Friday, March 17, 2006


Home remedies

I stole this from another list.  Can you add your gems???  Member, they gotta be old cures for stuff.


remedies in "Grandma's Drugstore."  


ACNE BASIL: For acne that hasn't seemed to respond to anything: Use 2-3 tsp. dried basil leaves to 1 cup boiling water. Steep 10-20 mins. Cool, and apply with cotton ball.

DRY SKIN OATMEAL, VANILLA EXTRACT & BAKING SODA: Combine 1 c. oatmeal, 1 c. warm water, 1 Tb. vanilla extract, and 1/2 c. baking soda in a blender or food processor until you have a smooth paste. Pour this paste under the running water while drawing the bath. Very soothing to dry, itchy skin.

DANDRUFF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: The vinegar is poured into the hair, massaged into the scalp, and left to dry for a few minutes. Then the hair is washed. The proc! ess is repeated daily until the dandruff disappears, usually within a few days.

DAMAGED, DRY HAIR EGG: A nourishing conditioner for dry or damaged hair which can be used for all hair types: Separate the white of an egg from the yolk, whip it to a peak. Add 1 Tb. of water to the yolk and blend until the mixture is creamy. Then mix the white and yolk together. Wet your hair with warm water, remove the excess moisture, and apply the mixture to your scalp with your fingertips. Massage gently until the froth is worked into your scalp, then rinse the hair with cool water. Keep applying the mixture until it is used up and then rinsed until all of the egg is washed away.

HAIR LIGHTENER RHUBARB: To lighten hair, use 1/4 c. chopped fresh rhubarb to 2 c. boiling water. Cool; strain; apply as a rinse.

OILY SKIN OATMEAL, EGG, LEMON, & APPLE: For oily skin, mix 1/2 c. cooked oatmeal, 1 egg white, 1 Tb. lemon juice, and 1/2 c. mashed apple into a smooth pas! te. Apply to face and leave on 15 mins. Rinse.

WEAK NAILS SALT, CASTOR OIL, & WHEAT GERM OIL: To strengthen and shine nails, combine 2 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. castor oil, and 1 tsp. wheat germ oil and mix thoroughly. Pour into bottle. Shake before using. To use, rub a small amount into your nails. Leave on 3-5 mins. and tissue off. Follow up with more plain castor oil, if desired.

OVERWEIGHT CHINESE GREEN TEA: Effective at getting rid of fat, drink up to 3 cups of green tea daily. Regular tea can also be used with a lesser effect.

FACIAL CLEANSER CORNSTARCH & GLYCERIN: Mix 2 Tb. cornstarch, 2 Tb. glycerin, and 1/2 c. water until smooth. Heat in a small pan placed in a water bath inside another pan. Heat until thick and clear; it will have the consistency of pudding. Do not boil. Cool completely, Use in place of soap to cleanse your skin. (If jelly is too thick, you may thin it by adding a little water, one Tb. at a time, until you reach the desired consistency.)

WRINKLES & SKIN FRESHENER VODKA, FENNEL, &! amp; HONEY: Combine 2 Tb. vodka, 1 Tb. fennel seeds, and 1 1/2 tsp. honey. Stir well and allow to sit for 3 days. Strain mixture. Use full strength or add 2 Tb. water to dilute. Use a cotton ball to apply to face as a toner. This was also a tried and true recipe for wrinkles.

ARTHRITIS FISH: A daily serving of fresh fish or fish oil capsules helps to give relief of arthritis and other aches and pains.

HAY FEVER FENUGREEK SEED Steep 1 tsp. steep in 1 c. water, covered, for 10 mins. Drink 1 c. a day to help hay fever symptoms.

COLD & FLU GARLIC SOUP: GARLIC, CHICKEN SOUP OR BOUILLON, & EGGS: A delicious recipe for a cold or flu!: Cut up half-a-dozen cloves of garlic and saute' in oil, being careful not to let them burn. Add a quart of stock (such as beef), and let it come to a boil for just a few moments. Then lower the heat. Separate two eggs and add the whites to the hot liq! uid, stirring rapidly. Mix the yolks with two Tbs. of vinegar and the n pour them in. Add salt and pepper if you want and some croutons, if handy.

COUGHS & ASTHMA GARLIC & BRANDY: Make a garlic tincture by placing three to four peeled buds in brandy. Steep this in a dark closet for 14 days. Use several drops at a time, several times a day for coughs or asthma. Garlic is an exceptional cleanser for the body and has antimicrobial action similar to other antibiotics.

DIARRHEA SWEET POTATOES: Eat boiled sweet potatoes seasoned with salt and pepper before bedtime to cure chronic diarrhea.

EARACHE CHAMOMILE: Steep 1-2 tsp. flowers in boiling water for 10-15 mins. Strain out the water, and apply the hot flowers in a cloth for alleviation of the earache.

EYE PROBLEMS HYDROMEL: HONEY & WATER: For Hydromel, an eye lotion, simmer a cup of water and a tsp. of honey for 5 mins. Dip a cloth in the liquid and apply to the closed eye.

HEADACHE ALMONDS: Eat 10-12 almonds, the equivalent of two aspirins, for a mi! graine headache. Almonds are far less likely to upset the stomach.

PAIN RELIEVER HONEY: Mix 3 large spoonfuls of honey in boiled water and drink. Honey has natural pain-relieving powers.

INSECT BITES CORNSTARCH: Mix water with cornstarch into a paste and apply. This is effective in drawing out the poisons of most insect bites...and is also an effective remedy for diaper rash.

VARICOSE VEINS BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES: For varicose veins, take 2-3 tsp. of blackstrap molasses daily. This also treats all kinds of circulatory ailments.

SMOKING HABIT SALT: Lick a little salt with the tip of your tongue whenever you feel the urge to smoke. This is said to break the habit within one month.

STOMACHACHE CINNAMON: A simple cure for a stomachache is to dissolve 4g of ground cinnamon in 1 c. of warm water, cover it for 15 mins., and drink it like tea. This remedy can also ease diarrhea and flatulence.

DEPRESSION SPINACH: 3/4 c. of cooked spinach a day ! is enough to give dramatic relief from depression if you are deficien t in B vitamins.

ENERGIZER HONEY & WATER Energizing Mead recipe: Simmer 1 c. honey and 3 c. water together slowly. Allow one c. of the water to evaporate. Strain off the top surface, and put the remaining liquid into a stoneware crock or dark bottle. Put a towel over it so it can breathe, yet be free of dirt. Place in a cool place. You can add cinnamon, clove, or the juice of 2 lemons, if you like.

TOOTHACHE & MOUTH PAIN PEPPERMINT & SALT: To ease toothache or other mouth pain, make a tea by boiling 5g of fresh peppermint in 1 C. water and adding a little salt. Peppermint is an antiseptic and contains menthol, which relieves pain when applied to skin surfaces.

WARTS GARLIC: Try taping a slice of garlic to the wart. Be sure to first protect the surrounding skin with petroleum jelly.

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