Cheapest Hidden Cures at the Drugstore

Are you paying too much for drugstore remedies? Find out which low-cost hidden gems we've found that’ll cure some of the most common problems.

Cheapest Hidden Cures at the Drugstore

Though you probably know your way around the drugstore, you may not be aware of some of the hidden money savers on the shelves! For example, these four alternative remedies for common problems not only cost less, but in some instances, they actually work better than the remedies you’re used to. 

Witch Hazel for Hemorrhoids

Traditionally, witch hazel is used to treat sunburns, mosquito bites, and other surface skin ailments. But the astringent quality of witch hazel can provide an instant effect on irritated hemorrhoid tissue, relieving itching, burning and general discomfort. Also, because it is a mild astringent, witch hazel helps shrink the inflamed veins that cause hemorrhoids. You can get witch hazel for about $6 at the drugstore, which is half the price of hemorrhoid creams or pads.

Zinc Gluconate Lozenges for Colds

When people get sick with a common cold, they will reach for any and all medicine to get rid of it – from cold and flu medicine to cough drops. Zinc lozenges help to get rid of colds quickly and efficiently. Studies have shown that zinc gluconate lozenges not only shorten the duration of the common cold, but they’re more effective than vitamin C in treating it. A bag of these lozenges is only $8 and you can take 3-4 per day. Plus, one bag of lozenges will cost a lot less than a cocktail of other medications.

Baking Soda for Canker Sores

Canker sores are harmless and can be treated easily with baking soda. Your mouth’s acidity can irritate the sore further and make it more painful. The properties in baking soda neutralize the acidity and soothe the pain that comes with canker sores. Simply create a paste by mixing baking soda with water, and apply a thin layer with a cotton swab. Not only will it soothe the pain, but it also seals in the canker sore and gives it a chance to heal. Baking soda is only about a dollar, whereas canker sore numbing gels can cost about $7.

Nettle Tea for Seasonal Allergies

This tea has antihistamine properties, and can prevent hay fever or allergy attacks from happening in the first place. It also relieves annoying allergy symptoms like stuffy nose, sneezing and itchy eyes. Typically, allergy medications can cost around $15, but nettle tea is only about $3 for a box of 20 tea bags. 

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No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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