We touched on this a little in another thread somewhere, but I was thinking about it this morning. I was playing with another version of the candle stove and cut/scraped my hand in two places. Normally I wouldn't have paid much attention to it, but it keep bleeding, slowing me down. I vaguely remembered reading somewhere that sugar would slow the blood flow, so I sprinkled some on, just to see. Lo and behold, it worked. I left it on for a few minutes, then rinsed it off and it had quit bleeding completely. Made a believer out of me! I put honey on it next, to seal it over and (they say) heal it faster. We shall see.
Anyway, after that, I started thinking of the ways I already use food as medicine and thought it would be smart to have a list to refer to.
Here are some of the ways I can think of right now:
Salt as a mouthwash and gargle for a sore throat and/or mouth infection or pain. It kills bacteria and germs.
Clove oil or whole cloves to stop the pain of a toothache or sore gums.
Peppermint tea, used hot, will help unclog sinuses when you inhale the vapors. It also helps chest congestion. It's a relaxer, and it helps the digestive system, but don't use it before bedtime if you have GERD or are prone to heart burn, as it relaxes the muscle at the top of the stomach (I forgot what it's called) and allows stomach acid to back up into the esophagus.
Yogurt will end a mild case of most fungus infections. It has to be plain, with live cultures. Don't use any that has sugar of any kind, because sugar feeds fungi.
Vinegar, of course... use it for:
- Sore throat, mixed half and half with honey. Take a tablespoon at a time.
- Disinfectant in a pinch. It stings, but does the job.
- Some cases of athlete's foot and/or toenail fungus. Soak in half vinegar/half water
- Sunburn remedy. Spritz or run vinegar over the area and allow to dry. Repeat as often as necessary. This will keep the skin from blistering and help it heal faster.
- Some headaches respond to vinegar fumes. "A Frugal Headache Remedy with Vinegar" explains how it works.
Baking soda, mixed with water to make a paste, will neutralize the venom from a bee sting.
Baking soda is a quick acid reducer. A half teaspoon in a half glass (or less) of water, downed quickly, will do it.
What foods do you use, or have heard can be used, as medicine?