Is there really only one season for coughs and colds? My family seems to get them year round. I really am not stingy, but I hate buying cough drops, cough syrups and such only to have them expire the week before the next person gets sick!
I have found several cures and remedies from family members, homeopaths and nutritionists. I have used most, if not all and found they did just as well as the pricey store brands.
Coughs, Colds and Fevers
- Sore Throat – Mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup honey. Take 1 Tablespoon of this mixture every 4 hours. The honey helps cover the vinegar and is very soothing. Bacteria is killed by the vinegar.
- Fever – Combine 1.5 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, 1.5 cups warm water and 1/2 teaspoon honey. Drink slowly.
- Laryngitis – Drink a warm cup of tea mixed with lemon juice and honey to soothe a sore throat or laryngitis.
Hand and Foot Care
- Arthritis in Hands- Make a paste of 2 cups old fashioned oats and 1 cup of water. Mix and warm in microwave. Do not cook it, just get it warm. Apply for a few minutes. Rinse in warm water.
- Arthritis in Feet – Mix 1/4 cups coarsely ground almonds, 3 tablespoons cocoa butter, 1/4 cup old fashion oats and 2 tablespoons honey. Massage into both feet and wear clean cotton socks overnight. In the morning, remove the socks and rinse feet with cool water.
- Prevent blisters! Rub a tablespoon of corn starch between your hands before you tackle a chore like raking, gardening and such. The starch will absorb the perspiration and prevent blisters!
Everything but the Kitchen Sink
- Baby Powder – Corn starch is a great substitute and is more absorbent than the leading talcum powder. It takes less to do the job, so use less than you would the powder and keep away from the baby’s nose and eyes.
- Curb your appetite by drinking a mixture of 2 teaspoons honey in a glass of water 30 minutes before each meal. (The honey satiates my love of sweets).
- Dry, Cracked hands, elbows, heels – Mix 1 part baking soda, 1 part old fashioned oats and 3 parts water. With a clean cloth, apply to needed area in a circular motion. It is your own moisturizing scrub.
Hope this gives you some help. I found many home remedies use much of the same ingredients, so I store much of this in my cupboards.
Do you have a favorite remedy you want to share?