Our Abuelas Swear By These At-Home Remedies To Cure Anything You Might Be Struggling With
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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
Caption: “Sopa de Pollo Cubano para mi mujer para los gringos:
Cuban Chicken Soup for my lady it’s been said to cure everything”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Symptoms: Cold / Flu
Screw chicken noodle soup, mijas. The Dominican Republic’s sancocho will build strong bones.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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