BONES MUSCLES & SKIN -
see also skin care
FISH: A daily serving of fresh fish or fish oil capsules helps to give
relief of arthritis and other aches and pains.
GINGER: To ease the pain of sore muscles, try a hot `Ginger`
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.
* 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.
E: 1 - 2 capsules/burstlets of vitamin E taken daily does wonders for
dry skin from the inside, as well as small applications directly on the
skin. I have found it works wonders for cracked heals. I suffered from this
problem for a long time, and tried all manner of creams and exfoliating
treatments. For me, simply taking 1 capsule of vitamin E each morning with
my breakfast has cured me of this problem, and has softened & moisturized my
skin in general.
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.)
* 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 nappy rash.
* Fresh garlic:
Just cut a clove in half and rub it on the bite - must be done immediately
after the bite to be effective.
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 paste. Apply to face and leave on 15 mins. Rinse.
BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES: For varicose veins, take 2-3 tsp. of
blackstrap molasses daily. This also treats all kinds of circulatory
GARLIC: Try taping a slice of garlic to the wart with a band-aid or surgical
tape. Be sure to first protect the surrounding skin with petroleum jelly or
similar barrier cream.
COMFREY: To help wounds heal; try a `Comfrey` compress.
WRINKLES & SKIN FRESHENER
VODKA, FENNEL, & 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.
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 sauté' 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 liquid, stirring
rapidly. Mix the yolks with two Tbs. of vinegar and then pour them in. Add
salt and pepper if you want and some croutons, if handy. To reduce a fever;
try a `Yarrow` bath.
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. To sooth a dry cough; try `Marshmallow` root tea.
SWEET POTATOES: Eat boiled sweet potatoes seasoned with salt and pepper
before bedtime to cure chronic diarrhea.
FENUGREEK SEED: Steep 1 tsp. steep in 1 c. water, covered, for 10 mins.
Drink 1 c. a day to help hay fever symptoms.
CHINESE GREEN TEA: Effective at getting rid of fat, drink up to 3 cups of
green tea daily.
HONEY: Mix 3 large spoonfuls of honey in boiled water and drink. Honey has
natural pain-relieving powers.
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.
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.
SPINACH: 3/4 c. of cooked spinach a day is enough to give dramatic relief
from depression if you are deficient in B vitamins.
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.
HAIR & Nails -
Damaged or dry
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.
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 process is repeated daily until the dandruff disappears, usually
within a few days.
RHUBARB: To lighten hair, use 1/4 c. chopped fresh rhubarb to 2
cups boiling water. Cool; strain; apply as a rinse.
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.
Take clove, cinnamon and almond in equal quantities (around 1
teaspoon each) and grind together with a little water to make a paste. Apply
paste on the forehead. A paste made of sandalwood powder can also be applied
on the forehead.
Mix a quarter teaspoon of clove powder in one teaspoon of
cinnamon oil. Apply mixture to the location of pain.
Take a few drops of ghee (clarified butter) on your palm. Mix 3
or 4 pieces of saffron in it, and rub it for two minutes. The saffron does
not dissolve in the ghee, but its qualities are absorbed. Remove saffron and
put two drops of this ghee in each nostril.
Follow procedure twice a day.
Mix 1 tablespoon of milk and half teaspoon of ginger powder and
put one or Dosage; two drops in each nostril twice a day.
Wrap a wet cloth around the neck.
Oil massage on the scalp also relieves tension and headache.
Sesame oil, almond oil, mustard oil or ghee (clarified butter) can be used
Heat 1 teaspoon of almond oil. When it cools down, put two drops
in each nostril.
ALMONDS: Eat 10-12 almonds, the equivalent of
two aspirins, for a migraine headache. Almonds are far less likely to upset
Dos and don'ts
Simple cooked vegetables without oil, vegetable juices and soup,
fruits like apple, mango, grapes and fruit juices should be taken in ample
quantities. Rice, salad and buttermilk are also good.
Some sweets and milk products can be taken moderately with small
quantities of nuts.
Hot cow milk is very good to drink.
Avoid fried foods, meat, sour and spicy foods and foods
Yogurt should be avoided, especially at night.
Adequate rest should be taken and exposure to cold, heat and rain
should be avoided.
The natural urges (sneezing, passing stool and urine, hunger,
thirst, sleep, breathing and yawning etc.) should not be suppressed.
The patient should also try to keep the mind free from anxiety,
anger, mental tension and worry.
Eyes, Ears & Mouth
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
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
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. - Also excellent for an upset stomach when
consumed as tea.