In a society that tells you to take your child to the doctor every time he or she sneezes, maybe it’s time to take a step back and see what our ancestors did on the occasions when there were no doctors available. Through trial and error, as well as handed-down knowledge, they used a wide variety of natural herbs to cure what ailed them. They also figured out good ways to clean various items.
Please keep in mind that I am not recommending trying to cure everything that goes wrong with you or your children through herbal remedies. There are definitely times when a doctor’s visit is the right move. But for preventative measures and for minor problems, you may be able to take care of them yourselves without having to resort to a doctor’s visit.
When we were kids and we had a sore throat, my grandmother and mom made us gargle with warm salt water. We didn’t like it much, but it usually worked to soothe our throats. The pioneers made very soothing herbal teas by mixing berries and a spoonful of honey into boiling water and then drinking it after it had cooled down somewhat.
Cough syrup can be made out of honey, a couple of lemons, a tablespoon of glycerin and warm water, while a rubdown with a cloth soaked in rubbing alcohol can help reduce a fever. Minor gum issues can be dealt with by rinsing out your mouth with hydrogen peroxide.
When it comes to making an all-purpose cleaner, some of the ingredients you’ll want to gather are alcohol, dish soap, vinegar, cream of tartar, soda, salt, ammonia, and wood ashes from the fireplace. Lemon juice can be good for cleaning jewelry, while turpentine and linseed oil can be used for polishing furniture.
This article contains several recipes. Some of these you may have already tried, while others could be new to you.
Have you ever used natural remedies for health issues experienced by you or your family members? Have you ever created your own household cleaners? Let me know what types of things you’ve done and how they worked for you, and I’ll include some of them in my next blog on this subject.