Recipes for Herbal Home Remedies

December 16, 2011 by  
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Recipes for Herbal Home Remedies

Article by Sarah Martin

Carminative Powder

This compound was prescribed in ancient times “for expelling flatulencies arising from indigestion, particularly those to which hysteric and hypochondriac persons are liable.” In other words it was prescribed for the relief of bloating and gas.

Combine 1 oz. of coriander seed, 1/8 oz. of ginger, 1/16 oz. of nutmeg and ¼ oz of fine sugar. Powder these in a mortar and store in an airtight glass bottle. This makes enough powder for twelve doses.

Queen Elizabeth’s Ointment

To preserve the paleness of her skin, Queen Elizabeth I used the following recipe:

one egg white powdered eggshell alumboraxwhite poppy seedMix with water and beat until there is froth on the liquid three fingers deep. This is said to be very effective but not to be used more than three times a week.

Hair Rinses

Both vinegar and lemon juice are great for removing soap from your hair and giving it an extra sheen. You do have to add this in the final rinse. Herb rinses, made by boiling about a handful of the leaves in half a pint or so of water, can be used in the same way.

Camomile, sage, thyme and rosemary are all good for the hair and scalp, but use camomile for fair hair particularly and sage for dark.

Cold Cream

This standard herbal recipe, suitable for face and hands, consists of 1.5 oz. each of spermaceti and white wax. Melt these with 9 oz. of almond oil and then pour the mixture into a warmed mortar. Mix in 7 fluid ounces of rose-water and 8 pinches of oil of rose and store in clean glass or china jars.

Hungary Water

A Queen of Hungary is said to have invented this famous lotion intended for rubbing on the hands and feet of those suffering from gout. It consists of 1.5 lbs of fresh rosemary tops in full flower soaked in a gallon of spirits of wine for four days. Then you distil the liquid.

Eau de Carmes

This was also known as Carmelite Water or Spirits of Balm and was first made by Carmelitete monks in 1611. It later became famous as a cordial and toilet water. To make this on your own, mix the following together and distil the liquid.

2 lbs. balm in flower, freshly gathered and free from stalks4 oz. fresh lemon peel8 oz. coriander seed2 oz. each of bruised nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon1 oz. dried angelica root10 pints of highly rectified wine

Sarah Martin is a freelance marketing writer from San Diego, CA.Get more information regarding carminative powder.

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