The Pioneers May Have Been Right!

United States
March 1, 2007 9:43pm CST
Have you ever heard your grandmother tell of a homemade remedy that she used when she was small such as cooking a weed to make a lotion for poison Ivy? My grandmother always made her own medicines, lotions and cremes. She had a remedy for everything. She knew just what plants to cook and how to combine things to cure a congested chest or a common burn. She kept an aloe plant to tear off a piece to help heal burns. She cooked a plant to ease the pain and itch of poision ivy. She used homemade lard, terpintine, kerosene and other things to keep congestion under control. When I raised my children, I too used many of her methods but I have forgotten many of them now. I wish I had written eveything down that she used because now alot of her knowledge is gone forever. New research is proving that the old folk recipes using herbs adn essential oils to kill germs such as those used by doctors during the Black Plague, were based on good science. Many essential oils, such as the oils of lavender and thyme, are more antiseptic than phenol, the industry standard. Research is also showing that antibacterial plant oils may not cause drug resistance as could be the case with common chemical disinfectants. The essential oil based spray, that is below, leaves a lovely clean scent. It is wonderful to use for spraying your cutting board after use. Antibacterial Spray Makes 1 cup of spray 1 cup water 20 drops pure essential oil of lavender Pour the water into a spray bottle. Add the oil and shake to blend well. Spray on the surface and let it set for at least 15 minutes. You can also just leave it on the surface and not rinse at all. You can purchase a cheap spray bottle at the dollar store. Never use a bottle that has been used with other cleaners in it. Never get essential oils near your eyes or directly on your skin. Remember to label your bottle with the ingredients. Remember that homemade herbal antibacterial sprays are not registered disinfectants
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@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
3 Mar 07
Many of the older ways of doing things were better. We are starting to realize that just because something is new it isn't always the best. The old remedies were used because they worked. It's that simple. If it didn't work people wouldn't have used them and some of the remedies are centuries old. There has to be a reason why people trusted them so much. Yes some new things are better but some of them we just don't know what other problems they might cause. If we can use something we know works and know what other problems it might cause (if any) then why change?
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@dixielol (1581)
• United States
7 Mar 07
Yeap, well said. They worked so they used them.
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
2 Mar 07
So it disinfects AND smells good! I love the smell of lavender!! I am going to have to try this! :) Your right. I do think that they had many good remedies way back then. They had to because they didn't have a doctor on every street corner. :) I remember the first time I was told to break off a piece of the aloe plant and rub it on my scrape. I just looked all upset because all I wanted was a band-aid. LOL But instead I had to rub a plant on it. ha ha Now, I want an aloe plant myself. I had a good sized one too in Florida. They grow really well there!!!
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• United States
2 Mar 07
I have a huge aloe plant. I keep it in my washroom window and it grows woderful there. It is weird becase that is the coolest room in the house and here in West Virginia, that can get really cold
@rainbow (6763)
3 Mar 07
I like to use natural cleansers etc in my home where I can, salt, bicarb, lemon, white vinigar and hot soap free soapy water seems to do well for most things. I will try you lavender spray too. Thak-you so much for sharing!
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
3 Mar 07
Thanks for this one, since my housefire you have been my best source of things to regain for tending to the home. I once had a chart of all the essential oils that could be used for different surfaces and smells for pests and such. So I think you once again. Of course the Pioneers were right, they are why alot of us are here!!
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• United States
3 Mar 07
Wonderful idea! I love the smell of lavendar, especially in the bedroom and bathroom area. It has a relaxing effect and now you tell me that is can be used in cleaning! Bonus.
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