Epsom Salts - Wow, I never realized!

January 15th, 2008

I remember as a kid when my great aunt Grace would put some Epsom Salts in a dish pan, add really warm water and soak her feet because they hurt.

So, to me, that’s what Epsom Salts was all about - a remedy for painful joints in old folks. Little did I know!

Times have changed - or have they?

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Recipe to stimulate the immune system

January 15th, 2008

All citrus oils are well known for their stimulating properties, and for uplifting the mood. With cold and flu season still upon us, here’s a recipe to stimulate the Immune System, especially for children.

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Onion, Ginger Poultice for Chest Congestion

January 15th, 2008

Poultices are an age-old remedy for chest congestion. A Ginger or onion compress on the chest breaks up lung congestion and makes breathing easier. Onions also help curb Asthma and allergic reactions.

Poultice

  • 1 onion, chopped and ¼ cup Ginger, grated
  • water

Lightly cook together in a little water until soft. Cool slightly, mash and apply to the chest while still warm. Cover with a soft cloth.

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Vapor Balm for Chest Congestion

January 15th, 2008

For lung congestion a salve or a massage oil containing essential oils can be rubbed over the chest, back and throat. The oils will be absorbed through the skin and lungs as the vapor is inhaled. Place a flannel fabric on the chest after rubbing in the oil to increase warmth. Commercial “vapor balms” still use derivatives of essential oils (or their synthetic-oil counterparts), such as thymol from Thyme and Menthol from Mint, in a petroleum ointment base. Natural alternatives are also sold in natural-food stores.

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