The Wilen Sisters

A few years ago I subscribed to a book written by Joan and Lydia Wilen called Bottom Line’s Secret Food Cures & Doctor-Approved Folk Remedies. All I can say about this book is that if you want to be entertained while trying to find relief via a natural cure for an ailment you or someone else has, you might want to consider getting the book. As you peruse it you’ll catch yourself smiling and saying “really?” every so often. The Wilen sisters are witty and have a treasure chest of information, plus, the calmness in the words they use make spending time looking for a cure absolutely delightful. It’s easy to get side-tracked when reading the book, and possible to forget the reason for reaching for it in the first place.

The natural cures are from different areas of the world, and the cures have passed the test of time, thereby making them worthy of consideration. As an example let’s find out what the Wilen sisters have to say about anxiety (which is the previous posting on this blog).

On page 175-178 under Tension and Anxiety are these: for sweaty palms, indigestion, stiff neck, hyperventilation, an ulcer, dry mouth, a tic, even a canker sore unwind with a relaxing hobby, e.g. sailing, gardening, etc. The natural remedies suggested are: take away caffeine from your life and also chocolate (I don’t want to hear that), don’t paint your kitchen yellow, use acupressure, take cayenne pepper, take a raw onion and make two poultices, a hop pillow for sleeping, a fish tank. and chia seed tea. In the back of the book are six pages of “Amazing, Super-Duper Facts and Advice,” four pages of “Sources,” a list of “Health Resources,” a “Recommended Reading List,” and a “Recipe Index.”

Now to find out why, where, and how, you’ll need the book ~ I really think you’ll like it. and do a search for the Wilen sisters.

May you enjoy Secret Food Cures & Doctor-Approved Folk Remedies as much as I do.

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2 Responses to “The Wilen Sisters”

  1. j Cadwallader says:


    We have the book, we bought it many years ago. I just pulled it out to today to see if it had anything to say about removing ink stains from a ball point pen from inside a dryer. Ugh what a mess! I ddn’t find what I was looking for, so if anyone has a suggestion we would appreciate it. Thanks!

    John & Chrys

  2. Frances says:

    Hi John and Chrys, I bet you’ve gotten as much pleasure and help from reading the Wilen sisters as I have. I can image the mess in your dryer, and just might have a suggestion. Here it is: in a spray bottle mix equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and water with a few drops of liquid soap. I hope it works; it should with a little elbow grease.

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