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Comfrey has been known for centuries as a priceless herb for wounds, sprains, bruises, and even broken bones in both people and other animals.
The next time you get a wound, sprain your ankle, burn yourself, or even break a bone, turn to comfrey for comfort. Of course, if you break your bone or get a serious burn, you'll want to head to the doctor right away, but as was mentioned before, even doctors are often forced to admit comfrey's power to speed the healing process. Comfrey's success as a healing agent is due to allantoin—a substance that speeds the production of new cells and aids in wound granulation (healing). Whether you're suffering a bruise, sprain, burn, cut, or busted bone, try making a comfrey poultice as the per the following instructions and prepare to be amazed.
One of natures best remedies for cuts (even deep punctures) is believe it or not, Cayenne Pepper! This wonderful plant can be grown and therefore no "factory" will be necessary. To use - apply liberally on wound. The wound will form a scab and heal much quicker than with even sutures and with no scarring. From the book: Cayenne Pepper medicinal uses:
Major benefits - Stops Bleeding (internal or external), Heart attack, stroke, or Shock, Dissolves clots. Minor Benefits - Reviving, Fainting, Dizziness, Weakness, Confusion
Cayenne can be applied to open wounds or taken orally to stop bleeding. Nosebleeds, deep cuts, even arterial gushing will stop within seconds. Blood pressure is equalized throughout the body so there is no excessive pressure on the hemorrhage area and it can clot naturally. A poultice of Cayenne wrapped around a wound will ensure safe healing and will often not even leave a scar!
Internal wounds can be stopped from bleeding by drinking a cup of hot water with a teaspoon of Cayenne stirred into it. In fact, as shocking as it sounds, Cayenne has been shown to be an effective pain reliever for sufferers of stomach ulcers.
It is used as sedative. Basil has been used as a medicinal plant in treatment of headaches, coughs, diarrhea, constipation, warts, worms, and kidney malfunctions. It has the ability to draw out poison from insect bites It is also thought to be an antispasmodic, stomachache, carminative, stimulant and insect repellent. The oils of basil, especially the camphor-containing oil, have antibacterial properties. It helps in promoting production of breast milk in nursing mothers.
Basil in the bath is refreshing.
Leaves and flowers can be dried for potpourri.
Burn sprigs of basil on the barbecue to deter mosquitoes.
A bunch of basil hung over the kitchen window or a pot of basil in the windowsill will deter flies.
Cinnamon is carminative, astringent, stimulant, antiseptic. It is more powerful as a local than as a general stimulant. It stops vomiting, relieves flatulence, and given with chalk and astringents is useful for diarrhea and hemorrhage of the womb. Because of its mild astringency, it is particularly useful in infantile diarrhea. Recent studies have determined that consuming as little as one-half teaspoon of Cinnamon each day may reduce blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels by as much as 20% in Type II diabetes patients. It is used to treat nausea and flatulence. Cinnamon is a great remedy for people with cold feet and hands, especially at night. The cinnamaldehyde component is hypotensive and spasmolytic, and increases peripheral blood flow.
Peppermint has been used for liver and gallbladder complaints, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, respiratory infections, menstrual cramps, toothache, the common cold, cough, and fever. Topically, peppermint has been used for muscle and nerve pain and as an antiseptic.
Apple Cider Vinegar, that wonderful old-timers home remedy, cures more ailments than any other folk remedy -- we're convinced! From the extensive feedback we've received over the past 8 years, the reported cures from drinking Apple Cider Vinegar are numerous. They include cures for allergies (including pet, food and environmental), sinus infections, acne, high cholesterol, flu, chronic fatigue, candida, acid reflux, sore throats, contact dermatitis, arthritis, and gout.