Saturday, 20 November 2010

Home remedies collection

erbs  A collection taken from various sources from around the internet, As with most things like this please use caution if you try to make any up yourself. Please email if you have any more to add.
3 sticks fresh turmeric or 4g dried
Thumb-sized piece fresh ginger root
Few pinches black pepper
250ml whole milk
250ml water
1 tsp black tea leaves
Palm sugar, to taste (or maple syrup or brown sugar)
1. Peel and chop the fresh turmeric, if using (being careful not to stain surfaces or hands). Peel and grate the ginger. Put into a mortar (with the dried turmeric, if using) and add a few pinches of black pepper, then pound with the pestle until you get a smooth paste.
2. Combine the paste with the milk, water and tea leaves in a pan and simmer on a low heat for 10-20 minutes, or until the liquid is reduced by half. Strain. Sweeten with palm sugar to taste, and stir.
3. Before drinking, pour the Teh between two containers, holding them the maximum width apart to aerate the tea as much as possible and produce a froth on top. Despite not having too much of a medicinal effect on the remedy, this is more than just a flamboyant whim. Aerating the mix improves its flavour by making it easier for your tongue to perceive the chemicals that give the drink its unique taste.
USE: Make the Teh up as you need it, and drink at once. Take daily to help with arthritis, aches and pains in the joints, psoriasis, Crohn's disease and other inflammatory conditions.
STORAGE: The paste keeps for up to 1 month in the refrigerator.
4 handfuls dried hops flowers
4 handfuls dried lavender flowers
1. 1. To dry the hops and lavender yourself, tie them in bunches and hang upside down in a well-ventilated space For a pillow about 32 x 23 cm:
out of direct sunlight for 2 weeks. Alternatively, place in a low oven (about 100C) for 30 minutes or so until dry and crispy. Strip the flowers off the larger or harder stalks.
2. 2. Put equal handfuls of dried hops and lavender flowers into a cotton pillowcase, and seal the end.
USE: Place the pillow under or beside your head to induce sleep.

6 tbsp fresh rosemary
3 tbsp fresh thyme
3 tbsp fresh lavender
250ml coconut oil
20 drops peppermint essential oil
1. Wash and chop all the plants and place in a glass heat-proof bowl. Stir in the coconut oil. Cover the bowl with a lid and place over a pan of boiling water to create a double boiler. Heat on a medium to low flame for 1 hour. Leave to cool.
2. When cool, stir in the peppermint essential oil. Strain and pour the hair oil into bottles.
USE: Apply 3 teaspoons to hair and massage well into the scalp. Wrap hair in a towel and leave for 30 minutes. Then wash hair a couple of times with normal shampoo to get the oil out completely. Use 3 times a week for the first 2 weeks, and once a week as a preventative measure.
CAUTION: Avoid the eye area, and if you feel any discomfort, wash off immediately.
STORAGE: Will keep for up to 1 year in a cool dark place.
Chilli plasters for muscle sprains
200 g orange Scotch Bonnet chillies
4 tbsp mustard powder
200 g coconut oil, non-fractionated
6 tsp beeswax
4 packs Melolin wound dressing pads, 10 x 10 cm
4 packs adhesive wound dressing, 12 x 12 cm
  1. 1. Wash and finely slice the chillies. Combine the chillies and mustard powder with the coconut oil in a saucepan. Cover to keep in the vapour and gently heat for 2 minutes. Leave to cool with the lid on.
  2. 2. Put the chilli mix into muslin over a sieve and squeeze out the oil into a bowl below. Place the oil back into the saucepan and return to the heat.
  3. 3. Add the beeswax to the oil and heat very gently until dissolved; this will take less than 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  4. 4. Soak the dressing pads in the oil mixture while it's still hot. When they are saturated, remove the pads and leave to stand for 10 minutes on greaseproof paper, or until set.
  5. 5. Once set and dry, the pads can be layered on top of each other, wrapped in clingfilm and stored in the refrigerator until needed.
USE: Place a pad on an adhesive wound dressing, then apply to the affected area. Keep the area warm (by covering with a blanket, for example) and leave on for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
STORAGE: Keeps for 1 year in the refrigerator.
Garlic talcum powder for athlete's foot
4 tbsp dried sage leaves 4 tbsp dried garlic (commercially prepared is fine) 7 tbsp (70 g) cornflour 7 tbsp (70 g) bicarbonate of soda 24 drops tea tree oil
  1. 1. Grind the dried sage in a mortar and pestle, then place in a medium-sized bowl. Add the dried garlic. Sprinkle over the cornflour and bicarbonate of soda and mix well.
  2. 2. Add in the tea tree oil and stir until well distributed. Place the powder into a salt or sugar shaker for use.
USE: Dust on liberally 3 times daily, until symptoms disappear (usually a few weeks). Continue using for 1 week after all signs of infection are gone, as previously dormant fungal spores can cause reinfection.
STORAGE: Keep in a dry, dark place and use within 1 year.
Simple Cough Syrup
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup warm water
Combine lemon juice and honey in a bowl. Slowly stir in the water. Store in a covered jar in the refrigerator - take 1-2 tbsp as needed for cough.
To soothe a sore throat, add 1 tbsp of mixture to a cup of comfrey root, chamomile or rosemary tea.

There are 3 levels of burn severity, depending on how deep it is, how much of the body it covers, and the age and health of the victim:
First-degree burns are superficial. The skin becomes slightly red and swollen. Sunburns often fall into this category.
Second-degree burns penetrate the first layer of skin and damage the second layer. Skin is red, mottled and blistered and pain is much more intense than a sunburn.
Third-degree burns penetrate and damage all layers of skin. Usually the result is charred, black areas, or dry, white areas. These burns are always serious and subject to infection, so don't attempt to treat with home remedies. Treat as described below, and get yourself to a doctor.
For immediate treatment of serious burns, wet down and remove any smoldering clothing. Pour cold water over tar, wax or grease, but don't try to remove it from the skin. If the burn seems to be 1st or 2nd degree, immerse the area in ice water or apply a cool wet dressing for no longer than 10 minutes. For 3rd degree burns, immerse in water only if it's still burning. Apply a loose, dry, sterile dressing to all third and second degree burns. Don't put anything else on the burns, and take the victim to the emergency room.

Herbal Remedy for Minor Burns Mix together 2 tbsp each of marshmallow and comfrey root. Set over low heat in a saucepan with 1 cup olive oil and 1 cup wine for 30 minutes. Cool and strain. Marshmallow and comfrey are reputed to have excellent skin healing properties.
Raw Aloe Vera Break off a leaf of the plant and squeeze juice from the inside of the leaf onto the burn area. It will be thick and jelly-like, and it smells bad, but aloe vera provides a great healing aid to the skin.
Tea Bags Tannic acid can help draw the heat from a burn. Drop 2-3 tea bags in a bath - put under the spout while the water is running to get the most out of the tea bags. Add a decoction of comfrey root for more pain relief.
Another method is to make a decoction using 3-4 tea bags (see How to make and use herb preparations), 2 cups of fresh mint leaves and 4 cups water. Strain liquid into a jar and allow to cool. To use, dab the mixture on sunburned skin with a cotton ball or washcloth.
You can also make a poultice out of 2-3 tea bags and place over the burned area. Or, simply place wet tea bags directly on the burn and cover with a piece of gauze to hold them in place.
Oatmeal Bath for Itch Relief Crumble 1 cup of uncooked oatmeal into a bath of lukewarm water as the bath is filling. Soak 15-20 minutes and gently pat the burned area dry so that a thin coating of the oatmeal remains on your skin. (Be careful getting in and out of the tub, the oatmeal will make the bathtub very slippery.) This remedy is good for the itching that comes from a healing burn or sunburn.
Quicky Sunburn Lotions
1. Mix 2 tbsp vinegar in 1/2 cup water and dab on burned area, or
2. Mix equal parts of vinegar and olive or vegetable oil and dab on burned area
Lemongrass Insect Repellent
10 lemongrass sticks 4 tsp scented pelargonium 'Citronella' leaves (about 15 leaves) 4 tsp whole cloves 400ml sunflower oil, to cover
1. Wash and chop the lemongrass sticks and pelargonium leaves, and place both in a blender with the cloves. Add the oil, then whizz until pulped.
2. Place the pulp in a glass heat-proof bowl and cover. Put the bowl over a pan of boiling water on a low heat, making sure there are no gaps around the bowl, and leave for 1 hour. Keep checking that the pan does not boil dry.
3. Leave to cool, then strain the citrus-and spice-scented oil through muslin to remove all the fibrous bits, and store in a pump spray bottle.
USE: Shake the bottle well, then spray liberally onto skin up to 4 times a day, paying particular attention to exposed areas like ankles, wrists and neck, and avoiding the eyes. Re-apply after washing or bathing, and before bed.
CAUTION: If any irritation occurs, wash off immediately.
STORAGE: Will keep for up to 1 year in a cool dark place.

Aloe Vera and Marigold Frozen Gel Cubes for Burns
2 mature fresh aloe vera leaves
4 fresh marigold flowerheads (Calendula officinalis)
16 drops lavender essential oil (1 drop per ice cube)
1. Peel the fresh aloe leaves to give you a gooey mass of gel.
2. Put into a blender with the marigold flowers and whizz until smooth.
3. Pour the gel into ice cube trays, adding a drop of lavender essential oil into each individual cube. Freeze until solid.
USE: Apply a cube directly to the affected area as needed. The ice cubes melt quickly to produce masses of fragrant soothing gel. Don't forget to have a paper towel or cloth handy to mop up the melted gel; the goo has a habit of going everywhere!
STORAGE: Will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Lemongrass Insect Repellent
10 lemongrass sticks
4 tsp scented pelargonium 'Citronella' leaves (about 15 leaves)
4 tsp whole cloves
400ml sunflower oil, to cover
1. Wash and chop the lemongrass sticks and pelargonium leaves, and place both in a blender with the cloves. Add the oil, then whizz until pulped.
2. Place the pulp in a glass heat-proof bowl and cover. Put the bowl over a pan of boiling water on a low heat, making sure there are no gaps around the bowl, and leave for 1 hour. Keep checking that the pan does not boil dry.
3. Leave to cool, then strain the citrus-and spice-scented oil through muslin to remove all the fibrous bits, and store in a pump spray bottle.
USE: Shake the bottle well, then spray liberally onto skin up to 4 times a day, paying particular attention to exposed areas like ankles, wrists and neck, and avoiding the eyes. Re-apply after washing or bathing, and before bed.
CAUTION: If any irritation occurs, wash off immediately.
STORAGE: Will keep for up to 1 year in a cool dark place.
Antioxidant Olive Leaf Clay Mask
3-4 heaped tbsp fresh or dried olive leaves
Boiling water, to cover
4 tbsp clay powder
14 drops lemon essential oil
1. Place the olive leaves in a pan, pour boiling water over to cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
2. Strain out the leaves and return the liquid to the heat, continuing to simmer until reduced by half (about 10 minutes). Measure out 80ml of the olive water.
3. Put the clay powder in a bowl. Pour the olive water slowly over the clay powder, stirring well, then stir in the lemon essential oil. Bottle.
USE: When cool, apply the mask to face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 20 minutes, then wash off with warm water. The mask can be applied once or twice a week, as needed. Wash off immediately if you get any redness or irritation.
STORAGE: Will keep for 6 months in the refrigerator.
Green Tea, Liquorice & Lemon Mouthwash
For the tincture:
2 liquorice sticks
5 tsp green tea leaves
About 200ml vodka, or to cover
For the mouthwash:
2-4 tsp green tea leaves
8 drops lemon essential oil
1 tsp glycerine
To make the tincture:
Peel the liquorice into shavings as you would a carrot, using a very sharp vegetable peeler. Combine with the first quantity of tea leaves (5 tsp) in a glass jar. Add enough vodka to cover the herbs completely. Cover and keep in a cool dark place for 10-14 days. Then strain the mixture, reserving the liquid.
To make the mouthwash:
Using 2-4 tsp green tea leaves, make up a pot of green tea and leave to stand for 2-3 minutes. Strain a 200ml measure of the green tea, then pour this into the liquorice tincture to dilute it. (When you do this, the tea should be no hotter than 80-90°C/176-194°F - definitely not boiling.) Stir in the lemon essential oil and glycerine and bottle.
USE: Use as a mouthwash/gargle once a day as needed. Do not swallow.
CAUTION: Contains alcohol.
STORAGE: Will keep for 6 months in the refrigerator.
 Make Your Own Heating / Cooling Pads
Sometimes called "bed buddies" or "stress busters", these nifty little pads can be tossed in the microwave and used as heating pads for sore, aching or tense muscles, or tossed in the freezer and used as cooling pads!
The Insides
You can fill the pad with dry rice, corn, bird seed, or a combination of all of these.
Add spices, herbs and/or essential oils - when heated the pad will smell wonderful. A combination of allspice, ground cloves, ginger and nutmeg makes a nice Christmas smell. The combination of herbs below are purported to soothe a headache:
  • Dried lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Betony
  • Rose petals
  • Cloves
  • Rosemary
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Add a few drops of essential oil if desired. Cover and leave for a day or two, stirring occasionally to distribute the herbs.
The Outsides
Quicky pads can be made by using an old tube sock and sewing up the ends.
Other materials:
  • An old towel or washcloth
  • Flannel (cut up an old flannel shirt or nightgown if you have one)
  • Muslin
Simply cut the material into retangle pieces, 2-3 times longer than the width. Fold lengthwise and sew up the sides. Spoon in the mixture and sew the top end closed.
If you'll be giving these as gifts, you might want to go one extra step and make an outer pouch that's pretty, and washable. An outer pouch also helps protect the skin from excess heat or cold. Follow the same basic instructions as above, but make the outer pouch just a little larger than the inner. On one end you might want to include a strip of velcro to close the pouch and hold the inner pad in place.
Added embellishments might include a loop of material or ribbon on both ends to use as a handle, a strip of satin ribbon folded over the edges for trim, or a embroidered design. Just remember, whatever decoration you use should be soft, not scratchy or hard.
To Use
Simply pop the pad in the microwave and nuke for 2-3 minutes (time will vary depending on the size of your pad). To use as a cooling pad, place in the refrigerator or freezer.
One of our readers wrote in with a cautionary note about heating pads catching fire from smoldering on the inside. This may occur when the water content of the filling is dried out and burned from many re-heatings. One possible solution is to place a cup of water in the microwave when heating the pads, to keep the interior moist. Another solution would simply be to replace the filling after so many heatings.


Bladder infections (cystitis) in women are very common and very painful! Symptoms include needing to pee frequently, burning pain on urination, blood in the urine, a high temperature and feeling generally unwell. It is important to treat the condition promptly, because if it is allowed to worsen the infection can spread to the kidneys and cause permanent damage to them. Your GP will usually test a urine sample to confirm if there is bacterial infection present and treatment is typically with antibiotics. However, if you start treating cystitis at the first sign of the symptoms you can often clear it without needing antibiotics.

Cause of cystitis

Cystitis is caused by bacteria entering the urethra (the tube which carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body.) To prevent infection always wipe from front to back after using the toilet and, particularly if you're prone to cystitis, wash immediately after sexual contact.

When cystitis threatens...

If you suspect you are getting cystitis you need to keep warm - especially your lower back and kidney area - and to rest so your body can use its energy to fight the infection.
Drinking lots of water will help to wash the bacteria out of the bladder, lessening your chances of catching cystitis and helping to speed up your recovery if you already have it. If you are prone to cystitis, try to drink two litres of water or herbal teas a day.
Avoid tea, coffee, alcohol and sugary foods as all these will worsen cystitis.
Unsweetened cranberry juice - Cranberry juice has been shown to be quite effective in the treatment of cystitis in several clinical studies. A recent study has shown components in cranberry juice reduce the ability of E. coli to adhere to the lining of the bladder and urethra. This makes it much harder for the bacteria to multiple and spread. Unfortunately, many cranberry juices are sweetened, and sugar will make a urine infection much worse - so make sure you buy unsweetened cranberry juice and drink half a litre a day (diluted with some water) or take cranberry tablets/capsules instead.
Herbal treatments - Several herbs are also helpful in the treatment of cystitis: Echinacea purpurea root will help your immune system to fight the infection. Take the maximum recommended dose of tincture or tablets/capsules and continue to take until you are completely better.
Cornsilk (Zea mais) is the brown silk-like fronds found around corn-on-the cob. Cornsilk is a mild urinary antiseptic and very soothing to the urinary tract.
Uva-ursi (Arctostaphylos uva ursi) and Buchu (Barsoma Betulina) are both stronger urinary antiseptics that will directly tackle the infection. Make a tea out of any, or all, of these herbs and drink once or twice daily to prevent infection, and up to 4 times daily to treat an infection.

Natural home remedies for the treatment of cystitis.
  • Cucumber Juice :- Cucumber juice is one of the most useful home remedies in the treatment of cystitis. It is a very effective diuretic. A cup of this juice, mixed with one teaspoon of honey and a tablespoon of fresh lime juice, should be given three times daily.
  • Drumstick Flowers :- Fresh juice of the flowers of drumstick is another effective remedy for cystitis. For better results, a teaspoon of the juice, mixed with half a glass of tender coconut water, should be given twice daily. It acts as a diuretic in the treatment of this disease.
  • Radish Leaves :- The juice of radish leaves is valuable in cystitis. A cup of this juice should be given once daily, in the morning, for a fortnight
  • Lady's Fingers :- Fresh lady's fingers are useful in cystitis. A decoction made of 100 gm of lady's fingers and 200 ml of water should be taken twice daily in the treatment of this disease.
  • Spinach :- A quantity of 100 ml of fresh spinach juice, taken with an equal quantity of tender coconut water twice a day, is considered beneficial in the treatment of cystitis. It acts as a very effective and safe diuretic due to the combined action of both nitrates and potassium.
  • Lemon :- Lemon has proved valuable in cystitis. A teaspoon of lemon juice should be put in 180 ml of boiling water. It should then be allowed to cool and 60 ml of this water should be taken every two hours from 8 a.m. to 12 noon for the treatment of this condition. This eases the burning sensation and also stops bleeding in cystitis.

  • Barley :- Half a glass each of barley gruel, mixed with buttermilk and the juice of half a lime, is an excellent diuretic. It is beneficial in the treatment of cystitis, and may be taken twice daily.
  • Sandalwood Oil :- The oil of sandalwood is also considered valuable in this disease. This oil should be given in doses of five drops in the beginning and gradually increased to ten to thirty drops. The efficacy of this oil can be increased by the addition of one teaspoon of ajwain mixed in a glass of water, or ten grams of ginger mixed in a cup water.
COMMERICAL SHAMPOO WARNING:Most commercial cosmetic companies want to sell you a product that's falsely labeled as natural.' In reality, the only natural ingredient in a bottle of the herbal' shampoos you find in discount stores and supermarkets is the water And it's pretty much a given that they all contain one very unwholesome ingredient:sodium lauryl sulfate. This is a synthetic foaming agent that admittedly does its job in the lathering department, but has also been known to cause cataract-forming protein, along with a host of skin allergies, dandruff, and hair loss! If you use a shampoo with this ingredient once or twice a year, it won't harm you, but most people use it as often as everyday. 

The perfumes' and fragrances' you see listed on the bottles of shampoo don't give you a clue as to WHAT type they are. Is it an expensive perfume containing a host of inviting floral and woodsy ingredients? Probably not. Those fragrances--there can be over 100 of them--usually come from a lab, not an organically grown and dried herb. 

And here's one final consideration. Do you want to support companies that test chemicals on animals? 


Before we begin, it's a good idea to match your hair type with the herbs that will benefit you the most. No essential oils are needed! Herbs sold in bulk are far less expensive and just as effective. So budgeteers, rejoice! Most herbs are priced on average of $3 for 4 ounces and you only need a few tablespoons to put in your shampoo. 


Normal -Lucky you! No excess oil or dryness means that you can use most products and your hair still looks goodbye now it'll be just as easy to manage and you'll prevent it from changing to another type as can happen to normal' people! 

Recommended herbs:Horsetail, red clover, chamomile and marigold if you're blonde, crushed lavender flowers, rosemary for growth. 

Dry Well, at least you don't have to wash your hair everyday! 

Recommended herbs:Comfrey root or leaf, red clover, crushed orange flowers, crushed lavender flowers, elder flowers, chamomile flowers and marigold if you're blonde and jojoba oil added to the shampoo base. 

Oily Oftentimes the oil is caused by environmental pollutants and/or poor diet. Sometimes it's hereditary. 

Recommended herbs: Nettle leaves, rosemary leaves, peppermint leaves, burdock leaves, tea tree leaves, orris root and lemongrass. You have a wide range of choices at least! 

Black or Very Coarse/Curly Special care for curly hair. 

Recommended herbs: Nettle leaves, rosemary leaves, sage, crushed lavender flowers, indigo root, comfrey leaves, jojoba oil added to the shampoo base. 

Gray Sage, rosemary, nettle. Also, check with herbs suited for your recommended type. 

Hair loss Whether it's environmental, hereditary, or illness-related, there's a good chance that herbs will help. Of course you'll consult with your physician or homeopathic practitioner first! 

Recommended herbs:Rosemary leaves, crushed lavender flowers, tea tree leaves, sage, nettle and basil. 

Dandruff It is a problem, but one that can hopefully be solved herbally. 

Recommended herbs:Nettle, comfrey leaves, birch and/or white willow barks, peppermint and lemongrass. 

If you want to make shampoo yourself using pure castile soap made from up to 50% olive oil, herbs that correspond to your hair type that will make your hair smell terrific, then read on, the recipes are here! 

Recipe #1 -- SO EASY! 

All this involves is for you to purchase a bottle of Dr. Bronner's olive oil castile soap from any health food store's variety of scents includes: almond, aloe vera baby-mild, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, and rosemary extract and tea tree.Just select the one that pleases your nose and/or hair type and there you are!Bottle sizes range from a travel-size 4 ounces to a hefty 5-gallon jug.Made from vegetable oils, the saponified coconut oil produces enough suds to please even the most finicky fan of lather! 

For the rest of you who prefer to make your own herbal shampoo you'll need the following items: 


Plastic or glass bottles [8 ounces] 

Glass jar [12 ounces or more] OR glass bowl 

Tea kettle or saucepan [non-aluminum] 

Strainer [stainless steel or bamboo] 

Distilled or spring water 



Select two or three herbs for your hair type. When purchasing herbs, you don't need to get them powdered, just cut.All herbs used for these recipes are dried.However, if you're fortunate enough to have an herb garden, use double to triple the amount of FRESH herbs. 

For people who have blonde hair and want to keep it that way, stay with lighter colored herbs. Many herbs are used as colorants so consult with professional herbal practitioners.

The shampoo you make will not be a visually pleasing bright blue or lime green, but it will smell better and most important of all, it will only enhance the health of your hair. 


7 ounces distilled or spring water 

4 Tablespoons liquid castile soap [1 oz.] 

5- 6 Tablespoons of herbs [choose at least 2 for your hair type] 

Note:If using whole flowers such as marigold or red clover, it's a good idea to crush them first.While lavender flowers are small, crushing them invokes even more of their aroma.


Boil water. 

Put herbs in strainer. 

Add the liquid castile soap to the bottle that you'll be using for the finished shampoo. 

Pour boiling water over the herbs, squeezing the last bits with the back of a spoon. Cover the container and allow the herbs to steep for 10-30 minutes, depending upon how strong you want the mixture. Make sure none of the leaves have fallen into the herbal water. 

Transfer the herbal mixture into the liquid castile soap and you've got your shampoo. 


If you're making this is a gift, you can be creative and call it a private label shampoo naming it after yourself or personalizing it for the recipient. Be sure to list the ingredients. You might also want to enclose the recipe if you're giving it to someone who enjoys making bath products. 

For your own use it's wise to write down the herbs you've used and the amount. Date the product as it has a shelf life of about 1 year. 


Good herb reference chart
Visual guide to fresh herbs

1 comment:


    onions are a huge magnet for bacteria!!


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