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Questions tagged [natural-remedies]

Use this tag for "natural" solutions to common problems such as healthcare conditions, but also everyday nuisances and problems. See also "folk remedies" or "home remedies".

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Do Ostrich Eggs repel Spiders?

After someone told me that Ostrich eggs repel Spiders I had to google it. I haven't been able to find a scientific explanation but throughout the Internet there are a lot of articles that mention it ...
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Does sweating help to cure the flu

Many people advise you to put some warm clothes on, get under the blankets and sweat a lot to help cure flu/fever. On one hand there is a lot of opinion on the Internet saying that it does not work, ...
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Can a raw-food diet allow someone to “switch” from one side of his brain to the other when he gets tired?

The following article relates this claim by someone who stayed awake for 11 days: How can someone stay awake for 11 days? He also employed a unique raw-food diet. Wright claims that his regimen ...
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Does drinking hot tea (or hot drinks) help when you're sick?

Livestrong (as well as my mom) claims you should drink tea when you are feeling sick. They claim hot teas provide numerous benefits from various sicknesses: A cup of warm herbal tea can help ...
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Does baking soda eliminate a cockroach infestation?

My questions concerns a population, more significant than simply exterminating an individual cockroach. Claim: http://pest.tips.net/T003494_Kill_Roaches_with_Baking_Soda_and_Sugar.html If you're ...
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Is sulfur a “miracle cure”?

There are claims that sulfur and its compounds like organic sulfur and MSM can cure many health issues. Sulfur and Methylsulfonylmethane or MSM for short is being claimed to have these benefits: ...
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Is “Oil Pulling” an effective treatment for arthritis or other chronic diseases?

Oil Pulling is apparently an ancient practice, but is seeing a recent surge in popularity. It is claimed it can cure almost anything, from bad breath to AIDS. The process apparently involves ...
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Does rubbing hands on a steel block reduce the smell of garlic?

I read the question How do you remove garlic smells from your fingers? on Seasoned Advice and it reminded my of a claim I was always skeptical about. The accepted answer states: The smell of garlic ...
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Does açaí provide special benefits against diabetes?

The fruit "açaí" is marketed in the US as having special antioxidant-related nutritional value. A frequently heard claim is that is provides special benefits against diabetes. The price of any ...
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Does Marmite keep away mosquitoes?

I saw this rather weak claim in this BBC news article: Several newspapers, including the Guardian, the Sun and the Daily Telegraph, have claimed the yeasty spread to be the perfect defence against ...
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Does a 'soda bath' help internal inflammations/infections in toes and fingers

To be clear, with soda, I mean washing soda or sodium carbonate. In the Netherlands, when you have an inflammation in/on your finger or toe (see this image), the doctors will advise you to submerge ...
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Can Hydrogen Peroxide administered via ear drops reduce the duration of the common cold?

I was looking for information about common colds and this URL came up on page 1 via Google search: Vitamin D and Other Simple, Inexpensive Tricks to Cure a Cold (on mercola.com) There's a section in ...
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Is Bach's flower remedy 'rescue' effective?

I hear that it actually helps people to fall asleep and feel less stress. My question is specifically for the sleep 'rescue' remedy which has the following ingredients according to their site: ...
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Do cloves in an apple repel fruit flies

Some cloves in apples have recently appeared in our office. Apparently they will repel fruit flies. They look exactly like the result of following these instructions. Is there any evidence to suggest ...
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Do lemon and yogurt remove tan when applied on the skin?

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-07-03/beauty/31330949_1_juice-skin-aloe-vera Mixing together some gram flour, lime juice and some curd on the affected area on a regular basis gives ...
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Does taking honey and apple cider vinegar lower blood pressure in humans?

Livestrong claim: You can now lower your blood pressure by consuming apple cider vinegar. Other herbs, foods and dietary changes can assist in increasing the effectiveness of the vinegar. You can ...
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Is cinnamon an effective method to relieve the symptoms of the flu?

This article mentions that cinnamon is used to treat flu symptoms. Is there scientific evidence it would be an effective method to treat the flu symptoms?
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Are the leaves of bean plants effective for controlling bed bugs?

From the National Geographic article Can We Fake Leaves That Stab Bed Bugs in the Feet? But in the Balkan countries of southeastern Europe, there’s an old folk remedy that might be the insects’ ...
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Do silicea capsules make hair thicker?

I had Silicea capsules suggested by a pharmacist as a food supplement which is supposed to help maintain healthy hair. The product is manufactured by hübner, entitled Original Silicea Capsules, the ...
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Does ingesting baking soda prevent and reduce symptoms of a cold or 'flu?

I saw two of my friends on FB recommending ingesting baking soda to reduce fever.Searching for this, it seems to be common advice all over the internet. Some of these are for applying baking soda ...
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Can this Ayurvedic concoction reduce chances of swine flu?

The Indian Government is openly distributing an Ayurvedic Kadha ( concoction) that claims to reduce the chances of contracting Swine Flu. They're doing this along with the sale of vaccines for Swine ...
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Does eating brewer’s yeast increase hair growth?

I heard this idea many times, here for example. Brewer’s yeast contains many vitamins, minerals and proteins that are indispensable for your hair. The lack of these nutrients, instead, may cause ...
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Can Jarzębiak (rowan fruit nalewka) lead to dangerous blood pressure drops?

I've heard some urban legends / 'drink party tales' about that particular liquor: Jarzębiak is a fruit vodka made from rowan by extracting the fruit through infusion and then mixing the extract with ...
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Does urine, used topically, clear pimples?

Earlier today I heard some radio DJ's discussing some news story that brought up urinating on a jellyfish sting. That led to a discussion about using "the first urine of the morning" to dab on acne in ...
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Is jergon sacha any use against viral infections such as HIV?

I've just been followed on twitter by @Jergon_Sacha who claims that the plant jergon sacha (which appears to be from the genus Dracontium) is Traditionally used for viral infections HIV, AIDS, ...
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Does raspberry jam serve as fever reducer?

In USSR when I grew up, it was a common folk remedy (which seemed to work) to use raspberry jam (usually with tea) as fever reducer. Specifically, it caused you to sweat a lot, not sure if that was ...
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Any science behind folk remedies for mosquito bites?

My child is one of those people who is really attractive to mosquitoes, and she tends to obsess and itch them open — gross. This has prompted much well-meaning folk advice about itches, like this: So,...
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Does carrying or consuming onions help to prevent heatstroke and/or reduce your body temperature?

Will consuming onions help to reduce your body temperature, or prevent heatstroke? Some common variations of this claim include applying onion juice to your skin, or even just carrying an onion in ...
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Does apple cider vinegar repel fleas?

Does drinking apple cider vinegar really repel fleas? What about spraying it on yourself (or your pets)? For example, as far as ingestion goes: http://eartheasy.com/live_natural_flea_control.html: ...
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Is Hyland's 4 Kids Cough and Cold medicine effective?

There appear to be numerous anecdotal claims from parents on Amazon (and my wife's Facebook) of this product being the cough and cold cure their children needed; http://www.amazon.com/Hylands-Relief-...
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Is the US government murdering “natural” doctors?

I keep seeing the claim of several recent suspicious deaths of "natural" doctors being passed around lately. Often the claim is that they died "mysteriously" after visits by "Feds", etc. I've tried ...
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Is Tegarome effective to treat minor skin injuries such as sun burn, insect stings, scratches?

Tegarome is a blend of essential oils designed to treat soothes minor skin injuries such as sun burn, insect stings, scratches. It was created by Dr. Jean Valnet, who is regarded as a founder of ...
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Is Flexarome effective to relieve aching joints and tense muscles?

Flexarome is a blend of essential oils to relieve aching joints and tense muscles. It was created by Dr. Jean Valnet, who is regarded as a founder of modern aromatherapy. Cold, humid weather and ...
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Is bentonite a hair clarifier?

Pretty much every natural hair blogger out there (eg. Naptural85, CurlyNikki) has talked about how Bentonite clays get rid of lint and product buildup. However, I also see other bloggers using the ...
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Will applying beer on my hair make it appear shiny and lustrous?

There are numerous beauty sites that claim that applying beer on my hair will make it shiny and lustrous. Is this true?
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Is “Zuccarin”/“White Mullberry” effective for weight loss?

An ad for a supplement called "Zuccarin" in our local paper included a variety of claims: "The slimming effect of stable blood sugar levels: "A recent italian study of Zuccarin showned the ...
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Is hair charged with static brittle and susceptible to breakage?

It is said that plastic combs produce static electricity therefore we should use wooden combs. http://www.joybynature.com/blogs/beauty-style/41263937-6-surprising-benefits-of-using-neem-wood-comb-for-...
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Does Saw Palmetto extract reverse hair loss?

Saw Palmetto extract is derived from the fruit of a palm tree. It is commonly claimed to be a treatment for pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia). Some say it works by preventing the conversion of ...