A couple of weeks ago I was very sick with strep throat, it was very hard for me to handle this on my own since my mom usually takes care of me when I’m sick. I know that I described this in my post Pet Therapy, but I was thinking about this experience and how I got through it so easily. Although I felt very sick, I realized that I knew a lot of random things to help make me feel better, and my friends all contributed to the methods and tricks of how to get better. Some of these little remedies or health facts that I know are:
- Drink Gatorade after you have had a fever to replenish your electrolytes
- Take lots of zinc and vitamin C for your immune system
- Drink tea with lots of honey to cure a sore throat
- Gargle warm salt water for a sore throat
- Drink lots and lots of fluids
There are many more also. I found this website that has a lot of these and other little home remedies, and it is interesting to learn not only what these remedies are, but why we use them.
I know that some of these seem like no-brainers, but isn’t the fact that these are no-brainers interesting? All of these things are scientific and health related, but we all know them because they are common knowledge. I remember there being some posts about how we are all scientists back in the beginning of the year when we were reading “Perspectives on the Nature of Science” and this event made me think about that. Just the fact that we know how to take care of ourselves when we’re sick means that we have some scientific knowledge.
What other cures do you know? What other random scientific facts do you know that you wouldn’t necessarily think of as being scientific?