(Date Posted:02/13/2009 01:11 AM)
Homemade Herbal Soap:
Makes about 3 lbs.
Cold water - 1 pint
Flaked lye - 6 ounces
Clean lard - 3 pounds
Essential Oil - 6 tsp.
the water into a Pyrex or enamel bowl and slowly add the lye while
stirring. Stir the lye until it is fully dissolved, and allow to sit
for 15 minutes. Soap Making...
Melt the lard in a pan on low heat. Filter out
any impurities by pouring the hot fat through a strainer lined with a
paper coffee filter, then allow it to cool to temperature safe enough
Now, slowly pour the lye solution into the fat while
stirring. Add 6 tsp. of your favorite essential oil and continue to
stir until thoroughly blended. Allow this to sit for 20 - 30 minutes.
Pour the mixture into cheesecloth lined molds of your choosing. These can be anything from an empty egg carton, sheetcake pan, or any other suitable form.
the molds with a towel and allow them to sit for two days. At this
point, carefully remove soap from molds. You can cut bars from the ones
made in flat sheetcake pans at this point.
Place the bars evenly
spaced (to allow air flow) on paper lined racks and allow them to cure
for about 3 to 4 weeks in a cool dry place.
You now have soap!
The Way We Used To Do It
page reflects one axiom of the true pioneer spirit found in an active
little lady who intimately knew those times: use everything and don't
throw anything away. Anything can be used for something.
The following information and recipes are told by Mabel Mertz (born 1912).
© Al Durtschi
As we had no money to buy fat with when
I was a girl, we made our own by rendering it when we killed an animal.
We cut off the fat, cleaned it up, then cut it up finely with a knife.
Then we put it in our big pots and cooked it until all that remained
was the cracklings floating in the boiling fat. We drained off as much
fat as we could, poured it into pails, and stored it in the root
cellar. We used this to make pies, and to cook with. We put the
cracklings away for another day when we would make soap out of them.
The cracklings still had a lot of fat in them. In fact, the main reason
we cooked the soap was to dissolve, or disintegrate the cracklings into
On the day we made soap, we took the cracklings and
put them in our big copper kettle. As they were heating on the stove,
we added our lye, sprinkling the crystals on top of the cracklings.
Then we added the water and started stirring it. We boiled this mixture
until the cracklings disappeared. If there was any little pieces of
meat in the cracklings they wouldn't dissolve and we had to take them
out with a wooden spoon, or lift them out on the end of our stirring
stick. We continued to stir and boil it, checking it every 20 minutes
or so to see if it was done. We did this by taking a spoon full out and
pouring it on a plate. We knew it was done when it hardened to the
consistency of soft cream cheese after it cooled. Sometimes there was
streaks of water running through it. If this happened we knew it needed
more water. We poured more water in, boiled it some more, then tried it
again. If it ran off the stirring stick like water, we knew it had too
much lye and needed more water. We knew it was right when it left a
creamy layer on the stick. We didn't have any recipes in the early days
when I first learned how to make soap. After a bit of the mixture had
cooled, I put it on the end of my tongue. If it’s bite was just right I
knew I had the lye/fat ratio correct.
When the soap had
finished cooking, we poured it out of the kettle, sometimes as much as
4 inches deep into a small galvanized tub. The soap didn't set up
really hard immediately. I waited until the next morning to tip the tub
upside down, knock the soap out of it, and cut it up into bar sized
pieces. Then I sat the bars outside on a board to continue drying. It
wasn't too many days before it was ready to use. To store it, we threw
it into a box.
Sometimes we wasn't get to the soap making
right away and the cracklings went rancid. This wasn't matter, however,
as during the soap making process the lye cleaned them right up, and
the soap that came from them was just as nice smelling as if we had
used fresh cracklings.
Home made soap makes great pre-wash.
Get the clothes damp and rub the soap bar on the bad spots. It works as
well as the expensive stuff from the store.
I've seen dozens
of soap making recipes. But let me tell you, as an old soap making
expert, I haven't seen any better soap made than the soap haven't
manufactured with the three simple ingredients: fat, lye, and water.
A little Story
once told me a bit of a mean little story about something that happened
before I was born. At the time she was in charge of the woman’s
organization at the church. One of the ladies felt her family didn't
have as much money as the rest of them had and continually complained,
"If we had as much money as you have, I could be like the rest of you,"
she said. You must keep in mind that in our little pioneer community,
none of us had any money and we were all shabbily dressed! One day
after tiring of listening to this woman, Mother asked her to come with
her, took her outside to where our buggy was, and pulled out a box from
under the buggy seat. Giving her the box filled with home made soap,
she said, “Fine, if you want to be like the rest of us, take this home
and use it!”
Never Fail Soap
- 5 lbs cracklings
- 1 gal soft water
- 1 can lye (1 lb.) (This recipe lye heavy. Use 10.6 oz. lye)
the above information to see how long to boil it. Remove from heat and
stir until thick. Perfume it if you like and pour it into molds if you
prefer, in the wash tub it does a good job of cleaning soiled clothes.
Home Made Soap
- 9 lbs fat
- 1/4 lb. borax (optional)
- 1/4 lb. rosin (this makes the soap softer, but again optional)
- 2 small cans Gillette Lye (This recipe lye heavy. Use 19 oz. lye)
- 5 Quarts water
Boil together for 2 or 2 1/2 hours
Set for three days, then put in tight wood box lined with newspapers.
The two recipes come from Mrs. Mertz's little book she put together for the ladies of the community back in the 50’s called Remember Mama’s Recipes.
Liniments are any combination of drugs applied to
increase heat and promote vasodilatation. They contain
one or more essential oils that produce sensations of
both heat and cooling. Usually, liniment is applied by
hand and vigorously rubbed in. The area is usually not
covered by wraps.
Alcohol (wintergreen is best)
Aloe Juice (optional)
Mix in equal parts and apply with spray bottle.
1 ounce Goldenseal powder
1 ounce Myrrh powder
1 ounce Echinacea
1/4 ounce Cayenne powder
1 pint Rubbing Alcohol
Place herbs in a bottle and add Rubbing Alcohol. Shake
daily for 3-10 days. Strain and store in bottle.
Mix together. If mixture is too strong dilute with water.
Powerful External Liniment
(for congestion, sprains, etc.)
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 pint cider vinegar
Boil gently for 10 minutes. Do not strain, and bottle while it is hot. This is a powerful, stimulating external application.
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(Date Posted:02/13/2009 01:12 AM)
Rose Water - How to Make Your Own
Adapted from Rosemary Gladstar's Herbs for Natural Beauty, by Rosemary Gladstar.
water is used in cosmetics for its lovely scent, but also because it
has light astringent properties. As the gentlest of all astringents,
rose water is often used as toner for fair and dry skin.
must be careful when purchasing rose water to buy only the 100 percent
pure form. Often what is available in pharmacies and even some natural
food stores is synthetic rose oil and water with preservatives added.
Pure rose water is the distilled water of roses. It is usually made by
stream distillation, and it smells heavenly and tastes delicious.
Besides health food stores and herb stores, you can often find rose
water in delicatessens; it is used as a flavoring in fancy Greek
pastries, puddings, and cakes.
Rose Water, Method #1
recipe is the more traditional way to prepare rose water. Though it's a
little more involved, its fun to do and the results are outstanding.
You can make a quart of excellent-quality rose water in about 40
minutes. However, if you simmer the water too long, you will continue
to produce distilled water but the rose essence will become diluted.
Your rose water will smell more like plain distilled water, rather than
the heavenly scent of roses.
Be sure you have a brick and heat-safe stainless steel or glass quart bowl ready before you begin.
2-3 quarts fresh roses or rose petals
ice cubes or crushed ice
In the center of a large pot (the speckled blue canning pots are ideal)
with an inverted lid (a rounded lid), place a fireplace brick. On top
of the brick place the bowl. Put the roses in the pot; add enough
flowers to reach the top of the brick. Pour in just enough water to
cover the roses. The water should be just above the top of the brick.
Place the lid upside down on the pot. Turn on the stove and bring the
water to a rolling boil, then lower heat to a slow steady simmer. As
soon as the water begins to boil, toss two or three trays of ice cubes
(or a bag of ice) on top of the lid.
You've now created a home still! As the water boils the steam rises,
hits the top of the cold lid, and condenses. As it condenses it flows
to the center of the lid and drops into the bowl. Every twenty minutes,
quickly lift the lid and take out a tablespoon or two of the rose
water. It's time to stop when you have between a pint and a quart of
water that smells and tastes strongly like roses.
Make Your Own Nourishing Seaweed Spa Bath
By Annie B. Bond, Executive Producer, Care2 Healthy Living Channels.
a long soak in your own bathtub filled with a rich infusion of
mineral-rich seaweed is, I imagine, almost as balancing, nourishing,
and purifying as soaking in the Dead Sea or hot mineral springs.
Seaweed baths are one of the most divine experiences you can give
yourself at home.
the holidays right with this relaxing, deeply beneficial bath. You’ll
feel refreshed, your skin will thank you, and you’ll be able to face
the season feeling more nourished, grounded, and recharged. It’s easy:
How Make a Seaweed Spa
my baths, I use about 3-4 ounces of dried seaweed--half kelp and half
dulse. Kelp is very abundant in calcium, potassium, iodine, iron, and
magnesium, and dulse is also rich in minerals and has a very high
Vitamin A content. Ten wet pounds of seaweed dries out to about one
pound of seaweed, so in a sense I am giving myself a bath with about
2.5 pounds of wet seaweed. I buy seaweed at my local health food store,
or online at Maine Coast Sea Vegetables [http://www.seaveg.com/], where
the cost is about $15.00 a dried pound (enough for four to five rich
baths). If you harvest your own seaweed, gather it from the water of
the ocean, rather than from what's washed ashore.
using dried seaweed, fill muslin bags, large tea infusion balls, or old
stockings cut off at the knee with dried seaweed. (The bags are needed
to keep the seaweed from going down your drain.) Boil water in a large
pot, add the seaweed, and steep for half an hour or so. Pour into the
bath (seaweed in its bag and all). Fill the bath with water as hot as
you can stand it. When using fresh seaweed, just add it to the bathtub
as it is filling with very hot water, making sure to remove it before
you open the drain at the end of your bath.
slight gel or film from the seaweed will softly coat your body while
you soak. Once it dissolves and you don't feel it on your skin any
more, you know your bath is done and you've absorbed the seaweed's
baths are considered very therapeutic because of their very high
mineral content. Some call these baths iodine baths, since the iodine
content of 1/3 of a cup of seaweed is more than 2000 times the RDA. I
feel my thyroid stimulated from seaweed baths, just like when I do the
thyroid-stimulating headstand pose in yoga. Seaweed baths also
reportedly benefit other organs, including the adrenal glands, because
of its vitamin K content, and helps maintain hormone balance.
Caution: Those with high blood pressure or other health problems should consult their doctors before having a hot seaweed bath.Helpful Hints
Lavender Salt Glow - Bath or Shower Formula
Adapted from Serenity Garden, 7 Radical Weeds for Natural Stress Relief, by Jullian VanNostrand and Chrstie V. Sarles.
Lavender's unmistakable, relaxing aroma may be the most familiar herbal fragrance of all.
for centuries, it has never gone out of favor as a gentle sedative and
muscle relaxer. It also works as a painkiller, antidepressant, and
tonic strengthener for the whole nervous system. To soothe stress and
help you cope, turn to lavender.
glows are complete rubdown/massage s with Epsom salts followed by a
warm water rinse, and they are ideal for exfoliating skin and renewing
spirits. Here is an enhanced salt glow formula using relaxing lavender:
Lavender Salt Glow
1 cup dried lavender buds in a blender or food processor. Add 3 cups
Epsom salts, grind until fine. Store in a glass jar, tightly capped. To
use, rinse yourself off in the shower, then turn water off. Pour a
handful of bath salts into your palm, and massage gently into your skin
all over your body (not your face). Use more as needed. Rinse off,
towel dry lightly, and moisturize.
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(Date Posted:02/13/2009 01:13 AM)
Boils & Other Inflamed Areas
- Flax seed poultice.
Flax seed should be mixed with a little boiling water over heat. Stir
constantly, using a knife to blend. When thick enough to drop from a
knife, remove from heat and stir well. Spread 1/4 inch thick between
antiseptic gauze, Turn over edges of gauze and put on hot plate and
cover with another hot plate then carry to patient, or cover and place
on a hot water bottle until ready to use. Test before applying.
and if too hot, cool a minute or two. Cover a small area first, then
gradually the entire surface. A poultice should not remain on longer
than one hour as it cools it becomes uncomfortable. After half an hour
or so another hot poultice can be applied.
- Soap poultice. Grate a bar of brown or yellow soap such as Sunlight, add a little sugar, moisten and tie over boil to draw.
- Bread and milk poultice. Break bread into small pieces and moisten with milk and tie to area to draw out the infection.
- Bacon rind.
Tie a piece of bacon rind over the boil or other infected area with the
skin side of the rind on the outside. This will really draw out the
clay flower pot (2 or 3 inch diameter)
4 oz. glycerin soap
("melt and pour" glycerin soap can be found at many craft
stores -but you can use a bar of glycerin soap grated up)
1 TBSP corn meal
1 TBSP dried calendula petals
a few drops of essential oil
DIRECTIONS: Cut an eight-inch square of plastic wrap and
line the flower pot by pushing the center down into pot.
Make sure the plastic wrap comes up over the edges of
Grate the glycerin soap and melt in the top pan of a
double boiler (or in a bowl over a pan of simmering water)
Don't stir too vigorously or it will get air bubbles.
When the soap has melted remove it from the heat and
stir in the corn meal and calendula petals.
Add the essential oils by the drop.
Pour the soap into the plastic-lined flower pot and set it
aside to harden.
Once the soap has hardened remove the plastic wrap and
put the soap in the flower pot. Wrap in plastic and tie with
the bad bugs (mainly squash Bugs) have decended upon your garden like a
dragon on a flock of sheep. You can handpick them off and drown them
in a pail of kerosene, or pick them and deposit them in the nice (bad)
neighbors yard a mile away, or take boards and lay them in the evening
among the affected crop, and in the morning the bugs have crawled under
it so simply step on them and squish the 'squash' bug. or make this
DRAGONS BREATH INSECT SPRAY
this mix is potent and will deal a death
blow to squash bugs, or any other demon
bugs that lurk in your garden.
6 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 small onion finely chopped,
1 tablesp. of cayenne pepper
1 tabelsp. liquid dish soap
1 quart of warm water
all ingredients together, and let mixture sit overnight. strain out
the solids pour the liquid into a hand -held mist sprayer, and spray
the heck out of those demon bugs. this is a good way of exterminationg
the bad bugs anf not hurt the good ones. Getting Rid of Ants
Peppermint essential oil and borax are the answer.
first thing you need to do is break the ants' trail to where ever they
may have found food. The scouts leave a scent trail behind them for all
their buddies to follow. So, wash your floors really well, then spray a
solution of peppermint eo and water along the trail. You'll know where
the trail is because you'll see a line of ants marching along it! Also
use the peppermint eo/water solution all along your baseboards and
anywhere you see that they're getting in.
next thing you need to do is attack them at their source; that means
finding their anthills. To deal with the anthills, mixed equal amounts
of borax and sugar; sprinkled this all around the anthills, and even
down inside them a bit. The sugar attracts the ants and they bring it
back into the hill as food. The borax sticks to the sugar, so that gets
eaten as well, which kills the ants.
This worked like a charm and your ant problem cleared up within a few days.
Definitions and Making Herbal Preparations
a soft cloth in a hot infusion, decoction, or 5-20 ml tincture in 500
ml hot water. Squeeze out excess water and hold pad against affected
A mixture of fats and water that blends with
the skin to strengthen and smooth it. Use 30 g lanolin, 15 oz beeswax,
100 g. vegetable or fruit oil, and 30 ml herb water. Melt the lanolin
and beeswax in a double boiler, gently stirring in the oil. Remove from
heat and whisk in the herb water. Keep stirring as it cools. Store in
wide mouth jars.
Made by simmering larger pieces
of the herb, such as bark, roots, or twigs. Use 30 g. dried or 60 g.
fresh herb to 750 ml water; simmer until the water is reduced to 500
ml. Drink 1/2 cup three times a day.
infusion: 250 g. dried or 500 g. fresh herb to 750 ml Olive or
Vegetable Oil. Heat gently in a double boiler for 3 hours. Strain
through cheesecloth into dark bottles.
--Cold infusion: Pack a
large jar with the herb. Cover it with cold-pressed oil and put the lid
on. Let stand in a sunny window sill for 2-3 weeks. Squeeze the oil
through a jelly bag and repeat the process. Store in dark glass
A tea made by pouring boiled (not
actively boiling) water over fresh or dried herbs. Use approximately 30
g. dried or 75 g. fresh herbs to 500 ml water. Drink 1/2 cup three
times a day.
To make, pour 500ml of cold water over 25g of herb and leave to stand overnight. Then strain and use as you would a decoction.
5 drops essential oil to 20 ml carrier oil. Sweet almond, jojoba,
avocado or grapeseed make good carrier oils. You can also used infused
A mixture of oils and fats that forms a
protective layer over the skin. Melt 500 g. petroleum jelly or soft
paraffin wax in a double boiler. Add 60 g. dried herb and simmer gently
for 2 hours. Strain through a jelly bag and pour into jars while still
Wrap the chopped or boiled herbs, or a paste
made from them, in cheesecloth or muslin before applying to the
affected area. This is good for herbs that might irritate the skin,
such as mustard.
Boil herbs in a little water for
a hot poultice, or bruise or chop slightly for a cold one. Smooth a
little oil on the skin to keep the herbs from sticking, apply the herb,
and wrap with muslin or gauze strips.
a few tablespoons of the dried herb in a bowl and pour boiling water
over them. Drape a towel over your head and breathe in the steam.
infusion or decoction preserved by adding sugar or honey. Use 500 ml
infusion to 500 g sugar or honey; heat gently until the sweetener has
dissolved. Store in dark glass bottles with cork tops; screw top
bottles may explode if the mixture ferments.
the fresh or dried herb in a 25% mixture of alcohol and water. Do not
use methyl, grain, or rubbing alcohol as they are toxic. Vodka is
ideal; rum has the added benefit of covering unpleasant flavors. Use
200 g. dried or 600 g. fresh herb to 1 liter alcohol and water. Place
in a sealed jar in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks,
occasionally. Strain the liquid through cheesecloth and store in a dark
glass bottle. Take 5 ml three times a day, diluted in a little fruit
juice or water.
Pour 2 liters good quality
wine, preferably red, over 500 g. dried herb, making sure all the herb
is covered by the wine. Cover and leave for 2 weeks. Strain and take in
1/3 cup doses.
A tea or infusion meant only for
external use. A mild form of a wash would be 1/4 ounce of herb to one
pint of boiling water, steeped until lukewarm, then applied
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(Date Posted:02/13/2009 01:14 AM)
Herbs and Psychic Powers and Recipes
are many herbs that you can easily use to enhance your own natural
psychic ability. I believe that we all have these special psychic
powers, but because we are usually so busy in the outer world, with all
of it's distractions and demands, it is difficult for some people to
tap into their natural psychic power.
So the trick is to learn
how to quickly and simply change gears. When we learn how to "turn on"
our psychic abilities, then it becomes much easier for us to interpret
and divine information from the "inner world".
One way to cause
that shift is by using certain herbs. An easy way to do this is to make
some herbal blends and then burn them. The incense mixture that is
created can be burned and the smoke and fumes that are let off can be
breathed in to facilitate getting into a psychic state.
this works is to use herbs that "cleanse" the aura, which enables our
Light Body to get rid of the everyday energies that have us distracted
Another method is to use herbs that are specifically
designed to open our natural psychic center, also known as the Third
Eye, and allow us to get into that visionary state.
I really think that it is a good idea to use these in combination.
cleanse your aura. Then use an herbal mixture for enhanced psychic
ability. Some cleansing herbs are: sage, cedar, and sandalwood.
Some visionary herbs are: mug-wort, patchouli, sandalwood, laurel and frankincense.
your own special mixtures by allowing yourself to mix and match any or
all of the appropriate herbs together in whatever proportion you feel
You really cannot make a mistake. To empower your
herbal mixture state your intention over and over while putting the
mixture together. You can do this silently. Prayer and visualization of
the appropriate outcome will amplify the mixture and it's intended
Then burn your special mixture in an
astray or a special container that you designate just for that purpose.
A potpourri burner makes a fine vessel for such use.
Use the herbs in this way prior to doing any divination work or before a meditation.
HERB LIST (there are others)
Raises vibrations to the highest possible psychic level. Good for
bringing about changes in attitude (re-focusing) , for astral travel,
dreams, crystal gazing and meditation. In a pillow, it is said to keep
away nightmares. For any type of clairvoyance or divination or mental
exercises. Anisette (liquor) is used during Voodoo initiations to
anoint the head.
Bay: powerfully protective - even when used
alone. Also a power and commanding herb. Used for banishing. In some
traditions, used for hexing. Combined with other herbs for love and
money rituals. Burned to induce visions. The leaves are put under a
pillow for inspiration and prophetic dreams.
Buchu leaves: used for psychic development
psychic and protective. Has a way of keeping psychic channels open
while protecting the operator. Use to anoint the 3rd eye.
Eyebright: used for clairvoyance and to see fairies.
Honeysuckle: attracts friends, business and instills confidence. Used for money, prosperity and clairvoyance.
Lemon Grass: used to aid psychic powers.
Lilac: good for inducing "far memory" and recalling past lives. Also good for clairvoyance in general.
Lotus: a common additive to psychic incenses. Said to reach the highest realms of mystical insight.
Mint excellent for psychic matters and studying.
a commanding herb which also inspires courtesy in others. Use to anoint
purple candles. Used tobring prophetic dreams and in healing.
Mugwort: clairvoyance, summoning spirits, manifestations, dreams and for consecrating any items used in this manner.
Poppy Seeds: for dreams, visions clairvoyance
Rosemary used in pillows for dreams and visions.
Sandalwood: used to heighten spiritual vibrations, to cleanse, heal and protect. Often used to stimulate clairvoyance.
Solomons leaf Brings hunches, intuition and dreams.
Psychic Dream Powder
An effective way to induce psychic dreams.
1. Grind into a fine powder equal parts of: Basil, Vetiver Root, Mugwort, Orris Root
2. Blend the herbs together with your fingers
3. Sprinkle the powder around your bed before you go to sleep
you have pets - keep them out of the room until you have cleaned the
powder up the next day. If they lick up the powder they could get
Oil for Dreaming True
Combine olive oil, anise, cinnamon and nutmeg oils.
Heat till warm and apply to the forehead and temples.
For Psychic Dreaming:
the first night of the full moon, combine Mugwort, Patchouli, Cedar
shavings, Oak Moss, ground Cardamom and Lavender. Lace them with oil of
Patchouli, Wisteria, Lemon Grass and Sandalwood. Pour the mixture in a
glass jar or bowl along with a small cleansed crystal and cover it. The
jar should be set outside where it can catch the moon's rays. Be sure
to bring it in again before the sun comes up. Do this for 3 nights in a
row. Use the mixture (crystal included) to stuff a small pillow case
made of muslin. This can then be inserted into a cover made of black,
deep blue or purple velvet. Trim the pillow with fringe or tassels and,
if you wish, embroider a pentagram, crescent moon, small stars or runes
This Magick Pillow may be placed by your regular
one on a night when you wish to have a Psychic dream. Be sure to keep a
journal and pen next to your bed along with a candle or oil lamp to
record the visions that will come.
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HERB TONIC FOR HEALTHY PLANTS
1 1/2 teaspoon dried plantain herb
1/2 teaspoon dried horsetail herb
1/2 teaspoon dried nettle
1/2 teaspoon dried yarrow
1 clove garlic
1 kelp tablet (about 150 micrograms) crushed
6 cups boiling water
all ingredients, pour on the water, and let steep, covered, for 5
minutes. Strain and use to water herbs. Or make a sun tea, letting the
herbs steep all day. This tonic provides nutrients that herbs needs,
and helps keeps pests away
A Witch's House
~simple natural cleaners and solutions~
Pound fresh sweet cicely seeds.
Place a handful on a rag and rub on wood.
Furniture Polish # 2
Mix 2 parts vegetable oil and 1 part lemon juice.
Wipe on areas to be polished.
Furniture & Floor Polish
Mix 3 parts olive oil with 1 part white vinegar.
Wipe on areas to be polished.
Fill a spray bottle with equal amounts of vinegar and water.
This does not streak.
Fill a spray bottle with:
2 cups rubbing alcohol
2 TBS household ammonia
1 1/2 TBS liquid dishwashing detergent
Make a wet paste out of cornstarch and water.
Wipe on windows and let dry.
Mix in bucket:
1 gallon of water
1 cup household ammonia
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda
1 TBS vinegar
1 TBS household ammonia
Mix with one quart water.
Sprinkle cornstarch on the carpet and let sit for 10 minutes. Vacuum.
Deodorizer for Cat & Dog Messes
up mess. Sprinkle baking soda on the area and then spray with vinegar.
Let sit for about an hour. Wipe up with a mild soap and water solution.
fresh spills inside the oven with salt. The salt will absorb the spills
and can be brushed away once the oven has cooled.
this only if your kitchen is well ventilated. Preheat the oven to 200F
and then turn it off. Pour 2 cups of straight ammonia into a
non-aluminum pan and place on the middle rack. Shut the oven door and
let sit overnight.
By morning the grease will be easy to wipe up.
Spray and wipe clean with equal parts of vinegar and water.
To Clean the Dishwasher
a month, pour a cup of vinegar into the dishwasher and run it through
the whole cycle. This will clean, disinfect and reduce the soap build
handful of the leaves and stems of rosemary, juniper, lavendar or sage
in 2 cups of boiled water. Strain and use to clean kitchens and
bathrooms. Adding a little dishwashing detergent helps to cut the
grease. Recipe can be doubled.
a month, wipe down entire kitchen and the inside of the refrigerator
with 2 TBS chlorine bleach in one gallon of water. This will kill off
all the harmful germs.
For Greasy Dishes
Add a splash of vinegar to your dishwater to cut the grease.
Garbage Disposal Cleaner
Grind a couple of ice cubes made from vinegar in the garbage disposal and then run cold water for about a minute.
Get Rid of Sink Odor
Pour a 1/2 cup of vinegar down the kitchen sink. Flush with cold water a half hour later.
Simmer 2 tsp. cinnamon in 2 cups of water.
Bug and Rodent Deterents
vinegar on ant trails and around the areas they are getting into your
house. Place sprigs of pennyroyal, tansy, or rue in the cupboards and
Fleas hate laurel
leaves, rue, and winter savory. Crush and place under rugs, sofa
cushions, doormats, etc.. Add a tsp. of vinegar to your pets drinking
Hang sprigs of
lavender, mint, pennyroyal, peppermint, or rue. Make potpourris out of
lavender. Grow any one of these herbs in and / or outside of your house.
sachets out of lavender, lemon, thyme, mint, rosemary, tansy, or
wormwood. Place in linen closets and drawers and in closets.
Place bay leaves on shelves and in cupboards. Put a whole leaf in with your flour, rice and dried beans.
Place sprigs of tansy or mint on your shelves, cupboards and anywhere mice have been seen to deter them
Healing Pet Massage
by Annie Berthold-Bond, Producer, Green Living Channels
known as pot marigold—is a plant with brilliant yellow flowers that
bloom almost continuously from spring through fall. The flowers are
antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiviral. When the
flowers are crushed and blended with olive oil, the resulting ointment
is powerfully healing for sores, cuts, eczema, psoriasis and other
Crock-Pot is a great utensil for infusing oils. Just put a handful of
herbs in the bottom of the pot and cover completely with the oil. Place
on low heat for six hours or so. Cool, strain, and add the grapefruit
seed extract (available in health food stores). The color of this oil
will be a rich, mellow yellow. Pour some of the oil on your hand, and
massage deeply into the coat.
- 1 cup olive oil
- liberal handful of dried calendula flowers (commonly available in health food stores)
- 1/4 teaspoon grapefruit seed extract
Makes 1 cup
Shelf Life: 1 to 2 months, refrigerated
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What is a syrup?
How to make a syrup!
syrup is 1 part alcoholic extract of an herb mixed with 2 parts honey
or corn syrup. The purpose is to make less palatable herbal remedies a
bit easier to take.
To make your own, place enough of the
alcoholic herbal extract in a canning jar to fill it 1/3 full. Add
enough honey or corn syrup to the herb extract to fill the jar
completely. Stir the mixture and transfer it to dark glass containers
with non-metallic lids or stoppers. The shelf life is not more than two
years when properly stored.
dosages are now dispensed
accordingly: 1 tsp. tincture is equal to 1 tbs. of syrup. The measured
dose for syrup is triple as for herbal remedies referring to tincture
What is an oil infusion?
How to make an oil infusion!
An oil infusion is a method of extracting and preserving the essential oils of herbs in a non-concentrated form.
the pure essential oils offered commercially, an oil infusion is taken
in the same dose and for the same purposes as the alcohol tinctures of
the same herb. For some people, an alcohol free oil infusion may be
preferred,ie; Someone with liver disfunction, a child, or maybe a
recovering alcoholic. In any event, this method will give the herbal
extract a shelf life of a year or more, as apposed to possibly 20 years
with the alcoholic tincture. Personally, I've never kept any herbal
product on the shelf that wasn't used in a matter of weeks.
make an oil infusion, place enough fresh or dried herb in a canning jar
to fill it 3/4 full. If you use dried herbs make certain that they
still retain their color and scent. Dried herbs lose their strength
over a relatively short period of time. Fresh herbs are generally much
more potent then they are when dried. The amount by volume of dried
herb only seems like a great deal more until you consider the
difference in potency between the two. So, again I will stress that
when filling the jar - fill it 3/4 full regardless of which form of
herb you choose to use.
Add enough grapeseed oil to the herb to fill the jar completely. Make sure that the oil completely covers the herb.
the jar with a cloth or loose fitting lid and allow the mixture to
stand in a cool dark place for 6 to 8 days. Do not use a tight lid as
some less experienced herbalists will try to tell you. Herbs will
release gases, especially when fresh. The mixture needs to be able to
vent or the build up of gas can break the container. Also, be careful
to completely cover the herb with the oil or it may mold; if this
happens then discard the whole batch and start again.
oil through a paper coffee filter and discard the spent herb. The
recovered oil should be bottled in a dark glass container. This is the
infusion; There are hot oil methods that some herbalists prefer to use
which are quicker to make - but, this author believes that those
methods destroy much of the oils value and chooses not to use those
As a bonus, this method can be used with non medicinal
herbs to make some very nice flavoured oils for salads and for cooking;
just combine the finished infusion with an equal amount of the salad or
cooking oil of your choice. Works great with such things as garlic,
oregano and thyme.
What is a tincture?
How to make a tincture!
A tincture is an alcoholic extract of an herb.
make your own, place enough fresh or dried herb in a canning jar to
fill it 3/4 full. If you use dried herbs make certain that they still
retain their color and scent. Dried herbs lose their strength over a
relatively short period of time. Fresh herbs are generally much more
potent then they are when dried. The amount by volume of dried herb
only seems like a great deal more until you consider the difference in
potency between the two. So, again I will stress that when filling the
jar - fill it 3/4 full regardless of which form of herb you choose to
Add enough vodka to the herb to fill the jar completely.
Cover the jar with a cloth or loose fitting lid and allow the mixture
to stand in a cool dark place for 10 - 12 days. Do not use a tight lid
as some less experienced herbalists will try to tell you. Herbs will
release gases, especially when fresh. The mixture needs to be able to
vent or the build up of gas can break the container. Strain the liquid
through a paper coffee filter and discard the spent herb. The recovered
liquid should be bottled in a dark glass container.
the tincture; basically a medicinal brandy. The shelf life is no longer
an issue; tinctures will keep for years when properly stored.
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Old Time Remedies
Arthritis: Dissolve 3/4 teaspoon powder pectin (or 1 tablespoon liquid
pectin) in a glass of purple grape juice. Drink once a day. This from
an Amish doctor near Wooster, Ohio. It helps about 60% of the people
who try it. Nobody knows why. The liquid dissolves better than the
Poison Ivy (oak, sumac, etc). Make a paste from fels naptha soap and
apply. Do not cover. Let it dry and flake off by itself. One
application usually does the job. This from the 1930's.
3. Eat 3 almonds a day and you will not die from cancer. An Edgar Cayce reading.
4. Burns. Apply ice wrapped in damp washcloth until pain stops. No scaring will occur.
5. Bee sting. Remove stinger without squeezing poison sac. Apply moist baking soda to neutralize the formic acid poison.
Warts. Make a paste of baking soda and spirits of camphor and apply
every night. Cover with a bandage. Remove in morning. Removes all kinds
of warts, even stubborn planter's warts that resist every and all
"medical" treatments. This is from another Edgar Cayce reading.
7. Insomnia? Try a small bowl of warm tomato soup (made with milk), just before bedtime and avoid eating protein.
Protecting your eyes. In a study of beer drinkers from England, Germany
and Holland; people who drank DARK beer had fewer eye problems in their
old age. "To your health," takes on a new meaning. Your eyes need
LUTEIN daily. Found in green and yellow fruits and vegetables. You need
to eat bushels to get the proper amount. Supplement with 6 to 20 mg
Reduce HEART ATTACKS. Eating tomato (in any form) is twice as effective
as taking a lycopene supplement. Eating tomato with olive oil improves
your protection many fold.
10. Eating PECANS reduces CHOLESTEROL, but Chinese medicine warns not to eat too many.
Many suspect that many diseases start in the mouth, and that good
dental hygiene is very important to good health. Every day, use a
stimulator, floss between teeth, rinse with a plaque remover, and brush
your teeth. Then, rinse with one of three washes:
- A. salt water.
- B. baking soda solution.
- C. a splash of hydrogen peroxide in water.
Alternate between the three. They say that following these steps will add years to decades to you life span.
Beets beat cancer. Alexander Ferenczi, MD a Hungarian doctor, claims
that he has cured every type of cancer by having the patients eat
beets. He reported this in 1974, in the Hungarian Journal of Medicine.
The article has been translated and reprinted in many journals since
then. The treatment works with raw, cooked, baked, or pickled beets.
The juice is good too. One warning from the doctor. Overdoing the
treatment can lead to overloading the liver with demolished cancer
cells, so take it easy.
Walking is the best exercise you can do. Every time you lift a foot,
blood fills the bottom. Every time you put the foot down, you force
blood back up to the heart. So, walking is like having 3 hearts pumping
your blood. Dancing works too, and is more fun, as two people are
exercising. Walking, running or jogging the same distance uses the same
energy. Walking takes more time, but old people have plenty of that;
and walking is less strenuous for old and/or overweight people.
Peel potatoes before cooking them. Potatoes are sprayed with a poison
that stops sprouting. Cooking potatoes with the skin on forces this
poison into the potato. Also, never eat the green part of a potato. It
too is poisonous.
Wash all vegetables and fruits that you buy to remove oils, waxes and
sprays on them. Use cold water with vinegar, and a very small dash of
bleach to clean them.
Food going through the distribution system is exposed to insecticide
spray and dust through the entire system, even in your grocery store.
Wash the lid on any can you open, wipe off the lid on any jar or bottle
you open. Clean fruits and vegetables as described above.
17. Diarehhia. Eat two coconut cookies. Some say it cures Chrones disease.
Control cholesterol. Make a mix of 4 cups of apple juice, 3 cups of
white grape juice and 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar. Drink 3/4 cup of
mix every morning.
Stop food poisoning with vinegar, a strong medicine. It kills e. coli
bacterium. A world traveler carried a flask of vinegar, and would put
some in his drinking glass at the start of every meal. He would sip
from the glass during the meal. He never got sick with food poisoning.
Maybe first eating a salad with vinegar dressing would also work.
During the black plague, a group of thieves robbed the sick, dying and
dead with impunity. When captured, the were offered a full pardon if
they would reveal how they avoided the plague. They said they washed
themselves with vinegar that had bay leaf and other spices steep in it.
Controlling Bad Critters
1. Put Oasge oranges in the corners of the house to keep out spiders and bugs. They last for a couple of years.
2. Kill ants with a can (or bottle) of regular Coke (R). It's supposed to be really good at eliminating fire ants.
Attracting "Good" Critters
1. Wash pulp from melon seeds and bake in 350f oven for 15 minutes. Then put out for the birds.
Birds will eat fat in the winter time, but will not touch it in the
other seasons. I soak cheap bread in the fat and the birds eat it up.
Why wash grease, fats and oil down the drain or bury it with the
garbage? This method recycles at the highest level. You have happy
birds and a cleaner environment. Also, put out fried skins from chicken
or turkey. They will gobble it up. Better fat birds than fat people.
Avoiding Colds And Flu:
A virus coated with grease is totally immune from everything. strip
away the grease coating, and it can be killed or washed away. People
get colds and/or flu from repeated infection from their dishes, cups
and silverware. When you wash them is soapy water, soap washes away the
virus. When you put that utensil into a sink full of clean rinse water,
the soap disperses into the clean water, leaving the virus again coated
with protective grease, and it sticks to the utensil. You keep
re-infecting people when they use that utensil. The cure is to rinse
each utensil separately in running water. This was taught to me by the
late Dr. Albert J. Lewin, MD. of Cleveland, Ohio. He was a man who
truly deserved the title of "Doctor". Note! Adding a splash of bleach
to the wash water helps also.
you wash underwear in the washing machine, bacteria found in them
contaminates everything in that wash; dish towels, wash cloths,
handkerchiefs, etc. There is a danger of E. Coli infecting you through
everthing in the wash. Not only that, but some of it remains in the
botton water of the machine. This water then contaminates the next load
of clothes, and on and on it goes. The cure? Add bleach to the wash
water to kill the germs
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.
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
- 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.
DYSENTERY AND DIARRHEA:
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.
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 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.
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
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
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.
Note: You have to be careful with mustard plasters. A woman E-mailed me
several months ago after trying a different mustard plaster saying it
gave her a very bad burn. This is powerful stuff!]
Good for chest colds
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.
Mustard Plaster Recipe #2
- 4 T. flour
- 2 tsp. oil
- 1 T. dry mustard
in lukewarm water to form a paste. Spread on a thin clean cloth and
cover. Place on chest for 20 minutes (You may want to put a layer of
cloth on the skin before applying this ) (shorter time for small
children). Be careful not to burn the skin. Remove the plaster and
cover the chest with camphorated oil or Vicks. Then cover with warm
fabric such as flannel or a towel. Repeat in 4 hours.
My mom used to put Vaseline on my skin before placing the Mustard
Plaster on it. She said this would protect my skin from burning. Even
though she would put fabric between it and my skin, she also used the
Vaseline as well. She also made sure there was Vaseline on the skin
around the edges of the Mustard Plaster. Also, she checked it often and
as soon as my skin was red, she would remove it. If you go much longer
than that, you'll get blisters. Hope this helps
Six Herbs for Hay Fever
Adapted from Hay Fever: The Complete Guide by Jonathan Brostoff, M.D. and Linda Gamlin (Inner Traditions, 2002).
heralds the return of pollen season, which brings discomfort to so many
of us. Find out which herbs have been tested and shown to alleviate the
congestion, sniffling, and sneezing of hay fever, so you can enjoy the
warmer weather and longer days.
Here are six herbal allies that can help you find n*atural relief from your seasonal allergies.
be aware that just because something is natural doesn’t mean it can’t
cause side effects in some. Always proceed cautiously with any
medication, herbal or otherwise.
Most of these herbs may be found at your local natural foods store, or go online to find an herbal purveyor.
may be a very effective treatment for hay fever. It was recently
compared to an antihistamine and did just as well in controlling hay
fever symptoms, but did not produce drowsiness. This plant contains
substances that are known to affect the immune system, and it has also
been used to treat asthma.
was thought to be as good as, or better than, previous hay fever
medications by half of the patients tested. The dose used was two 300
mg capsules taken whenever the symptoms were experienced. This is not a
conclusive study, but it does suggest that stinging nettle might be a
useful treatment. It is probably a safe herb.
may decrease the body’s reactions to allergens. (For those with pollen
asthma, it could also help by calming the inflammation of the airways.)
(also marketed as Pollisan) contains extracts of several different
plant products, including the sponge cucumber. (Also called a luffa or
loofah, this is better known as a scratchy cylinder used to scrub the
ski while showering. ) Unpublished results of a trial carried out by
the manufacturer suggests that 75% of hay fever sufferers find benefit
from this mixture.
is found in red wine, apples, onions, and other foods and is therefore
likely to be safe as long as you don’t overdo the dose. It has been
tested in the laboratory with mast cells taken from the noses of people
with allergic rhinitis (mast cells are responsible for starting off the
allergic reaction.) Exposure to quercetin made the cells less likely to
respond to allergen. Although we are not sure if quercetin is as
effective when taken by mouth as it is in a test tube, if you want to
give it a try, the dose usually recommended is between 250 mg and 600
mg, taken 5 to 10 minutes before meals.
Perilla 6000, which is marketed as a treatment for hay fever and other allergies contains Perilla frutescens, a Chinese herb with a long folk tradition of treating allergy, plus Coleus forskohlii.
The latter has been tested for asthma and has definite benefits, but it
can also cause soreness in the mouth and nausea. Perilla itself has
only been tested in animals, but did show promising results in blocking
allergic reactions. (Unfortunately, this mixture also contains alfalfa,
which is harmful to some people with autoimmune diseases such as
systemic lupus erythematosus.) Perilla 6000 is not yet sold in the
United States, but can be found via the Internet
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Longevity Herbs for Dogs?
Excerpted from Dr. Kidd's Guide to Herbal Dog Care, by Randy Kidd, D.V.M., Ph.D.
(my aging dog), my wife, and I all take our antiaging herbs on a daily
basis, and I am firmly convinced that they are helpful. Judging by the
comments from my many human clients who are using the herbs I've
recommended for their older dogs, herbs are truly one of the very best
treatments available for an aging body - whether you are a human or a
The following herbs are beneficial for both humans and dogs.
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
is our primary antiaging herb. It acts on two major systems of the
body: the nervous system and the cardiovascular system. Ginkgo has
proved effective in treating Alzheimer's disease, depression, and
senile dementia. (In animals, senile dementia associated with
Alzheimer's-like symptoms is referred to as cognitive dysfunction or
dimming mind syndrome.) Ginkgo enhances both long-term and short-term
memory in puppies and old critters alike. This popular herb improves
circulation and has good antioxidant activity. Studies also indicate
that ginkgo is often effective as a treatment for age-related hearing
and vision loss, dizziness and vertigo, and tinnitus (ringing in the
(Rosmarinus officinalis) Rosemary contains bioactive ingredients that
help prevent the breakdown of the chemical acetylcholine in the brain.
A deficiency in acetylcholine is believed to be a contributing factor
in senility in general and Alzheimer's disease in particular. Rosemary
is also an important antioxidant.
Oil (Linum usitatissimum) Flaxseed oil is an excellent source of
omega-3 fatty acids, the good fats that reduce triglycerides and
cholesterol (the prime fatty arterial blockers) and prevent blood clots.
(Curcuma longa) Turmeric is the yellow component of curry powder, and
it stimulates the liver's bile production. This herb is a potent
antioxidant. Turmeric is also heart healthy, acting as a blood thinner
(which prevents clots) and helping to prevent excess cholesterol
Tea (Camellia sinensis) The green variety of tea contains flavonoids
and polyphenols, which are a type of flavonoid that may be a more
powerful antioxidant than vitamins C and E. Green tea is oxidized for a
shorter period of time that black tea; practitioners don't think the
black variety has the same health benefits.
Kola (Centella asiatica) A traditional herb of both Chinese and
Ayurvedic medicine, gotu kola has antioxidant activity that protects
the body from damage by free radicals. The herb is particularly useful
for stress-related disorders and memory problems
HERB STEM KINDLING BUNDLES
little bundles are a good way to use dried herb stems after you take
off the leaves, and are perfect for holiday gifts. They start the fire
in a flash and smell great! Lavender, rosemary, sage, bee balm, hyssop,
etc. are especially nice. A fun project for kids...
1. Take a small bunch of dry herb stems that have been stripped of their leaves. Arrange them into a tidy bundle.
Tie the bundle around the middle with raffia or natural fiber cord -
plain or colored. Make a nice bow. Add a dried flower or two if you
3. Put several bundles together in a pretty basket, or
wrap in tissue paper, or just tie several bundles together with one
long piece of cord or ribbon.
4. Add a gift tag, and it's ready
to give to someone with a fireplace or woodstove! (You might have to
explain to them what it's for...)
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