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Astar's craft: Home remedies from Ireland

Who would have ever thought that the humble potato and cabbage could provide beauty enhancing and healing properties?


Cabbage Remedy

The enhancing quality of cabbage juice can be used as a rich facial moisturizer to eliminate dryness and wrinkles.

Things to gather

Several dark outside leaves of a cabbage
1/2 tsp yeast
1 tsp runny honey
Muslin cloth
Pastry brush
Small mixing bowl & blender


Use a kitchen wizz to blend cabbage leaves

Place these in the middle of a small piece of muslin cloth and squeeze out all of the juice.

Place into bowl along with yeast and honey, then use the pastry brush to thickly apply to face.

Leave on for a good 15 minutes before removing with cool water. 


Potato Remedy

The juice of raw potatoes has been proved very valuable in clearing skin blemishes like acne. This cleaning results from high levels of potassium, sulphur, phosphorus and chlorine.

However these elements are only of value when the potato is in a raw state of live organic atoms.

The naturally occurring starch is excellent at whitening to thus eliminate age spots. If you have dark circles under your eyes, apply thin slices of raw potato on the eyes at least twice a day and dark circles will miraculously disappear. 

Great skin care product for the winter:

  • Take a raw clean potato and grate, squeeze juice through a muslin cloth, then mix with equal quantities of olive oil.
  • Apply to skin. 


  • Raw potato juice, externally applied is valuable in the treatment of swelling of joints and muscles.
  • Extract juice then boil it down to 1/5th its bulk. Add a little glycerin as a preservative. Apply to affected area every three hours until pain and swelling has been relieved.