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mod*mom giveaway :: 3 whole foods market natural first-aid kits $150

"sunburn + scrapes, bites + bruises remind us that summer’s not all easy. fortunately, there are effective natural products for addressing nature’s small challenges. learn how to create your own summer first aid kit with essential oils, vitamins, herbal ointments + homeopathic remedies."

whole foods wants mod*mom readers to listen to their new podcast.

to enter to win a whole foods market natural first aid kit, listen to their natural first-aid remedies podcast (click here to listen) + leave me a comment telling me your favorite natural remedies before midnight, july 4
please include your email address + your url, if you have one.

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Great information. I can't wait to get my own kit set up.

Peppermint for sunburns? I never would have thought of that.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/18/2008 5:54 PM  

My mom always kept an aloe vera plant in her bedroom. Anytime we had a burn or cut, she would break a piece off and squirt the juice on the wound.

I really liked the piece they did on bug bites. I am allergic to bug repellents and also to the mosquito bites themselves. (When bitten by mosquitoes, our family swells up much worse than most people, to the point that the skin will crack open and ooze.) For this reason, I am very interested in natural repellents to ward off bugs.

Thanks for sharing this.

michelle at northofthe49 dot com

By Blogger michelle, at 6/19/2008 3:36 AM  

I enjoyed the podcast! I am always ready to learn something new especially if it's natural.

When I was growing up and got a bee sting, my parents would put a past of baking soda and water on it and it always felt better soon after!

I am glad to hear the hints about mosquito bite relief and prevention that does not require using products with strong cemicals!

Thanks for the great, informative website!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/19/2008 4:44 AM  

Interesting podcast.

My favorite natural rememdy, believe it or not, is plain old mud. Yep, mud.

You can get almost total relief from a hornet, wasp, or bee sting by slapping some mud directly on the sting. It relieves the pain, swelling and redness.

And, as I learned while tramping through a Scottish field and stepping in the wrong place, mud works on stinging nettles, too.

Blather From Brooklyn

By Blogger annulla, at 6/19/2008 7:25 AM  

I know it's a popular one, but I have to agree that Aloe is wonderful. I once got sooooo incredibly sunburned that I was sick. A friend brought me some big juicy aloe leaves and they were the only thing that eased my pain. I am convinced it is the best solution for sunburn.

By Blogger Fangirl Jen, at 6/19/2008 7:27 AM  

My daughter recently had a bout of lice and we've used peppermint oil shampoo to kill them and a tea tree/olive oil/shampoo mixture to repel them.

Aloe for burns is also a must have.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/19/2008 7:45 AM  

My son and myself are very pale skinned and always get sunburned despite using sunscreen. Peppermint to help will be something new to try.

By Blogger Courtney, at 6/19/2008 7:50 AM  

Heard good advice to help prevent bug bites.I did not know that you could change the taste of your skin by taking B Complex vitamins and by eating onions and garlic-makes you less tasty for the bugs!
Elaine R

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/19/2008 7:59 AM  

Aloe seems to have more healing properties than anything out there.

By Blogger Pat Schraier, at 6/19/2008 8:04 AM  

home made plum jam for burns

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/19/2008 8:07 AM  

apply plain yoghurt for sunburns

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/19/2008 8:08 AM

put a wet red tip of a matchstick on a place where bee stung or a cold wet rock

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/19/2008 8:10 AM  

I shop there everyday

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/19/2008 8:13 AM  

vitamin e for cuts and to prevent scarring. you have to put it on more than once for it to work but I fell off my bike once and put it on my bruised and scraped knee for about a week and it healed better than it would have from first aid cream. it helps heal many things.

By Blogger Deborah Stinson-editor, at 6/19/2008 8:16 AM  

I also use aloe for burns; always have an aloe plant growing in my window. Another good remedy for burns is to use pure vanilla extract - it takes the sting out immediately.

guysrose at aol dot com

By Blogger guysrose, at 6/19/2008 8:18 AM  

baking soda for bug bites! I learned this trick in Girl Scouts as a kid. I still remember the tiny bag of baking soda in my bandaid box first aid kit!
our kits had bandaids, a few gause pads, some first aid tape, the baking soda & a quarter(because back then, that's how much it costs to call for help - before 911!)

By Blogger Renee Nefe, at 6/19/2008 8:18 AM  

Baking soda & vinegar for bug bites

By Blogger wdworkman, at 6/19/2008 8:31 AM  

Chocolate. It's my cure-all for anything that ails

By Blogger Mya Brooks, at 6/19/2008 8:40 AM  

Hi! I use Absorbine Jr. on mosquito bites. . takes the itch right out. . but remember you have to do this BEFORE you scratch the top off. If not, it will sting.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/19/2008 9:02 AM  

I keep a large aloe plant in my house for burns of all kinds!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/19/2008 9:09 AM  

I take a large dosage of a B complex supplement and don't have much trouble with mosquitoes. Also, a hand held yard sprayer filled with a mix of water and garlic does help keep mosquitoes at bay.

I always keep Aloe Vera gel in the house and have a plant also.

Finally, Bragg Raw - Unfiltered Organic Apple Cider Vinegar has multiple uses. 3 tsp a day in a glass of water before meals helps with fat cells as well as digestion issues among other things.

By Blogger Sweep Finds, at 6/19/2008 9:23 AM  

My daughter suffered three months from an ongoing bronchial infection that antibiotics wouldn't touch. We were at at whits end, and were afraid at times we would lose her. Then a friend, who is well-versed in herbs and herbal therapy, noticed that horehound and elderberries were growing on the property where we lived. She recommended a tea of horehound leaves three times a day, and also another tea of elderberry flowers. In 24 hours my daughter made great improvement. In three days she was completely well. I am a strong believer in herbal remedies because my grandmother used them, and healed a nasty infection on my ankle when Western medicine could not help me.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/19/2008 9:53 AM  

My mom is a nurse and she said that a doctor once told her that about 80 percent of headaches can be solved by drinking a large glass of water!

By Blogger renfam5, at 6/19/2008 9:59 AM  

tamanu oil for burns and scars- try it!!

By Blogger weeblet, at 6/19/2008 10:02 AM  

Awesome podcast!

Love the tips!

The natural remedy I've always used is a baking soda and water paste to use on bee stings.

Thank you for the great giveaway!


By Blogger fluggy, at 6/19/2008 11:01 AM  

I keep meaning to get an aloe vera plant...that was one of my mom's favorite tricks. I loved the feel of it on a burn.
Great giveaway! Count me in. bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

By Blogger Bebemiqui, at 6/19/2008 11:03 AM  

I love rescue remedy :)

By Blogger psipsina, at 6/19/2008 11:03 AM  

Never heard of peppermint on sunburns. I have tried the aloe vera on sunburns. My grandma used to put vinegar on sunburns. She also used to blow smoke in my ear if OI had an ear ache. lol. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

By Blogger Unknown, at 6/19/2008 11:31 AM  

I don't know if this works or not, but my great grandfather always wanted to put chewing tobacco on everything like a bee sting. Whether it works or not I don't know.

By Blogger Uniquely Yours, at 6/19/2008 11:36 AM  

Aloe works on almost everything. But when I was a kid, I got in a wasp nest and my dad's chewing tobacco was the only thing that made it better.

By Blogger ezmerelda, at 6/19/2008 11:44 AM  

Baking soda for bug bites

By Blogger kamewh, at 6/19/2008 11:57 AM  

Baking soda for bug bites

By Blogger kamewh, at 6/19/2008 11:57 AM  

For some reason I don't think about natural remedies usually, so the podcast was great - especially taking a large dosage of a B complex supplement to help with mosquitoes

By Blogger phxbne, at 6/19/2008 12:12 PM  

Every first aide kit needs Tea tree oil and withc hazel. Both clean and soothe cuts.

By Blogger Carly, at 6/19/2008 12:40 PM  

i was stung by a wasp this summer and my favorite, baking soda helped me.

By Blogger Unknown, at 6/19/2008 12:59 PM  

aloe is great for burns,sunburns,cuts,etc.

By Blogger agordon10, at 6/19/2008 1:04 PM  

The St Johns Wort and lavender are pretty amazing!

By Blogger Superdumb Supervillain, at 6/19/2008 1:21 PM  

Aloe Vera

By Blogger linav8, at 6/19/2008 1:50 PM  

Thank you for this giveaway. White vinager works great for taking the stinging out of sun burns and bee stings. Pour on a paper towel and hold on infected areas. Works great.

By Blogger peg42, at 6/19/2008 2:13 PM  

aloe for burns

By Blogger mverno, at 6/19/2008 2:40 PM  

You know, my grandmother always had a beautiful healthy aloe plant in her place; and I followed that tradition. I truly believe that aloe is one of nature's greatest healers.

Great podcast btw!

By Blogger Annie1, at 6/19/2008 2:42 PM  

Vinegar -- for just about everything

By Blogger Milton, at 6/19/2008 3:44 PM  

I use tea tree oil for everything from bug bites to acne blemishes. I love it!

Thanks for the giveaway!

By Blogger Dawn, at 6/19/2008 3:53 PM  

Ginger for nausea.

By Blogger LINDALSHOT, at 6/19/2008 4:53 PM  

I use aloe vera for burns.

By Blogger kygirl, at 6/19/2008 5:45 PM  

i own an aloe vera plant

By Blogger chromiumman, at 6/19/2008 6:43 PM  

My Mom would always put apple cider vinegar on our sunburns to take the sting away.

By Blogger Dumaurier, at 6/19/2008 7:07 PM  

We keep Aloe plants for burns.
If you don't have expensive Kerlix wrap in an emergency, Saran wrap (or generic kind) is the perfect covering for a burn after it is cooled completely.
Apply whatever type of cream
or ointment your doctor's office
recommends, then gently apply wrap
and see doc if injury needs to
be checked.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/19/2008 8:45 PM  

aloe vera plant stems... for burns.

By Blogger Stephen Saunders, at 6/19/2008 8:48 PM  

Just as they mentioned, Lavender does a lot of things for your skin. It is one of the few essential oils that can be used "neat" (undiluted) directly onto your skin. The fragrance is awesome. It is my favorite!

By Blogger Unknown, at 6/19/2008 11:13 PM  

My favorite natural remedy is using a salt gargle for sinus problems.

By Blogger mar, at 6/19/2008 11:16 PM  

My favorite natural remedy is applying honey to a bruise to get rid of the discoloration.

By Blogger janetfaye, at 6/19/2008 11:29 PM  

Moisturizing boo boos after cleansing with almond oil to prevent friction and to seal and then covering with a cotton bandage if necessary.

By Blogger Meredith, at 6/20/2008 12:43 AM  

Great podcast! I believe honey can solve just about any problem. When I feel a cold developing, I use make tea (from tea leaves, not the packaged stuff), mix in the juice of half a lemon, and a big dollop of honey. It cures it almost immediately. I also take it for sore throats and it helps so much. Thanks!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/20/2008 4:09 AM  

I always have aloe vera, arnica cream and tea tree oil around for a variety of first aid. We have a homeopathy kit that has also been helpful. I am always learning:-) and would love to have this kit!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/20/2008 4:12 AM  

We always had aloe vera plants around when I was growing up for burns of any kind, but I have never heard of pepermint for sunburn! I will have to try that.

By Blogger Unknown, at 6/20/2008 4:22 AM  

Love the tip about eating garlic and onions to keep away the biting bugs.

By Blogger Aprilshowers, at 6/20/2008 5:53 AM  

We use baking soda paste on itchies, or even white stick deoderant!!

By Blogger Kari, at 6/20/2008 6:04 AM  

aloe plant for burns.

By Blogger vboackle, at 6/20/2008 6:54 AM  

God bless our troops

By Blogger tsslug, at 6/20/2008 7:49 AM  

Aloe Vera plant to heal burns and cuts

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/20/2008 7:51 AM  

aloe for boo boos and honey and salt for sore throats

By Blogger littlelatina, at 6/20/2008 7:53 AM  

Vinegar. For almost anything. Actually a great vacation and you forget everthing else.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/20/2008 8:02 AM  

Lemongrass spray as a bug repellant.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/20/2008 8:02 AM  

I always keep Bach Flower Remedy -Rescue Remedy on hand

By Blogger Unknown, at 6/20/2008 8:53 AM  

Tea tree oil for cuts.

By Blogger cl, at 6/20/2008 10:03 AM  

Aloe Vera is still a great-all round after sun soother.

By Blogger shannons, at 6/20/2008 10:04 AM  

Vinager for toe fungus!

By Blogger denyse, at 6/20/2008 10:15 AM  

aloe is great for lots of things especially burns, love it.

By Blogger Prek Noey, at 6/20/2008 10:24 AM  

Great podcast - I wish I'd known about the arnica two weeks ago! It was nice getting confirmation that eating onion and garlic helps keep the mosquitos away.

By Blogger Deborah, at 6/20/2008 10:44 AM  

Aloe Vera

By Blogger KYbuckbuster, at 6/20/2008 10:47 AM  

Baking soda, because it's good for pretty much everything, and Aloe is another of my fave. Let's say if I was on a deserted island, these are the two things that I would like to have with me.

By Blogger mel, at 6/20/2008 10:51 AM  

My favorite natural remedy is baking soda paste on a bug bite. Please enter me in the contest.
pintolinda (at) hotmail (dot) com

By Blogger pintolinda, at 6/20/2008 10:52 AM  

We have an Aloe Vera plant and we use it for burns!

By Blogger mogrill, at 6/20/2008 11:17 AM  

My husband uses Tea Tree oil for dandruff. I used to use it when I had dreads and it worked perfect!!
I'd love to win the Whole Food kit!! Thanks!

By Blogger PS, at 6/20/2008 11:18 AM  

wet the tip of a match and rub it on a bug bite - it takes the itch away.

By Blogger sillelin, at 6/20/2008 11:20 AM  

We use vitamin E oil to soothe chapped lips/noses when the kids have a cold. Thanks for the contest!

By Blogger Elena, at 6/20/2008 11:27 AM  

great prize good luck to every one

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/20/2008 11:30 AM  

Last summer my husband was sting by a wrasp. I took baking soda and water, made a paste, put this on his sting, it pain was gone just in a few seconds, it really amazed him that this worked. Thank you

By Blogger Judy, at 6/20/2008 12:12 PM  

Put a slice of raw bacon in an old nylon stocking and tie it around your neck for a sore throat. Ok it smells -- but it works.

By Blogger Toystory, at 6/20/2008 12:22 PM  

Wet a mosquito bite slightly then add a small amount of salt. It won't itch anymore!

By Blogger Vicki and Noel, at 6/20/2008 12:23 PM  

I always have aloe vera on hand, plus Neosporin

By Blogger Sunnyvale, at 6/20/2008 12:31 PM  

i want to win

By Blogger maweisberg, at 6/20/2008 2:01 PM  

Aloe is the best for burns!

By Blogger Ginny, at 6/20/2008 2:28 PM  

Amonia for mosquito bites. Don't know how natural that is, but it is a home remedy that works. Put it on the bite, before you scratch it and it will take the itch out of it.

By Blogger trishden, at 6/20/2008 3:09 PM  

we have an aloe vera plant that we have used and I remember my mom putting mud on our skin when we touched stinging nettle! it worked!


By Blogger Unknown, at 6/20/2008 3:22 PM  

Baking soda for cleaning everything from your teeth to the sink. Cannot live without it

By Blogger Colengal, at 6/20/2008 5:31 PM  

Emu oil for scars and any other skin problems is awesome.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/20/2008 5:33 PM  

My favorite home remedy is aloe and tea tree oil for acne

By Blogger Sunny, at 6/20/2008 7:30 PM  

Aloe vera is an amazing plant. I once burned my hand on the coil in an electric oven. I kept it moist with pure aloe vera and within a week the mark was completely gone.

By Blogger retc, at 6/20/2008 7:47 PM  

aloe... I always use it for sunburns

By Blogger msrodeobrat, at 6/20/2008 10:18 PM  

Ginger tea for upset stomachs

By Blogger miriama, at 6/20/2008 11:14 PM  

Aloe vera for burns. Thanks for the chance to win.

By Blogger clc408, at 6/21/2008 4:06 AM  

I always used egg white for burns, but aloe vera works, too.

By Blogger abeaudet, at 6/21/2008 8:09 AM  

Honey exudes with natural antiseptic and anti-microbial properties and I would recommend it as remedy.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/21/2008 9:11 AM  

My favorite natural remedy is ginger root. I grow it and make a tea out of it that settles tummies better than any product you could ever buy over the counter!! I also use peanut butter to get gum out of hair (is that considered a natural remedy:)

By Blogger 3boyzmom, at 6/21/2008 9:32 AM  

I have heard soaking your feet in tea will make them not sweat as much. I haven't tried it though...

By Blogger Julie Marie, at 6/21/2008 11:04 AM  

I like Aloe Vera for burns and Baking Soda for itchy skin, bites & sunburn.

By Blogger tuxedo, at 6/21/2008 11:15 AM  

my neighbor gave me a big aloe vera plant and it does wonders for cuts and scrapes. i love it!

By Blogger judybrittle, at 6/21/2008 11:26 AM  

I grow my own Aloe Vera and use it regularly.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/21/2008 1:29 PM  

Love the natural remedies! My favorite remedy of all time is powdered ginger mixed with warm water until it tastes very strong, but not burny and too strong, give about a teaspoonful to a colicky newborn wait 20 minutes and either repeat or cuddle up with your now comfortable and content baby and get in a little nap. This worked so well it was amazing! Went from heartbeaking inconsolable crying and wiggling to calm and comfy in 10 minutes!!!

By Blogger Pam, at 6/21/2008 3:55 PM  

WOW peppermint. I never heard of that on but Aloe is a must have. I use it as a mosturizer and anything with skin (skinburns,cuts scrapes). It works great

By Blogger malleycc, at 6/21/2008 4:14 PM  

Great, informative Pod Cast. I would have never known that with just a few drops of St Warts Extract or even Lavender oil and also Avocado oil are good for sunburns. When I was real young - My grandmother used Mayo to relieve sunburn. I can remember going to the beach and afterwards she would smear that mayo on the sunburn.

By Blogger Brn2lisn, at 6/21/2008 4:16 PM  

Eating fresh garlic to reduce blood pressure

By Blogger Unknown, at 6/21/2008 4:34 PM  

My son and myself are very pale skinned and always get sunburned despite using sunscreen. Peppermint to help will be something new to try.

By Blogger dhunt, at 6/21/2008 4:55 PM  

We use meleluca oil for all skin problems. It is miraculous!

By Blogger Megan, at 6/22/2008 7:51 AM  

The spice turmeric is an excellent natural antibiotic and can get rid of a staph infection pretty quickly.

By Blogger Greywolf73, at 6/22/2008 8:35 AM  

I loved the podcast, very helpful. I am going to try the peppermint remedy. I have an aloe vera plant, I think to works great on burns.

By Blogger Lemonade, at 6/22/2008 9:47 AM  

I saw someone else say they also use Melaluca . It is absoultey the best. Better than aloe. It works on burns cuts and the toothpaste will REVERSE periodontal disease. Tastes a bit starnge but works wonders !

By Blogger ~JEWEL~, at 6/22/2008 12:14 PM  

When I got stung by wasps my grandfather used chewing tobacco on my sting, It worked! For a bee sting he put a piece of bacon on the stinger and it drew out the stinger, Also we used plain white vinegar for sunburn, and if you could stand the smell it would soothe the burn.

By Blogger Carol Brooks, at 6/22/2008 12:25 PM  

have always been interested in using natural remedies.favorite of course is baking powder paste for bites

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/22/2008 1:55 PM  

I like putting Aloe on sunburns from an Aloe plant.

By Blogger Anna, at 6/22/2008 5:46 PM  

Thanks for the tips. I'm going to try the diluted Lavender essential oil to help promote healing.

By Blogger plshenk, at 6/22/2008 5:55 PM  

I never heard of peppermint for sunburn. I am going to have to give it a try.

By Blogger Judy, at 6/22/2008 6:24 PM  

Tape a penny to a bee sting. No swelling, no sting.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/22/2008 8:52 PM  

Very interesting... I will try lavender oil along with aloe vera for sunburns. I've used aloe vera for a while but have never added lavender oil.

By Blogger blandmj, at 6/22/2008 8:56 PM  

The B vitamin was news to me. I didn't know it was possible to change the way we "taste" to bugs. Thanks!

By Blogger Melanie Sheridan, at 6/22/2008 9:57 PM  

Thank you for the information, I had not thought of most of these remedies. Peppermint oil and lavender oil will be added to my list along with aloe gel. Not sure about using witch hazel; will need to get more info on that. Thanks again!

Alyson LID 01/27/06 (IA China).

By Blogger Alyson and Ford, at 6/23/2008 6:36 AM  

We keep an aloe plant going for minor skin burns even sun burns. Learning about peppermint and its value was great.

By Blogger judis121, at 6/23/2008 10:23 AM  

I'm SO going to try the B complex to keep the mosquito away. We hike with our kids most weekends and I'm usually covered in bites. Hope it works.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/23/2008 2:08 PM  

my favorite natural remedy is aloe for all those sunburns!

By Blogger Roxy, at 6/23/2008 5:08 PM  

The best natural cure-all is jumping into the shower completely naked. This treats: heat exhaustion, fatigue, scrapes, aches, croup, dandruff, eczema, insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, oily skin, dual-skin. Jumping into the shower clothed doesn't quite cover the same benefits but adds washing your clothes to the list.

By Blogger CAPITALISM CENTRAL, at 6/24/2008 3:25 AM  

thank you for your natural remedies pals!

remember to include your email addresses to be entered to win prizes

By Blogger modmom, at 6/24/2008 8:08 AM  

I have a homeopathic kid's kit from whole foods, it always has something to help what ails 'em.

By Blogger jennO, at 6/24/2008 8:20 AM  

the only natural remedy is time.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/24/2008 9:51 AM  

My fave natural remedy is gargling salt water to help your sore throat. It's helped me plenty of times over the years and will continue to act as a quick resolve for me! Thanks for another great offer!
rachelfox1981 at yahoo dot com

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/24/2008 10:38 AM  

We keep a bar of soap at the foot of the bed, under the sheets... it prevents leg cramps. Thanks.

By Blogger txterrib, at 6/24/2008 2:33 PM  

Drink water and breathe deeply. It will pass

By Blogger jlafount, at 6/24/2008 7:22 PM  

tobacco for bee stings

By Blogger Trish, at 6/24/2008 9:35 PM  

Hot peppers are wonderful pain killers.

By Blogger Belinda, at 6/25/2008 4:50 AM  

Vitamin E to prevent scarring, I swear it does help.

By Blogger jodene, at 6/25/2008 7:53 AM  

Baking soda paste for stings.

By Blogger Erica G, at 6/25/2008 2:18 PM  

Wet the tobacco from a cigarette or use chewing tobacco on any kind of bee or wasp sting to relieve pain. Tee tree oil on a pimple...will clear it up fast.

By Blogger April, at 6/25/2008 3:56 PM  

my favorite natural remedy is aloe, thanks!

By Blogger yyeres, at 6/25/2008 4:20 PM  

Have been sunburned many times. Vinegar draws the heat out

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/25/2008 4:56 PM  

I like to use peppermint when I get an upset stomach/nausea. It works great.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/25/2008 6:54 PM  

I use fresh aloe for scrapes and burns.

shinyrobot at

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/25/2008 8:50 PM  

Honey applied to a wound will make it heal much faster. Of course, organic honey is best to use. I tried this myself on a deep scrape that just would not heal over. It was amazing how it started filling in with new tissue in the first day and healed very nicely. I put a small amount of organic honey on the scrape and covered it with a good quality bandaid. I changed the bandaid a couple of times a day, always using more honey.

By Blogger heaventrees, at 6/25/2008 9:52 PM  

we've always used aloe for scrapes and burns


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/26/2008 8:12 AM  

I thought it was interesting that for less bug bites take a B-complex and eat garlic and onions

tiramisu392 (at)

By Blogger bison61, at 6/26/2008 10:44 AM  

i like aloe because you can grow it at home

By Blogger wigget, at 6/26/2008 11:32 AM  

I also use aloe for burns; always have an aloe plant growing in my window. Another good remedy for burns is to use pure vanilla extract - it takes the sting out immediately.

By Blogger Donna, at 6/26/2008 5:59 PM  

Arnica Montana for sore muscles and spasms.

By Blogger eluckstead, at 6/26/2008 8:17 PM  

First sign of a soar throat or runny nose--gargle with warm salt water--my mom made us do this when we were kids--and I still use it!

By Blogger kakihara, at 6/26/2008 11:24 PM  

A woman Mary whom I work out with had a bad bruise under her fingernail after a basketball game. She was in severe pain from the pressure under her nail. I rubbed arnica gel over her nail and finger. Mary is not one to quickly believe in natural remedies. By the time we walked into the gym, she said the pain was gone. Later she told me it was strange when she washed her hands and the arnica gel off her hands after the workout and the pain returned.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/28/2008 4:55 AM  

I really liked the B complex advice regarding bug bites. I know this works! Also aloe vera is great for burns.

By Blogger dawns41, at 6/28/2008 8:15 AM  

While in Bermuda, I suffered a very painful, "surprise" sunburn. I was given an Aloe leaf by a hotel employee. It was miraculous. Nature always seems to "know best".

By Blogger Unknown, at 6/28/2008 9:02 AM  

A few sprigs of mint from my herb garden makes the garbage disposal smell sweet

By Blogger louiseb130, at 6/28/2008 9:35 AM  

Kava Kava to relax.

By Blogger Denise S., at 6/28/2008 11:55 AM  

I love using a pureed cucumber to soothe sunburn, it works instantly! I've also found that a piece of raw onion takes the sting/itch out of bug bites, the enzymes help to break down the compounds that cause itching and pain.

By Blogger Jessilyn82, at 6/28/2008 2:09 PM  

We use homeopathic remedies all the time, but one of my favorite natural remedies is papaya enzymes. For tummy aches, indigestion, etc. Always works.

By Blogger Unknown, at 6/28/2008 2:15 PM  

Aloe for sunburns.

By Blogger Kathy, at 6/28/2008 8:06 PM  

A spoonful of peanut butter to stop the hiccups -- of course it only works for those without peanut allergies :)

By Blogger Tammy, at 6/28/2008 8:52 PM  

I keep a steady supply of vitamin E tablets for itchy skin. I liked the podcast. I'm always looking for new ways to get rid of mosquitoes. I just noticed the other night that they are starting to come out again. :(

By Blogger Molly C., at 6/28/2008 9:39 PM  

A little bit of lavender oil on the temples really helps when I have a tension headache.

By Blogger Unknown, at 6/28/2008 9:59 PM  

I am a big fan of irrigating my nasal passages with a mixture of warm water, kosher salt, and baking soda during cold and allergy season.

By Blogger Ashley, at 6/29/2008 1:09 PM  

aloe for sunburn

By Blogger bemi, at 6/29/2008 4:39 PM  

Great podcast! Need to try the peppermint for sunburns - smells better than vinegar! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

By Blogger Unknown, at 6/30/2008 5:47 AM  

The matchstick on a bee sting was news to me!

By Blogger Beth/Mom2TwoVikings, at 6/30/2008 12:50 PM  

I have a bottle of vitamin e around,too. I really want to purchase an aloe plant.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/30/2008 12:53 PM  

I like to drink cranberry juice when I feel a UTI coming on. I also feed my kids a lot of yogurt when they are first showing the signs of an ear infection. More than once it has cleared it up.

By Blogger Unknown, at 6/30/2008 5:01 PM  

Baking soda mixed with water makes a paste. When applied to bee sting makes stinger come out and pain go away. I hear the paste also work great on boils.

By Blogger jo1brat, at 6/30/2008 9:15 PM  

I like using saline to clear a stuff nose. My favorite idea from the pod cast is lavender essential oil diluted in water for sun burn relief. I would feel safe using that for my young children.
B complex vitamins keep bugs away??? I'm trying that!

By Blogger CanCan, at 7/01/2008 4:30 AM  

I have several aloe plants just for using when unexpected burns occur. WOrks great

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/01/2008 11:14 PM  

Pepermint for sunburns what a great idea.

By Blogger Unknown, at 7/02/2008 8:08 AM  

Ice packs and aloe for burns

By Blogger dvice12, at 7/02/2008 2:14 PM  

I use turmeric on wounds.

By Blogger Hetal, at 7/02/2008 5:05 PM  

the best and most reliable natural remedy I use is drinking cranberry juice for a urinary tract infection

By Blogger Unknown, at 7/02/2008 5:15 PM  

We are outdoors quite a bit. How to keep bugs away is very helpful

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/02/2008 5:45 PM  

I would never have thought to use peppermint for sunburns! We currently use aloe plants but I'll try peppermint next time.

By Blogger Sonya, at 7/02/2008 6:39 PM  

My son has lots of allergies and we have been trying to find some natural remedies.

By Blogger idahodad7, at 7/02/2008 7:36 PM  

I think Castor Oil is a wonderful natural remedy for a lot of ailments and good for preventing a lot of them as well! I use it to wash and moisturize my face, clean my teeth and it also works great as a laxative! :)

By Blogger Heather Curtis, at 7/02/2008 7:54 PM  

I barely get sick, but when I do get a stomach flu/food poisoning, I always keep ginger around. It helps my stomach relax, and I don't have to worry about getting out and going to the store.

By Blogger AmandaK, at 7/02/2008 8:31 PM  

Peppermint on suburns is new to me. I will have to try it, the next time I get a sunburn.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/03/2008 4:53 AM  

Aloe and Tea Tree Oil. Indispensible.

By Blogger ky2here, at 7/03/2008 4:55 AM  

I can think of three immediately that I current use almost daily for various reasons: Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel and Hydrogen Peroxide.

Thanks for your very informative website and also the opportunity to win this nice, helpful and handy prize.

By Blogger LMcLendon, at 7/03/2008 6:02 AM  

I have a aloe vera plant and it is great for soothing burns and scrapes.

By Blogger arvard, at 7/03/2008 6:04 AM  

I make mint tea for upset stomach and I take Homeopathic remedies. I also take garlic tablets daily and bugs don't bite me!

By Blogger candigrlme, at 7/03/2008 6:14 AM  

Putting peppermint oil in bath water for sunburns was great to learn. It would smell good and be a great additive to Aloe. Thanks for the info!


By Blogger April, at 7/03/2008 7:10 AM  

Mix a little baking soda in with your shampoo for dandruff, also boiled tea bags (cooled) for a sunburn.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/03/2008 12:08 PM  

I use peppermint and ginger tea for upset stomaches

By Blogger Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm, at 7/03/2008 1:21 PM  

My aloe vera plant is my friend.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/03/2008 2:20 PM  

mint for upset stomachs and lemon juice for a sore throat and acne!

By Blogger Samantha P, at 7/03/2008 3:20 PM  

I use Aloe Vera for burns and even shaving nicks

By Blogger Karrie, at 7/03/2008 3:39 PM  

Lots of good ideas. I have always found Teat Tree oil will keep off ticks etc, but never thought to use it for cleaning and soothing. I also like the idea of adding beneficial oils to lotion - like peppermint to help a sun burn.

By Blogger Unknown, at 7/03/2008 4:25 PM  

I have a bottle of Tea Tree Oil, which is an awesome natural antiseptic for cuts and scrapes.

By Blogger AineCasey, at 7/03/2008 5:24 PM  

I do not get stung very often as an adult, but as a child my mother put a mixture of baking soda and water on my bee stings. It really helped to ease the pain especially on the sensitive arch of my foot where I always seemed to get them!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/03/2008 5:52 PM  

We keep aloever gel on hand.. I love withchazel too. I didn't know about the peppermint for sunburns. Thanks for the tips.. I enjoyed the odcast.
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By Blogger Mississippi Songbird, at 7/03/2008 6:41 PM  

My aloe plant.

By Blogger Aisling, at 7/03/2008 6:58 PM  

We use feverfew for headaches

By Blogger sachidewey, at 7/03/2008 7:03 PM  

Chewing tobacco juice on bug bites. this is as old as the hills,but it works.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/03/2008 7:05 PM  

Aloe is the best for any kind of burn.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/03/2008 8:00 PM  

I have a huge aloe garden outside my front door. It is soooo good for sunburn.

By Blogger Angela, at 7/03/2008 8:04 PM  

I always use aloe on cuts or burns.

By Blogger Jinxy and Me, at 7/03/2008 8:22 PM  

you can use green tea for everything! like put it on your eyes to reduce puffiness. or create a mask out of oatmeal and grapefruit, that's really great for your skin!

By Blogger Unknown, at 7/03/2008 9:50 PM  

eating garlic and onions to fight of bug bites - who would have guessed

By Blogger JOYVEN, at 7/03/2008 9:58 PM  

Painful burns are quickly relieved with a piece of an aloe vera plant.

By Blogger NesieBird, at 7/03/2008 10:10 PM  

A quick rub of an ice cube on a burn, then aloe or lavender essential oil. Thanks for the contest.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/03/2008 11:45 PM  

...raw garlic for colds, tea tree oil for minor cuts, etc

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By Blogger Brian E., at 7/04/2008 12:47 AM  

Aloe vera gel!

By Blogger KLM39, at 7/04/2008 2:55 AM  

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