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Jan 9, 2015

FLORALS- A DIFFERENT THREAD WORK



Here is a simple yet strikingly attractive thread work done by me ....

Anyone who sees it for the first time will think it is a piece of simple embroidery.

No.

This is a simple thread work which is done without a stitch!

I drew the outline of the design on a felt cloth fixed on a hardboard...

Took a few skeins of embroidery thread ...cut the thread into pieces of desired sizes to fill up the designs...and the pieces were neatly stuck to fill up the design with fabric glue...

What you need to master this work is just loads of patience...



Jan 2, 2015

A VILLAGE SCENE -MY BATIK PAINTING



Here is a strikingly simple yet vibrantly eye catching batik painting...

The farmer tilling his land with the bullocks and wooden plough...

The lady nursing the baby...

The plaintain trees and the thatched hut...

All add to the charm of the theme...

Dec 22, 2014

HAND MADE BONSAI




To grow a bonsai tree takes years and years of painstaking ,patient work....

This Handmade Bonsai is an imitation of the real one...

And it just takes a few hours' of imaginative,creative effort....

You need....


  •  Pliable steel wire bits
  • Tissue paper
  • Flower making wire with green gum tape wrapped on them
  • Glue
  • Plaster of paris
  • Acrylic paints in brown and yellow ocher shades
  • Flower making wires wrapped with green colored gum tape.
  • A suitable base/holder (I used anartistically shaped  coconut shell which was sold in an exhibition for just Rs.5)
  • Thread

Method

  • Cut steel wires into 3 -4 inch bits to shape the branches.
  • Cut a few longer bits to shape the trunk of the tree.
  • Cut the green wires into 1 1/2 to2 inch bits. Tie 8-10 bits aroun the tip of a steel wire 
  • Wrap tissue paper soaked in diluted glue around the wires  and shape the branches.
  • Run a thread around each bit and fasten it well.
  • Similarly use more tissue papers and make a thicker trunk.
  • Let them dry for a day.
  • Bend them to your desired shapes.
  • Shape the green wires to resemble some spiky tree leaves.
  • Arrange the branches on the trunk and secure them with thread and glue.
  • Mix the Plaster of paris with enough water .
  • Pour some into the base and set the trunk in it .Let the Plaster of Paris harden well.
  • Mix more plaster of paris and  apply it on the trunk ,base and branches roughly so it resembles a tree.
  • Let it dry well.
  • Paint it with acrylic colors .

The Bonsai is ready for display!



Dec 20, 2014

INDIAN ELEPHANT- MY BATIK PAINTING




Here is a simple Batik painting done by me...

Batiks are done on cotton or silk clothes...



I am giving the basic procedure for doing a batik painting ...

Plain white cotton cloth is washed well and destarched.

On that fabric ,the basic design is roughly sketched...

Paraffin wax and bees wax is mixed in the proportion 2:1 nd dissolved on medium heat.The hot wax is painted on the design and then dyed in yellow.(Napthol dyes)

The cloth is then dried and the areas that has to be yellow is coated with  wax and now dyed in maroon.

The cloth is now dried and the areas to be preserved as maroon is waxed 

Lightly crush the fabric so that it develops cracks .

Now,Dye it in the final color-Navy Blue.
Dry well.

Dewax the cloth by dipping it in boiling water to melt away the wax  and iron it between sheets of newspaper to clean the wax stains completey.

The technique used in Batik is called wax resistant technique.

Sep 23, 2014

VATAPI GANAPATIM BHAJE...GANESHA-MY TANJORE PAINTING




Here is another of my favorite Ganesha

crafted in Tanjore style...

I wish to share this painting of The Lord

with the lyrics and meaning of one of my

favorite songs on Him

Vatapi ganapatim bhaje .....

Lyrics

Pallavi

vātāpi gaṇapatiṃ bhajē'ham
vāraṇāsyaṃ varapradaṃ śrī


I pray to Lord Ganapathi Who hails from Vatapi;
He Who has an elephant face, and showers His devotees with boons.




I pray to Lord Ganapathi Who hails from Vatapi;
He Who has an elephant face, and showers His devotees with boons.

Anupallavi

bhūtādi-saṃsēvita-saraṇam
bhūta-bhautika-prapañca-bharaṇam
(madhyama kāla sāhityam)
vītarāgiṇaṃ vinata1-yōginam
viśwakāraṇaṃ vighnavāraṇam


The ghosts and demons who accompany Shiva worship His feet, and surrender themselves to Him.
He pervades the world of the Five Elements.

He is beyond desires, and is glorified by all the yogis.
He causes creation, and destroys all obstacles/sadness
Charanam



purā kumbha-sambhava-munivara
prapūjitaṃ trikōṇa-madhyagatam
murāri-pramukhādyupāsitam
mūlādhāra-kṣētrasthitam

He Who is worshipped by the Sage Agastya;
He Who resides in the center of the mystic triangle;
One worshipped by Lord Vishnu and other important Gods
One Who is present as an important deity in all places.


(madhyama kāla sāhityam)
karāmbuja-pāśa-bījā-pūram
kaluṣa-vidūraṃ bhūtākāram
harādi-guruguha-tōṣita-bimbam
haṃsadhwani bhūṣita hērambam

n His lotus-like hands, a noose, a goad and fruits.
He drives away all evil and has a gigantic form.
His form is adored by Hara, Guruguha and others.
He Who is the Lord Heramba decorated by the Raga Hamsadhwani.

(Lyrics and meanings courtesy-Internet)

Sep 5, 2014

KRISHNA THE FLAUTIST- MY MADHUBANI PAINTING




Hers is my Madhubani Painting 

of Lord Krishna playing 

His magical flute in the gardens

of the the Brindavan...

on the banks of 

the swirling Yamuna river....


Aug 25, 2014

SREE MAHA GANAPATHI-MY TANJORE PAINTING



May Lord Ganesha -The destroyer of obstacles

shower His blessings and grace on all our ventures...

With Ganesha Chathurthi round the corner,

I am sharing some Slokas on Lord Ganesha

 along with their meanings....


SLOKAS ON LORD GANESH
Shuklaambara Dharam Vishnum
Shashi Varnam Chatur Bhujam
Prasanna Vadanam Dhyaayet
Sarva Vighna Upashaanthaye
Meaning: We meditate on Lord Ganesha - who is clad in white (representing purity), who is all pervading (present everywhere), whose complexion is gray like that of ash (glowing with spiritual splendor), who has four arms, who has bright countenance (depicting inner calm and happiness) and who can destroy all obstacles (in our spiritual and worldly path).

Vakratunda Mahakaaya
Suryakoti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Mey Deva
Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvada
Meaning:The Lord with the curved trunk and a mighty body, who has the luster of a million suns, I pray to thee Oh Lord, to remove the obstacles from all the actions I intend to perform.

Agajaanana Padmaarkam
Gajaananam Aharnisham
Anekadantham Bhaktaanaam
Ekadantam Upaasmahey
Meaning:I worship day and night that elephant faced Lord Ganesha who is like sun to the lotus face of Mother Parvati. Giver of many boons, the single tusked Ganesh, I salute Thee to give e a boon.

Gajaananam Bhoota Ganaadhi Sevitam
Kapitta Jamboophaala Saara Bhakshitam
Umaasutam Shoka Vinaasha Kaaranam
Namaami Vighneswara Paada Pankajam
Meaning: The Lord with the elephant face, served by all the Ganas, One who takes as His food, the essence of Kapitta and Jamboophala (these are two favorite fruits of Ganesh), son of Uma (Mother Parvati), destroyer of misery of the devotees, controller of obstacles, we worship Your Lotus Feet.

Ganaanaam Twam Ganapathi Gam Havaamahe
Kavim Kaveenaam Upamasra Vastamam
Jyeshta Raajam Brahmanaam Brahmanaspatha
Aanashrunvanna Oothibhi Seedha Saadanam
Meaning: We invite You, the Lord of spiritual faith (of Lord Shiva). You are the wisest among the wise, the best to be given as a standard of comparison. You are the senior Lord, Lord of the Vedic manthras, listening to our prayers. Please visit our home with prosperous things and be seated here.

GANESH GAYATHRI
Tatpurushaaya Vidmahe
Vakratundaaya Dheemahe
Tanno Danthihi Prachodayaat
Meaning: We meditate on that super power, we invoke the single tusked boon giver, Ganesh.

GANESHA PANCHARATNAM
  1. Mudakaraatha Modakam Sada Vimukti Saadhakam
    Kalaadharaavatamsakam Vilasiloka Rakshakam
    Anaaya Kaika Naayakam Vinasitebha Daityakam
    Nataasubhasu Naashakam Namaami Tham Vinaayakam.
    Meaning: I prostrate before Lord Vinaayaka who joyously holds modaka in His hand, who bestows salvation, who wears the moon as a crown in His head, who is the sole leader of those who lose themselves in the world. The leader of the leaderless who destroyed the elephant demon called Gajaasura and who quickly destroys the sins of those who bow down to Him, I worship such a Lord Ganesh.
  2. Natetaraati Bheekaram Navoditaarka Bhaasvaram
    Namat Suraari Nirjanam Nataadhi Kaapa Duddharam
    Suresvaram Nidheesvaram Gajesvaram Ganeshvaram
    Mahesvaram Samaasraye Paraatparam Nirantaram.
    Meaning: I meditate eternally on Him, the Lord of the Ganas, who is frightening to those not devoted, who shines like the morning sun, to whom all the Gods and demons bow, who removes the great distress of His devotees and who is the best among the best.
  3. Samasta Loka Samkaram Nirasta Daitya Kunjaram
    Daredarodaram Varam Vare Bhavaktra Maksharam
    Krupaakaram Kshamaakaram Mudaakaram Yasaskaram
    Manaskaram Namaskrutaam Namaskaromi Bhaasvaram.
    Meaning: I bow down with my whole mind to the shining Ganapati who brings happiness to all the worlds, who destroyed the demon Gajasura, who has a big belly, beautiful elephant face, who is immortal, who gives mercy, forgiveness and happiness to those who bow to Him and who bestows fame and a well disposed mind.
  4. Akimchanaarti Marjanam Chirantanokti Bhaajanam
    Puraari Poorva Nandanam Suraari Garva Charvanam
    Prapancha Naasha Bheeshanam Dhananjayaadi Bhushanam
    Kapola Daana Vaaranam Bhajaey Puraana Vaaranam.

    Meaning: I worship the ancient elephant God who destroys the pains of the poor, who is the abode of Aum, who is the first son of Lord Shiva (Shiva who is the destroyer of triple cities), who destroys the pride of the enemies of the Gods, who is frightening to look at during the time of world's destruction, who is fierce like an elephant in rut and who wears Dhananjaya and other serpents as his ornaments.
  5. Nitaantikaanta Dantakaanti Mantakaanta Kaatmajam
    Achintya Rupa Mantaheena Mantaraaya Krintanam
    Hrudantarey Nirantaram Vasantameva Yoginam
    Tameka Danta Meva Tam Vichintayaami Santatam.
    Meaning: I constantly reflect upon that single tusked God only, whose lustrous tusk is very beautiful, who is the son of Lord Shiva, (Shiva, the God of destruction), whose form is immortal and unknowable, who tears asunder all obstacles, and who dwells forever in the hearts of the Yogis.
  6. Mahaaganesa Pancharatnam Aadarena Yonvaham
    Prajapati Prabhaatake Hrudi Smaran Ganesvaram
    Arogatham Adoshataam Susaahitim Suputrataam
    Samaahitaayu Rastabhootim Abhyupaiti Sochiraat.
    Meaning: He who recites this every morning with devotion, these five gems about Lord Ganapati and who remembers in his heart the great Ganesha, will soon be endowed with a healthy life free of all blemishes, will attain learning, noble sons, a long life that is calm and pleasant and will be endowed with spiritual and material prosperity.

TWELVE NAMES OF GANESHA
  1. Pranamya Shirasa Devam
    Gauriputram Vinaayakam
    Bhakataavaasam Smare Nityam
    Aayuh Kaamartha Siddhaye
    Meaning:Every day, I bow down to that Lord, the son of Gowri, the Lord one who lives in the heart of the devotees, blessing them always with good health and prosperity.
  2. Prathamam Vakratundam Cha
    Ekadantam Dviteeyakam
    Thriteeyam Krishna Pingaaksham
    Gajavaktram Chaturthakam
    Meaning: Starting from here the twelve names of Ganesha are mentioned and he is worshipped in those different forms. The first as the Lord with the curved trunk; second, as the one with only one tusk, third, as the one with black (red/brown) eyes, fourth, as the one with giant structure.
  3. Lambodaram Panchamaam Cha
    Shashtam Vikatameva Cha
    Saptamam Vighnaraajendram
    Dhoomravarnam Tathaashtamam
    Meaning: Fifth, as the one with a big (long) stomach, six, as the one with a huge body Seven, as the remover of obstacles, eight, as the one with smoke gray color
  4. Navamam Phaalachandram Cha
    Dasamam Tu Vinaayakam
    Ekaadasam Ganapatim
    Dvaadasam Tu Gajaananam
    Meaning: Ninth, as the one with moon on the front of His head, tenth, as the foremost leader, eleventh, as the leader of the ganas, twelfth as the one with elephant face.
  5. Dvaadasaitaani Naamaani
    Trisandhyam Yah Pathernnarah
    Na Cha Vighna Bhayam Tasya
    Sarva Siddhikaram Prabho
    Meaning: Any person, who remembers these twelve names of Ganesha, three times in a day, will have all their obstacles and fear removed and will attain success. (This group of verses is said to be sage Narada's offering to Lord Ganesh.)

SIXTEEN NAMES OF GANESHA
  1. Sumukhascha Ekadanthascha
    Kapilo Gajakarnakaha
    Lambodarascha Vikato
    Vighnaraajo Ganaadhipaa
    Meaning: The various names and associated forms of God Ganesha are enumerated and need to be meditated upon here - the one with an auspicious face, the single tusked Lord, the one who is of red color, the one with the ears of an elephant, the one with a big stomach, the one with a jovial disposition, the controller of obstacles, the Lord of the Ganas.
  2. Dhoomaketur Ganaadhyashah
    Phaalachandro Gajaanana
    Vakratundo Shoorpakarno
    Heyrambho Skandapoorvajaha
    Meaning:The one of smoke gray color, the leader of the ganas, the one who has moon in the front of his forehead, the elephant faced one, the one with a curved trunk (or broken tusk), the one with big (basket like) ears, the one who is heroic like a buffalo, the elder brother of Skanda (Skanda is another name for Lord Subrahmanya)
  3. Shodashaitaani Namaani
    Yah Pateth Srunuyaadapi
    Vidyaarambhe Vivahe Cha
    Praveshey Nirgamey Tatah
    Sangraamey Sarva Kaaryeshu
    Vighnas Tasya Na Jaayathe

    Abheepsitaartha Siddhyartham
    Poojitoya Surairapi
    Sarva Vighna Chhido Tasmai
    Sree Ganaadhipataye Namaha
    Meaning:Whoever the one who recites and listens to these sixteen names at the beginning of studies, at the time of marriage, while entering or departing a place, or at the battle field, all their obstacles will be removed. Even the Gods worship Lord Ganesha to receive the fulfillment of their actions. Oh Lord Ganesh, the One who has this power of destroying all the obstacles in the way of the devotees, I prostrate before you.



Aug 21, 2014

KRISHNA WITH BAMA AND RUKMINI -MY TANJORE PAINTING



Here is Krishna with his consorts

Bama and Rukmini-

depicted in  Tanjore style art

popularly called Tanjore Painting...

As you know,this style of painting

has its roots is Maharashtra...

It was brought to Tanjore 

during the rule of the Maratas

and it flourished here and 

are popularly known as Tanjore paintings or

Thanjavur paintings or

 Thanjai paani oviyam...





Aug 12, 2014

KALINGA NARTHANAM - MY TANJORE PAINTING




Here is Lord Krishna,

depicted in my tanjore painting,

dancing victoriously on 

the vile Kalinga,the five headed snake...

Here is the story of Kaliya marthan or Kalinga nardhanam...

Kaliya (IAST:Kāliya, Devanagari: कालिय), in Hindu mythology, was the name of a poisonous Naga living in the Yamuna River, in Vrindavan. The water of the Yamuna for four leagues all around him boiled and bubbled with poison. No bird or beast could go near, and only one solitary Kadamba tree grew on the river bank.
The proper home of Kāliya was Ramanaka Dwipa, but he had been driven away from there by fear of Garuda, the foe of all serpents. Garuda had been cursed by a yogi dwelling at Vrindavan so that he could not come to Vrindavan without meeting his death. Therefore Kāliya chose Vrindavan as his residence, knowing it was the only place where Garuda could not come.
Once Krishna and herdboys were playing ball, and while playing Krishna climbed up the Kadamba tree and hung over the river bank, the ball fell into the river and Krishna jumped after it. Kāliya rose up with his hundred and ten hoods vomiting poison and wrapped himself around Krishna's body. Krishna became so huge that Kāliya had to release him. So Krishna saved himself from every attack, and when he saw the Brij folk were so much afraid he suddenly sprang into Kāliya's head and assumed the weight of the whole universe, and danced on the naga's heads, beating time with his feet. Then Kāliya began to die. But then the naga's wives came and prayed to Krishna with joined palms, worshipping Krishna and praying for their husband.

Kāliya, recognizing the greatness of Krishna, surrendered, promising he would not harass anybody. So Krishna pardoned him and then let him go free to leave the river and go to Ramanaka Dwipa...
(Story courtey-Wiki)


Aug 10, 2014

45 Uses of lemons






Most people are familiar with the traditional uses for lemons to soothe sore throats and add some citrus flavor to our foods. However the diversity of applications for lemons far exceeds general knowledge and once you read the following list, you’ll likely want to stock at least a few lemons in your kitchen 24-7. 
1. Freshen the FridgeRemove refrigerator odors with ease. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours. Make sure to toss out any malodorous items that might be causing the bad smell.
2. High Blood Pressure
Lemon contains potassium which controls high blood pressure and reduces the effect of nausea and dizziness.
3. Prevent Cauliflower From Turning Brown
Cauliflower tend to turn brown with even the slightest cooking. You can make sure the white vegetables stay white by squeezing a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice on them before heating.
4. Mental Health
Lemon water can also prep up your mood and relieve you from depression and stress. Long distance walkers and world travelers as well as explorers look upon the lemon as a Godsend. When fatigue begins, a lemon is sucked through a hole in the top. Quick acting medicine it is, giving almost unbelievable refreshments.
5. Refresh Cutting Boards
No wonder your kitchen cutting board smells! After all, you use it to chop onions, crush garlic, and prepare fish. To get rid of the smell and help sanitize the cutting board, rub it all over with the cut side of half a lemon or wash it in undiluted juice straight from the bottle.
7. Treating Arthritis and Rheumatism
Lemon is a diuretic – assists in the production of urine which helps you to reduce inflammation by flushing out toxins and bacteria while also giving you relief from arthritis and rheumatism.
8. Prevents Kidney Stones
Regular consumption of the refreshing drink — or even lemon juice mixed with water — may increase the production of urinary citrate, a chemical in the urine that prevents the formation of crystals that may build up into kidney stones.
9. Keep Insects Out of the KitchenYou don’t need insecticides or ant traps to ant-proof your kitchen. Just give it the lemon treatment. First squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. The ants will get the message that they aren’t welcome. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas: Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water and wash your floors with it; then watch the fleas and roaches flee. They hate the smell.
10. Anti-Aging
Lemon water reduces the production of free radicals which are responsible for aging skin and skin damage. Lemon water is calorie free and an antioxidant.
11. Fruit and Vegetable Wash
You never know what kind of pesticides or dirt may be lurking on the skin of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Slice your lemon and squeeze out one tablespoon of lemon juice into your spray bottle. The lemon juice is a natural disinfectant and will leave your fruits and vegetables smelling nice too.
12. Treat Infections
Lemon water can fight throat infections thanks to its antibacterial property. If salt water does not work for you, try lime and water for gargling.
13. Deodorize Your Garbage 
If your garbage is beginning to smell yucky, here’s an easy way to deodorize it: Save leftover lemon and orange peels and toss them at the base under the bag. To keep it smelling fresh, repeat once every couple of weeks.
14. Keep Guacamole Green
You’ve been making guacamole all day long for the big party, and you don’t want it to turn brown on top before the guests arrive. The solution: Sprinkle a liberal amount of fresh lemon juice over it and it will stay fresh and green. The flavor of the lemon juice is a natural complement to the avocados in the guacamole. Make the fruit salad hours in advance too. Just squeeze some lemon juice onto the apple slices, and they’ll stay snowy white.
15. Purges The Blood
We consume a lot of junk food or food with a lot of preservatives and artificial flavours. This builds up a lot of toxins in the blood and body but daily consumption of lemon water helps to purify the blood.
16. Make Soggy Lettuce Crisp
Don’t toss that soggy lettuce into the garbage. With the help of a little lemon juice you can toss it in a salad instead. Add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. Then put the soggy lettuce in it and refrigerate for 1 hour. Make sure to dry the leaves completely before putting them into salads or sandwiches.
17. Oral Health
Lemon juice also stops bleeding gums and reduces toothaches
18. Lighten Age Spots
Why buy expensive creams when you’ve got lemon juice? To lighten liver spots or freckles, try applying lemon juice directly to the area. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse your skin clean. It’s a safe and effective skin-lightening agent.
19. Create Blonde Highlights
For salon-worthy highlights, add 1/4 cup lemon juice to 3/4 cup water and rinse your hair with the mixture. Then, sit in the sun until your hair dries. To maximize the effect, repeat once daily for up to a week.
20. Make a Room Scent/Humidifier
Freshen and moisturize the air in your home on dry winter days. Make your own room scent that also doubles as a humidifier. If you have a wood-burning stove, place an enameled cast-iron pot or bowl on top, fill with water, and add lemon (and/or orange) peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and apple skins. No wood-burning stove? Use your stovetop instead and just simmer the water periodically.
21. Clean and Whiten Nails
Pamper your hands without a manicurist. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon to 1 cup warm water and soak your fingertips in the mixture for 5 minutes. After pushing back the cuticles, rub some lemon peel back and forth against the nail.
22. Cleanse Your Face
Zap zits naturally by dabbing lemon juice on blackheads to draw them out during the day. You can also wash your face with lemon juice for a natural cleanse and exfoliation. Your skin should improve after several days of treatment. Lemon water is also a cooling agent, best way to beat the heat.
23. Freshen Your Breath
Make an impromptu mouthwash by rinsing with lemon juice straight from the bottle. Swallow for longer-lasting fresh breath. The citric acid in the juice alters the pH level in your mouth, killing bacteria that causes bad breath. Rinse after a few minutes because long-term exposure to the acid in lemons can harm tooth enamel.
24. Treat Flaky Dandruff
If itchy, scaly dandruff has you scratching your head, relief may be no farther away than your refrigerator. Just massage two tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir one teaspoon lemon juice into one cup water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat daily until your dandruff disappears.
25. Get Rid of Tough Stains on MarbleYou probably think of marble as stone, but it is really petrified calcium (also known as old seashells). That explains why it is so porous and easily stained and damaged. Those stains can be hard to remove. If washing won’t remove a stubborn stain, try this: Cut a lemon in half, dip the exposed flesh into some table salt, and rub it vigorously on the stain. But do this only as a last resort; acid can damage marble. Rinse well.Use These Lemons To Clean – Easy and Effective
26. Remove Berry Stains
It sure was fun to pick your own berries, but now your fingers are stained with berry juice that won’t come off no matter how much you scrub with soap and water. Try washing your hands with undiluted lemon juice, then wait a few minutes and wash with warm, soapy water. Repeat until your hands are stain-free.
27. Soften Dry, Scaly Elbows
Itchy elbows are bad enough, but they look terrible too. For better looking (and feeling) elbows, mix baking soda and lemon juice to make an abrasive paste, then rub it into your elbows for a soothing, smoothing, and exfoliating treatment. Rinse your extremities in a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water, then massage with olive oil and dab dry with a soft cloth.
28. Headaches 
Lemon juice with a few teaspoons of hot tea added is the treatment of a sophisticated New York bartender, for those who suffer with hangover headaches–and from headaches due to many other causes. He converts his customers to this regime, and weans them away from drug remedies completely.
29. Chills and Fevers
Chills and fevers may be due to a variety of causes; never the less the lemon is always a helpful remedy. Spanish physicians regard it as an infallible friend.
30. Diptheria
Skip the vaccine for this disease. Lemon Juice Treatment still proves as one of the most powerful antiseptics and the strong digestive qualities of the fruit are admired around the world. With the juice every hour or two, and at the same time, 1/2 to 1 tsp. should be swallowed. This cuts loose the false membrane in the throat and permits it to come out.
31. Vaginal Hygiene
Diluted lemon juice makes a safe and sane method of vaginal hygiene. Though it is a powerful antiseptic it is nevertheless free from irritating drugs in douches and suppositories.
32. Forget The Moth Balls
A charming French custom to keep closets free from moths is to take ripe lemons and stick them with cloves all over the skin. The heavily studded lemons slowly dry with their cloves, leaving a marvelous odor throughout the closets and rooms.
33. Stomach Health
Digestive problems are the most common ailments but warm water and lime juice is the solution to most digestive problems. Lemon juice helps to purify the blood, reduces your chances of indigestion, constipation, eliminates toxins from the body, adds digestion and reduces phlegm.
34. Disinfect Cuts and Scrapes
Stop bleeding and disinfect minor cuts and scraps by pouring a few drops of lemon juice directly on the cut. You can also apply the juice with a cotton ball and hold firmly in place for one minute.
35. Soothe Poison Ivy Rash
You won’t need an ocean of calamine lotion the next time poison ivy comes a-creeping. Just apply lemon juice directly to the affected area to soothe itching and alleviate the rash.
36. Remove Warts
You’ve tried countless remedies to banish warts and nothing seems to work. Next time, apply a dab of lemon juice directly to the wart using a cotton swab. Repeat for several days until the acids in the lemon juice dissolve the wart completely.
37. Bleach Delicate FabricsAvoid additional bleach stains by swapping ordinary household chlorine bleach with lemon juice, which is milder but no less effective. Soak your delicates in a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda for at least half an hour before washing.
38. Clean Tarnished Brass and Polish Chrome
Say good-bye to tarnish on brass, copper, or stainless steel. Make a paste of lemon juice and salt (or substitute baking soda or cream of tartar for the salt) and coat the affected area. Let it stay on for 5 minutes. Then wash in warm water, rinse, and polish dry. Use the same mixture to clean metal kitchen sinks too. Apply the paste, scrub gently, and rinse. Get rid of mineral deposits and polish chrome faucets and other tarnished chrome. Simply rub lemon rind over the chrome and watch it shine! Rinse well and dry with a soft cloth.
39. Replace Your Dry Cleaner
Ditch the expensive dry-cleaning bills (and harsh chemicals) with this homegrown trick. Simply scrub the stained area on shirts and blouses with equal parts lemon juice and water. Your “pits” will be good as new, and smell nice too.
40. Boost Laundry Detergent
For more powerful cleaning action, pour 1 cup lemon juice into the washer during the wash cycle. The natural bleaching action of the juice will zap stains and remove rust and mineral discolorations from cotton T-shirts and briefs and will leave your clothes smelling fresh. Your clothes will turn out brighter and also come out smelling lemon-fresh.
41. Rid Clothes of Mildew
Have you ever unpacked clothes you stored all winter and discovered some are stained with mildew? To get rid of it, make a paste of lemon juice and salt and rub it on the affected area, then dry the clothes in sunlight. Repeat the process until the stain is gone.
42. Eliminate Fireplace Odor
There’s nothing cozier on a cold winter night than a warm fire burning in the fireplace — unless the fire happens to smell horrible. Next time you have a fire that sends a stench into the room, try throwing a few lemon peels into the flames. Or simply burn some lemon peels along with your firewood as a preventive measure.
43. Neutralize Cat-Box Odor
You don’t have to use an aerosol spray to neutralize foul-smelling cat-box odors or freshen the air in your bathroom. Just cut a couple of lemons in half. Then place them, cut side up, in a dish in the room, and the air will soon smell lemon-fresh.
44. Deodorize a Humidifier
When your humidifier starts to smell funky, deodorize it with ease: Just pour 3 or 4 teaspoons lemon juice into the water. It will not only remove the off odor but will replace it with a lemon-fresh fragrance. Repeat every couple of weeks to keep the odor from returning.

45. Reduce Asthma SymptomsIn addition to a general detoxifying diet, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice before each meal, and before retiring can reduce asthma symptoms.