- Beauty Masks :
- Once per week, we can spread on our face, a mask made of one beaten egg yolk and a teaspoon of oilve oil. Let stand 15 minutes and rinse using a damp cottonball dipped in tepid milk. Dry skin will be fed and at the same time rehydrated if, whenever using masks of fruit or vegetables, we add a good teaspoon of fresh cream.
- Hot water compresses are recommended to get rid of oily skin as these help open the pores and clean them of oils and residues. People with oily skin problems should not use fatty creams although a vigorous rub with fresh cow's milk to which has been added a few drops of cologne to remove make-up is recommended. The volume of cow's milk may be reduced to half and replaced by strawberry juice which will lighten and refresh the skin. All herbal lubricating lotions are beneficial: thyme, rosemarry, mint or savory. Just as egg yolk helps dry skin, egg whites tighten and smoothes oily skin, which makes them applicable on their own or mixed to fruit or vegetables for masks.
- Mask Variants:
- Amongst the fruit, the most refreshing for the skin are: strawberries, peaches and pinapple crushed as is or mixed with fresh cream, egg white or yolk depending on your skin type (see previous listing). Amongst vegetables, recommended is the very hydrating cucumber either chopped or sliced. Grated carrot heals facial inflamations and sunburn. The grated cabbage mask also posseses powerful healing properties. Compresses of raw or barely cooked cabbage work wonders on wounds or skin ulcers by absorbing impurities and contributes to tissue health. Masks made of raw grated potato hydrate and reduce wrinkles. Masks made of crushed beets and cream revitalize and masks of hot cooked spinach and milk deep clean the skin.
Hair fragrance :
- A Lavender water is concocted by steeping over the period of one month 25 grams of lavender flowers in one litre (quart) of Eau de Vie (Brandy). Filter. This mix is as appreciated by men as by women, not only as a hair perfume but also as a body tonic and folk remedy for rheumatism. This lavender water has a long shelf life, making it ideal for home or travel use. This same process is successful using roses, jasmin, violets, lemon grass or any herb or flower whose perfume you appreciate.
- Vinegar Foot Soak :
- Place two garlic bulbs in a blender along with two handfuls of fresh or
dried calendula petals, one handful of chopped fresh comfrey root, and
the chopped hulls of several black walnuts.
Pour vigegar over the herbs and blend well. Place mixture in a large,
shallow pan, and add 20 drops of tea tree oil.
To treat Athelete's Foot, soak feet in solution for at least 15 minutes. Rinse feet and dry in sun or in the light of a sun lamp. Use the foot soak 3 to 4 times per day. Make a fresh batch for each use.
- Kitchen Vinegar :
- Not only does this preparation tastegreat in salads, stir fries and marinades, but it contains anti-bacterial properties as well. Gather fresh oregano and place in a blender with 10 peeled cloves garlic. Pour vinegar over the herbs and blend. Bottle and allow to sit for several weeks. You may strain out the herbs or elect to leave them in the preparation. For additional flavour and a nice presentation, you may add a whole sprig of oregano, a cayenne pepper and several orange orlemon rinds. This vinegar keeps well for several months unrefrigerated.
- Massage Oil :
- 5 or 6 cayenne peppers, 1 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 ts clove essential oil, 1/4 ts eucalyptus essential oil, 1/4 ts mint essential oil.
Chop the cayenne peppers and place in a jar. Cover with vegetable oil making sure the peppers are completely covered. Store in a warm, dark place. Strain after one week. Add the essential oils
Massage on sore muscles, taking care not to get any in your eyes or open wounds and it will sting vehemently. Wash hands well afterward.
- Antifungal Salve:
- 1 cup garlic oil, 1/2 cup calendula oil, 1 ts black walnut tincture or 1/2 cup of oil made from black walnut hulls, 2oz beeswax, 40 drops tea tree essential oil.
Grate the beeswax. Heat the oils, and add the beeswax. When the beeswax is melted, add the tea tree oil and black walnut tincture. Stir well. Pour into salve containers immediately.
Good for Arthritis, lung congestion or sore muscles. Chop 1/2oz cayenne peppers, 1/2oz powdered cloves, 1oz mint leaves, 1oz chopped eucalyptus leaves, 4 cups isopropyl alcohol, 60 drops wintergreen essential oil, 20 drops peppermint essential oil, 20 drops clove essential oil.
Mix all but essentail oils. Store in a dark but room-temperature area for two weeks. Strain or press out fluids. Add essential oils and stir well.
Massage liniment into arthritic joints, sore muscles or on the back or chest for congestions.
- Lavender Cream:
- 1oz hydrous lanolin (at pharmacies), 1oz grated beeswax, 2oz comfrey oil, 2oz calendula oil, 2oz fresh calendula juice, 1/16oz borax powder, 100 drops lavender oil.
Mix and heat oils. Melt lanolin and beeswax in the warm oil. In another pot, gently warm calendula juice and dissolve borax into it. Remove both mixtures from heat. Mix both while constantly whisking. Stir in lavender oil. Spoon into jars and seal.
Cream made from fresh plant juices tend to go bad after 6 to 12 months. Store in the refrigerator.
- Comfrey Poultice:
- Use a poultice made of fresh comfrey root or leaf to help heael cuts, abrasions and other injuries to the skin. Place comfrey in a blender with enough calendula tincture to make the blades function. Blend into a wet mass. Place the comfrey directly against the skin if there are no deep lacerations. Otherwise spread onto a muslin pad, thin cheesecloth or gauze bandage so debris won't penetrate the wound. Leave on about 30 minutes. Use the comfrey poultice several times per day for an initial injury. Poultices last several days in the refrigerator. Although comfrey helps knit many minor wounds, serious injuries should be examined by a physician.
- Mustard Plaster:
mustard poultice is a time-honored therapy: Your great-grandmother may
have used mustard poultices and plasters to treat congestion, coughs,
bronchitis or pneumonia. A mustard plaster offers immediate
relief to discomfort in the chest and actually helps to treat infectious
conditions - a much needed therapy. It works mainly by increasing
circulation, perspiration and heat in the afflicted area.
The person receiving the treatment should sit or lie down comfortably. The best poultices are made from black mustard seeds ground fresh in a coffee grinder, but ordinary yellow mustard powder will do in a pinch. To prepare a mustard poultice, mix 1/2 cup mustard powder with 1 cup flour and stir hot water into the mix to form a paste. Spread the mixture on a piece of cotton or muslin has been soaked in hot water. Cover with a second piece of dry material. Lay the moist side of the poultice across the person's chest or back.
Leave the poultice on for 15 to 30 minutes; promptly remove it if the person experiences any discomfort. The procedure is likely to promote perspiration and reddening of the chest. Give the individual plenty of liquids during the procedure and encourage her to take a warm or cool shower afterward, then rest or gently stretch for 1/2 hour. Do not administer this treatment to a young child, elderly person or the seriously ill without consulting a health care professional.
- 3 tbs licorice powder, 3 tbs slippery elm powder,1 tbs myrrh powder,
1ts cayenne powder, honey as needed, 20 drops orange essential oil, 2
drops thyme essential oil.
Mix herbalpowders. Stir in honey until a gooey mass forms. Add essential oils, and mix very well. Spread the paste on a marble slab or other non-stick surface coated with cornstarch. With a rolling pin roll the mixture flat to about the thickness of a pancake. Cut into even pieces, roll into a ball and then flatten to form a lozenge and let air-dry in a well ventilated area for 12 hours.
- Cabbage Wrap for Eczema/ Psoriasis:
- Take outer leaves of cabbage and swill well under running water. Gently pat dry with clean
cotton cloth or better still air dry.
Spread leaves on a board or table so that the inner side of leaves face upwards (inner side of leaves must face up as they contain the most valuable nutrients with less chemicals).
Bruise the inner sides by rolling out with a rolling pin. This ensures that cells and nutrients are broken. Then wrap the leaves around the affected part of the body ensuring comfort. Secure with a bandage or cloth. Assistance to do this may be necessary. Leave on for at least an hour. Remove leaves.
Note: Be prepared for an awful smell. This smell confirms that the toxin drawing properties of the cabbage has done it's job! Don't be surprised to notice how much better the eczema is.
Some other handy things I've discovered over the years browsing in my grandmother's many herbal remedy books:
Sage oil is very good rubbed into old wounds scars.
A peppermint tea is good at relieving cramps.
Chamomile used externally is good for burns, wounds and swellings and internally is good for menstrual pains.
Basil used in compresses and in baths has a healing effect.
- For menstrual irregularities:
- Try raspberry leaves and nettles steeped in boiling water for five minutes. Strain and drink, add a touch of honey if necessary. Tea is effective for regaining uterine tone post-partum, fibroids, and painful cycles. Also effective for PMS symptoms and encouraging milk supply in nursing mothers.
Submitted by: Lisa F., thanks.
Bread and Milk poultices work very well for infection- Heat milk-add a bit of bread and wrap in gauze or cheese cloth and place on cut or wound, Also good for boils. Use as hot as you can stand it. Repeat a few times a day as long as necessary. It works pretty fast and often much better than antiseptic creams.
For foreign object in eye, such as sand, dirt, or piece of twig: Our family doctor some 50 years back told my sister to use a drop of vegetable or olive oil in the effective eye when you first get something in it and the particle will be drawn to the corner of the eye and you can remove it. The eye will be blurry for a few minutes but it will not be sore from rubbing if done right away. It's when the child or adult rubs it that it makes it worst.
1 to 5 teaspoons of corn starch in half a glass of milk with a touch of vanilla for flavour & 1 tsp of sugar you can take 3 to 5 times per day or take double or triple doses, will stop the runs & will not hurt children can be used without sugar or vanilla.This mixture will not bind you up is over 150 years old. From Grandma Miller 1855.
Submitted by: David Miller, thanks.
Effective Face Mask:
Mix the pulp of an orange with one of two spoons of honey. Apply it on your face and leave it on for approximately 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. When done, your skin should feel soft and velvety.
For Tired Eyes:
Dampen two envelopes of chamomile tea with warm water. Put one envelope on each eye and listen to relaxing music. Keep it on for about 20 minutes, and when you’re done, your eyes will be noticeably better.
OR mix cotton with milk and put on eyes.leave it on for as long as you want. this helps dark circles
For Soft Shiny Hair:
Blend an egg yolk in a bowl and then massage the scalp and hair with the yolk of an egg. Leave it on for a minute and then rinse without using shampoo. If you also want to lighten your hair, put lemon on it.
For Colds and Flu:
A first indication that you've contacted a virus, like sniffles, sorethroat, etc., chop very fine one clove of fresh garlic, place on a teaspoon, slide it off with your upper lip, and chase down with a half cup of water. The symptoms will be gone in a few hours.
Thanks to Bonnie Rudzik for this submission
For Blister Rashes:
To dry up the rash of blisters using apple cider vinegar works instantly.
Soft Skin Fix:
While in the shower, soap up your body with your favorite soap and before rinsing off use yellow cornmeal as a scrub on your skin ( do not apply cornmeal with a towel/flanel, apply with moistened hands) and when it is rinsed your sking will feel great.
It removes all dead skin leaving a vibrant and softer skin. Can be used on your face also.
Thanks YaTasha for this submission
More Arthritis help :
I have found that avoiding red meat, oranges and lemons make a world of difference, and when adding grapefruit to your diet, it will help even more!
Thanks Soli for this submission
To Reduce Fever : Cut a medium sized grapefruit in half and place in a saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, and allow to cool to room temperature. Wring out the grapefruit half into the water, and discard rind. You may add 1 tsp Feverfew herb, or 1tsp Echinacea herb to the water while cooling, to make an infusion. Strain before drinking. The tea will be bitter, so add a little honey to sweeten. Grapefruit rind is a natural source of Quinine. Quinine is used to treat the fevers of Malaria and other infections. Use fresh grated grapefruit rind with plasters and poultices to aid in healing of wounds and rashes also.
Thanks Nancy Brokaw, Nutritional Consultant for this submission
One of my clients called about an Eczema problem...she can't believe how fast it is going away, after 15 years of suffering with it. I treated her for candida (yeast) infection. The infection comes from inside the body and is in her bloodstream. I am treating that with anti-yeast herbs and a diet that will acidify the Ph in her gut.
Her saliva and urine were in the acid range when checked with Ph paper, so she had been told she was too acid. Quite the contrary...bad yeast grows best in an alkaline Ph, as do parasites. When she followed my instruction to check the Ph of her feces, thereby the gut, it went into the dark blue! (Alkaline).
I want to tell you that it is important to drink cabbage juice...about 1 ounce per day, mixed with other green juices, if preferred. Also, Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salts) is one of the best external treatments I have ever seen for healing eczema and psoriasis (Yeast). You can dissolve about 3 handsfull of Epsom Salts into a bathtub of warm water and soak for 20-30 minutes in it once a day...use the time to relax and meditate, perhaps light a candle and put soft music on. This will also help to grow out healthy nails and will eliminate another side-effect of yeast; thick callouses on the feet!
Thanks Nancy Brokaw, MS, CCN, NC, HHP for this submission
Beat an egg white and add a teaspoon of olive oil. Apply to burned area until dry and re-apply a few times. It works wonders, takes the burn away and leaves no mark of it.
Thanks Pavlina from Greece for this submission