Hello, everyone! How are you this holiday season?!
One of the worst things that can happen during the holiday season is getting sick! Sometimes, being around several people causes germs to spread faster than you can run away from. Since I am getting on a plane in the morning, I thought I would share my potato cure! My youngest son was always sick when he was small – he has asthma, and his colds would always turn into pneumonia. We must have spent 100 nights in the children’s emergency room. It never failed – he caught a cold, runny nose, cough, sore throat, and bam – it was pneumonia the next day!
I am not a naturalista by any means; I am that girl who calls the doctor for antibiotics, all the time, for everything. I just think they work for us, and I even try to have some on hand whenever we are traveling; however, it is really tough to find antibiotics when we are traveling.
One summer vacation, I was at my wit’s end. This little boy had pneumonia again and again; he spent half his holiday on a breathing machine. I really did not know how to make him better. As a mom, it kills you to see your kids hurt or sick!
Well, I am married to a Lithuanian who does not believe in medicine, and he won’t take any unless he is dying. I had tried every medicine under the sun and been to every doctor. I was ready to give up on him ever getting fully healthy again. That day, my hubby came to me and said, “My mom told me to boil some potatoes, mash them, and put them on his chest.” First of all, his mom is a doctor – ears, nose, and throat specialist – BUT I was not having any of it! I actually laughed and said, “Are you crazy?! Potatoes?! What is that going to do?!” As I tried to call doctors and read about medicines that could cure his cough and congestion, the hubby went about boiling some potatoes.
He took two potatoes, skin on, diced them, covered them with water, and boiled them until they were soft enough to mash. This takes about 30 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes. Once they were soft, he mashed them up with a potato masher. Then, he took all of the mashed potatoes, put them in a dish towel, and rubber banded it to hold the potatoes inside. He placed that bag of potatoes (or potato poultice) on my son’s chest and left it there for over an hour. He reheated it in the microwave a second time and put it back on his chest again. Of course I am still laughing thinking, “Whatever!” Then something amazing happened! No, really, like a freaking miracle. My son’s color started coming back, his chest congestion eased up, and he started to breathe without the machine. The healing did not happen instantly, but it did happen within a few hours! I thought, “OH MY GOODNESS!” So, what did we do? We made more potatoes! Within a 24-hour period, his cough was almost gone, he was breathing again, and we could enjoy our vacation. Yippee!
Now you can imagine what we do now whenever anyone has a chest cold or cough that just won’t go away. This is especially handy when traveling because sometimes it is hard to find a doctor who will see you on vacation. If you do find a doctor, it will cost you a pretty penny; that’s for sure! I had to apologize to the hubby because he and his mom were right. After this “miracle”, I started to research why this would work or help cure the congestion. Come to find out, potatoes can pull out toxins from your body. I was impressed and have to tell you it works! So, if you get sick on vacation, don’t worry about the doctor – just run to the local grocery and grab some potatoes!
- Chop two, unpeeled potatoes into one-inch cubes.
- Boil the potato cubes. Mash them.
- Spread the potatoes onto a dish towel (or cheesecloth).
- Test the temperature with your hand making sure it’s not too hot. If it’s too hot, add another dish towel, removing it later once it cools down a little.
- Apply the poultice directly to the chest.
- Remove the poultice once it is cold.
- You can microwave it a second time if needed.
Another thing you can do is remind your kids to wash their hands frequently! Tell them not to put their hands in their mouths (ewww, yuck) after riding on an airplane or public transportation! My kids want to touch everything, and all I see are germs! Carry hand sanitizer and use it frequently – the taste is not so good so it will help keep their hands out of their mouths!
Enjoy your holidays, and stay healthy!