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ABC's of Home Remedies

Monday, Oct, 6 2014

ABC'S of Home Remedies

(This information is not intended to diagnose or treat ailments.  Please consult your doctor before trying any home remedies).

A is for Aloe Vera Gel. 
Squeeze it from a tube or harvest a live plant.  It's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties soothe skin irritations, cold and canker sores, insect bites, cuts and burns.

B is for Beer.
Add 2 cups of beer to a hot bath to pamper your skin and soothe itchy conditions like psoriasis.  A glass of beer daily is said to prevent and/or alleviate urinary tract infections and kidney stones because of its diuretic effect. You can pour beer through your hair after shampooing, rinse well and enjoy lush, shiny hair.

C is for Castor Oil.
Use the oil topically to treat skin irritations, including age spots, ringworm and warts.  Apply castor oil to eyebrows to make them grow in lusher and darker.  Warm a little castor oil and massage into joints sore from arthritis.  (Ask your pharmacist for unscented castor oil).

D is for Denture Tablets.
Follow package directions and soak unsightly yellow nails for five minutes and then rinse.  Drop your diamonds in; rinse well and watch them sparkle.

E is for Elmer's Glue.
For minor burns, run under cool water and then apply a layer of glue to prevent blisters from forming.

F is for Fels-Naptha.
Shave off a few slivers of the soap, mix with sugar and water to make a paste, and then use as a drawing salve for boils and sebaceous cysts.  (Cover with a bandage and leave on for half an hour or so.)  Wet the end of the bar and rub on your skin to ease the itch caused by poison ivy.  If  you use it immediately after exposure, you might avoid a rash.

G is for Gin.
Take a handful of golden raisins, cover them with gin and let sit until the raisins have absorbed all the liquid. Take nine (not eight, not 10) raisins a day to ease the symptoms of arthritis.

H is for Horseradish.
Freshly grated or jarred, mixed with lemon juice eliminates age spots on your hands and arms.  Mix 1 T. horseradish with olive oil and use as a liniment for arthritis and sciatic pain.

I is for Iodine.
Decolorized iodine (ask the pharmacist) painted on skin tags will make them fall off painlessly after a few treatments.  To combat brittle nails, apply to tips only once a week.

J is for Jell-O.
One-third cup of powdered Jell-O dissolved in 2/3 cup of hot water makes a tasty cough syrup.  And a daily serving of gelatin helps fight arthritis and sore joints.

K is for Ketchup.
Full of lycopene, ketchup helps prevent sun damage and prostate troubles.  Use it as a facial mask or as a treatment for hair turned green by chlorine.

L is for Linseed Oil.
Also known as flaxseed oil (buy in the vitamin aisle, not the hardware store).  It's an excellent source of omega-3s.  For pain of plantar fasciitis, soak a cloth in warmed oil and apply to our heel until it cools off.

M is for Milk of Magnesia.
For acne, dermatitis or sunburn, apply a film and let dry, then rinse.

N is for Nail Polish.
Get rid of warts, plantar warts and ringworm by painting on clear nail polish daily until the skin is clear.  Or use it to seal painful paper cuts and hangnails.

O is for Oatmeal.
Add oatmeal to your bath to soothe itchy skin, chicken pox, shingles and poison ivy.  Cook a cup of unflavored oatmeal and massage into your hands to soothe arthritic fingers.

P is for Pets.
Take a break and pet your pet.  Pets lower blood pressure, ward off depression and keep us healthy and happy.

Q is for Quinine Water.
Drinking tonic water and its perky cousin, bitter lemon, is an inexpensive way to combat night time leg cramps. It works for those irritating eyelid twitches we all get from time to time too.  Pregnant and nursing women should skip this one.

R is for Rice.
Soothe sore muscles by filling an old sock with uncooked rice.  Heat it in the microwave for 1 minute and apply to the painful area.

S is for Sunshine.
It's free and it's fundamental.  Just 20 minutes of direct sunlight daily increases vitamin D, boosts your immune system and improves your mood.

T is for Teabags.
Black or green tea will do.  Soothe an abscessed tooth by applying a teabag, dry or wet, and keeping it on the tooth for at least 30 minutes.  This works on canker sores and cold sores too.

U is for Udder Salve.
Made originally for cows, this heals eczema, raged cuticles, chapped hands and diaper rash.

V is for Vanilla Extract.
Rub on painful gums, or add to unscented lotion for a comforting massage.  For car sickness, take 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract mixed with 2 T. each honey and water.

W is for Witch Hazel.
A cloth soaked in witch hazel eases the pain and swelling of varicose veins, bruises, hemorrhoids and puffy eyes.

X is for Xylitol.
Xylitol is a natural sugar used in many kinds of chewing gum.  It eases heartburn, fights cavities and dental plaque and has a gentle laxative effect.

Y is for Yellow Mustard.
Chefs and moms reach for mustard from the fridge to treat minor burns and prevent blisters.  Swallow a tablespoon of mustard to stop night time leg cramps in short order.

Z is for Zinc Oxide.
Surfers know that zinc oxide is a reliable barrier-type sunscreen.  It's also effective against diaper rash and rosacea.

NOW YOU KNOW YOUR ABC’s.  SEE HOW HEALTHY YOU CAN BE.

posted by: Kathy Keene 7 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


9 Foods That Stain Our Teeth

Thursday, Aug, 7 2014



On a daily basis, we consume an array of foods that really do have an effect on the color of our teeth.  Sometimes, you can’t avoid these foods—and many of them are healthy choices, like fresh summer fruits and berries. But there are some things you can do to help fight stains. First, don’t let stain-causing foods and drinks stay in your mouth for long. Instead, chew and swallow them quickly to help protect your teeth. It’s also important to rinse and brush after eating.
Another tip is to use a straw, so that liquids are kept away from your teeth, which reduces the risk of staining. While iced coffee and tea are easy to drink through a straw, hot beverages and wine are more difficult. Be sure to rinse with a sip of water in between and after drinking.

Balsamic vinegar
Balsamic vinegar sticks to your teeth, which can cause discoloration. Stick to salads with balsamic vinegar because the lettuce can serve as a barrier to the dark pigments.

Soy sauce
The pigment in soy sauce adheres to your teeth, causing stains. If you’re eating sushi and soy sauce, drink some green tea or water in between bites.

Ice pops
This summertime treat is full of dyes that can stain your teeth. The sugars and cold temperatures make your teeth more susceptible to staining.

Tomato sauce
Deep red tomato sauce is full of flavor, but it’s also full of highly acidic tomatoes, which can cause unsightly stains. Before you dig into your pasta, eat a spinach salad first, which will form a protective layer on your teeth.

Tea
Tea has many great health benefits, but black teas and other dark-hued teas can stain. Try adding some milk into these dark teas or sticking to green, white or herbal teas.

Berries
Berries like blueberries, blackberries, cherries and other brightly colored fruits can stain teeth. The juices from berry pies or tarts can also cause discoloration. Opt for light-colored grapes instead, or just be sure to brush and floss because the acidic components can harm tooth enamel.

Red wine
Who can resist a glass of red wine with a nice dinner? Just make sure to drink water and swoosh it around in your mouth in between sips, because the acidic content of red wine can cause staining and wear away tooth enamel.

Hard candy
You know how candy sometimes turns your mouth and tongue a different color? Well, it does the same to your teeth. Eat these candies in moderation to avoid permanent staining.

Coffee
Dark roast coffee is a known teeth-staining culprit. Add milk or cream to help dilute some of the pigment, and make sure to drink water afterwards.

posted by: Kathy Keene 9 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Home Remedies You Can Find In Your Kitchen

Wednesday, Aug, 6 2014

Nothing replaces a visit with a doctor when  you have a medical problem, but there are some issues that can be treated with a visit to your pantry or refrigerator.

1.  Vinegar
Vinegar could prevent a simple burn from blistering; however, if your burn is deep or severe, be sure to seek attention from your hysician.

2.  Tea Bags
The tannis and caffeine in tea could help reduce the ache of sweling and inflammation. If you wake up with puffy eyes, steep some tea, allow the bags to cool and apply to shut eyes.  A tea bag also heps blood clot, which could come in handy after getting a tooth extracted.  Steep some black tea bags to ease a sunburn,

3.  Olive Oil
Soothe chapped or chafed skin with olive oil.  Add moisture to dry hair by applying some oil to the ends before bed.  Or smooth out those sand-paper feeing heels by rubbing your feet with oil and slipping them into a pair of cotton socks before turning in.

4.  Avocado
Vitamins C and E, lus carotenoids in this green fruit calm redness and inflammation while moisturizing your skin to reieve dryness and itchiness.  You can mash half of an avocado and apply to your face as a face mask and leave on for 30 minutes.

5.  Ginger, Anise or Peppermint Tea
High fiber, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts may create painful rumbling in your gastrointestinal tract.  Sip ginger or peppermint tea or make  your own tea from anise seeds to hep cut the gas in your stomach.

6.  Papaya
If tea doesn't help your upset stomach, try eating papaya for dessert.  The enzyme, papain, has been shown to beat bloat, gas and gastrointestinal unrest by heping aid digestion and preventing constipaption.

7.  Lavender
Lavender's light purple shade has been shown to ease anxiety, while its scent eases muscle aches and tension by reducing spasms.  Use some lavender hand lotion before bed to hep lull  you to sleep

8.  Tart Cherries
The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties of tart cherries could work to  help squelch the pain of gout.
Studies show that it may pay to pucker up with tart cherries to relieve aches and pains resulting from an intense workout or a pulled muscle.

9.  Oats
This fiber-filled breakfast food not only promotes heart heath, but also soothes, cleanses and exfoliates skin and clear acne.  Prepare plain oats with hot water, let cool and then apply to  your ski.  Leave it on the affected area for a few minutes or soak in an oatmeal bath to help lock in moisture and soothe irritated skin.  Works on sunburns, mosquito bites, eczema and poison ivy.

10.  Garlic
Garlic can help you avoid getting the common cold or at lease ease the symptoms.  If you feel sniffles coming on and  you can tolerate it, try eating raw garlic, which has been shown to be a potent infection fighter.

These common household items may be able to mend common ailments --  but remember, they're not meant to
replace a physician's opinion or treatment.

posted by: Kathy Keene 9 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Ways to Clean Your House with Lemons

Wednesday, Aug, 6 2014

10 ways to clean your house using a lemon

When life gives you lemons, grab the salt and scrub-a-dub-dub. The common household fruit is the ultimate, all-natural cleaning agent. Lemons not only deodorize the house with a zesty fragrance, but they also dissolve dirt and act as an antibacterial solution, thanks to a high level of citric acid. Whether you're looking to finally rid your microwave of that mysterious caked-on mess or find an environmentally-safe way to mop up the muddied snow the kids tracked in.

Freshen your garbage disposal
Got a funky smell wafting out of your kitchen sink? Take matters into your own hands. Quarter a lemon, drop it in the disposal, and turn on the hot water. Flip the switch, and it'll be good to go.

Polish metal pots
Tarnished metal and burnt bottoms have a way of making your first-rate cooking pots look like bargain-basement finds. Shine 'em up until they're spic-and-span by dipping a half of a lemon in salt and rubbing gently in circular motions. The same rules apply for chrome faucets and grills. Just steer clear of anything brass-plated, which won't hold up under pressure.

Wash dishes
Cut grease on hard-to-clean dishes by adding 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to your detergent. This one's great for little dish washers who want to help out Mom and Dad, but haven't developed their scrubbing muscles.

Clean coffee & tea pots
Rid your coffee and tea pots of daily mineral buildup by slicing lemons and boiling them in the pot. Let the sweet smelling potion steep for 1 to 2 hours, then stick the pot in the dishwasher. Bonus: Banishing those unwanted impurities makes for a better tasting cup of Joe.

Brighten whites
Revive your munchkin's dingy whites by adding ½ cup lemon juice to the rinse cycle of a regular-sized load of white or "bleachable-safe" clothes. While you're at it, tackle tough spots on polyester and cotton with a stain-fighting mixture that's equal parts lemon juice and cream of tartar. Rub in the solution (after testing on a small patch), and let it soak in for 1/2 hour. Wash as normal.

Create a natural oven spray
Avoid toxic chemicals found in traditional oven cleaners, like Easy-Off. They may work like a charm, but they're hazardous to your health. We suggest replacing the synthetics with a paste of lemon juice, water, and baking soda until it reaches the consistency of gel. Coat the inside of the oven, let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, and rinse well.


Make a DIY toilet bowl spray
Cleaning doesn't have to be dirty work. When it comes to your toilet bowl, combine ½ cup of lemon juice and a sprinkle of baking soda, and let the magic happen. After 15 minutes, give it a quick turn with a toilet brush, and flush. Fresh as a daisy!

Polish furniture
Mix a pint of mineral oil with one tablespoon of lemon juice, pour in a spray bottle, and go to town. But don't forget to wipe down your surfaces really well. Nothing interrupts an intimate dinner party quite like greasy Gucci.

Wash windows
Say goodbye to streaking, sister—that was in another life. Nix window grime and tiny handprints with 2 tablespoons lemon juice, ½ cup white vinegar, and 1 quart warm water.

Sanitize your microwave
Clean those pesky splatterings by slicing a lemon and dropping the pieces into a hot water vessel—a breakfast bowl or teacup will do. Turn the microwave on high for 1 minute and immediately give it a couple swipes with a wet sponge. If only everything in life could be this easy.

posted by: Kathy Keene 9 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


The 10 Commandments of Life

Tuesday, Aug, 5 2014


  These are like the Ten Commandments to follow in life all of the time!


  1.  Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout the journey.


  2.  So why is a Car's WINDSHIELD so large & the Rear View Mirror so small?   Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, Look Ahead and Move on.


  3.  Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes a few minutes to burn, but it takes years to write.


  4.  All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don't worry, they can't last long either.


  5.  Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!


  6.  Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end!


  7.  When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.


  8.  A blind person asked Saint Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!"


  9.  When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.


  10.  WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES, it takes away today's PEACE.

posted by: Kathy Keene 9 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


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