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Healing Remedies
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Healing Remedies
More Than 1,000 Natural Ways to Relieve the Symptoms of Common Ailments, from Arthritis and Allergies to Diabetes, Osteoporosis, and Many Others!
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A PRACTICAL, SAFE, TIME-TESTED, AND EFFECTIVE A-TO-Z GUIDE TO NATURAL HEALING REMEDIES

For years, sisters Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen have been collecting and incredible home remedies. These range from old treatments that have been passed down for centuries (but forgotten by modern medicine) to methods recently uncovered by doctors and medical researchers. Healing Remedies combines the best entries from the Wilens’ Chicken Soup & Other Folk Remedies books, plus a significant amount of new material, including sections on diabetes, osteoporosis, ADD, anxiety, and children’s common ailments–from colic and diaper rash to tantrums and teething. Also, check out these other remarkable remedies:

• Eating two pectin-packed apples a day may help lower blood pressure.
• For an energy boost, slap the inside of your elbows and the back of your knees.
• Eating one-half avocado a day may lower cholesterol by up to 42...
A PRACTICAL, SAFE, TIME-TESTED, AND EFFECTIVE A-TO-Z GUIDE TO NATURAL HEALING REMEDIES

For years, sisters Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen have been collecting and incredible home remedies. These range from old treatments that have been passed down for centuries (but forgotten by modern medicine) to methods recently uncovered by doctors and medical researchers. Healing Remedies combines the best entries from the Wilens’ Chicken Soup & Other Folk Remedies books, plus a significant amount of new material, including sections on diabetes, osteoporosis, ADD, anxiety, and children’s common ailments–from colic and diaper rash to tantrums and teething. Also, check out these other remarkable remedies:

• Eating two pectin-packed apples a day may help lower blood pressure.
• For an energy boost, slap the inside of your elbows and the back of your knees.
• Eating one-half avocado a day may lower cholesterol by up to 42...
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  • From the book PREPARATION
    GUIDE


    Throughout the book, we refer you to this Preparation Guide when a remedy calls for using ingredients in a way in which you probably haven't used them.

    The information and simple instructions included here should take out the guesswork and replace it with answers to all of your questions with regard to processing specific ingredients.

    BARLEY

    Hippocrates, the father of medicine, felt that everyone should drink barley water daily to maintain good health. Barley is rich in iron and B vitamins. It is said to help prevent tooth decay and hair loss, improve fingernails and toenails, and help heal ulcers, diarrhea, and bronchial spasms. Pearl or pearled (also called Scotch) barley has been milled. During the milling process, the inedible hull and some of the bran layer are removed, which takes away some of the nutrients. Hulled barley (most often referred to as just "barley"), with only the outer, inedible hull removed, is more nutritious. It is also rich in dietary fiber and has more iron, more trace minerals, and four times the thiamine (vitamin B1) of pearl barley. Packages of pearl barley and (hulled) barley are sold at supermarkets; packaged and loose pearl barley and (hulled) barley are sold at most health food stores.

    Barley Water

    Boil 2 ounces of either pearl or hulled barley in 6 cups water until there's about half the water—3 cups—left in the pot. Strain. If you find it hard to drink, add honey and lemon to taste.

    Of course you can eat the barley. If it is not soft enough to eat, add just-boiled water and continue cooking it until it's the degree of softness you prefer.

    BEANS

    Beans! They're so good for you. If only ...

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is said to have come up with the following way to prepare beans, which should reduce the gas-producing (indigestible) sugars by about 80 percent, without sacrificing the nutrients.

    Fill a pot that will easily hold three to four times the amount of beans you want to cook three-quarters full of water. Bring it to a rolling boil. Meanwhile, go through the dry beans, cleaning out the pebbles and empty bean shells, and wash the beans. Once the pot of water boils, add the beans and let it continue boiling for two minutes. Remove from the heat, cover, and let it stand for one hour. Drain and discard the water. Now use your regular recipe to cook the beans, adding fresh water or broth.

    If that doesn't do it for you, there's another way to de-gas beans. Soak dry beans overnight in a pot of water along with ⅛ to ¼ cup apple cider vinegar. The next morning, thoroughly rinse the beans, put fresh water and 1 or 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar into the pot, and cook the beans as usual. Good luck!

    EYEWASH

    You'll need an eye cup (available at drugstores). Carefully pour just-boiled water over the cup to clean it. Then, without contaminating the rim or inside surfaces of the cup, fill it half full with whichever eyewash you've selected. Apply the cup tightly to the eye to prevent spillage, then tilt your head backward. Open your eyelid wide and rotate your eyeball to thoroughly wash the eye. Use the same procedure with the other eye, starting with pouring just-boiled water over the cup to clean it and prevent cross contamination.

    GARLIC JUICE

    When a remedy calls for garlic juice, peel a few cloves of garlic, mince them finely onto a piece of cheesecloth, then squeeze the juice out of the pieces. Chances are a garlic press would make the job easier.

    GINGER TEA

    Peel or scrub a nub of fresh ginger...
About the Author-
  • Lydia Wilen is a health investigator and author. With her sister, Joan, she conducts frequent lectures and workshops on natural cures and remedies. In addition to their numerous television and radio appearances, the sisters have had articles written by and about them for major magazines and newspapers including Cosmopolitan, The New York Times, and Parade. They had a weekly full-page feature in the New York Daily News Sunday Magazine for two years and three rotating features in Newsday. She lives in New York City.
    Joan Wilen is a health investigator and author, well known for her books, media tours, and frequent appearances on national and local television shows with her sister, Lydia Wilen. They have appeared on the Today show, CBS This Morning, and Good Day New York, and have been guests on hundreds of radio shows. Wilen lives in New York City.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 17, 2008
    Collecting the authors’ Chicken Soup & Other Folk Remedies
    and More Chicken Soup & Other Folk Remedies
    , this volume, something of a Prairie Home Companion
    –style health manual, includes new and revised material addressing such topics as ADD and ADHD, children’s health, osteoporosis and diabetes. The sisters Wilen offer brief entries with homespun solutions, many herbal based, for an alphabetical listing of concerns from asthma, colds and fainting to headaches, smoking and weight control. In many cases, however, the Wilens give little explanation for a remedy’s effect (for example, taking oregano for depression “has a way of lifting one’s spirits” and eating sauerkraut may prevent sciatica). Beyond specific cures, there are some all-around wonder workers: the “good-bye dear” morning kiss, bee pollen, the ancient grain salba and singing among them. Although well-meaning, this compendium of folk medicine has a few unsettling moments (for instance, the Wilens’ comment on depression that “staying in a funk” is a choice, and the injunction to “order your body to heal itself”). Such comments will leave even those committed to natural healing grateful for the science that has brought medicine into the 21st century.

  • Library Journal

    January 22, 2009
    Verdict: The Wilen sisters offer an updated and repackaged version of their earlier books Chicken Soup and Other Folk Remedies and More Chicken Soup and Other Folk Remedies with more than 20 percent new material. Not an essential purchase for most libraries owing to the lack of references. Background: The Wilen sisters' books offer "cures from the kitchen." While their homemade remedies look harmless, the authors' lack of medical qualifications is problematic-as is the vast quantity of unattributed scientific research. Readers would be well advised to do as the authors suggest and consult a health-care provider before starting any of the treatments. Remedies in a Class by Themselves, Healthful Hints, Fun Facts, and Food for Thought and a list of resources complete this book.-Jodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Fdn. Lib., Cleveland

    Copyright 2009 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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