Folk Remedies & Potions for Health and Good Grooming

Note: The following are not recommentations.
Most have been collected as a reminder of early times and beliefs.
Many have not been tested in the Printlace household.
Refresh often, remedies will be added as I find them. Click ailment for folk remedy.


ACHY MUSCLES ANTIBIOTIC ARTHRITIS ASTRINGENT BAD BREATH BANDAGE REMOVAL BEE or HORNET STING BLADDER INFECTIONS BLEEDING BLISTERS BOILS BRUISES BURNS CANCER CANKER SORES CHICKEN SOUP CHOLESTEROL COMMON COLD COUGHS DANDRUFF DIAPER RASH DIARRHEA ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION EYES EYEGLASS SUGGESTION FATIGUE FEVER FINGERNAILS FOOT FUNGUS FOOT ODOR GAS GINGER ROOT TEA GOUT HEADACHE HEAD LICE HEALTHY HAIR HEALTHY HAIR Without Static HEART DISEASES HEMORRHOIDS ICE PACK IMMUNE SYSTEM INDIGESTION INFLUENZA INSECT ITCH JELLYFISH STING LEG CRAMPS LONGEVITY PIMPLES POISON IVY RHEUMATISM SAFE SCENTS SKIN HEALTH SORE THROAT SPLINTER STUFFY NOSE TOENAIL FUNGUS TOOTHACHE UPSET STOMACH URINARY TRACT INFECTION WARTS WEIGHT REDUCTION WRINKLES



ACHY MUSCLES
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

(1) Mix 1 tablespoon horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil.
Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil for instant relief for aching muscles.


(2) TINCTURE
Fill a clean jar with freshly packed lavender flowers.
Fill the jar with vodka.
Seal the lid tightly.
Set in the sun for three days.
Strain liquid through a coffee filter.
Apply the tincture to aches and pains.


ANTIBIOTIC
Garlic is a broad spectrum antibiotic. It combats bacteria intestinal parasites and viruses.
It also lowers high blood pressure and helps prevent blood clots.
Two or three cloves a day cuts the risk of subsequent heart attacks in half.
Raw, cooked or powdered is fine. Recent studies indicate that odorless garlic pills do not do the job.
Hint by Arlene Borg, The Grammy Guru


ARTHRITIS
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING
(1) 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.


(2) Arthritis patients may take daily, morning, and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.
(3) One box of golden raisins. (Note: They must be the golden variety, sometimes called white raisins, not ordinary black raisins). Place the raisins in a shallow container. Cover the raisins with gin. Let the raisins soak in the gin for a few weeks until the gin evaporates. You then eat nine of these drunken raisins a day to help your arthritis. (Note: Nine a day is the number you see most often, but you'll find many variations of the number).

Note: Also, see Rheumatism and Gout.


ASTRINGENT
Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.


BAD BREATH
People of South America, first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.


"When you eat onions and have an unexpected date, eat a pinch of celery seed. It will kill all odors of onion on the breath." (Henry's Exchange ~ 1930's & 1940's)


BANDAGE REMOVAL
To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. Vodka will desolve the adhesive.


BEE or HORNET STING
Put a penny on the bite for 15 minutes.
The claim is that somehow the copper in the penny counteracts the bite.


Rub a cut onion on a bee sting to ease the pain.


BLADDER INFECTIONS
Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.


BLEEDING
Pour Pepper on the wound.


BLISTERS
To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine, a powerful antiseptic.


BOILS
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

(1) 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.


(2) Put half a bottle of 3% peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections.

See Also:
SKIN HEALTH


BRUISES
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

(1) 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.


(2) Immediately slather generous amount of castor oil.


BURNS
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

(1) Colgate Toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.


(2) Kitchen Burns: Put soy sauce on a paper towel and press it to the burn.
(3) Immersion in cold water is known to be helpful.


CANCER
Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day.


CANKER SORES
Hold one capful* 3% peroxide in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out.
No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.
(*the little cap that comes with the bottle)


CHOLESTEROL
(1) Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient were found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol. (By the way. if you're taking cholesterol medicine STOP! They all contain STATIN which weaken your muscles...including YOUR HEART and none has been shown to stop heart attacks or strokes!!!!


(2) Sprinkle a half teaspoon of cinnamon on your morning coffee, toast or oatmeal each day.


COMMON COLD
Take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days.
This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.


COUGHS
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

(1) To stop night time coughing in a child or adult, put Vicks Vaporub generously on the bottom of the feet at bedtime, then cover with socks. Even persistent, heavy, deep coughing will stop in about 5 minutes and stay stopped for many, many hours of relief.

(2) Chop some raw ginger root into small pieces and chew them.

(3) Carry a small packet of Listerine PocketPaks in your purse . . . convenient for sudden coughing in church or theatre.

(4) Slice an onion, cover the onion slices with sugar.
The sugar sucks the juice out of the onion and makes a clear syrup.
Take 1 tablespoon of the syrup.


DIAPER RASH
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

(1) Maalox


(2) zinc-oxide cream


(3) Crisco


DIARRHEA (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

(1) Blueberries


(2) Two Archway Coconut Macaroon cookies a day


DANDRUFF (Using Tea Tree Oil)

ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

The following three dandruff treatments use Tea Tree Oil:
Oil derived from the Tea Tree is an effective anti-fungal and antiseptic.
Essential tea tree oil can be purchased at health food stores.
Tea Tree Oil made in Australia is usually preferred.

(1) Scalp Treatment for Dandruff
1/4 cup olive oil
15 drops pure essential tea tree oil
Pour the olive oil and tea tree oil into a covered jar and shake.
Let mixture stand in a cool, dry place for a few hours.
Massage the mixture into your scalp and leave on for at least one hour.
Note: Mixture can be left on over night. Be sure to protect your bedclothes.
Shampoo until the oil is out of your hair.
Repeat the above process until the dandruff problem is relieved.


(2) Tea Tree Oil Shampoo for Dandruff
8 ounces of a mild shampoo
10 drops pure essential tea tree oil
Mix the shampoo and tea tree oil.
Shampoo daily with mixture until you no longer have dandruff.

(3) Tea Tree Oil ~ quick treatment before shampoo.
Apply a few drops of Tea Tree oil directly to your scalp before you shampoo your hair. Shampoo your hair as you normally would and then rinse thoroughly.


DANDRUFF (Other Remedies for Dandruff)

ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

(1) Disolve 30 aspirin in regular shampoo to make a dandruff shampoo.


"Part your hair off in long parts about an inch apart and swab along the part with cotton saturated with vinegar. Then give it a good combing and washing. Then shampoo the hair in the regular way. Two applications should do the trick." (Henry's Exchange ~ 1930's & 1940's)


EYES
(1) Linda Sorrels' Eye System
(1.a) After washing my face, I use "OCuSoft Lid Scrub Plus (Eyelid Cleanser for Moderate-Sever Conditions) -gentle stroking side to side across eyelids (and leave on - doesn't need to be washed off) OR I use "Avenova" Daily Lid & Lash Hygiene on a cotton cosmetic pad - also doesn't need to be rinsed - best to leave on. I prefer the Avenova because the cotton pad is softer than the wipes. You just spray 2 sprays and wipe for each lid. I buy the Avenova from my ophthamologist, but you can probably buy online. The wipes come in individual packets so good for traveling. Website for AVENOVA
(1.b) When I have very dry eyes or just want to soothe my eyes, I use the "Bruder Eye Hydrating Mask" (I think I ordered online). Microwaveable and relaxing. My first one was more like with the TheraPearl Eye-ssential Mask pearl beads and I liked it the best (only it cost $20 so it must be a little different), but we accidentally overheated it and it popped so we went with the dummy proof one with the Bruder.
(1.c) Then I use the CVS brand "Moisturizing Lubricating Eye Drops - Dry Eye solution. It's generic for "Refresh Optive" by Refresh America and contains Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium 0.5% and Glycerin 0.9%. I use these every morning and every night before bed.
(1.d) Daily I take "HydroEyes" (2 capsules) Support for Dry Eyes made by SBH - Science Based Health. Initially I was only doing the above and was considering using the prescription Rystasis, but I decided to do the HydroEyes first and they made a noticeable improvement so I didn't feel I need to consider the prescription.
None of these items are cheap, but vision is something you don't want to lose and can affect every aspect of your life. Not only was I having trouble seeing - as things were blurred due to the extreme dryness causing my eyes to feel goopy (sticky), but I also was experiencing strain from this and not to mention frustration. These have really helped. The Eye mask is worth just having some comfort to your eyes. Everything needs a little pampering once in a while. Here some of them (available) on Amazon.
Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress
Refresh Optive Lubricant
HydroEye Softgels - Dry Eye Relief - 120 Count
TheraPearl Eye-ssential Mask
OCuSOFT Lid Scrub Plus


(2) 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.



EYEGLASS SUGGESTION
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.


FATIGUE
Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 p.m. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.


FEVER
Use a washcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment.


FINGERNAILS
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

(1) For cleaner fingernails when gardening or other dirty jobs, scrape fingernails lightly over a soap bar.
It will make cleaning nails easier.
Note: This is also an excellent deterrent for nail biting.


(2) Clean by inserting fingertips in a lemon half. Twist back and forth to remove grime. Then soak nails in lemon juice for 5 to 10 minutes; then brush them with a mixture of equal parts of white vinegar and warm water.


FOOT FUNGUS
Spray a 50/50 mixture of 3% peroxide and water on your feet, especially the toes, every night and let dry.


FOOT ODOR
To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka.


GAS
There is a claim that honey, taken with cinnamon powder, relieves the stomach of gas.
Also, see Indigestion.


GINGER ROOT TEA
Click Here for Ginger Root Tea Recipes and Other Information.


GOUT
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

(1) 6 cherries a day.


(2) 2 to 3 glasses of cherry juice a day.
(3) Two capsules of celery seed extract each morning.


HEADACHE
Drink two glasses of Gatorade to relieve headache pain almost immediately ... without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers.


HEAD LICE
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

(1) Saturate hair with coconut oil. Cover head with shower cap. Leave oil and cap on overnight. Wash hair with regular shampoo. If the infestation is bad repeat. Word is: "Leaves hair silky and free of lice."


(2) Rinse hair with original formula Listerine.

(3) Apply Tea Tree Oil around the back of head.

(4) After shampooing with a regular shampoo, cover scalp with Cetaphil Facial Cleanser (a gentle skin cleanser). Dry hair with a blow drier until it is totally dry. No shower cap is required. Wash hair the following morning. The Cetaphil works like "shrink wrap to trap lice so they can't move."


(5) Cover scalp with mayonnaise topped with a tight-fitting shower cap overnight (smothers lice). Wash hair the following morning.

(6) Covering the head with petroleum jelly is considered to be very effective. However, washing the Vaseline out of the hair is claimed to be very difficult.

HEALTHY HAIR
Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo.
The alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.


HEALTHY HAIR Without Static
Mix 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon lime juice and 1/2 cup water. Lightly spray on hair.


HEART DISEASES
Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada , various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins.


HEMORRHOIDS
1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses twice a day.


ICE PACK
Slushy refreshing ice pack: Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water into a Ziploc freezer bag.
Freeze for aches, pain or black eyes.


IMMUNE SYSTEM
Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral diseases.


INDIGESTION
Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.


INFLUENZA
A scientist in Spain claims that honey contains a natural ingredient which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.


INSECT ITCH
CHIGGER ITCH:
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

(1) Dab with Hydrogen Peroxide.


(2) Dab with Listerine Mouthwash


MOSQUITO ITCH:
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

(1) Dab with Hydrogen Peroxide


(2) Apply rubbing alcohol and place a piece of scotch tape directly on top of the bite.


(3)Apply hot water, as warm as is tolerable.


JELLYFISH STING
Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.


LEG CRAMPS
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

(1) One teaspoon yellow mustard ~ If this works for you, carry packets of mustard wherever you go!


(2) Place a bar of soap under the bottom bedsheet.
One claim is that a bar of Ivory soap under the sheet, near the area, not only stopped a man's leg cramps immediately but, also, banished his intermittent ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION.


(3) It has been claimed that Soap chips in socks relieves foot cramps.


(4) Try a swig of pickle juice.


LONGEVITY
Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increases and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old.


PIMPLES
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

(1) Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste.
Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water.
If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.


(2) Apply Milk of Magnesia to clean skin, daily. Allow to dry.


(3) Cover a skin 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.

See also:
BOILS
SKIN HEALTH


POISON IVY
Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the urushiol oil from your skin.


RHEUMATISM
Celery and celery seed extract have long been touted to relieve joint pain from rheumatism, arthritis and gout.


SAFE SCENTS
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

(1) Add cinnamon stick, cloves, or orange peels to simmering water.

(2) Fill a bowl with dried sage or thyme.


SKIN HEALTH
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

(1) Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.


(2) Soak infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day.


(3) Some find Noxzema helpful against eczema.

(4) "Essences" are applied after cleansers & before serums to calm irritation & plump up skin, minimizing lines.

See also:
BOILS PIMPLES


SORE THROAT
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

(1) 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.


(2) Mildly salted hot water makes an effective sore throat gargle.
(3) Combine lemon slices, organic honey and sliced ginger. Close jar and put it in the fridge. It will form into a "jelly."
To serve: Spoon jelly into mug and pour boiling water over it. Store "jelly" in fridge 2 to 3 months.

SPLINTER
Pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.


STUFFY NOSE
Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints.


TOENAIL FUNGUS
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

(1) Soak your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.


(2) Apply Vicks VapoRub morning and evening to the affected toenail. Use only a small amount under the front of the nail and around the cuticle.


TOOTHACHE
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

(1) Make a paste of one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and five teaspoons of honey and apply on the aching tooth. This may be applied three times a day until the tooth stops aching.


(2) If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.
(3) Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth.
Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.


UPSET STOMACH
Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.


URINARY TRACT INFECTION
Dissolve two tablets of Alka Seltzer in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating the problem almost instantly-even though the product has never been advertised for this use. (Note: Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine is not the same and contains aspirin, which can cause stomach bleeding if you have ulcers.)


WARTS
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

Rub the wart with the inside of a banana peel twice a day for a couple of weeks. Another suggestion is to tape a little piece of the banana peel over the wart and change it each day.

"To remove warts, apply kerosene, lemon juice or castor oil two or three times a day over a period of four or five days, or longer if necessary." (Henry's Exchange ~ 1930's & 1940's)


"Break off a piece of medicated styptic stick, like used for cuts, most men use them for shaving. Dissolve in four tablespoons of warm water. Then apply it on a wart often and it will dry up within a week or a little longer." (Henry's Exchange ~ 1930's & 1940's)


"Mix the yolk of an egg with enough salt to make a stiff paste. put this on the wart and wrap up. Change once a day. Do this for six days and the wart will disappear." (Henry's Exchange ~ 1930's & 1940's)


"Mix iodine with white vasoline until it is quite brown. Put this on the wart once a day. It will take about a month to get rid of it; but it will never come back again." (Henry's Exchange ~ 1930's & 1940's)


OTC cimetidine (Tagamet) Heartburn medicine for plantar warts on feet? It sounds unusual, but one claim is that one tablet at breakfast another at dinner and warts will disappear. The claim is that it will take several months.


Nightly, tape enough fresh eggplant flesh over the wart to cover it. Continue treatment until the wart is healed.


WEIGHT REDUCTION
Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.


WRINKLES
Boil 1 cup milk, 2 teaspoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon brandy. While warm, use a pastry brush to apply mixture to face and neck; let it dry. Wash off and smooth on moisturizer.