Herbs or pills?
When you feel crappy or simply can’t shake off a cold, how do you go about getting well? Do you call mami or the doctor?
As a Latina , growing up in a Puerto Rican household getting sick was an educational experience to say the least. Yes, the home remedies taught by our abuelos and abuelas, tios and tias, mamis and papis were brought down to us in our time of need. If I had a sore throat, mami would blend honey and lemon and give to me to drink. In time, it was supposed to heal my sore throat and I really believe it did. I use the same remedy for my little one when she gets a sore throat or cold.
Another really eyebrow raising home remedy which, for me, worked wonders was a mixture of butter and salt (yes, you read that right lol) that was rubbed on bruises. It apparently would make the swelling go down. This home remedy I was never too sure of nor did I understand it. Humorous yes but it worked!
For headaches my mom would rub vicks vapor rub (that menthol infused petroleum looking substance in a very blue jar) on my forehead and wrap my head really tight with a scarf. Funny but true. Vicks vapor rub really works wonders but for headaches I am not too sure. There are some home remedies that do work and I still use to this day like the lemon and honey but some that just don’t.
When it comes to down to my health I want the most effective and least abrasive method for recovery, even moreso for my little one. Don’t let the cooky concoctions fool you, seeking professional help is best most of the time just to be safe.
You see, if I feel under the weather I go to my mami first. If her remedy fails I seek other help.
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Disclosure: This post was a LATISM sponsored campaign to support healthy living in the Latino community. All opinions are my own.