Milk of Magnesia or Calamine for Poison Ivy

Can milk of magnesia or Calamine Lotion be used to treat poison ivy? Poison ivy is a wicked plant. Just brushing against it can leave a hapless gardener or innocent passer by with itching and rash. The plant produces urushiol, a clear liquid compound found in the sap that binds to the skin on contact. […]



Preventing a cold

The idea that cold weather, and exposure to cold weather, has been around for centuries. Celsus, in the 1st Century AD, wrote: “Winter provokes headache, coughs, and all the affections which attack the throat, and the sides of the chest and lungs.” We all know to wrap up warm before going outside in the cold, […]



Remedies for the common cold

Colds cannot be cured. The common cold is caused by a virus, and usually just needs to run its course. However, there are things one can do to treat the symptoms of a cold, and get through it as unscathed as possible. If you really can’t get, or don’t want, antihistamines (to treat the itching, […]



Salt in Your Sock

Dr Lillian Beard gave this excellent talk on her book “Salt in Your Sock and Other Tried-and-True Home Remedies.” Beard, an associate clinical professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and the medical contributor on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning Washington,” compiled hundreds of family recipes for wellness from her patients and colleagues during a […]