22 January 2011
Cold weather health remedies
Is it the cold weather or is it just me and my family? Whatever the reason for the season of aches, pains, upsets, and such I have a handy supply of remedies that have proved well in our family over the years. I hope that some of these will bless you as they have us.
Aching body.~ This results from the countless armloads of wood being chopped and carried in to home during the cold months. And from just plain ole work! Fill your bath with hot water as hot as you can stand it and add 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup epsom salts. Soak in this for a while. You may smell for a bit but it works!
Aching feet.~ Put about 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in a tub wf warm water and soak for 30 minutes. AHHHHH
Control those winter appetites.~ Try drinking several cups of red clover tea each day to help soften your appetite and suppress hunger a bit. And don't forget that full glass of water at the beginning of each meal to encourage your tummy to want less.
Do you have a bedwetter?~ How about giving your child a handful of raisins or a teaspoon of raw honey right before going to bed. Crazy, but I've actually had it work. (when I remember)
Burns.~ We have a wood burner and more than once a rowdy child has come in contact with it!! Thankfully though, we have never had any serious burns. What has proven well for us is to use honey. I've use garlic oil at times to help keep out nasty invaders and it helps it to blister and to heal. However I have found some of my children find that that can irritate them a bit but it does work if you have a willing child.
Here are a few other helpful burn remedies I've been told about but never used. I will list them here in case there are any takers.
1. Slice a potato and cover the burn for quick pain relief and healing. The iron and potassium is said to be the magic powers of this remedy.
2. Smear apple butter on the burn and sprinkle with a bit of sugar to protect the burn from contaminates.
3. Aloe vera is always a wonderful remedy to have on our shelves.
Chest colds.~ 3 T. dry yellow mustard, 1 T. flour, & 1 egg white. Mix together with a bit of warm water and add warm, melted coconut oil to make a paste. Spread on muslin cloth and cover the affected area. (coconut oil is remedy all in itself. very valuable for your diet)
Earaches.~ Dip cottonball in peppermint oil and place in ear. Olive oil is another oil we have used if the earache is accompanied with a low grade fever.
General tonic.~ 2 large T. honey, 2 qts. water, and 3/4 C. apple cider vinegar. Mix together adding honey to taste.
Sore throats.~ Equal parts honey, vinegar, and lemon. Gargle often or sip throughout the day.
Stomach tonic.~ Dissolve 1/2 teas. dry ginger in a glass of warm water.
And last but not least, a body tune up. ~ A needful thing this time of year in hopes to avoid any of the above.~ Squeeze a lemon into a pin jar, and fill with water. Add a couple T. maple syrup or molasses to taste. Take a few swallows every so often throughout the day. Do this everyday for a whole week.
(Disclaimer. The above remedies have been used in our home and are not intended to replace medical attention in any of the situations. Only suggestions and ideas of what we've used and has helped us in the past.)