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POST #47

This is useful interesting information from MYJUICER.COM

  1. Soothe sunburn! Pure aloe feels cool and comforting against fried skin.
  2. Rub a bit on minor itches like mosquito bites.
  3. Mix one part aloe and one part water in a spray bottle to use as a facial mist or general skin-soother when you’re hot and sticky from the sun…
  4. …or spray onto your hair to moisturize and refresh your ‘do.
  5. Suffering from seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis? Aloe applications may help – give it a try!
  6. Instead of shaving cream (full of nasty chemicals), use aloe gel on your skin before reaching for the razor…
  7. …and if you’re suffering from razorburn, apply aloe after shaving, too.
  8. Use it to tame frizzy hair before styling. Think of it as a 100% natural smoothing serum (it’s the smoothing ingredient in conditioners and defrizzers that don’t use silicone!)
  9. Looking for an oil-free moisturizer for sensitive or acne-prone skin? You can use straight aloe on your face instead of schlepping to the drugstore.
  10. Put it on bruises…
  11. …rashes…
  12. …canker sores…
  13.  …Athlete’s foot…
  14. …blisters…
  15. …and pimples! Dab a little aloe on your acne and leave it on overnight.
  16. Make a tightening facial mask by mixing aloe gel with a few spoonfuls of oats and something moisturizing (honey, your favorite oil, or a few drops of essential oils, for example.) Leave on for 15-20 minutes.
  17. Exfoliate by mixing a few teaspoons of sugar with the juice of half a lemon. Scrap in the insides of one aloe leaf. Rub over your face in gentle circular motions and rinse.
  18. Drink aloe juice (available in most grocery stores) to help with indigestion, constipation, and mild gastrointestinal complaints.
  19. Splash some aloe juice into your green smoothie and enjoy the benefits.
  20. Put on a cowboy hat, mix yourself a Southwestern-style cocktail, and toast to the amazing powers of this succulent little plant!

CUPRO FABRIC: What is that, and how do you clean it?

I just scored a very nice silky pair of trousers at Salvation Army*.  At first glance, I though I had a pair of Versaces, but it turns out the brand is Verse.  All of the fabric/cleaning  info sewn into the pants was in German, so I had to google.

It turns out that cupro is a fancy “silk substitute” like rayon and tencel are designed to be.  It is made from wood fiber and cotton by-products. (I thought I was holding silk, at first, but I recognize the word for silk in most languages, so then I was fearful about cleaning issues)

No worries. I googled cupro fabric, found out what it is, then I googled “cleaning cupro fabric” and found out that it can be washed and dried in washing machines and dryers.  It can also be line-dried, and dry-cleaned.

Hooray! My Salvation Army score is truly a score! I can wash the trousers, and then hang them to dry.

They fit like they were made for me (when I want to wear cropped pants – that’s always an issue at my height, but with the right pair of shoes, they will be nice “ankle” pants.  (I’m wearing them tomorrow!)

*If you are  reading me from outside New York City, Salvation Army is a Christian denomination which has a mission addressed to the homeless, the poor, and those who are marginalized by drug addiction, prison conviction, or mental retardation (as nearly as I can figure it).  The mission to the poor involves accepting tax-deductible donations of clothing and appliances from the public and re-selling them at prices affordable to the poor (today was family day, so the pants I mentioned, priced at $7.99, cost me $4.00.  I also got an Ann Taylor blouse for $1.50, a Gap shirt for $1.50, and a Chico’s Traveler’s shirt jacket for $3.00).  Since I cannot afford to shop at all, today I was able to get in a serious shopping fix for under $10.00, and still have fancy respectable clothes that I can wear to work . ) We are really lucky in New York City, because rich people do not wear their clothes much, and often donate them rather than clean them. (Everything I scored today bore a dry-cleaners’ tag: nice rich donors!)

If you live in another city, you might find GoodWill (they primarily help disabled people) or AmVets (to help American military veterans)

If you live in another country, I am hoping that your country has something similar, because it really is helpful to be able to buy nice clothes when you have little money.

Repelling No-See-Ums

I’ve been living a horror story for months.  I have had a rash which did not correspond to any ideas the dermatologist could come up with (his explanations were “bedbugs”or “bedbugs” or” bedbugs”.  The only problem was that I have been getting these “lesions” when I was not in bed, besides the fact that I fumigated the apartment against bedbugs, and I have not seen one.

I’ve been able to relieve the itch with Four Thieves oil and with Strivectin, but I have not come up with anything that would make it not happen to start with.

I decided that there were some kind of bugs around (I am raw vegan, and I have done several internal cleanses to make sure that I had no internal business going on), so I went to the hardware store to find some kind of insecticide. I ran into a man who was talking about “no see ums” – we had them by the beach, but I had not thought that they could be in a city like New York (okay, so, we are, duh, by the beach, all around, but who’d’a’ thunk it — I mean, big city and all)…. fast forward… I read up on no-see-ums and found a suggestion to cover all exposed skin with baby oil.

After my yoga class that night, (I needed a shower badly), I passed by the drugstore and picked up some Johnson’s baby oil.  After I had showered, I slathered the baby oil on all of my skin below my face (it was tricky getting it onto my back)

After the first 5 hours, I had not gotten any new itchy bumps (for the first time).  Was it that baby oil helped my skin or that I had been getting bitten and the biters did not like baby oil??? I did not know.
I kept applying the baby oil when I was at my computer – where I noticed the problem.

The other day, in my class, I felt like I was getting bitten by invisible things, and one of my students kept swatting at her arms, as well, so I decided to carry baby oil with me.

Today, I noticed that I was getting that bitten feeling again, even though I had never experienced it in that classroom (my school is moving, so things are in an upheaval), so I nonchalantly whipped out my bottle of baby oil and started massaging it into my arms and shoulders (I was wearing a sleeveless sweater) Okay, so the students probably thought I was weird.  The biting feeling stopped immediately.

How does that old Monkees song go?  I’M A BELIEVER!!!!!!!!!

Now, I can confidently suggest that you try baby oil as a repellant to “no-see-ums”


When you think your tube of cream (or whatever) is empty, cut off the end of it and look inside to be sure (you will probably find there is a lot of stuff clinging to the sides and in the “shoulder” of the tube.

I use Strivectin. (I have read the ingredients, and it is natural, as far as I am concerned right now at this moment, and it helps my complexion.)

Strivectin is the most expensive skin cream I have ever bought, but I noticed a serious difference when I stopped using it for 4 months, so I am back using it. I should not complain — the stuff lasts forever (I do use it 3 times a day).

The part where it is hard is when the tube is at the end, and I am going to have to buy more, i.e., sacrifice around $150 dollars (if I count the tax). This time, I’ve gone ahead and bought the new tube, but I haven’t opened it yet. I just wanted to see if I had gotten all of it out of the tube, so I cut off the end of the tube, and looked inside — nope!!! there was a lot of Strivectin clinging to the inside of the tube. I wiped out some and used it. When I could not reach the cream anymore, I cut the tube again. I’m going on week two and there is still more down there.


I’m still using my Four Thieves Oil recipe (which makes me smell, I think, like some kind of Christmas candy (actually Lush has a solid perfume called Potion which seems to complement it nicely — although I am using enough Four Thieves that I don’t really need other fragrance)

Okay, so, here I am living in what seems to be the Capital of Bedbugs — I know — eeeuuuwww!  New York City has ’em in hotels, fancy homes, and, of course, nice middle class places like mine. Bedbugs keep being in the news, as well as in our beds here.  Nobody seems to know what to do about them, short of move away, which is not an option for me.

I have found one spray which is supposed to work (although they did not tell me how long it is supposed to take!!!!!)  Meanwhile, since Four Thieves has done everything else I asked it to do, I thought that, perhaps, if I rubbed it all over my skin, it might deter bites…. I left some skin bare as a test. It does seem to have worked pretty well, actually… any part that had not had copious amounts of Four Thieves rubbed in just before bedtime got a bite (good! only three new bites!!!!)  So…. if it happens to you…. try it.

Four Thieves  is working so well for me that, if I get shingles again, I may try it (although I imagine it will be excruciating to apply it and wait for it to calm down, it does calm down even the most excruciating itch that cannot bear to be touched or even have fabric on it)

I’m thinking of spraying it on the bed to see what happens. How much can it hurt (okay, I might get a craving for Christmas candy in the middle of the night)


Clove Mouthwash

1/4 C vodka
1/2 C distilled water
1/4 t honey
1/4 t cinnamon
1/2 t ground cloves (or or clove oil)

  • Combine ingredients. Mix well to completely dissolve honey.
  • If desired, strain to remove ground clove residue, if used.
  • Pour mixture into clean bottle.

FOUR THIEVES: vinegar & oil recipes

I waited patiently, and then, when I really needed it, I got what I had asked for.

Four Thieves is some nifty stuff. I am using the oil with good results to date. The Four Thieves vinegar is very good, as well.


Herbal lore has it that, while the Plague was raging in France, a rash of burglaries of plague victims’ homes was discovered. No effort was made, however, to apprehend the thieves, as it was assumed that they would soon succumb to the contagion in the homes they had robbed..

The thieves carried on their crime spree for some time, and people began to wonder why they had not become ill and die. It was then that the authorities began to pursue them… to discover the secret of their immunity to the Plague.

Once the burglars had been apprehended, they struck a bargain with the authorities, that they should be set free in exchange for revealing the secret to their immunity to the Plague.

It was then that the four thieves revealed the herbal disinfectant formula that rendered them immune to the Plague.

Current theorists suggest that this formula, now called “Four Thieves Vinegar”, may offer protection against fearsome possible threats, such as the flu, smallpox, and biological weapons, which concern us today, as all of its ingredients are either strong anti-bacterial agents, or have potent anti-viral properties.


1 part lavender, dried
1 part sage, dried
1 part thyme, dried
1 part lemon balm (melissa), dried
1 part hyssop, dried
1 part peppermint, dried
1 handful garlic cloves
Raw (unpasteurized), organic apple cider vinegar

• In a glass jar, place all dry ingredients.
• Add raw (unpasteurized), organic apple cider vinegar to cover
• Place jar in a cool place and let sit, at room temperature, for six weeks.
• Strain off herbs and garlic, and decant to a glass bottle or jar with a tight fitting lid.

• Take a teaspoonful several times daily.
• Add to salads either directly or in a salad dressing.
• For personal protection, add a teaspoonful to bath water.
• Use as a topical spray for disinfecting surfaces and/or skin

juniper berries
white wine vinegar

1 part eucalyptus
1 part rosemary
1 part cinnamon
1 part clove
1 part lemon
Carrier oil (olive, jojoba, or your choice)

I put 50 drops of each oil in a 2 oz. bottle and then top it off with jojoba oil (I like jojoba oil because it seems to never go rancid).

An alternative recipe:

200 drops Clove Bud Oil
175 drops Lemon Oil
100 drops Cinnamon Oil
75 drops Eucalyptus Oil
50 drops Rosemary

Mix with jojoba oil.


• Apply 1-2 drops of Four Thieves on the bottoms of the feet and on the nape of the neck.
• Apply under the arms and on the chest.
• Diffuse for 20 minutes or less at work or at home.


I have used Four Thieves for the itch that accompanied a nasty rash that doctors could not diagnose (where is House when you need him?)… I originally applied the Four Thieves oil because I was worried about possible infection after scratching myself bloody in my sleep. The Four Thieves smarted quite a bit when I first applied it, but, then, miraculously, the itch subsided and allowed me to have a life. Although the rash did not disappear, it did diminish markedly every time I applied the oil.


Use to speed healing

3 drops eucalyptus
1 drop niaouli
1 drop palmarosa
1 drop spearmint
1/8 C jojoba oil


From Incense, Oils, and Brews, by Scott Cunningham



2 t powdered myrrh
2 T beeswax
2 t comfrey root
2 T liquid lecithin
2 t chamomile
2 t honey
2 t lavendar

Infuse in:
3/4 C carrier oil

add essential oils:
10 drops lavendar
5 drops tea tree
2 drops rosemary
1 vitamin E capsule
2 oz beeswax


to alleviate swelling and relieve itching of insect bites.

1 drop Roman Chamomile
1 drop tea-tree
1 drop savory
2 oz. witch hazel extract

Blend oils with witch-hazel.
Soak a cotton ball in the mix and dab on insect bites.
Also helps protect skin from infection resulting from scratching

Niaouli oil relieves the itch, helps reduce swelling, and
helps insect bites heal faster

2 drops niaouli
2 T witch hazel
mix niaoli and witch hazel and apply to the affected area

Moisten a cotton swab in fresh lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, or witch hazel

Add 1 -2 drops of lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, or lemongrass oil to the swab then dab on the bite.


Oils to Use: Lavender or tea tree

Dab a drop of lavender or tea tree on the
affected area.


If bite site is swollen, apply a cold compress made with
2 drops lavender
2 drops chamomile


Lavender helps stop itching and reduces
swelling and risk of infection.

1 t lavender essential oil
1 T vegetable oil

Combine lavender oil and vegetable oil and
dab mixture directly on bite as needed.

Store in a tightly closed glass bottle

combine lavender with echinacea and bentonite clay into a poultice.
The clay pulls the poisonous material from the bite or sting to the skin surface and keeps it from spreading.

Echinacea lessens any allergic response.
Lavender stops itching and reduces swelling.

Apply 1 drop of undiluted lavender or tea tree oil directly to the bite.

Other oils to use diluted
Lemon, Eucalyptus,
Pine, Basil, Bergamot, Chamomile, Lemongrass,

Dilute by moistening a cotton swab with lemon juice, cider vinegar, or witch hazel and adding 1 -2 drops of the essential oil to the swab. Dab on skin as needed

To help sooth the bite site and relieve discomfort.
Apply to bite every few hours! The first ingredient is a carrier oil.
1 t Aloe Vera Gel
5 drops Geranium
1 t Borage
2 drops juniper berry
2 drops tea tree
1 drop lemon
1 t of Aloe Vera gel
5 drops chamomile
1 t flaxseed oil
2 drops sweet basil
2 drops lemon
1 drop marjoram
1 t sesame oil
2 drops juniper berry oil
2 drops sweet basil
1 drop lime
1 t Aloe Vera Gel
5 drops lavender

1 T echinacea root tincture
1 T distilled water
1/8 t lavender essential oil
1 T bentonite clay

Combine the tincture, water and lavender essential oil.
Add mixture to the bentonite. Stir slowly as liquid is absorbed.

Paste should be tacky enough to adhere to skin.
Apply directly to bite as needed.

Store in tightly covered container.
If mixture dries out, stir in distilled water, as needed, to return it to paste consistency.