Your abuelita’s home remedies may be making a comeback. While the last two decades have seen a surge of pills, medication, and powerful pharmaceutical companies, the next one may see the rise of alternative medicine.
With all of the negative reports we hear about children being overly medicated and the sometimes deadly combination of prescription drugs, people are becoming more distrustful of mainstream medicine and more open to natural remedies.
Latinos are no strangers to homemade remedies. For centuries, we’ve relied on herbs, common ingredients and a mother’s intuition to heal ourselves and our families. Far from being old wives’ tales, new research is beginning to show the potency of these traditional practices.
Consider these natural remedies:
- Garlic soup for sinus infections
- Raw potatoes for headaches
- Onions and honey for a sore throat
- Curd from boiled milk for chapped lips
Okay, not all of these sound as easy or appealing as popping a Tylenol, but they do remind us that we don’t always need to rely on doctors or pharmacies to find the perfect cure for what ails us.