From the article: Stock Sachet Step By Step
Eastern Europeans are firm believers in holistic medicine and treating oneself naturally with herbs, plants and by other means. Some of the remedies seem bizarre to those of us indoctrinated with Western medicine. But the pendulum is swinging the other way, and more credence is being given to many of these cure-alls. Take the new stance on chicken soup, for example. While the jury is still out on this one, my grandfather swore that drinking melted goose fat loosened the congestion in his chest. What are some of the folk remedies your family used in the past and, perhaps, still do? Share Your Folk Remedy
- My uncle used to put chilled chicken fat on me whenever I had swelling (like from a toothache or from a sprained ankle). He would put the chicken fat on my skin and then wrap a cloth around tightly to keep it in place (also so you wouldn't end up with chicken fat everywhere). He would make me wear it overnight but it always seemed to help the swelling, sadly I can't say the same for my skin.
- —Guest hayhey
- My grandmother used to put mud straight onto insect stings. She swore it made swelling go down.
- —Guest Sczpanski
Red Irritated Eye
- My father was a sheet metal guy. Sometimes he would do welding. Once he got sparks in his eye. He grated a potato, put it in a white handkerchief and held it on the eye. By bedtime the pain, redness and swelling were gone. His parents, who were from Poland, taught him to do this.
- —Guest pondfeather
Folk Remedy for Knee Pain
- Boil a cup of milk and add 1/2 teaspon turmeric powder. Or if you hve fresh ginger, pound it and add into the boiling milk, strain and drink. This remedy is good if you take it three times a week and for months at a time.
- —Guest julianna
Lemon for Nausea
- My mom used to always give us lemon juice or a lemon slice when we were feeling nauseous. It also works for motion sickness.
- —Guest renner.k16
Hang a Rosary in a Tree
- When we had a family event, like First Communions, anniversaies, weddings, etc., we had so many people over we had to also use the small backyard, my mother would always hang her rosary in the small pear tree to keep storms away. Try it.
- This really saved me two weeks ago. I slept like a baby without waking up to cough my lungs out! I drank the following: 1 1/2 ounces Krupnik (polish honeyed vodka) in 10 ounces hot fruit/herb tea, mixed with blackberry syrup (or any other fruit syrup you may have handy), and some lemon juice and, at times, some honey for extra sweetness. It really got me a good sleep and took my headache away, too!
- I never have a cold, because, at the first signs of a cold, I put two (2) Alka-Seltzers in a glass and add a very small amount of water (just enough to dilute) and drink it down. This cures all signs of a cold, in several hours. (Best at bedtime.) Alka Seltzer is also good for never getting a hangover, if you intend to overindulge like on New Years Eve. Two Alka Seltzers in a full glass of water, does prevent a hangover the next day for me.
- —Guest NANCY
Onions Are a Cure-All
- Onions have been cultivated for more than 5,000 years and have been used as medicine for at least 1,500 years. The onion is a remarkable vegetable that belongs in the Alliaceae family, the same family as garlic. Onions are rich in sulfur-containing compounds that are good for heart health and are also a very good source of quercetin, a flavonoid antioxidant that benefits inflammatory conditions like arthritis. In addition, onions contain a decent amount of fiber and vitamin C and can help balance blood glucose levels and lower one's risk of getting cancer. Besides adding them to your diet, you can successfully treat common problems with this onion remedy. This onion tea home remedy has been in our family for generations. It’s not just an old wive’s tale. It really works. It proved to be helpful many times while growing up for ridding head congestion and colds and flu. Other drugs and prescriptions don’t do the tricks as well as this one. Peel and slice 1 large onion. Place in pot with 1 1/2 cups filtered water. Boil for 10-20 minutes until liquid reduces to 1 cup. This will make 2 two half-cup portions. Strain away the onions and add lemon and honey (as much as you desire) and drink it hot. It must be fresh. We advise that you do not let it sit overnight. You can re-heat the second portion in the microwave, but make a fresh batch each day. The odor is a bit unnerving, and you might not like the taste at first, but you'll get used to it. It’s for your health! Three days of this and you are good to go!
Bad Cold or Flu Remedy
- My dad would add a clove of garlic to a cup of milk and simmer it on the stove. He'd add a pat of butter right before we'd drink it :/ Now I hate milk....lol
- —Guest DebG
Ciocia's Cold and Flu Remedy
- Simple and direct: Make mint tea (from real mint, not the commercial tea bags), enough for 2 coffee mugs. When well steeped and nicely hot, add 3 tablespoons (or so) good-quality honey and 2 good double shots of the best Polish vodka you can get. Once ALL is consumed, relax. Cover up with two blankets and SWEAT (because you will, I assure you). Sleep if you must and eat if you wish (but only fried potatoes or pierogi) ..."your body will tell you, no one else can!" You may feel a little weak after this regimen but, in my experience, it sure does seem to work. Auntie (ciocia in Polish) said, "the heat and sweat takes the sickness away from you."
Spirytus (Rectified Spirit) for Headcold
- Eastern Europeans use Spirytus for mixing drinks, making homemade liqueurs, and for medicinal purposes. I find it extremely helpful to moisten a piece of cottom ball with rectified spirit, and plug up my ears with these for the night, also wear a headscarf (babuszka) on my head, and , tied around my neck. I rub some Vicks on my chest, neck and sinus area from the bridge of my nose toward my cheeks. Sometimes it helps after the first use, but other times I have to keep up for two to three nights. It is a proven remedy for my head cold. Add lots of herbal tea with lemon and honey and, for adults, add a tablespoon of brandy, and you will sleep like a baby. My pediatrician told me that for children over 1 year old, the best cough medicine is a mixture of 2 parts honey mixed with 1 part lemon juice, administering it by 1 teaspoon every hour. REMEMBER children under the age of 1 should NOT consume honey! Sore throat remedy: 2 slices of buttered rye bread sandwiched with two to three sliced cloves of garlic. Yum!! Plus lots of fluids.
Red Wine and Fennel
- Boil one bottle of red wine, add sugar to taste for sweetness, and add several fennel seeds while wine is boiling to give the wine a robust fennel flavor. It is intoxicating and very heady. Tastes great and very soothing for sore throat and cough. Enjoy!
- —Guest bakedgoods1234
Hot Whiskey and Sugar for Congestion
- Boil 3 ounces of whiskey in in small turkish coffemaker. Add 3 tablespoons sugar (1 ounce sugar to 1 ounce whiskey) and boil until sugar is dissolved. Drink hot. This is soothing and will break down the feeling of congestion.
- —Guest bakedgoods1234
Warm Beer, Raw Egg and Sugar
- I remember warm beer, raw egg and some sugar for taste all mixed in a tall glass. Speaking of spirytus, my husband remembered how his grandmother rubbed the alcohol on his chest (for congestion). He said the fumes almost made him drunk!
- —Guest Tereska52
Holy Basil from India
- Ancient herb that one can grow. In comes in a liquid form also. Latest is that this herb is the only natural cure for swine flu. Worth a look up on Google.
Goose Grease for Chest Congestion
- My dear grandfather, who shoveled coal into steel-mill blast furnaces for more than 30 years, used to drink melted goose fat for his black-lung congestion. He also used it to rub on his chest. He swore by it.