Gin Soaked

A year ago Doris was in the beauty parlor where she overheard the conversation of a much older woman talking to another woman.  "The recipe?  Oh, you take golden raisins, put them in a jar, cover them with gin and screw the lid on. Put them in the refrigerator and let them absorb the gin for about a week."
Doris the eternal lady kept quiet and waited to hear the rest of the conversation. The senior continued, "Every day for the rest of your life, down a teaspoon full in the morning. Your arthritis will be a thing of the past."

Doris sat wide eyed and made a mental note to purchase golden raisins and gin on her way home.

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The other day in the pool my favorite wet people who are old enough to have arthritis brought up the subject of raisins, vodka, gin and rum. I don't remember what we were talking about that brought us to that topic. Maybe it was the conversation about Ellie's raised potassium levels.  There's a load of potassium in raisins. "Ellie eats too many raisins," someone said. Then the conversation naturally turned to vodka and raisins.   They all knew about the recipe; but, most heard the concoction was a mix of raisins and vodka or rum.

Deficiency of potassium:
"A deficiency may result in fatigue, cramping legs, muscle weakness, slow reflexes, acne, dry skin, mood changes, irregular heartbeat." -http://www.anyvitamins.com/potassium-info.htm

The big question is, does it really cure arthritis pain?  "Some think it's the raisins. As stated in the Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook on Mother Nature.com, "If you benefit from gin-steeped raisins, the raisins probably do you more good than the gin. Grapes and raisins contain many pain relieving, anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory chemicals."-http://arthritis.about.com/od/alternativetreatments/f/raisinsgin.htm


DISCLAIMER:  Never begin any new treatment without first consulting your doctor. If you are considering this remedy, you should discuss it with your doctor. There could be negative interactions with your current treatment. As a guideline, when home remedies are considered, they should be "in addition to" rather than "instead of" current medical treatment.

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