpose oil to have in your medicine cabinet.

    I just today received my order of Oil Of Cloves,Oil of Oregano and 5-lbs if Diatomatious Earth..

    I started using the DE for my dh's high blood pressure to hopefully lower it ....
    • 3299 posts
    July 22, 2014 9:53 AM PDT

    Retired, does your  psoriasis feel heated or has like an enflamed itching?

    Also, do you consume a lot of bread, cakes and pies; foods containing yeast?


    This post was edited by Brandy at July 22, 2014 9:54 AM PDT
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    July 22, 2014 10:22 AM PDT

    Brandy- Sometimes it feels heated but not all of the time.  Usually after I eat onions but only for a little while.  No inflamed itchiing.  And yeast breads and foods don't have affect me at all.  (I don't eat a lot of them though because of weight issues.)


    • 3299 posts
    July 25, 2014 4:55 AM PDT

    Mine get to where it feels enflamed and itches. I use nothing but ice a few times a day on the spot when it appears. This has worked better for me than meds.

    I have also found that yeast, heat and stress are triggers for break outs so I try preventatve measures by trying to control or avoid the things that trigger mine.


    • 1476 posts
    July 27, 2014 4:13 PM PDT

    my son 31 had psoriasis as a child  he was with my aunt she bathed him in something it clear him right up nothing ever since never i didnt get a chance to find before i found out what it was she died she was big in herb and such  some people called her a witch she would help anyone I read her note books but no mention of what she did for son

     all he remember is it really sunk and she bathed him with this big sponge made his sand up and she had a stool she stood on she pour it over him she yelled because he tried to cover him self she said damn boy changed your diaper when you were a baby he said she made me air dry he said I was cold she add wood to the stove she fed him stew then hot biscuits and honey he loved it he said that night she put in bed and he was but naked but plenty warm he loved her almost as much as i did she was differrent but she loved all her family

    This post was edited by Gayla57 at July 27, 2014 4:24 PM PDT
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    August 14, 2014 6:45 AM PDT

    Retired, how are you doing?


    • 265 posts
    October 7, 2014 4:48 PM PDT

    I have a cupboard full of essential oils and tonics and poltices. I got the book " Be Your Own Doctor" by Rachel Weaver and studied it, took notes and never looked back. 

    I want to be able to grow enough of the plants needed for the recipes and teas so I can make my own. Right now I purchase them thru Natures Answers. Millersburg PA.

    Highly reccommened!!! especially this time of year dh and I take the SuperTonic and Echinacea Plus twice a day to ward off colds and flu.

    Their essential oil works wonders for my extreme headaches I'd get. Rub some on the hurting area of my forehead and lay down. Incredible.

    • 265 posts
    October 7, 2014 4:51 PM PDT

    I should mention we cured dh's earaches with...a warm onion core stuck in his ear! LOL it even drew out the offending wax plug. Got the remedy from the book. Funny.

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    October 7, 2014 10:29 PM PDT
    Retired, have you tried any of the "hard lotion" bars? They are made with beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil, or with cocoa butter instead of the Shea butter. They have worked wonders for the severe eczema my grandchildren have. google "hard lotion". I use the brand MadeOn.
    • 2792 posts
    October 8, 2014 12:36 PM PDT

    Z-Yes.  They help "calm" the itching so I use things like that medicated cremes and ointments


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    April 15, 2016 3:04 AM PDT

    Natural remedies is always works. Natural remedies is best to use. I am the best fan of tea tree oil, beacuse it just remove my face marks within a  week.

    • 3299 posts
    April 15, 2016 4:26 AM PDT

    "Natural remedies is always works"

    They don't always work for everyone. Some of the same remedies I can use with fantastic success doesn't do much for my husband.

    This is why some people will say these don't work. They have tried things that aren't what they hoped they would be. Even with medication, people respond well to different things. That is what needs to be remembered, you have to do what works for you.