Pumpkin For Your Hair

For great shine and lusty luster, make a pumpkin hair mask by mixing together one cup of pumpkin with one-half cup plain yogurt and one tablespoon of honey. Mush it into your scalp and out to the ends of your hair and wrap your head with a shower cap or towel; let sit for up to 30 minutes. Cleanse hair as usual.

Found at: Treehugger

Coffee for Athletic Stamina

The caffeine in coffee or tea stimulates not only alertness (and jitters and insomnia), but also athletic performance. Korean researchers at the Institute for Elderly Health in Seoul asked athletes to ride stationary cycles until they felt exhausted–before and after drinking the equivalent of one tall Starbucks coffee. After their java break, they were able to ride significantly longer.

~Michael Castleman, Natural Health

An Icy Hot Massage Oil

s-l300First the heat of the cinnamon warms and relaxes, then the menthol from the peppermint kicks in for your own icy hot blend. Use as a massage blend for pain. This is a strong remedy for hard to treat arthritis pain and muscle aches. Do not use on broken skin, sensitive skin or facial area. Don’t be shy about adjusting the ratio of carrier oil to essential oils to suit your skin type.


  • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
  • 1 ounce carrier oil

Additions: A few drops of Eucaluptus goes well with this blend, especially if you have a cold

Variations: For tough pain use rosemary or arnica infused oil as the base

Use as a massage blend for pain. This is a strong remedy for hard to treat arthritis pain and muscle aches. Do not use on broken skin, sensitive skin or facial area. Don’t be shy about adjusting the ratio of carrier oil to essential oils to suit your skin type.


Yarn Fix For Ingrown Toenail

See-saw a piece of wool yarn under the corner of the toenail (basically like flossing). Get the yarn as deep and far down as you can. Snip off the ends and leave it in. This makes the corner of the nail grow upwards instead of down into your skin.

If you don’t have to wear shoes, you can use a toothpick the same way – as in the image shown:


Honey Wheat Acne Cure


The proportions for this remedy are not given, so you’ll have to experiment a bit. Here’s the recipe:

  • Mix wheat-flour
  • With honey and vinegar
  • Put on the pimples at night before going to bed


I assume that upon arising, you will need to wash it off and the pimples will be gone, or at least reduced.

Boswellia for Arthritis and Joint Injuries

07_08_09_boswellia-serrataDid the three wise men suffer aches and pains from their long camel ride? Luckily, they had frankincense, aka Boswellia, a traditional Ayurvedic medicine for arthritis and joint injuries. In a study published in Alternative and Complementary Therapies, Egyptian researchers gave people with osteoarthritis of the knee Boswellia and turmeric or a placebo. After three months, the herb group showed significantly greater relief from knee swelling.

~Michael Castleman, Natural Health

Aloe Vera for Burns


Aloe vera is the herb for minor burns, a fact that was confirmed most recently in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand. Keep a potted aloe on your kitchen sill; it requires no care beyond weekly watering. For minor burns, snip off a thick leaf and slit it open; scoop out the gel from the inner leaf and apply to the burn.

~Michael Castleman, Natural Health

Slippery Elm for Pleurisy

herbal_tea_potIn Pleurisy, the following is recommended:

Take 2 oz. each of Pleurisy root, Marsh Mallow root, Licorice root and Slippery Elm bark. Boil in 3 pints of water down to 3 gills. Dose: 1/2 teaspoonful every half-hour, to be taken warm.

Source: A Modern Herbal
For information on individual herbs visit: The Encyclopedia of Herbology
Measurement conversions can be found here: Table of Weights and Measures

Slippery Elm Cures and Remedies

What follows is a collection of remedies and cures that call upon the healing power of Slippery Elm bark.


In typhoid fever, the Slippery Elm drink, prepared as for coughs, is recommended, serving a threefold purpose, to cleanse, heal and strengthen, the patient being allowed to drink as much as desired until thirst has abated, and other remedies can be used. If the patient is not thirsty, a dose of 2 large tablespoonfuls every hour for an adult has been prescribed.

As a heart remedy, a pint of Slippery Elm drink has been prescribed alternately with Bugleweed compound.

Slippery Elm bark possesses also great influence upon diseases of the female organs.

It is particularly valuable both medicinally and as an injection in dysentery and other diseases of the bowels, cystitis and irritation of the urinary tract. The injection for inflammation of the bowels is made from an infusion of 1 OZ. of the powder to 1 pint of boiling water, strained and used lukewarm. Other remedies should be given at the same time.

As an enema for constipation, 2 drachms of Slippery Elm bark are mixed well with 1 OZ. of sugar, then 1/2 pint of warm milk and water and an ounce of Olive Oil are gently stirred in.

Injection for worms (Ascarides): 1/2 drachm Aloes powder, 1 drachm common salt, 1/2 drachm Slippery Elm powder (fine). When well mixed, add 1/2 pint warm water and sweeten with molasses, stirring well.

Slippery Elm mucilage is also prescribed to be mixed with Oil of Male Fern (2 oz. of the mucilage to 1 drachm of the oil) as a remedy for the expulsion of tapeworm.

Source: A Modern Herbal
For information about the individual herbs visit: The Encyclopedia of Herbology
A conversion table for measurements can be found here: Table of Weights and Measures

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