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Home remedies that may be worth a try

March 22, 2017
  • By Beverly Merz, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch


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March 29, 2017

Vicks works for my fingernail problem. But you have to keep at it forever. If you stop using the Vicks, the nail becomes disfigured again.

March 28, 2017

Hello all! By chance see this information. I m a newly diabetic. My fasting sugar is not under control. Doing excercise but try to eat less. Back of my head buzzes when lying down. Pl suggest.
And I m taking metformin.

March 28, 2017

I make my own bread using soy powered milk, whole wheat and all-purpose flour, raisins, prunes, one slice of cheddar cheese, one table spoon oil. Also grenoala and other grains. Is that too much starch. Should I avoid bread completely.

R. P. Arora
March 28, 2017

Use cinnamon, turmeric and ginger. Boil these in 300 ml water on slow flame till it reduces to 150 ml and drink it in morning empty stomach. See the results after 15 days.

Rashid Salim
March 29, 2017

The quantity of water is clearly defined, could you please specify the quantity of cinnamon, turmeric and ginger too.
Thank you

Joan C
March 27, 2017

A few years ago, I started eating turmeric spice with food and discovered that my toenail fungus completely disappeared and never returned.

March 27, 2017

I have a chronic fingernail fungus. Does Vicks work to cure that?

Priyal Perera
March 27, 2017

Toenail Fungus.

I have used a nail file to gently grind down the affected area of the nail and applied olive oil. (actually I intended to use coconut oil because of its anti fungal properties, but didn’t have it at home).
I applied olive oil every morning and within a month it was gone. You could see changes within a week. At least for me it has worked!

A McCall
March 27, 2017

Vicks also helps with nighttime coughing from congestion. Rub it on the bottom of your feet, put on a pair of socks and go to sleep.

Pat niego
March 27, 2017

Can you put the Vicks for toenail fungus
over nail polish?

April 6, 2017

No all nail polish needs to be removed. You can also use Tea Tree Oil morning and night application.

March 27, 2017

correction to typo: go to Peoples Pharmacy ( and check out their books and newsletters — home remedies — you will find many answers to related problems — much less costs than Harvard and more information.

Connie Wallace
March 27, 2017

Does Vicks actually work on deep toenail fungus under the entire nail? How long would it take for it to work??

March 27, 2017

Has anyone tried fresh ginger and turmeric tea to help with arthritis or joint soreness from inflammation? It helps me with joint soreness, though I have no idea how or why. The taste is not necessarily great, but I rather like it.

Michael Senio
March 27, 2017

Another great Home treatment….for sore throat, gargle with warm water and salt….1 teaspoon of iodized salt per 8 ounces of warm water. Tip your head back, fill your mouth with the warm water/salt solution and gargle . Your throat will feel better immediately. This treatment only treats the pain of a sore throat,….it probably does not heal anything, and is not a substitute for medication, but you feel better about the sore throat.

john koroloff
March 27, 2017

What about the PubMed article(s) on the synergistic effect of Berberine and d-limonene, both natural products, on several lines of cancer, GERD and AMPK up-regulation. Also recent research demonstrating that besides of how much (calories) and what (proteins, carbos, fats) the results of intermittent fasting, exercise and a whole plant based diet on the beneficial AMPK (catabolic) up-regulation and reciprocal mTOR (anabolic) where down-regulation increases autophagy, fat oxidation, insulin sensivity, etc.

Denice loritsch
March 27, 2017

I used Vicks Vaporub on my head for sinus headache and the pain was gone.

Jane Murphy
March 27, 2017

Vicks is also good for taking the itch out of chigger bites. Maybe it works on mosquito bites as well, I’ve never tried it for them.

March 27, 2017

Good to know. I had those bites once, and the itch was TERRIBLE and lasted a couple of weeks off and on.

Carol M Henderson
March 27, 2017

I have been using Vick’s Vaporub for years for nail fungus, and it has always worked. I learned about it from the NPR radio program People’s Pharmacy.

sergio m
March 27, 2017

Did the vicks really work for toenail fungus? How did u use it?

john manners
March 27, 2017

I had diabetes for 10 years using 40 units of insulin every day !
I ordered the booklet “Smart Blood Sugar”by Dr Marlene Merritt, and stopped eating all “starch” foods. Today no longer on insulin also stopped my BP medication … takes a lot of will power but the results are great … at 87 I bought myself a new lease on life…
Why did I not get this information before ? Why does Harvard Health and the other heal letters not pass on this information ?

Diabetes is starch and sugar in everyday foods … not milk and cheese and bacon which I was deprived off for 10 years because of misinformations from the medical authorities !

sergio m
March 27, 2017


Saw ur post about diabetes. Did u really reverse ur diabetes and get off of insulin by changing ur diet with the suggestions from the book? I am actually pre-diabetic with my glucose hovering just over 100 but less than 110 for the past year. I can’t seem to get over the hump but I have not completely cut out carbs and sugar. I definitely eat healthier but I cheat a lot whenever someone brings yummy dishes. Any advice for me?

William Connor
March 27, 2017

Check the Univ. of New Castle, Great Britain on Diabetes. The U.S. is starting to acknowledge this treatment to reverse type II. The Pharma companies are not too happy about it

Tania Hodder
March 24, 2017

I enjoyed your post, Beverley. I always look to natural remedies before otc or prescription medicine for non-serious health issues and who doesn’t love chicken soup? 🙂 I can confirm, too, that the Vicks VapoRub home remedy does work. I’ve also successfully used pure eucalyptus essential oil, which I believe is one of the ingredients.

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