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Amish Recipes and Home Remedies

Updated on June 12, 2015

Up-State New York

A few years ago I lived for a periood of time in upstate New York in an area where I had a lot of Amish neighbors. When I saw upstate New York I mean all the way up there on the St. Lawrence River where you could look across and see Prescott, Ontario. hile living there I used to buy all of my vegetables from their little stands by the side of the road. My husband had some lumber cut and a small storage built by the Amish. They do terrific work.

As they became used to seeing us around they began to wave as they passed our house in their horse and buggys. And when I stopped to pick out vegetables we began to talk about little things. As we became acquainted a woman would now and then mention a recipe and how they prepared their food. It went from that to talking about some of their home remedies. I thought it would be interesting to share a few of them with you. They swear by these remedies. And who are we to scoff, we have Old Wives Tales.

i was facinated by the difference in the way we treat our wounds and the way we take care of our health. I can't say if they work or not but there were always a lot of healthy looking children around on their farms. As for the recipes, I found them interesting. But, I never did try them. Again they have a lot of healthy happy looking children they must be doing something right.

Amish buggy going down the road
Amish buggy going down the road | Source

Amish Home Remedies

 Whooping Cough Medicine


1 lemon thinly sliced

1 quart water

1/2 pint flax seeds


Simmer for 3 to 4 hours.  Do not boil.  Strain while hot.  Add 2 ounces of honey and then enough water to equal 1 pint.

Dosage: 1 tbsp 4 times a day.  In addition, a dose after each severe fit of coughing.

Snake Bites

There are a few different remedies for the snake bite.

  • Recipe


Yolk of one egg



Beat the egg yolk and mix with salt to the consistency of a good slave.  Applu to the snake bite as a poultice and change frequently until the poison is all out.

  • Boil water and fill a small bottle 1/4 full and hold against fang marks to draw out poison.
  • Take vinegar and salt enough to dip up with the hand.  Lay the salt on the bite and keep it on until the poison is drawn out. 
  • For snake bites, stings or any poisonous bites: pound a lot of onions till soft, salt liberally and bind on as a poiltice.  Change often.


A drink of vinegar is a sure cure for fainting.


10 tsp of apple cider vinegar added to a glass at each meal .  Add honey to sweeten.

High Blood Pressure

Eat grapes, apples, and cranberries or drink their juice.  Have a small amount of honey at each meal.

Bee Stings

  • Soak with Listerine.
  • Vicks applied to sting with give relief.
  • Make a thick paste of baking soda and water.  Apply to sting and let dry.
  • Cover sting with dampened salt.
  • If you are away from home put wet clay or mud on sting.

Photo of an Amish family
Photo of an Amish family | Source

Amish Recipes


Shread cabbage like for slaw.  Press tight in quart jars.  Fill jars with boiling water.  For a 1 quart jar, add 2 tsp vinegar, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp sugar.  Cover and let set for 6 weeks.  Cold pack for 30 minutes before serving.

To Can Sweet Corn

Cut corn off of cob, put into dish and add salt a a little sugar.  Stir until well mixed.  Press in jars and put a fresh slice tomato on top.  Cold pack 3 hours.  Don't add any water to sweet corn and don't heat before canning.

Crispy Pickles

1 gallon pickles sliced.  Put in 1 gallon cold water with 1 cup salt.  Let stand 3 to 5 days.  Drain and wash in clear water.  Put in boiling water enough to cover pickles and add 1 tbsp alum.  Boil for 10 minutes.  Drain and make syrup.  Put in syrup and boil for about 10 minutes.  Put in jars and seal.


1 pint vinegar

1 pint water

6 cups sugar

put in spice bag:

1 tbsp celery seed

1 tbsp whole cloves

1 tbsp allspice

1 tbsp cinnamon


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thundermama, some of these old remedies work amazingly well. I guess that's why they've been around for so long.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy W, I couldn't agree more. I really is a much healthier way of life.

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      Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

      I really enjoyed this hub, there is some great practical wisdom here. I have tried the mud on a bee sting and it works!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We could learn much from people who have adhered to the old customs and ways of living. It is a more natural lifestyle and often a much healthier way to live. I found this hub to be of great interest. Thank you! Voted interesting and sharing!

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      pstraubie48, the Amish have always fascinated me also. When I lived u north I loved to visit their vegetables stands. They were so polite and sweet.

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      I did not know of these home remedies by the Amish. I lived in Pennsylvania my senior year of high school. The Amish were so fascinating to me. We were fortunate to live nearby where foods they prepared were sold. I will definitely give some of these a try. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      RTalloni, I agree, they have so many remedies that actually work. Thanks for reading.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for sharing these recipes. The Amish lifestyle is one we could learn so much from! Thanks to their communities many tried and true remedies, recipes, and resourceful living techniques have been preserved rather than lost.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Fluffy, let me know how they work for you.

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      Fluffy77 6 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      These are just great home remedies, the bee sting one I know works and the whopping cough one too. I am going to give a couple others a try too, thank you.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks bernieadkins. I agree, if we could just slow down and get a little more closer to nature I believe we would have less crime than we do now.

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      bernieadkins 6 years ago from Virginia

      We don't have a large Amish population in my area but I know a little about their lifestyle from reading great articles like this one.

      I think most of us could learn a bit from their examples of living a simple, low footprint lifestyle.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Jenny, they are hard wokers for sure. And I do agree they are super nice people.

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      Jenny Calender 6 years ago

      We live near Amish, too, and love it. They look like they have a quiet life, but it's often difficult work. Nice folks, though. Super people.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      CYBERSUPE, you live in a beautiful area. I lived in upstate New York for awhile up by the Canadian border, actually 1 mile from Prescott, Onterio. I used to love stopping at their roadside stands, they always had such great vegetables. It was interesting to talk to them.

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      CYBERSUPE 7 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

      Awesome Hub KoffeeKlatch Gals and I am going to try the High Blood Pressure Remedy. So interesting seeing that I live only minutes from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania home of the Amish and I visit the Amish country frequently. I am also an avid cyclist and one of my favorite bike tours is the Covered Bridge Tour through the Amish country side. This bike tour is called a metric century (67 mlies) bicycle ride. Fantastic !

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Jama, my experiences with the Amish have all been positive. I lived in an area than had many Amish families living as a part of the community.

      I always loved seeing the children in their outfits and yes I often saw the snealers and flip flops peeking out from underneath their hems.

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      Joanna McKenna 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      It never ceases to amaze me that Big Pharma poo-poos home remedies when anyone who can read knows mankind survived for thousands of years by treating injuries and disease with ingredients available in kitchen gardens or nearby woods!

      My only experience with the Amish was those who live near Elkhart IN, where one of my daughters lived. Driving through the countryside, theirs were always the largest and tidiest farms, even though they used only horses and horse-drawn implements to plow and harvest. The local Wal-Mart even had a shed for their horses and buggies and it was no big deal to have to slow down when finding one's self behind one on the highway.

      The Amish aren't all sour and dour. I still laugh thinking about the two buggies parked next to the road in front of an Amish farm with a huge sign announcing "For Sale - Low Mileage"! (And I still kick myself for not stopping to snap a pic.)

      It would also crack me up to see Amish women and their daughters in homemade dresses fastened with safety pins, but sporting brand-new Nikes (or one time, neon-green flip flops).

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Stacie, you won't get an argument from me. Even the kids work. I lived near Amish in upstate New York and they were hardworking and extremely nice people.

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      Stacie L 7 years ago

      I have an Amish community nearby and they are the hardest working and resourceful people I've met. I like the pickle recipe..

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      BK, I enjoy the home recipes and remedies myself. You're absolutely right, about the vinegar pie. Now I definitely will have to try it. I thought it sounded interesting the first time I read it on your hub. Now that I have had time to think about it more it sounds even better.

      habee, believe me the pickle recipe is good, I tried it.

      GarnetBird, I will look into finding the recipe for you for Amish Funeral Pie, and yes I believe it is made with raisins.

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      Gloria Siess 7 years ago from Wrightwood, California

      I lived among the Amish in Holmes County, Ohio, for one year and really was intrigued by their lifestyle. I can still hear the clatter of hoof beats as their buggies passed us on the road. Lovely interesting Hub! Do you know the recipe for Amish Funeral Pie? I think it is made with raisins.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I love home remedies, and I've been looking for that pickle recipe. Thanks!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Love these home recipes - what I like most about them is that...they work! I'm glad to see vinegar often used. All the more reason to have some vinegar pie, yes?

      I am living a more natural life every single day and it is so easy and I feel so happy and healthy as a result. I'll bookmark your hub so I can refer back and share it too.

      Many thanks and rated way up and more! Yay!