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Sugar and spice, and all things nice.

Submitted by on Monday, 18 October 2010 Loading Add to favourites  2 Comments

natural oatsBefore the days of over-the-counter medicines, householders relied on nature and the kitchen to find their cures!

For minor ailments, your kitchen cupboards can provide an array of safe, effective and healing ingredients.

Vinegar

Vinegar is a weak acid which is excellent for combatting fungal infections such as athlete’s foot. Simply spray vinegar into your shoes and leave to dry!

Sugar

Sugar can be used to draw out splinters. Mix a pinch or two of sugar with some soft soap to make a paste. Apply over the splinter, cover with a plaster and leave overnight. In the morning, the splinter should come out easily.

Salt

A handful of salt added to a warm bath can help relieve minor aches and pains and draw out toxins. Try it if you’ve got post-viral achiness to help speed recovery.

Oats

Oats are excellent for itchy skin conditions such as eczema or chickenpox. Add a handful of oats to a piece of muslin, tie it up and pop it in your bath. Squeeze out the milky liquid to soothe and soften your skin.

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  • Oh I love these! I grew up with “Grandma’s Remedies”. I’m not sure where she got them but … they work. One is to always take a bite of orange peel when eating an orange (organic only please). Orange peel contains natural penicillin and eating a bite helps keep colds, etc. at bay. Another one, although not from the kitchen, is for bee stings and/or bug bites … just make some mud and apply it to bite. It takes all the sting out!

    Thanks for this list … I’m adding them to my arsenal!

  • Mrs Green says:

    @Small Footprints: Wow! I never knew that about penicillin on orange rind; that’s fantastic – thank you! The mud is brilliant too – one to remember for the summer months.