ACNE, BLACKHEADS, AND PIMPLES:
Dab a small amount of toothpaste (paste, not gel)
on pimples before bed; this helps dry out the pimples.
Mix equal amounts of lemon juice and rose water, apply to face with a cotton
ball, and allow to sit for 30 minutes before rinsing. 15-20 days of this
application helps cure pimples and also helps to remove blemishes and scars.
Apply fresh lemon juice on the affected area overnight. Wash off with warm water
For acne that hasn't seemed to respond to anything, steep 2-3 tsp. dried basil
leaves in 1 cup boiling water for 10-20 minutes, cool, and apply to affected
area with a cotton ball.
Avoid drinking tea (regular, not herbal
varieties) and coffee immediately after meals, as the tannin present in these
interferes in the absorption of iron from the food.
Drink a cup of herbal tea mixed with 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses each day. This
provides 80% of the iron needed in one day.
Foods high in iron: lean beef, lean pork, skinned poultry, shellfish, fish,
liver, organ meats, egg yolks, pinto, kidney, lima, navy, chick peas, black-eyed
peas, lentils, split peas, green peas, spinach, kale, collards, beet greens,
chard, broccoli, raisins, prunes, figs, dates, dried peaches, dried apricots,
nuts, peanut butter, whole grain breads.
Your body absorbs iron from meats easier than fruits and vegetables. To aid in
the absorption of iron from fruits and vegetables, eat them with a good source
of vitamin C.
A daily serving of fresh fish or fish oil
capsules helps to give relief of arthritis and other joint pains.
3-4 walnuts eaten daily, on an empty stomach, will help.
Mix 1 tsp. honey with 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and take
it at night before going to bed.
Avoid taking aspirin, as this may invoke an asthma attack.
Boil some cinnamon bark in a cup of water. Store
it in a clean bottle in your bathroom. Use it as a mouthwash frequently.
Parsley leaves are rich in chlorophyll, nature's own deodorizer. Chew some
leaves regularly and your breath will remain fresh.
You can chew some cardamom seeds to sweeten your breath.
Take a bag of fresh or frozen cranberries
and boil them in water (they will fall apart). Cool and drink. Don't add sugar!
This remedy is also useful for people with kidney problems.
Boil 2 figs in 1 cup of water. Drink daily
for a month.
Slice a raw onion and place over the
bruise. Do not apply this to broken skin.
COLD AND FLU:
Here is a delicious recipe for a cold and
flu soup: Sauté 6 crushed cloves of garlic in 1 tsp. vegetable oil until golden.
Pour in a quart of beef or chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and
whisk in 2 egg whites. Beat together 2 egg yolks and 2 Tbls. distilled white
vinegar; pour this mixture into the soup. Season with salt and pepper and top
with croutons, if desired.
CONSTIPATION (IN ADULTS):
Eat a few black licorice sticks.
Take apple pectin.
Make sure you're getting enough Folic Acid in your diet.
Drinking ginger tea will help start a bowel movement.
CONSTIPATION (IN SMALL CHILDREN):
Soak 6-8 raisins in hot water. When cool,
crush well and strain. When given routinely even to little infants, it helps to
regulate bowel movement.
COUGHS AND ASTHMA:
Steep 3-4 cloves of garlic in a cool, dark
place for 2 weeks. 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.
DAMAGED, DRY HAIR:
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 Tbls. 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.
Pour distilled white vinegar onto the hair,
as close to the scalp as you can manage; massage into the scalp; and allow to
dry for several minutes before washing as usual. Repeat daily until the dandruff
disappears, usually within a few days.
DARK CIRCLES AROUND EYES:
Make a paste out of 1 tsp. tomato juice,
1/2 tsp. lemon juice, a pinch of turmeric powder, and 1 tsp. of flour. Apply
around eyes. Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing.
3/4 cup of cooked spinach a day is enough
to give dramatic relief from depression if you are deficient in B vitamins.
Eat boiled sweet potatoes seasoned with
salt and pepper before bedtime to cure chronic diarrhea.
Combine 1 cup oatmeal, 1 cup warm water, 1
Tbls. vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup 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.
Steep 1-2 tsp. chamomile flowers in boiling
water for 10-15 minutes. Strain out the water, and apply the hot flowers in a
cloth for alleviation of the earache.
Rub a whole nutmeg against a smooth stone
slab with a little water and make a paste. Apply on affected parts. (Note: It is
believed by some rural, old fashioned practitioners that instead of water, one's
own early morning saliva can be used for better results.)
Simmer 1 cup honey and 3 cup water together
slowly. Allow 1 cup 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.
Simmer 1 cup water and 1 tsp. honey for 5
minutes. Dip a cloth in the liquid and apply to the closed eye.
Mix 2 Tbls. cornstarch, 2 Tbls. glycerin,
and 1/2 cup 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 mixture is too thick, you may thin it by adding a little water, 1 Tbls.
at a time, until you reach the desired consistency.)
Take a glass of grapefruit and lemon juice
in equal parts to dispel fatigue and general tiredness after a day's work.
GUM IN HAIR:
Soak the gum-coated hair in Coke® and it
should wipe out easily.
To lighten hair, use 1/4 cup chopped fresh
rhubarb to 2 cups boiling water. Cool, strain, and apply as a rinse.
Eat honey on crackers. The fructose in the
honey will help to flush out the alcohol in your system.
Steep 1 tsp. fenugreek seed in 1 cup water,
covered, for 10 minutes. Drink 1 cup a day to help hay fever symptoms.
Eat 10-12 almonds, the equivalent of two
aspirins, for a migraine headache. Almonds are far less likely to upset the
Drink 1/2 glass water, slowly. Keep a tsp.
of sugar in your month and suck slowly. Suck 2-3 small pieces of fresh ginger.
This helps in hiccups which keep occurring again and again. OR Take a large
mouthful of water with out swallowing, plug both ears, and slowly begin to
swallow the water. Unplug your ears and you're hiccup free! (Submitted by Mrs T.
Coat area liberally with lotion. Rub with
the back of a cold spoon vigorously for as long as you can stand to, changing
out spoon for new cold one every 10 minutes. Recommended time for this treatment
is 45-60 minutes.
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.
Mix 1 tsp. each fresh juice of mint and
lime, and 1 Tbls. honey. Take 3 times a day.
Apply lime juice diluted with water on
bites with cotton ball.
MUCUS IN COUGH:
Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1/2 tsp. each
of ginger, ground cloves, and cinnamon. Filter. Sweeten with 1 tsp. honey and
Apply clove oil on the affected body parts.
Boil 1/2 cup of rice in 1 cup of water for about
10-20 minutes. After it is boiled, drain the water into a cup and sip at the
rice water until symptoms are gone.
Mix lime juice with honey and water; drink a glass of this every morning.
Mix 3 tsp. lime juice, 1/4 tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. honey, and 1 cup water;
drink a glass a day for 3 months.
Mix 1 tsp. lime juice with 1 cup water and drink each morning.
Eat a tomato before breakfast.
For oily skin, mix 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal,
1 egg white, 1 Tbls. lemon juice, and 1/2 cup mashed apple into a smooth paste.
Apply to face and leave on 15 minutes. Rinse.
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.
Mix 3 Tbls. of honey in boiled water and
drink. Honey has natural pain-relieving powers.
Soak feet in strong tea for 20 minutes
every day until the smell disappears. To prepare your footbath, brew two tea
bags in 2 1/2 cups of water for 15 minutes and pour the tea into a basin
containing two liters of cool water.
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 1 month.
Mix 1 tsp. lime juice and 1 Tbls. honey.
Swallow tiny amounts slowly 2-3 times a day.
Lay scotch tape over the splinter and pull off.
Soak the area in vegetable oil for a few minutes before removing with tweezers.
A simple cure for a stomachache is to
dissolve 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon in 1 cup warm water, cover and let sit for
15 minutes, then drink it like tea. This remedy can also ease diarrhea and
Drink coconut water 3-4 times a day.
Have a plateful of watermelon and/or cucumber every hour.
Mix 2 tsp. tomato juice and 1/4 cup
buttermilk. Apply to affected area. Rinse after 1/2 hour.
TOOTHACHE & MOUTH PAIN:
To ease toothache or other mouth pain, make
a tea by boiling 1 Tbls. fresh peppermint in 1 cup water and adding a little
salt. Peppermint is an antiseptic and contains menthol, which relieves pain when
applied to skin surfaces.
Take 2-3 tsp. black strap molasses orally daily.
This also treats all kinds of circulatory ailments.
VOMITING AND NAUSEA:
Sucking a piece of ice controls vomiting.
Eat 1/2 tsp. ground cumin seeds.
Cinnamon and sliced ginger work by interrupting nausea signals sent from the
stomach to the brain. If you are an herbal tea drinker, simply sprinkle cinnamon
on the tea and drink. To make ginger tea, simmer a few slices of ginger in hot
Try taping a slice of garlic to the wart.
Be sure to first protect the surrounding skin with petroleum jelly.
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 minutes and tissue off. Follow up with more plain castor oil, if desired.
WRINKLES & SKIN FRESHENER:
Combine 2 Tbls. vodka, 1 Tbls. 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 Tbls. water
to dilute. Use a cotton ball to apply to face as a toner.
Apply coconut oil on the portions of skin and face where wrinkles set in and
gently massage every night at bed time.
Mix salt with finely powdered rind of lime. Use
this as toothpowder frequently.