Home Remedies from Around the World, part 1

LSS Center for New Americans
Heather Glidewell, ESL Instructor

This past month we have been talking about health care with our students. In my upper-level English class, we discussed some home remedies that my students use. I learned so much from them!

 

Home Burn Remedies

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From cooking mishaps to fun in the summer sun, we all have burns sometimes.  Here are a few of the responses I received from my students on the best ways to take care of them.

 
El Salvador ~ When I get a burn, I use aloe vera on my burn. I put a tomato on it and then I feel better. I put cold water on the burn. I use honey and put on the burn.
Iraq ~ When I burn my hand, I will put tomato paste on a burn.
Venezuela ~ When I have a burn, I put the onion on it, I rinse in a lot of cold water, or I put a slice of potato on it.

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So naturally I had to look up the benefits of putting a tomato slice on a burn, and sure enough, there is a chemical called lycopene in tomatoes that reduces the heat from a burn and helps relieve the pain. Additionally honey has antiseptic properties for burns, and potato slices, especially the peel of a potato, will hold a lot of water and keep a burn from drying out too fast. Finally onion juice, too, has natural pain relievers.

 

Home Cough Remedies

 

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The cold season is finally winding down, but allergy season is making its presence known, so my students gladly gave me ideas to help with coughing.

 
Guatemala ~ When I have a cough, I drink hot water with honey and ginger.
Ukraine ~ When I have a cough, I drink tea with honey, ginger, and lemon.
Ethiopia ~ I drink milk with honey and garlic. I mix garlic and milk together. I boil for a few minutes and after that drink, I feel better.
Eritrea ~ When I have a cough, I drink warm water. I drink lemon with tea. I take vitamin C; for example, lemon, tomatoes, or an orange. We have to drink hot water early in the morning.

 

milk and garlic

The remedy that surprised me most here was the garlic and honey milk. Although both garlic and honey are said to have benefits for colds and coughs, I do not know if I could stomach warm garlic milk. I might have to stick to the other suggestions.

 

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Catch me next time when I discuss even more home remedies!

Written by Heather Glidewell, ESL Instructor

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