Cowboy Cures Part Two | Homemade Natural Cures and Remedies
The Timeless Natural Cures and Remedies Used by Cowboys
For over 30 years, as a seasoned Chuck Wagon cook in remote Rough Country, I have relied on tried and tested remedies and remedies that have been passed down for generations. While I must emphasize that I am not a doctor, I have personally found these natural remedies to be effective. In this article, we will explore some of the ingenious solutions that have stood the test of time.
1. Treating Minor Cuts and Wounds:
When you find yourself without a knife or hydrogen peroxide to clean a wound, don’t fret. Instead, reach for a fresh lemon. Although it may sting, lemon juice acts as a natural antiseptic, cleansing the wound while the vitamin C promotes healing. Remember to avoid covering the wound and allow it to breathe.
2. Soothing Burns:
Whether it’s a hot skillet or a welding accident, burns are an unfortunate part of life on a ranch. Contrary to popular belief, applying ice can worsen the burn. Instead, grab a potato and squeeze out its juice. The starch in the potato helps draw out the burn and speeds up the healing process. For burns on the palm, pour the juice on the affected area, wrap it with plastic wrap, and cover with a towel for quicker absorption.
3. Relieving Sunburn:
When the scorching sun leaves you with a sunburn, reach for a tomato slicer. Gently rub the affected area with the tomato for approximately five minutes before rinsing it off. The natural acidity of the tomato, combined with its potassium content, will provide relief and aid in healing.
4. Natural Remedies for Blood Pressure:
Consult with your doctor before making any changes to your medication regimen. However, for those seeking natural alternatives, consider incorporating lemon water into your daily routine. Squeeze a freshly rolled lemon into a cup of warm water every morning to help lower blood pressure and cleanse your liver. Additionally, organic beet juice has proven to be effective in improving circulation and reducing blood pressure. Consuming half to three-fourths of a cup each day can provide notable benefits.
5. Simple Solutions for Indigestion and Heartburn:
When the spices in cowboy cuisine lead to indigestion or heartburn, two common household ingredients can provide relief: baking soda and water. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it to neutralize excess stomach acid. This simple remedy can alleviate discomfort and promote digestion.
While these natural cures and remedies have been used for generations by cowboys, it is essential to acknowledge that individual results may vary. Always consult with a healthcare professional before trying alternative treatments. Nonetheless, embracing these time-tested solutions can provide a holistic approach to well-being while living off the land.