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Carlarua



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:19 pm    Post subject: old wives tales/cures that work  Reply with quote

I don't mean I want the full scientific report, but just cures and methods that work in your experience

A friend of mine is petrified of spiders, and I heard that leaving a branch of a horse chestnut tree in the room would help keep it at bay. She hasn't seen a spider in the room since

In the kitchen, if you have to use buttermilk for a recipe, but only have milk in the house, just add a few drops of lemon juice to the milk before you start making dough, and it has the same effect/taste in the finished product
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I made some cough medicine and it worked just as well as shop bought.  I put a chopped onion in a bowl with a sprinkle of garlic from a jar because I didn't have any fresh.  Covered it with honey, covered the bowl with a plate and left it in the fridge for 24hours.  

The next day I strained it into a jar and took a spoonful whenever needed.  It really helped my chesty cough and it doesn't taste too bad either!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I've tried that as well, Sparrow, but I used was brown soft sugar on a half an onion. The kids weren't raving about it but it seems to do the trick. The honey and garlic does make sense, they're very good when you have  a cold


To get sticky labels - or the sticky residue of labels - off bottles and jars, smear with peanut butter, leave for a few minutes, and scrape it off. The labels and glue come away in no time at all
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My son refused to try my homemade medicine...and accused me of being a witch!  Sigh.   So it only worked for me!

That's interesting about the peanut butter, i must try it.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IMHO, that is the ONLY worthwhile thing to do with peanut butter, I'm glad someone at last found a use for it.      
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chocolate paste and peanut butter sandwiches...oh yummy. Not healthy but by god is it good!
I often tease the kids when I make them mint tea for an upset tummy, or let them steam with thyme or the onion/brown sugar cure for a cough that I'm in fact a witch. And we do have a black cat too ))

If a pan has a burned bottom (the inside), pour some white vinegar in it, just enough to cover the bottom, when it's still warm and leave overnight ; it'll be much easier to clean the burned bits
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must admit I don't like peanut butter, I'd prefer just chocolate paste sandwiches!  I'm always telling my kids i'm a witch too so I guess I can't complain when they throw it back at me!

The pressed juice from a steamed onion, mixed with a little water and warmed up slightly is great for earache, just a few drops in the ear.  It definitely helped my son the other day.  Lucky i've grown lots of onions this year!

I'll try that next time I burn a pan.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sparrow wrote:
......  The pressed juice from a steamed onion, mixed with a little water and warmed up slightly is great for earache, just a few drops in the ear.  ......

Unfortunately I doubt that would work for the kind of ear ache I get from time to time   .

Some great tips there .
For anglers , to get the smell of fish off your hands you should wash them in cold rather than hot water . The consensus on another forum was that shaving soap is the best thing to use .
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Monst



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

blowin wrote:
For anglers , to get the smell of fish off your hands you should wash them in cold rather than hot water . The consensus on another forum was that shaving soap is the best thing to use .

That makes good sense blowin, as hot water would open the pores which could in effect push the fishy smell further into the skin. Thats one I'll remember, the times I have driven home from the coast with that fishy smell on my hands, not nice.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stainless steel will remove smells from the hands Taps for example or you could invest in one of those soap shaped things. Don't know why but it works.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Always use the right tool for the job if you can, especially with knives. Using the right tool makes the job more enjoyable and a lot less dangerous.

Save time on ironing by outsourcing to the girl/guy down the road.

If the weather is very hot, then put your shirt in the freezer for a little while before putting it on. It helps to keep you cool for a little while.
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essiebee



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I was a very young child here in London we had the big snow of 1963 and I developed the most astounding collection of chilblains.  There was no such thing as Health and Safety in those days - we went straight to school after our early morning jobs cleaning chimneys and working down the mines...

Anyway, walking about in the cold kept the chilblains aching but tolerable, the real problems arose when the chilblains defrosted in class.  The itching would drive a mediaeval saint to distraction.

My grandfather in Ireland had the problem bate - he told my Mam to collect my first wee in the morning and bathe the chilblains with that.  AND IT WORKED!  

I don't know if chilblains exist any more - were they eradicated like smallpox or have we just got a cushier life these days.  But if ever you find you have them, there's your cure.
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Carlarua



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got chilblains for the first time in my life this year, so they still do exist.
I've heard about the wee, and a friend swears by it. I think I'll try camphor first though.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I clean the glass of the stove by spitting on a piece of cloth, dipping it in the cold ashes of the fire, and the glass cleans with nearly no effort at all
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any more words of wisdom to add ?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you know that if you thrash a Walnut tree around the trunk in early spring, you will get a good crop of nuts later?

An old saying:-

A dog, a woman, a walnut tree, the more you beat, the better they be.
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Sean Ph'lib



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wayland wrote:
Did you know that if you thrash a Walnut tree around the trunk in early spring, you will get a good crop of nuts later?

An old saying:-

A dog, a woman, a walnut tree, the more you beat, the better they be.

I tried it with the walnut tree. It didn't work, so I tried the other two. The dog bit me and the girlfriend is still laughing. Some of them old sayings  ain't true.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

     

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