Handy Household Tips and Tricks
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, Coughs & Asthma
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, Dark circles around eyes
, Dry skin
, Eye problems
, Facial cleanser
, Gum in Hair
, Hair lightener
, Hay fever
, Insect bites
, Morning sickness
, Mosquito bites
, Mucus in cough
, Muscle cramps
, Oily skin
, Pain reliever
, Smelly feet
, Smoking habit
, Sore throat
, Stomach ache
, Stomach acidity
, Toothache & Mouth
, Varicose veins
, Vomiting & Nausea
, Weak nails
, Wrinkles & Skin
, Yellow teeth
BLACKHEADS, AND PIMPLES:
- Dab a small amount of toothpaste (paste, not gel)
on pimples before bed; this helps dry out the pimples.
- Mix equal amounts of lemon juice and rose water, apply
to face with a cotton ball, and allow to sit for 30 minutes before rinsing. 15-20 days of this application helps cure
pimples and also helps to remove blemishes and scars.
fresh lemon juice on the affected area overnight. Wash off with
warm water next morning.
acne that hasn't seemed to respond to anything, steep 2-3 tsp.
dried basil leaves in 1 cup boiling water for 10-20 minutes, cool, and apply to
affected area with a cotton ball.
- Avoid drinking tea (regular, not herbal varieties) and
coffee immediately after meals, as the tannin present in these
interferes in the absorption of iron from the food.
- Drink a cup of herbal tea mixed with 1/4 cup
blackstrap molasses each day. This provides 80% of the iron needed in one day.
- Foods high in iron: lean beef, lean pork, skinned poultry,
shellfish, fish, liver, organ meats, egg yolks, pinto, kidney, lima, navy,
chick peas, black-eyed peas, lentils, split peas, green peas, spinach, kale,
collards, beet greens, chard, broccoli, raisins, prunes, figs, dates, dried
peaches, dried apricots, nuts, peanut butter, whole grain breads.
- Your body absorbs iron from meats easier than fruits and
vegetables. To aid in the absorption of iron from fruits and vegetables, eat
them with a good source of vitamin C.
- A daily serving
of fresh fish or fish oil capsules helps to give relief of
arthritis and other joint pains.
- 3-4 walnuts eaten daily, on an empty stomach, will help.
- Mix 1 tsp. honey with
1/2 tsp. cinnamon and take it at night before going to bed.
- Avoid taking aspirin, as this may invoke an asthma attack.
- Boil some cinnamon bark in a cup of water. Store it
in a clean bottle in your bathroom. Use it as a mouthwash frequently.
- Parsley leaves are rich in chlorophyll, nature's
own deodorizer. Chew some leaves regularly and your breath will remain fresh.
- You can chew some cardamom seeds to sweeten your
BLADDER INFECTION: Take a bag of
fresh or frozen cranberries and boil them in water (they will
fall apart). Cool and drink. Don't add sugar! This remedy is also
useful for people with kidney problems.
BLADDER STONES: Boil 2 figs in 1
cup of water. Drink daily for a month.
BRUISES: Slice a raw onion and
place over the bruise. Do not apply this to broken skin.
COLD AND FLU:
Here is a delicious recipe
for a cold and flu soup: Sauté 6 crushed cloves of garlic in 1 tsp. vegetable
oil until golden. Pour in a quart of beef or chicken stock and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and whisk in 2 egg whites. Beat together 2 egg yolks and 2 Tbls.
distilled white vinegar; pour this mixture into the soup. Season with salt and pepper
and top with
croutons, if desired.
CONSTIPATION (IN ADULTS):
- Eat a few black licorice sticks.
- Take apple pectin.
- Make sure you're getting enough Folic Acid in your diet.
- Drinking ginger tea will help start a bowel movement.
CONSTIPATION (IN SMALL
CHILDREN): Soak 6-8 raisins in hot water.
When cool, crush well and strain. When given routinely even to
little infants, it helps to regulate bowel movement.
COUGHS AND ASTHMA: Steep
3-4 cloves of garlic in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks. Use several drops at a time,
several times a day for coughs or asthma. Garlic is an
exceptional cleanser for the body and has antimicrobial action
similar to other antibiotics.
DAMAGED, DRY HAIR: A nourishing
conditioner for dry or damaged hair which can be used for all
hair types: Separate the white of an egg from the yolk, whip it
to a peak. Add 1 Tbls. water to the yolk and blend until the
mixture is creamy. Then mix the white and yolk together. Wet your
hair with warm water, remove the excess moisture, and apply the
mixture to your scalp with your fingertips. Massage gently until
the froth is worked into your scalp, then rinse the hair with
cool water. Keep applying the mixture until it is used up and
then rinsed until all of the egg is washed away.
Pour distilled white vinegar onto the hair, as close to the scalp as you can
manage; massage into the scalp; and allow to dry for several minutes before
washing as usual. Repeat daily
until the dandruff disappears, usually within a few days.
DARK CIRCLES AROUND EYES:
Make a paste out of 1
tsp. tomato juice, 1/2 tsp. lemon juice, a pinch of turmeric
powder, and 1 tsp. of flour. Apply around eyes. Leave on for 10
minutes before rinsing.
DEPRESSION: 3/4 cup of cooked
spinach a day is enough to give dramatic relief from depression
if you are deficient in B vitamins.
DIARRHEA: Eat boiled sweet
potatoes seasoned with salt and pepper before bedtime to cure
DRY SKIN: Combine 1 cup oatmeal,
1 cup warm water, 1 Tbls. vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup baking
soda in a blender or food processor until you have a smooth
paste. Pour this paste under the running water while drawing the
bath. Very soothing to dry, itchy skin.
EARACHE: Steep 1-2 tsp.
chamomile flowers in boiling water for 10-15 minutes. Strain out
the water, and apply the hot flowers in a cloth for alleviation
of the earache.
ECZEMA: Rub a
whole nutmeg against a
smooth stone slab with a little water and make a paste. Apply on
affected parts. (Note: It is believed by some rural, old
fashioned practitioners that instead of water, one's own early
morning saliva can be used for better results.)
ENERGIZER: Simmer 1 cup honey and 3 cup water together slowly. Allow
1 cup of the water to evaporate. Strain off the top surface, and
put the remaining liquid into a stoneware crock or dark bottle.
Put a towel over it so it can breathe, yet be free of dirt. Place
in a cool place. You can add cinnamon, clove, or the juice of 2
lemons, if you like.
Simmer 1 cup water and 1 tsp. honey for 5 minutes.
Dip a cloth in the liquid and apply to the closed eye.
FACIAL CLEANSER: Mix 2 Tbls.
cornstarch, 2 Tbls. glycerin, and 1/2 cup water until smooth.
Heat in a small pan placed in a water bath inside another pan.
Heat until thick and clear; it will have the consistency of
pudding. Do not boil. Cool completely, Use in place of soap to
cleanse your skin. (If mixture is too thick, you may thin it by
adding a little water, 1 Tbls. at a time, until you reach the
FATIGUE: Take a glass of
grapefruit and lemon juice in equal parts to dispel fatigue and
general tiredness after a day's work.
GUM IN HAIR: Soak the gum-coated hair in
Coke® and it should wipe out easily.
HAIR LIGHTENER: To lighten hair,
use 1/4 cup chopped fresh rhubarb to 2 cups boiling water. Cool,
strain, and apply as a rinse.
HANG-OVER: Eat honey on
crackers. The fructose in the honey will help to flush out the
alcohol in your system.
HAY FEVER: Steep 1 tsp.
fenugreek seed in 1 cup water, covered, for 10 minutes. Drink 1
cup a day to help hay fever symptoms.
HEADACHE: Eat 10-12 almonds, the
equivalent of two aspirins, for a migraine headache. Almonds are
far less likely to upset the stomach.
HICCUPS: Drink 1/2 glass water,
slowly. Keep a tsp. of sugar in your month and suck slowly. Suck
2-3 small pieces of fresh ginger. This helps in hiccups which
keep occurring again and again. OR
Take a large mouthful of water with out swallowing, plug both
ears, and slowly begin to swallow the water. Unplug your ears and
you're hiccup free!
(Submitted by Mrs T. Falkmann)
HICKEY: Coat area liberally with
lotion. Rub with the back of a cold spoon vigorously for as long
as you can stand to, changing out spoon for new cold one every 10
minutes. Recommended time for this treatment is 45-60 minutes.
INSECT BITES: Mix water with
cornstarch into a paste and apply. This is effective in drawing
out the poisons of most insect bites and is also an effective
remedy for diaper rash.
MORNING SICKNESS: Mix 1 tsp.
each fresh juice of mint and lime, and 1 Tbls. honey. Take 3
times a day.
MOSQUITO BITES: Apply lime juice
diluted with water on bites with cotton ball.
MUCUS IN COUGH: Pour 1 cup
boiling water over 1/2 tsp. each of ginger, ground cloves, and
cinnamon. Filter. Sweeten with 1 tsp. honey and drink.
MUSCLE CRAMPS: Apply clove oil
on the affected body parts.
NAUSEA: Boil 1/2 cup of rice in
1 cup of water for about 10-20 minutes. After it is boiled, drain
the water into a cup and sip at the rice water until symptoms are
- Mix lime juice with
honey and water; drink a glass of this every morning.
- Mix 3 tsp. lime juice, 1/4 tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. honey, and 1
cup water; drink a glass a day for 3 months.
- Mix 1 tsp. lime juice with 1 cup water and drink each morning.
- Eat a tomato before breakfast.
OILY SKIN: For oily skin, mix
1/2 cup cooked oatmeal, 1 egg white, 1 Tbls. lemon juice, and 1/2
cup mashed apple into a smooth paste. Apply to face and leave on
15 minutes. Rinse.
OVERWEIGHT: Effective at getting
rid of fat, drink up to 3 cups of green tea daily. Regular tea
can also be used with a lesser effect.
PAIN RELIEVER: Mix 3 Tbls. of
honey in boiled water and drink. Honey has natural pain-relieving
SMELLY FEET: Soak feet in strong
tea for 20 minutes every day until the smell disappears. To
prepare your footbath, brew two tea bags in 2 1/2 cups of water
for 15 minutes and pour the tea into a basin containing two
liters of cool water.
SMOKING HABIT: Lick a little
salt with the tip of your tongue whenever you feel the urge to
smoke. This is said to break the habit within 1 month.
SORE THROAT: Mix 1 tsp. lime
juice and 1 Tbls. honey. Swallow tiny amounts slowly 2-3 times a
- Lay scotch tape over
the splinter and pull off.
- Soak the area in vegetable oil for
a few minutes before removing with tweezers.
STOMACH ACHE: A simple cure for
a stomachache is to dissolve 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon in 1 cup warm water, cover
and let sit for 15 minutes, then drink it like tea.
This remedy can also ease diarrhea and flatulence.
- Drink coconut
water 3-4 times a day.
- Have a plateful of watermelon and/or
cucumber every hour.
Mix 2 tsp. tomato juice and 1/4 cup buttermilk. Apply to affected area. Rinse after 1/2 hour.
TOOTHACHE & MOUTH PAIN: To
ease toothache or other mouth pain, make a tea by boiling 1 Tbls. fresh peppermint in 1 cup water and adding a little salt.
Peppermint is an antiseptic and contains menthol, which relieves
pain when applied to skin surfaces.
Take 2-3 tsp. black strap molasses orally daily. This also treats
all kinds of circulatory ailments.
VOMITING AND NAUSEA:
- Sucking a
piece of ice controls vomiting.
- Eat 1/2 tsp. ground cumin seeds.
- Cinnamon and sliced ginger work by interrupting nausea signals
sent from the stomach to the brain. If you are an herbal tea
drinker, simply sprinkle cinnamon on the tea and drink. To make
ginger tea, simmer a few slices of ginger in hot tea water.
WARTS: Try taping a slice of
garlic to the wart. Be sure to first protect the surrounding skin
with petroleum jelly.
WEAK NAILS: To strengthen and
shine nails, combine 2 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. castor oil, and 1 tsp.
wheat germ oil and mix thoroughly. Pour into bottle. Shake before
using. To use, rub a small amount into your nails. Leave on 3-5
minutes and tissue off. Follow up with more plain castor oil, if
WRINKLES & SKIN FRESHENER:
- Combine 2 Tbls. vodka, 1 Tbls. fennel seeds, and 1 1/2 tsp.
honey. Stir well and allow to sit for 3 days. Strain mixture. Use
full strength or add 2 Tbls. water to dilute. Use a cotton ball to apply to face
as a toner.
- Apply coconut oil on the portions of skin and face
where wrinkles set in and gently massage every night at bed time.
YELLOW TEETH: Mix salt with
finely powdered rind of lime. Use this as toothpowder frequently.
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