Reading Sarah’s post on oregano for mucus relief reminded me of an article I saved to share with you earlier this month in Better Homes and Gardens called “The World’s Cures”. The article discusses the remedies below that have been used since ancient times to alleviate uncomfortable conditions.
Sore Throat– gargle water mixed with 1 Tbsp honey and 1 Tbsp vinegar every two hours. The honey works as an anti-inflammatory and the vinegar helps to get rid of secretions, correct pH balance, and decrease the growth of bacteria.
Upset Stomach– alternate between drinking peppermint and chamomile tea every hour until your stomach feels better. The chamomile will help relax the stomach and the peppermint contains menthol which has pain-fighting properties.
Chapped Lips– mix the juice of 1/2 lemon with one Tsp sugar and rub this on your lips. Let it sit for two minutes, then rinse off and apply a light coating of liquid glycerin on your lips. The lemon and sugar will exfoliate and help healing, while the glycerin will seal in the moisture.
Minor Burns- mash a clean tomato and apply it directly on the minor burn and cover with a bandage. The tomato has Vitamins A & C as well as nutrients to help heal the burn. Another option is to apply honey daily to a minor burn which will help prevent infections.
Nasal Congestion-combine in a bowl 1/2 Tsp honey, the juice of one aloe vera leaf, and one clove of garlic juiced with a garlic press. Place two cotton balls in this mixture and then place one loosely inside each of your nostrils. The aloe will moisturize the sore nostrils while the garlic and honey offer antibacterial properties.
Acne– mix 1 avocado, 1 Tbsp honey, and either the yolk (for dry skin) or white (for oily skin) of the egg in a small bowl. Apply this mixture to your face and let it sit for five to ten minutes. Rinse and repeat weekly as needed. The avocado is moisturizing, the egg will help heal the skin as it is loaded with Vitamin A, and the honey has the antibacterial properties to help acne.