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Lip Moisturing Balm
1/3 cup sesame oil
1/3 cup grated beeswax
1 tsp. honey
5 drops peppermint essential oil

Melt sesame oil, grated beeswax and honey over gentle heat in double boiler. When melted, add peppermint oil and remove from heat. Stir until thickened and pour into small, sterilized containers. Let cool.

For some old fashioned quick easy remedy for wounds, pour powdered cayenne straight into the wound to stop profuse bleeding. I've done it and it works. My husband fell off the roof when building and hit head on rock. Don't forget to clean would out later or infection will set in. Diana of Dewberry Hill

Natural Help for Dandruff
Soak your hair with warm natural apple cider vinegar and cover it with a towel for one hour before your shampoo.

Poison Ivy, Oak, Sumac
If you know you have touched poison ivy, oak or sumac. Wash the area with soapy water. If you cannot use soap at that time, rinse thoroughly with water. You want to remove the oil that causes the rash. If you have the rash, use the juice of touch me not (also known as jewelweed and snapdragon). I have not tried this one, but try rubbing watermelon rind, lemons, banana skins or oranges to the rash. It is supposed to give you relief.

Natural Deodorant
Dab cider vinegar under your arms either full strength or diluted.

Upset Stomach
Put ½ teaspoon baking soda in a cup of warm water. Drink.

Farewell to Fleas
by Frances Gavin - Canine Natural Cures

Are you worried about the effects of chemicals on your dog? Why not make your own safe, non toxic flea repellents?

CITRUS REPELLENT: Cut a lemon into quarters and place in a pint jug. Cover the lemon with boiling water and let it steep overnight. Next day you have a flea repellent that you can use in a spray bottle. Spray all over your dog remembering especially behind the ears and around the head generally (careful of eyes), around the base of the tail (once again keep away from delicate bits) and under your dog’s ‘armpits’. Aromatherapy repellent. Using 10 ml. of sweet almond carrier oil as your base, add 10 drops of lavender oil and 5 drops of cedarwood oil. Shake well and use 1 or 2 drops [of this mixture] spread over the skin at least twice a week to keep the fleas away.

A flea collar can be made by rubbing a few drops of one of the following into an ordinary webbing or rope collar or even a doggy bandana: eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, citronella oil, lavender oil or geranium. Don’t forget to do this weekly.

YOUR HOME: Fleas spend most of their time in your furnishings and only hop onto your dog or you for their next meal. Make sure you wash your dog’s bedding regularly because no flea ever survived a hot wash cycle. If you add eucalyptus oil to the final rinse it will also kill 99% of house dust mites according to research from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Vacuum your home very thoroughly and sprinkle a fine layer of ordinary table salt over your upholstery and carpets and leave overnight before vacuuming again to evict your unwelcome guests safely but don’t forget to empty your vacuum bag.

BATHING: A badly infested dog really needs to be bathed so use your favorite dog shampoo. Rinse the dog off very thoroughly and in the final rinse add a couple of drops of tea tree oil or lavender oil. An alternative is to make your own herbal flea dip which will also work on ticks. Steep two cups of fresh rosemary in two pints of boiling water for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid, discard the leaves and make it up to one gallon ( 8 pints) with warm water. Pour this mixture over the dog until it’s saturated. Do not rinse off and allow the dog to dry naturally so this is a remedy to use on hot summer days.

INTERNAL FLEA REPELLENTS: Garlic may not be your favorite cologne and it’s not the flea’s favorite smell either. When your dog eats garlic, the smell is excreted through the dog’s skin making your dog less likely to be the flea’s next meal. In case you think you might need to give your dog a breath freshener along with the garlic, my dogs, Mack and Josh, eat a garlic clove every day and I don’t find their breath smells from it at all. Brewer’s yeast tablets will also help to make your dog less attractive to fleas because once again the smell is excreted through the skin.

Adding a dessertspoon of natural apple cider vinegar to the water bowl will make the skin more acidic and unpleasant to fleas and ticks. If your dogs don’t fancy apple cider vinegar in the water bowl, dilute it 50/50 with water and use in a spray bottle instead of the citrus repellent. [Or, you can use natural apple cider vinegar tablets.]

Note: Care should be taken when using rosemary if you are pregnant (wear gloves and avoid breathing the vapors - or have someone else apply this rinse.)

More Homemade Remedies

Tried and True Remedies [Editor note: Please think twice before using these remedies as a few of the ingredients are now known to be poisonous.]

HEAL SORES OR CRACKS IN THE SKIN OF MAN OR BEAST: Use pine tar to Coat the sore area well to keep off insects and promote healing.

SLACKED LIME: dust on animal cuts to seal injured area and promote healing.

FOREIGN OBJECT IN THE EYE: Drop a flax seed into the eye. The particle in the eye will stick to the flax seed and the flax seed is easy to see and remove.

COUGH REMEDY: 2-3 drops of kerosene on a tsp of sugar.

COUGH REMEDY: Equal parts of oil of peppermint, friars balsam and tincture of red lavender. Mix and use drop by drop on a tsp. of sugar to alleviate the condition.

1 tsp Honey
1 tsp glycerin
juice of 1 lemon Mix well and use when needed.

CANKER AND COLD SORES: Collect the berries from wild rose bushes and make a tea from them. (These berries may be picked and dried for winter use.) Drink a little of this when you feel a canker or cold sore coming and it should clear up. (This is nothing more than vitamin C.) A little pot ash daubed on a cold sore will also clear it away.

SUNBURN AND STEAM BURNS: Sprinkle area with vinegar.

Take a liberal amount of black pepper on a tsp and cover this with thick cream and take this to relieve the situation.
Toast bread until almost burned pour boiling water over this. Drink the brown water for diarrhea. PIONEER LINIMENT: Beat one egg slightly and measure the beaten egg. Add to the egg the exact amount of turpentine as egg and the exact amount of apple cider vinegar as the egg. Mix altogether well and store in a covered jar. This is very good for Arthritic and Rheumatic pain. HONEY:
Honey has been used through the years to cure many things. Taken internally, it has been known to relieve arthritis. Externally it is good first aid for wounds and burns. Bacteria will not live in honey. [Editor Note: This was before we learned about honey being able to harbor botulism.]

[Editor note: Watch out for those recipes with turpentine in them!]

Burn Salve

This recipe has been passed down through the Hovey, Clark, and Hardy families since the 1860's. This salve is reported to be very effective in healing of burns. [Editor note: I've heard personal testimonials from the old timers about how well this recipe works - bad burns - no scars!]

1 tea cupful lard
1 tea cupful mutton tallow
1 tea cupful olive oil
beeswax the size of an egg
resin the size of an egg
2 tsp carbolic acid Dissolve all ingredients on the stove except the olive oil and carbolic acid, which you add upon removing from the heat. Mix well and store in covered jar.

Flu Ointment

An early Lethbridge druggist, J.D. Higgenbotham, made this ointment for the flu epidemic of 1918.
2 large jars white Vaseline
2 oz. turpentine
1/4 oz. menthol crystals
2 cakes of camphor gum
1/3 oz. oil of peppermint
1/4 oz. eucalyptus
1/4 oz. oil of wintergreen Melt and mix well over low heat and store in
covered jars.

Black Currant Tea

(An infallible remedy for a sore throat)
1 Tbsp black currant jam or jelly
juice of half a lemon
1 pint boiling water
sugar to taste Simmer altogether for 15 min. the hotter you are able to drink the tea the better.

Mustard Plaster

[Editor Note: You have to be careful with mustard plasters. A woman E-mailed me several months ago after trying a different mustard plaster recipe at this web site http://waltonfeed.com/grain/cookin/mstrdptr.html saying it gave her a very bad burn. This is powerful stuff!]
Good for chest colds
Use the white of an egg instead of water with the dry mustard. The egg will prevent blistering of the skin. Mix egg white with half dry mustard half flour, cover the mustard mix on a cloth or paper. Cover the plaster with gauze or soft cloth and hold in place on chest with tape.

Uses for Onions?

Slice an onion and put it out in a dish in a room where a sick person is. It is supposed to draw the virus into it so no one else gets sick.

For an ear infection, put a couple drops of onion juice into the ear until the infection clears up. Should only take two or three applications.

Old Fashion Homemade Remedies 2

Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers.

Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.

Before you head to he drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose. As a chronic bronchial asthmatic I rely on Fisherman’s Friends. But in a pinch the Altoids will work also.

Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in 1/2 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

Sore Throat?? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 Tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria. It does not mention whether you swallow or gargle. But I suppose it can not hurt you. I usually use 2 tsps of salt in ½ glass of warm water. Gargle for 30 seconds 15 minutes apart for about 2 hrs. and your sore throat will be gone.

Cure urinary tract infections with alka-seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly-even though the product was never been advertised for this use.

Eliminate puffiness under your eyes.....All you need is a dab of preparation H, carefully rubbed into the skin, avoiding the eyes. The hemorrhoid ointment acts as a vasoconstrictor, relieving the swelling instantly.

Honey remedy for Skin Blemishes......Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

Listerine therapy for toenail fungus....Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

Easy eyeglass protection....To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

Coca-Cola cure for rust...Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done.

Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer....If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

Smart splinter remover.....just pour a drop of Elmers Glue-all over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

Hunt's tomato paste boil cure....Cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

Balm for broken blisters.....To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine....a powerful antiseptic.

Heinz vinegar to heal bruises...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.

Kills fleas instantly. Dawn dishwashing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good-bye fleas
Rainy day cure for dog odor....Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.
Eliminate ear mites....All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear. Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

Vaseline cure for hairballs.....To prevent troublesome hairballs, apply a dollop of Vaseline petroleum jelly to your cat's nose. The cat will lick off the jelly, lubricating any hair in its stomach so it can pass easily through the digestive system.

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief....It's not for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

Credit: Arlene Correll of Home Farm Herbery


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