Last week, I wrote about Homemade. Today, I’d love to talk to you about Home Remedies. Because in the olden days, whenever that was, every housewife had a home made remedy for every little thing that might ail someone in the family; but now, we have a pill for every little thing that might ail someone in the family. Hmm….
So, just because it’s wonderful and so worth it, here is a short list of homemade remedies for basic little things that might happen to you as you walk through everyday life:
The home remedy that has been around the longest is GARLIC. When a Roman soldier got the sniffles he would slip a clove of garlic into each sandal, the wisdom being that by the time he could taste the garlic in his mouth, his cold would be gone. Garlic has excellent antioxidant and antibacterial properties and although garlic does not cure a cold – nothing does, yet – it can significantly reduce the duration of symptoms. Eat crushed garlic raw if you can, or use plenty in your cooking. A daily garlic supplement can guard against cold infections.
Cough and Sore Throat
Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of honey to half a cup of warm water and drink. Do this several times over the course of the day. The honey soothes irritation caused by coughing, while the acids and amino acids in the vinegar have antiseptic and antibacterial properties to fight the infection.
For a sore throat alone, simply gargle with salt water several times a day.
If you have a stomach upset causing nausea, vomiting, cramps or diarrhea, once again garlic comes to the rescue. Crush a clove of garlic and add to a teaspoon of brown sugar; take this mixture, with water if required, three times a day. Garlic breaks down and destroys the bacteria that have formed in the stomach to cause the symptoms. The sugar aids in the absorption of the garlic.
Well, a dentist is probably best, but while waiting for an appointment, you may like to ease the toothache with raw onion. Chew some onion and hold it in the mouth over the painful tooth for a few minutes to take the pain away. Onion juice has antibacterial agents that destroy mouth bacteria, so you could also use raw onions to prevent tooth decay. I also used to put a whole clove on a painful tooth when I was a kid and it worked really well.
Cuts, Grazes and Minor Burns
Smear some dark honey over the affected area and cover with a clean dressing. Honey, especially the darker varieties, contains enzymes that kill bacteria. The honey keeps the wound moist and at the same time destroys the microbes that could cause infection. Studies have shown that wounds heal actually faster with honey than a conventional dressing.
Don’t go poking around for it with tweezers or a needle – use a banana instead! Cut a small piece of banana skin and place it over the splinter, flesh side down. Secure it in place with a small dressing and leave it overnight. Enzymes in the banana skin will draw the splinter out by morning.
Do you have any amazing home remedies to share with us?