I don’t pretend to be a real doctor (although I have been known to diagnose myself regularly despite my real doctor’s requests) but I’m pretty sure I’m on to something here. What if you could stop spending a small fortune on various products to help you look and feel good? Many claim that the following products, most of which are probably sitting in your kitchen right now, can take the place of the various medicines, lotions, scrubs and ointments currently taking up space in your home.
Again, I don’t have an actual medical degree, but if I can save some money and cure myself naturally, I’m certainly going to try. What do you have to lose? This is what I’ve learned.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apparently, a couple teaspoons a day can prevent you from using products like Benedryl, Sudafed, Stridex, Tums, Ricola and more. Drink it down with a glass of water and they claim you can positively affect allergies (including pet, food and environmental), sinus infections, acne, high cholesterol, flu, chronic fatigue, candida, acid reflux, sore throats, contact dermatitis, arthritis, and gout.
Other reported benefits include weight loss, a glowing complexion, controlled high blood pressure and improved digestion. Others even say it rids you of bad breath, body odor and cellulite. I found a bottle at the Trader Joe’s on Masonic and I’m drinking my first glass right now.
In addition to killing odors in your fridge, baking soda can take the stains off your coffee mug and your teeth. You can mix a tablespoon with water and drink it down to ease your tummy ache and cure your heartburn. Say goodbye to your Crest, Pantene, Mitchum, and Clearasil by substituting baking soda for your toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, acne cream and face scrub.
This sly little veggie will not only reduce the bags beneath your eyes but also defog a steamed up mirror. Throw out the WD-40, ibuprofen and Listerine too since this miracle produce is said to eliminate squeaky hinges, hangovers, bad breath and slugs in your garden. You can use it to polish your shoes and reduce the visibility of cellulite. I suggest you get to the market immediately (the Lucky on Fulton is selling them for 69¢ apiece) before they’re all sold out.
My personal favorite. People claim this product cures cancerous tumors, fibroid tumors, anxiety, constipation, hemorrhoids, edema, heart palpitations, anemia, arthritic pain, joint pain, and acne, just to name a few. But one item in particular caught my eye. It has been reported that molasses turns gray hair back to its original color. Eureka!! They say copper deficiency can lead to premature gray hair and two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses a day will supply you with 14.0% of the daily recommended value for copper. I’m buying a bottle at my local Whole Foods today and then promptly breaking up with my colorist.
I hope this information will cure what ails you and also save you some money. For more helpful tidbits, subscribe today to the SF Frugal Family Examiner.