Old Fashion Home Remedies Handed Down From Granny
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Our family has always relied on home remedies, and if they didn't work, then maybe a doctor would be in order. We have recipes to help relieve everything from sore throats and coughing, to poison oak and insect bites. I will do my best to list them, and describe whats done and the various household items used.
1. upset stomach and vomiting- Take a 7-Up and pour about 4 oz of it into a glass, and allow to warm up to just a cool, not cold and then add 1 tablet of Alka-Selzer and allow to dissolve. Then with a teaspoon let the child, (use a tablespoon for an adult) sip one spoonful every 4 to 5 minutes. It is important that no more and no less is given. Usually within a half an hour all vomiting will stop.
2. sore throat and cough- Make a cup of tea, black or orange pekoe, and add the juice from one half of a small lemon, and about 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey. Allow person to just sip on this slowly, not drink it right down, and coughing will usually be subdued enough for sleep.
3. Poison oak- This cure is two-fold. First, if someone has already got poison oak, make a solution of half bleach and half water, and with a cotton ball swab directly onto the blisters, trying to not involve any of the unaffected skin surrounding the blisters. Do this 2 to 4 times a day and this should dry the blisters and cut the time of recovery down to at least half the time.
4. Poison oak- This remedy is for people who are very sensitive to poison oak, getting it twice as bad as anyone else, or for anyone who must be in or around it all the time and would like to cut down on the severity and times you get it. Not everyone can do this, but if you live out in the country, it is an easy way to deal with the kids not getting poison oak ever again. Buy a goat, one of the milking varieties. We had a Nuburg. Allow the goat to eat poison oak, tying them in or near it, nd then milk the goat withing the next day or two, chilling the milk m akes it taste better. Anyone who drinks the milk from the poison oak eating goat will slowly become resistant to getting it, due to the passing down of the antibodies or whatever it is that is passed down into the milk, and very soon those persons will never or hardly ever get poison oak again. If they do, it will only be an occasional blister. I did this as a child, and I still do not get it.
5. Deep cuts-- If a cut, especially on the hands or fingers is rather deep, but you cannot or prefer not to get stitches, simply clean the wound and take either a clean cotton thread(white), or the hair from the tail of a horse, sterilized and begin wrapping the cut, holding it together around and around until you reach the other end, then tape the ends to the hand. Begin by holding the thread at the hand, bringing it straight up next to the cut, the when you reach the end of the finger near the other end of the cut, begin the wrapping process. If done right, you will end up with both ends of the thread in the same place and can tape them with the same piece. Then with a sterile bandage material, loosely bandage the wound allowing enough air to get through to let the wound become dry. In about 5 to 7 days you can remove all bandages and thread and wound should be healed closed. This remedy will usually leave less of a scar then stitches do. Just watch for any signs of infection, like reddening of the wound, or pain or oozing at the site.
These are the main home remedies we have for family members, now here are a couple that we have for our animals too.
1. A dog who has swallowed something like a marble, can actually die from this. A vet will suggest surgery a lot of the time, but here is something you might want to try. Cut some ham up into cubes about 1 to 3 inches square, depending on the size of the dog. Allow the dog to eat as much as he will eat of the ham, then allow to drink as much water as he will. This bloats the ham they have eaten like a dry sponge in their stomach and will usually push any object out in the next stood or two.
2. Vomiting-- Boil plain white rice, and maybe add a very small amount of chicken broth to it and feed small amounts at a time to the animal. Rice is the easiest thing for the dog to digest, and is also soothing to their stomach. It will usually end any bouts of barfing for your canine.
These are the main home remedies that have been handed down in our family for several generations, and we have all survived nicely. Sometimes it just takes a bit of this kind of TLC to help the sick person over the hump of the flu or whatever the trouble is.