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Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Much like Monday's headache remedies from the 18th & 19th centuries, there are folklore cures for just about everything that ails you.

Or you could give these a try

Some include curing a toothache by catching a frog by the head, spitting into its mouth and asking it to take the pain away (Country Remedies)

Touching your warts with as many little stones as you have warts. Wrap the stones in an ivy leaf, and throw it into the road. Whosoever picks up the parcel of stones will acquire the warts and leave you free of them.

According to the Harrowsmith Almanac, some folk remedies are now starting to have some science, or at least anecdotal proof, in their corner. Here are 10 purported to work:

Condition: Lactose Intolerance.
Prescription: Take 1 teaspoon of milk in the morning before you ingest anything else, the next morning take 2 teaspoons, and keep increasing the amount daily. The author was cured in a few weeks.

Condition: Sore Throat &/or Dry Skin
Prescription: Glycerin combined with honey, rosewater and witch hazel make an anti-wrinkle cream. Glyerine is also great for soothing sore, dry throats.

Condition: Infant colds, ear infections, Pinkeye
Prescription: Breastmilk - mother's miracle medicine, which is full of antibodies

Condition: Yeast infections
Prescription: Garlic - I won't go into the details re this treatment, I am sure you can deduce them yourself...lol

Condition: Acne
Prescription: Tea Tree Oil - this is considered almost as effective as store-bought medicine. There is also evidence it works on athlete's foot, dandruff and toenail fungal infections. (Should be avoided by pregnant and breastfeeding women.)

Condition: Colds
Prescription: Garlic again, it's magical ingredient allicin is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent.

I guess the raisins are in the other pocket!
Condition: Arthritis
Prescription: Gin-soaked raisins - grapes & raisins are believed to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties which may be enhanced by the juniper berries in the gin. I find this particular one quite intriguing.

Condition: Nausea
Prescription: Ginger

You knew there had to be a cat in here somewhere

Condition: Diabetes
Prescription: Cinnamon 1/4 -1 tsp. over 40 days caused fasting blood glucose levels to drop by up to 29 percent (2003 study) Total cholesterol fell 12 to 26 percent.

Condition: Depression (mild)
Prescription: Green Tea - elderly persons who drank 4 or more cups a day had a 44 percent lower risk of becoming depressed (2009 study). It's believed the tea may have anti-stress and anti-inflammatory compounds.


  1. Cinnamon Flop is now in my "To Try" file.

    This household likely uses more cinnamon than any other spice.

  2. The Gin-soaked raisens are on my "to try" file lol