Broken blisters can be painful. A dab of Listerine is a powerful antiseptic.

What can you do about a bruise? Let Vinegar come to the rescue! A cotton ball soaked in vinegar makes a good compress and will reduce the blue and help heal the bruise more quickly.

You can treat arthritis pain with Quaker Oats. Mix 2 cups oats with one cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave. You should enjoy the soothing relief. The add to your bath water? Maybe not if they're sticky. Apply to your face and allow to cool and dry for a mask.

Did you know you can use peroxide to clean your shower to disinfect when you can't use bleach? Bleach has such a strong odor.

Baking Soda makes a fine scrub for your kitchen sink, counter tops, bathroom sinks and tubs. It's more gentle that most scrubs on sale. You can also add some to your toothpaste to clean your teeth.

If your pet has fleas, Dawn dish washing detergent makes a great doggie shampoo. Pine cleaners work well, too. Use only a few drops of either.

Got a headache? Sip two glasses of Gatorade.

There are several well known salves and treatments for burns. Cool water is one. Many of us keep an aloe plant for that purpose. Grab the Colgate toothpaste and use as a salve. Who knew?.

Toothpaste for zits and burns? Cool. Really cool!

Remember to use the toothpaste on the zits only and not on your entire face!

For a sore throat mix 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of honey. Take a teaspoon six times a day.
I find a tablespoon of salt in warm water works well for gargling.

For dry sinuses you can purchase a saline spray or you can sir 1/4 teaspoon into a cup of warm water and sniff it three times a day to moisten sinuses. Breath it into your nostrils.

For arthritis pain, soak raisins in gin! Honest. Pour the raisins into a container, not metal, that can be covered. pour gin over the raisins to barely cover them. Allow to soak for a week to 10 days or until the raisins soak up the gin. You can eat 9 a day as part of your breakfast or a snack. You might want to cover the container to keep bugs and trash out.

On that note, I'll stop for now. Check below for part one in this series. Want more?

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  1. Helen Scott Taylor // May 13, 2008 at 12:03 PM  

    Mary, the warm oats for arthritis reminds me of years ago when I used to keep horses, we used to make warm bran poltices for sprains and bandage them on the horses legs.

    Something I use a lot is the bach flower rescue remedy. I dose my daughter before she flies as she's nervous and I used it before my first radio interview. Not sure if it really works or if the effect is just placebo.

  2. Beth Trissel // May 13, 2008 at 2:10 PM  

    Wee! I love this kind of stuff. Great post, Mary!

  3. Mary Marvella // May 13, 2008 at 2:25 PM  

    Thanks, ladies. I figured we needed something for today, too. Let's see if anyone else likes this stuff.

  4. Nightingale // May 13, 2008 at 11:39 PM  

    Gads Mary, where do you get these? Are you Martha Stewart in disguise? I'm sure if Mother Mary says they work --- THEY DO. Mother Mary is a pet name no reference to age differences!

  5. Donnell // May 14, 2008 at 12:25 AM  

    Gee, Mary, not only am I wiser in the *fix it* department, now I'm hungry! Seriously these are great tips. Thank you!

  6. Mary Marvella // May 14, 2008 at 2:00 AM  

    More tomorrow. thanks Donnell and Linda!