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Adventures in home remedies

February 2, 2011

I’ll be the first to admit, not all home remedies are a good idea…Why I ever followed the suggestion to put fresh pressed garlic and olive oil on the soles of my infant’s feet is beyond me… That garlic stung his little feet and he was kicking a screaming about it for a good few minutes before we realized what was happening…Sorry William! Firstborns really are guinea pigs…

Then there was the time right I was too adventurous with the neti pot and I put chamomile essential oil in the water and promptly had a sneezing, stuffy nose allergy… thankfully, however, the homeopathic remedy histaminum hydrochloricum cleared it up in less than 15 minutes!

Most recently I mixed up an herbal snuff (yes, a powder you snort up your nose) for my husband that included garlic powder and cayenne pepper… he said it felt like he’d been hit in the face with pepper spray!  It did clear his sinuses for about 15 minutes, but a saltwater solution in the neti pot will do that too without the extreme reaction!

The moral of my story: instead of going for extreme remedies, stick to the more gentle remedies…  My 3 favorites are echinacea, honey, and homeopathics.

Raw Local Honey

For anything respiratory a little raw local honey is generally a good idea. You can put it in a cup of just boiled water with fresh-squeezed lemon, eat it straight off the spoon, or add some fresh-pressed garlic to your spoonful (especially good for sore throats).

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2011 9:44 AM

    Jessica, I love it – I hope to be able to read it often – I might just get hooked on this blog. I plan on sharing it with Janet!!!

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