The Country Almanac of Home Remedies: Time-Tested & Almost Forgotten Wisdom for Treating Hundreds of Common Ailments, Aches & Pains Quickly and Naturally

The Country Almanac of Home Remedies: Time-Tested & Almost Forgotten Wisdom for Treating Hundreds of Common Ailments, Aches & Pains Quickly and Naturally

by Brigitte Mars, Chrystle Fiedler

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Natural Wisdom for Curing Every Ache, Pain, and Ailment

As little as a few decades ago, folk remedies were a part of everyday life. More often than not, our grandparents would go to their garden or kitchen pantry before they went to a doctor to treat everyday health complaints. Today, scientific studies are proving what Grandma knew all along—natural remedies are oftentimes just as effective as modern cures, have fewer side-effects, and cost just pennies. Moreover, natural remedies have stood the test of time. Peppermint has been used as soothe upset stomachs long before Pepto-Bismal and ginger has been used for its antibiotic properties for thousands of years in Asian medicine. Learn how to quickly and naturally treat over 100 common conditions with everyday cures:

—Use Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey to break up congestion

—Black or Green Teabags will take the sting out of a bad sunburn

—Drink Beet, Celery, and Cucumber juice to soothe a shingles outbreak.

—Inhale oil of Geranium to calm a hot flash

—Apply a Witch Hazel compress to treat varicose veins

—Pumpkin Seeds improve male potency

—Burnt Toast soaks up internal toxins

—Epsom Salt bathes heal the lymphatic system

Filled with thousands of surprising cures, each entry gives multiple remedies for each condition from herbs, to healing foods, to acupressure and yoga poses. Hundreds of step-by-step illustrations show you the right way to administer a treatment from making herbal tinctures to applying a poultice. Dosage guidelines are given for every remedy as well as safety guidelines, contraindications, and when to call a doctor.

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ISBN-13: 9781627880282
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
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About the Author

Brigitte Mars is an herbalist with over 35 years’ experience in natural medicine and a founding member or the American Herbalist Guild. She lived for two and a half years on solely wild edible plants while living in a teepee in the Ozarks. She has taught herbal medicine at noted wellness institutions including Omega Institute, Naropa University, Esalen Institute, and Kripalu. She has been featured on Dateline and blogs about herbs and natural food for the Huffington Post.

Chrystle Fiedler is a noted health writer and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Natural Remedies.

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

How to Use this Book 9

Safely First 9

Dosage Guidelines 9

Preparations 101: What You Need to Know to Make the Natural Remedies in this Book 12

Herbal Preparations 12

Teas 13

Herbal Tinctures 17

Compresses 18

Poultices 19

Eyewashes 20

Facial Steams 20

Mouthwashes and Gargles 21

Bath Therapy 21

Aromatherapy Preparations 23

Chapter 1 Natural Remedies to Relieve Colds, Flu, and Related Illnesses 24

Combating Colds and Flu 25

Relieving Sore Throat or Strep Throat 27

Relieving a Cough 31

Fighting Fever 33

Helping Laryngitis and Hoarseness 33

Improving Your Immune Resistance 35

Chapter 2 Natural Remedies to Soothe Everyday Aches and Pains 39

Alleviating Arthritis 40

Easing Backache Fain 42

Helping Heal Headache 44

Easing Hemorrhoid Discomfort 48

Avoiding Jet Lag and Other Traveling Pitfalls 50

Preventing and Treating Hangover 53

Chapter 3 Natural Remedies for Relief of Burns, Bug Bites, and Skin Afflictions 55

Healing Animal Bites and Scratches 56

Relieving Bums 57

Healing Hives 60

Getting Rid of Lice, Crabs, and Scabies 60

Ditching the Itch of Poison Ivy and Poison Oak 63

Remedying Ringworm 65

Soothing Sunburn 65

Soothing Boils 66

Soothing Blisters 67

Preventing Insect Bites and Easing Itch 67

Soothing Painful Shingles 70

Chapter 4 Natural Remedies to the Rescue for Injuries and First Aid 72

Treating Cuts and Wounds 73

Bettering Bruises 74

Easing Black Eye Inflammation 75

Stopping Bleeding 75

Drawing Out Splinters 77

Soothing and Healing Sprains 78

Soothing Scars 79

Healing Faster from Surgery and Accidents 80

Treating Poison Exposure 84

Soothing Crushed Fingers 85

Recovering from Fainting 86

Cooling off Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion 87

Avoiding Hypothermia 89

Stopping Nosebleed 91

Chapter 5 Natural Remedies for Common Ailments 93

Treating Eye Ailments 94

Treating Ear Ailments 101

Treating Foot Ailments 105

Helping Hypothyroidism 109

Harmonizing Hyperthyroidism 110

Balancing Hypoglycemia 110

Chapter 6 Natural Remedies for Women's Special Concerns 113

Regulating Appetite; Anorexia and Bulimia 114

Overcoming Infertility 116

Preventing Miscarriage 119

Easing Morning Sickness 120

Soothing Stretch Marks 122

Bettering Breastfeeding 122

Soothing Mastitis 124

Easing Menstruation Woes 126

Handling Menopause 131

Alleviating Vaginal Dryness 135

Vanishing Varicose Veins 315

Stopping Yeast infections 139

Chapter 7 Natural Remedies for Baby and Child Care 143

Children's Dosing Info 144

Calming Colic 144

Moisturizing Cradle Cap 146

Soothing Diaper Rash 147

Soothing Teething Pain 147

Fighting Ear Infections 148

Calming Temper Tantrums 150

Eliminating Bedwetting 152

Soothing Chicken Pox 153

Boosting Attention in ADHD 155

Chapter 8 Natural Remedies Just for Men 158

Overcoming Erectile Dysfunction 159

Improving Prostate Health 161

Chapter 9 Natural Remedies for Stomach and Digestive Health 164

Taming Colitis 165

Curing Constipation 165

Stopping Diarrhea 170

Soothing Heartburn and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease 171

Easing Indigestion 172

Healing Stomach Ulcers 173

Stopping Hiccups 176

Easing Nausea and Motion Sickness 176

Getting Relief from Food Poisoning 177

Eliminating Parasites or Protozoa 179

Fixing Flatulence 181

Chapter 10 Natural Remedies for Respiratory Health 182

Easing Allergies 183

Breathing Easier with Asthma 185

Breathing Easier with Bronchitis 188

Soothing Sinusitis 189

Chapter 11 Natural Remedies for Circulation and Blood Disorders 192

Building the Blood for Anemia 193

Lowering Cholesterol 194

Improving Poor Circulation 196

Lowering High Blood Pressure 197

Reducing Gout Inflammation 199

Chapter 12 Natural Remedies to Boost Urinary Tract Health 200

Curing Incontinence 201

Curtailing Urinary Tract Infections 201

Eliminating Kidney Stones 203

Chapter 13 Natural Remedies that Encourage Emotional Health and Wellness 206

Diffusing Anger 207

Taking the Edge Off Anxiety 209

Alleviating Depression 210

Quelling Grief or a Broken Heart 213

Improving Memory 216

Alleviating Stress 218

Treating Trauma 220

Chapter 14 Natural Remedies for Beautiful Skin, Hair, and Nails 222

Alleviating Acne 223

Erasing Age Spots 224

Moistening Dry Skin 226

Easing Eczema and Psoriasis 227

Nixing Warts 229

Repairing Wrinkles 232

Getting Rid of Dandruff 234

Remedying Hair Loss 235

Getting Rid of Body Odor 238

Strengthening Weak Nails 239

Chapter 15 Natural Remedies for Oral Health 241

Freshening Bad Breath 242

Soothing Canker Sores, Cold Sores, or Fever Blisters 242

Improving Gum Health 243

Soothing Toothache 244

Achieving Total Tooth Health the Natural Way 245

Chapter 16 Natural Remedies for Healthy Sleep 250

Solving Insomnia 251

Chasing Away Nightmares 255

Stopping Snoring 255

Chapter 17 Natural Remedies for Addiction 257

Quitting Smoking 258

Overcoming Alcoholism 260

Appendix A A Closer Look at Herbs 263

Appendix B Herbal Education 275

Appendix C Resources for Buying Herbs and Supplies 275

Appendix D Bibliography 277

About the Authors 279

Acknowledgements 279

Index 280

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