Today’s tip for Amazingness:
Home Remedies – The art of keeping it simple
I’m sure home remedies exist everywhere, but I find that in the south we still give them a whirl, at least in the country! I’m not exactly sure why it is, but the more urban we become the less likely we are to use home remedies and cook from scratch. I suppose it has to do with how busy we feel, the so called “tyranny of the urgent”. That said, today we are all about DIY! Pinterest is full of it as are blogs, magazines, TV shows etc. It is nice to put our hands to things and see a project through. One of the easy ways to do it yourself is old fashioned home remedies. Below are a few of historical and colloquial remedies. Tomorrow we will look at the traditional sense of DIY.
Legal caveat: I am not a Dr., am not diagnosing, nor am I prescribing a treatment just passing some historical uses along. Please use wisdom.
- Black Pepper to stop bleeding Use on small cuts. I used it today on a nick on my leg from shaving that just wouldn’t stop bleeding. They say it doesn’t sting, ehh, a little. But it does the trick. Here are some more uses from www.Organicfacts.net
- Aloe Vera Plant The Aloe plant has many uses, the most well known is for burns. Check out these additional uses from www.Howstuffworks.com
- Ginger Ginger has so many uses, but my favorite is for stomach issues like motion sickness or reflux. Personally I find that for a little heartburn chewing a few pieces of candied ginger works faster than anything I’ve ever tried. Here are a few more uses from www.foodmatters.tv
- Garlic Try gargling a little garlic water for a sore throat or to remove a splinter. Here are 11 more tips from Readers Digest.
- Plantain Weed This weed grows all over and works well on poison ivy. A groundskeeper from Williamsburg Va once told me she macerates it and rubs it over the contact spot right away and over bumps. But her best use is to put it in a blender with Witch Hazel and puree. She then keeps the mixture in the fridge and uses it on rashes. She said it works better than commercial blends.
- Tobacco If you are from Va then you know tobacco and you have probably had someone chew up a piece of tobacco and spit it out and put it on your bee sting. Gross, but effective. For bee stings I’ve heard of applying honey, mustard, baking soda paste, and Plantain.
- Peppermint I don’t know about where you are from, but down here in the south Peppermint is practically a weed, it will grow everywhere! But you should definitely have some! My grandmother kept it growing by the entrance to keep snakes away. Chewing the leaves helps with upset stomach, indigestion, motion sickness, and making it into a tea can help headaches as well as a host of stomach issues. Plus, it tastes great shoved into a coke bottle!
- A bar of soap No one knows why this works, but if you have leg cramps put a bar of soap at the foot of your bed and it will relieve the cramps. You don’t have to feel it for it to work. My family is prone to cramps and we are on our 4th generation of this little tip.
- A Ring of Keys Again, I don’t know why it works but there are story after story of the effectiveness of placing a cold ring of keys down the back of your neck to stop a nose bleed.
- Local Raw Honey There is much anecdotal evidence to support the home remedy of eating local honey to help with Hay Fever and is a popular treatment around the world.
- Give yourself a Brain Freeze As crazy as it sounds it just might help your migraine! Sip a cold drink fast and give yourself a brain freeze at the onset of a migraine to stop it in its tracks. So chug, chug, chug chug that Slurpee!
These are just a few of the many Folk/home remedies out there. Please share a remedy you grew up with!
A great source for home remedies that are tested and examined is the People’s Pharmacy.
So, how’s it going towards my personal goals to amazing?
For my Shaklee business I am excited and preparing for a Shaklee Open House this Saturday, September 12th as well as preparing for a Healthy Home Party in October! So fun and so many new people to meet!
Today I am working on follow-through, organization, healthy eating, physical activity, and Shaklee business building and I will of course Strip and Shake!
100 Days to Amazing! You can do amazing things.
I believe you can; you believe you can too!