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- June 1, 2007

Tummy in trouble? Try a saltine

Home remedies have been known to work

by Natalie O'Neill

Want a cure for what's ailing you - without a trip to the doctor? Look no further than your own kitchen. With a little time and care, these remedies can go beyond chicken soup.

For nausea, try two things: bubbles and salt - or a handful of saltines chased with a glass of ginger ale. Mothers and grandmothers know carbonation settles tumultuous tummies while saltines absorb the stomach acid that makes you queasy.

Springtime allergy sufferers can use local honey to ease their sneezy, stuffy symptoms. Since the bees in your back yard pollinate the very same flowers and trees that cause allergies, this honey carries small amounts of those plant species. If consumed daily, it can help you form immunity to those plant allergies.

And what kind of Californians would we be if we didn't use avocados for something other than our salads and sushi? For some itchy, dry rashes avocados serve as a natural lotion. Some homeopathic doctors say: peel, mash and spread it on your rash.

Other skin problems, like acne, can be improved by rubbing lemon slices and oatmeal on the skin - a trick some teenagers swear by. Dabbing your pimples with toothpaste to dry up the skin's oil is also known to do the trick in a pinch.

For hangovers, try a hot bath to sweat out the toxins; for a sore throat gargle with saltwater; for an upset stomach eat a banana; and for insomnia try lettuce - it contains a sleep-inducing substance called lecticarioum.

Who knew?

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