Mustard Plaster For Arthritis Pain

April 30th, 2006

Here’s an old fashioned remedy that I use to relieve my Arthritis Pains. I make what you call a Mustard plaster.

To do this you need to mix together 2 parts flour with 1 part Mustard powder, then add some water to make a paste. S

pread it on a clean cloth of some sort, fold it in half and press against the skin. Don’t put the salve directly on the skin since it can burn.

You can also use this to loosen phlegm or for Sore Muscles

Rheumatic Pain Ointment

April 28th, 2006

Place a half cup of Rosemary leaves and 1/2 Tsp oil of Cloves in 1 cup of vegetable oil.

Simmer gently for 20 minutes. Strain well and bottle.

Make a poultice and use as often as necessary for rheumatic pain.

Cough and Cold Herbal Infusion

April 27th, 2006

Here’s How:

  1. Bring water to a boil, remove from heat.
  2. Add Herbs.
  3. Steep covered for 20 minutes.
  4. Strain, add honey for taste.

What You Need:

  • 1 pint water
  • 2 Tbsp dried Chamomile
  • handful Red Clover dried
  • 1/2 tsp. slippery elm
  • 1 tsp. mint dried

Hayfever Tea Recipe

April 27th, 2006

2 parts Elderflowers 1 part Ephedra 1 part Eyebright 1 part Goldenseal

Mix all Herbs together. use 1 teaspoon per cup of boiling water, let steep 10 minutes. Drink 1 cup up to 3 times a day.

Wormwood Liniment

April 27th, 2006

To 1 gallon of white vinegar, add 4 ounces wormwood herb and seed. Let sit for 2 weeks. Strain, bottle and label.

When the time comes to use this remedy, beat 4 egg whites. Slowly add 1 quart of the wormwood mixture and 4 ounces of pure turpentine.

Keep tightly capped. Shake well before using. Saturate bandages and wrap around the legs when needed. This is good to use for Arthritis and stiffness.

Cherry Horehound Cough Syrup

April 26th, 2006

2 ounces honey 2 ounces water

Boil and skim.

Add 1 ounce vodka, 1 ounce syrup of wild cherry bark, 1/2 ounce of horehound syrup, 1/2 ounce of rhubarb syrup, 1/2 ounce of wild Ginger syrup.

Shake well before each use. Take one teaspoon as needed or every hour.

Cystitis Bath

April 21st, 2006

Add above oils to 2 Tbsp. Epsom Salts or Baking Soda and add to bath while water is running. Soak 15-20 minutes.

Skin Healing Plantain Salve

April 20th, 2006

Use dry Plantain - broad or lance leafed - (Plantago spp.).

Put in in a jar and cover it with grain alcohol (Everclear or Vodka) so it is barely moistened. Let is soak for 8 hours or so.

Then mix it 1:5 (weight to volume - so 1 oz herb to 5 fluid oz oil) with Olive Oil. Put it in a blender and blend it until the sides of the blender are warm (quite a while).

Now strain it through a fine cloth or something like that and use the oil to make a salve by heating it and mixing it with beeswax. Start with 1:5 beeswax to oil ratio, if the salve comes out to soft you can remelt it and add more beeswax.

This is a wonderful, skin healing, restorative salve (one of my friends has switched completely to it as Moisturizer) but what is the coolest about it is the color. The green is so unbelievably vibrant. I have a bottle of the oil on a shelf, just so I can look at it, it reminds me of Summer…

Self-Heal Ointment

April 19th, 2006

If you already have made the infused oil you may use that as the base for the ointment. If not, then start from the beginning.

  • 1 oz. (30gm) dried or wilted herb self-heal flowers and herb (most of the water needs to be gone)
  • 8 oz. high quality vegetable oil. Olive Oil is usually used, but other vegetable oils may also be used. Canola and corn oil are not used, normally. Petroleum jelly may also be used and produces a product that is waterproof for a longer period of time.
  • Clean glass or plastic ointment jars with lids.
  • Cheesecloth or muslin for straining the oil
  • 8-9 Tablespoons of grated beeswax
  • Vitamin E oil

In a double boiler, heat the oil and the herb over simmering water for 2-3 hours. Do not fry the herb. OR Place the herb and oil in a clean, clear glass jar and allow to steep for 2-4 weeks. Shake daily. Placing the jar in a warm, sunny location speeds the process. When the infused oil is ready, pour it through cheesecloth to strain out the herb.

Pour the strained oil into the top of the double boiler and heat gently; add the beeswax. Stir gently until melted. Test for consistency by placing a spoonful of ointment in the refrigerator for 5 minutes until hardened. Add more beeswax, if needed. (I find 1 tablespoon of grated beeswax/ 1 oz. oil works well, but you can experiment.)

Add 10-12 drops of vitamin E oil and stir. Vitamin E oil is an antioxidant and helps preserve the finished product. Pour warm ointment into clean jars; cover loosely with wax paper or paper towel until cool. Cover tightly with jar lids and label.

Herbal ointments usually keep for up to 1 year.

Valerian Tea For Insomnia

April 17th, 2006

Pour 1 pint boiling water over 1 Tsp powdered Valerian root. Cover and steep 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Add a pinch of mace as flavoring if desired.

Caution: Take this only once a day (at bedtime, to induce sleep).



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