As a Latina, I cherish the memories of my mother and abuelita nurturing me back to health with their natural remedies. Growing up in a Mexican household, I learned that sometimes the best medicine isn’t found in a pill bottle but in the wisdom passed down through generations.

Whenever I scraped a knee, battled a stomach ache, or nursed a broken heart, my family had a remedy at the ready. These remedies were more than just concoctions. They were a manifestation of our culture, heritage, and belief in the power of natural healing.

Sana Sana Colita de Rana

One of my fondest memories is the application of “sana sana colita de rana” (heal, heal little frog’s tail) whenever I get hurt. This simple phrase, accompanied by a gentle touch from my loved ones, seemed to work wonders. It often soothed both my physical pain and my spirit. This, I must say, is my children’s favorite remedy, along with a Barbie bandaid to seal the deal.

Te de Manzanilla

A warm cup of chamomile tea for an upset stomach or even anxiety can be the best natural remedy. You can drink the chamomile tea alone or with honey. Chamomile tea can also be a remedy to clean our eyes as a stye starts to appear. Room temperature chamomile tea can also remove dirt, makeup, and other germs from our eyes.

Honey and Lime

One of my favorite remedies is the potent blend of honey and lime for a sore throat. It provides instant relief and is a reminder of the sweetness and zest for life that defines our culture. For a natural antibiotic, you can add garlic for sore throats and other mild infections.

here’s to the magic of “sana sana colita de rana” and all the other home remedies that have sustained us through the ages.

Bowl of Mexican soup | Natural Home Remedies

These remedies aren’t just about curing ailments; they’re about connection. Each remedy carries with it a story, a tradition, and a piece of my family’s history. When I apply aloe vera to a sunburn or eat some caldo de pollo for the flu, I am not just treating a symptom; I am honoring my ancestors and preserving our heritage. Smelling the home meals, and the feeling of love from my family begins the healing process towards anything that may be hurting us.

While we do have to embrace and follow a healthy path and get medical attention when need it, it is beautiful to have a long list of traditional natural home remedies our ancestors and our culture created for us. As a Latina, I am proud to carry on the tradition of natural healing that has sustained my family for generations.

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Ana Diaz
Ana Diaz is a proud first-generation Mexican American woman, born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and raised by her single mother and grandmother between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, Texas. She defied the odds to become the first in her family to graduate. Living in El Paso, Ana embraces the rich cultural tapestry of the border region and instills a deep appreciation for their heritage in her children. Ana is a devoted mother to three wonderful children: a 12-year-old son, a 4-year-old daughter, and a 2-year-old daughter. Balancing motherhood with her career, Ana is an engaged member of one of the borderland's higher institutions for health sciences. She is actively involved in her children's lives, serving as a PTA member and supporting their involvement in the orchestra and football teams. Ana's dedication to her family and community is unwavering, as she nurtures her children's talents and fosters a sense of belonging in their diverse community.