September 2015

Tried and tested household remedies from your grandmother's days

In families with children, there are always some little aches and pains to be treated. Tried-and-tested household remedies are often just as reliable as medication from the chemist's. But beware: if the complaints show no quick improvement, there is no way of avoiding the doctor.

Cold flannel for nosebleeds

Kalter Waschlappen bei Nasenbluten Soak a flannel in cold water, wring it out and place it against the neck.

Steam for a blocked nose and whooping cough

Wasserdampf bei verstopfter Nase und Keuchhusten Run hot water in the shower or bath. Keep the bathroom door closed, so that the whole room fills with steam. Breathe the steam deeply. Mainly helps children.

Quark compress for a sore throat

Quarkwickel bei Halsschmerzen Spread quark thickly a cotton towel (e.g. a nappy) and place the side covered in quark directly the throat. Possibly wrap an additional towel around it. Leave the compress in place until the quark has dried. Make sure you use low-fat quark because it is higher in protein and consequently extracts more water from the tissue than normal quark.

Honey for cold sores

Honig bei Fieberblasen Apply honey to the cold sore on a regular basis. This speeds up incrustation. Alternatively, the cold sore can also be dabbed with brine toothpaste or a special toothpaste containing whiting (both of which are available at chemists, pharmacies or health food shops). The aim is to dry out the cold sore as quickly as possible.

Cooking salt solution for swollen joints

Kochsalzlösung bei Gelenkschwellungen For the best results, dissolve a handful of cooking salt in a litre of hot water. Soak a towel in the saline solution and tie it around the swollen joint for 20 to 30 minutes.


Cooking salt solution for swollen joints

Gefrorenes Kochssalz bei akuten Verrenkungen The alternative to a commercially available cold pack: fill a small linen bag with cooking salt and store in the freezer. Once frozen it can be applied to the affected place. This has a cooling effect and reduces the swelling.


Linseed compress for inflammation of the paranasal sinuses

Leinsamenwickel bei Entzündungen der Nasennebenhöhlen Bring a cup of water to the boil and add half a cup of whole linseed (approx. 30 to 40 g). Spread the hot mash thickly a cotton nappy and fold in. Apply to the face when it is as hot as you can bear it until the compress is cool.

Clove for toothache

Gewürznelke bei Zahnschmerzen Biting on a clove helps to alleviate toothache. Cloves contain local anaesthetic substances, thanks to which the affected place is briefly anaesthetised.

Important: not suitable for children under the age of 6.


Raw milk for hay fever

Rohmilch bei Heuschnupfen For everyone who lives near a farm: bring 3 dl of raw milk (organic if possible) to the boil, then stir in 1 teaspoon of local honey and ½ a teaspoon of turmeric powder. Drink at a pleasant temperature, preferably in sips before going to bed.

For everyone else: regularly rinse out your nose with a saline solution of cooking salt.



Consultant:
Christine Funke, eidg. dipl. Pharmacist FPH, FA Phytotherapy;
Oliver Bassler, kant. appr. Naturopath (specialist outpatient technical management at Helsana)

Illustrations:
Florian Bayer / C3 Creative Code and Content (Schweiz) AG