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By: palmettobug53 , 2:08 AM GMT on September 25, 2006
Do you remember Grandma dipping water out of the rain barrel to rinse her hair? What about conditioning your hair with mayonnaise? Using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to clean your teeth?
Modern cosmetics, hygiene products and medicines are fairly recent additions to our lives. Even as little as 50 years ago, most of these items were made at home, from common ingredients. Some of them were effective. Some were not. And some may have even done more harm than good.
As the price of a lot of these items has risen, it makes sense to look to the past and use some of the tried and true home beauty aids and health remedies. A stoll down the aisle at your local drug store, Walmart or department stores in the mall is an eye-opener, to say the least!
I remember my mother giving me a cough mixture made from whiskey, honey (or Karo syrup) and lemon juice. AT the suggestion of my pediatrician, which would definitely no longer happen today! The thing is..... it works. I guess you could still use it for adults, with no problem. Just don't drink the whole bottle of whiskey!
I still use the hydrogen peroxide/baking soda past on my teeth every couple of weeks or so. It does clean them well and helps get rid of those pesky tea and coffee stains.
One of the best things I've found for mosquito bites, is good old fashioned witch hazel. One of my friends, years ago, asked me at work if I had any alcohol, as something had bitten her while she was out getting lunch. All I had was some witch hazel in a small bottle (I don't recall now why I had it at work) and passed it to her. About 30 minutes later, she returned, all agog. "This stuff works! You know, I have some in my medicine cabinet at home but I never knew what to use it for. I have it because my mother always had it in her medicine cabinet."
If you've ever been outside, tromping through fields or woods, you've probably run into those microscopic little devils, red bugs (or chiggers). How many of you have dabbed clear nail polish on the spots to cut off their air supply and suffocate the little rascals?
Some of the recipes, on the links below, for facials call for egg whites or egg yolks. I would hesitate to recommend that you use raw eggs, due to the risk of avian flu or salmonella, no matter how small the risk might be. I believe I've seen pasteurized egg whites in containers at the grocery store and I imagine that Eggbeaters may be a good substitute for the egg yolks.
So, share any homemade recipes or cures that you may remember, or still use, that can help the rest of us save money, feel better and look good!
Facials This link is from The Dollar Stretcher, which is a GREAT newsletter with all kinds of tips for saving money.
All Natural Beauty: Hair, Skin and Body
My Beauty Recipes
Natural Vinegar Hair Rinses
Cough and Cold Remedies
Activia Though this is not homemade, it is a probiotic and it really works to improve your intestinal health.
Old Fashioned Home Remedies
Through The Looking Glass America's Beauty Culture
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