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Simple home remedies

MagazineFebruary 2010 (Vol. 20 Issue 11)Simple home remedies

Those at high risk include i ou may be surprised to learn that there is a variety of simple home remedies that can effectively treat everything from acne to hair loss

Those at high risk include i ou may be surprised to learn that there is a variety of simple home remedies that can effectively treat everything from acne to hair loss. The following have been successfully used in my family for generations-and you shouldn't have to search very far for the ingredients.
- For hayfever. Use the grass from your lawn (when it has grown
long and is pollinating) to make regular infusions and drink one cup of it every day. The grass is effective either fresh or dried. Ideally, start this around two months before you expect your symptoms to begin.
Alternatively, ALK-Abell'o Ltd makes Grazax oral tablets-from Timothy (lawn) grass (Phleum pratense) and its pollen-which are placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve in the homeopathic way (www.grazax.co.uk/autopage.cfm? menuid=api).
- For the skin
- Acne. Aromatherapists and dermatologists recommend lavender oil for moderate forms of acne. Use a cotton bud to dab individual spots with the oil several times a day (www.dermatology-usa.com/web/ guest/Acne).
- Skin irritatations. A very ripe avocado makes a soothing mask for the face or any other areas of irritation. Mix the pulp with 1 tsp of sunflower or corn oil and 1 tsp of goat's milk yoghurt, and apply it to the skin. Leave it on for 15 min-utes, then wash it off (www.dry-skin-care-guide.com/relief-skinitching. html).
- Minor skin blemishes and impurities. Boil up 100 g of grated horseradish with half a litre of milk; strain it and allow it to cool, then rub it onto the skin (www.longhaircareforum.com/ forums/archives/index.php/t-211503. html).
- Pus-filled wounds. Use a cold decoction of 100 g of grated horseradish, followed by an application of cool honey that has been previously heated in a double-boiler (or 'bain-marie') to sterilize it (www.medihoney.com/PDF/ Medical_Honey_for_Wound_Care_Still_the_Latest_Resort.pdf, eCAM 'Advance Access' published 7 January 2008: Simon A et al., Medical Honey for Wound Care-Still the Latest Resort?, doi: 10.1093/ eCAM/nem175).
- For the mouth
- Bad breath. Douse 2 tsp of crushed caraway seeds with 250 mL of boiling water; allow it to draw for 10 minutes before straining. Drink this in small mouthfuls at your normal mealtimes (http://dental. webinformationonline.com/bad-breath-halitosis/five-herbs-that-can-halt-halitosis/)
- Gum inflammation or ulceration. Place 1 heaped tbsp of dried bilberries (also known as 'whortleberries' and, in the US, as 'European blue-berries') into 1 cup of cold water. Heat and simmer for 10 minutes, then strain. Use this mixture as a mouth rinse every hour. Sage leaves are a good alternative to dried bilberries (http://doctorsofamerica.com/thomas.html; http://www.doctorsofusc.com/ condition/document/111802).
- For the hair and scalp
- Dandruff. Combine 25 mL of oil of burdock root with one egg yolk and 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice. Massage the mixture into the scalp and leave it on overnight (place a towel over your pillow). Rinse it out the next morning (www. dweckdata/Published_papers/ Haircare.pdf).
- Hair loss. Whisk one egg yolk with 5 tbsp of olive oil and 10 tbsp of rum. Massage this mixture vigorously into your scalp, and cover with a shower cap; leave it on overnight and rinse it out in the morning. Alternatively, massage your scalp frequently with an infusion made from stinging nettle leaves or lavender.
For fuller hair, after washing it, rinse your hair with water and half a bottle of beer (Arch Dermatol, 1998; 134: 1349-52; www.stophairlossnow.co.uk/Nettles. htm).
- For the eyes
- Tired eyes. Pour 1 L of boiling water over 4 tbsp of German chamomile flowers and allow it to draw for 10 minutes. Place your face above the hot mixture and feel the rising steam on your closed eyes.
- Sticky eyes. Smear room-temperature curd cheese (Quark cheese) onto your closed eyes and leave it on for 15 minutes, then wash off the cheese with a liquid mixture, made as follows: boil up 1 tbsp of honey in 2 cups of filtered water (skim off the spume, and allow it to partially cool); dunk balls of cottonwool, one at a time, into the lukewarm liquid and use it to cleanse the eyes and lids (www.medihoney.com/PDF/ Medical_Honey_for_Wound_Care_Still_the_Latest_Resort.pdf).
- For the lips
- Dry lips. The lowly cucumber can rehydrate your lips superbly. Cut the vegetable into slices and gently massage them over the lips.
- Chapped lips. Rub thin onion slices (or a garlic clove) over the affected areas. Alternatively, rub honey onto the lips before going to bed.

Harald Gaier
Harald Gaier, a registered naturopath, osteopath, homeopath and herbalist, practises at The Allergy and Nutrition Clinic, 22 Harley Street, London, and the Irish Centre of Integrated Medicine, Co. Kildare (www.drgaier.com).ndividuals aged over 65, those who have suffered brain trauma, or been exposed to high levels of pesticides or herbicides, or have a family history of PD (J Am Coll Nutr, 1999; 18: 413-23).



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