Onions and oatmeal Good for what ails you.
Years ago, people didn’t have drugstores and pharmacies to go to for remedies for minor injuries, itches and insect bites. They often went to the pantry ore into the garden for a remedy that took care of the itch or the pain or the swelling. Some of those good ideas still work today.
Got a splinter, grab a potato
If you get a splinter, put a spud on it. Wash and peel a white or red potato, then cut off a piece and grate it. Put the grated potato on a piece of gauze and tape it over the area with the splinter. Leave it on overnight so that the potato can dry out. As it dries, the potato draws moisture to it, including body fluids from around the splinter. All that moisture brings the splint closer to the surface of you skin and makes it easier to remove. Carrots also work, their beta carotene helps to heal the skin too.
Burn yourself? Stop the sizzle
Restaurant cooks discovered that slapping a cabbage leaf on a minor burn aids in healing. Cabbage is high in glutamine, which helps new cells grow and prevents infection. Make a paste by grinding up some cabbage leaves with a little water in a blender. Put the paste on the burned area and tape gauze over it. Leave it on for 30 to 60 minutes.
Itchy? Take a bath
Got an itch or a rash that’s driving you crazy? Put a handful of oats in an old sock, knot it and dunk it and yourself in a warm tub.
The white milky stuff the oatmeal gives off is cellulose, and that’s what will calm the itching. It’s a good idea to take along a little cloth bag of oatmeal when you are camping or hiking in the woods. If you run into something that makes you itchy, wet the oatmeal pouch and squeeze the juice onto the itch, leaving it on until it dries.
Bitten? Time for an onion
Sooner or later, we all get bitten by a mosquito. When that happens, reach for an onion. Yellow and red onions contain sulfur compounds that reduce the swelling and itching that result from the salvia that the mosquito injects when she drinks your blook. Sulphur compounds are what makes onions smell. Put a slice of onion on the bit or to release more of the juice, grate the onion and wrap it in q gauze. Tape the slice or the gauze bundle over the bite. You can expect results in about 15 minutes.
Interesting concepts, don’t know if they work or not. Have to keep in mind for later use.
Taken from The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids
Till next time this is Becky Litterer, Becky’s Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa email@example.com 641-794-3337 cell 641-903-9365