The Latinx culture knows its way around its traditions, whether spiritual, cooking, or even when it’s in the form of remedies. For example, tradition has some Latinx cultures drinking a teaspoon of olive oil to relieve a migraine or saving last night’s oil in a container for another day.
Another place where the Latinx community thrives is in swearing by some over-the-counter items that somehow have become staples in our household. This is the case with Epsom Salt and Vicks Vaporub.
However, as time has passed, there have been so many advancements that may make our lives easier. I know change for our families can be a bit scary, but I think it’s time we consider other items to add to our botiquines (medicine cabinet). Besides, there are so many modern-day replacements to our Abuelitas’ faves items out there and it’d be a shame not to give them a chance.
Let’s see what’s out there! Shall we?
The new Vaporu in town: Verima
I would bet my secret sancocho recipe that every Latinx household knows about “Vaporu” or “Vivaporu” as they are considered to be a must-have, porque uno nunca sabe. Nonetheless, as time has progressed, there are other items that, too, have “magical” properties. One of these items is a pain relief balm created by Verima or the modern-day Vaporub.
This balm, according to their site, helps reduce inflammation and shortens your recovery time. So, if you’re someone who is always running around, suffers from joint or muscle distress, or has bruises often because they’re a klutz, then this is a great alternative.
Best of all, it is composed of natural ingredients such as cedar, coconut, orange, and sandalwood.
We can never have too many cremitas, am I right?
Long are the days where we sat down at the kitchen table cutting, slicing, and dicing our vegetables. Who remembers those hot summers where our Abuelitas made us help them cut vegetables and peel potatoes for them? We were children and using knives like it was no big deal. I don’t know about you, but I sliced the top of my fingers a few times. This is why I was beyond excited at the invention of the vegetable chopper. All we have to do is halve our veggies, lay them nicely, bring down the lid, and, WHAM! It’s all chopped for you. Is this what dreams are made of?
EasyWring™ RinseClean™ Spin Mop & Bucket System
Are you someone who has always dragged a mop bucket three times to the sink so that you can make sure you have clean water every time? Wasn’t that so annoying? Well, the Latina Tik Tok sensation and cleaning guru, Vanessa Amaro, has led me out of the Stone Age. A few months ago, she recommended we all get this O-Cedar Mop that stores your dirty mop water in a different compartment, WITHIN THE SAME BUCKET, and, like a good fan, I bought it. Needless to say, life has been clearer since then. The bucket also has a section that wrings your mop head for you. I’m sorry, Abuela, but there’s no need to touch trapos sucios anymore.
Somehow, I think technology has peaked, and it can do wonders for the Latinx community — all we need to do is let the rest of our gente in on all these advances. Don’t tell me you don’t think these replacements are out of this world? Really, there’s no way our family and friends won’t love these items after trying them the first time. Do you own these items already? ¡Nos cuentas!