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Becky's Tips ( Favorite Folk Remedies)
Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:49 pmFood.com Groupie
I am so sorry that I didn't post yesterday but I was feeling very sick and so was my dad. The weather was also very bad with lightening and rain, so I was leery turning on my computer. I apologize!!
Please, before you use any of these remedies or give them to somebody else, check with your doctor especially if you have any existing health problems or you are taking prescription medications. Even natural remedies can have side effects and can react with some of your prescription medications or even over-the-counter drugs and vitamins. So, please ask your doctor for advise.
First, you want to make sure you clean your face really well. So, first wash your face with a mild soap. Then mix the juice of an average-sized lemon (about 2 1/2 tablespoons) with 1 teaspoon of dark brown sugar. Then apply the mixture all over your face. Keep it on your face for about 20 minutes or so, and then rinse with warm water and pat dry. Try to do this 2 times a day for at least 2 weeks and you should see the acne clear up. Generally, your acne will look worse briefly as you try new ingredients, but it is just getting the infection out and will soon clear up.
To try and get the acne to heal faster, mix 1 tablespoon of honey with 1 tablespoon of unfiltered apple cider vinegar (available at health food stores) in 1 cup of hot water. It may be hard to do, but try to drink this solution 2 to 3 times a day.
To prevent acne, moisten a cotton ball with some unfiltered apple cider vinegar and dab it on. Do this after washing your face. Excessive cleaning can destroy your skin's acid balance. The oily layer on the skin's surface protects the skin from bacteria and other impurities. Vinegar restores the skin's natural pH balance and it also acts like an astringent to help tighten your skin. In just a few days, your skin should look healthier.
First make sure that you really have dandruff, as flakes could mean just a buildup of hairspray, styling gel, or mousse. Cut back on those products and see what happens. If you still have dandruff, then try this method. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil, add 2 heaping tablespoons of dried thyme and let it simmer for 7 to 10 minutes. Strain out the thyme and let the water cool. Shampoo your hair. Once the concoction is cool, and while your hair is still damp, massage the thyme water into your scalp. DON'T rinse out!!
Also, get an Aloe Vera plant. The night before you're going to shampoo your hair, cut off a piece of the lowest leaf of the plant. Peel off the skin of the leaf and squeeze the gel onto your hair and into your scalp. Any leftover part of the leaf, you can wrap in saran wrap and keep in the refrigerator indefinetly until you need some more gel!! Cover your hair with a scarf or shower cap and go to sleep. In the morning, do not use shampoo to wash your hair!! Instead, foam up the aloe vera gel in your hair, just like a shampoo, and then rinse. You can put some Aloe Vera on your face too. It is wonderful for your skin and excellent for cuts and burns too.
Did you know the average liver weighs about 3 lbs.? It is roughly the size of a football. It is located in the upper right hand part of the abdomen, behind the lower ribs. The liver has more than 200 functions. It converts food into chemicals that the body needs, it eliminates toxic substances from the blood, controlls the production and excretion of cholesterol, produces bile which is essential for digestion. In other words, it is an extremely important organ to us.
Lemon and Water Cleanser:
Add the juice of 1 lemon (about 2 1/2 tablespoons) to an 8 oz. glass of lukewarm water. Have this drink before you eat breakfast. My grandmother use to do this daily.
Eat fresh parsley in salads, or juice 1/2 cup of the leaves along with 1/2 beet and 1 carrot for a sweet and healthy drink.
The leaves are the most nutritious part of the radish plant. Wash them really well and add them to salads and soups.
Ancient Mayan healers believed that eating cooked or raw onions will keep the liver clean and healthy. Onions are suppose to purify the blood.
If you have lots of tiny bumps on the backs of your arms, then they are clogged pores. To unclog them, mix 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 5 drops of vegetable oil. Rub the mixture on your bumpy skin in a circular motion for about a minute on each arm. Then rinse off with warm water. The citric acid in the lemon unclogs the pores and the sugar is abrasive, so it sweeps away the dry skin and the oil moisturizes the area.
Cheap and Wonderful:
For an inexpensive bath oil, mix some sunflower oil with either crushed lavender or rose petals. Let stand a few days before using.
To revive hairbrushes and combs, soak them in a pot of warm water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda or ammonia.
Vinegar for Your Hair:
For a wonderful shine, mix a cup of water with a teaspoon of white vinegar (for blond hair) or 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (for red and brunette). Pour it over your hair after rinsing out the shampoo, and then rinse out the vinegar. Redheads and brunettes can also rinse their hair with either black coffee or orange pekoe tea to add luster, then rinse with clear water.
Weird!!! But True:
Freezing panty hose can keep them from running. Before wearing them for the first time, stick them in the freezer overnight. This will strengthen the fibers!!
Did you know that playing with your pet, whether it is a dog, cat, lizard, hamster, bunny, squirrel, skunk etc., reduces blood pressure, improves your mood, and reduces stress. So, play with your pets. They always love you, through thick and thin. Treat them with lots of love and they will always be your best friend and always loyal. Have a great Thursday, my friends!!
Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:24 amFood.com Groupie
If onions keep livers healthy then I've got one of the world's healthiest livers. I CANNOT cook without onions.
I agree 100% about being careful with herbal medicines and folk remedies. The operative word in the phrase "herbal medicine" is "medicine" and "natural" does NOT mean safe -- hemlock and cyanide are "natural" too.
Here are a few recipes that will help a cold sufferer feel better:
Dh's Basil and Lemon Balm Tea for Cold Relief or Just Drinking -- Both herbs are natural expectorants that will, along with the steam, help unplug you. Additionally, since they are cooking herbs rather than the more powerful medicinal herbs, they are gentler and safer.
Uber-Bullion – Chicken -- Better than just pouring water over a bullion cube.
Uber-Bullion -- Beef -- I don't know about anyone else, but I get tired of all that chicken broth.
My mother's cure for the sort of flu she calls "The Grip" -- that's the one where you have sweats and chills and even your hair aches -- is to put the sufferer into a very hot, almost too hot to stand, bath and serve a cup of brandied tea. The brandied tea is super-strong, black tea with a generous slug of brandy and the juice of one or two lemon wedges along with enough sugar to take the edge off the bitterness.
Once you've been thoroughly steamed and have finished your tea she tucks you into bed with a hot water bottle for your feet and another for your back.
Tip -- an empty, well-rinsed, 2-liter soda bottle makes a great hot water bottle. When we lived in New England and had under-heated bedrooms I knitted socks for them because the dishtowels I'd roll around them generally came unrolled. A big, glass bottle with a secure lid will hold the heat even better. You just have to be careful not to drop it.
2 Cups of rice in an old, but unholed gym sock is a Rice Bag. You can sew it shut, knot it, or secure it with the sort of covered elastic you'd use to ponytail long hair. You can heat this in the microwave until its comfortably warm (Try 30 seconds, shake, 30 seconds, shake then adapt to your particular microwave and desired heat). Its a great way to apply heat to sore muscles.
Thu Sep 27, 2007 7:01 pmFood.com Groupie
Wow!!! Thank you, 3KillerB's for the wonderful tips!!! They are terrific!! And I love the recipes too!!
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