March 27, 2009

medicine mama: homemade cures

Our world is shifting and more modern moms are looking back to homemade remedies. Forget reaching for Tylenol or Vicks which seem to have mysterious side effects. I wondered why I couldn’t take these medicines while pregnant. Maybe the side effects of modern medicine are no longer worth it.

In countries where Western meds are expensive and inaccessible, women always relied on natural cures. Why not give traditional remedies a try?

 

Here are simple cures from your kitchen cabinet or garden that can help everyone in your family no matter what age.

 

- A bit of olive oil will cure baby’s cradle cap. Apply directly on the scalp and let it soak overnight.

 

-Turmeric mixed with warm milk can soothe a cough.

 

-Steam kumquats with a bit of rock sugar will relieve congestion and excess mucus in the throat.

 

-Ginger tea made simply by boiling water and fresh ginger can rid a cold or tummy ache.

 

-For insect bites or small scrapes, fresh aloe vera comes to the rescue.

 

-Drizzle cornstarch on a skin rash and it will go away.

 

-Place a bundle of fresh lavender on the bedside to relax and sleep tight.

 

-Black sesame seeds are known to help children who may wet the bed. Roast the seeds and sprinkle them over dinner.

For further reading on holistic cures, I recommend reading The Book of Herbal Wisdom.

 


Please share your family remedies with us too!

 

 

Comments

  1. Alpana says:

    Tumeric is also an antiseptic healer and can be used for cuts to stop bleeding.

  2. Ly Nguyen says:

    Thanks Alpana! Tumeric is such a powerful herb.

  3. Mona says:

    Its also an antibiotic!

  4. Jackie says:

    Cayenne(red pepper)also stops bleeding & pain. Read all about it & other basic herbs in the book 10 ESSENTIAL HERBS by Lalitha Thomas.