Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Doomsday Prepper's

   The show that has caught my attention since I got Hulu is Doomsday Prepper's. If you have never seen it I'll fill you in. So, you are a family living in "wherever", city, suburb, off grid, in a hole in a tree.... Now, you let National Geographic come in & show everyone where your food storage & guns are located. There was a Dr. who had stored medicine & medical supplies, pain killers included. It was told that he lives with his family in a sleepy community just outside "somewhere". The city was actually told. The outside of his house was shown. No one will EVER be able to find this guy, GEEZE! An elderly couple showed the location of every hand gun they own. "See, right here in my bedside drawer, one in the pouch in my barkalounger" & so on. My Question is 'WHY'?
   Not all of us prep for the end of the world. We don't have enough food for a family of 4 to live on for 10 yrs. We don't have the room or the money to do it. These folks are going to the extreme & it seems to consume every aspect of their lives.
   I for one will not disclose where I have anything located.  There are too many thieves. Sometimes being silent is the best thing. So if National Geographic starts doing new Prepper shows I will not be one of the people opening up my home & life to tell what plans I have in effect.

34 Foods You Need in Your Food Storage Pantry

34 Foods You Need in Your Food Storage Pantry

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Taking Some Down Time

   I have had some health issues that have really slowed me down this summer to the point of not getting alot done. Because of that I figured that trying to kill myself by overdoing was not how I needed to recoop. I have so much outside work to do but my energy level is almost gone so instead of trying to do more than I can right now I have been laying low. Sometimes it just has to be. I  will be turning 60 soon & with the health problems I need a break.
   Yesterday I spent the morning catching up on laundry & watching Steve McQueen in "The Great Escape." I've been in love with him since I was a child. This afternoon I watched a movie about Duane Allman & ABB. Hulu & Netflix might be my new friends.
   I have tried to fight the fatigue that I have had but just have had to give in to it & try to do what I can when I can. Getting older really does suck. My Grandmother always said that I worked harder than any Man she'd ever seen, but those days are long gone & it's hard to deal with that.
   Being Mom to a 6 yr old while being so tired is very hard. Her schedule is busy & I don't always feel like trying to keep up but I do it for her. She deserves it. Life is slowing down. I miss being 35...

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

My New Motto

If you don't live it you don't know it & if you don't know it you cannot judge it. © Denise Schrader 9-6-2016

Getting Ready For Winter



      I am a person who plans at least 1 season ahead. In late spring I am already planning for fall. Christmas gets bought in summer & right around Thanksgiving I start planning the next years garden. This year I have been moving a little slower but have been trying to keep to my schedule.
     Christmas is bought. We only buy for Chicken Chick & my Husband & I usually don't get each other anything. Our gift is a nice calm day & maybe a drive in the country.
      Canning & brewing are done & the bounty is stored in the pantry. Propane & wood are ready.Hats & coats are clean. Craft supplies are stocked. My winter knitting is sitting out.
       There are a few jobs left to do. I am working on cleaning out the garden a little at a time & my flower beds are in terrible need of some work. The basement is a disaster as usual & I'd love to have some help cleaning it but it's not worth the battle.
        I actually like winter & look forward to it. Of course since I am on the property all of the time I don't have to get out in bad weather so I am very lucky to be able to stay in. I am as ready as I can be & am looking forward to the first cold morning.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

One Of These Days This Will Be Me

The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, known to feed her chickens while wearing an evening gown.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Morning Clothing Choice By Chicken Chick

So, my dear 6 yr old daughter got ready for school this morning & was so proud of the clothes she'd picked out. I took one look, told her it looked good & off she went. She was wearing a multi colored shirt full of peace signs & a striped skirt. Clash big time! She is a child who usually has to be color coordinated down to her socks, but can come up with some doosy outfits.We sometimes do tutu's with pajama tops for the weekends.Since she has an old hippy/ boho Mom I shouldn't be surprised. Today she was very mis-matched, but happy. That's all that matters. I have learned to pick my battles. I'm sure her teacher will have a chuckle or two.

We Have Our Book Winner!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

List of Drugs carried in a Civil War Medical Wagon

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 List of Drugs Carried in a Civil War Medical Wagon

The following list of drugs would have been carried in a Civil War medical wagon per the Medical Department regulations and Appendix A of the Supply list.

List of Drugs carried in a Civil War Medical Wagon

See the 1861 Revised Army Supply Table list of drugs for field and hospital, which is in Latin, as are the labels for the various containers.

acetate lead

alcohol

alcoholic extract of belladonna

alum

aromatic spirit of ammonia

aromatic sulphuric acid

bicarbonate potassa

bicarbonate soda

blistering cerate

blue mass

calomel

camphor

carbonate ammonia

castor oil

cerate of cantharides

chlorate of potassa

chlorate potassa

chlorinated solution of soda

citrate iron and quinia

citrine ointment

collodion

compound cathartic pills

compound extract of colocynth

copaiba

creosote

croton oil

Dover's powder

extract of belladonna

fluid extract cinchona (aromatic)

fluid extract ginger

fluid extract ipecac

fluid extract of aconite root

fluid extract of cinchona, aromatic

fluid extract of colchicum seed

fluid extract of ginger

fluid extract of ipecac

fluid extract seneka

Fowler's solution,

fused nitrate silver

glycerin

ground cayenne pepper

Hoffman's anodyne

iodide of iron

iodide of potassium

iodide polassium

ipecac  

laudanum

mercurial ointment,

mercury with chalk

morphia

nitrate of silver (crystals)

nutmegs

oil of turpentine

olive oil

paregoric

permanganate of potassa

pills of camphor   

pills of compound extract of colocynth

pills of opium

pills of sulphate of quinia

powdered compound extract colcoynth.

powdered gum Arabic

powdered ipecac

powdered opium

powdered Rochelle salt

powdered squill

powdered subsulphate iron

powdered tartaric acid

pure chloroform

pure glycerin

purified chloroform

resin cerate

Rochelle salt, 16 oz.

simple cerate

solution chloride zinc

solution of ammonia

solution of chloride of zinc

solution of chlorinate of soda

solution of persulphate of iron.

spirit of nitrous ether

strong alcohol

stronger ether (for anaesthesia)

stronger ether

subnitrate bismuth

sulphate cinchona

sulphate magnesia

sulphate of copper

sulphate of morphia

sulphate of quinine

sulphate zinc

sweet spirit of nitre

syrup of squill

tannic acid

tartar emetic

tincture chloride of iron

tincture of opium

whiskey

(Note: In 1856 Edward Robinson Squibb founded a pharmaceutical company in Brooklyn, New York, dedicated to the production of consistently pure medicines. In 1895 Squibb passed most of the responsibility for managing the firm to his sons, Charles and Edward. The company became known as E.R. Squibb & Sons.  So, any Squibb products used in the Civil War will NOT have '& Sons' on the label.)
U. S. Army Hospital Department pannier label by Squibb
In a Civil War Squibb pannier various anesthetics were labeled:
Chloroform was labeled: CHLOROFORMUM PURIFICATUM. (chloroform) and packaged in twelve fluid ounces   
Ether was labeled: SPIRITUS AETHERIS COMPOSITUS. (compound spirits of ether) packaged in four fluid ounces) or as SPIRITUS FRUMENTI. (spirits of nitric ether) Twenty-four fluid ounces
Morphine was labeled: LIQUOR MORPHIAE SULPHATIS. (morphine sulphate solution) Sixteen grains to the fluid ounce, four fluid ounces)
Opium was labeled: PILLS OF CAMPHOR AND OPIUM. Twenty dozen; PILULAE OPII. (opium pills) Sixty dozen; PULVIS IPECAC: ET OPII. (powder of ipecac and opium) In five gram pills, thirty dozen; TINCTURA OPII. (tincture of opium; laudanum) Six fluid ounces
  

Monday, August 29, 2016

What The Hell Is Wrong With Us?

  I really don't understand people anymore. Good manners have become a thing of the past.The world is a hateful place, Our politicians act like a bunch of bully school children,wars are fought in the name of being holy, children starve & die & we as a planet full of hopefully some sane & intelligent people let all of this happen.
  Sure, bad things happen in life. I know that fact all to well,but when bad things happen because they are not stopped & let to go on & on that's what I can't understand.
  We all see every night on the news of the terrible suffering going on. As long as most people are not affected by it it doesn't sink in. 9-11 was a horrific event, but as time has gone on people have become complacent & use to events just like it. It's like the whole world is a war zone.
  Politicians lie & we elect them anyway. Most have no morals & would sell their soul to the devil. They spend their time making sure we are all politicially correct & in the meantime we have hungry kids & combat vets with real problems.
  It use to be that Police were respected. If you were told to stop & you didn't you had to pay the price. Authority means nothing. Rape,steal, murder, sure, go ahead, you think you are above the law. Act like a thug.You deserve a kick in the ass.
  I worry about how we act as a civilization. We're so worried about the newest cell phone coming out & not about our neighbor who is struggling to feed her kids.It should not be about status, but kindness & trying to be a decent human being.
  Sure, I know this is not 1950, but at the rate we are going we are going to implode.It's happening more & more everyday. Everyone needs to slow down & remember, we've only got one shot at this & we're not doing a good job.We won't get a second chance.
 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Just A Few More Days Until The Book Giveaway!

On Sept. 1st. I will be picking a winner for Blue Moon Farmstead's first ever book giveaway "Artic Son" by Jean Aspen. Tell me why you'd like to read this book in the comment section below. The winner will be randomly picked & contacted by email.





The chronicle of a family's first year alone in Alaskan wilderness, here is a poetic exploration into what we value in life. In 1992 Jean Aspen took her husband, Tom, and their young son to live in Alaska's interior mountains where they built a cabin from logs, hunted for food, and let the vast beauty of the Arctic close around them. Jean had faced Alaska's wilderness alone before in a life-altering experience she shared in ARCTIC DAUGHTER: a Wilderness Journey. Cut off from the rest of the world for more than a year, now her family would discover strength and beauty in their daily lives. They candidly filmed themselves and later produced a companion documentary, ARCTIC SON: Fulfilling the Dream, which shows on PBS stations across the nation. From an encounter with a grizzly bear at arm's length to a challenging six-hundred-mile river passage back to civilization, ARCTIC SON chronicles fourteen remarkable months alone in the Brooks Range. At once a portrait of courage, a lyrical odyssey, and authentic adventure, this is a family's extraordinary journey into America's last frontier. Follow them at www.jeanaspen.com

Friday, August 19, 2016

I Don't Know How It Happened But The Playroom Is Clean!

Hoarder child came home from school today & I told her we'd go somewhere special tomorrow if we could work as a team & clean the nightmare that is the playroom. I am not above bribery. She actually got right to work & 1 hr. later we had a 1/2 trash can full of "crap". Broken toys, pieces of torn paper, you name it, we dumped it. I do not know what got into her today that made her so cooperative, but we can now walk thru there without falling over things. I have spoken of my hoarder family before. I am not so it drives me crazy. My husband freely admits he has a problem, but the 6 yr old usually just gets upset if she thinks she has to get rid of anything. It will probably stay clean a few days & then be a mess again, but I am going to enjoy not stepping on Littlest Pet Shop animals for awhile.

Book Giveaway on Sept. 1st

Don't forget to leave a comment to win the book "Arctic Son" by Jean Aspen. 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Infusing Liquor

      After a night of not much sleep since our smoke alarms went off at 4:45 am I thought I'd do some infusing this morning. If you're wondering, the house is fine. Since all of our smoke alarms are wired into each other if one has gone bad it sets all of them off on all three floors.The one upstairs had gone bad & had to wait till the middle of the night to set all the others off.
      I started out with 2 1.75 liter bottles of Vodka & 1 1.75 liter bottle of Bourbon.I got some jars ready & tried to figure out what to make. The vodka was made into 1 Qt.Peppercorn Vodka for Bloody Mary's, 1Qt. Rosemary Vodka (it sounds strange, but is very good) & 1 1/2 Gal. Lime Infused Vodka. The Bourbon was turned into Caramel Apple Bourbon.


                                                         Caramel Apple Bourbon
                                                 3 shredded Granny Smith apples
                      1/2  of a 12.2 oz.bottle Salted Caramel syrup (found in the coffee isle)
                                                           2 Cinnamon Sticks
                                                               1 1/2 Gal Jar
     Shred the apples, put in the jar, add  syrup & cinnamon sticks & then fill jar with Bourbon.
     Let set in a dark place for 5 days, then strain into a clean jar. Store in a dark cabinet & use within  1 yr. Don't throw out the apples. Make an adult ice cream topping.



     I have strained the peppercorn vodka. 1 day of infusing is more than enough to get the flavor. Anymore time will make it way too spicy.


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Thursday, August 11, 2016

1947 Weekly Groceries $12.50

            This is what a weekly shopping trip for a Family of 4 looks like. The total was $12.50

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Let's Do A Giveaway! Win This Book!

Leave a comment below on why you'd like to win this book. A winner will be picked at random on Thurs. Sept.1,2016 & contacted by email.

Monday, August 8, 2016

My Mixer From 1953

Years ago when my Mother In Law was downsizing I found this beauty in her throw away pile. I didn't care if it worked or not. I figured it could sit in my baking area. Much to my surprise I found out it worked quite well. She told me it was a wedding gift she & my Father In Law got when they married in 1953 & that she had always used it. The bowl is even original. In 63 yrs there is no way to figure what has been made with this. If I need a good upper body workout I can remove the top & use it as a hand mixer. It's almost too heavy to use that way.I'll keep using it till it quits & then it'll still be on display in my kitchen. It was a great find.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

A Busy, Rainy Saturday Morning

I was in the garden right at sunrise this morning trying to beat the rain. Came in folded laundry, made biscuits & cornbread, worked on this site,started 2 gal of blueberry/blackberry wine & then made breakfast, all before 8 am. I have no idea where this burst of energy has come from, but I'm using it for all it's worth. This is not usual for me to be so perky so early in the morning. It must be the coffee.

Fried Okra


Okra, that quintessentially Southern vegetable, is a perfect appetizer fried up in a buttermilk and cornmeal batter.
From "The Up South Cookbook
116

Okra
Total Hands-On Time: 40 min
Preparation Time: 25 min 
Cook Time: 15 min 

Yield: 6 servings 
Brush any dirt off the okra before chopping it.

Photo courtesy Countryman Press

Nicole A. Taylor presents Southern recipes for all in The Up South Cookbook (Countryman Press, 2015). Combining all the home-cooked goodness of traditional Southern food with the international flavors of her Brooklyn neighbors, Taylor’s recipes honor tradition while reinterpreting the classics. The following recipe for fried okra is from “Greens and More.”
“Keep living and you’ll end up eating a lot of things,” says my mother. Hello, okra, my new friend. You were never in my rotation but now we hang out. I like your tenderness and how you fry up.

Ingredients:

• 2 cups chopped okra (about 1 pound)
• 3/4 cup buttermilk
• 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
• 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1/2 cup fine cornmeal
• 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
• 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
• 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
• 1-1/2 cups sunflower oil

Instructions:


1. Gently rub any dirt off okra. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces, discard hard stem.
2. Pour buttermilk in a shallow bowl, add the okra and soak for 15 minutes.
3. Combine the salt, pepper, cornmeal, flour, onion powder, smoked paprika, and red pepper flakes in a large bowl. Whisk together well.
4. Toss buttermilk-soaked okra in cornmeal mixture. Using a spider strainer or slotted spoon, shake off excess cornmeal.
5. Place oil in a 12-inch skillet over high heat. Insert an instant-read thermometer in oil. When the temperature reaches 350 degrees F, the okra is ready for the skillet.
6. Carefully drop okra in the oil (work in batches). Cook about a minute and flip over, until golden brown. Remember to let the oil reach the 350 degree F mark before dropping more okra, and don’t crowd the pan.
7. Transfer to baking sheet with cooling rack on top. Sprinkle with more salt, if desired.
Let’s talk okra. If you’ve never witnessed them growing from seed to pod, it’s something beautiful. Gorgeous flowers grow right beside the vegetable and can be used to thicken soup or simply fried. The inside anatomy of okra is often used as stencils or stamps: artful food.

Friday, August 5, 2016

10,000 Page Views

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Flip Flop Footwear (Try Saying That Fast 5 Times)

One thing we do around here since my Daughter & I live in flip flops in the summer is to keep an old watering can full & a towel on the porch so we can rinse our feet, shoes & all after yard work or being in the garden. It really keeps down the amount of mess tracked into the house.

It's Almost School Time Again

  I do not know where this summer has gone to. July just started & now it's about over. There has been so much to do & I never seem to get caught up.Canning has taken up part of the month & I am grateful for that. I guess those 20 tomato plants were a good idea after all. The cucumbers haven't done so well this year. Cabbage was a good crop, as well as peas. Peppers, not so much. Onions & potatoes were fantastic. Every year is a new gardening experience.
  All of Chicken Chicks school supplies are in her new backpack & ready to go.Winter supplies if not bought are on the list. Propane is in the tank. Wine is aging.
  I have never been a big fan of hot weather. Fall is the time of year that I really enjoy.The only thing is that as I get older fall seems to come around faster every year. Pretty soon we'll be indoors for winter unless we have another one like last year. There was never enough snow to sled on. All kids need a few snow days to unwind.
  So, I'll keep adding to the list. I need to get all of the blankets down & washed. Maybe next week... I now have more tomatoes to can.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Buttermilk Biscuits

  This is a recipe that has been around for a very long time & I try to make these at least once a week.
                            In a large bowl: 2 C. Self Rising Flour
                            Cut in with a fork: 1/4 C. Lard or Shortening or 5 Tbs. Butter
                            Add: 2/3 to 3/4 C. Buttermilk or sweet milk
                            Mix lightly
                            Turn out on a lightly floured board. Fold over on self  3 or 4 times.
                            Pat into a circle that is 1/4" thick
                            Cut with biscuit cutter & bake on a greased baking sheet 10 to 12 min @ 450

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Just A Usual Tues. Morning

  I got up this morning ready to make spaghetti sauce & can it. Of course life had other plans. We have a Family member who has dementia. They were having an issue & it was something they felt had to be dealt with immediately. If you know someone with dementia you know about the confusion, demanding & hatefulness that can happen. Anyway, the panic call came in & I was in the middle of putting jars in a water bath. I could not leave the house & drive into town to attend to the problem. Sauce was cooking on the stove, filled jars were in the canner. I could not leave. This made them upset because I could not drop what I was doing. Thank goodness my Husband could go. He realized as soon as he got there that there was major confusion going on & that this was not going to be a good day. There are days like this one & they seem to be coming more & more. It's very sad & upsetting at times to see someone slip. Now a few hours later I called to see how they were doing & everything seems fine, like nothing happened. It is very draining to say the least. The canning is done for today. 18 pts. of chunky sauce. Good & spicy. It will be great on a homemade pizza this winter. Is it too early for a glass of wine?

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Our Uninvited Guest




  We have found that there is a family of foxes living on our place. The one in the picture walked right up 15 ft. from my front porch & stood there. I grabbed my camera & glasses & went out after it & it stood in our front woods looking at me. This spot it's in is about 5 ft from the chicken coop. We are trying to find a way to get them out of here without harming them, but we can't get the new flock until they are gone.

How To Make Kimchi


Makes 1 quart

What You Need

Ingredients
1 medium head (2 pounds) napa cabbage
1/4 cup sea salt or kosher salt (see Recipe Notes)
Water (see Recipe Notes)
1 tablespoon grated garlic (5 to 6 cloves)
1 teaspoon grated ginger 
1 teaspoon sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons seafood flavor or water (optional, see Recipe Notes)
1 to 5 tablespoons Korean red pepper flakes (gochugaru)
8 ounces Korean radish or daikon, peeled and cut into matchsticks
4 scallions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
Equipment
Cutting board and knife
Large bowl
Gloves (optional but highly recommended)
Plate and something to weigh the kimchi down, like a jar or can of beans
Colander
Small bowl
Clean 1-quart jar with canning lid or plastic lid
Bowl or plate to place under jar during fermentation

Instructions

  1. Slice the cabbage: Cut the cabbage lengthwise into quarters and remove the cores. Cut each quarter crosswise into 2-inch-wide strips.
  2. Salt the cabbage: Place the cabbage and salt in a large bowl. Using your hands (gloves optional), massage the salt into the cabbage until it starts to soften a bit, then add water to cover the cabbage. Put a plate on top and weigh it down with something heavy, like a jar or can of beans. Let stand for 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Rinse and drain the cabbage: Rinse the cabbage under cold water 3 times and drain in a colander for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse and dry the bowl you used for salting, and set it aside to use in step 5.
  4. Make the paste: Meanwhile, combine the garlic, ginger, sugar, and seafood flavor (or 3 tablespoons water) in a small bowl and mix to form a smooth paste. Mix in the gochugaru, using 1 tablespoon for mild and up to 5 tablespoons for spicy (I like about 3 1/2 tablespoons).
  5. Combine the vegetables and paste: Gently squeeze any remaining water from the cabbage and return it to the bowl along with the radish, scallions, and seasoning paste.
  6. Mix thoroughly: Using your hands, gently work the paste into the vegetables until they are thoroughly coated. The gloves are optional here but highly recommended to protect your hands from stings, stains, and smells!
  7. Pack the kimchi into the jar: Pack the kimchi into the jar, pressing down on it until the brine rises to cover the vegetables. Leave at least 1 inch of headspace. Seal the jar with the lid.
  8. Let it ferment: Let the jar stand at room temperature for 1 to 5 days. You may see bubbles inside the jar and brine may seep out of the lid; place a bowl or plate under the jar to help catch any overflow.
  9. Check it daily and refrigerate when ready: Check the kimchi once a day, pressing down on the vegetables with a clean finger or spoon to keep them submerged under the brine. (This also releases gases produced during fermentation.) Taste a little at this point, too! When the kimchi tastes ripe enough for your liking, transfer the jar to the refrigerator. You may eat it right away, but it's best after another week or two.

Recipe Notes



  • Salt: Use salt that is free of iodine and anti-caking agents, which can inhibit fermentation.
  • Water: Chlorinated water can inhibit fermentation, so use spring, distilled, or filtered water if you can.
  • Seafood flavor and vegetarian alternatives: Seafood gives kimchi an umami flavor. Different regions and families may use fish sauce, salted shrimp paste, oysters, and other seafood. Use about 2 tablespoons of fish sauce, salted shrimp paste, or a combination of the two. For vegetarian kimchi, I like using 3/4 teaspoon kelp powder mixed with 3 tablespoons water, or simply 3 tablespoons of water.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Laundry!!!!!!!


 My Daughter is sick & cranky, there are two huge baskets of laundry to fold, 50 ears of corn to shuck & I haven't even thought about dinner. I need a vacation! Actually what I really need is someone to do the laundry while I work on the corn.
 
 It ended up being 88 ears of good sweet corn. Plenty for the freezer & more than enough for dinner. The laundry is still here......I was hoping it'd go away.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Remedies For All That Poison Ivy Type Stuff

My Son would get the worst poison ivy I've ever seen. It was beyond terrible. And of course he was happiest in the woods. Go figure.







Summer is a favorite time of year for outdoor play and adventure. Unfortunately, camping trips and bicycle rides can often lead to nasty cases of poison ivy, oak and sumac. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the itchy, blistering rash caused by these plants results from an oil called urushiol. The sticky oil is found in the leaves, stems and roots, and easily sticks to skin and clothes.
A poison oak, ivy, or sumac rash is not contagious. It is however, extremely uncomfortable for the afflicted person. Symptoms include redness, itching, swelling, and blisters, according to Mayo Clinic. Rashes caused by poison ivy, oak, or sumac typically heal on their own within a few weeks. But why would you patiently suffer through the pain? You can make the rash less irritating and quicken the recovery process by following these home remedies.



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1. Turmeric and lemon juice. Natural News swears by the home remedy of mixing equal parts turmeric and lemon or lime juice. Apply the thick paste to the rash and let it soak in for fifteen minutes. You will likely be amazed by the fast and effective results.
2. Cucumber. You may laugh at the image of a beauty queen relaxing with cucumbers on her eyelids. But cucumbers do in fact have cooling properties. Reader's Digest recommends placing cucumber slices directly on the rash, or applying mashed cucumber as a sort of paste to the affected area.
3. Baking soda. Reader's Digest recommends mixing three teaspoons of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of water, and applying the homemade paste to the itchy, blistering area. The solution will dry and flake off. You can also dip gauze pads in a larger quantity of the solution and apply them to the rash for ten minute four times daily.
4. Oatmeal. Oatmeal can help draw out the poisonous serum in blistering rashes. It can also help dry sores and soothe inflammation. To benefit from oatmeal, The Wall Street Journal recommends pouring oats in a bath and taking a soak, or using oats as a compress applied directly to the rash.
5. Buttermilk. The proteins in buttermilk can help drain fluid from poison ivy blisters. They can also soothe itchiness. DIY Health Remedy recommends mixing equal parts salt, buttermilk, and vinegar, and applying the homemade solution to the itchy, blistering rash. You may feel instant relief. If you find heat helps soothe the itchiness, you can also mix buttermilk with warm water and use this to wash the rash.
6. Watermelon rind. Next time you eat a watermelon, keep the rind. You can use it as a cold compress to help relieve the itching caused by poison ivy, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal.
7. Apple cider. Reader's Digest explains apple cider vinegar can actually kill the poison that causes the rash. To use this life hack, soak a brown paper bag in apple cider vinegar, and then place the bag on the rash. This could effectively draw out the toxins.
8. Dishwashing Liquid. At the first sign of a poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash, rub dishwashing liquid onto the affected area. Do not wash off the liquid and continue washing the rash with dishwashing liquid once a day until the rash disappears. According to Natural News, this method is also helpful for treating mosquito bites.
Don't let poison ivy, oak, or sumac ruin your summer holiday! Use these home remedies and you may find instant relief.