In part one of this series, we found out some interesting facts about remedies made with Almonds, Apples, Bananas, Beans, and Cabbage. We are going to continue now, with a few more that you more than likely have, or will have, in your fridge or pantry, at some point in the near future.
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 illness please seek the advice of your primary care physician***
Celery is a member of the Parsley family. It contains sulfur, which has long been suggested in the treatment of rheumatism. It also provides great nutrients and helps to purify the blood, as well as being an asset for kidney health.
When eaten raw, or taken with vinegar, celery can help to soothe irritability from nervousness and get rid of a “sick headache.” The essential oil that comes from freshly cut pieces contains albumen, mineral matter, mucilage, and starch. Celery is the primary ingredient in many remedies.
Remedies with Chickweed
Chickweed grows in many shady waste places, including along the roadside and you might mistake it as a weed in many gardens. Boiled, the plant itself can be a substitute for spinach. On the other hand, you can also use it to remove warts. Simply cut the wart to the “quick” (or until blood is raised), then rub on chickweed, and it will dry and fall off.
The first medicinal use of Chickweed came in 1893. When made into a tincture, it will relieve many symptoms including those related to rheumatism. Even when other medications do not work.
You can also make a salve to relieve sore legs by boiling a handful each of red rose leaves and Chickweed with a pint of pig or sheep feet oil. Rub the oil on and apply warmth both in the morning and evening for great relief.
One of the most wholesome of all fruits, and nourishing as well, is the Date. Luscious and sweet, the sugar is easy to digest. They are excellent for soothing chest congestion and work well as an expectorant.
In some areas in the Far East, the Date Palm Tree, from which the Date fruit comes, is considered to be the actual tree from the Garden of Eden. It flourishes only where there is ample water below and scorching heat above, making it an oasis in the desert. It’s also the tree that produces the branches that many carry on Palm Sunday.
You’ve probably heard a lot these days regarding flax and flaxseed. Some people weave flax fibers into cloth after separating them by soaking them in water. After the soaking, the water is then poisonous, a fact that caused King Henry the Eighth of England to make it illegal for anyone to wash flax in a running stream.
Infusing Flax seeds into a tea can soothe a sore chest or sore throat and works to cure excessive buildup of mucus. Crushing the seeds allows you to make poultices, while the oil itself works as a laxative. With the oil, you can also make a topical mixture for strains and boils, as well as working well to clean paint brushes.
There have been occasions when someone mistakes an Aconite root for Horseradish and has been fatally poisoned. The two look very much alike, but they are different with respect to shape, color, and taste if one knows what to look for. Horseradish is a great stimulant but can cause vomiting if taken in large amounts all at once.
Some take the root of the Horseradish, infuse it with wine, and find their entire nervous system stimulated. It also promotes heavy sweating and acts as a diuretic. Rheumatism is often soothed by taking Horseradish as well, since it has a great deal of sulfur in it.
If you prefer, infuse horseradish to help bring back a lost voice and soothe a sore throat. A gargle or concentrated a syrup works well too. Just take a teaspoonful at a time with a glass of cold water. When the root is scraped and left to soften in vinegar, then sweetened to taste, it can be very effective against whooping cough.
Once again, I hope you have enjoyed this post on the properties of foods you might already have in your home! Be sure to check back again for updates and future posts concerning even more foods.