Grandma's Folk Remedies

Feb 16, 2018

MAMA TO MANY
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Tennessee, USA

As I have mentioned here and there, I have been out of town a lot lately. My mother was terminally ill and I was able to with her the last couple of weeks of her life. In memory of my mother, I thought I would share some of my mother’s folk remedies.

I was raised with pretty conventional medical treatment. However, Mom always came up with things here and there that were obviously passed down from her mother and perhaps her grandmother. Sadly, as a child, I didn’t really appreciate some of her medicines. And none of us liked her way of taking our temperature, if you know what I mean! :)

If I had a sore throat, Mom was sure to have me gargle salt water. Often. I hated to do it. How was salt going to help? I probably wouldn’t have admitted it even if it did. As an adult and mother I now see the wisdom in gargling salt water.

When I was four years old I got my first bee sting. It sure did hurt. Somehow, Mom knew what to do. She made a baking soda paste and covered the sting. She told me that my granddaddy would have put tobacco on it. I couldn’t imagine how that would help, but now I realize that plants do make great medicine!

I had a thumb sucking habit and later a nail biting habit. Mom sure tried to cure these things. When I was at my parent’s house recently, I found in a drawer a forty year old bottle of “Thumb.” It was that yucky stuff Mom would put on my thumb and then my fingernails to try to cure me of my habits!!! I was curious and read the label. It had cayenne extract in it! Apparently my mom used herbal remedies, after all.

I had my wisdom teeth removed when I was 18. I had it done the day before Thanksgiving when I was home from college on Fall break. After the surgery we went to the pharmacy to get medicine. Then we went home. Mom had me put plain old Lipton tea bags in my mouth and clamp down on them at the surgery sites to help the bleeding. And it worked! It helped the bleeding and probably helped the healing and swelling. I had no swelling at all. In fact, I was able to eat Thanksgiving dinner the next day. I ate everything on my plate with no problem. I am sure the tea bags and Mom’s TLC were part of the reason why. I was also blessed that my teeth had not been impacted and surgery was straightforward.

Good ole bedrest were prescribed for any sickness. If you were sick, you stayed in bed, or at least on the couch. If you stayed home from school, you surely did not go out and play. You ate lightly if at all and drake Coke. To this day, the only time I like to drink Coke is when I am sick.

Thanks for letting me share some memories of my mom here. The moral of the story is to listen to your ma! She is smarter than you think!

~Mama to Many~



Folk Remedies from Mama's Mama  

Posted by Rsw (Uniontown, Oh) on 04/17/2014

Hi Mama,

I am very sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. She sounds like a wonderful woman, and we all know she raised a very loving, giving, gracious and thoughtful daughter. If you are a reflection of her, then we are all grateful to be able to benefit from the open mindedness we see shining through in you.

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
04/18/2014

To Mama to Many;

Re Mother and her remedies.

Well, if she was anything like you she must have been a TIGER.

You have been such an inspiration to so many and your remedies are articulate and (I think) inspired. I know you read a lot and so you are able to extrapolate the very thing to help in particular situations.

It's wonderful to have a web site like this one: Earth Clinic where someone of your background and knowledge base can inform and help people from around the world. And you so obviously CARE about the person writing.

Our founder is also an inspiration and HER mother is fantastic (and Beautiful). Lucky me...I've personally gotten to meet them and YOU. Am even more of a fan of yours now. (Star struck...did you notice?) I'd love to take a COURSE on herbals from you one day. Or read a "Mama to YOU... BOOK of REMEDIES" in conjunction with EC. (Hey ... I like that title! .)

And don't get me started on MY mom...wow do I ever miss HER. Talk about a Tiger. (That's the side I get the Cherokee from. Must be the reason I'm so "into" this EC world! )

I know what you did to contribute during your mom's decline. You are... The GOOD Daughter. And that fits under the Commandment...to Honor our parents. The first with a promise; may it be so to you...A LONG AND HAPPY AND BOUNTIFUL life.

Your student (and friend),

d

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee
04/18/2014

Dear Rsw and Dave,

Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. I was blessed with a great mother and continue to have the blessings of God, family, and friends, including those here at EC. Truly, "my cup runneth over."

Have a great day!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
04/18/2014

Dear Mama to Many - I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I agree with what the others have said so eloquently - you truly are a blessing to all of us. You have so much kindness, common sense and wisdom and you present it in such a way that everyone can understand and benefit. You must have been a great comfort to your Mom. And, now, we are fortunate to have you in the Earth Clinic family. "Tears heal, memories comfort and love lives on forever." Take care, Bess

Replied by Lauren
Queens, NY
04/18/2014

Hi Mama to many......Just came on EC only to see the sad news of your Mom's passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy. I know exactly how you must have felt since I too lost my Mom a few years ago and still fight the sadness to this day. Take care of yourself and I will keep you in my prayers. God bless you for all your wonderful insights. You really light up Earth Clinic....I am sure others would agree with me on this. Have a blessed day.....

Replied by Timh
Ky
04/19/2014

Lauren: Not to come off as antagonistic, but after having a few yrs experience, and reading 100's of Near Death reports (called NDE's but are actually beyond death experiences) then that sorrowful mentality gets a turnaround. Many of those NDE'rs report feeling absolutely no remorse while remotely viewing there damaged or sick body below. Many beg the sprits to not make them "go back down there". I lost my mom to cancer in 2009 but the suffering and passing was not so bad. Once, while mother was up in a wheelchair w/ family, I had a brief minds-eye realization (while looking at mom) that she was better off than us. Mother was an extremely giving & caring person and had no fear of dying, so her composure helped elicit my vision. Also, some of her last spoken words were "It's beautiful" while looking into the heavenly realms.

A good web-site for NDE info is http://iands.org/home.html.

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee
04/19/2014

Dear Bess and Lauren,

Thank you for your expressions of sympathy. The kindness of friends I have never met is dear to me. I am truly blessed, even in difficult times.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Stephanie
Marlborough
04/18/2015

Mama to Many, do you have a blog to follow with all your wisdom?

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee
04/18/2015

Dear Stephanie,

Thanks for asking. I do not have a blog...the only place I write online is here at Earth Clinic. :)

Have a super day!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Sandy
Naperville, Il
01/27/2017

Dear Mama to Many,

Whenever I am looking for some home remedy from EC, I find your remedy and I try them. I am always happy with the results. Now I have a specific problem, which I did not see here, so I need your help. Every year in winter, little exposure to cold and wind, I feel feverish next day when I get up in the morning. Moment I feel feverish, I immediatly boil some mixture of herbs, like dry ginger, cloves, black pepper, cinnamone, cumin etc and drink that tea and I feel better in a day or two. Sometimes I do take a Ibuprofen also. This time I feeling feverish frequently since October every now and then. I am trying most of the home remedy but evening I am ok again sometimes morning or afternoon I get that feeling. My day today life is affecting and making me worried. I am also missing sunlight for weeks together. If I go out without putting a tight cap on my head, I feel feverish, if I forgot my gloves I feel feverish. Please please help me.

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee
01/27/2017

Dear Sandy,

Well, I have several thoughts that I will share and you can see how they might fit with your situation.

If you are quick to become feverish your immune system may be weak. I like a simple astragalus root supplement to strengthen the immune system. And extra vitamin C.

Low-fat diets can leave one with a chronic lack of warmth. Even if you have extra body fat, it isn't uncommon for those on low fat diets to be cold a lot.

Low thyroid can leave you cold.

Anemia can leave your immune system weak and make you suffer with cold more.

Have you had any bloodwork done? It might help you connect the dots with what you may be lacking.

The tonic you make for yourself sounds great. What if you used it daily?

Also, cayenne pepper is a thermogenic herb. (I love using that word. :) ) It helps you to produce heat. I like to add cayenne pepper to juice (1/4-1/2 teaspoon) a couple of times a day when I need extra cayenne.

Coconut oil is a good fat for a number of reasons - many find it helps with thyroid. Fat provides heat. And it is good for energy and the immune system. Adding some to a warm drink in the morning or to your oatmeal might be a good place to try it, especially since your energy is low in the morning.

You say you lack sunshine. You might want to consider a vitamin D supplement. But don't take large amounts of it as it can be toxic in high doses.

If all else fails, at least until you figure out what you are dealing with, what if you try to keep your head warm at all times? Even indoors? You could wear one of those fleece headbands all day. Or a knit beret. We lose a lot of heat through our heads! My sons who work outside notice a big difference in maintaining their warmth when they wear a wool stocking hat outside when it is cold.

I hope you get to the root of your problem and feel warm and energetic soon!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Sandy
Naperville, Il
01/28/2017

Thanks a ton Mama to Many. I will try everything what you suggested above. I used to take 1000 IU of vit D earlier, for the past one month I changed to another supplement "bone health" which I realised yesterday that it has only 400 IU. So I started old supplement yday. I will start taking my herbal tonic every day now on. Feeling well and enegertic is very important in life than anything else. I post again stating that I am feeling well. Thank you once again.

Replied by Sandy
Naperville, Il
01/28/2017

Dear Mama to Many,

I will get my blood picture done to see what vitamin deficiency is there. One thing I forgot tell, that I am also feeling it may be arthrities problem. Do a person get fever if he/she has arthirities? As per Ayurvedic, diognosis, I am "vata" type person for whom wind and cold can make hovoc with their health. and I am in windy and cold city.

Replied by Mama To Many
Tn
01/30/2017

Dear Sandy,

I don't think arthritis usually causes fever, though it can cause hot joints.

Rheumatoid Arthritis, I believe, can cause low grade fever.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mary M.
Arcadia, Ca
12/16/2017

Dear Mama to many,

I am 66 years old and don't do much exercise. I am also heavy. Yesterday I had a very bad fall and felt my left arm a shoulder pull and I also heard a crunch sound. When I got up I started to stretch my arm a little, it hurt but did it for a couple of minutes. I didn't know what to do so I drank a hot cup of Comfrey leaves. I know it supposed to help your digestion but I felt it might also help with the fall I had. Did not go to the doctor because they will bother me with my high blood pressure. I also put hot towel with comfrey tea on it. Then showered with cold water and a cold pack on my shoulder. Can you help me with anything else? I know tomorrow will be bad for me because that is when the pain gets worse. Thank you and God bless you!

Replied by Mama To Many
Tn
12/17/2017

Dear Mary,

I am so sorry about your fall and subsequent injury and pain!

Comfrey tea, as you are doing, internally and topically are great for injuries. I have read about using both throughout recovery to help breaks and sprains heal more quickly.

It sounds like you don't think it is a break but a sprain if you were able to move your arm and shoulder after the fall?

Cold applications can help to keep swelling and pain in check, though alternating warm and cool compresses can also aid healing.

Castor oil topically is another thing I like to use to reduce pain and inflammation.

A teaspoon of turmeric in milk a few times a day can help with pain and inflammation.

Bone broth or gelatin can help promote joint and tissue healing as can vitamin C.

I hope you have found a comfortable place to rest/sleep- sometimes a recliner is a good place when you are dealing with arm/shoulder issues.

If you find it getting worse instead of better or if you think it is broken, you might ask around for a health professional that won't give you a hard time about your blood pressure. Sometimes walk in clinics are good for this. They often have onsite x-ray available. (The clinic I have been to doesn't even charge extra for the xray! ) I have made use of this in the past. Recently I was there and my blood pressure was out out the top (they check it three times! ) but they decided it was because I had a cough and didn't give me a hard time.

Let me know how you are doing!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mary M.
Arcadia, Ca
12/17/2017

Thank you very much, Mama, because I drank the tea and tried to stretch my arm a little I felt much better. I also rubbed a special alcohol on the place it hurt most. A Mexican lady gave it to me and put some kind of herb in it. I will ask her what it was. Although it was cold here I took a cool shower a little bit where it hurt the most. then rubbed some warm castor oil on it too. I did not feel too bad today and even cooked dinner too! Later I went to buy all the fixings for my Christmas which is Tamales I am of Mexican descent as well it is a great process. But the family loves them.

Thank you very much for all your help. Merry Christmas as well and a wonderful new year! You are a great woman!!

Replied by Mary Martinez
Arcadia, Ca
12/26/2017

Hello Mama, I hope you don't mind me calling you that. After 7 days of severe pain on my side and my shoulder blade besides the worst pain on my head. I couldn't stand the pain any longer so I went to emergency. They checked me out thoroughly and did not find anything wrong with me! I am so happy now! I hit so hard! I am blessed but still hurting a little!

Blessings to you all and especially to you, mama!

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee
12/27/2017

Dear Mary,

Such good news! I am happy to hear the good report from the ER!

I trust all the good things you are doing will help to resolve the pain quickly, then.

Have you tried Epsom Salt baths? I love those when I am hurting!

Love,

~Mama to Many~
(and sure - it is an honor to have you call me, "Mama.")

Replied by Mama To Many
Tn
02/10/2018

Dear Mary from Arcadia,

A friend of mine shared with me the success she has had reducing her blood pressure using a NOW product called blood pressure health. I know you have mentioned your high blood pressure in the past.

I just ordered some Hawthorn capsules (Swanson brand) for my husband for his high blood pressure and caffeine induced arrhythmia. I will let you know how they work for him. I may take the hawthorn myself and my bp isn't as low as it used to be. I will let you know how the Hawthorn works for us....

Hope your shoulder is completely healed by now!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Jan
Mi
02/13/2018

I would like to know what to do for high blood pressure. Please let us know how the hawthorne works for you.

Replied by Mary
Arcadia, Ca
02/14/2018

Dear Mama,

I am so sad for the passing of your beautiful mother. You are such a great person that she helped to make you the person you are. I pray that you pass through this pain and be blessed. You have so many blessings that come to you from all over. You deserve them all. I will pray for peace for you in your time of need. Blessings always, Mary Martinez

Replied by Mary Martinez
Arcadia, Ca
02/15/2018

Hello dear Mama! I just saw this post today. yes thank you my shoulder healed very nicely! I finally brought down my blood pressure with this natural supplement. This was so wonderful could not believe it! I went to the new doctor and they had just check my bp when to my surprize it was 123/78!!! I said, "what but not loudly" since I was new the doctor set me up to do a ton of tests was going to do it but decided to forget it. the name of this product is BLOOD PRESSURE FORMULA. BY LONGEVITY PREMIER NUTRACEAUTICALS, INC. BOUGHT IT FROM AMAZON! I did get a little dizzy so took only a quarter of the capsule. I still have to do a little exercise because when I do that I feel totally normal. I do exercise a little once and a while but planning to do more soon! I promise.

With love and health,

Mary Martinez