Recently, some friends asked me for home remedies for acid reflux, so it seemed like a great topic to add to the Home Remedies Collection. Whether you call it acid reflux, GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, it doesn’t feel good. Symptoms include upset stomach, regurgitation, and the classic mid-chest burning sensation known as heartburn. Many folks resort to proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as esomeprazole (Nexium®), lansoprazole (Prevacid®), and omeprazole (Prilosec®). The thing is, long term use of PPIs has been linked to problems such as life-threatening diarrhea, respiratory illness and osteoporosis. (See “Do PPIs have long-term side effects?” for more information.) So what can you do to feel better?
Both my mother and my grandmother dealt with arthritis pain. When I was a little girl, my grandmother Catherine held up her gnarled hand with crooked fingers and told me, “This is what happens when you crack your knuckles. Never crack your knuckles.” While most studies seem to have found no correlation between knuckle cracking and arthritis, the image of grandma’s hand has stuck with me, and I know arthritis caused her pain. Mom never said much about it, but I’d see her rubbing her joints, and she always wore copper bracelets for the last several decades of her life. Just recently, I was talking to my neighbor, Betty. She told me that a friend of hers was on arthritis medication that knocked out her immune system so badly that she couldn’t kick a simple cold. Her story inspired me to write this post and assemble a list of home remedies for arthritis to provide her with some natural treatment alternatives.
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.