Yellow mustard soothes kitchen burns

Q: Yellow mustard on burns is probably my favorite home remedy. I apply it after running the burn under cold water and drying the skin. Then I replace the mustard as it dries. I never had a blister or even any redness the next day. It is the best remedy for anyone who cooks or cooks often.

A: We first heard about mustard for burns on our syndicated public radio show. A man from South Carolina called to tell us that regular yellow mustard helps minor skin burns heal faster. We tried to talk him out of it, insisting that cold water was the only doctor-approved approach for minor burns. He insisted that mustard could also be useful.

A reader of this column heard about the remedy and wrote to us in 2010, “I just want to say thank you. I burned my fingertip last night. I immediately put it in ice water. After about an hour, it still hurt if I took my finger out of the freezing water, but it was time for bed.

“I looked on your website and saw that yellow mustard could be good for a burn. I put mustard on my finger. I was amazed the pain was gone and I I was able to go to bed without pain. This morning, there is just a small white area where the burn was.

Although we don’t know why it works, many share your experience. A severe burn requires emergency medical attention!

Q: I have tried everything to get rid of lice in my daughter’s long hair — Nix, olive oil, tea tree oil, mayonnaise and combing her hair every night. I washed his sheets and jackets almost every day. Still after three months, I continued to find nits in her hair. The whole thing was absolutely exhausting.

Finally, I read about Listerine. Following the instructions, I soaked her hair in Amber Listerine for 30 minutes. Then we rinsed it, combed it and used the hair dryer. Here comes the final step: a hot styling iron on each small section. That was it! The ordeal was over!

A week later, we started this process again, even though I haven’t seen anything for the whole week. But I wasn’t going to take any chances. I checked her hair frequently over the next few weeks and found nothing. Personally, I believe it was the combination of Listerine and the heat of the straightener.

A: We suspect you are right. We have heard from many readers who have successfully used Listerine for head lice. One expert has suggested that the high alcohol content of mouthwash, in combination with some of the essential oils, can suffocate lice.

In addition to washing sheets and jackets, you also put them through the dryer. Lice die at 135 degrees. Hair irons like the one you used can reach a temperature of 450 degrees. Most likely, it also helped you get rid of lice from your daughter’s hair.

Q: You wrote that “excess vitamin D can indeed lead to toxicity,” but you didn’t mention what the symptoms of that toxicity would be. Those of us who take vitamin D supplements would like to know.

A: Some of the symptoms of vitamin D overdose include weakness, confusion, lack of appetite, nausea, and irregular heartbeat. You can’t get too much vitamin D through food or exposure to sunlight, but taking high-dose supplements can cause problems.

You can read more about the pros and cons of vitamin D and how much you need in our e-guide to vitamin D and optimal health. This online resource is available under the Health eGuides tab on PeoplesPharmacy.com.

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