10 Home Remedies Every Latino Swears By

It's officially cold and flu season, but before you stock up on Sudafed, NyQuil, and Halls, ask your tia or abuela for their favorite, all-natural cure. Their answers may surprise you! 

Check out these 10 Latino home remedies, and add your own in the comments: 

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1. Vicks VapoRub

Dry skin? Cold? Chapped lips? Achy knee? Creaky door hinges?

We know the cure: Vick's VapoRub. This magic medicine has the power to cure a variety of ailments... well, according to your abuela. 

2. Manzanilla

Suffering from a stomach ache, indigestion, nausea or cramps? Try some manzanilla tea for a soothing fix. 

3. Tequila Shots

Doctors always recommends plenty of liquids when kicking a cold. They probably didn't mean tequila shots, but surprisingly, many Mexican doctors in the 1900s recommend the fix to sick patients. Apparently, a combination of tequila, agave, and fresh lime juice can do wonders in fighting off colds and sore throats. 

4. Uncooked Eggs

Nothing cures evil eye better than uncooked eggs. Many Latinos believe that people can give their children evil eye or an eye full of joy. Different cultures have different cures for the evil eye, but almost every cure involves uncooked eggs. One version involves rubbing the uncooked egg all over the body of the inflicted child for three straight days. After each day, crack the egg into a glass of water to see determine much evil still remains. 

5. Yerba Buena

The Spanish name for yerba buena literally translates to "the good herb," and, true to its word, it has a number of good uses. No one yerba buena plant actually exists; the name has been used to describe a number of aromatic herbs and plants through Latin and South America. In almost all cases, the herb has a minty aroma and flavor, and proves to be oh-so-soothing for stomach troubles. 

 

6. Onion & Honey Syrup

Dominican parents swear by a potent (but disgusting) combination of onions and honey. Cook the ingredients until it forms a thick syrup, then down the jarabe to stop nighttime coughing. 

7. Warm Water with Lemon

Many Latinos swear by this all-natural cure for irregular bowel movements. Instead of downing expensive fiber treatments, drink a glass of warm water with a dash of honey and squeeze of lemon before bed. Your colon will thank you!

8. Sacocho

Mamis throughout the world whip up their own version of the traditional 'chicken stew' when someone in their family falls sick. In Latin America, many mothers choose to cook a steaming bowl of sancochoServed piping hot with a dash of lime, the stew can cure any cold... or hangover. 

9. Estafiate

Estafiate, a plant found throughout Mexico and the Southwest United States, has a number of incredible uses. The plant can be made into a tea, which can be used to soothe an aching stomach or PMS cramps. The plant can also be made into a salve to treat burns, bruises, muscle aches or joint pain. 

10. Ginger

Puerto Ricans swear by the healing properties of ginger. Combine some water, lemon, grated ginger, honey, and cinnamon for a foolproof cold-fighting tonic.