Home Natural Remedies
It's hard to find a good app for natural remedies, but my determination has paid off. After several downloads, I found Home Natural Remedies, which scores highly. As you would expect of an app that is trying to provide people with solutions, it opens with a directory of health problems. Close to 200 of them, in fact.
I was particularly interested in toenail fungus, as I know two people with this condition. The usual remedy is to either take a course of tablets daily for four months, which could also damage your liver, or apply a tincture for several months that may destroy the fungus.
One of the "natural" remedies listed in this app was the US mouthwash Listerine, but others included a slice of garlic under the toe overnight, oregano essential oil, or tea tree oil. The app provides a brief description of how to apply the remedy, and occasionally offers a little background. The lack of more complete information is why this app doesn't get top marks.
The second-best natural remedy app is The Herbalist. This opens with a directory that leads to a list of herbs, preparation methods, herbal glossary and a list of maladies. As the information about the herbs is comprehensive - Latin name and other common names, cautions, herbal actions - this would have been a top contender.
But, unfortunately, the list of maladies is short. A combination of the best of both apps would have been excellent.
Useless apps I came across included Medicinal Herbs, which is a list of herbs and their properties, and About Herbs, from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York City, which is similar. There is also Natural Herbal Cures and Remedies, which is a book on your iPhone that gives you an overview of how wonderful herbal remedies can be, but doesn't give you a remedy for any condition. So that is a fail.