Grandma’s remedies have stuck around for generations, mainly, because they work. She always believed in using simple, natural ingredients that made you feel better. Many of them can be found in your kitchen cabinet, and, in fact, one remedy is at the tip of your tongue. (Did you know that placing your tongue on the roof of your mouth cures brain freeze?)
Here is some accumulated wisdom: Natural health remedies recommended by grandmothers and healthcare experts on the web and around the world.
Honey – There is nothing more comforting than a teaspoon of honey in our tea to soothe our scratchy throats. Gram likes to add a shot of whiskey to further ease the pain.
In addition, research has found that applying honey onto a minor burn can help the healing process. Dr. Oz suggests applying some warm honey to a minor cut or burn, then putting a gauze bandage on top. Change the dressing daily.
Salt – If you’ve got a sore throat, add half a teaspoon of salt in an 8-ounce glass of water and then gargle.
To relieve a stuffy nose, try using a saltwater solution instead of decongestant. WebMD suggests mixing 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. baking soda in 8 oz. of warm water. Gently squirt the saline solution in your nostril using a bulb syringe. Repeat 2 to 3 times.
Peppermint essential oil – Those of you who suffer from headaches should try this sweet smelling solution. Rub a few dabs into your temples and leave on for 15-30 minutes.
Chewing Gum – Grandma hates when you crack your gum. But did you know chewing gum helps neutralize and clear stomach acid from your esophagus, potentially relieving your heartburn symptoms? Research reports that chewing sugar-free gum for 30 minutes after a fatty meal significantly reduces esophageal acid exposure among people with symptomatic reflux, according to Livestrong.com.
Warm milk. Nothing is cozier than sipping warm milk before bed and dozing off. Especially drinking almond milk, which is a yummy source of calcium and helps the brain produce melatonin, a natural hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle.
AND OF COURSE, CHICKEN SOUP –Why did the chicken cross the road? To avoid grandma’s soup pot! Is there a grandma out there who would deny the restorative powers of a bowl of Jewish Penicillin? In fact research has found evidence that it contains anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent a cold’s miserable side effects.
What are some of your grandmother’s natural remedies?