Old Home Remedies

Treasures Passed Down
from Generation to Generation

My family has had their fair share of these.  Some were pleasant, others...not so much.

Regardless, these remedies have proven effective time after time. 

It's a shame that so many people waste money on pharmaceutical drugs that often aren't as effective and have dangerous side effects.

"My mother had so many tricks up her sleeve that sometimes, I felt more like a laboratory rat than a child."

Old Home Remedies for Fevers

It amazes me that today's mothers rush their kids to the doctor at the first sign of a fever.

Fever is the body's way of building it's immune system.  Whenever the body temperature goes up, that means it's fighting an infection within.

I always let my children run a fever, to a point, so that it would stimulate the immune system.  My thinking was that this would help to fight off a worse illness, later.

Why give them a fever reducer when they only make the child lethargic?  A child with fever is generally restless or lethargic, anyway.

"Give me a fever, and I can cure any disease."  


Old Home Remedies for Earache

My daughter used to suffer with the worst earaches and ear infections.

So painful, but so easy to cure:

  • Peel an onion
  • Run it through a food processor/blender til mushy.
  • Strain the juice through a thick paper towel or flour sack.  No pulp.
  • Put a little juice in the microwave for just a few seconds.  Make sure it's warm.  NOT HOT!
  • Drop 1-2 drops inside the ear.  Softly cover with cotton ball.

Arthritis Old Home Remedies

My grandmother had a few of her own old folk remedies for arthritis that she swore by:

WD40:  She would spray this wherever she was having a flare.  She figured that if it could loosen up the joints in machines, it could loosen  hers up, too!  (And it worked!)

I am not sure that I would use this remedy myself, but if I couldn't get anything else to work, I'd give it a try just to see.

Copper:  My grandfather had arthritis in his hands, so Grandma took a piece of copper and hammered out a bracelet for him.  He was to wear it until his wrist turned good and green.  I don't know if it was the absorption of the minerals that cured his pain, or the change in the magnetic field around the wrist.

Remedy for Heartburn

Whenever somebody had heartburn, they were always given a tablespoon of vinegar mixed in a cup of water. 

This must be apple cider vinegar with mother (the cloudy stuff).

If acid reflux was a constant problem, this mixture was taken before meals.

Old Home Remedies for Toothache

Clove oil is such a handy thing to have in your medicine cabinet.  After all, nobody plans on having a toothache...

Simply put 2 drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and place on the painful tooth.  It might not be the best taste in the world, but even dentists recommend this for pain.

Not only is it good for toothaches, clove oil, but it can be diluted in a little olive or coconut oil and used for muscle and joint pain. 

Home Remedies for Dry Skin

Dry skin wasn't too much of a problem for us, because we lived in a humid climate.  However, when winter came around, the humidity dropped.

There are 2 major reasons for dry skin:

1.  Not enough oil in the body.

  • Adding 4 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil to the diet everyday helps to put oil in the body. 
  • Also, adding more fish to the diet will give you more oil.
  • Add a little olive oil to your bathwater.  
  • Always take a warm bath, not a hot bath.  The hotter the water is, the more oil it will drain out of your body.
  • Use a humidifier.  This will not only help keep your skin moisturized, but it will help with sinus problems, too.

2.  Not enough water in the body.

  • Increase your water intake.
  • You should drink half of your body weight in ounces every day.  Example:  Body weight 100 lbs.  Drink 50 ounces of water.

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