I’m not sure what’s happened to me lately but I’ve turned into an old school use-whats-in-the-kitchen-pantry to clean the house (admission: I’m a clean freak) and cure my ailments (yes, I sound like an old woman). I remember when we were young, there was a Rawleigh’s Medicated Ointment we had that got put onto every person within a 5 mile radius who had a cut, scrape, bruise or broken bone. Believe it not, it usually did the trick and I grew up feeling that if the blue tub of Rawleigh’s, known as the cure-all, was in the house then everything would be okay.
I thought I’d share a few of my favourite finds with you but I’d also love to hear some of your go-to recipes or mixtures that have worked for you.
Chronic Sinus Infection Treatment: 1tsp taken 3 times daily of Apple Cider Vinegar and steaming your face over a bowl of hot water with 2Tbsp ACV for 5 minutes twice a day relives sinus pressure and clears infection within 3-4 days. I found this is also a great relief for head colds.
Ear aches: Crush a fresh onion and wrap it tightly in a piece of clean cloth, like muslin. Hold the cloth over the infected ear for around five to ten minutes. Repeat several times a day to get relief from earache.
Dry, Flaking Skin: Rub the end of a lemon onto elbows and cuticles or other areas.
Reducing Inflammation in the Body: Add Turmeric to smoothies and any casseroles or cooking regularly. Over time this works wonderfully in place of iburofen, paracetamol or NSAID’s for treating long term problems like headaches, irritable bowel, and celiac disorder.
Hair Rinse for Shiny, Healthy Hair: When we were young my Mum used to embarrass us by putting bowls outside when it was raining to catch the rainwater for us to rinse our with. The pure rain water makes hair shine with health.
Cracked or Blistered Lips that wont Heal: Dab 6% Hydrogen Peroxide onto the area with a cotton bud and then seal with vaseline to create a barrier.
A Fruit Acid Face Peel: Alpha Hydroxy Acids such as Glycolic, Malic or Lactic acids used in professional skin treatments are synthetic versions of natural derived ingredients like sugar cane, milk or citrus fruits. These fruit acids gently slough away dead skin on the face and neck revealing fresh clear, new skin. If I’m running low on product I use (again) a lemon sliced in half and rub over my skin particularly around oilier areas and avoiding the eye area to save stinging the eyes. Leave on for 10 minutes, remove thoroughly with fresh water or milk to cool the skin after. Repeat once a month.
Fruit & Vege Soak: Farmers and growers use chemicals to enable them to produce near-perfect fruits and vegetables in big quantities, free of insects, bacteria, mold and rodents. Fill the sink with water adding 1/2C of vinegar, leave fruits & vege to soak for 20 minutes. Alternatively you can add the mixture to a spray bottle and spray over your produce.
Spray Cleaner for Everything: Stolen from the Green Goddess, Wendyl Nissen herself –
This is easy to mix up and not only cleans well but fills the air with gorgeous smells. It takes a whole minute to make.
Nearly fill a 1 litre spray bottle with water. Add 1 tsp baking soda, a few drops of liquid soap (preferably Dr Bronner’s Castile liquid soap, or use Sunlight) and 10 drops of lavender or tea-tree essential oil. Shake together. If you have wooden bench tops, add about 1 tsp of olive oil and shake the bottle every time you use it, to disperse the oil.
You can use other essential oils in the spray cleaner. In the winter I like to use warm oils, like cedarwood, rosemary, clove or even some natural vanilla essence, to give the kitchen a cosy smell. In summer, go for citrus smells, like orange, lemon or lime. And if flies are a problem, use citronella oil which will help deter them.
Room Deodoriser: My absolute favourite as I cant stand cans of artificial chemicals floating around my house, open and air the house for 10 minutes everyday regardless of the weather – now you cant get any more old school than that !