It’s that time of year when sniffles, sneezes and sore throats strike!
In communities struggling with poverty, people often can’t afford doctor visits but rely on natural home remedies made with plants and herbs from their environment.
Here are two common Guatemalan home remedies used during the winter and flu seasons.
Note: This blog post is provided purely for informational purposes to shed light on the lives of CFCA sponsored children and elderly. CFCA does not endorse these remedies or encourage readers to try them.
If you do decide to try a natural home remedy, please check with your doctor first. Certain home remedies, particularly herbal ones, can interact with prescription medications.
Cypress seeds (submitted by Gerver Churunel)
Seeds from the Cypress tree are used for natural home remedies in Guatemala.
Knowledge of medicinal plants is of great importance for rural Guatemalan communities. Often families have these inexpensive plants in or near their homes.
A common recipe calls for Cypress seeds, used for throat infections and swollen tonsils. It’s a simple recipe intended for people of all ages.
Five Cypress seeds are collected in half a glass of purified water and boiled for eight minutes. After it’s cooled, the seeds are strained from the water.
Two tablespoons of white honey (different from amber honey) are added, and people then gargle with the water three times a day for four consecutive days.
Tomatillo husks (submitted by Luis CocÛn)
The tomatillo husk is commonly used for treating sore throats and coughs. This home remedy is used by all ages. Some common synonyms for this plant are tomate, tomatito and miltomate.
Seven tomatillo husks are boiled in one cup of water for approximately eight minutes. After it’s cooled, the husks are strained from the water.
People then gargle with the water three times a day for five consecutive days.
What’s your favorite natural home remedy? Feel free to share in the comments!