green beans/ chamomile, horseradish, potato,
- Against acne, washing the face three times a day with the pod tea of green beans helps very well. If acne becomes chronic, or to cure eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, poison ivy rash, blackheads, herpes, cold sores and the like, add 3 tbsp of dried chamomile flowers to the tea after it has been removed from the stove. Cover and let steep until the tea is cool, strain, bottle. Every three hours the face should be washed with the tea, and a cup of it should also be drunk each day.
- To relieve the itching of eczema, dabbing the skin with horseradish and milk will be helpful: Soak 1 tbsp freshly grated horseradish root in 1 cup of buttermilk for 30 minutes, then strain. After dabbing the skin with it, wait 15 minutes before washing it off. If there are leftovers, refrigerate the mixture for later usage.
- Potato plaster reduces inflammations caused by contusions, sprains, burns, fractures, hemorrhoids, abscesses, arthritis, neuralgia and eczema: Peel and grate ordinary potatoes, mix half of them with an equal amount of green vegetable leaves (either spinach, radish or cabbage). The vegetable leaves should be coarsely pureed in t a food blender before mixing with the potatoes. To this wet mass add 10% white flower, then mix everything thoroughly by hand in a big bowl. Add just enough ice water (never warm water) to give the paste a wet, somewhat even and thick consistency. Apply plaster directly on the skin. For sensitive skin, rub the affected area with olive oil before applying the plaster. Put a clean cloth over the plaster and secure with a linen bandage. When the plaster dries out, apply warm water on the dry mass until it becomes moist again. Let the plaster sit in place for about 3.5 hours, while reclining. Remove plaster and rinse skin with warm water.