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Here's a helpful hint if you have children with allergies
who suffer from anaphylaxis. You will already know that
life-saving Epipen or Epipen Junior is very expensive. They
are absolutely essential but not subsidised by Pharmac, and
through your GP or local pharmacy they cost close to $200.
The Epipen expires after a year, whether it has been used or
not, and has to be replaced. If it is used during an
anaphylactic attack, you must dispose of it and purchase
another. I have just discovered that you can purchase one
for $144.90 from www.allergypharmacy.co.nz
including courier delivery. I ordered online and it arrived
two days later in perfect condition i.e. protective wrapping
and temperature controlled. Parents of allergy sufferers,
especially those with anaphylaxis, are under a lot of
stress, so even a small saving on essential products cheers
you up. The site also sells a range of other products for
allergy sufferers. Check it out! - D.W.
For minor burns and scalds use fresh aloe vera. No need to
buy ointment, just have a couple of these plants growing in
the garden or in pots. After cooling skin with cold water,
cut off a fleshy leaf and dab on the sticky juice. Apply
repeatedly, slicing the leaf back and using fresh juice each
time. - Thirties
Depression Baby, Auckland.
For fitness, use the internet and do bodyrock. You can find it
on youtube. Bodyrocktv is popular and free! - LM, Kapiti
a push mower instead of a petrol driven mower. They are
cheaper to buy, cheaper to run, create no pollution, and
will keep you fit.
Avoid an expensive gym
membership and get variety in your workout by having a buddy
system. If you have a friend who has different exercise
equipment/dvds etc to you then organise a swap, or better
yet take turns visiting each others house (change of venue
can increase motivation). This means you can get variety in
your work out, catch up with your friend for free and if you
have children you can take turns watching each others
children and save on creche fees. Having a buddy also makes
you more accountable. - Sam, Auckland.
mask (cleansing) - homemade
see the ads on TV for expensive treatments for cracked
heels. Just as effective (if not more!) is to apply a
coating of petroleum jelly (generic of course!) to the
cracked/rough area. Cover with a piece of cling film, then a
cotton sock (to keep it in place). Pumice away the dead skin
in the shower/bath the next day. You should only need to
treat them once or twice, and just maintain by pumicing once
or twice a week. (Pumice can be picked up for free on our
beaches.) You'll also find that this prolongs the life of
your socks/tights/sheets etc." - Karen, Palmerston
feet (which usually happen at night in bed and can keep you
awake) - put each foot on a cake of soap. - Jude
A very bad sore throat
can sometimes be stopped in its tracks by chewing garlic and
gargling the mash with water. It 'burns' the tongue a bit,
but works. Garlic [the smelly bit] is equivalent to a
particular big name antibiotic for some diseases. - Giblet,
and cinnamon, either as a hot drink or, spread thickly on
bread and butter, will stop the worst cough in its tracks. -
from Te Awamutu has lots of health tips:
put a cold teabag on the eye and lie back for a while,
(don't re-use, instead dry for fire lighters). This remedy
cured my young son in three days, his cousin was treated
with prescription medicine and took three weeks, cousins
mother is a doctor and poo pooed the teabags. Works on
pets too, you just have to hold it on them.
foot? You might think this is gross but urine can cure it
in no time, the shower is a good start for the squeamish,
store in a bottle and add a few drops if walking around
outside for the more adventurous.
put 1 teaspoon of Sodium bicarb (baking soda) in a glass
of water stir till clear and down the hatch, tastes yuk
but works better than most other remedies and it's cheap!
out or you have kids that won't go for this idea try
ginger beer, Bunderburg works not too bad.
bicarb is a very handy substance for cleaning and
deodorising. Get together with friends and buy a 20kg sack
from a farm supplies store like RD1, Farmlands or PGG
Wrightsons, last one I bought cost me $18 can't beat that,
makes you want to use it for everything you can, saving
For a case of `the trots` grate an apple, leave to go brown,
eat, it looks a bit off-putting. Do this several times,
after each `trot` Never
fails. Cheers keep up the good work. -
Buy the cheapest hair conditioner that you can find.
Smother it on dry hair - completely saturate the
hair. Then comb
through with nit comb, depositing contents on to tissues.
Keep combing until no nits or eggs are coming off.
A few days later check - by hand for any remaining
nits and remove with fingers.
Works every time and is very common practice in
Australia. - Julia,
hair conditioner I dilute 25mls cider vinegar with 250 mls
warm water then rinse off with warm water leaves hair softer.
- BMD, Christchurch.
Add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil to a bit of shampoo in the
palm of your hand at bath time and wash hair as normal and
rinse out. Repeat
2-3 times weekly, & comb hair with a nit comb to remove
dead lice. Watch
it doesn't get into the eyes as it can sting, and smells
quite strongly. - Mum of Two, Auckland
Dyeing to save money. When using colour on your hair get a
small clean plastic container and divide the liquid in half
then just use half the stuff in the tube to mix with it. As
long as they are kept separate they will last till you need
the next treatment instead of using the whole lot. If you
have very short hair and are very good at measuring you
could could probably get 3 treatments out of one pack. -
Canny Scot, Christchurch.
A reader has a question:, "Question please, a cheap way for dealing
with head lice in my two granddaughters long hair. I've just bought yet
another expensive product to try and break this cycle. Even after 10 days at
the beach swimming in salt water, still the nits are there. This is war."
- C.S, Auckland
replies: With regards to nits, I found the
best way to control them was to buy the daughter a hair
the little suckers instantly. wash and condition as
normal then do one
hundred strokes with a nit comb to get dead lice out.
for younger children ensure you supervise or do it for
them. $80 for a good straightner that lasts almost
forever, compared to at least $80+ each term for
from Auckland replies: I
tried lots of things to get rid of nits, didn't really
want to go chemical but found a hair dye got rid of the
lot all at once.
|1h from Waitakere
Vinegar is the way to go, but not just once.
50/50 every night and comb with a fine toothed comb.Be
gentle on the scalp, though ensure that you touch it.
Check carefully behind the ears and around collar line.
As a teacher, I've had to deal with this a number of
times on kids and myself too! They love clean hair, but
unwashed hair suits them just as well. Not too proud,
from Masterton replies: "As a mother of 8 year
old twins I can't tell you how much time and MONEY I
have spent attempting to rid my family of Nits, with
commercial products that either don't work or burn the
scalp. I was at my wits end two years ago, having
treated the children (one with hair to her waist) about
5 times in one term, when I decided to have a go at
solving the problem myself. To 500mls of cooking oil I
added 20 drops of Lavender Essential oil, 15 drops of
Tea Tree EO and 10 drops of eucalyptus EO. Apply to hair
with a nozzle bottle (I saved one from a commercial
product tried earlier). Make sure every inch of the
scalp and hair is covered, then wrap in gladwrap and
leave for a good half hour. Comb through with nit comb
then wash hair with shampoo. I often have to shampoo
twice. I have since discovered that there are many other
essential oils that will work so use whatever you can
get, but herb oils work best. Tea Tree oil can be bought
from the supermarket and also work well as a household
cleaner, removing gummy, sticky or oily mess from
surfaces. Use sparingly." - Kathryn
|Sam from Auckland
replies: "My mum used to use vinegar to do our heads and a
plain nit comb. I also heard regular combing when there is conditioner
in the hair helps remove the eggs."
|Viv from Manurewa
oil and malt vinegar mix together rub on hair well comb through and
shampoo as normal do this for about a week or when the nits have gone.
Nits hate malt vinegar this is a real saving on your pocket and it
works. See the nits on the comb."
|John from Gore
replies: "About head lice. They prefer clean hair to dirty
- nice!! Could try coloidal silver, brushing Listerine mouth wash
through the hair is good or boiling up some thyme leaves and brushing
the cool liquid is good. Same chemical in the thyme leaves as is in
the families hair yourself. At worst, put a pudding bowl
over their head and cut around the edges! (Just joking.)
Most parents can do a reasonable job without turning young
Johnny into the school clown. If you find a family
revolution results from your hair cutting exercise, look
around for cut-price hairdressers operating from their home.
You donít need to pay salon prices.
you suffer from painful hands
e.g. Arthritis here is a useful tip. Take a new pair
of rubber gloves, smother your hands in baby oil, cooking
oil will do. Fill the hand basin with water as hot as you
can stand, put the gloves on and soak up to the wrists. When
you remove the gloves all the oil will have gone, hands will
be soft and pain free. - J.S.
Buy makeup from 123
store and they work just as good as expensive makeup. Some
cost $4 for mascara. - LM, Kapiti coast.
tip is actually from an English actress. The only product she uses to remove make-up and
moisturise her face is grape seed oil.
Have used it myself for ages now and it's perfect. I have used a baby oil but my eyes always felt gritty
afterwards. I have even used the grape seed oil on my hands and
Don't use too much and rub it well in. - Auntie,
If you have a sore
throat my granny gave me a handed down cure hundreds of yeas
old. One level spoon of sulphur and one teaspoon of honey.
Mix enough up for three days. After standing the medicine
for a good two hours. Take it three times a day by letting
it melt whilst going down your throat. For three days. You
will be amazed just how good this old hand me down is
compared to expensive Strepsils and the likes. - Keith,
ulcers & wash
I was put onto this
mouthwash formula by a customer in our pharmacy. Buy a
bottle of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (weakest) from your pharmacy
(about $5) and put a capful (approx.1 teaspoon) in small
glass of warm water and gargle. It works just as well as
expensive Listerine etc and lasts three times as long. It
makes sense because all the all time recipes used hydrogen
peroxide. - DBC, Auckland.
friend is a chemist. I was moaning about continual mouth
ulcers, under my new dentures, (the lower). Instead of very
expensive creams etc just put marmite or vegemite on the
ulcer, be warned, it stings something awful, but it works. -
good nasal spray is mixing 640 ml of warm water with 1/2
teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 salt.
Irrigate [which sounds a little agricultural]
nostrils (tip head forward, keep mouth open, pump water up
nostril using plastic squeeze bottle) to help relieve sinus
symptoms and flush flu virus from your system. - L.M.,
waste money on the expensive creams for piles. What is much
more effective and a lot faster acting is ice! Yes a couple
of ice cubes inserted while sitting on the loo until they
melt will give instant relief from burning and itching and
shrink the piles at the same time. - Canny Scot,
Seven of my friends and I have given up smoking by reading
this book: Allen
Carr's Easyway To Stop Smoking.
It worked for all of us, cost a lot less than patch's
or lozenges and we have all been free for over a year.
Some brought the book ($20 approx online) others
borrowed it from the library. We have all saved $000's. - Carolyn,
since I was a child, I have used dandelion milk to treat
warts. Break the flower off and dab the plants milk onto the
wart 3-4 times a day for between 4-5 days. The wart will be
gone within 5-7 days (sometimes a bit longer depending on
size). Dandelions have so many goodies in the stem, milk and
leaves! - Lesleigh, Wainuiomata
Ok boys, look away...
When it is that time of the month do you ladies waste money
time and time again buying disposable sanitary products?
Please google 'mooncup uk' and you will see an amazing
solution. A one time purchase, reusable, clean piece of
genius! Also, it is good for our lovely environment. I feel
so free never having to buy products time and time again! -
Use (raw) honey on
wounds as it has antibacterial properties. - Z.H.,
For open wounds use vegemite - could sting a bit
but works in healing. - GSB, Nelson.