Home Remedies/Folk Medicine

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Free Home Remedies E-books

Coughs, Earaches & Sore Throats: Natural Remedies that Work! -simple natural home remedies for three of the most common childhood complaints, free from Homeschool Freebie of the Day, today only. This offer has expired.

Mother’s Remedies: Over One Thousand Tried and Tested Remedies from Mothers of the United States and Canada -downloadable e-book, originally published in 1910. From ManyBooks.net.

Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure -by Dr. William Thomas Fernie, first published in 1895. E-book download from Project Gutenberg.

Websites About Home Remedies and Folk Medicine

Old Cures

Old Time Remedies

Old West Legends: Old Time Cures & Remedies

Sedona Historical Society: Old Time Remedies for People & Animals

West Virginia Historical Society Quarterly: Folk Medicine by Peggy S. Fisher

UCLA Online Archive of American Folk Medicine

Folk Medicine in Hispanics in the Southwestern United States

The International Home Remedies Project

Lithuanian Folk Medicine

Midwives and Maternity Care in the Roman World

Ozarkian and Haitian Folk Medicine

Folk Medicine: Amish and Swiss-Pennsylvania German

Native American Herbal Remedies

The Vinegar Website

Great Uses for Vinegar

Old Time Cleaning Remedies

Home Remedies In The News

St. Petersburg Times: Old Time Remedies Work Best

Tried and True Home Remedies: CBS News Video

ABC News: Ethnic Home Remedies That Really Work

Old-Time Mosquito Remedy May Work Against Ticks, Too

Some Of Our Old Family Remedies

My grandfather used whiskey on on our gums when we were teething as babies.

I can remember my momma giving us lemon and honey tea for sore throats and we had a black salve for drawing out splinters.

My momma-in-law used catnip tea to calm babies, mullein tea for coughs and kerosene to repel chiggers.

My husband pours kerosene on wounds (ouch!).

Some Home Remedies I Use

  • vinegar on burns (not broken skin) and athletes foot
  • aloe vera for burns
  • garlic/mullein oil for clogged ears, earaches, ear infections
  • an eyewash of eyebright or goldenseal tea for styes, pinkeye
  • mullein for coughs/bronchitis
  • homemade chicken soup with lots of onion, garlic, sage and thyme, for colds
  • honey for: sore throats, coughs, infected cuts and scrapes
  • witch hazel for skin conditions/to reduce swelling and redness (excellent for your face)
  • comfrey (as a poultice or salve) for cuts/bruises/broken bones/skin cancer
  • wild violet leaves (poultice) for skin conditions
  • sage/thyme/mullein/chamomile/peppermint/lemon balm/ginger/garlic/cayenne tea for colds and the flu (some or all)
  • ginger for upset stomach
  • licorice root for stomach upset/ulcers
  • cayenne/garlic for sinus problems
  • jewelweed (wild touch-me-not) for poison ivy (washing immediately in COLD spring water also works)
  • moistened tobacco or baking soda paste on insect bites and stings
  • salt pork or bacon fat to draw out splinters
  • onion poultice for boils
  • mountain mint/mosquito plant to repel bugs (rubbed on skin and clothes)
  • tea tree oil for shingles, acne

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Please note:  I am not a doctor and this is not intended to be medical advice.

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2 comments to “Home Remedies/Folk Medicine”

  1. Comment by Alexandra:

    How interesting. Ginger really works for me for upset stomachs. Tea tree oil helps with blemishes, and I use witch hazel on my skin all the time. I got some oils for home made bug repellent this year…can’t wait to see if they work. I’m going to try a few on the pets as well. I checked first to see if they were pet safe.

    Thanks for all the links…going to  browse. :)


  2. Comment by Denese:

    I’ve never tried Tea Tree oil but I did buy some to make a homemade deoderant recipe. My cousins uses it on her nails (fungus).
    My momma taught me about witch hazel when I was young, thank the Lord for mamas or we’d have to find out a lot of this on our own!
    I’d love to know how the bug repellent turns out, especially on your pets. Our dogs really get the ticks and I try to stay away from the chemical repellents (they didn’t work anyway). We usually de-tick them every couple of days and I put fresh garlic in their food but they still get ticks.