The trusted remedies of our grandparents should never be dismissed or replaced entirely by conventional or modern treatments. Though many of these methods may sound curious or even archaic, they can be entirely effective contributors to our health and wellness. From stomach ache to sore throat to headache, you might be surprised to learn what household items can be immediately useful in providing healing and relief.

Vinegar Socks
For high fever, soak your socks in vinegar. Yes, you heard that right! Apple cider vinegar is best, although plain white vinegar can be used as well. Soak knee-high socks in one part ACV and two parts water. The socks can be worn for about 20 minutes, but you’ll want to refresh them periodically until your temperature begins to drop. Tie plastic bags over your vinegar socks to avoid a mess and to curb the potent scent.

Salt Socks
Salt has long been utilized not only as a flavor enhancer but as a healing agent. One method is to warm a handful of salt in a pan until hot and then wrap the salt in a towel. Place the towel on your chest until the salt completely cools. Another option is to put a
handful of salt in a basin and fill with hot water. Soak your feet in the salt water for around ten minutes. Then, without rinsing or wiping your feet, step in to some tall, warm socks. Climb under the blankets with your salt socks in place, and rest.

Believe it or not, polenta can be applied topically to help combat high fever. Simply wrap hot polenta in a piece of gauze and place it high on your chest, close to the neck. This remedy is recommended for evening, when you are already reclined and at rest.

Nut Shells Tea
Nutshells are not typically considered useful and oftentimes wind up in the waste-basket. However, the use of nutshells for their healing properties dates back to ancient times. Nutshells are antibacterial and anti-fungal, and nutshell tea can be very soothing to a persistent cough.

Onion Tea
Onion tea won’t win any taste-tests, but it may be your new best friend if you have suffering from the common cold. Onions are exceptionally rich in vitamin C, so hot onion tea is a great option for anyone needing a warm, soothing beverage with antioxidants
and zero caffeine.

Sodoul is prepared using egg, milk and honey. Honey is antibacterial and anti-fungal and is therefore highly effective in fighting and soothing various illnesses. Simply combine an egg yolk, fresh raw honey, and hot milk. Top this delicious, warm beverage off with a cinnamon stick for added health benefits. Cinnamon is anti-microbial and can help stop the growth of bacteria.

Black Radish
Black radish is especially helpful for soothing an agitated throat. Slice the top off of the radish and place a teaspoon of sugar inside. Warm the radish by placing it next to a heat source such as a cooker. After a few hours, you will have a syrup that can be ingested to improve the conditions of your sore throat.

Pine Syrup
Pine syrup is another natural remedy useful for curbing the pain of a persistent sore throat. Pine needles have high vitamin C content and are an effective decongestant. To make the syrup, rinse one cup of pine needles and finely chop them using a food processor.
Whisk 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons of water, 2 tablespoons of corn syrup and a pinch of salt to a boil. Boil without stirring for one full minutes. Remove from heat and add the needles. Allow to steep for 2-3 hours, then strain the syrup and refrigerate. You can keep this concoction refrigerated for up to a month and consume daily until health and wellness are restored.

Salt Water
Warm salt water is a popular remedy for cough or sore throat, and for good reason. Salt can reduce swelling in the throat and can also flush unwanted irritants. A teaspoon of salt should be dissolved in a warm cup of water then gargled. Equally as effective is any combination of lemon juice, honey or apple cider vinegar mixed with warm water. Each of these ingredients has powerful antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Cabbage Leaves
Cabbage is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties. You may substitute Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower or green salad leaves. Each of these common household ingredients can accelerate the elimination of toxins from the body. Soften the cabbage leaves by boiling, then brush with olive oil. Place the softened warm leaves around your neck and secure with a towel or scarf. Leave in place for one to two hours.

Potato Slices
Potatoes can be useful in the treatment of migraines and other types of headaches. Potatoes have anti-hemorrhagic and antianemic qualities and are a great source of vitamins C, K and A as well as sulfur. You can apply slices of raw potato directly to the forehead or drink warm potato juice. The recommended dose of potato juice is 1/4 of a glass three times per day.

Horseradish is a proven remedy for sinusitis and sinus infection. It clears upper respiratory passages, has high vitamin C content and is antibacterial. Historically, horseradish has been regarded as a highly effective decongestant and natural antibiotic. To use, grate the horseradish and apply directly under your nose and on your forehead. Because horseradish can be a skin irritant, apply a thick layer of moisturizer to these areas at least a half hour prior.

Walnut Leaves
Walnut leaves can be used to treat various skin maladies such as irritation and rash with their natural disinfectant and astringent qualities. To make your own walnut leaf treatment, boil 30-40 grams of green walnut leaves per liter of water for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, cool, and strain. Soak gauze in the mixture and apply directly to the affected area of skin.


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