Thursday, October 25, 2012

Helpful Hints - Kitchen Remedies

I recently bought a book called "Kitchen Magic" by Joey Green.  It's a good book, has a variety of helpful hints for cleaning, cooking, home remedies, and other stuff.

I picked out a few to share with you from the "Astonishing Kitchen Remedies" section. 

Arthritis:  eat one serving of Jello every day. The amino acids are supposed to stimulate production of collagen and provide nutritional support for cartilage.

Bad Breath:  Dissolve one teaspoon of baking soda with one teaspoon of salt in 1/2 cup of water. Rinse your mouth and/or gargle with the solution.

Colds and Flu: Mix 10 - 20 drops Tabasco Pepper Sauce in one cup of Tomato Juice.  Drink several glasses of the spicy tonic daily.  It should help to clear the nose, sinuses, and lungs.  You can also mix the Tabasco into a glass of water and gargle with it to help clear the respiratory tract.

Homemade Cough Syrup:  Mix 4 tablespoons of ReaLemon lemon juice, 1 cup Honey, and 1/2 cup of olive oil in a saucepan. Warm over low heat for five minutes. Stir vigorously for several minutes until the mix becomes syrupy. Take one teaspoon of the formula every 2 hours. Store in an airtight container.

Constipation: Mix 2 tablespoons of ReaLemon juice with 1 cup of warm water. Drink it before you have breakfast. The combination will stimulate the intestines. 

Ice Pack: Prepare Jello according to the instructions on the box and let it cool enough to pour it into a Ziploc bag.  Put the bag in the freezer after you seal it shut.  It should become a flexible, inexpensive, ice pack that will conform to your body. When you're done with it, just put it back in the freezer.

Indigestion:  According to the box, drinking one-half of a teaspoon of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda dissolved in 1/2 glass of water neutralizes stomach acid.

Insect bites:  To relieve itching and swelling from an insect bite, us a cotton ball to rub ReaLemon juice on the bug bite. It may sting a little at first. It works as both an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.  White vinegar on a cotton ball will relieve an itch from a bug bite almost instantly, also.

Insomnia:  Take one teaspoon of Honey before bedtime. Honey acts as a sedative to the nervous system. Within an hour you should be asleep.

Shaving:  Apply Cool Whip to wet skin as a shaving cream. The coconut and palm kernel oils in the Cool Whip moisturize the skin for a close shave and leaves your skin soft and smooth.

Okay, that's it for this topic! The book has many more tips in it.

In a few days, I will chose some tidbits to share from his "Food Secrets" section which, so far, is very interesting!

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