Home Remedies, Beauty Tips and Unusual Uses for Usual Things

By: palmettobug53 , 2:08 AM GMT on September 25, 2006

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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

Health Recipes

Kitchen Cosmetics

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

New link:
Through The Looking Glass America's Beauty Culture

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242. charlestonlady
1:46 AM GMT on October 12, 2006
hi bug! small town communities...have you been to old town N. Charleston since they revamped it? Its on the way to my hubby's work so I see it alot. My 7year wants to live in a place like that.
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241. FLAnative
5:40 PM GMT on October 11, 2006
Oh, Bug, how sad. That is happening all over. We are losing so much by losing our small town communities. Have you read Dorothy B. Frank's books? I think you would really like them if you haven't; they have made me want to explore the Gullah history and experience the islands up there.
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240. palmettobug53
5:13 PM GMT on October 11, 2006
Lunchtime break!

LOL, Native! Glad to see you up and about! I just like daisies, myself! Nice and bright and sunny looking.

Yes, Sullivan's Island is a real place. It's losing it's flavor as a small town community, though. Being built up with huge houses. Rising property taxes are forcing out long time residents, some of whom have had family there for several generations.
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239. FLAnative
5:06 PM GMT on October 11, 2006
HI Bug!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog while I was out sick. And the flowers! How could you know daisies are my favorite!?!?!?
Hope all is well with you...I don't quite have time to read up on all that I missed...what's the status on your test re-take? I'm hoping that can be done online for you.
I've been re-reading Dorothy Benton Frank's Sullivan's Island and thinking about all you South Carolina girls. Need to get out a map....is Sullivan's Island a real place?
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238. stormydee
2:15 PM GMT on October 11, 2006
Good morning bug! Great links, thank you for sharing!
Dee :-)
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237. OGal
9:53 AM GMT on October 11, 2006
Mornin Bug, just checked the radar and it looks like most of your rain has moved on. Hope your day is filled with sunshine. Make it a great Wednesday and pay it forward.
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236. Raysfan70
9:51 AM GMT on October 11, 2006
Good Morning {{Bugg}}!
Make it A Great Wednesday. :-)
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235. palmettobug53
1:04 AM GMT on October 11, 2006
Evening, everyone. Been puttering around here and there on WU and am just now getting to my own blog! LOL

Yup, DB... 30 years. And I don't really plan on retiring anytime soon. I like what I do at work and besides, got too many bills to quit now! Now, if the office pool hits that lottery... (Keep rubbing that Buddha's belly, Bug! And I do have one on my desk! If it worked for that last group, maybe it'll work for mine, too!)

Give your dad my congratulations. 50 years! WOW That is a long time.

Now, I've got to get over to Stormy's blog and give her my salutations. And after that, back to the books for a while. Gotta pass that test this time around. They're not going to offer that course again anytime soon.

I might stop back in later.
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234. PeaceRiverBP
11:43 PM GMT on October 10, 2006
Good Evening, Bug! :-D
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233. SWLAStormFanatic
11:38 PM GMT on October 10, 2006
Bug, I just came over to your place and saw the 30 year cake. Wow, that's a long time.

My dad just retired from the Treasury Dept. He was only there 50 years!
232. Raysfan70
11:33 PM GMT on October 10, 2006
{{Bugg}}.

Learned that counting thing already.
But sometimes I have to go past 50. LOL
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231. Gatorx
11:15 PM GMT on October 10, 2006
Your a jewel Bug....a rare person who really cares about others....like helping me with my pictures. I did thank you didn't I? lol plus your no lightweight either!!!!
230. lemonbalm
5:34 PM GMT on October 10, 2006
Okay all (sorry Bug, using your blog for a public service announcement!)

Today is stormydee's birthday! If you don't know her, she's the really cool young lady with an awesome earthquake blog!

Let's all put in our birthday wishes to her in her blog!
229. palmettobug53
4:46 PM GMT on October 10, 2006
Lunchtime peek....
Weather is still a bit blah here today.

Hope everyone's Tuesday is a good one. Was taking notes again in my manual last night, so I ended up not getting back on after the initial peep in the door.

Went to be early, too. Had crown work started week before last, and I think it's still just achy enough to give me an almost imperceptible headache and interfere with my sleep. Just need to remember to take something mid-evening, so I can sleep.

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228. charlestonlady
10:48 AM GMT on October 10, 2006
Hey bug! do you prefer being a state employee?
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227. OGal
10:20 AM GMT on October 10, 2006
Mornin Bug, hope you don't need your water wings anymore. That ole low doesn't seem to want to leave you guys. Make your Tues. a terrific one!
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226. Raysfan70
10:20 AM GMT on October 10, 2006
Good Morning {{Bugg}}.
Makie it a Teriffic Tuesday. :-)
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225. palmettobug53
10:52 PM GMT on October 09, 2006
Sandi, I escaped the flood. High tide came in after I got to work and was safely parked on the third level of the garage. I could see on the way home, though, water-borne debris in the streets downtown and along the road just on the other side of the Ashley River Bridge. The marsh comes right up to the road right there.


Carolina, I'm going to sit down for a while tonight with my manual. I really want to spend an hour a day on it, between now and Nov. 15th. At least this time around, I only have half of it to study. Got my check ready to drop in the mail tomorrow, for the registration fee.
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224. carolinagal
8:01 PM GMT on October 09, 2006
well, bug, I was surprised to find that I had to detour in Georgetown's downtown streets today. A couple of the shops even got an unexpected holiday because the front door was underwater.
Have a good evening. Is this study night?
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223. sandiquiz
7:20 PM GMT on October 09, 2006
HI Bug, did you have to paddle today? I saw you say that there may be a high tide. Now I know why you have the car you do - keeps your feet out of the water!

Another Monday over, I haven't got as far as counting them down, but will soon!!
I have, apparently, to fill in a form asking for early retirement, and must do it at least 6 months before I want to leave, so better get it done soon.
Sandi
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222. palmettobug53
4:58 PM GMT on October 09, 2006
Not anymore. I used to get Confederate Memorial Day, Robert E. Lee's birthday, Jefferson Davis' birthday. Now it's politically incorrect. We have no guaranteed holidays. If the bosses decide the office will be open, we work. Since everything else is closed, and we wouldn't be able to call anyone, we do tend to get Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christimas Day, New Years Day, Memorial Day and the 4th of July. If you want to have any other holidays off, you have to plan on taking it. We no longer get paid holidays. Well, it's paid if you have leave. When we were State Employees, those major holidays were paid holidays and did not use your leave time. Now, everything comes out of our PTO.
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221. charlestonlady
4:51 PM GMT on October 09, 2006
ya mean ya get confederates day off?! lol
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220. palmettobug53
4:48 PM GMT on October 09, 2006
Lunchtime drive thru.....

Ya'll see the new puppy pic over at Peace's? They are SO cute! I love puppy breath!
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219. carolinagal
1:51 PM GMT on October 09, 2006
Happy Monday! Glad you don't have to be out on the streets downtown this morning. I'm guessing there are a few detours due to high tide flooding.
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218. palmettobug53
12:22 PM GMT on October 09, 2006
Morning, everyone! Hope you all have a great Monday.

Nope, Chas, I'm at work. We don't get piddly little holidays anymore. Only the big ones.

OGal, we had some pretty good storms last night. The lightning was something else. I shut down about 8:00 last night and didn't get back on at all.

We're looking at high tides around 10:00 a.m. today with a foot to foot and a half over the mean high tide. So, downtown will be flooding. That's what we get, sitting at sea level.

Will check in at lunch!
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217. charlestonlady
10:03 AM GMT on October 09, 2006
good morning bug! Yippee! no flooding downtown this morining! are you working today or do you it off?
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216. OGal
10:02 AM GMT on October 09, 2006
Mornin Bug, guess we were lucky and missed the bad storms. I didn't even know they were coming. Pretty bad for a weather person. We did get about an inch of rain and lightening and thunder. I have never heard of an F0 tornado, but I guess that is what we had. Make it a great Monday!
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215. Raysfan70
9:49 AM GMT on October 09, 2006
Good Morning {{Bugg}}!
Have a Great WubaDay. :-)
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214. charlestonlady
1:37 AM GMT on October 09, 2006
Hi bug! are you ready for the storms? I am ready for bed. I hope they arent bad enough to keep me up!lol

I need to reread your blog becuase there was something I think my daughter would be interested in.
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213. palmettobug53
9:04 PM GMT on October 08, 2006
LOL, no worries, Sandi. I find reminiscences interesting.
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212. sandiquiz
8:38 PM GMT on October 08, 2006
OH, Boy - just been back to look at that link in more detail - they mention rose water with witch hazel as a face cleanser!! Sorry!
Dooh!
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211. sandiquiz
8:34 PM GMT on October 08, 2006
Hi Bug,
You have just reminded me of something we used to do when I was at college. We had a friendly chemist, who would put a few dashes of rose water in a bottle of witch hazel for us to use as a face cleanser.
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210. palmettobug53
8:32 PM GMT on October 08, 2006
Thanks, Sandi! That link has some really good tips. I was already thinking about rose water, and it's mentioned in that link.

Suggestions on where to find rose water or make your own:

Care2.com

This one has an easier recipe:
Spa Index

Found this on a forum:
I have a recipe for Rose water used as an herbal face astringent that uses
1 cup rose petals for every 2 cups boiling water. Steep until cool and
strain. For Astringent you add 1/4 cup Rubbing Alcohol but I just leave
that out if I'm using it for cooking. Make sure the rose petals are not
sprayed with herbacides or pesticides!!!!
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209. sandiquiz
8:22 PM GMT on October 08, 2006
Egg white as a firming face mask,
Vitamin E for longer lashes,
Tomatoes for open pores.
Bananas as a face mask

All the above can be found in -
"Food for Thought"
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208. palmettobug53
3:38 PM GMT on October 08, 2006
LOL, Sub! Even the guys are starting to get into skin care nowadays, you know, so go ahead - exfoliate!

Chas, I can remember coming back from my grandmother's house late on Sunday evenings. The ride seemed to take forever, though it was only about an hour and a half. As soon as I caught a whiff of paper mill or pluff mud, I knew we were home! They bring back good memories, so I don't mind either one.
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207. palmettobug53
2:14 PM GMT on October 08, 2006
I did find one small blurb on a message board, that suggested cutting a grape in half, rubbing the cut side on problem areas, letting it dry and leaving it on overnight. Wash off the next morning.

There was another one on a different message board, that consisted of cayenne and paprika. The women that tried it, said it burned terribly, they didn't see much improvement and that they would not use it again.
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206. subtropic
2:14 PM GMT on October 08, 2006
Hi bug. Have a great Sunday!

I'm off to exfoliate.......


Well... not really.
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205. charlestonlady
2:12 PM GMT on October 08, 2006
Its pretty nice out there now bug. I had gotten so used to the old place that I did find myself running in circles this time. lol
They open up more and more of the park every week it seems. One of our gs moms was out there last week with the bs and said..this wasnt open the last time we were here and this wasnt open and so on.

I hope they get the ship out of the water soon.

I am sorry you missed the volunteer work that would have been a wonderful experience. I guess you spoke to the wrong person.

I hope as well that the gs refurbish the manor house at the gs plantation in cordsville. It was pretty much destroyed after hugo and remains in sad shape.

so what is worse fellow charlestonian, pluff mud or paper mill?lol
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204. palmettobug53
2:10 PM GMT on October 08, 2006
I saw something on TV a good while back, about making your own beauty supplies. They had a recipe for making your own chemical peels. I think it was made by pureeing strawberries and lemon juice. I'm not having much luck in finding anything much online, though.


Alpha-hyroxy acids are found in milk, lemon juice, vinegar, blackberries, grapes, oranges, tomatoes, and apple juice. They exfoliate the skin by dissolving the glue that holds dead skin cells together. They cleanse the top layer of skin, allowing the body's natural emollient oils to reach the surface cells and help moisturize and relieve dryness. They help cleanse oily skin and remove blackheads. AHA chemical peels of between 20 and 70 percent acidity are available from some doctors, but they are so strong they can leave scars, and the FDA believes that these strong peels could expose the skin to an increased risk of sunburn. All-natural ingredients that you can use at home (avoid the eyes), have about a seven percent acidity, and are a safe and sure way to get the benefit of fruit acids without danger to the skin (although even at this low level, you should be aware of the increased risk of sunburn). The benefits of homemade fruit acids become evident as soon as you start using them; your skin starts feeling soft and smooth.

Squeeze a lemon once a week and keep its juice in the refrigerator. In the morning, dab some of the juice on your fingers and pat it onto your face. Leave it on for ten minutes or so and then rinse.


I'll keep looking. If any of you have any suggestions, do feel free to post them.



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203. palmettobug53
2:04 PM GMT on October 08, 2006
Ah, the sweet smell of "Charleston Perfume"! Nothing like it, Chas! I haven't been out to Charlestown Landing in years. I'd really like to go and see how they've refurbished everything. And thank heavens that dome is gone. It was hideous! Don't know what they were thinking when they put that thing up in the first place.

When they were working on the Landing, before it was opened up, my next door neighbor would take us out there. He had worked for Dr. and Mrs. Waring, and had access to the place. (He and his brother eventually went to work out there; one of them in Maintenance and the other in Security.)

It was a neat thing, to go out there and see how things were shaping up. I was introduced to Jim Fowler, who designed the Animal Forest. He gave us a tour of it and explained what they were planning to do. I was able to see a miniature mockup of what the Landing was going to look like. Fowler even had my neighbor bring me back out there one night, to see an eagle he was bringing back from Africa, for the St. Louis Zoo.

My parents had a chance to meet Dr. South, when he was doing the excavation of the Indian site, where they eventually built the Pavilion. I missed that excursion, much to my dismay. I wanted to volunteer out there that summer, as I've always been fascinated by archeology. I was told at the time, they had all the people they needed. Found out later, they could have used more volunteers. To say I was upset about that is putting it mildly. I was VERY disappointed.
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202. code1
2:02 PM GMT on October 08, 2006
Good morning Bug. Have a wonderful Sunday!
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201. charlestonlady
12:24 PM GMT on October 08, 2006
morning bug! We had a girl scout rally at Charleston Landing yesterday. It was alot of fun!The girls did crafts, played games and hiked through the mini zoo. Of course we had a nature scavenger hunt so we stopped to look at everything. Besides the normal look for items we had to smell, feel, and hear items as well.
Do you smell the pluff mud? oh double check!
It sure was chilly out by the river yesterday.
I havent been out yet today. have a wonderful sunday!
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200. OGal
12:08 PM GMT on October 08, 2006
Mornin Bug, looks like you were hit by the latest idiot. To bad these trolls don't have a life. Hope your Sunday is filled with sunshine and happy stuff. Make it a great one.
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199. Raysfan70
9:55 AM GMT on October 08, 2006
Good Morning {{Bug}}.
Have a Great Sunday.
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197. Lovethetropics
7:22 AM GMT on October 08, 2006
Good morning Palmetto!!! Wake up, it's Sunday!!
Make it a great day!!!
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196. lemonbalm
3:13 AM GMT on October 08, 2006
Late night goodnight to Bug!

Will have to read your new links tomorrow!
195. palmettobug53
2:56 AM GMT on October 08, 2006
Making your own perfumes, colognes and body splashes:

from Pioneer Thinking

The Body Beautiful - Bath Oil Recipes

How To Make Your Own Essential Oils
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194. palmettobug53
2:44 AM GMT on October 08, 2006
Here's another one that sounds promising:

Guide to Herbal Remedies
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193. palmettobug53
2:42 AM GMT on October 08, 2006
Just found an interesting site: Health911.

This has a list of different problems/ailments and homeopathic treatments for them.

I notice that trying to click on the links at the top of the page and at the bottom, end up with "server error" messages. Clicking on the ailment itself didn't seem to be a problem, though.
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192. charlestonlady
10:44 PM GMT on October 07, 2006
I just reread this blog of yours. pennies and warts....ok thats the last time I pick a penny up off the road! lol
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