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7 Latino Remedies From Abuelita To Prepare For Flu Season

serious senior hispanic woman posing holding her prescription medicines in her hands on white background
serious senior hispanic woman posing holding her prescription medicines in her hands on white background

When my daughter was four months old, she got her first cold. I was a panicked new mom, 3000 miles away from my own family and didn't have a clue what to do. The American doctors all said, "it's just a cold or flu, give her tylenol and wait it out." Wait it out? I was a new and panicked mom, the thought of my baby in any sort of pain, even if it was just a cold, was terrifying.

Naturally, I called my abuelita. Over an hour or so she gave me a list of items to buy and directions on how to use them "para curar" my baby. Armed with a small list, I headed to the closest grocery store in my small Philadelphia suburb to buy my items. After combing the store from top to bottom, I found just one product out of my list of 10. It was then I realized just how different the remedies I grew up with were from traditional American medicine.

My daughter is 6 now, and much like other modern Latino families, we use a mix of traditional and modern remedies. My husband sometimes thinks I am insane, but I just tell him, "hey, it worked when I was a kid... ask my abuelita!" He knows better than to question my abuela....nobody questions abuelita.

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