Some say that this was because people spent less money on vices like alcohol. And if people got sick, they used home remedies like chicken noodle soup or mustard packs. (h/t to TheSurvivalMom.com)
During the Great Depression, most families didn't have access to healthcare. And for those that did, incomes plummeted at the same time medical care and medicines became too expensive or inaccessible.
But how did life expectancy in America increase during the Great Depression?
Despite the hard times, poverty and less access to doctors, U.S. life expectancy increased by 6.2 years. According to a study, it went up from 57.1 in 1929 to 63.3 years in 1932 for both men and women, whites people and other races.
The researchers who conducted the study suggested that when people have less money to spend, they sleep more, Additionally, citizens had less money for vices like alcohol and tobacco.
And in spite of unemployment and widespread poverty, during the Great Depression people stayed healthy by relying on home remedies, some of which are still used today.
These remedies are detailed below, so try them the next time you have a cold.
Even in modern times, homemade chicken noodle soup is considered an effective home remedy. Just make sure you don't use canned chicken noodle soup that might contain preservatives and too much salt. (Related: What did people eat during the Great Depression? A look at the foods that helped people survive famine.)
Chicken noodle soup is a popular remedy for colds and even studies suggest that it’s effective. During the Great Depression, homemade chicken noodle soup was one of the healthy home remedies used to treat colds.
Ingredients for 4-6 servings:
During the Great Depression, people foraged for both medicinal and edible plants.
Here are some medicinal plants that you can grow in your home garden:
A mustard plaster is used to relieve chest congestion and sore muscles. Before you use a mustard plaster, check if you are allergic to mustard so you can avoid any negative side effects.
If you're not allergic to mustard powder, try using a mustard plaster to relieve sore muscles and body pain.
A mustard plaster works because it helps warm the skin, like capsaicin from chili peppers. It can also be used to treat colds, a runny nose and various respiratory ailments.
You will need:
How to use:
Never apply the mustard plaster directly to the skin because it will burn.
With steam inhalation, you need to put your head over a simmering pot of water and then breathe in the steam.
Now, you can try steam inhalation with a modern twist by using a modern shower to easily create a steam bath. Alternatively, you can lean over a bowl of steaming water and create your steam bath by draping a towel over your head. Add a handful of mint or shredded eucalyptus leaves to boost the benefits of steam therapy.
Watch the video below to know more about nine natural home remedies for a cold.
This video is from the Natural News channel on Brighteon.com.
Visit Remedies.news for more articles about home remedies.