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Cold Remedies

Started by Linda Edwards. Last reply by SkypixieZero Sep 26, 2011. 5 Replies

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Comment by Karen on April 5, 2009 at 7:56pm
Bonnie, I used to wash my hair with dish washing detergent too, back in the 60's. My mom thought I would ruin my hair, so she brought it up one day while we were at the hair dressers. The professional told her I was probably doing something better for my hair than most people as dish detergent is actually a lot gentler than using shampoo straight out of the bottle. She said shampoo is meant to be diluted before applying to the hair. I don't know if anything has changed since then or not, but it wouldn't surprise if if shampoo had been watered down since then, in the interests of making more money.
Comment by Karen on March 4, 2009 at 7:57pm
Yes Claire rubbing a stain with a bar of white soap does wonders!
Comment by Linda Edwards on March 2, 2009 at 11:42pm
To add to the drain de-clogger recipe. All you need is about 1/2 cup of baking soda and about 3/4 cup of vinegar. Pour the baking soda down the drain first, then the vinegar. There will be a bubbling reaction between the baking soda and vinegar. That's it!
Comment by Karen on March 2, 2009 at 9:39pm
Rubbing alcohol takes out ball point pen marks on clothing. Just be careful to rub towards the middle so you don't spread it.
Comment by Linda Edwards on March 1, 2009 at 8:41pm
Not sure if this has been shared yet, but I do a lot of cleaning with baking soda. It's a natural abrasive great for cleaning things like stoves, bathroom and kitchen sinks and counters.
Baking soda and vinegar is great for a monthly cleaning of your drains to prevent plug-ups (passed on to me by my mom). P.S. Susan, loved the french fries true! LOL
Comment by Susan on February 27, 2009 at 1:34pm
I use vinegar to take the sting out of any insect bites. I also use it to clean windows and mirrors. I always have a spray bottle when cleaning. It is great for keeping stainless steel sinks and appliances clean. And it smells so much better than other cleaners. Breathing it won't hurt your lungs. May make you want some french fries though. lol
Comment by Trish on February 26, 2009 at 3:58am
A poultice that works for an infected hang nail is one that my Mom taught me.

Mash some Ivory bar soap and icing sugar until you have a nice paste. Pile it on a bandage and apply to finger. Leave on over night.
Comment by Trish on February 21, 2009 at 1:38am
This site is a great idea Bonnie. Way to go!!!!
Comment by Trish on February 20, 2009 at 5:17pm
Hi. I do find that ginger helps me with motion sickness. "Gravol" sells it as a chewable disc that is easy to carry and doesn't taste too bad. (Can you believe it!!!)
My daughter-in-law tried it for morning sickness, but found that it bothered her stomach too much, so I guess it is a personal thing. It works or it makes it worse!!!
Comment by Elizabeth on February 20, 2009 at 3:14pm
Hi Bonnie:
Thanks for the invite to your group. Sorry, to hear that you are not feeling that great today. Anyways, I am impressed with your research on ginger.
A funny story,...I went to pychic fair two weeks ago and had a reading done by a Jamacian woman, who was very delightful.
She told me that sometimes I suffer from indigestion....which is true. She said get a fresh ginger root, grate it up, and boil it for one hour, then drink it like a tea, adding honey to sweeten, if desired.
She said it relieves indigestion. I haven't tried it yet.
Instead, I bought some candied ginger at the market, and I eat one piece either before, during, or after dinner. I love it.
She said its a good idea, especially when she is travelling she takes it with her, in the candied ginger form. She suggested washing off the sugar. I like it with the sugar, because its just like candy.

Anyways, just adding, her/my comments to the ginger idea. However, after reading your research, seems like this taking of ginger can be more complicated then first thought.
Bye for now, Liz

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