Never underestimate the power of Grandma’s Home Remedies!

The science behind home remedies is truly remarkable. The process of creating effective, useful, natural remedies that work is “a lost art”!

Remedies For Us All

Zinc: A miracle element with a wide variety of uses.

Zinc stops the growth of bacteria. To Make Deodorant

  • Mix 2 tsp zinc oxide with 2/3 cup witch hazel.
  • Add 2 Tbsp aloe vera (chunky type) and 30 drops of essential oils.
  • Put in a glass spray bottle and apply to underarms.

Parsley: Used as a tea for kidney/bladder infections, urinary track infections and bad breath.

To Make Parsley Tea

  • Bring 4-5 quarts of water to a boil.
  • Add a large bunch of fresh organic parsley, let it boil for 1 minute, then steep 20-30 minutes.
  • Drink 1-2 cups of this broth per day.

Parsley for Bad Breath

  • Eat organic fresh parsley after a meal or garlic.
  • Parsley contains much chlorophyll which is a mild antiseptic and helps with digestion.

Large amounts of parsley should not be consumed by pregnant woman or those with liver disease.

Cucumbers: Used for cooling the system and puffy eyes.

  • Slice cucumbers thinly and place directly on your eyes for about 15 – 20 minutes.

Garlic: A natural antibiotic for high quality infection control.

To Make Garlic Cough Syrup

  • Pour a quart of boiling water on a pound of fresh garlic and let it steep for 12 hours.
  • Add honey and vinegar boiled with caraway and fennel seeds for better taste.
  • Add sugar until the consistency is a syrup.
  • For children use a milder syrup with less garlic water.

Barley Water: Good nutritional value, contains phytonutrients, lignans, and natural anti-oxidants.

  • Popular soft drink is distilled barley with fruit juices.
  • Boil barley, remove water, combine with lemon juice for flu or cold

Bee Stings or Insect bites

  • Lay crushed mint leaves on the bite or sting area.

Remedies for Arthritis

  • Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory.
  • Drink wa
  • Place on joint or affected area.
  • Cover pack with a plastic wrap.
  • Place hot water bottles or a heating pad over it.
  • Leave on for 45-60 minutes.

Remedies for Acne

  • Wash face with Dr. Bonner’s soap and water.
  • Rinse with lemon juice every AM and PM.
  • Grate a cucumber, pack all over face and neck for 15-20 minutes.

Good References for Home Remedies

  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies, Norm Shealy, MD, PHD.
  • The Guide to Remedies: Homeopathy Remedies, Metro Books
  • Natural Food and Healthy Life, Anni Yoga Natural Home, Dr. SS Manickam
  • Ayurvedic Home Remedies, Dr. Vasant Lad

Before jumping for that advice or anti-inflammatory drug, try some natural remedies. If home remedies are used consistently, the body will adapt to the good effects the remedies have on specific conditions.


Mary Jo Ruggieri PhD, BCPP, HHP

Staying Well with Dr. Mary Jo

Nature’s Best Germ Fighter
Tea Tree Oil

A natural antiseptic, Tea Tree Oil contains 48 organic compounds such as cymones, pinenes, veridiflorene, L-terpineol and allyhexanoate. Many of these cannot be found anywhere else in nature.

The complexity of Tea Tree Oil is the reason it has consistent destruction of harmful viruses and

bacteria. Tea Tree is a colorless oil with a distinctive aroma and a pungent taste. It is effective in killing yeast cells and mold besides bacteria and viruses. (Try it for nail fungus!)

How to Use Tea Tree Oil

  • Dissolves easily in small amounts of alcohol.
  • Make a mouthwash for treating teeth or gum disease. Use grain alcohol or vegetable glycerine.
  • Can dilute Tea Tree in water.
  • Use an oil like olive oil. Add 1 ounce of full strength Tea Tree Oil to 4 ounces or more of oil.
  • Use massage oil with Tea Tree to treat tired feet and, aching muscles.
  • For inflammation and inflamed joints add 3-5 drops of Tea Tree Oil to a small amount of baby oil or almond oil and rub into joint areas.
  • Great for arthritis, dermatitis, cuts, cold sores and more.

For information on Tea Tree products contact the following:
Desert Essence at 818-709-4900 or Thursday Plantation Inc. at 800-848-8966

Reference: Nature’s Antiseptics Tea Tree Oil and Grapefruit Seed Extract. CJ Puotiner.

Healthy Tidbits

Garlic – Food For Life!

Antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal – keep that clove of garlic nearby! Yes, and garlic is known to keep ticks away.

According to research on rats, an ingredient in garlic was found to prevent pulmonary hypertension. The magic ingredient is Allicin.

Researchers explain that Allicin in garlic likely prevents pulmonary hypertension by causing constricted blood vessels to relax preventing damage to the blood vessels.

* Reference: 4/3/ 2005

It is best to use fresh garlic. Allicin, the active ingredient in garlic, is destroyed within one hour of smashing the garlic.

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The information in this Newsletter is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat illness or prescribe any type of medication or treatment. For medical needs, we recommend consulting your Medical Doctor, Dietitian or Mental Health Practitioner.