Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Urine 4 a Treat

I have had something twirling around in my mind since Julie asked about home remedies and folk cures. If you've been to her site lately, you might have noticed my comment about urine. Somewhere, in the back recesses of my warped brain, I remember hearing about using it as a cure for an earache. I have been thinking about this topic since I made the comment, and this morning, I was compelled to do research.

I am constantly amazed at what people do in this wide, wide world of insanity. This phenomena of using your own (or possibly someone else's) urine has a NAME. Urine therapy. Want to know something REALLY gross? Well, according to one web site, "Most devotees drink the midstream of their morning urine." Now, I remember trying to catch that ever elusive "midstream" during pregnancy...but...uh...in my MOUTH?!? Let's just say that guys have a distinct advantage.

One of the most BIZARRE websites I found on the topic suggested that urine be used as a gargle, with these instructions: "Urine is kept in the mouth 20-30 minutes, or as long as possible, for gum problems and other lesions of the mouth and tongue." Suddenly, that full minute I endure Listerine gargles seems like a walk in the park.

Oh, and just in case you are curious, I was right. A few drops of urine in the ear helps to cure an earache.

45 comments:

Beccy said...

Gargle for 30 minutes? I think I'd prefer gum disease!

ChrisB said...

When I went on detox retreat we learned about this and before anyone asks NO I did not try it.

M@ said...

Tigger,

Did you know that sperm helps to keep skin looking young?

The only reason *I* would buy urine online would be to pass a drug test.

Junebug said...

I think the only reason I would be forced to drink urine might be a situation where I was going to die of thirst.

david mcmahon said...

It's actually officially documented that a serving prime minister advocated urine therapy - and yes, he drank his own!

Willowtree said...

Urine in the ears eh? Does it help when listening to all the shit politicians speak?

Karmyn R said...

I'm off to puke now.

Melissa said...

Oh Tigger. I am thoroughly disgusted. ;)

Simply Jenn said...

Eww. I am speechless. Are you sure it wasn't the warmth that helped? I'm also confused because Melissa just left a comment on my blog that you and I are tied. I posted pics of my kids eyes, and you posted about urine. Do you know what we're tied at? I really hope she meant on worst mom in the world!

Claudia said...

uhm...EEEWWWW!!

theotherbear said...

That is so evilly gross it made me laugh. Then gag. But then I spat it out and I was ok.

lisa's chaos said...

Ick. I think I'm getting a cold but I think I'll pass on any urine therapy thank you very much. :)

Tiger Lamb Girl said...

Warm olive oil eases an earache too!

Urine is supposed to be good for conjunctivitis (ahem, one's own urine), but I can't bring myself to try that one.

Urine is also supposed to be great for skin and hair ------ urea and creatine are commonly used in skin care products!!!!!!!!! (I think it's sourced from bovine animals...)

Tiggerlane said...

beccy - I can't think of ANYTHING I could gargle for 30 minutes. Not even chocolate syrup or ice cream.

chrisb - now you're making me wonder if you've seen this in action?

m@ - you must have the tummy of a 12-year old!

junebug - okay, I see your point...but I would have to be PARCHED.

david macmahon - oh, tell me, who?

willowtree - I wish, but I still wouldn't do it!

karmyn r - puke for me, too, k? I'm at work, and just can't!

melissa - you're welcome!

simply jenn - do I have to put urine in my daughter's ears to win? B/c I'm not above it! I'll have to check melissa blog.

claudia - yup. My thoughts EXACTLY.

theotherbear - but did you gargle for 30 minutes? Otherwise, you have to start over.

lisa's chaos - I don't blame you a bit! I'll take snot, any day.

tiger lamb girl - though I'm pretty sure I can't pee in my own eye, the fact that I could be washing my hair with cow piss now TOTALLY freaks me out!

Simply Jenn said...

Well, personally, I think to be fair you actually do have to piss in your daughter's EYE. It's Melissa's fault since she combined urine and eyes. But think about it, she already thinks you're the worst mom ever AND she's menstruating- what do you have to lose?

What do you win?

nikki said...

Strange, but this was on a CSI episode once.....

Jenni said...

I keep seeing references to this all over the place! I watched a CSI about it recently and last night as we were flipping through the channels, Manswers was talking about it. I made Danny change the channel because I didn't think I could bear it and I am still having nightmares about their segment on who has the world's largest boobs. The men in the family just gravitate toward that show, though, so it looks like they've managed to attract their target demographic! Now, Danny is set to see an ear specialist this week. Maybe I could convince him to save us some money...

Occidental Girl said...

I'm sure it does cure and earache, but there's something to be said for pleasantness!

I'm all for whatever herbal thing can take the place of urine. Yikes!

dawn said...

I'm for whatever chemical non natural cure thing that can take the place of urine. I don't know that I could be convinced to put it in my ear, let alone, put it in my mouth or leave it in my mouth for any amount of time.

Now that to write this, I have heard of urine therapy. Still it is disgusting.

Tiggerlane said...

simply jenn - boy, it's gonna be hard to get a pissed-off-menstruating kid to hold still for THAT...but if nothing else, I will win...like...for my ego!

nikki - I'm afraid to ask - did someone DIE from urine therapy?

jenni - I'm running off to find out more about "Manswers," b/c the title alone is FUNNY! And if he lets you pee in his ear, I HAVE to know.

occidental girl - I'm with you. In fact, I'd about let my ear rot off before I would put urine in it.

dawn - I couldn't even browse the urine therapy site too long - it made me gag. HORRORS.

Humble Origins said...

...I ditto what 'Junebug' said! lol...
...I've heard of urinating on someone right after they've been bitten by a jellyfish, that it was supposed to ease the pain, but actually putting it in your mouth? Holy cow!
...Funny post! My gosh, the stuff we find to talk about on here...
...Blessings... :o)

Kila said...

I have strong stomach (thanks to living with 3 boys), but EWWW! There must be a better way...

Piglet said...

i'll have to pass on the urine thing :) ewwww...

Pamela said...

I saw the CSI episode about this.
The ear ache thing wasn't mentioned.

I know that if you get lost in the desert you can drink it to stay alive.

Snicker... what a subject.

Pamela said...

I went back to read your comments - and your response to Matt was perfecto mundo. You rock.

Tiggerlane said...

humble origins - I have found thru bloggers, I learn something new every day...whether I want to, or not!

kila - I'm not sure I have the constitution to handle 3 boys!

piglet - I'm passing, too...GROSS!

pamela - too bad m@ doesn't come back - I figured he would have some salacious comment...teehee!

Desert Songbird said...

I'm very late here, but...whatever possessed you to look up this stuff?! Methinks you need to get out more, T. (heehee!)

Robinella said...

I've heard it should be used if you are stung by jelly fish.

And that M@ must be my husband, because he is always trying to get me to use it for skin cream. I always say, Look, I ain't no country bumpkin. I know sperm ain't skin cream. But he insists.

animalmind said...

Robinella--The efficacy of sperm as a skin care regimen has been clinically proven by leading researchers.

Tigger--I think it's good for the hair, too.

M@ said...

Actually, Tig, there is evidence that something about sperm actually has an anti-depressant effect in women.

When I find this study, you can be sure to read about it on my blog. :)

Tiggerlane said...

desert songbird - it's all Julie's fault (http://anotherchanceranch.typepad.com) - blame her!

robinella - well, on the bright side, at least he's not wanting you to gargle with it!

animalmind and m@, the schizophrenic - now I'm curious - sperm in general? Or applied in a particular manner? Hey - I thought we were talking about urine here? Don't change the subject!

Bond said...

ummmm nope...I will suffer with lesions in my mouth and an ear ache thank you very much...

WHAT? Business slow??? Nothing to do??? Do you know the kind of searches are going to send people to your blog????/

Bwhaahahahahahahaahahahahahaaaa

Schmoop said...

Ok, that is every which way but gross!! To think my mother/father paid money for antibiotic earache medicine! One word...EWWWWWW..

Marnie said...

One of Oprah's guests drank urine as a cure for a sore throat.

That was the last day I watched Oprah.

mjd said...

My, my, I will pass this cup.

Robocop said...

What a load of piss**LOL**

Amanda said...

Oh man!! I've heard about people urinating on jellyfish stings... people living off their urine in the desert. But gargling? Who could stomach it for 30 minutes? YUCK!

Tiggerlane said...

bond - yeah - I just looked at my site stats. And now I'm under the "urine therapy" section of buzznet. I'm an idiot.

schmoop - and even as sick as matt-man is, I doubt he would pee in your ear.

marnie - seriously? And swallowed? OMG...yeah - that's WAY over the top.

mjd - keep passing it down - crazy, isn't it?

robocop - LOL!! Great comment!

amanda - I'm not sure I could even drink it if I were in the desert. Seriously. Or let someone pee on my leg. I would rather die, literally!

Anonymous said...

As soon as you said not to read your blog, I (of course) went right to your blog and read it. Urine therapy? I wonder who the nut case was who first tried it. We watched a guy pee on another guy's foot after he got stung by a jellyfish. He said it took away the sting. As far as i'm concerned, pee belongs in the potty!
Marniesmom

Tiggerlane said...

marnie's mom/Caroline - I TOLD you not to read it! Something tells me you and Marnie are a LOT alike!

NeoAlphaOne said...

...i got about half way through the blogs before i could take anymore and not post...the reason why you think urine therapy is gross is because you have all been programmed to do so. our own urine is free and know one can make money selling your own urine to you. would any businesses spend money educating the masses of a therapy that would make them lose money? or would they spend money to keep it from their customers?...and yes i have tried it. once when i was in hawaii i cut the bottom of my foot on a rock walking in the ocean , so i cleaned the wound with urine and soaked my bandages with...yes my own urine. my foot healed quickly and without infection. i have also used urine for other cuts, acne, itchy/red eye, and to clean a new ear piercing daily. have i drank my own urine?...yes. ask yourselves why is urine so repulsive? it comes out of your own body cleaner than any water in the world. you think its repulsive simply because you haven't been taught any better...open your minds...

p.s. santa claus doesn't exist!

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Lisa said...

My grandmother (r.i.p.) raised 6 children in the mountains of appalchia without any real medical facilities available. I often heard her talk of using urine from one child for another child's ear infection/ache. They are all healthy adults now between the ages of 65-77. This was passed down by her parents/grandparents. p.s. I have not tried this on my own children