In many circumstances common, natural substances found in most homes can be used as home remedies in first aid situations and for the treatment of minor complaints.
What could be simpler than salt, apple cider vinegar, cold tea, bicarbonate of soda, ice cubes and lemons!
- Aching feet: add salt or bicarbonate of soda to a basin of hot water and soak the feet for at least 10 minutes.
- Anesthetic: ice cubes are extremely effective for numbing pain in 5 to 10 minutes. An extremely simple and painless method of dealing with the removal of a splinter or thorn from a child’s finger.
- Black eye: apply a paste of bicarbonate of soda on a cold cloth for soothing relief.
- Burns: iced water or cold tap water will reduce the pain and discomfort of a burn. If the burn is serious you should seek immediate medical assistance.
- Colds: the miseries and discomfort of a cold can be relieved by sipping a hot toddy made by dissolving lemon juice and honey in a cup of boiling water.
- Grazes: apple cider vinegar makes an excellent antiseptic. Apply by dabbing gently with cotton wool, working away from the wound. Salt dissolved in boiled water is also an effective antiseptic solution.
- Hiccups: if you don’t mind the taste of lemon juice, the favorite remedy was to place a teaspoon of the juice in your mouth and instruct you not to swallow it, to allow it to be slowly absorbed.
- Indigestion: dissolve half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in a glass of water and drink slowly. Persistent symptoms should be referred to your health practitioner.
- Itchy rash: this may relieved by soaking in a warm bath in which has been dissolved half a cup each of salt and vinegar. Nettle, heat or allergy rashes may be relieved by applying a paste of bicarbonate of soda.
- Splinters: apply olive oil to the skin first so that the splinter can be removed with minimum discomfort and pain .
- Stings and bites: a moist paste of bicarbonate of soda will relieve mosquito and ant bites. For bee and wasp stings apply a thick paste of bicarbonate of soda then cover the area with a cold wet cloth. With bee stings, be sure to remove the stinger first before treating. Often a honey compress to the area will help to make extraction easier.
- Sunburn: bathe gently with a soft cloth dipped in cold tea, or sponge carefully with cider vinegar.