We watched this programme a short while ago and hopefully, this link is correct and you can still view it for another 22 days here
We regularly go through our cabinet (bedside draw!), getting rid of anything out of date but as the years have gone by, we realise we need less and less things in there and old fashioned remedies really do work.
All we really need for coughs (those associated with colds and sore throats and which are not infectious requiring a visit to the doctor for medicine) is honey, lemon and hot water.. Mind you, before bedtime I'll gargle with neat whisky or brandy, then the honey and lemon!
Tired aching muscles - forget all the rub on stuff, temperature probes deep in the skin revealed they only affect the skin and apparently don't seem to reach the muscle itself - just have a hot or a cold bath.
Painkillers targeting different parts of the body - apparently not needed as all pain killers reach all muscles, delivered via the blood once the stomach has finished working on it. You only need basic painkillers, whichever you are able to tolerate.
For indigestion/heartburn, a well known brand beginning with G which comes in anise/mint flavour, really works but only after meals. The
test he did was impressive. Other than that, chalk (calcium) tablets to
suck/chew work well for indigestion without heartburn.
From other programmes I have also learnt that apparently, 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 pint of hot water to dissolve it, can be sprayed or applied as a couple of drips up the nose (laying down head tilted up) to relieve congestion for a cold and other maladies. Store in the fridge once cold and make fresh every few days.
Steam inhalations also helps you breathe through your nose - a few drops of an appropriate essential oil can relax and make it smell nice.
There you have it, simple but effective. Our medicine cabinet will become smaller as things run out not to be replaced.
I wish someone would do a programme on face creams and hand lotions to see what we really need to be using rather than the huge price required to buy things which may/may not be really effective.
I wonder how all the companies that make these products felt about this programme?