Grandma Knew a Thing or Two, Part 1

by Vickie Johnston, Owner and Founder, H2O Health

Grandma had all kinds of natural home remedies for common problems like colds, cough, sore throats, muscle aches and more.

Try turning to grandma as the first line of defense. She favored:

  1. Vicks. Grandma put this on our feet, chest, back and even up our nose.
  2. Heating pad or ice pack. Use for stiffness and soreness
  3. Vaporizer. They have been known to aid in better sleep and help keep skin moist.
  4. Chemical-free lotions, body butters. Many are enriched with vitamins and minerals, aiding cells in skin rejuvenation, rebuilding.
  5. Cod liver oil. This helps the plumbing system move, if you know what I mean. Grandma thought a dose a day was good for everything!
  6. Coconut oil. This oil is an antimicrobial, natural antibiotic; provides healthy fat for the brain.
  7. Onions. This veggie draws poisons out; great for detoxing the body. Draws bacteria out of the air — just a cut raw onion, set in the room, let it do its thing.
  8. Thyme. This herb contains thymol, which is known to be antiseptic, antibiotic and antiviral. Before the advent of antibiotics, it was mashed and used to medicate bandages.
  9. Baking soda. This product aids acid reflux, upset tummy and digestion to name a few benefits. A 1/8 teaspoon in a glass of water, may be helpful with stiff joints and soreness.
  10. Black cohosh. This has been known to have a hormone balancing effect on some women.
  11. Cranberry. Long been used for its ability to help the urinary tract.
  12. Elderberry. This saved me from many a prolonged illness as a kid. The cure-all has a high antioxidant count that wipes out most colds, flu and other respiratory ailments.
  13. Pineapple. Pineapple was originally used because of its rich bromine core and is used today in many pain relievers.
  14. Nettle and goldenrod. Nettles were and still are especially good for hay fever. They are filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Goldenrod gets a bad rap; it does not cause hay fever.
  15. Echinacea. The purple cone flower contains berberine and other alkaloids. Great for immune system support.
  16. Ginger, mint. An anti-nausea remedy.

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and does not substitute, professional, medical advice with health care professionals.