A portion of these remedies were taken from interviews with Upward Bound/Woodson Institute students and staff at Berea College in Kentucky this summer.
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Acne: Use banana, honey, and cornmeal mix
Bronx, New York
Put Neosporin on your acne and it will go away
really quick, like over night.
Whitley Co., Ky
Baby Acne: use baby urine on face.
For a nasty zit, put a “dap” of
toothpaste on it, to make it go away.
The immediate cause of pimples is usually an exess of fatty matter in the skin and general hygenic measures are recommended. A warm face bath with a heaping tea-spoon of borax mixed in will be helpful.
Or: Mix three teaspoons honey and eight ounces
of apple cider. Use several times daily to rid your face of unsightly pimples.
- Ozark Remedies by: Fern Angus
Eat plenty of carrots if you suffer from asthma. -Ozark Remedies By: Fern Angus, pg.3
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Excessive Body Odor:
Bathing in tomato sauce or vinegar stops body odors.
Brush teeth with lemon and salt.
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Put wet tobacco on a bee sting.
Pine Knot, KY
Put bleach on a mosquito bite to take out the itch.
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If burnt by something, rub
mustard on it. It will keep it from blistering.
If you get burned, you can soak
the burned area in milk.
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Taking a bath in oatmeal can help
cure chicken pox.
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Eat prunes and drink
lots of water.
Soda will whiten the teeth. Let dentures stand overnight in a strong solution of soda water.
Salt is very good for cleaning the teeth. It preserves and whitens the teeth and hardens the gums. Either use salt water, or moisten the brush and dip in salt. - Ozark Remedies by: Fern Angus
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Eat green vegetables for constipation.
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Eat a clove or garlic tablet
-Or drink water with lemon while eating.
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Burn a candle near your ear while
using something to keep the wax from melting into the ear. This will take
care of dizziness.
East Bernstudt, KY
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For earaches and/or dirty ears,
put cold cooking oil in your ear slowly. Put a piece of cotton into ear to
hold oil. Keep head tilted to side for awhile, or lie down with that ear
Blow cigarette smoke in
Mt. Vernon, KY
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"Hot Toddy" (Whiskey,
tea, honey, cough syrup, multivitamins, cinnamon and brown sugar)
Use eggs (out of the shell and
mixed together) or a dab of mayonnaise, for your hair. It will make it look
healthy and shiny. Rub into hair, making sure roots are saturated.
Rosemary may be used as a hair tonic. - Ozark Remedies by: Fern Angus pg.4
Warm vinegar applied to the scalp will help prevent dandruff- Ozark Remedies by: Fern Angus
Take one or two teaspoons of honey. Mix in a glass of apple cider. Drink each morning to encourage healthy hair growth - Ozark Remedies by: Fern Angus
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Put a banana peel on forehead for headache.
Take a few drinks of water while leaning
your head over, like you’re
drinking upside down.
Apply a cold metal spoon to the
hickey and hold in place for 5 minutes. You can also use a piece of ice,
applied to the hickey for 5 minutes.
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Drink a glass of warm milk for insomnia.
Whitley County, KY
Jelly Fish Sting:
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Pee on the wound, if stung by a jellyfish
or better yet, have someone you know to pee on the wound.
Drink a beer for kidney infections. Make
sure you are of age, though.
Pain while weaning:
Put warm, cooked cabbage on breast you decide
not to breastfeed and will give the baby a bottle instead. The warmth takes
the milk away.
Rub a small amount of liquor on a baby’s
gums while teething to take some pain away. Do not give the baby any to drink,
just rub it on the gums.
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Cold Sore or Fever Blister:
For a cold sore or fever blister,
put a used tea bag on it for about 30 minutes. The sore/blister should be
gone within 24 hrs.
Cuts and scrapes:
Aloe vera plant can be used for
cuts and scrapes. Break open a leave and rub the oil onto the cut. The oil
from this plant can also be used to get rid of warts, if used daily for at
least a week.
Srugers Glen, Virginia
Put lemon juice on bug bites.
Put vinegar on open cuts, wounds
or bad chemical burns.
Put shoe polish on poison ivy.
(at point of irritation)
Floyd County, KY
Putting pickle juice on sun burn
can help heal it.
To remove freckles:
Grate fresh radish root very fine, cover with buttermilk, and let stand over night. Strain through cheese cloth and wash the face morning and night with the resulting liquor. - Ozark Remedies by: Fern Angus pg.5
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Sprain: wrap ankle with strips of brown paper bag soaked with vinegar.
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Take a hot shower,
standing in the steam for awhile, and it will go away.
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Gargle with salt water
daily while sick, and drink 3 cups of chicken broth a day to soothe throat.
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Wrap a thread around the wart and tie
it in a knot. Cut off the ends of the string and bury those ends under the
front porch. When the thread has rotted, the wart should be gone.
Use the oil from a aloe vera leave and place daily onto warts til gone.
Drink hot tea and honey to heal horse throat.
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Take ten grains of camphor and add two ounces of prepared lard. Add one dram of rectified sprirts of wine. Apply a little of this prepared ointment at night, after thoroughly washing the face. Strengthen the body by means of exercise and a nourishing diet.
Bath the body parts where the wrinkles appear with alum and water. This will tighten the skin. Or use fresh butter, two drams, and mastic.
To restore natural acidity to the skin, rub several times a day with vinegar. Apply baby oil and leave on over night. - Ozark Remedies by: Fern Angus