Backwoods Folk Remedies That Survive The Test Of Time
These backwoods folk remedies that survive the test of time have found a whole new audience with modern homesteaders. Whether you just want to live a more natural life, or you want to be prepared in case of a disaster, modern science has finally backed up these tried and true home remedies.
Oatmeal bath for itchy skin:
When dry or poison ivy reactions, sunburns, or any other cause of itchy skin arose, pioneer homesteaders knew just how to treat it. Soak in a cool-to-warm bath with a few cups of oatmeal mixed in, trying to soak as much of your affected skin as possible.
Spider web Band-Aids:
If you find yourself in need of a bandage but don’t have any gauze, cotton, or clean fabric, don’t fret. Locate a new spider web (chase away the spider), and carefully removed the web from its branches. Roll the silky strands into a ball and pack it in your wound to stop the bleeding.
Ginger for upset stomach:
Growing up, you might have heard that you should drink ginger ale if you have an unsettled stomach. If you’d grown up several decades before, you’d have been advised to eat a piece of ginger root. Though studies have demonstrated ginger’s effectiveness at treating nausea, scientists still aren’t sure why it works.
Willow bark for aches:
White willow bark (and willow bark tea) contains salicin, which the natural precursor to lab-made acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin). For thousands of years – and possibly longer – this bark was brewed into tea to soothe aches and pains.
Castor oil for constipation:
No one likes the awful feeling of being constipated, but laxatives can be brutal to your system. So before you reach for the E-lax, try castor oil first. Swallow 1-2 tablespoons (children should take only 1-2 teaspoons), and within a few hours you should start… feeling better.
And so much more…
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