Common Cold Remedy

 INGREDIENTS: One Large Onion, Sugar.

  I’ve only tried this once so far, but, to my surprise, it worked magnificently. My cold usually last from 10 to 14 days. When I tried this remedy I was on day three and within approximately 24 hours the cold was GONE.

  Peel the onion and then core out the middle, but not all the way down, core it down about three quarters of the way to the bottom of the onion. Then spoon in sugar into the cored out middle of the onion. Let it sit in a plate or bowl for approximately 12 hours at room temperature. After 12 hours, the sugar has drawn to it the juice from the onion and it is now a sweet syrup. Spoon out the syrup and eat it…. Within approximately 24 hours your cold symptoms should be gone.

  Yes your kitchen will smell like an onion for that 12 hours, and yes, after you eat the onion syrup you’ll have some serious onion breath for the rest of the day. But it’s definitely worth it...If your cold isn't gone in about 24 hours, it will at the very least mute all your usual cold symptoms by about 75% for the duration of the cold.…


Getting rid of under arm odor

 INGREDIENTS: small slice of lemon or lemon juice (the green and yellow bottle you see in the grocery store).

 INSTRUCTIONS: Either rub a slice of lemon under your arms after showering or, if you’re using the lemon juice, you can put some in the palm of your hand and rub it on your underarm, or, you can do as I do, put the lemon juice in a small spray bottle and just spray it on....Voilà!! No more B.O.……GONE…..forever. THIS REALLY WORKS!!!

  If everyone knew about this, the deodorant industry would go belly up in a week.
  This has an immense health benefit also…Deodorants only cover up the odor with another “more pleasant” smell.  Antiperspirants slow down the perspiration by clogging up the lymphatic glands and in the underarm area. Underarm odor is the result of bacteria excretions. The bacteria live off the hormonal waste from our sweat glands. So by clogging up the lymphatic glands so you have less sweat. Less sweat equals fewer hormonal secretions. Fewer hormonal secretions equals less food for the bacteria. Less food for the bacteria equals fewer bacterial excretions. Fewer bacterial excretions equals less odor. This is very bad for two reasons. The first reason is that all antiperspirants have aluminum in them. There have been countless studies linking aluminum to Alzheimer’s. Secondly, when you clog up your lymphatic glands in your axillary area, it can cause backup of toxic waste, which may result in lumps in the breast, fibrocystic breast disease, cancer, etc.
A far more efficient way to eliminate body odor is not cover it up, not clog up your pores, but simply "kill the bacteria." The citric acid in Lemon is a weak acidic, which does just that. Voilà, no more odor. It’s really that simple.



     I like to spray on "vanilla," either the extract or imitation vanilla (imitation vanilla is much cheaper) is fine, after spraying on the lemon juice (I use a second little spray bottle for the vanilla). The vanilla also aids in killing the underarm bacteria (although it's not necessary when using the lemon juice), AND it gives you a very subtle scent of vanilla all day long, as well as eliminate any slight stickiness you may occasionally have from the lemon juice....Very nice!                                                                                                                                      


Natural Mouthwash


INGREDIENTS: ¼ tsp. Salt, ¼ tsp. Baking soda, Water

 INSTRUCTIONS: Put the salt and baking soda in your cup, or you can use them separately if you wish, add a little bit of warm water, enough to garble/rinse with, swirl around till the salt and baking soda are dissolved, rinse/gargle, and there you have it.  Easy, quick, simple, natural and healthy

Mouthwashes are used to deodorize the mouth and to kill germs, but they have a list of undesirable chemicals that you would be better off NOT having in your mouth. The mucosa in your mouth is extremely permeable and readily absorbs anything it comes in contact with. This is a natural and very inexpensive alternative that has no burning in the mouth like regular mouthwashes do and actually deodorizes your mouth better. The salt helps to draw out and kill the bacteria. The baking soda not only alkalizes your mouth, which neutralizes the acid that causes tooth decay, but it also creates an undesirable environment for the bacteria in your mouth that create that tooth decay in the first place. All in all, it does a better job than mouthwashes and is easy on the wallet too. Doesn’t get any better than that.



Remedy for a Cough


 INSTRUCTIONS: Take anywhere from a teaspoon to a tablespoon of raw honey, either straight or diluted in warm water. This works 'better' than cough syrup and is actually GOOD for you. Raw honey is considered a "Super Food."



 Minor Burns


 INGREDIENTS: Cold Water, Colgate toothpaste

 INSTRUCTIONS: For minor burns (i.e. from picking up a hot fry pan, touching a very hot surface, steam, flame, sunburn). You must do two things. Cool down that area, and sooth the pain. When you burn yourself your skin keeps on cooking. It continues to heat up. It’s kind of like a roast you just took out of the oven, if you set it on the counter for about 20 minutes, it will continue to cook, as much as 20° more. It continues to "self baste", and that is exactly what your skin does. It continues to cook, to self baste. So you must immediately cool down the area to prevent the damage from deepening.

  So you run it under "cold water" to stop this self basting action. You DO NOT use butter. All that does is worsen the situation. Now you are “frying” the area as well as cooking it. Not good, (unless you want to put some onions and mushrooms on it to saute them).  :)
  After running it under cold water for a few minutes. Then liberally apply the toothpaste to the area. It WORKS! It makes an excellent salve for burns.



Vinegar to heal bruises



 INSTRUCTIONS: Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it
to  the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up  the
healing process.



Shoe Polish Recipe

Olive oil
Lemon juice

1. Combine one part lemon juice to two parts olive oil to form a polish.

2. Use a clean cloth to rub a small amount of the polish into your shoes. Then, allow it to soak in for a few minutes.

3. Buff with another cloth, and enjoy your shiny shoes!

Benefits of Using Homemade Shoe Polish:


Tips and Warnings:

1) Apply to clean, dry shoes

2) Repeat monthly or as needed to extend the life of your leather shoes

3) Cheap olive oil works just as well as more expensive grades



Natural Sore Throat Remedy


 INGREDIENTS: Vinegar, Honey (preferably raw)

 PREPARATION: Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey. Take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar and the honey kills the bacteria. 



Natural Way to Soft Skin

Here is a natural home remedy for silky soft skin (face, hands, feet, all over).

INGREDIENTS: Liquid hand soap, baking soda, salt, washcloth.

Put some liquid soap, some baking soda (about ¼ tsp.), and some salt (about ¼ tsp.) into the washcloth, and wash with it. You’ll be amazed how satiny soft you skin will be afterwards.



Remove Skin Tags

 Here is a natural, painless way to remove skin tags.


Open up the tag, (get it to bleed), then put a drop or two of iodine onto the tag. Within a day or so it should dry up and fall/rub off.




Sunburn Remedy



Dab or spray the vinegar onto the sunburn. It takes the burn and sting out almost immediately.


~Submitted by Sister Lisa 



   Joint Health

     INGREDIENTS:  Some bones (chicken, turkey, beef, etc.), egg shells, water.



  PLACE some bones (chicken, turkey, beef, etc.) and some egg shells in a large crock pot filled with water. Let simmer/cook for about 8 hours. STRAIN and put in the refrigerator.   

  The broth can be, of course, used as a stock for soup but is also good in any food prep that requires water, such as: mashed potatoes (use the broth instead of milk and nix the butter, MM MM good!), use as an au jus for meat, good on pilafs, rice, vegetables, use it in place of water for my "Poached Oatmeal"  or "Spice Drop Soup" recipes, use on a baked potato instead of butter, etc. .....Be creative, and get at least 8 ounces of broth a day.
  Hyaluronan (also called hyaluronic acid or hyaluronate), is a non-sulfated glycosaminoglycan distributed widely throughout connective, epithelial, and neural tissues. It is a gellike substance that is found in the synovial fluid and cartilage of the joints where it serves as a lubricant, a shock absorbent, and a protective agent, aiding in the hydration on the articulating joint tissues. Hyaluronan is a MAJOR component of the synovial fluid and is found to increase the viscosity of the fluid. Along with lubricin, it is one of the fluid's main lubricating components. Hyaluronan is an important component of articular cartilage, where it is present as a coat around each cell (chondrocyte). When aggrecan monomers bind to hyaluronan in the presence of link protein, large highly negatively-charged aggregates form. These aggregates imbibe water and are responsible for the resilience of cartilage (its resistance to compression).
  Hyaluronan is used to treat osteoarthritis of the knee. Such treatments, called "viscosupplementation", are administered as a course of injections into the knee joint and are believed to supplement the viscosity of the joint fluid, thereby lubricating the joint, cushioning the joint, and producing an analgesic effect. It has also been suggested that hyaluronan has positive biochemical effects on cartilage cells.
  It is distributed widely throughout connective, epithelial, and neural tissues. Consequently it can be found in abundance in the Periostium (A tough "membrane" of variable thickness which covers bone and is firmly and directly attached to it), and on the inner epithelial layer of egg shells.




    Mosquito Repellent


  INGREDIENTS: Listerine


   Put the Listerine into a spray bottle and spray on. It keeps the mosquito's away.



     How to Handle a Hangover


There's a freight train running through the middle of your head and you're not listening to Bruce Springsteen ... Sounds like a hangover. Symptoms of a hangover include a throbbing head, queasy stomach, dry mouth, sensitivity to light and sound, inability to concentrate, and often, a bit of existential angst thrown in for good measure. Before you run out and buy sauerkraut juice, persimmons or another home remedy, first discern fact from fiction.

Alcohol is a diuretic, which means that it increases urine production, thus decreasing the amount of water available to your body. Sip water or sports drinks, suck on ice cubes, and eat food with high water content (I.e. Watermelon) to replace the water you eliminated. Sports drinks provide the added benefit of replacing electrolytes. Along with the electrolytes excreted by your kidneys when you drink too much, you eliminate B vitamins, too. Replenish them with a B-complex vitamin that contains Vitamin B1 (thiamin), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and Vitamin B12.

In addition to dehydration, alcohol causes your blood sugar to dip. Stick with bland foods like toast, crackers, broth or chicken soup (which replaces salt and potassium) but put at least a little something in your stomach. Bananas replenish magnesium and potassium levels. Eggs contain cysteine, an amino acid that counteracts the effects of acetaldehyde (which is what ethanol is converted to in your body).

If a cup of coffee sounds good with breakfast, remember that caffeine is a diuretic, and you're already dehydrated. But if you drink coffee regularly, the morning of a hangover is not the time to swear it off (or you'll have a throbbing caffeine headache on top of your throbbing hangover headache). Just drink in moderation (like you should have last night!) so that you won't further dehydrate your already-depleted body. If your stomach is so queasy that your usual cup of Joe won't go down, try caffeine gum instead. If you're not already a coffee drinker, now is not the time to start!

Hangover morning is a good time to give herbal remedies a try. Milk thistle extract helps to protect the liver and flush out toxins. Ginger relieves nausea. And feverfew extract can substitute for aspirin.

If you can maintain your balance, light exercise will bring more oxygen to your blood and eliminate alcohol through your sweat. But if you're more intent on pain relief, remember that aspirin and ibuprofen can irritate your stomach and even promote gastrointestinal bleeding. And acetaminophen taxes your kidneys and liver, which are already in overdrive. (If you're planning to drink again anytime soon, stay away from acetaminophen, as it can cause liver damage.)

Some of the most disconcerting aspects of a hangover are the mood disturbances that can accompany the physical symptoms. Remember that alcohol is a depressant, which means that when consumed in large quantities, it depresses you. Along with the other unpleasant symptoms, this, too, shall pass.


      Razor Burn and Acne Remedy


   Ingredients: Zinc Oxide Crème (10% or more), a.k.a. {Diaper Rash Crème}


   Apply Diaper Rash Crème after shaving. For acne; apply crème at bedtime after vigorously washing your face. Zinc oxide kills the bacteria responsible for acne and is a skin protectorate against razor burn, and preventing it from worsening due to bacterial infection of the open pores.


          Good-bye Fruit Flies

  Ingredients: Apple Cider Vinegar, Dish Washing Liquid


To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it 1/2" with
Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid, mix well. You will
find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!



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