One of the things Hispanics are known for is home remedies. These remedies come from mom or abuelita and the tradition carries on from generation to generation. Here are a few natural ingredients that have been used in Hispanic households for many years:
Cinnamon: Cinnamon tea can be used to calm an upset stomach, treat heartburn, indigestion, nausea, and even control flatulence.
Cilantro: This isn’t just great for pico de gallo, but it’s also used to alleviate stomach cramps and calm children when they’re anxious.
Epazote (wormseed): This is a very popular herb that they use on chilaquiles, but it also helps digestion, to relieve stomach cramps, and rid you of worms.
Oregano: This in the form of tea or oil can help an upset stomach, athlete’s foot and even help you menstruate when you’re late.
Gordolobo (mullein): This furry plant is made into a tea and it helps suppress your cough, asthma, and bronchitis.
Aloe Vera: You can put the gel from aloe Vera on cuts or burns and it can help heal them fast.
Garlic: It is a great form of antioxidant, but it can help with hypertension, relieve a cough, and can even relieve a toothache.
Basil: This is used for headaches, urinary infections in the bladder and kidneys, as well as dizziness.
Avocados: Delicious on guacamole, but it also helps lower your blood sugar. The leaves on avocado alleviate menstrual pains and the avocado seed is considered an aphrodisiac.
Grapes: These are great antioxidants and eating grapes can help alleviate symptoms of allergies, including a runny nose and watery eyes, not to mention get rid of a scratchy throat.
Chamomile: This tea is not only great for a stomach ache, but it relieves stress, anxiety, and depression. For many years it’s been used to relieve insomnia and encourage a good night’s sleep.