Following are a
variety of alternatives to many things, arranged alphabetically.
BURNS & WOUNDS
COFFEE FOR YOUR PLANTS
CRAMPS (legs & feet)
DEODORANT & DISINFECTANT
GARLIC AND BAD BREATH
HEART ATTACK SYMPTOMS
HOT WATER BOTTLES
SNAILS AND SLUGS
PIECES OF MEAT
ASCORBIC ACID (Vitamin C) -
is a preservative in that it is an antioxidant and using it is a great
way to help things keep longer in the refrigerator. Add a minimum
of 1/8 teaspoon to any soft type foods such as soup, salsa, finely
ground salads, hummus, fruit salads, etc. It will increase the
shelf life by many days.
AGE SPOTS - As well as warts
can be removed easily with the white juice from Dandelions and green Fig
Fruit and Leaves. To make it easier to apply to a larger area than
just a wart, steep a quart packed full of cut up fig leaves or fresh juicy
Dandelion Stems and filled with Rubbing Alcohol, let sit, shaking daily. Pour
into storage bottle and fill a small squeeze bottle. Add a
little Olive Oil to counteract the dryness of the alcohol and apply to
affected area daily.
Age spots will fade and warts will
soon rub right off .
USE ONLY AT NIGHT, DO NOT USE IN SUNLIGHT.
BOOKSHELVES - I always hated
how books tip to the side on shelves and never had good success with
bookends. I decided to stack them up and down, grouped by subject
matter. Now they stay in their category more easily and it is much
easier to read the titles. I also like the look much, much better.
BURNS AND WOUNDS - A
miraculous remedy for burns. A liniment made of Comfrey Root will
heal a burn without blistering and no scarring unless the burn is
extremely severe. Every
time I use it I am astounded and I have been using it for over 25 years.
Spray the liniment on the burn every time it gets hot. You won't
need more once the heat is gone.
Grind 1/2 Cup of Comfrey Root.
Put it in a quart jar and fill with rubbing alcohol. Steep for a
week, shaking daily. In an emergency, liniment will work as soon
as there is some strong color. Filter through a paper coffee
filter into a clean container. Pour as needed into a small spray
COFFEE FOR YOUR
PLANTS - I live in an area where
the water is very alkaline. Some of my plants prefer a more
neutral ground water (like all houseplants except succulents) and some
require a more acidic environment. Coffee grounds are acidic and I
put them around my plants in general and I use a lot more of them on the
acid loving plants, such as Shamrocks, fur or evergreens in general,
ferns, roses, etc. They really are much happier and thrive so much
For another good
trick, see SNAILS AND SLUGS
CRAMPS (legs & feet) -
When attacked by
such painful cramping, squeeze your nose and blow hard but carefully
against it. For some reason this usually alleviates the cramping.
It could be because you are forcing more oxygen into your system.
Cramping can indicate a lack of sufficient Potassium, Magnesium and/or
If you crave deep-fried
food, if it is the only thing that makes you feel full, you could be
Iron deficient. I eliminated my craving for deep-fried, which was
a serious life-long obsession, when I started using sufficient Iron
supplements. I use chelated Iron only. This type does not
cause constipation and discomfort. The Iron is actually absorbed.
P.S. Many women are in
dire need of Iron, because they lose blood regularly, but they avoid
Iron supplementation because of the constipation. As I discovered,
the right Iron can be life changing, restoring energy the may never have
known they had as well as curbing detrimental cravings.
Craving sweets can
often be directly related to not having sufficient Chromium in the diet.
Try adding this to your daily regime and see if it helps. It
probably will, because it aids in the creation and functioning of
Insulin, which will allow you more satisfaction from what you eat
instead of leaving you "dying for some sweets".
DEODORANT and DISINFECTANT- Juniper Berry and Tea Tree Oil for the air, underarms and feet.
It is also a purifier and can be used for disinfecting purposes, such as
on phones, anything a sick person has touched, etc.
Generally, deodorants contain
aluminum, which is toxic and can be absorbed. This makes the
Juniper-Tea Tree deodorant far superior...and it works.
It is not an anti-perspirant however.
These should not be used anyway. Perspiration is how we rid
ourselves of toxins and this process should never be artificially
thwarted. Excessive perspiration is usually diet related and one
should clean the insides, not try to stop the natural cleansing process
from the outside.
Using a quart size jar, add 1/2 Cup of ground Juniper Berries. Fill the jar with
rubbing alcohol and let sit for a week, shaking daily. Full
strength develops over a longer time, but it can be used within the day,
as soon as there is good color in the alcohol.
strain liquid through a paper coffee filter into a clean container.
Pour as needed into a small spray container. Add a few droppers
full of Tea Tree Oil to the spray bottle, enough to add its distinct
scent to your mixture.
SALTS - Commonly used, I am surprised at how many people have never
heard of it or if they have, don't know how incredible it is.
When I was a teenager thought I
would die of blood poisoning when after having stepped on a rusty nail,
I saw red streaks running up my leg. My mother shocked me
when she said it was as simple a cure as putting the injured foot into
water as hot as I could stand, saturated with a couple of cups of Epsom
Salts. In my memory of it, I believe the red disappeared within an
hour, although, it may have been longer. That was a long time ago.
Since being on my own, I have always had Epsom Salts on hand.
to draw out toxins is unbelievable. A seemingly incurable eye
problem lasting at least 2 years was cured by holding a clean cloth,
soaked in a hot Epson Salt solution, against the closed eye. This
was repeated over the period of a hour or so. The solution may be
heated up to make it hot again. After soaking with the Epsom
Salts, Myrrh eye drops were applied. (See below)
imbedded slivers can be drawn out quite rapidly, by soaking the area in
hot water and Epson Salts.
are vanquished when the offending area is soaked in Epson Salts.
package for details.
EUTHANASIA made easy
Have you ever had the
horrible experience of having to deal with an injured animal that needs to be put to sleep?
When catching rats in
the parking lot, two of them got their tails in the trap and of course
didn't die. I wasn't about to let them go and risk getting bit,
and that wasn't the point of the traps anyway. I recalled a story
a woman told me about such a situation and I put them in a plastic
garbage bag, held the bag opening around the tail pipe just after my
mate started the car. Once the bag was filled up with exhaust, I
held it closed and the rats died very quickly and very easily...no
twitching, no horrible reactions. They just went to sleep.
Be very careful if
you have to do this that the car has just been started, because the tail pipes can get
very hot if the car has been running for awhile.
EYE DROPS MYRRH - Steep a
good pinch of ground Myrrh in 1/2 C hot water. Apply the liquid with cotton, a
clean small cloth or an eye dropper or washer. Will relieve the
eyes and is very beneficial for infections. I have heard claims
that it can improve eyesight, but have no experience with this.
Fill a shallow bowl about 5-6 inches across 1/2 full of water. Add
sugar, honey or other sweetener (not nutrasweet or saccharin) until
water is appealingly sweet. Then add a hefty squirt of an odorless dishwashing
liquid and stir until bubbles appear. Leave out in the infested
area. Flies will be attracted to the sweetness, but the soap will
make it so they cannot walk on the water or get out and they will drown.
This is a proven
technique and one very severe day I caught at least 40 or more flies.
Yes, I counted!
GARLIC AND BAD
BREATH - I love garlic....and
I love that it is so good for us. But, my mate won't come near me
when I eat it. Then by accident I found a great trick. I had
put a bunch of Garlic in some fresh tomato salsa and I didn't get bad
breath!!! I thought about why and I remembered a story I had read
about bathing in canned tomatoes to get rid of the smell of skunk and I thought
perhaps that is what happen with the garlic mixed with tomatoes
Now I can enjoy my
Garlic and have a love life too.
- My nails have always been weak and were getting weaker. I remembered that
Silica was supposed to be good for strengthening them. Knowing that
Silica supplements were the herb Horsetail, (also known as Shave Grass)
ground up and put in capsules. I obtained the herb, started making
tea and drank it every day. My nails became harder than
ever, but the best bonus was that my rapid hair loss during and after menopause
stopped completely. I never see a hair in the shower any more.
It also appears to be a little thicker again, more like before.
I would be
most interested if it has the same effect on other types of balding.
If you experiment and find that is the case, please let me know at
ATTACK SYMPTOMS - Carrying heavy weights at the end of hanging arms
can cause the symptoms of a heart attack. A cramp, ache type feeling
stretches from the shoulder blade area across the left (and sometimes the right)
side of the the back and chest, continuing down the arms.
Unless one has well developed upper
body strength, apparently holding heavy bags this way pulls the spine
out of whack causing the pain.
HOT WATER BOTTLES - I am
amazed at how many people forgot about them, have never heard of them
and/or don't have one. They are one of the best energy saving
devises that to my mind is far superior to a heating pad. They can warm you up without wasting electricity.
They are good for heat on sore or sick parts and they are great in the
winter both out of and in bed.
MENOPAUSE LINIMENT - I was
beginning to feel the symptoms of menopause and bought some Wild Yam
Root powder from my Herb Store. I started to drink a tea made from
it and didn't like it because it caused period-like cramps. As I
often do with herbs that I try as teas, but don't like, I made a
liniment with it and left it sitting in my herb cupboard. I forgot
about it for a long time. After some time, my menopausal symptoms
became severe specifically in that I couldn't wake up. All I
wanted to do was hibernate in my big comfy chair. I was reminded
by a friend about the Wild Yam and she informed me that it was supposed
to be applied topically.
I remembered my liniment and applied
it to my breasts and belly that evening before going to bed. The
results were astounding. I awoke the next day feeling like my life
had been given back to me. I was energetic and so much more alive.
I have personally experienced the
liniment relieving sleeplessness, excessive sleeping, hot flashes,
lethargy and other menopausal symptoms. Wild Yam is the key
ingredient and will work well just used by itself.
Wild yam contains diosgenin,
a natural precursor to progesterone. The other herbs listed
are also beneficial for women generally and enhance the overall picture.
Put 1/3 C
powdered Wild Yam Root (works quite well by itself), into a quart jar.
Fill the jar with rubbing alcohol and let steep for a good week or more
To make a richer
mix also add the following ground or powdered - ¼ C Chaste Berries, ¼ C Red Clover Blossoms, ¼
C Don Quai.
Spray on tummy, breasts and/or on pulse spots (wrists, inside bend of
elbow) as often as necessary (Morning and before bed usually will do it).
Relieves hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause.
MOPS - I have
always been aggravated by string mops that have those big replaceable heads.
First, they are not that cheap, secondly, they are too big and clumsy to
wring out by hand, if you don't have a wringer bucket and thirdly, by the
time they break down enough to absorb water, they are too filthy and they
Then, one day I say a guy mopping up at a laundromat and he was using old
towels cut to size, as the mop head. Not having any old towels around,
I bought some terry towel rags at the auto supply store and criss-cross
layered 3 of the pieces, that were about 1 to 1 1/2 ft square, and clamped
them into the end of the mop holder. It is bigger than the cheap throw
away mops and far more effective than anything I have tried. In fact,
it is the best mop head I have ever used.
also use the terry towel rags as a dish cloth. They wash cleaner and
wipe up water in a superior fashion.
If stored too
long, popcorn won't pop very well. If it is stored in a freezer, it
maintains sufficient moisture, stays fresher and pops just like fresh.
SNAILS AND SLUGS -
These creatures come out
at night and love to eat certain plants. I had heard that they
are attracted to a shallow container containing beer and then they crawl in
and drown. Well, first of all what a waste of beer and how expensive
can that become? Then I heard about a really cool idea that works.
Save your egg shells and when they are dry, blend them in your blender until
they are coarsely ground (like salt rather than completely pulverized).
Sprinkle them around susceptible plants and these slimy creatures will keep
away from them. Apparently it is the sharp edges that repel them.
The egg shells also offer nutrients to the soil.
TESTOSTERONE - Walking through
Chinatown in L.A. I saw a display for an herb called Yohimba Bark.
The ad suggested that it may actually increase testosterone levels.
This is good for both men and women. Women produce testosterone as
well as men and it is vital for their sex drive. Along with other
hormones, it can diminish with age.
Apparently it has
been used as an aphrodisiac in Africa for centuries. It is supposed to
increase the sex drive in both men and women. They also suggested that
facilitates faster recovery from working out
and increases muscle hardness and endurance. I drink it as a tea and
it definitely is beneficial for menopause as well.
This can be
found on line.
TURNING BIG PIECES OF
One of the
most frustrating things when cooking turkeys, chickens and roasts is
handling them without damaging or dropping them. Then I thought about
using rubber gloves. They worked great. They stop your
your hands from burning and it makes rotatating or placing it on the serving
plate so much easier.
Don't use them for handling the roasting pan, just do that the old fashion
way, with a pot holder.
WARTS - See Age Spots.
- See HAIR LOSS. Eating excessive amounts of raw cabbage and
raw cabbage-like foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, etc., can cause nails to split or peal off from the sides.
WOOD CONDITIONER -
I have used
lemon oil and furniture polish and always felt that it dried up too fast.
I learned from my mate that he used Vaseline instead and he said that it
worked better than anything. He proved this to me when his little
wood backgammon board had dried up and the wood had warped, actually
popping out the nails holding it together. He rubbed a thick coat
of the Vaseline all over the wood parts and let it sit overnight.
The wood soaked up the Vaseline and straightened right out, looking rich
and like new!
Vaseline is a little
thick for doing large pieces of furniture, so spread it as thin as you
can and then use the lemon oil and a rag to rub it in. Don't use
vegetable oils, because they dry to a sticky quality.
neighbor who has suffered severely from the problem for a long time, had
tried everything, One day recently, she put a few drops of
Tea Tree Oil in her douche and used it a minimum of once a day, usually
twice and it completely cleared up. She now usually has no
need to use it except on a rare occasion.
She had previously
used Difulcan, Monostat, Betadine (which is Iodine) and vinegar, all of
which cut back on symptoms, but never cured the problem
For the first time she is
now trouble free and delighted to
have found a remedy. This is good because excessive douching
destroys the natural flora and can add to vaginal problems.