Avoid pill popping for common ailments and try grandma’s natural home remedies for common problems like cold, cough, sore throats, muscle aches and more.
Taking care of our health is paramount to living a healthy, happy, and productive life. However, sometimes all the busy activity of our days can take a toll on our disposition and overall well-being. With illnesses come medicament, like pills and syrups, but instead of conventional drugs, one can throwback to some old medicinal wisdom with grandma style natural home remedies.
Ginger is a plant originally from southeastern Asia. Besides its culinary use, this spice is also one of the oldest natural medicines in the world. Places like China and India have included ginger as part of their healing toolkit for millennia now to treat illnesses such as cold, cough, headache and nausea.
Indian ginger tea is brewed by boiling water, adding in crushed ginger, black tea, sugar (if needed) and milk. Bring the mixture to a boil – this ginger tea has excellent soothing properties and is one the best tried and tested home remedies!
Here is another recipe to treat cough and sore throat:
An herb originally from Europe that grows both in the Old Continent and in North America, peppermint as we know today is actually a hybrid between two other types of mint: water mint and spearmint.
The leaves and essential oils of this plant have been used since ancient times for healing and continues to be popular nowadays when it comes to the natural treatment of digestive problems, muscle aches, itching, and burns. Headache? Drink a cuppa of peppermint tea!
Below is a fun DIY lollipop recipe for nausea that is worth trying in lieu of conventional medicine.
This flower and herb, belonging to the mint family, is of Mediterranean origin and has aromatic, decorative, and medicinal properties. In the old days, it was believed that the plant would dissipate melancholy and elevate the mood, but nowadays Lavender is mostly used to help alleviate dizziness, headaches, stress, and anxiety to name a few.
Dab some lavender oil on your wrists to enjoy some stress relief, or pamper yourself with a lavender oil massage and sleep like a baby!
Although we may only know honey as a natural sweetener and cosmetic ingredient, this golden liquid extracted from the nectar of the flowers is also a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent. Some of its use include healing wounds and burns, preventing acid reflux, relief and prevention of cold and cough, and reduction of stress and sleep disturbance.
The links below teach us how to use honey as a remedy, including how to make your own honey ginger sore throat drops.
This yellow, delicate looking flower is a traditional and powerful medicinal herb originally found in India, western Europe and western Asia. Chamomile has so many uses in traditional and alternative medicine that it is difficult to keep the list concise when enumerating its many benefits in treating all sorts of illness and states of indisposition.
The plant has been used as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant for skin burns, irritation, bruises, sciatica and rheumatic pain for instance. In the form of tea, it is used as a tranquilizer for cases of anxiety, stress, and insomnia, besides helping with general stomachaches and the problems that come with them such as nausea, flatulence, and diarrhea. Chamomile is also recommended for women with severe menstrual cramp.
Below are 23 ways to use chamomile in a medicinal way.
Another member of the mint family along lavender and peppermint, thyme is a Mediterranean herb that has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes. Some of the benefits of its use include treating acne, athlete’s foot, hair thinning, and dandruff. In addition, thyme contains thymol, a substance that classifies as a biocide, which for its turn works towards potentially eliminating harmful organisms.
Here’s one easy recipe for boosting your immune system with thyme and its benefits.
Gone are the times in which brave sailors and smuggled people died of lack of vitamin C. Essential to the good functioning of the body, this water-soluble element plays the role of an antioxidant for the body’s system. It helps maintain the health in our connective tissues, ensures the good functioning of the heart, and enhances one’s immune system.
Citric fruits are commonly associated with this vitamin, so make sure you get plenty. Other foods that are high in Vitamin C are guavas, sweet yellow peppers, black currants, kiwis, and like it or not – broccoli and brussels sprouts!
Foods with Zinc
Zinc can be easily obtained at drugstores in the form of capsules, but some ways of getting this essential element naturally include eating foods that are zinc rich, such as pumpkin and sunflower seeds, cacao, oatmeal, spinach, and chickpeas.
Some of Zinc’s healing properties include aiding hormone production, enhancing immune system and helping with digestion. In addition, its anti-inflammatory quality makes it a good ally when fighting heart disease and it can help prevent colds when taken on the onset of one.
Here is a vegan lentil soup recipe to help you get the recommended amount of daily zinc intake.
Widely known as a common spice in food preparation, cinnamon can be traced back all the way to Ancient Egypt. At that time, the people used it as a gift to royalty and it was common wisdom to use it as part of natural home remedies to treat illnesses as well.
Over time, this ancient knowledge has proven true: cinnamon is a natural remedy for cough, sore throats, arthritis, dental health, fighting infections and viruses, reducing brain degeneration and improving its functions, among others.
Below are nine tea recipes to help the body heal itself with cinnamon as the main agent.
Grandma’s natural home remedies are always a good, wise choice, but if your ailment is serious please see a doctor.