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Old Wives Tales- Home Remedies

Updated on June 27, 2012

I think every family has its own collection of old wives tales. Grandmothers who seem to know how to cure every ailment or ache. Im not sure if it is a hispanic thing or not but it seems that for every cold or itchy throat, a glass of chamomile tea with a splash if Karo syrup and some vicks on the chest was the cure. I will admit, it did help. I think the galss of tea is her version of "An apple a day keeps the doctor away".

Now that I am a mother, I have used and found my own remedies. These are the type of things that should be passed down.

Remember, I am not a doctor nor claim to have the answers to major medical issues. I am not prescribing a treatment, mearly passing on home remedies and folk remedies.

Enjoy, but if in major pain or danger...stop reading my blog and go to a doctor!

Teas and Herbs

I used to be a skeptic when it came to herbs until I visited an actual Herb shop. I worked in a small shopping center and one opened up in the office directly across from mine. I wandered in there one day and it was amazing. Bottles and jars of herbs covering every wall. A wonderful smell that I couldn't even describe if I wanted to. I mentioned to the man behind the counter how I was a skeptic and how the only tea I ever drank was Chamomile. Then he reached behind the counter and pulled out a huge bag of fresh chamomile flowers. Gave it to me. That night I made a cup. It was the best cup of tea I have ever had. I was instantly hooked. Over time I visited him and built myself a collection of amazing herbs that truly do work. Did I meantion that you would be surprised at how affordable the herbs are? Cheaper than boxed teas from the grocery store.

Chamomile Flower- Good for colds and the Flu. Drink before bed in order to sooth a sore throat and help with body aches.

Ginger Root- A glass of Ginger Root is great for nausea. I drank it for morning sickness.

Ashwaganda Root- This tea has amazing immune enhancing proerties. Also known to help with weakness and exhastion.

Yarrow Flowers- I was anemic during my pregnancy so I drank this. Also good for blood impurities.

Alfafa Powder- Also known for anemia and blood impurities.

Echinacea Purpura- This herb is used in many big brand medicines. It is used for pure health. Boosts your immune system in order to help fight infections and viruses. Very effective.

Bee Pollen Powder- No other single food offers the array of vitamins, minerals, protein, amino acids, antibiotics, enzymes, trace elements, fats, and hormones found in bee pollen. It can help the body rebuild and rejuvenate itself.


Everyone gets small first degree burns from time to time. A first degree burn is a painful, red wound with unbroken skin. These remedies are intended to relieve the pain.

Potatoes or Apples- Draw out the heat and pain by applying a raw piece of potato or apple. Leave on for about 15 minutes and reaply a new piece for another 15 minutes.

Vitamin E- If you have Vitamin E capsules, break one open and apply directly to the burn.

Mud- If you get burnt while camping or any other outdoor activity with not many medical supplies around, mud will sooth a burn.

Mustard- Applying cold mustard to a burn with help draw out the heat.

Aloe- No house should be without an Aloe Plant. Breaking off a small piece of the plant and rubbing the sticky liquid from it on the burn is almost as effective as a tube of store bought ointment.


No one intends on getting a hangover. It happens. When you wake up with a splitting headache and nausea, you feel like sleeping it away is the only option, but it isn't.

Chicken Noodle Soup- This is an obvious remedy but it truly does work. Chicken soup for the soul.

V8- Tomato juice first thing in the morning is said to be good for a handover. Even tomato soup.

Sauerkraut- Drinking a glass of sauerkraut juice is said to be very effective.

Cabbage- Eating lots of raw cabbage has been know to work wonders.

Vitamin B- Taking a vitamin B complex with 2 or 3 glasses of water before you go to bed will help prevent a hangover. Also taking more first thing in the morning will help.

Almonds- American Indians recommended 6 raw almonds before drinking to prevent the hangover.


Headaches are awful. Some people get the occasional aches and some get them on a regular daily basic. Here a few cures.

Almonds- Research scientists say that almonds contain the same pain relieveing ingredient as asprin. Eating 15 raw almonds will do the work as 1 asprin.

Rosemary- Rubbing a little essance of rosemary on your temples and forehead can alleviate the pain.

Basil- Add one tsp of dried basil to one cup of hot water, let it cook. Add two tbs of witch hazel. Saturate a washcloth with the mixture and apply to the forehead. Keep it there until headache disappears.

Mint- A Mexican folk remidy says to paste a fresh mint leaf on the head where the pain is most severe.

Mustard- Inhaling the fumes from a jar of mustard a few times has been known to work.


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      Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

      I love to read about natual, alternative, folk, and home remedies. Many of these you listed were a mainstay for both my mother and grandmother along with rubbing alcohol, vinegar, apple cider vinegar, table salt, epsom salt. Great hub. Enjoyed it very much.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Wonderful suggestions here. I have tried several of these and they do work. Aloe vera is always a good idea for burns. I wasn't aware of the almonds for a headache. I will have to try that. I really like natural alternatives to medicine when possibe. Voted up and useful!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I didn't know about almonds and these benefits. I always use alternative medicine whenever possible. These are all great remedies and I voted Up, useful, awesome, interesting and will share with others.

      Glad you're here on HP and know you will be successful!

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      Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Excellent information -- I wasn't aware of the apples and potatoes cure for burns but will definitely keep that one in mind in the future. Your presentation of this information was excellent, easy to follow and again, the information was so helpful. Good job! Best/Sis

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Interesting hubs, I love alternative medicine and this has some info not found on other hubs. Thanks

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      mzindependent 5 years ago from Texas

      Love the remedies. I had no clue that a jar of mustard could offer relief from a headache!

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Sauerkraut juice is a good hangover cure? Wow, that's totally new to me. I don't get a hangover very often but some of my friends do. I'll definitely tell them about this!

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      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      This is a very interesting hub. I never knew that apples and potatoes could be used to treat burns!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Not only are home remedies interesting to learn about, but some of them are tried and true solutions to non-emergency problems. Thanks for this overview of these herbs.