Feeling a villainous migraine coming? Get yourself a wicked sunburn? How about that little problem with shedding all of your beautiful hair during the hot, hot summer? Forget that trip to CVS, we have 10 country remedies for what ails you.
10. How to Thwart a Wart
Two words, partner: Duct. Tape. Not only is duct tape good for boxes and bumpers, it’s a great treatment for that pesky wart. Just tape some down and leave it on for 6 days…Then you should be in the clear. If not, let it breath for a few days and repeat. Turns out that duct tape is even better than freezing the thing off.
9. Spice Up Your Life
Studies have shown that cinnamon is basically the Clint Eastwood of spices. Most bacteria (99%, folks!) up and die when you add a little cinnamon to your diet. Yep, this means every morning when you eat your Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tart, you can squint your eyes and tell bacteria, “Go ahead, make my day!”
8. Minty Fresh
Fans of the herbal remedy can’t stop raving about peppermint. Not only does it relieve gas and intestinal cramps, but you can also find peppermint in various creams that help to soothe burns and rashes. So, when you leave Texas Roadhouse after consuming that 2-pound sirloin, do yourself a favor and take a few mints for the road.
7. Ginger vs. Ail
Got a little rumble in your tummy? The reason a ginger ale soda is the best treat for your stomach ache isn’t the carbonation. Ginger is one of the best herbal remedies for nausea, indigestion, motion sickness and the worst of them all – diarrhea. Basically, ginger is mother nature’s Pepto-Bismol.
6. Just a Spoonful of Sugar
H-hgh-Helps the hiccups. Grandma always said that sugar would do the trick. It turns out that sugar stimulates a special set of nerves that make you forget you’re supposed to be hiccuping. Go ahead and try! Either that or stand on your head and count to 55.
5. Give Your Charley Horse a Bath
The first time my wife stayed at my dear Aunt Liz’s house, she tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Honey, something’s in the bed.” She then pulled out a bar of Dove soap. I had to explain to her, just like I’m doing now, that my aunts are avid believers of the old “soap bar vs. leg cramp” remedy. These fine Texan women swear that one soap bar in bed will take away all of those nighttime leg cramps and run off restless leg syndrome. Next time you visit your aunt, leave a bar behind in the guest bedroom.
4. Stop and Smell the Rosemary
Stop sniffing your cousin in from California. I’m talking about the plant rosemary! Rosemary is the Jack-of-all-trades of herbs. You can use rosemary to enhance memory, fight migraines, boost your immune system and strengthen your liver after that night out with the gang. Oh, and rosemary oil is also excellent for your hair. No wonder they say it also gets you in a good mood.
There’s a reason about half of the fragrance products in the world have lavender. It’s super relaxing! Studies have shown that lavender reduces anxiety and basically acts like nature’s Xanax. Also, this one goes high on the list for its ability to help hair growth. Time to go rub that candle on my gently receding hairline.
2. Mind Your Own Bee Sting!
Once, when I was a wee boy, I got a gnarly bee sting right on the palm of my hand. Well, here comes Papa with chewing tobacco in his hand. I’m thinking, “Finally, he’s going to let me try that stuff so I can stop thinking about this damn bee sting.” No luck. He packed that tobacco tight on the sting, and it felt better in no time. The high alkaline content of the tobacco neutralizes the acidity of the bee’s venom to reduce pain and swelling.
1. Oh, Where Oh Where-A Is My Aloe Vera?
Also when I was a kid down in South Texas, we used to grow aloe vera for the sole purpose of treating sunburn. Kids get carried away on the beach and it’s not always easy to remember SPF 30 when you’re surfing the waves. Aloe is the sweetest, most soothing balm in Texas. Drive down to Mexico and you can see rows and rows of aloe farms the whole way down. Then you can hang out on South Padre all day and wish you would have stopped to pick some in the morning! Ask anyone who has spent a little too much time in the Texas sun, and they’ll swear that aloe is the number one in Texas remedies.