October 26, 2020, 10:56 am


The month of October is a month of plenty. All nature presents us with an abundance in products, while man rejoices in untold blessings.

Now is the time to use eucalyptus leaves or bark in your bath water, or use one teaspoon of oil of eucalyptus to half a bathtub of water. People troubled with catarrh will find it to advantage to avoid boiled and fried foods but baked wares may be used instead.

Ginger tea and small quantities of ginger are in order where fruits are used for daily foods.

Lemons help to correct heart trouble, break fevers, aid in dyspepsia and indigestion.

Not sugar but spices go with fruit; and not salt but savoury herbs should be used with vegetables, particularly when partaken of for their medicinal value.

Catarrhal temperaments, whether of stomach, throat or nasal, should not use grapes, neither dishes containing grapes, raisins or currants.

Do not change summer underwear to heavier garments. Wear the same weight of underwear and stockings all the year round and you will be less liable to colds, catarrh, pneumonia and even neuralgic troubles. When uncomfortable wear an extra jacket or pullover, but take care not to bundle the neck which should remain free to allow a circulation of air. This recommendation applies mainly to temperate zones.

The use of ripe figs for the first course of a meal and continued for a month will aid in kidney troubles. Eggs should be discarded from the menu for nine weeks in some cases.

Pumpkins and marrow are particularly of value when cooked in butter and their own juice, or baked in an oven. They are excellent eliminators when combined with raw cabbage or grated red beets.

Eggs are in season and may be used soft boiled, scrambled or as a souffle.

Bananas at this season should not be eaten with cream. Mash ripe bananas and beat in a little orange juice.

Red, white or other cabbages should be eaten as cole-slaw, with a French or Avocado dressing; otherwise cabbage may be baked whole in a casserole, using onion, garlic and a few cloves.

Never allow a cold to remain with you at this season. Drink flaxseed tea every six hours as hot as it can be sipped. To one teaspoon of flaxseed addone cup of water. Bring to the boil and allow to boil for 10 minutes. Add the juice of one lime or lemon (preferably baked) and honey or rock candy to taste. Gargle with 5 drops of eucalyptus oil to one glass of hot water, swallowing the last mouthful. Repeat mornings and when retiring.

A few fresh, skinned, peanuts with plums, apples or pomegranates, will relieve a catarrhal condition. (White peanuts are sold by Julian Graves Ltd.)

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