Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Old wives use their noodles

…According to the Mayo Clinic, sometimes it’s okay to use funky little home remedies instead of big flashies.

…Chicken soup, for instance. Ironically inclined docs have done some studies and found that it does contain anti-inflammatories, The miracle meal also flushes out nasal congestion an makes your whole chest feel warm and pleasant. Oh—and canned soups work just as well.

…HA had a bug last week and craved ramen—it had the same effect.

…If you have dry, itchy skin, grind up some oatmeal and sprinkle the fine power in the tub and turn on water full force. Soak as needed.

…If your drain plugs up, lose HA’s email.

…Milk of magnesia can cure a canker sore—dab on 3-4 times a day. This is also good for itchy seborrhea on your forehead.

…Duct tape—they recently found—can help remove warts. Put a piece on for 6 days, peel off and soak the little devil in water and use a pumice stone.

…Aloe—even from a split leaf from your houseplant or cactus in the yard (in HA’s case)--can help a minor burn. HA remembers her daughter getting a curling iron burn and running out in the back yard to get the cure.

…And just today, HA read that a teaspoon of honey can soothe a child’s cough as well or better than the commercial goo. (No honey for babies under age 1, though.)

…Got any others you like, guys?


Star Lawrence said...

A reader sent me these:

I used canned Crisco (a small can for the changing table) on my baby's behind. It remained rash-free because no ammmonia developed on tender skin. Neither did odor!

Cradle Cap comes off after you've smeared vegetable oil on it and let it sit a few minutes. A gentle rubdown with a simple terry cloth washrag or towel wipes it off.

Honey on boo-boos is painless and curative.

Mint toothpaste on itchy bug bites ends the misery. And you'll never have cavities on your ankles or knuckles ;^ )

Liquid soap also ends bug bite itch.

Cooled off teabags ends under-eye puffiness (my neurosurgeon taught me this!)

A bar of soap (any type) between the botton sheet and your mattress covers ends middle-of-the-night leg cramps

Star Lawrence said...

For more handy-dandies...check out http://itsmycrisisandillcryifineedto.blogspot.com/ on Wed, Dec 19. This is a cool blog, also.

Star Lawrence said...

What the heck--this came in today...

5 Skin Care Products to Make at Home for Under $5 and in 5 Minutes

Are you tired of synthetic chemicals in all your expensive body care products? Lily Morgan, founder of Lily Organics dew fresh skincare and author of "Beauty, Health and Happiness – a Way of Life," suggests you save your money and provides free recipes on her web site www.Lilyorganics.com to all who want to be symmetrically chemical free.

Lily shares her secrets to making five skin care products in less than five minutes and for less than $5…all with ingredients you already have in your kitchen.

1. PAPAYA EXFOLIANT MASK: Simply take one papaya and put in the blender. Apply to dry face and leave on for 20 plus minutes. You may also add ground herbs, other fruits or vegetables, including cucumber.

2. HONEY LAVENDER ROSE MASK: Ground up into a powder, one (1) ounce each of lavender and of rose. Mix into the consistency of honey to make a pasted that will be easily applied to the skin.

3. FACIAL SALT SCRUB: The salt scrub can be used for all skin types. Instead of an enzyme or acidic action to remove dead cells, the salt scrub uses a mechanical action. The salt scrub is the easiest and best way to have a scrub available at all times. All you have to do is simply add salt to your cleanser or soap. It is very important you do not add salt to the product in the bottle or jar. You must only add it at the time of cleansing or you will change the chemical constituency of the product! You can also do the exact same thing with sugar.

4. VINEGAR PEEL: For all skin types, except sensitive, vinegar is very acidic and can disturb sensitive skin. The vinegar removes dead cells so it is perfect for dry flaky skin or oily skin. Mix ¼ to ½ cup certified organic (with the Mother in it, the floating sediment is imperative to quality vinegar) to one cup pure water. Take a washcloth and cut out the eyes and nose to see and breath. Soak the washcloth in the water/vinegar mix and apply to your face while lying down. Leave on for up to 25 minutes.

5. BODY SALT SCRUB: This can be used for all skin types periodically as needed to remove dead skin. Put 2/3 cup olive or almond oil in a small bowl. Add approximately the same amount of sea salt or table salt (if that is all you have on hand) or sugar. Add enough to make a nice consistency to be able to grab and rub all over your body. Add several drops of your favorite essential oil and begin rubbing all over your body in the tub – seated. Be very careful in the bathtub because the oil can cause you to slip and fall. Rub the salt all over your body to remove dead cells. When you are done, shower off. Your whole body will feel fabulous.