Friday, August 16, 2013

Today I offer a few of my favorite tips and remedies that we use in our home regularly. In no particular order, here
  • For stomach pain, such as gastritis: oatmeal water and ginger
    • I boil 1/4 c oats in a quart or so of water, sweeten it with molasses or honey, sugar or stevia, and drink in lieu of water.
    • My favorite way to take the ginger is to boil a few thin slices in several cups of water--with the oats as above, or to drink in tea. Chamomile with anise and ginger soothes the pain, and adding ginger to lemongrass tea seems to energize.
  • To stop a cold from developing or reduce the time to recover: hydrogen peroxide drops in the ears
    • A google search will bring up the reasons why this method works, but I can tell you that everyone I've used it with, from babies to adults, has had positive results. For the best outcome, use it at the first sign of a cold. Allow a few drops to sit in your ear for up to 10 minutes, but if the bubbling is too much, dump it out onto a tissue and add new drops. You will feel the liquid cold and you may feel dizzy, but when you drain it out, it will have warmed and the dizziness will be gone immediately.
  • Make dish-washing faster and easier by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to your soapy water. The soda is a great grease buster, and I use it with a drop of detergent and a brush to pre-wash.
  • Forgot the stove and burnt your food? Quick add some washing soda and water, let it soak, and it should be fairly easy to clean your pot.
  • For shiny stainless steel cookware, cook up some spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce in your pan.
  • My favorite spice/herb has to be basil. If that's all you use to season pork or beef, it'll taste great. Add it to soups to round out the flavor.
  • For disinfecting veggies and even dishrags, add a few teaspoons to water, about 1t per qt.
  • Best parenting book I've found so far: Kevin Leman, How to Make Your Children Mind Without Losing Yours, or the shorter read, How to Have a New Kid by Friday
  • Best marriage book? Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs, or the shorter read (for wives), How to Have a New Husband by Friday, by Kevin Leman (same ideas in both books)
What's your favorite tip? Your contribution may help someone stop banging their head over some job! Share the wealth in the comments below.

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