Helping Dry Eyes

April 8th, 2006

You’ll need to shed a few tears to remedy a case of dry eyes. And the easiest way to stimulate your tearing action is to apply moist heat to your eyelids.

Dip a small towel or washcloth in warm water, wring it out, lie down, close your eyes, and put the cloth over your lids for 15 minutes. Do this two or three times a day or as needed

Naturally Healing Canker Sores

April 8th, 2006

You can once again eat spicy foods in comfort if you douse painful canker sores with Raspberry Leaf tea (Rubus idaeus). Steep 2 tablespoons of dried raspberry leaves in 1 cup boiling hot water until it cools.

Strain the tea, and then swish a few mouthfuls for about one minute each three times a day. The tannins in this tea (which tastes a little like black tea) reduce the swelling and clean the sore so it can heal faster.

Bye Bye Blister

April 8th, 2006

Don’t pop your blister, no matter how tempting it is. Doing so increases the chance of infection. Instead, dab a cotton ball dipped in plain old drugstore witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) on the area at least four times a day, says Brad Bongiovanni, N.D., a naturopath in Atlanta, Ga.

Witch hazel contains astringent tannins that dry up the fluid-filled skin and relieve pain by increasing circulation. It also contains alcohol, which is drying.

Quick Pimple Zapper

April 8th, 2006

To clear zits quickly, keep a small sealed jar of this natural topical remedy on hand (it keeps for a few months): Combine 2 tablespoons of green clay, 1 tablespoon of Goldenseal powder (Hydratis canadensis), 2 to 3 drops of Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia), and enough water to form a paste.

Apply the paste to your blemish at bedtime and leave it on all night. The clay dries up pore-clogging oil, and the Goldenseal and Tea Tree oil kill the bacteria that cause infection.



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