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Our Abuelas Swear By These At-Home Remedies To Cure Anything You Might Be Struggling With

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Everyone is going down right now with the cold, but not Latinos who follow their abuela’s advice like a religion. Honestly, our families have very interesting ways to try to make your illness vanish before dinner. Whether you are putting Vicks Vaporu on your feet and weraing socks to bed or gargling hydrogen peroxide for a sore throat, some are super questionable and some are genius. However, don’t get crazy and always seek medical advice if you are sick and need assitance. That being said, here are some remedies our abuela’s swear by.

Vaporu

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Symptoms: Literally anything.

There’s no world in which VapoRub doesn’t top this list. Our mamis put it on our chest whenever er had a cough and puts it on all her warts. The healing magic of Vaporu is endless.

It was such a staple in our childhoods that we legit fantasize about its amazing healing properties.

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We were all up in Vaporu’s business. So much so that if you look in your house, you’ll find a few containers of the magic elixir.

“Sana, Sana, La Colita de Rana”

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Alongside Vaporu, this it’s one of the only other cure-all’s we have on deck. Mom would sing the song as she made marks up your arm and end with a very intense tickle. It always made you feel better, so there’s your proof.

El Ojo

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Symptoms: General Lethargy / Sluggishness

Also known as uncooked eggs. If you’re feeling general malaise, you might have the evil eye. The only way to get rid of it is to rub an egg all around your body for three days straight, it will rid you of the evil eye demons.

A glass of water.

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Symptoms: Todo de todo.

Don’t even think about drinking that. Leave it behind your bed to absorb evil spirits in the night. Then, dump it out the next morning. Do that for a few days and you’ll be cured (or the virus will have run its course, who can say?).

Sopa de Pollo Cubano

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Symptoms: Cold/Flu

Caption: “Sopa de Pollo Cubano para mi mujer para los gringos:

Cuban Chicken Soup for my lady it’s been said to cure everything”

#facts

Salt Water

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Symptoms: Sore Throat

It is one of the most common cures for a sore throat in a Latino home. There was no getting a day off because your throat is sore. Gargle some warm salt water, wait 20 minutes then go about your day.

Honey

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Symptoms: Cold

Okay, this isn’t a uniquely Latino remedy, but you know your abuela has told you to have a spoonful of honey whenever you even felt slightly uncomfortable. It was even better warmed up with some lemon juice. As an adult, add some tequila and really kick that cold.

Onion syrup

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Symptoms: Cough / Weakened Immune Symptom.

Yep. Just peel and cut an onion and boil it. Once it’s a bit more reduced, add honey and lime and drink that onion water like your abuelita swears her life on it.

Garlic

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Symptoms: Frio Al Estómago

We don’t get sick because we pop raw garlic cloves like their grapes. That’s because we’re warm, tropics/desert people. So if you’re eating raw salads and smoothies all day, you’re betraying that warm stomach, and better add some garlic, stat.

A Spoonful Of Olive Oil

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Symptoms: Stomach Aches / Colds

Spaniards conquered us and brought us olives. At this point, you can make yourself a garlicky, caramelized onion olive oil dip and call it medicine. Abuela says it’ll help fight off colds.

Wear your socks.

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Symptoms: Existing

No matter what, you should wear socks around the house so you don’t catch a cold. It’s a preventative measure, but if you’re already sick, layer those babies on.

The Ocean

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Symptoms: An Open Wound

Whenever you hurt yourself playing outside or doing something they told you not to do, your parents, if you lived by a beach, would tell you the ocean can heal it. You could use salt + water + cotton ball and do this at home, kids, but it’s not how our abuela’s cured themselves.

Sancocho

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Symptoms: Cold / Flu

Screw chicken noodle soup, mijas. The Dominican Republic’s sancocho will build strong bones.

Mustard

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Symptoms: Cough, Congestion

If you’ve bastardized our shared identity by not having Vaporu around, you can mix mustard with an egg white and some flour. Make like play-dough and apply it to your chest to relieve coughing. We’re not scientists, we’re just messengers.

A shot of tequila

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Symptoms: Cold / Insomnia

It didn’t matter how old you were. If you had a cold or stomach flu, your mom made you have a shot of tequila. The hope is that it would instantly kill the bacteria in your body, but we do not recommend this for jóvenes.

Agua Florida

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Symptoms: Fever

Peruvians and general Miamians alike know that this is the holy water of healing grace. Pour a few drops of it over someone’s feverish head, and it’ll cool you down. Regardless, you’ll smell nice.

Manzanilla y Anise

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Symptoms: Stomach Cramps, Nausea, Discomfort

When that stomach flu hits you, here’s a twofer. Eat some citrus for that natural Vitamin C and then boil the orange peels along with anise. Drinking this abuela-approved tea will soothe your stomach right away.

7Up

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Symptoms: Nausea

Only Latinos would turn a soda into a medicine. It’s the healthiest soda in the house, so if you’re not feeling well, mami will offer you a 7Up.

Put potatoes on your feet, kid.

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Symptoms: Fever

Apparently, rubbing potatoes on your feet can also help reduce a fever.

What weird, strange, and effective Latino remedies keep your family alive and kicking?


READ: You Are Never Too Old to Try Abuelita’s Tried and True Cold Remedies

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News Outlets Are Flooded With Terrifying News, But Here’s A List Of Really Good News That Is Affecting Latinx

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News Outlets Are Flooded With Terrifying News, But Here’s A List Of Really Good News That Is Affecting Latinx

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Every day, television, print, and social media news bombard us with the worst of the world’s major updates and reports. From news of global warming and racism to accounts of mass shootings and political in-fighting, it’s hard to see any good news in these daily publishings. It can get overwhelming and downright depressing. It begins to feel like there is nothing but negativity and bad news in the world. 

However, we know that isn’t true. No matter how bad it seems, there are daily triumphs that we should celebrate as sources of positivity and hope in our world no matter how small these wins seem. We asked our FIERCE readers to share with us some of the good news that is happening in their lives. Hopefully, their stories of success will rejuvenate you and remind you of your own personal victories.

1. Dad deserves some rest and relaxation.

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“Dad told me today he is preparing to retire in December! This man, like many of our fathers/grandfathers, was up every day at 5 AM working hard to make sure I had everything – now he can relax and let me (try) to make sure he has a nice retirement ❤️” @mianoel18

2. They grow up so fast.

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“My two-year-old started preschool today. The regional center is paying for 2 days. It took a lot of work to get to this point. I’m a single mom ❤️” @xochitl_esperanza

3. An educated Latina.

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“Graduating with my Ph.D. soon. Proud First-gen Mexicana ❤️ !! ” @ana_kaboom

4. You are worthy of good things.

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“I’m currently applying to medical school and my imposter syndrome was hitting me pretty hard but after my first interview, I’m excited about the rest. (I got interviews at schools I thought would flat out reject me)” @elizpicazo

5. Making her dreams come true.

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“This 43-year-old mother of two just passed her first-year law school exam! Less than 20% of those who take it pass. In three years I’ll be taking the California bar exam! It’s never too late to go after your goals!” @mujerlaw

6. Congrats, you’re a homeowner!

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“Officially done paying my house as of this month 🙏🏼😭🙏🏼😭🙏🏼” @teresasole48

7. A reunion worth waiting for.

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“I haven’t seen my best friend in two years and she bought her plane ticket today to join me for Thanksgiving and I am SO EXCITED 😍😍😍😍”   @katie.i.cannon

8. Pay it forward.

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“A job opportunity at this place I volunteer for opened up and I’m really excited about it. I applied it’s a legal advocate position to help innocent victims of all crime. I just really want to pay it forward and be who I needed when I was younger. I’m just asking for prayers and good vibes this way 🙏🏽”   @pieldecanela__

9. Get that bread, girl!

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“I am starting my first job after college on Monday! I will help in launching a Latinx outreach program! I am so excited” @bookwormweirdo

10. Support those Latina-owned businesses. 

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“My gringo esposo and I started a Paleteria @gringojakespaleteria and we entered a competition to win our own shop with free rent for a year! 👏🏽👏🏽 Even if we don’t win, we’ve learned so much and conquered our fear of public speaking! 💗” @oliviamsal

11. A multitude of blessings.

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“I just graduated from UW-Madison (just announced #13 public university in the country). I am a first-gen college student so I am so so proud of myself. Still looking for a job (accepting all prayers/good vibes thx 😊). My parents have been looking for their first house for months and are set to close and move in at the end of the month!” @april_rose13

12. So much to be thankful for.

Instagram / @the.sarasa

“I nailed the audition for @tedxevansville and will be speaking about our Latinx community on November 8th! I just moved across the country too, and I both my company and myself are starting new projects and getting more business 🙏🏽❤️ @officiallawtina also my parents are opening the first authentic Latin American restaurant (Serving 9 countries’ foods) in September 17th in a small town where it is finally starting to diversify more and become more inclusive, and this is a HUGE step for the community!” @cindypetrovalfaro

13. Celebrate Latina creators.

Instagram / @weallgrowlatina

“My film @hyphenfilm is hitting the film festivals! Even up for a film star award 🙂 @riaservellon

14. Travel feeds the spirit.

Instagram / @evolution_of_spirit

“My Ma and sis got to travel to Spain 🇪🇸 🙏🏽 We are not rich rich so to us this is Amazing!!!! @jjj259 @essjayyvee 💕 have fun love you!!!” @jayyvee_xo

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A Video Of A Woman Singing ‘Fallaste Corazón’ To Her Abuelo With Dementia Is Going Viral After He Remembered The Lyrics

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A Video Of A Woman Singing ‘Fallaste Corazón’ To Her Abuelo With Dementia Is Going Viral After He Remembered The Lyrics

We all know that growing old is inevitable in this life and that our days on Earth are numbered. Regardless of that truth, it’s human nature to either feel afraid of growing old or to feel melancholy when it comes to thinking of growing old. What can be even more painful is seeing our parents, our aunts and uncles, or our grandparents growing old and imagining a life without them in it. 

Last week, one woman on Twitter shared a video of her grandfather who has dementia singing along with her to “Fallaste Corazón” by Pedro Infante in a fleeting moment of lucidness. 

In the video, you can see the woman singing with such passion to her grandfather who is attentively watching her sing and who later begins to sing along to the lyrics as well.

 Dayis, on Twitter, shared that her “tata” doesn’t remember a lot of things due to his dementia but in an effort to help him with his dementia, she sings to him every day. 

“Today he remembered the song fallaste corazón and I swear I was trying so hard not to cry,” she writes. “This many is my life.”

According to Alzheimers.net, there are many reasons as to why music boosts brain activity.

According to the site, “musical aptitude and appreciation” are two of the last remaining abilities in dementia patients, music can bring emotional and physical closeness, music can shift moods and stimulate positive interactions, and it evokes emotions that bring back memories.

Since musical aptitude and appreciation are the last remaining abilities in patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia, “music is an excellent way to reach beyond the disease and reach the person.” In later stages of dementia, patients are also prone to losing the ability to share emotions with their caregivers or family members but through music, they can still reach that emotional and physical closeness they once had. Further, singing to and with dementia patients is engaging and it leads to patients “exercising more mind power than usual.” 

People who saw the touching video on social media were not only quick to share their reactions after watching it but they also shared their own personal experiences with family members and loved ones who had dementia. 

One Twitter user replied to @Dayannagmusic03 and shared that they couldn’t stop watching the video. 

The Twitter user went on to say that their grandfather also has dementia but notices sometimes that “something around him has triggered a memory” and to see that, they said, is the best feeling in the world. 

The woman who initially posted the video shared that her “tata” is currently on “stage 6” of dementia and although it’s been a long and rough battle, “he always seems to remember certain songs.”

“When he does, it warms my heart with joy,” she continued to write on Twitter. 

It’s safe to say the video had a lot of people in their feels and rightfully so.

We love to see raw and touching moments like these. 

The 0:50 mark made us ugly cry too.

This is right when her grandfather starts to faintly sing along with her and man, she sings with so much emotion too. 

Other folks on Twitter sent their blessings to her family and her grandfather.

We hope her grandfather continues to have more moments like this. 

People on Twitter also compared the heartwarming video to the movie Coco.

Remember the scene toward the end of the film when Miguel sings to Mamá Coco and she begins to remember? I’m not crying, YOU’RE CRYING. 

Others said what we’re all thinking… just thinking about our parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents getting old hurts a little bit more as we keep getting older ourselves. 

We’d like to keep believing their invincible and will live forever. 

Another Twitter user @missmalindakat tweeted that she had never seen anyone sing with more “heart and passion” than in that video.

One Twitter user shared her own video of her grandfather in a similar situation who also seemed to remember the lyrics to “El Rey” by Vicente Fernández when her great aunt sang it to him.

It’s touching to see other folks sharing their similar experiences and videos in an effort to support one another. This video has also amassed over 47,000 views on Twitter. 

Listen to “Fallaste Corazón” in full on YouTube below: