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Dandelion Face Mask
Good for toning the skin and soothing minor irritations.
250g fresh Dandelion flowers
500ml boiling water
Pour boiling water onto flowers and simmer for 15 minutes. Cool until lukewarm and then strain. Apply the Dandelion flower juice to the skin and leave to dry. Rinse off with warm water and then splash cold water on the face.
Sorrel Fever Tea
Sorrel tea acts as a diuretic and laxative and so helps the process of elimination in fevers.
30g Sorrel Leaves
500ml boiling water
Pour boiling water onto sorrel and leave to draw for 5 minutes. Strain and take 2 tablespoon four times a day.
ANCIENT EGYPTIANS REMEDIES
CHAMOMILES: There is evidence that some varieties were available in the region of the Nile, but precisely how they were used is still uncertain. However, it is clear from ancient texts that many medicinal plants were widely grown, as well as imported into ancient Egypt. It is therefore likely that some of the medicinal properties of the chamomile's were known and appropriate use made of them.
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Modern research has shown that a hot water extract of Matricaria chamomilla has an antibacterial effect. It completely inhibits the growth of Staph. aureus, Streptococcus strains, Leptospira and Trichomonas. Leptospira are particularly nasty organisms, they are carried by rats and can enter the body through skin abrasions when working in contaminated water. Due to the extensive irrigation networks in Egypt, it is very likely to have been a common illness and perhaps they knew how to treat it.
Matricaria OIL can exert a strong anti-inflammatory effect due to the a-bisabolol present in high amounts in some oils, this compound has been proven to exert a powerful anti-inflammatory effect on damaged skin, especially when the skin has been weakened and cracked by exposure to strong sunlight.
Anthemis nobilis OIL has been confirmed as having powerful anti-inflammatory actions as well as exerting a strong sedative effect when administered internally.
CELERY seed and stem: The stem has been found to have anti-inflammatory activity when consumed as a food, and the research team suggested it may be helpful for rheumatic disease and arthritis (prevalent in pyramid builders). The seed oil has been shown to produce a mild increase in urine flow when used internally in tests on dogs. Herbalists have traditionally used alcoholic extracts and whole celery seeds for arthritic problems, but it is nice to get modern confirmation that we were correct. Celery seed OIL is only mildly active against a few bacteria, but when combined with other oil bearing plants it has a cumulative effect in enhancing food preservation.
CORIANDER: This plants OIL has been shown to have mild anti-bacterial properties and moderate anti-inflammatory actions if applied locally. It has also been used as a carminative for spasms of the gastro-intestinal tract.
GARLIC: Its medicinal properties have long been recognised, some say the pyramids could not have been built without it. Certainly one of the first recorded labour strikes was among the tomb builders in the valley of the Kings. They marched on mass to the temples when hard times saw a reduction in their rations of which garlic was an essential part.
JUNIPER: Tests were conducted in Italy in 1987 to establish the anti-inflammatory activity of 75 plants used in traditional medicine. These tests showed that juniper berries extracted in alcohol (which was then removed) exhibited a 60% inhibition of inflammation against a 45% inhibition by the drug indomethacin.
Juniper was used to alleviate headaches in Egypt, usually combined with other water extracts of plants with known anti-inflammatory action. It is possible that since some headaches result from dilation of temporal arteries, that application of these mixtures would soothe the inflammation, reduce the dilation and thereby reduce or stop the headache.
ROSEMARY: Sprigs of rosemary were found in Egyptian mummy wrappings, perhaps as an offering for the afterlife, or as a token preservative ? A component of rosemary has been demonstrated to have a powerful anti-oxidant effect (preservative). Rosemary OIL has mild anti-bacterial activity and Moroccan rosemary has been shown to have a moderate activity against pathogenic fungi.
WORMWOOD: The vapour of this plant was inhaled to stop a cough. Tests conducted in 1987 demonstrated that as well as possessing anti-bacterial activity; the OIL also has a very powerful anti-spasmodic activity. It must be emphasised that the Egyptians did not - as far as we know - use distilled oils, therefore the use of the plant in the manner described is safe, but inhalation of pure wormwood OIL is not recommended as it could have toxic effects.
In 1988, research was undertaken in Iraq into the medicinal activity of Wormwood. This was because it was widely used in traditional medicine to treat diabetes mellitus. It was shown that oral administration of an aqueous extract did in fact produce a significant fall in blood sugar levels.
Wormwood extracts have long been used by Medical Herbalist's for their potent worm expelling properties. As infestation of the gut with parasitic worms is common in societies with primitive sanitation, then it is very likely the ancients were well aware of the effects of this plant.
Honey, a natural antibiotic, was also widely used to dress wounds.
Aloe Vera was used to treat worms, relieve headaches, soothe chest pains, burns, ulcers and for skin diseases.
Frankincense was used to treat throat and larynx infections, stop bleeding, as well as treating asthma.
Dill was used to sooth flatulence, also for its laxative and diuretic properties.
Caraway was used to treat flatulence and as a breath freshener.
Balsam Apple or Apple of Jerusalem was used as a laxative.
Garlic was believed to provide vitality, sooth flatulence and aids digestion, shrinks hemorrhoids, rids body of spirits.
Camphor tree was used to reduce fevers, sooth gums, and treat epilepsy.
Juniper tree was utilized to treat digestive ailments, sooth chest pains, sooth stomach cramps.
Mustard seeds were used to induce vomiting and relieve chest pains.
Onions could be used to induce perspiration, prevents colds, and as a diuretic.
Parsley was used as a diuretic.
Mint was used to sooth flatulence, aids digestion, stop vomiting, and as a breath freshener.
Sandalwood was used to aid digestion, stop diarrhea, and to treat gout.
Sesame was used to sooth asthma.
Poppy seeds were used to relieve insomnia, headaches, and as an anesthetic.
Thyme was also used as a pain reliever.
A selectioon of Ancient Egyptians remedies
(All of these recipes are authentic and were taken from the Papyrus Ebers.)
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Cure for Diarrhea:
1/8th cup figs and grapes, bread dough, pit corn, fresh Earth, onion, and elderberry.
Cure for Indigestion:
Crush a hog's tooth and put it inside of four sugar cakes. Eat for four days.
Cure for Burns:
Create a mixture of milk of a woman who has borne a male child, gum, and, ram's hair. While administering this mixture say: Thy son Horus is burnt in the desert. Is there any water there?There is no water. I have water in my mouth and a Nile between my thighs. I have come to extinguish the fire.
Cure for Lesions of the Skin:
After the scab has fallen off put on it: Scribe's excrement. Mix in fresh milk and apply as a poultice.
Cure for Cataracts:
Mix brain-of-tortoise with honey. Place on the eye and say:
There is a shouting in the southern sky in darkness, There is an uproar in the northern sky, The Hall of Pillars falls into the waters. The crew of the sun god bent their oars so that the heads at his side fall into the water, Who leads hither what he finds? I lead forth what I find. I lead forth your heads. I lift up your necks. I fasten what has been cut from you in its place. I lead you forth to drive away the god of Fevers and all possible deadly arts.