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This blog page is dedicated to natural cures and remedies. Let’s face it. We have no idea what’s in over the counter medicines or even prescription medicines. And all of these have side effects. If we could go natural, why not try it?  Why not use natural cures where we KNOW what are in them. I will be adding pages to this NC&R home page. So be sure to click on the links and check them out. Come back often to see what’s been added.



The Magic Salt Sock: Natural Relief for Ear Infections

photo-51-e1387174580205-300x168      Salt sock


You will need a clean white sock.  You do not want to use socks with any color in them since there is something in the colored threads/material that is flammable and may melt when you heat the sock.


Measure about 1 – 1.5 cups of Coarse Sea Salt.  It has to be coarse or it will seep out of the sock.


Pour the salt into the sock


Tie a knot in the end.


It’s best if the final product is about the size of your hand.

sockimage3Heat it in a clean skillet, over medium-low heat for about 4-6 minutes. Pick it up, shake it around,  and flip it about every minute, so it will heat evenly. Heat until it is very warm, but not burning to the touch.  (*see below for tips if you plan on using a microwave to heat your sock.)


Cover the ear and the area behind the jaw bone with the sock and relax for a while.

The salt sock can be reused for a long time, though it will discolor after a while.  Replace with a new one when it gets too old, dirty or worn.

If you or your child continues to suffer with chronic ear infections, see a doctor. Also, Chiropractors claim that chiropractic care and proper nutrition can help end chronic ear infections. That is something else to consider.



Psoriasis causes skin cells to accumulate on the skin faster than normal. It causes skin to flake, itch, burn, and sting. Apple cider vinegar has been used since ancient times as a disinfectant and is often used as a natural remedy for psoriasis symptoms.

How to use apple cider vinegar

When using apple cider vinegar, choose organic, raw varieties. These are minimally processed and retain the highest levels of nutrients.

For scalp psoriasis

Apple cider vinegar is promoted as a natural anti-itch agent. NPF agrees that the liquid may help with scalp itch.

If you’d like to try using apple cider vinegar to treat scalp psoriasis, apply to your scalp several times a week. If it causes a burning sensation, try diluting the vinegar on a 1:1 ratio with water. If burning still occurs, do not use.


Some people bathe in diluted apple cider vinegar. To do this, add 1 cup to a warm bath. You can also apply to affected areas using a cotton ball, or dip your nail beds into the solution.


If you want to apply apple cider vinegar to a large area, make a solution from 1 part apple cider vinegar to 3 parts tepid water. Soak a washcloth in the solution and apply for at least one minute.

Other health benefits

Most other apple cider vinegar health benefits are not supported by research. These include:

  • soothing a sore throat
  • healing sunburn
  • curing hiccups
  • reducing acid reflux
  • reducing leg cramps
  • banishing bad breath

Scientific evidence does support some health benefits of ACV, although more research is needed.






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