Before I reach for the medicine cabinet I tend to scour the house for a bit more natural ways of curing whatever ails me.
Some little cures I've found over the years have stuck around, those are the ones I'm sharing with your today!
So here's to day 4 of some slightly crunchy Louisiana Bride.
Let's just go ahead and start the day off with this one... I'm a Vicks Vapor Rub addict.
My grandmother was too, so I get in honest. Honestly, that's probably the source of my obsession.
I have no less then 3 containers of it at all times. One in the bedroom on my nightstand, one in my desk at work, and here recently... a baby version in the nursery.
Vicks Uses -
- put a good bit on the soles of your feet and cover with socks before bed when you have a cough or cold. Even better if you can put those socked covered Vicks feet on a heating pad.
- I use it on my chest, but I break the rules when I do what I typically do with it... I put it around my nostrils. The smell is much stronger this way and the bonus is that it soothes a chapped nose pretty well.
- I only did this once, but I Cajun once told me to swallow a spoonful for a bad sore throat. Wasn't my favorite tactic.
- During a bad cold I like to put a spoonful in a candle warmer (such as a Scentsy) and let it permeate the room overnight.
Sore Throat Remedy -
Fill a cup with the warmest water your can stand to gargle(about 8 oz), then add a good sprinkle of salt (not overly salty tasting though), and then stir in as much ground red pepper as you can stand. Gargle the mixture (a few sips at a time until you've used it all up), spitting it out into the sink between sips. This usually gets rid of a bad sore throat in a day or two if done every few hours. It's great at soothing the throat as well as clearing up your sinuses.
Plus red pepper is known to be an antibacterial.
Eat a good spoonful of sugar. Works like a charm every time. I faked them as a kid to get this remedy.
Detox Bath -
This is great for any kid of sickness, I did a version of it my entire pregnancy (which not so hot water).
2 cups Epsom Salt
1 cup Baking soda
Soak for 30 minutes in the hottest water you can stand, be sure to have a glass of water on hand to sip. You can also add in ginger if you want to sweat more or any essential oils you prefer. Lavender was my go to during pregnancy when I was tired but couldn't sleep well. I've used this for colds and seen a great improvement in just two days.
Cinnamon Honey Cold Cure -
Soak a cotton ball in unfiltered apple cider vinegar and place off affected area, I like to hold it in place with a large band-aid for anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight depending on how bad it is and how long I was trying to get rid of it. After removing the cotton ball the next morning I would rub undiluted tea tree oil on the area.
I did this several years ago after zero success with two rounds of prescriptions from my doctor. This is honestly the only thing that worked, but I stunk to high heaven at night.
Bug bites -
Rub it with Lye Soap. Plain and simple, my grandmother did this to me when I had ant bites.
That's all I can think of at the moment, but if I remember more of the remedies I use around the house I'll be sure to update this post.
What are some home remedies you use?