They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away and while this may not be necessarily true, there are in fact foods that can help limit trips to your M.D.
So, the next time your child complains of aches and pains, take a look around the house for these home-remedy ingredients before running off to the doc!
Below are the foods that are the best to eat, and do not cause allergy reactions.
Herb teas (no lemon or orange)
Pure freshly-juiced fruit juices without sugar or additives (dilute 50:50 with water)
Puffed rice and millet
Diluted apple juice, apple slices, and nuts go well on cereal.
Use almond milk or rice milk on cereal.
Grains and flour (All organic):
Cooked whole gains, such as oats, millet, barley, rice macaroni, spelt (flour and pasta), brown rice, rice, or millet breads (that contain no dairy, eggs, sugar, or wheat)
Tofu (eat no more than 2x weekly)
Protein (Organic and free-range):
Fresh (not farmed) tuna and other cold-water fish
All vegetables except corn are generally acceptable.
Tomatoes sometimes cause problems and should be avoided by susceptible individuals.
Treat a skin allergy with papaya seeds -
To help with the unbearable itch of a skin allergy mash some papaya seeds and apply to the rash.
Treat skin allergies with poppy seeds -
Grind 1 teaspoon of poppy seeds with 1 teaspoon of water and 1 teaspoon of lime juice. Apply this to the affected area. This method will help reduce and itch and redness.
Allergy treatment using tea's and juices -
Try any of the following teas and juices to help overcome symptoms: carrot juice, celery juice but don't use it if you suffer from high blood pressure.
Allergy treatment using local honey - That means, honey made by bees living near you - they forage the pollens of plants growing near you which may be causing the allergic reactions. Eating their honey helps to build up immunity to those pollens.
Allergy treatment using vitamin C -
Vitamin C 1,000 mg three to five times daily. Cut back on dosage if loose stools occur. Vitamin C has a natural antihistamine effect on the body.
Toothaches can be unbearable, but instead of rushing off to the drugstore to buy the latest product that might not work, use ground cloves to ease the pain. Cloves are a popular item in most spice racks, so there is a good chance you’ll already have this pain-reliever stashed away. Simply crush them up and apply to the affected tooth. Clove oil also works well, but is less common in households.
Mix powdered mustard with flour, add a little bit of water and make a good paste. Spread the paste on a tea towel or cloth. Then, fold the cloth over and place it on your child’s chest or throat. The burning of the mustard miraculously helps to stop irksome coughing. Be sure to remove the cloth if skin becomes irritated or burns.
Though onions usually make you cry, when it comes to bee stings they may actually help stop the tears. Applying a freshly cut onion to a bee sting or other bug bite helps relieve pain. In a pinch, onions can also be used to treat hives. Steeping some onions and honey together makes an effective cough syrup as well. Breathing in the onion fumes as they are boiling can also help to clear up chest congestion.
When your child comes to you complaining of an earache, some olive oil just might be the solution. Put a little oil in a container and place the container in boiling water to heat it. Place a few drops of olive oil (you can also use garlic oil) on a cotton ball and place it in the ear, or put a drop or two in the ear and cover with a cotton ball. The cotton should be left on for 10 - 15 minutes. The heat will help to draw out unwanted liquid in the ear.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a miracle substance with all kinds of uses. First, it’s great for cuts and scrapes. Applying a small amount to the latest skateboarding or biking injury will help fight infection and speed up the healing process. Second, using 3 or 4 drops can help clear up swimmer’s ear—a common problem with the younger set. The vinegar will disinfect and dry the ear out, eliminating itching and pain. Finally, placing a little daub of apple cider vinegar onto a cold sore can help heal it. The vinegar should be applied several times a day to assist with healing.