Just like the carrot, a potato can be used as a beneficial poultice. Grate and wrap in a damp tea, paper, or thin towel (or use without wrapping) an apply to affected area for a minimum of 20 minutes (more repeats = more results) in the case of:
- Skin and Eye Inflammations
- Burns (the lesser burn that you don’t go to the emergency room for)
Caution: potatoes will stain purple or black. Do not apply heat to this poultice.
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Three of the many uses for castor oil:
1. Improving Digestion 2. Detoxifying the liver, 3. Reducing pain and inflammation (e.g. joint pain).
Here’s what to do:
Take two strips of organic cotton flannel free of any flame retardants, and place some plastic cut out from an old shopping bag between them. Pour a line of castor oil on one of the strips of flannel and place oil-side onto the liver, gut, or site of pain and inflammation. Use a towel to tie around or hold firm with hands to secure for 20 minutes or longer. For fans of Chinese medicine, the prime time for liver detox is 6-8pm as lymphocytes peak 7 hours after treatment, which is “Liver-Time” in Asian med (1-3am).
The molecular weight of castor oil is 298 Da, which means it can be absorbed topically, as it is less than 500 Da. Enjoy!
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Got broken skin, a cut, or a split lip? Place a chamomile tea bag in a mug, add a tablespoon of hot water, and then stick in the freezer for 20-60 minutes. Ring out the bag enough so that the tea bag is not dripping, and then apply to the wound. Chamomile is a natural vulnerary, which means it speeds up healing, and is also an anti-inflammatory which reduces swelling. Drinking chamomile will also help speed up healing and reduce inflammation.
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Worried about infection? To kill microscopic bugs, try spreading organic, unpasteurized honey on a wound or eating it to treat a sore throat. It will also help reduce inflammation and will speed up healing.
Do not give honey to a child under 2 years of age.
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