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Zei Gezunt with Bubbe's Remedies
For Various Skin Conditions
Editor: Yael Rosenberg, RN, B.S.H

Bubbe thought of everything.  Not only did she come up with remedies for internal discomforts, but was on the ball when it came to our appearance, and the healthy texture of our skin.  Bubbe's arsenal included concoctions for any kind of skin problem, from simple irritation, to canker sores, to shingles and poison ivy.  And you've guessed correctly, if you think that here remedies consisted of a combination of everyday, easily found at home ingredients.

      · Canker Sores
      · Minor Cuts and Abrasions
      · Poison Ivy Treatment
      · Shingles
      · Skin Problems

Baking Soda - An old fashioned remedy for canker sores utilizes some things we can find in our cupboards. A teaspoon of baking soda mixed in a half cup of warm water. This mixture was used as a mouth rinse several times a day, especially after meals and before bedtime.

Cabbage Juice - Dab a little white cabbage juice on mouth sores.

Lemon - Fresh lemon drops on cold sores and mouth ulcers was another of Bubbe’s ways of easing the pain.

For minor cuts and abrasions, just apply some honey directly to the wound and cover with sterile bandage. This helps prevent infections.

When we would go on trips, Bubbe would be there with her medical wisdom in tow. While playing in the grass by the trees in the country, one of us might get poison ivy. You bet Bubbe had a remedy for that. She would combine equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water. Then she would dab it on the affected skin areas allowing it to dry. Oy what a relief!!

When Bubbe would be called to the aid of a neighbor afflicted with shingles, she refused using traditional medicine. Instead, out came out the bottle of apple cider vinegar. She dabbed some on the skin area where the shingles were located, four times during the day. She recommended three applications at night as well, but only if pain happen to wake them up.

Avocado for Dry Skin and Eczema - For dry skin, rashes, and other skin problems apply avocado paste to the affected area. Avocado paste can also soothe sunburn, and relieve mild eczema.

Recipe for Dry Skin - Another kitchen remedy. 1 cup of oatmeal
1 cup of warm water
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
½ cup of baking soda

Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor until paste is smooth. Pour the paste under the running water while drawing the bath.

Oily skin Remedy - Here is a recipe for attacking the problem of oily skin. ½ Cup cooked oatmeal
1 egg white
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup mashed apple
Blend into a smooth paste.
Apply paste to face, leave on for fifteen minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.

Itchy feet - When fungus attacks the toes, smear some avocado on them. Avocado has anti-fungal properties.

Facial - Avocado paste is wonderful for facials too.

If your grandmother, aunt, or neighbor revealed an old-fashioned remedy to you, and you would like to share it with us all, please send it to

More of Bubbe's Remedies and Health Tips
 • Aches, Pains, and Teething
 • Arthritis
 • Bloating, Constipation, and Diarrhea
 • Colds, Flu, and Sore Throats
 • Hair Care: Dandruff, Dry and Damaged Hair
 • Infected and Irritated Eyes
 • Insomnia and Sleepless Nights
 • Muscle Cramps
 • Nausea and Vomiting
 • Skin Conditions: Canker Sores, Shingles, and More
 • Urinary Tract Infection
 • Whooping Coughs and Hiccups





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