Folk Remedies that Work

Folk Remedies that Work
by Victoria Hamm, Medical Assistant

Have you ever used folk remedies that really work? Many of us have heard of old folk remedies but have never tried them. Our doctors give many natural remedies for issues patients might be experiencing.

At the Riordan Clinic, our patients become co-learners, as we educate them to help them learn and grow with their health. One of our co-learners uses three different folk remedies that work for her and her children.

One remedy she uses is Epsom salt. Epsom salt is used to soothe the body as it eases stress and relaxes the body to help relieve pain and muscle cramps. She used Epsom salt after giving birth. It has been known to help heal cuts and reduce soreness from childbirth. During delivery, she had an episiotomy, which is a surgically planned incision. She used Epsom salt in a warm bath and soaked in the tub to help with her swelling and the healing process.

The second folk remedy she uses is something I use as well. It is gargling warm salt water for a sore throat. Not only does salt water flush out post-nasal drip and other bacterial material (just like any fluid would), a salty environment prevents bacteria from growing. If you don’t know how to gargle, take a sip of the water and tilt your head back and look up towards the ceiling. With your head still up, say, “Ahh,” and continue doing so for 20 seconds or as long as you can handle before spitting.

The third and last folk remedy she uses is Vicks VapoRub. She applies it to the soles of the feet to help cure nighttime conditions such as coughs, congestion, fever and breathing problems. When one of her young boys has a congested chest, she applies the vapor rub on the soles of his feet and covers his feet with socks. This adds to the warmth of the body and allows you to feel relieved. This is suitable for both adults and children alike.

These are three great folk remedies that work and are easy to use and do. If you want to learn and know more remedies that might work for you, make an appointment with one of our amazing doctors.


To find out more or to make an appointment, call 316-682-3100 to start your journey to a healthier you.