Natural Remedies for Healthy Living: Over 100 Smart Solutions to Help You Live Better Today


From over-the-counter medications to convenience food, from household cleaners to pest repellents, new consumer products are introduced every day that promise to make our lives simpler. But do we really need them?

You and your family can live a better life with less stress, fewer chemicals, and virtually no toxins when you adopt the old ways of doing things. It's not about harking back to a nostalgic past, but about presenting old-fashioned ...

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From over-the-counter medications to convenience food, from household cleaners to pest repellents, new consumer products are introduced every day that promise to make our lives simpler. But do we really need them?

You and your family can live a better life with less stress, fewer chemicals, and virtually no toxins when you adopt the old ways of doing things. It's not about harking back to a nostalgic past, but about presenting old-fashioned methods in such a way that they can be easily implemented in today's fast paced world.

  • Treat and prevent health problems with safe and timeless remedies such as drinking ginger tea (recipe included) to combat acid reflux or using a verbena wrap to soothe back pain.
  • Administer First Aid and know what methods are truly outdated. A first-degree burn can be treated with a salve of Aloe vera or fresh sauerkraut, but never with butter-that can be a breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Reduce the signs of aging-with tried-and-true, homegrown potions and tips like rub age spots with papaya to help stimulate the growth of healthy cells or apply an aloe and lanolin wrinkle cream to the eye just before bedtime.
  • Reverse and prevent kitchen mishaps: Wrap a cracked egg in aluminum foil before boiling, add a grated carrot to meat broth that is too spicy, and a little canola oil to a pan will prevent butter from burning.
  • Clean faster and safer with ingenious tricks that are environmentally friendly
  • Garden like a pro: Grow bigger blooms, greener grass, and keep your garden pesticide-free using age-old secrets
Each chapter ends with a useful round-up on information such as the best materials to keep on hand for the ideal home pharmacy, the best food sources for vitamins and minerals that promote beauty, or tips on keeping a thrifty kitchen. Natural Remedies for Healthy Living steps back into the past to help you achieve a more rewarding way of living today-because the old ways still work best!
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Home remedies and general healthy living tips for everything from natural cleaners to foot care to picking the right pillow. As far as thoroughness goes, Reader's Digest can't be beat!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606524220
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 776,273
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Reader’s Digest simplifies and enriches consumers’ lives by discovering and expertly selecting the most interesting ideas, stories, experiences and products in health, home, family, food, finance and humor. Our portfolio of products includes our flagship magazine Reader's Digest; Taste of Home, the world's largest circulation food publication; The Family Handyman, America's leading source for DIY; and a suite of Enthusiast titles including Birds & Blooms, Country, Country Woman, Farm & Ranch Living and Reminisce. Our content is delivered in multi-platforms including print, digital, books, and home entertainment products. Further information about the company can be found at

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Table of Contents

Colds 2012 Constipation 2212 Depression 23

Diarrhea 2412


Eyes 2812

3012 Feet 3212 Flatule

3412 Gallbladder

3512 Hair L

3612 Hay Fever 37


3812 Heart and Ci



4212 Insect B


4412 M


Muscle Sprain

4712 Nausea 48

Nervousness a


5012 Shingles 5212 Skin 53

Sleep 5612 S



6012 Teeth 62

The Ideal H

6412 Throat 66

Varicose Veins 6812 Wa

6912 Women


Chapter 2 All Natural

7212 Age Spots 7412 Blemish

7512 Cel

7612 Deodorants 7712

Eye Care 78

Facial Cleansing 8

Facial M

8212 Fingernails 8412 Foo

8612 Fragrances 8812 Hair Co

9012 Hai


Hair Washing

Hand Care

Homemade B

9812 Li

10012 Moist

10112 Nec

Nutrition a

10412 Ora

10612 Relaxing B

10812 Scrubs


Skin Care for Your Body

Skin Types

11312 Sun Protecti

11411 Chapter 3 A Well

16612 Bathroo

11812 Beds an

12012 Brass


Carpeting 1

Dishes 12412 Doors 126

Fabric Dyeing

Floors 12812

13012 Furniture 13212 Gla


Glassware 13512 Ho

13612 House

13812 Ironin

13912 Jewe

14012 Kitchen Ap


Kitchen Utensils

14312 Kitchens

Laundry 14612 L

14812 Lig

14912 Odors 1

Pests 15212 Pots and Pan

15412 Sewing

15612 Shades,


Silver 15912 Stain R

16012 Tr

16212 Uphols

16412 Wall

16612 Wind

16811 Ch

The Traditiona


Bread 17212 Cold Storage 17412

Cooking Tips

Dough Basics 1

Drying Food 18012 En



Freezing 1

Grains 18612 Herbs 18812 Jams a


Juice 19212 Ki



Leftovers 19812

20012 Mea


Oil and

20612 Pasta an


20912 Preser

21012 Preserving

Sauces, G


21612 Soup 21812

22012 Sweets 2

Table and Place S

22412 T


Chapter 5 Comfortable Living 228

Bathrooms 23012 Bedrooms 23212 B

23412 Book

23512 Candl

23612 Carp

23712 Clocks 2

Colors 24012 De

24212 Decorating

Displays 2

Door Wreath

24712 Fireplaces and Woo


Floral Decorati

25012 Fragrances 252

Home Safety


25612 Lightin

25712 Lighting


Natural Materials 2

Parties 26212 Pictures 2

Pillows and Cushions

Plants 266

Sprucing Up 268

Storage 27012 Storage

27212 Ta


Upholstered Furniture



Wallpaper 27812 Walls

28012 Window

28211 Chapter 6

28412 Berry B

28612 Bulb Plants 28812

29012 Compa

29212 Compost 2

Crop Rotatio

29512 Dise

29612 Fertilizing and Revitalizing 29

Flower Beds and

30012 Frui

30212 Furnitur

30412 Garden Birds 305

Gardening To

30612 Greenhouse

30712 Hedges 30812 Heirl

31012 Her

31212 Kitchen Garden

31412 Lawns 316

Organic Pest C

31812 Orname


Plant Propagati

32212 Pot

32412 Privacy

32612 Roses 3281

Soil 33012 The Gard


Transplanting 33312

33412 W

33612 Weather Lo

33312 Weeds 34012 Year-Round


Glossary 34

Index 3

Photo Credits 360

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