The novel Corona virus is all around. There is panic and confusion. Since hospitals and other nursing homes are functioning at a breaking point, a good majority is turning to natural cures for other minor ills. Nearly every family has some ‘home’ remedies that have been passed down from generation to generation.
In current medical practice, traditional healing techniques or home remedies are sometimes neglected but, by and large, they have not been forgotten. A cut from a kitchen knife may heal faster when you apply antiseptic ointment, but coating it with honey does the same thing and may work even more quickly. Growing up, I picked up a lot of home remedies from my mom and and later, mom-in-law.
My grandmom is still too modern to be using natural remedies, she never uses them, nor recommends one except for some very obvious, like ginger for nausea. She believes in blood tests, X-rays, potent prescription drugs, and all other trappings of modern medicine – and kicking great health at 81. My dad had the same notion of treating pseudoscience as bogus thanks to some quacks he might have encountered.
But growing with a mother, who loved naturopathy for minor ailments, I had first-hand experience of a number of such remedies and can bear testament to their worth. (A particular favourite is raw papaya leaf juice for treating fever. I hardly ever use paracetamol on our kids or ourselves). Added to such personal experience is the knowledge that so many of our modern-day wonder drugs originated in the kitchens and gardens of generations past.
I’ve learnt, one doesn’t really always need prescription drugs to treat a common cold or a minor bee sting. Infact, many times, people have turned to what they could find around them to cure their ills- whether it be healing muds and salts, plants, or common foodstuffs. Time tested remedies are just as useful today as they were ever.
The commonsense approach to using Home Remedies
Home remedies provide a wealth of comforts and cures, but there’s nothing like good judgment when it comes to using any type of treatment. Sometimes you may need to be on the lookout for signs of more serious problems and consult a doctor to avoid side effects, interaction with drugs, or simply using the wrong remedy.
There’s something very satisfying about watching a burn heal when you dab aloe vera gel. Or when you inhale the scent of lavender and feel anxiety melt away. But sweet nostalgia isn’t the only reason that some family doctors continue to advocate home treatments. They recommend them because they often work.
In the past many remedies were usually developed out of need; since there were no alternatives to home-made remedies – while nowadays people turn to these treatments out of a desire to be self-sufficient. So, I asked around and managed to compile these tried and tested home remedies by these lovely mom bloggers. Using materials that are often inexpensive and readily available, the advice they offer will help you to help yourself.
Before we begin, what do you think could be the most obvious precaution to stop Covid-19 on it’s track that is also a stare on the face home remedy?
Wear a mask! It protects you from Covid-19, colds, Flu, halitosis and from becoming selfish covidiits says Ellen Best from ellenbest24.wordpress. While some of us do, that makes sure that others are safe around us. Unfortunately we can not make others think like us or be the same way as us. 😕
Anyways…. coming back to our home remedies; we start with:
Flossie McCowald from Supermom Hacks
Well, bugs and bites arr everywhere and irritates kids so much. Here’s a home remedy straight out of this super mom’s closet to prevent kids from scratching away endlessly. 🦟
Get a small jar, fill it with ammonia, add cotton balls. Whenever you get a fresh mosquito bite, take out a ball, squeeze out excess liquid so it doesn’t drip all over you, and dab it on the bite several times. Really helps to take the sting/itch out and keep them from swelling up!
And you can just pop the cotton ball back into the jar for the next time you need it! REALLY keeps kids from scratching their mosquito bites until the skin breaks/they start bleeding/they are at risk of getting infections from those open wounds. I don’t know WHY it works – I just know that it does!
Justine Warne from The Tea Chest
A beautiful friend, Justine offers a host of natural cures with tea. Her instagram is a delight. Check it out here
~ Use Tea Leaves to Soothe Sunburn ~🔆
If you accidentally spend too much time in the sun, you can soothe burns with tea leaves. Boil a pot of black tea then dip a soft rag/ cotton wool into the brew before dabbing on the sunburnt skin. Black tea contains tannic acid and theobromine which help remove heat from the sunburn. Meanwhile, the compound catechins found in tea helps repair sun damage and can prevent the skin from peeling off. She also shared this lovely post on beauty benefits of tea.
Tea is a natural astringent and the tannic acid will help kill bacteria. Soak your feet in black tea for great results.👠
Rashes and Bug Bites🦠
Tea bags provide soothing relief from bug bites and rashes. Place cooled tea bags on the area to reduce inflammation and itching. She has shared some very effective beauty treatments involving tea here:
Oh……I almost forgot to mention, she also has a couple more remedies that aren’t all tea but work great anyways:
*Malt vinegar on bee stings
*Apple cider vinegar and honey shot every day to prevent mosquito bites
*poultice of crushed onions and manuka honey to draw out splinters
Elizabeth Anderson from Elizabeth Epiphanies
Your lymphatic system helps eliminate your body’s waste. A healthy, active lymphatic system uses the natural movements of smooth muscle tissue to do this.
However, surgery, medical conditions, or other damage can cause fluids to build up in your lymph system and your lymph nodes, a condition known as lymphadena.
In such cases lymphatic drainage massages can be a lifesaver. They have been incredibly beneficial for Elizabeth and her family. She talks about it in this post here.
Monica Riordan Frydach from Moving like a mother
‘Ow, my back hurts!’ How many of us mother’s wish we never had to utter those words ever again? The most obvious advice here would be to rest up for a couple of days while taking some ibuprofen to ease the pain. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had better and more fast-acting solutions…or simply an effective home remedy during this COVID time….?
Monica suggests using a tennis ball to massage out aches and pains in your muscles. It can be done at home on your own without any special equipment or seeing a massage therapist and is very helpful for ridding yourself of muscle trigger points and knots.
Monica’s website is about prevention and treatment of aches and pains encountered in motherhood. It also includes lots of stretches and exercises you can do at home with no equipment. In her latest blog post she talks about some effective stretches for low back pain
Esme Slabs from Esme Salon
Lifestyle blogger and a dear friend, she has experience on her plate as she vies for the good old combination of ginger root extract mixed with honey to relieve sore throat.
Ginger root has been touted for centuries, but now we have scientific proof of its curative properties. A few slices of raw ginger root in boiling water may help soothe a cough or sore throat. Research suggests that it can also ward off the feelings of nausea that so often plague pregnant women.
Esme’s home-remedy for common cold:
Mix 2 teaspoons of honey with equal quantity of ginger juice. It helps to remove mucus, give relief for the a regular and common cold, a irritating cough and sore throat.
Amy Blair from North Fourth St
This cute mom of two, swears by Apple cider vinegar for treating her children.
Amy is one such mom who loves to keep it natural with her family. Apple cider vinegar is like nature’s magical elixir and it seems that there is nothing you can’t do with it.
“I use it for so many things, says Amy- works wonders as a tonic for stomach ailments, colds, and to lower blood sugar. If you consume a tablespoon in water after a meal, it prevents blood sugar from soaring to high levels. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting, however, so the vinegar doesn’t affect any of your medications.
Talks about health and herbs over her blog. She has practiced what she preaches for over 20+ years.
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Traditional cures have been used everyday for thousands of years, so they all probably work or people wouldn’t use them. But the risk of side-effects cannot be ruled out either.
People with allergies should be extra cautious, that the ingredients in whatever it is you’re proposing to take or use on your skin do not contain the substrate to which you’re allergic.
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