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5 Old-School Medicine Cabinet Items

If you’re like 95% of Americans, your <a title="Medicine Cabinets" href="http://www.atgstores.com/medicine-cabinets_1143.html" target="_blank">medicine cabinet</a> is a mess of expired pill bottles, half-used tubes of (name peeled off) and a jar of what might be face cream, but could just as easily be something far more lethal. In the midst of all of this you probably also have the basics: toothpaste, makeup remover, hand lotion, aspirin, vitamins and the lip balm you’ve been looking for since that bone-dry winter in ’82. But, there are probably a few old-school remedies you <em>wish</em> were in there that never seem to be when you need them … <strong>1. Sodium Bicarbonate</strong> There are several brand names for this fantastically fizzy chemical phenomenon, but they all do the same thing – which more or less amounts to sorcery. Headaches, hangovers, upset tummy, a horrible boss … this stuff cures almost anything. <strong>2. Bag Balm®</strong> There’s nothing else like it. Developed back in 1899 in Vermont and still made today – in the same place in the same way – it was originally marketed for soothing chafed cow udders. It didn’t take long, though, for the world to discover it’s great for a whole lot more, from curing cracked skin to quieting squeaky springs. <strong>3. Magnesium Sulfate</strong> Also known as Epsom salt, magnesium sulfate is credited with a whole host of benefits for the body and around the house. Soaking in water treated with it can increase magnesium levels, soothe sore muscles and make skin softer, while tossing a little in your garden can give a boost to your produce. <strong>4. Hot Water Bottle</strong> This concept has been around since the 16th century, and the “conventional” rubber bottles that were introduced in 1903 haven’t changed much. Back in the day, they were filled up and slipped between the sheets to keep beds warm, but they are also excellent for applying heat to sore muscles. Alternatively, they can also be used with cold water to cool down on hot days and soothe headaches. <strong>5. Medicated Powder</strong> Again, there are a few different brands, but they contain the same effective ingredients: menthol and zinc oxide. Combined, these chemicals soothe irritation and itching while also protecting the skin. People shake it into different places which need not be mentioned here, but reports are that it makes life better for doing so. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes your medicine cabinet isn’t too cool for these old-school remedies.
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