Potatos Cured Our Cough during the Holidays
By BasketsLife on December 13, 2013
Hello everyone, how are you this Holiday Season! You know the worst thing that can happen, is to get sick when traveling, during the holidays! Sometimes, traveling around all those people spreads germs faster than you can run. Since I am getting on a plane in the morning, I thought I would share my potato cure with those of you who also might be traveling! 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 naturalist 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, sometime it is really tough to find antibiotics when we are traveling.
One summer vacation; I was just at my wit's end. My 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!
I am married to a Lithuanian who does not believe in medicine, and won’t take any unless he is dying. I had tried every medicine under the sun, been to every doctor, and I was ready to give up on ever getting him healthy. That day my hubby came to me and said ~ My mom said boil some potatoes, mash them, and put them on his chest. First of all his mom is a doctor, specialist in ears, nose and throat 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 2 potatoes, skin on, diced them, covered them with water, and boiled them until they were soft enough to mash-up. This takes about 30 mins depending on the size of your potatoes. Once they were soft he mashed them up with a potato masher. He then took all the mashed potatoes , put them into a dish towel, and rubber banded it to hold the potatoes inside. He placed that bag of potatoes (or potato poultice) onto 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 sons color started coming back, his chest congestion eased up, and he started to breathe without the machine. Ok, it did not happen instantly, but it did happen within a few hours! I thought OH MY GOODNESS. So what did we do … we made some more potatoes! Within a 24 hour period his cough was almost gone, he was breathing again, and we could enjoy our vacation. YIPEEE!
So, 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 is 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 congestion. Come to find out that potatoes can pull out toxins from your body ~ almost as if they absorb them. 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 1 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 around it, 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.
Other things you can do are, remind your kids to wash their hands frequently! Don’t put their hands in their mouth (ewww yuck) after riding on an airplane or public transportation! Try not to touch everything, 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 the hands out of their mouths!