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Home Remedies and Household Tips

Just about everyone has a home remedy or household tip that has been handed down through the family. Something that you do that makes your life easier rather than purchasing something.


It could be gargling with salt water for a sore throat and to break down secretions and kill the bacteria. You do this by making a saltwater solution by adding a half-teaspoon of salt to a full glass of warm water. Gargle with it to help reduce swelling and keep the throat clear.

Maybe you have a water stain on the wood coffee table and use mayonnaise. You run the spot dry and then layer mayonnaise on it with a paper towel and let sit overnight. Then buff with a clean cloth.


Maybe you make your own window cleaner with equal parts water, white vinegar and ammonia cleaner in an old spray bottle for sparkling windows (buff with newspaper for an added shine).


Common household kitchen items for healthcare include:

o Honey is often used for wound care and other healthcare needs.

o Garlic is used for wound care and is especially effective with Salmonella and Escherichia or E. coli and many forms of bacteria.

o Ginger is a natural antibiotic and is able to fight many strains of bacteria.

o Echinacea is especially useful for necrotizing fasciitis or “flesh eating disease” and other wound care.

o Goldenseal is commonly used for respiratory and urinary tract infections and is often taken as a tea. It has also been used on the skin for infections,

o Cloves are used for dental procedures and bacteria and E.coli.

o Oregano is used as an anti-inflammatory.

o Many herbs and supplements have multiple uses.


Honey

For this article, we will be looking at honey in all of the ways it can be used at home.

Did you know that honey was mentioned 61 times in the Bible? Did you know that it is the only food that is Kosher, but comes from a non-Kosher animal? Did you know that honey found in the ancient pyramids was still good after adding water? Did you know that honey mead is considered the world’s oldest fermented beverage dating back from 9,000 years ago?


According to a 2021 article, honey is just as effective as the cough suppressant dextromethorphan at handling coughs in children. Dextromethorphan is an active ingredient in most cough syrups or cough drops. The same article examined the effect of honey on acute upper respiratory tract infections. The researchers concluded that honey was more effective at relieving symptoms than some traditional remedies. These remedies included antibiotics and the antihistamine diphenhydramine (Benadryl).


Honey has been recommended in the emergency treatment of suspected button cell ingestion to reduce the risk and severity of injury to the esophagus and stomach prior to the surgical removal of the battery.


Many use honey as an allergy treatment or to lessen the effects of cancer treatment.

It has also been used as a topical antibiotic and many studies show that it has a broad-spectrum antibacterial activity. Honey has been used for burns and wound care throughout the ages. It heals in the aiding of healing for a partial thickness burn 4-5 days faster than other dressings with fewer infections. Healthcare professionals are using honey for chronic wounds, burns, ulcers, bed sores, and skin grafts to promote healing. It was discovered in a 2011 study that honey inhibits over 60 kinds of bacteria.


It has been used for wounds such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), E. coli, and other infections that have not reacted to Western standardized treatments such as antibiotics and standard wound care.


Honey is truly a gift from the Lord. Not only is it tasty, but can be used in so many ways.

What home remedies or tips do you use? There are so many helpful tips out there and we would love to hear yours. If you would like to share your tip for consideration, please email Gail at cohgail1@gmail.com

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