Kitchen First Aid – Foods To Heal & Soothe Your Little Ones

THE MASHED BANANA TRICK: the ouchless way to remove splinters! Instead of going after something embedded (splinter, glass, thorn) with tweezers (ouch!), Try some ripe, mashed banana on the area, covered with tape, overnight. The enzymes in the banana draw it to the surface for easy removal the next morning. Mashed banana also works for drawing out a pimple!

THE SMELLY ONION: for the sting of a bee, the bite of a bug. Been bitten or stung? Take away the hurt or the itch by rubbing with a freshly cut onion!

THE VINEGAR BATH: to soothe the pain of a sunburn put one cup apple cider vinegar in the bath (buy wood aged from the health food store, not chemically aged from the supermarket). Soothes and cools!

MRS. RABBIT'S SECRET: for tummy aches, sleeplessness and nervous upset. Peter Rabbit's heart went pit-a-pat as he ran from Farmer MacGregor. His mother knew how to calm him: a nice warm cup of Chamomile tea. When he could not sleep or had a tummy ache, good old Chamomile came to the rescue.

THE SMELLY ONION – AGAIN !: for bumps, strains and sprains. When my athletic boys have minor injuries, we tape on a sliced, yellow onion overnight. It reduces pain and swelling.

KISSED A FROG – GOT A WART ?: the Castor Oil trick. We do not really think that frogs give us warts but whatever does we can banish them this way: every night for 3 weeks, make a paste from baking soda and Castor Oil. Place on the wart and cover with tape. Remove in the morning. Stop after 3 weeks and then the wart will most likely turn black, dry up and fall off, never to return!

PETER PIPER PICKED A PECK OF PICKLED PEPPERS: If Peter Piper had taken Cayenne pepper he could have used it to stop bleeding! Putting powdered Cayenne on a bleeding cut not only does not hurt but stops the bleeding in 10 seconds! Apply and cover with bandage. It even stops the heavy bleeding that can occur with head wounds.

THE BROWN PAPER BAG TRICK: to stop a bloody nose put a small piece of a brown paper bag between the upper lip and gum as high up as it can go. The top lip will hold it in place. Bleeding will stop in a few minutes!

WINNIE-THE-POOH'S BURN REMEDY: Honey, the sweet and sticky solution to minor burns. Gently apply to take the hurt from a burn. Use only raw, natural honey from the health food store, full of enzymes. Winnie-the-Pooh would not have gotten his honey from a supermarket!

OIL OF EUCALYPTUS: Man / Woman and Dog's best friend! If you've got a cold and can not breathe, put a few drops of oil of Eucalyptus (found in health food stores) on a wad of cotton stuffed inside a small container. Every time you need to clear your head, open the container and breathe deeply. It's really a safe and natural inhaler!

THE FASHIONABLE PET REPELS TICKS: Dip a rope in oil of Eucalyptus, wrap in a bandana and tie around your pet's neck. The Eucalyptus repels fleas and ticks. Pets look cute, too! Refresh the rope twice a week. You can also put one part Eucalyptus in 16 parts water into a spray bottle and spray on your pet and on yourself before gardening, hiking, playing in the grass.

THE SMELLY ONION – YES, AGAIN! To put a stop to non-stop coughing, thinly slice a yellow onion, wrap in cheese cloth and warm in the oven at 200 degrees for just a few minutes, Place on your sweet child's chest and cover with a T-shirt. By the time I got from my son's bed to the door, the coughing stopped! Onion is a well-known European remedy.

PEPPERMINT TEA: the nicest way to help a headache and stomachache. Steep a Peppermint tea bag (it should not contain anything but Peppermint) in a cup of boiled water, covered, for 10 minutes. Add honey, if you like, and watch those sad lips turn into a smile when they soon feel better.

ECHINACEA: Bless you! What sounds like a sneeze is actually something to make you well. A final note for parents: if you are interested in natural healing for your family then you must find out about Echinacea (eck-i-nay-sha). It is almost like an herbal antibiotic and anti-viral and stimulates the immune system. When a child has come home with some kind of bug, you give it to that child to help make them well and you give it to the rest of the family to help keep them well! This way illness need not travel through the entire family.

-Andrea Candee, MH, MSC
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