Friday, July 25 , 2014

Cabbage Remedy for Pain

You probably know that cruciferous vegetables should be a big part of your diet, but did you know that they're also good for pain relief? No, you don’t have to put a head of broccoli on your knee. Here's what to do...

For relief from joint pain caused by arthritis, gout or overexertion, take a few cabbage leaves and steam them for 10 minutes, until they're limp. You can place a metal steamer over boiling water, or place whole leaves into boiling water, lower the heat and gently simmer for 10 minutes. While the cabbage leaves are cooking, lightly massage a little olive oil on the painful area. After 10 minutes, pull out the cabbage leaves and drain on paper towels. As soon as possible, without burning yourself, place the warm cabbage leaves on the oiled area. Cover with a heavy towel or plastic wrap to keep in the heat. Repeat the process an hour later with new cabbage leaves. Stop when you're tired of wearing cabbage.

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Tuesday, July 22 , 2014

Repair Sun-Abused Skin

Soften the leathery look of skin that has had too much sun with this centuries-old beauty mask formula. Mix two tablespoons of raw honey with two tablespoons of flour. Add enough milk (two to three tablespoons) to make the mixture the consistency of toothpaste. Be sure your face and neck are clean and your hair is out of the way. Smooth the paste on your face and neck. Stay clear of the delicate skin around your eyes. Leave the paste on for a half-hour, then rinse it off with tepid water and pat dry. Do this once or twice a week, and wear a hat when you go out in the sun, please!

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Monday, July 21 , 2014

Sweet Trick for Warts

No matter how you feel about warts, they seem to have a way of growing on you. Verruca vulgaris is the medical term for the common wart. And we think that's a very fitting term! We have more folk cures for warts than pretty much anything else, so here's one more pantry product that will make that ugly bump disappear.

Dab a drop of blackstrap molasses on the wart, and cover with an adhesive bandage. Keep it on all day. Repeat the molasses/bandage treatment every day. In about two weeks, the wart should drop off without leaving a trace.

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Wednesday, July 16 , 2014

The 2 Natural Laxatives

Everyone has an occasional bout of constipation...and some bouts are more troublesome than others, so it's nice to have a little help. Store-bought chemical laxatives can kill friendly bacteria and lessen the absorption of nutrients. They can also become habit-forming...and eventually cause constipation. Who wants to pay good money for that? Here are two natural (and less expensive) solutions...

The most natural time to move your bowels is within the first few hours of the day. Drinking water on an empty stomach stimulates peristalsis (the wavelike muscle contractions that move food forward). So, before breakfast, drink the juice of half a lemon in one cup of warm water. While it may help cleanse your system, it may also make you pucker a lot. If you find it hard to drink, sweeten it with a little honey.

If lemon and water is not for you, try this: Take seven dried figs, and soak them overnight in a glass of room-temperature water. In the morning, drink the water and then eat the figs.

Note: Constipation may be a symptom of disease or lead to major health problems. It is important to consult a medical professional before starting any self-help treatment.

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Thursday, June 26 , 2014

Milk Beats Blisters

Those shoes were cute, but you had to walk farther than you had estimated. Now painful blisters vex you! What to do...

Resist the urge to pop a blister (yuck!) because you run the risk of infection. An intact blister is still painful, so soak your blister in regular cold milk (whole milk works best) for a half hour or so to reduce the pain and swelling. You can also apply a cold compress (for 10 minutes at a time) to relieve the inflammation.

If the blister is open and not infected, cover it with an adhesive bandage during the day and take off the bandage when you go to bed to let the wound dry out. If the blister is open and oozing (double yuck!), apply antibiotic ointment and cover with a bandage. Get professional help if it gets worse—that means it's probably infected.

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Tuesday, June 24 , 2014

The Condiment for Bug Bites

Are you getting ready for a picnic or barbecue? Don't forget this condiment...and it's not just for hot dogs.

If you're at a picnic and you get an insect bite or sting, apply mustard to the area to help relieve the pain, itch and redness. You also can use ice cubes or a paste made from table salt and water to bring down the swelling (these are good remedies, but they don’t quite cut the mustard).

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Friday, June 20 , 2014

Homemade Acne Mask

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (aad.org), frequent washing does nothing to prevent acne outbreaks. Overwashing is actually irritating, and excess irritation can worsen acne. A washcloth can aggravate this situation further. So use your bare hands to wash gently, and wash only twice a day. And try this homemade mix to help achieve healthy, acne-free skin...

First, wash your face with a mild soap to remove dirt, oil, makeup, sunscreen and/or moisturizer.

Mix the juice of half a lemon (about two tablespoons) with one teaspoon of dark brown sugar. Then gently apply the mixture all over your face. Let it stay that way for 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water, and pat dry. Do this twice a day for at least two weeks, and you should see the acne clearing up.

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Thursday, June 19 , 2014

No More Oily Hair!

You know it's healthier not to wash your hair every day, but you get the greasies so easily! Here's what to do...

Add two tablespoons of Epsom salts to a bottle of your regular shampoo. Shake it thoroughly to blend in and slightly dissolve the salts. Then, every other time you shampoo, massage your roots and scalp (the oiliest areas) with the Epsom-salted shampoo. (Yes, this means you'll need to rotate between two bottles of shampoo—one plain and one salted.) You should be able to cut your hair washing down to two or three times a week—without that depressing, oily-hair feeling!

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Wednesday, June 18 , 2014

Garden Cure for Achy Feet

Were you on your feet all day and now your dogs are barking? Or maybe there's some weird ache around your ankles or shin area, and you need a little natural soothing. Here's a healing vegetable for those achy feet.

Boil or roast a large turnip until it's soft. Then mash it and spread half of it on a white cotton handkerchief. Spread the other half on another handkerchief. Apply the turnip mush to the bottoms of your bare feet, bandage them in place, and sit with your feet elevated for about half an hour. This "sole food" should draw out the pain and tiredness.

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Monday, June 16 , 2014

Dark Under-Eye Circles

If you had a night of too much alcohol and not enough sleep, you might wake up with dark circles under your eyes. Those raccoon rings could also be from allergies, general irritation or just getting old. If you've checked out your rings with the doctor and he/she says that there's nothing majorly wrong with you, try these remedies...

If you have access to fresh figs, try cutting one in half and placing the halves under your eyes with the moist fig insides against your skin. You should, of course, lie down and relax for 15 to 30 minutes while you do this. OK, fig face, time to get up and gently rinse the sticky stuff off with tepid water. Dab on some peanut oil or olive oil to give the thin eye skin a subtle, healthful glow.

When figs are not in season, grate an unwaxed cucumber or a small scrubbed (preferably red) potato. Put the gratings on two gauze pads (or cheesecloth...anything that will allow some seepage), lie down and place the pads, gauze-side down, under your eyes. Rinse your face with cool water, and dab on some peanut or olive oil.

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