This winter has been cold, cold, cold here in the upper Midwest! Along with cold temps comes dry air, and with dry air often comes dry skin and chapped lips. I’ve pulled together 9 home remedies for dry skin, along with tips for avoiding dry skin year round. From coconut oil to backyard weeds, we’ll help relieve winter dry skin and eczema and sooth itching and cracking.
Winter weather and the accompanying coughs and sniffles can all too often lead to ear pain and ear infections. Thankfully, most ear infections get better without treatment, i.e., antibiotics are not required. In fact, clinical studies have noted that the most commonly prescribed antibiotic, amoxicillin, is no more effective than a placebo. That said, they can still be pretty uncomfortable. I’ve put together a list of home remedies for earaches to help soothe aching ears.
*Note: Never use eardrops or oils inside the ear if a child has ear tubes or there is a chance of eardrum perforation. Please see your healthcare practitioner if pain is extreme or persists for several days.
It’s summertime and for many of us that means more time outside, which can lead to a little too much sun. If you get burned, try out these home remedies for sunburn to help relieve the pain and speed healing.
Home Remedy for Sunburn #1 – Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one home remedy that comes up time and again, and sunburn treatment is no exception. It’s the top sunburn remedy recommendation at Earth Clinic, and the top recommendation in Home Remedies: What Works. Some people use it straight, some dilute it in lukewarm water. (Straight vinegar may sting a little because of the acetic acid.) Apply gently with a cotton ball or lay a soft washcloth soaked in the solution on the area. Apply on the hour as needed.
It’s that time of year again! Along with fun in the sun, one often ends up dealing with insect bites and stings form mosquitoes, bees, wasps, spiders and all things creepy crawly. Just this past weekend, I accidentally grabbed a yellowjacket while moving plant trays around in my cold frame. I never even saw the critter, as it was hiding under the lip of a plant tray, but within a fraction of a second I had pounding, stabbing pain shooting through my fingertip. I scooted over to the garden to grab some plant medicine, and went inside to lick my wounds and share the “fun” with the folks on the Common Sense Homesteading Facebook page. So many people chimed in with their own home remedies for bug bites and stings that I decided to put together a post to share them all, plus some tips of my own.
Whether from overwork or under use, most of have had to deal with muscle aches and pains at one point or another. These home remedies for sore muscles will give you a variety of options to sooth everything from an aching back to a bruised shin.
What causes muscle soreness, cramps, sprains and strains?
General soreness after exertion (Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)) is typically cause by micro tears in the muscle. Over time as the muscles rebuilds itself stronger to accommodate the activity, soreness should decrease. You can read more about this at “What Causes Pain and Soreness After Exercise“. A muscle cramp, i.e., “a strong, painful contraction or tightening of a muscle that comes on suddenly and lasts from a few seconds to several minutes”, may be linked to a variety of causes, including: