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We were at my sil's last night when my dd suddenly went white and felt sick and sweaty anc clammy - you know the sort of thing. My solution would have been to sit her down in front of the telly with a glass of water to sip and a bowl, just in case, and wait for it to pass.
My sil, who's Spanish made her a glass of fresh lemon juice (two lemons worth) and sugar. She said that this is the standard home remedy in Spain for this sort of "poorliness" because the lemon juice cleanses the liver.
It set me thinking - because for me, the idea of giving anything acid to anyone with a tummy upset is completely counter-intuitive - if anything, I would give something bland and "soothing". Is there a huge variation in home remedies from different cultures? Any examples?
My mum always used to make home made lemonade for us if we felt sick-I still use the same thing now.We also used to have a drop of whiskey in hot water if we got very cold & wet.That one definately works.
Another German one - when we had a German exchange student back in my school days - she had a tummy upset and she wanted Brandy - we felt really sneaky but ended up 'stealing' brandy from parents drink cupboard!
In some Indian cultures a nursing mother is advised to drink dill water (dill seeds boiled it in water, until water changes to a browny colour), especially if baby is colicky. (i.e passed to baby via breast milk and provides some sort of relief). Although it taste vile, it did make a positive difference for my DD2. It must have some sort of bearing as Gripe water is made from dill water....