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Old Fashioned Remedies

Father Sebastian KneippThese are remedies that I have collected over 45 yrs.

But first, here is a poem I wrote in 1980. By way of explanation, Father Kneipp, whom I refer to, was a priest herbalist in Germany. There are a number of Kneipp spas in that country.

In the troubled days of yore,
People didn't run to the health food store.

Through the woods by rushing streams,
Gathered herbs for pleasant dreams.

One of these, a priest by trade,
Many healing potions made.

To relax the spirit and heal the heart,
Take of this mixture a teaspoon part -

In a cup of hot water steep,
Add some honey, and before you sleep,

All your troubles will unwind,
And leave you harmony with mankind.

Father Kneipp went miles on foot,
Gathering Angelica and Valerian Root,

Leaves of Peppermint, kiss of the Hops,
Flowers of Chamomile - make you feel tops!

Brew with love of nature's treasure,
And you won't need more drastic measures.

Rest will come, as sleep the while
Blesses you with peaceful smile.

Take this little treasure, love,
As peace of branch and flight of dove.


This I just found recently:

HISTORY OF MEDICINE
2000 B.C.
"Here, eat this root!"
1000 A.D.
"That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer!"
1500 A.D.
"That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion!"
1940 A.D.
"That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill!"
1985 A.D.
"This pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic!"
2000 A.D.
"That antibiotic doesn't work anymore. Here, eat this root!"



BRUISES OR BUMPS
As SOON AS POSSIBLE, beat an egg white with a fork until there are some bubbles (to keep it from sliding off) and apply liberally to damaged area. Let it dry, then repeat twice more. It will prevent swelling and discoloration. People laugh about this, but call me later to tell me it really worked!
Even on an old injury it begins to improve but, in this case, repeat daily for a while.

This may sound strange, but is extremely effective. Every time I see the resultant injuries from contact sports I wish I could share this with coaches and players. It would save a lot of pain and return them to action!

BURNS OR SUNBURN
Straight apple cider vinegar - if you can immerse in a bowl of vinegar until, when you remove, heat does not flash and if you do it right away, there will be no blisters, peeling or scarring!

If you cannot immerse, pour apple cider vinegar in a container, dip a white wash cloth in and cover the area. When it gets warm, dip it in again and repeat. Continue until all the heat has dissipated.

This can keep you out of pain and out of the hospital.


HEALING MIXTURE TO DRINK - FOR FOOD
POISONING OR HEAT EXHAUSTION

AS SOON as you suspect what you have eaten may be contaminated, dilute apple cider vinegar (real - not white colored or flavored) 2 tablespoons in a glass of water. Tastes better with honey - bacteria can live in neither. Heinz in the quart is okay, but their 1/2 and 1 gallons are not! Recently I have been buying BRAGGS brand of apple cider vinegar aged in wood, from the health food store.

In an emergency, do what my husband and I did after we ate ham that we knew was spoiled - in Sweetwater, TX, no less. I dived over the seat and produced apple cider vinegar - plain! I handed it to Fritz and told him to take a slug. "Straight?"

I replied, "Would you rather be in a hospital?" He did, I did, and in about 30 seconds we both belched (I don't mean burped) and that was the end of it.

It is great for heat prostration! I keep it mixed in a gallon container in the fridge: in a 2 cup container, first put 1 cup of apple cider vinegar (so the honey doesn't stick on the sides) add 1 cup of honey (preferably local), stir with a knife until combined, pour into container, add pure water, stir once. It does not separate and tastes like apple cider.

Once Fritz was on the rider mower cutting our 2 acre yard - I looked out and he was sitting slumped under a tree. I took him out a glass of this, and later looked up and he was mowing away with no problem!

The other thing is, in case there has been any contamination of food, apple cider vinegar, honey and water kill bacteria. My brother, Walt, used to keep this mixed up in the fridge. Also helps arthritis.


CUTS
Put pure apple cider vinegar on immediately. It stings a little, but kills bacteria and heals!


INSECT BITES
For an insect bite take three leaves from different trees, mash them between the fingers until they are a little juicy, then apply that juice directly to the bite!

I was struck by a wasp on three places on my back one day.  I remembered this and applied it and within a short time there was no more pain!
 


ALLERGIES
This is a recipe from Hanna Kroger who came from Germany.

This is what they do for patients on being admitted to the hospital it cleanses the liver. I had for years a violent reaction to avocados within 5 minutes of ingesting, even if I didn't know it was in a salad dressing! I Ended up with dry heaves and in knee-chest position on the couch for half an hour before I could recover. This cured me! I can now eat avocados. Hanna said that if you are allergic, it is not the fault of the food, but of the liver.

Ready? Drink one cup of apple juice hourly for your daylight hours say from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Eat no solids and do this for two days. On the third morning be sure you are HOME and no interference with the bathroom. Drink 1/4 cup of pure olive oil (I like Bertolli's light olive oil is what I use) and chase it with a little juice. Lie down, relax, read, listen to music, whatever, until it works. The malic acid loosens up all the old, unused gunk in the body and the olive oil moves it out!

As Hanna said, observe the results! I evidently had a stone that was hard as a rock and about the side of the pad of my little finger. I repeated this a year later and had no residue!

One thing is, see the recipe above? I mixed apple cider vinegar, honey and water and used it instead of just apple juice because bacteria cannot live in either of these! It works great as a substitute, and is the equivalent of apple cider!


SINUS ALLERGIES
To prevent sinus problems from pollen, etc., place sesame oil from the health food store in each nostril!  I recommended this to a friend who had a big problem and it stopped the irritation!


FUNGUS/ALGAE INFECTION OF THE EARS
I suffered with this for years and was told by all the specialists that I just had to live with it, as it was resistant to miracle drugs - and that I could NEVER get water in my ears again.

I diluted a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and syringed it into my ears nightly - within a month it was cured and never returned!


DIARRHEA AND/OR VOMITING
Good to keep the ingredients handy.  My son, Chris, had a problem one day but said, "I hate yogurt!" The next day he said, "Maybe I had better try some of that stuff." It worked and he had to admit it.

1 cup of plain yogurt (no flavors/sugar)
3 rounded tablespoons of bran (health food type)
1 good tablespoon of honey
nutmeg

Stir and eat like pudding. It actually tastes good and works fast.

When I worked at Southeastern College in Oklahoma, a co-worker was vomiting and had diarrhea and said he had to leave as he was so sick. I called my nephew to bring the mixture up. He never left the staff meeting and after 20 minutes was laughing and talking with no further difficulty.

Another friend had this problem before I knew about it and had gone into pneumonia. I mixed it up and took it over. When I went with her to the hospital the doctor asked how she stopped her vomiting and diarrhea and she pointed to me. He asked me what I had done and when I told him said, "You saved her life.
That recipe is going into the pharmacy today!


SORE THROATS
I kept the whole school of music singing all winter with this. When they could barely croak I had them mix in the bottom of a coffee mug:
1/4 teaspoon cayenne (red) pepper
1/2 " ginger (kitchen type okay)
1 rounded tablespoon honey

Stir in the bottom so they don't float to the top, add good hot water and stir. Take one sip at a time - tilt your head back like a chicken (penetrates the nasal passages) - then lean your head to the right, then to the left (reaches the passages to the ears) - then swallow.
It is very healing. Don't drink the dregs.
This really works! May have to do twice a day, but it relieves.
Now a prevention, Clean the ears daily with swab dipped in hydrogen peroxide


INFLUENZA, VIRUS AND COMMON COLD
For many years people, in the know, have been attacking the Influenza, Virus & Common Cold where they begin their breeding process and not where they have already have spread to, and that's the inner-ear.

It IS important to begin treatment as soon as symptoms appear. Remarkable results occur in curing the flu & cold within 12-14 hours when administering a few drops of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (HP) into each infected ear, (sometimes only one ear is infected). The HP starts working within 2 to 3 minutes in killing the flu or cold; there will be some bubbling and in some cases stinging occurs. Wait until the bubbling subsides ( 10 to 20 min ) then drain onto tissue and repeat with the other ear. A bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide in 3% solution is available at any drug store.

Although this method is perfectly safe for infant/children to use, if the loud bubbling frightens them, they'll need someone they trust to put the hp in their ears. (don't get hp in the eyes - flush with water) To cure the flu you'll need to repeat this process two or more times at one or two hour intervals until there is no more bubbling.


ELEVATED SUGAR LEVEL
CINNAMON - on the things you love, like ice cream, apple sauce, oatmeal, etc. - keeps the sugar level down!


ACNE CONTROL
From an East Indian woman - Apply raw egg yolk to face and let dry 10 minutes, then wash off - daily for one month and spots go away. Repeat two times in every month for three months, and again if trouble recurs.

Da Vinci - Man

 

 

 

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