Food is far more amazing than you might think.
Right now, I’d like to introduce you to a few foods and their home remedy uses.
As always*** Please bear in mind, I am NOT a doctor nor medical practitioner of any kind!! I do not post these remedies asking you to utilize them in lieu of a doctor’s care. If you have an
Food Remedy: Almonds
Almonds should always be blanched. This means to skin them by covering them with boiling water and letting them soak for a full minute. After this, the skins can be removed easily and they will have fewer irritating properties. Bitter almonds should never be used to eat. They have a poison present in them that is exactly like prussic acid.
Many people recovering from an illness make use of beef broth, but almond soup can be just as beneficial. It’s easy to make.
Start with 1/4 pound of almonds, blanching them in 1/2 pint of milk or vegetable stock. Once blanched, add one more pint of stock or milk, and warm the entire thing through.
When the whole thing is warmed, add 1 1/2 more pints of vegetable stock if you’re using it as a base for vegetable soup. Otherwise, use 1 1/2 pints of rice water, if you used milk to start with.
One food that has always played a role in home remedies is the apple. A hundred years ago, medicines were touting their chief properties that came as a result of phosphorous. They were expensive, but people were told they were worth even more than the asking price because they were so beneficial for the brain and nerves.
Apples contain more phosphorous than any other fruit or veggie, which makes it a great food for the brain and nerves. Eating two apples before every meal can help many of those who suffer from nerve exhaustion. Other advice often given for making nerve problems better include avoiding caffeinated drinks and drinking barley water with lemon juice or apple tea instead. Bran tea has also been used with lemon juice as a flavoring, with good results.
It is not uncommon to find certain foods such as roast duck and pork accompanied by apple sauce. This is an excellent combination, since apples work to relieve sluggish livers. The fruit also helps relieve or prevent kidney stones, gout, and stomach acid (when eaten very ripe and without sugar).
For inflamed eyes, an apple poultice can be used. Some have reported using rotten apples in this case, but others disapprove of the method.
For relief from a sore throat, a raw apple can be scraped to a pulp with a teaspoon, after which the pulp can be eaten immediately. Do so slowly, allowing it to remain in contact with the back of your throat as long as you can before swallowing.
Apple Tea Recipe
Wash, but don’t peel, two ripe apples without blemishes. Cut them into slices as thin as possible. Add a few lemon rind strips and pour one pint of distilled boiling water. Let this cool completely and then strain it.
Another method of making apple tea is to bake the apples and pour a pint of boiling water over them. Again, strain when completely cold.
Bananas are absolutely wonderful in relieving just about any type of inflammation. It has been used in cases of typhoid fever, with great results.
Preparing a banana should be undertaken with great care. It must be completely ripe, with no bad spots at all, and every string removed. After this preparation is done, it can then be mashed into a creamy consistency. If the taste isn’t pleasing enough, a bit of lemon juice can be mixed in, very well. Fresh cream is another excellent addition.
If PERFECTLY ripe bananas cannot be had, then baked bananas will suffice. However, this is never as good as the fresh fruit. When baking, leave them in their skin from 20-30 minutes in a 200 degree oven. Before eating, make sure all strings are removed.
Thanks to the iron content of bananas, they are excellent for anyone suffering from anemia. For sprains, bruises, mosquito bites, and poison ivy, a banana skin plaster can be applied, to great relief.
Beans, Lentils, & Peas
Legumes are easily digestible, with lentils being the easiest of all to digest in the pulse food category. When there is a question as to their indigestibility, it is usually because they have been cooked in hard water.
They are best cooked in filtered rainwater that has been well-boiled, or in distilled water. Adding lemon juice to the water in which you cook the beans, makes them even easier to digest. They also contain a good deal of phosphates and iron.
Cabbage is a member of the family of veggies that also gives us Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and curly greens. Since ancient times, they have been very sought after for their ability to cure a variety of lung problems. In ancient times, doctors in Athens, Greece prescribed cabbage for those women who were nursing their infants. Because they are high in sulfur content, they ease rheumatic pain.
Cabbage can be steamed before eating, or boiled using soft water, then only consuming the broth.
Be sure to check back for the next portion of “Food Remedies”! We will continue to cover foods in your own pantry that can be used as home remedies in a variety of situations. I’ll also be putting together a list of free resources at the end of the series for your own library!