Nurses’ Healing Remedies

Nurses know the healing process more intimately than nearly any other profession. Learn from their expertise as nurses from around the country share their secret remedies for common ailments.

You can be the health expert at home with these five easy treatments for treating common conditions.

Remedy for Cuts and Bruises: Cabbage

Next time you don’t have anything in your medicine cabinet to clean out a wound, try using cabbage. Nurse Paula Jean Greer uses this leafy vegetable to removing unwanted fluids from a cut or scrape. To get the best results, wrap a refrigerated leaf over the injured area with gauze to cool and clean on contact, and make sure to redress the wound regularly.

Remedy for Colds: Salt Water

Often, colds last so long because your body can’t get all the germs out of its system. That’s why Nurse Jennifer Chaikin uses this simple remedy to get her family back on its feet. Mix 3 teaspoons of kosher salt with 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 quart of water. Stir until the ingredients dissolve. Then, using a bulb syringe, gently squeeze the hypertonic saline solution into one nostril as you tilt your head to the side over the sink, letting the liquid exit through the other nostril. For kids, use this solution without the pressure of a bulb syringe; try a dropper instead. This home remedy is especially great for those who suffer from chronic sinusitis.


Remedy for Hangovers: Pedialyte

We all know the best way to prevent hangovers is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. However, sometimes, water alone won’t do the trick. That’s why Nurse Holly Rae Stone suggests drinking Pedialyte to prevent those morning headaches. This drink is a great way to replenish your electrolytes and rehydrate your body after a night out on the town.

Remedy for Mild Burns: Whole Milk

The next time you have a mild burn, try running whole milk instead of tap water over the area. The proteins and lipids in the milk promote healing, so the condition of your skin will improve faster. Nurse Nate Barkley suggests soaking a towel with milk to make a cold compress; hold it on the injured area for around 15 minutes. Make sure to wash your hands and the towel afterward to prevent bad odors.


Remedy for Itches: Mint Tea

For itchy skin you shouldn’t scratch, try applying mint tea to the affected area. The menthol in mint has both anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties. Mint also contains muriatic acid, which is an anti-inflammatory that is easily absorbed into the skin. To try this secret home remedy from Nurse Donna Cardillo, boil 2 cups of water and steep one ounce of dried mint leaves. Then, let the tea cool, and saturate a clean cloth to use as a compress on the itchy skin.

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