We get sick. It’s part of being alive. When I get sick in every day life, in the U.S., in New York, I tend to reach for the medicine cabinet. I look for a cure in pills, pain killers, and nasty-smelling off-color liquid chemical concoctions. Which is all well and good—they usually fix me up just fine.
However, as a volunteer, you are likely to run into people who are tired of turning to the pharmaceutical industry for a cure. Maybe it’s the chemical factor, maybe it’s the big money thing—who knows why these people don’t like the insanely corrupt, dangerous, and much too powerful pharmaceutical companies?. But I am glad to meet these cynics (although I am also very glad to meet a doctor when I’m really sick, so take this as you will), because they know of natural medical remedies that cut past the middle man (drug companies) and go right to the source (feeling better).
Here at Maya Pedal, there is a list hanging on the wall of natural remedies. These are helpful for a volunteer for several reasons: a) even if you wanted to support the makers of Advil or Pepto Bismal, their products are usually not readily available in small Central American towns, b) they are cheap, c) they might even be enjoyable to consume (unlike Robitussin). I’d like to share some of these with you. The following is a list of my favorite ailments, their natural cures, and my notes in parentheses.
-Papaya— eat the fruit and chew the seeds (as a longtime heartburn sufferer, I was glad to learn of this.)
-Garlic—swallow a clove each day without chewing it. (Also good for warding off vampires.)
-Fennel—eat it or make tea out of the seeds. (What the hell is fennel?)
-Fennel—make tea. (Seriously… what’s this fennel stuff?)
-Make wet packs out of curd cheese, put the packs on your chest or back. (That sounds gross, but fun.)
Circulation, weakness, tiredness:
-Chili—put a ton in your food.
-Parsley—Eat as much as you can. (So, what, like, a mouthful?)
-Drink plenty of water. (The ultimate cure, for everything.)
-Lime tree—make tea.
-Lemon—mix with hot water.
-Chili—eat spicy food.
-Inhale steam 2-3 times a day.
-Don’t consume dairy products, which produce more mucus. (Very difficult for me, as I just discovered a burrito place in town that sells the cheesiest, greasiest, tastiest burritos you can buy for 2 dollars US. Shame.)
-Papaya seeds—eat 3 spoonfuls per day, chewing the seeds.
-Bananas. (Or, inversely, make yourself constipated.)
-Oats—mix it with water and grated apple.
-Coconut water. (Should be easy for all you Coney Island-dwelling New Yorkers to snag one of those.)
-Sex activates antibodies and strengthens your immune system. (There are like 10 more remedies for the flu on there, but I only feel like putting this one.)
-Fennel—make tea out of the seeds. (So, if you can figure out which thing is the fennel, take the little dots out from the inside of that thing and make tea.)
Joints and sore muscles:
-Chili—eat spicy food.
-Papaya—apply the fruit on the sore spot, let it soak.
-Eggs—eat some. (Just crack your head over the skillet and let the yolk run out.)
-Chamomile—make tea. Tea is better than water.
-Eat salty foods.
(Don’t forget sex.)
-Cabbage—cook it and eat it.
-Papaya—eat seeds and fruit.
-Chamomile or Sage—make tea and apply small amounts on your skin when cooled down.
Teeth and Gums:
-Cloves—chew them or make a strong tea. (If your teeth go numb, you’re either doing it right or you have accidentally ingested cocaine.)
-Parsley—chew it for bad breath.
-Papaya—eat the fruit, chew the seeds.
So there you have it. If you’re tired of the chemical products crowding your bathroom and want healthier, natural alternatives to making yourself good as new, don’t say I didn’t hook you up!
If you are suffering from an ailment that isn’t covered on here, feel free to email me with your problem, and I’ll either try to help you out or make fun of you.
Until next time.