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A few final home remedies for your perusal!



* Cultivate beautiful thoughts, especially in the evening.

* Soak 1 t. plain gelatin in 1 C. boiling water then stir until mixed. Take 2 t. of this before bedtime.

* Near bedtime, soak feet in hot water with 1/4 cup vinegar added.

* The following herbs in capsule or tea form may help: hops, vervain, valerian, scullcap, catnip, peppermint, and golden seal.

* Take 1-2 t. honey before retiring.

* Drink a glass of warm milk before bedtime. ME: I’ve done this, with honey added. It works!


* Cover the itch with a poultice of cornstarch and let it dry on the skin.

* Apply witch hazel or rubbing alcohol.

* Add 1 t. soda to 1 quart of water and wash itchy area.

* Place three cups cooked oatmeal in a cheesecloth bag and soak in warm water for 15 minutes. Then use bag to rub over itch.

Sweaty Feet (you know who you are 😉 ) 


* Wear white cotton stockings.

* Bathe feet frequently.

* For feet that do not sweat, walk through morning dew bare feet, then rub feet vigorously with towel.

* To squelch foot odor, sprinkle baking soda powder inside shoes.

* For tired feet, soak feet for 20 minutes in solution of 1 quart hot water with 1 t boric acid.


Vinegar has lots of uses and is inexpensive. It can be used as:

* Underarm deodorant after bathing.

* A gargle, with warm water, for a sore throat.

* A stain remover– soak soiled clothes in vinegar.

* Insect sting relief–rub vinegar on the sting.

* A hair rinse.

* A rinse for diapers to help prevent diaper rash.

* Boil vinegar on the stove and inhale vapors to clear sinuses.



More gems from this awesome little book:

amish folk medicine


Bath (hydrotherapy) 

– take a relaxing bath with the following herbs: rose petals, mint leaves, sweet marjoram, lemon balm, verbena, lavender (Me: I might do this tonight!)

– add 1 c. epsom salts to a hot bath and soak for 15 minutes for healthy detoxification.


Bursitis is inflammation of the bursa (a sac filled with lubricating fluid) which are located between bone, tendons, muscles, and skin. The bursa keep these areas lubricated. If the bursa are inflamed, pain can occur.

– apply vinegar to the sore area (such as your elbow)

– make a mixture of vinegar and water and drink

Cramps (Charley Horse)

No, not this horse. 😉



– drink at least a quart of milk a day

– eat 4-8 soda crackers per day

– drink 1 tsp. of vinegar a day (apparently vinegar will cure anything that ails you 😉 )

– rub olive oil on the sole of the foot

– soak feet in hot water

Dropsy (edema, fluid retention) 

NOTE: if edema persists, PLEASE see the doctor. Thank you.


– mix 1 gallon pure apple cider, 1 handful horseradish, 2 handfuls of parsley, 2 T. mustard seeds, 1 ounce juniper berries. Let stand in a warm place for 24 hours. Strain, then drink 2 T. 4-5 times daily.

Let me know if you try any of these remedies, and if they worked for you. Also, do you have home made remedies passed down in your family?


So a couple years ago I picked up this little gem of a book:

amish folk medicine


There’s a lot of buzz about returning to more natural methods when it comes to feeding and taking care of our bodies. The Amish have been doing this forever. While they don’t eschew English medicine or hospitals, they often look for natural remedies to cure what ails them before making a trip to the doctor.

Here are a few bits of advice from the book, which was researched and by a well-known dietician. Although the book is 19 years old (at least my edition is) the advice is ageless. NOTE: this is just advice to consider, not a substitute for medical attention or treatment. Another NOTE: you can purchase this book on Amazon if you’re interested.

Acne: “After washing the face in the evening, make a poultice of white sugar with a small amount of water and dab on the affected skin parts.”

Age spots: “Herbs that may help include: dandelion, ginseng, gotu kola, licorice sarsaparilla.”

Allergies: “Chew honeycomb honey to help dry up a runny nose and unblock congested sinuses.”

Burns: “Apply honey directly to the burn, cut, or sore.”

Colds: “To both prevent and cure colds, cut open a fresh onion and lay it out on the kitchen shelf.”


If you ever come over and smell onions, this is what I’m doing. 🙂

More tidbits next time!





Letters to Katie, the third book in the A Middlefield Family series, is now available! Here’s a quote plus an opportunity  to read the next three chapters:

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Both Faithful to Laura (Book 2 in the series) and Letters to Katie feature characters from my Young Adult series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. 










This is a great opportunity to introduce younger readers to Amish fiction and to the Amish community of Middlefield, OH. Reading the books together with your preteens and young adults and discussing them is a fantastic way to interact and share the reading experience. 🙂 A few ways you can do this are:

1. Start a book club with younger readers, either through your church or with your child’s friends.

2. Plan a reading date. Meet with your daughter/granddaughter (or son/grandson!) over lunch or dinner and talk about the books and how the characters have changed since they were teens. This could lead to a discussion about your own teenage years or something  happening with your teen right now.

3.  Use the reader discussion questions as a lead in to Bible study or devotional time.

4. Talk about your favorite characters–and the characters you disliked. Ask your child/grandchild who they liked and didn’t and ask them why. You could also discuss how you would change the characters, or write the ending differently.

The purpose behind The Mysteries of Middlefield is to encourage shared reading experiences among generations. If you’ve read both series with younger readers, let me know how you shared the experience.

‘Til next time,


Kathleen Fuller is the author of over twenty-five books, including the best selling Hearts of Middlefield series. To find out more about her and her books visit her website

I’m gearing up for the release of Letters to Katie, which will be out May 7! Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting quotes from the book, like the one below. Click on the quote to download the first three chapters of the book. I’ll also be doing giveaways–the latest giveaway is this month. Sign up for my newsletter and you’ll be entered for a chance to win an autographed copy of Letters to Katie. The contest ends April 30 and I’ll announce the winner in my May newsletter.

I also have two book signings coming up: one is Monday, April 15, at the Books and Cooks event at the Madison Public Library, Madison, OH, from 6-8pm. Click here for more information. In June, Mary Ellis, Amanda Flower, and I will be signing books at Sparrow Christian Bookstore in Middlefield, OH. More information about that book signing will be coming soon.

Radio shows: May 3 I’ll be talking with Nicole O’Dell of Parent Talk. We’ll be discussing not only Letters to Katie, but also my YA series and reading together with children and teens. May 23 I’ll be a guest on Amish Wisdom with Suzanne Woods Fisher. It’s always a pleasure to be on her program. I hope you can join us for both shows. 🙂

Right now I’m working on a new Amish novella, which will be released in 2014. More details to come, but I’m excited to be working with several of my favorite fellow Amish authors on this collection.

A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend.  ~Author Unknown




Matthew 27:50-53
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

Wishing you all a blessed Good Friday and Easter holiday. He has risen!



I’m celebrating March with a giveaway! To find out what I’m giving away, visit my website and sign up for my newsletter. The contest ends March 26. Good luck and thank you for entering.

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for Spring. We’ve had a long, dreary winter here in Ohio, and around this time of year we’re all getting antsy for warm weather and sunshine. Vannetta blogged about Amish gardens this week. I agree with her; the Amish have some of the most beautiful gardens I’ve ever seen. As with everything they do, nothing is fancy or “too much”. In Middlefield, where most of my books are set, as you drive through the village you can see the Amish landscape design in action. Hanging baskets dangle from the front porch. Colorful impatiens and begonias line the flower beds in front of the house and around large oak trees. The flowers and plants are well tended, another component of God’s glory in nature.

Here’s a picture of one of the flower beds in front of Middlefield Cheese, a popular cheese and gift shop. This is one example of the beautiful flowers you’ll find in this village. I hope Spring is blooming where you are. It can’t get to Ohio soon enough. Blessings, Kathleen