Thursday, January 29 , 2015

Use This for Oily Skin

Do you have oily skin? Here’s a natural way to get rid of the slick…

Use witch hazel as a balancing agent. Dab it on your face with a cotton ball first thing in the morning, last thing at night and anytime your face is feeling oily. It’ll make your skin look clear and bright.

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Thursday, January 29 , 2015

Hands-On Headache Cure

Next time your head starts to ache, instead of popping a pain pill, grab a friend and try this…

Ask your friend to slowly move one thumb down the right side of your back, heading from your shoulder blade toward your waist and stopping to exert gentle but steady pressure for one minute on any tender spots. If you have a minor tension headache, you should feel it dissipate. Human touch is a great healer!

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Monday, January 26 , 2015

Homemade Deodorant

Are you a big “sweat-er”? Even if you don't perspire profusely, body odor happens to the best of us, especially in the winter when we pack on the layers! Here's what to do…

Fill a clean, empty face-powder container (or any similar-sized plastic container) with baking soda, and apply evenly under your arms using a powder puff or big blush brush. The alkaline nature of the baking soda balances pH levels to neutralize odor…without added fragrance or chemicals.

Ladies…This is a great way to keep smelling fresh through a night of hot flashes.

If you have a real perspiration problem and feel more secure using a commercial deodorant, you can boost its power by applying baking soda over it.

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Tuesday, January 13 , 2015

Eat This to Unstuff Your Nose

Is your head cold all in your nose? Are you dreaming of sleep-filled nights when the breathing is easy? Nighttime cold medicines can contain alcohol and often disrupt sleep rather than help you heal. Here's what to use instead…

Just before bed, eat a teaspoon of prepared (or freshly grated, if you can take the heat) horseradish topped with a half-teaspoon of ground black pepper (or more, if you'd like). Breathe deeply as your nasal passages clear…and settle into a deep sleep.

If you can't hack the horseradish, swallow one-half teaspoon of honey with freshly ground pepper sprinkled on it. Don't inhale the pepper or you'll replace the sniffles with perpetual sneezing. Repeat whenever your nose clogs up...and when you need a healthy nap!

Caution: Diabetics and people with honey allergies should not use honey. If your symptoms continue for more than a few days, see your doctor.

Wednesday, December 31 , 2014

Healing Bath for Itchy Skin…It’s Not Oatmeal

Winter has a way of making your skin feel like a burlap bag. Now is a good time to make time for a relaxing, itch-soothing bath. And all you need is one inexpensive herb to give you relief.

If you're itching to bathe, add a pint of thyme tea to your bathwater. To make the tea, add two teaspoons of dried thyme to two cups of just-boiled water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Thyme contains thymol, which is an antiseptic, antibacterial substance that can really help with itch.

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Friday, December 19 , 2014

Stinky Tea for Cold Relief (It’s Not Garlic!)

You probably know that garlic can ward off a winter bug. But did you know that the onion is also a powerful natural remedy to relieve colds? Here are two ways to cut your cold time with this popular bulb.

Cut an onion in half, and place one half on each side of your bed so you can inhale the scent while you sleep. This should help clear your nasal passages.

Drop a slice of raw onion in a glass of just-boiled water. After a few seconds, remove the onion and, when the water cools (enough to drink without burning yourself), start sipping it. Continue to do so throughout the day. You should feel your symptoms start to abate in less than a day.

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Thursday, December 18 , 2014

A Tart Hangover Solution

Hurrah! It's a brand new year, and you feel like something the cat dragged in. Do you need a quick, cheap fix for a hangover? Here's what to do…

Take one-quarter of a lemon, and rub the juicy side on each armpit. You might need to repeat a few times before you feel less queasy. Revolting as this seems, we've been told that it does indeed ease the symptoms of a hangover.

Note: This might sting if you’ve recently shaved under your arms.

We recommended this remedy in one of our books. When we handed in the manuscript, the publisher gave the pages to an MD. The doctor reviewed all the remedies to make sure they were safe. In the margins of each chapter, he wrote comments like “this is outrageous” and “they must be joking.” Obviously, the doctor wasn't into folk remedies. That is, until he came to “lemon on the armpit for hangovers.” In the margin, next to this remedy he wrote, “It's the greatest! It helped get me through medical school.” This was our very first doctor-endorsed folk remedy.

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Thursday, December 04 , 2014

Add This to Your Coffee to Relieve Arthritis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the US. Approximately 50 million Americans are affected by arthritis—which has 100 different forms and many names. No matter what it's called, it causes a lot of pain. Here's a remedy we'd like to share...

Our friend's grandfather cleared up an arthritic condition (and lived to be 90) after he used a remedy given to him by a woman who brought it here from Puerto Rico.

Squeeze the juice of a large lime into a six-ounce cup of black coffee, and drink it hot first thing each morning.

We're not personally in favor of drinking coffee, but who are we to argue with success?

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Monday, November 24 , 2014

#1 Chicken Soup for a Cold

You hear it every time you get a cold—eat some chicken soup! That's great advice, but not all varieties are created equal. Here’s an easy chicken soup recipe that really heals.

Irwin Ziment, MD, professor emeritus of clinical medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, is an authority on respiratory conditions. Here’s his healing chicken soup recipe for colds, coughs and chest congestion. It tastes great...but take care! This is strong stuff. Be sure to follow the dosage at the end of the recipe.

Dr. Ziment’s Chicken Soup

1 quart homemade chicken broth,

or 2 cans low-fat, low-sodium chicken broth

1 garlic head—about 15 cloves, peeled

5 parsley sprigs, minced

6 cilantro sprigs, minced

1 tsp lemon pepper

1 tsp dried basil, crushed, or

1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil

1 tsp curry powder

Optional: Hot red pepper flakes to taste, sliced carrots, a bay leaf or two

Place all ingredients in a pot without a lid. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 30 minutes. (If the soup is for your own personal use, carefully inhale the fumes during preparation as an additional decongesting treatment.) Remove the solid garlic cloves and herbs and, along with a little broth, purée them in a blender or food processor. Return the purée to the broth and stir. Serve hot.

Caution: Since this soup contains large amounts of garlic (which can irritate the digestive tract), you shouldn't eat a substantial portion at one time. Please follow the dosage instructions.

Dose: Take two tablespoons of Dr. Ziment's Chicken Soup at the beginning of a meal, one to three times a day. (If you feel you want a little more than two tablespoons, fine, but do not exceed more than one-half cup at a time.)

The respected Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, states, “Researchers say that chicken soup acts as an anti-inflammatory and temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus through the nose. This relieves congestion and limits the amount of time viruses are in contact with the lining of your nose. Plus, soup and other liquids help loosen congestion and prevent dehydration.”

We have both felt the assault of cold symptoms and have “taken” this soup in the evening (the one-half cup portion). The following day, we were symptom-free.

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Thursday, November 20 , 2014

Instant Cough Fix

We all have a cough center in our brain. It's generally motivated by an irritation in the respiratory tract. In other words, a cough is nature's way of helping us loosen and get rid of mucus and other irritants that shouldn't be in our system. But sometimes you need a break! Here's a quick cough stopper...

Quarter a fresh lemon, sprinkle it with lots of black pepper and salt, and suck on it for quick relief. Black pepper stimulates circulation and mucus flow…salt and lemon are natural germ fighters. This works best for coughs due to colds, not dry coughs from smoking or irritants.

Note: If your cough lasts longer than a few days, or if it is accompanied by fever or shortness of breath, have it checked by a health professional. It could be serious.

Thanks to Kitchen Cabinet Cures by Sara Altshul with Dr. Pamela Hops (Reader’s Digest and Bottom Line Books) for help with this tip. (To purchase Kitchen Cabinet Cures, call Bottom Line Books customer service at 800-678-5835.)

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