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Gazrok

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Thought this might be a good idea, just a thread where people could post their recipes for homemade and herbal remedies, like teas, balms, etc. that might come in handy if modern medicine is no longer available. Also, it might give me some ideas of plants to add to my own planned culinary/medicinal herb garden (as most have dual uses).

I'll add some too, as I dig them up.

Anti-Fungal / Anti-Yeast Treatment

2-tablespoons boric acid.
1-cup cornstarch.

Place in a large salt shaker. shake on any area with fungal rash.
Some skin rashes are severe enough to take two weeks to heal. Also works great on athletes foot.
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'Lung Fever' Salve -Amish Recipe

12oz.-unsalted lard
2 oz.- camphor
3 oz. - beeswax
3 oz. - rosin (powdered)
Heat the above in a double boiler.
Take off heat, then add....
2 teaspoons raw linseed oil
20 ml. turpentine
bottle up, used for colds and pneumonia, rub on chest and back.
It will store for years.
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Homemade Saline Solution


1/4- teaspoon kosher salt
8- oz. water
1/4- teaspoon baking soda

Mix well.
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Elderberry Extract

Take 1/2 cup berries to 8 cups of water.
Boil berries and simmer down to 2 cups of liquid (It takes about 30 - 45 minutes).
Strain off berries and add 1/2 cup honey and store in refrigerator. This can also be canned.
USE: a tablespoon or 2 at a time to ward off sickness.
NOTE: This is great for treating flu and can improve health with bird flu
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Herbal Compress To Stop Bleeding

1-teaspoon tincture of yarrow (or other suitable herb)
1/2- cup warm water
A clean soft cloth or medical gauze

Combine both ingredients.
Soak the cloth in the liquid, wring it out and aply it with pressure over the wound.

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Homemade Hand Sanitizer

1- cup Aloe Vera gel (or you can make your own)
1- teaspoon rubbing alcohol
2- teaspoons vegetable glycerin
8-10- drops tea tree essential oil or lavender essential oil

Simply blend all of the ingredients together and store.
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Amish Cough Syrup

Lemon Juice
Honey
Castor Oil

Mix equal parts of lemon juice, honey, and Castor oil.

Adult dose: take 1 (one) tablespoon per day.
Children's dose: (over 2 years old) take 1 (one) teaspoon per day.
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Homemade Nighttime Cold Remedy (reminiscent of Nyquil)

This remedy lets you sleep very sound all night.

1-lemon
1/4-cup maple syrup
1/4-cup hot water
2-tablespoons brandy

Squeeze all the juice out of the lemon.
Mix lemon juice with the 1/4 cup maple syrup. Then add 1/4th-cup hot water, and 2 tablespoons of brandy (or more if you want
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DRINK.
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Restless Leg Syndrome Remedy
I have not tried this

1-teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
1 cup of warm water
1 teaspoon of honey

Mix and drink
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Homemade Diaper Rash Cream

mix a half cup of milk of magnesia and half cup of corn starch. Mix in equal amounts to make a creamy consistency.
Apply liberally to baby.
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Homemade Pedialyte

2-quarts water
1-teaspoon baking soda
7-teaspoons sugar (get those electrolytes up!)
1- (1/4 oz.) packet unsweetened kool-aid -OR- lemonade mix (any flavor)
1/2-teaspoon salt or salt substitute

Mix all together.
Store in fridge for NO more then 3 days. can be made into ice cubes.
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Nerve Pain Tincture

1-teaspoon each tincture of St. John's Wort flowers, skullcap leaves,
fresh oats and licorice root
1/2-dropperful each tincture of ginger rhizome and vervain leaves

Combine ingredients. {/U]
Take 1 dropper-ful every half hour, as needed during an emergency. to relieve chronic pain, 2 to 4 dropper=fuls a day.
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Lice Remover Shampoo

1-oz.olive oil
6-drops tea tree oil
6-drops rosemary oil
4-drops oregano oil

Mix together well into hair and scalp. Keep on hair for 30 minutes. Repeat twice a day until lice is removed.
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Herbal Remedy for Pink Eye

The herb Eyebright has astringent and antibacterial properties to drawl out infections such as pink eye and soothe eyes.

Make an infusion:
Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 teaspoon of dried eyebright herb.
Steep for 10 minutes; Stain and allow to cool.

Now you can use this infusion in a few different ways:
You can use as an eyewash 3-4 times a day.
You can also use as a warm compress:
Take a soft cloth and dip into infusion while still warm, gently ring out cloth and apply to eyes. Repeat as cloth cools. You may need to reheat your infusion. Leave the compress on the eyes for at least 10 minutes.

You can also purchase eyebright tincture already made from a herbal shop. Put three drops of eyebright tincture in a tablespoon of boiled water. When cool, use as an eyewash.

Wash your hand REALLY good after handling your eyes to stop the spread of pink eye. Use the herbal hand sanitizer recipe for your hands afterward.
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Bay Leaf Tincture for Tendinitis

In a 1 quart wide mouth jar, put 6 oz. of dried bay leaves in jar. Fill the jar to half full of vodka. Fill the rest of the jar with water.
Cover and store in cool dark spot, shake once or twice a day. Leave sit for 2 weeks to 1 month. After this time, strain and save liquid. Store in darker bottles or away from light. Apply tincture to a soft cloth and rub/massage the affected area. Can also warm (don't boil, it will evaporate the alcohol) the liquid.
NOT FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
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Anti Itch/Coagulant/Diaper Rash/Insect Bite/Cure-All

Pick Plantago leaves (there are over 200 species, don't confuse with the banana) when they are vibrant and green.
Chop them coarsely and pack loosely into a clean, very dry jar.
Add olive oil, dislodge air bubbles with a knife or chopstick until the jar is filled to the very top.
Label and cap securely. Let sit out of direct sunlight, on a surface that won't be marred by oozing oil.
Decant after six weeks, pouring off the oil and squeezing out what remains in the plant material. Discard the herb.
Grate one tablespoon of beeswax for every ounce of oil. Stirring constantly, heat the oil and beeswax until the wax melts, usually within a minute.
Pour the liquid into small, wide-mouthed jars (a good excuse for buying marinated artichoke hearts) and cool.
Use this ointment lavishly for diaper rash, insect bites, all itches, and minor wounds. It heals, stops itching, checks bleeding, and eases pain.
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Nettle Beer
One of the most delightful medicines for joint pain

1 pound/500g raw sugar
2 lemons
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1 ounce/30g cream of tartar
5 quarts/5 liters water
2 pounds/1 kilo nettle tops
1 ounce/30g live yeast

Place sugar, lemon peel (no white), lemon juice, and cream of tartar in a large crock. Cook nettles in water for 15 minutes.
Strain into the crock and stir well. When this cools to blood warm, dissolve the yeast in a little water and add to your crock.
Cover with several folds of cloth and let brew for four days. Strain out sediment and bottle. Ready to drink in 12 days.
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Homemade Ice Pack

2- cups of water
1/3- cup (80%) alcohol- rubbing alcohol or vodka, etc.
Zipper- top plastic bag

Combine water and alcohol in a zipper-top bag. Seal top and freeze. The alcohol keeps it from freezing solid and creates a gel-like ice pack.
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Natural Mosquito And Tick Repellent

1- cup of spring water
1/2- cup lemon juice
15- drops of peppermint oil
1 shot of Vodka
10- drops of lavender oil

Place all ingredients in a clean spray bottle and store in the refrigerator. Shake well before each use.
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Homemade Baby Powder (Talc-free)

½ cup corn starch
½ cup Arrowroot powder
1 tablespoon dried ground chamomile
1 tablespoon dried ground lavender
¼ cup finely ground oats

Blend well and put in a shaker style bottle. Now you can powder your baby’s little bottom in safety.
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Lavender Dryer Sachets

1 small muslin drawstring bag (you can usually get these at craft stores)
Dried Lavender
2-3 drops lavender essential oil

Fill the muslin bag with the dried lavender and add the essential oil. Close the bag tightly and throw in the dryer. Your clothes will come out soft and smell great.
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Tiger Balm


1 oz cayenne infused oil
3 oz goldenrod or arnica infused oil
3/4 oz beeswax
20 drops white camphor (essential oils)
20 drops cinnamon leaf (essential oils)
20 drops rosemary (essential oils)
30 drops clary sage (essential oils)
10 drops sweet birch (essential oils)

Melt beeswax, add infused oils and stir well. Let cool a bit before adding essential oils. Mix well and pour into clean, sterilized container.
Be careful not to use near body orifices or on open skin.
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I am always interested in herbal and holistic medicine, instead of or in conjunction with modern meds. So how many of these have you tried or seen used? And the results?
 

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The cough syrup, insect repellent, and cold remedy I've tried, and they seem to work just as well as any OTC stuff. Those are pretty old school, well-known ones anyhow, so not much risk there.
 

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Eyebright tincture, is a little scary, it is the word " TINCTURE "= alcohol, must have missed this first go around. The home made part sounds like itcould be helpful and or soothing.
 

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all I know is cloves and clove oil will relieve pain and the young bark of a willow tree is how they discovered aspirin how much to use I dont know but a clove in your cheek will numb your mouth and gum where it is. on a side note... vinegar will stop the pain of a sunburn and I know that works I have been very very burnt (I am normally as pale as Casper) and my family insisted on applying vinegar with a spray bottle to it and the pain immediately went away... you will stink for a while but when in pain you dont care.
 

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Oh this is right up my alley. On one of my old sites I had quite a few threads like this one.

I pride myself on being a Folk remedy healer.

But even a couple of these were new to me. Thanks. I am a big Garlic fan for it's antibiotic/healing properties. In fact I'll start a thread on my cure alot remedy ACV(Apple Cider Vinegar)/Honey/Garlic
 

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As promised, I'll put it into this thread for now. Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Garlic

One of the best home elixir recipes I have ever researched and used is:

8 cloves of garlic
1 cup of raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
1 cup of raw honey

Optional 4th ingredients: ginger, cinnamon, cayenne pepper.

Mix in a blender and put in refrigerator for 5 days to let all ingredients be mixed, not sure if using it immediately is any less beneficial, but the time allows proper mixing.

http://www.rawfoodinfo.com/articles/art_cidervingarlichoney.html

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) - research has shown that Apple Cider Vinegar (with mother) decreases arthritis pain by 90 percent. It also significantly reduces cholesterol levels. It may lower blood pressure and seems to be beneficial in reducing heart disease. The downside of ACV is that it is highly acidic and should always be diluted before consuming, as it will burn the esophagus and tooth enamel. So definitely rinse with water afterwards. One side effect of ACV appears to be that over the long term it may reduce potassium levels leading to lower bone density. So ensure that you are getting adequate levels of potassium.

Garlic: there is tons of research and benefits of garlic that could take days to list. Garlic contains over 100 sulfur compounds, mainly allicin that is created when fresh garlic is crushed. Allicin is a powerful antibacterial penicillin type compound that can be used to treat/prevent many infections.

Honey: It has not only used as a sweetener since the beginning of recorded history but also is an energy booster, immunity system booster, and can cure many ailments. In this elixir it is best to use local raw honey (pasteurized honey does not contain the natural enzymes which reduces it's effectiveness). Side note to honey as a prepper item: honey stores indefinitely (a lifetime) for our purposes, a chemical analysis of honey stored in Egyptian tombs shows that it still retained it's complete properties. Local honey is the best to build up an immunity to local fauna if allergies tend to be a problem. If money is no issue, Makuna Honey is regarded as the 'Super Honey' of all.

This is just a general breakdown of the benefits of the 3 main ingredients to this elixir. On their own all 3 can be used for different ailments, Especially garlic. Many folk remedy healers, have used garlic extensively in home remedies.

I can't give actual medical facts and figures to the use of this elixir, but I can state my experience. In 2012 my health was a mess at age 46. I was diagnosed with a leaking heart valve, asthma, had my gall bladder removed, and a bunch of other problems. It was almost as if my warranty had expired and all these problems were plaguing me. The day after my gall bladder removal I started taking this elixir making sure I had adequate hydration and the occasionally use of Resveratrol supplements (the active ingredient of fermented red wine). My health over the last year has been exceptional, in fact I have had zero doctor visits since Feb. 2013.
 

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gonna try that mosquito repellant! wonder if i can sub vodka with moonshine?
 

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gonna try that mosquito repellant! wonder if i can sub vodka with moonshine?
Consuming garlic also helps repel Mosquitos, CAUTION: Consuming too much garlic can also repel those around you. Lol.

Ken I so much want to visit you if I ever get out that way. A lot of your preps, from your post history, apparently revolve around moonshine.
 

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