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Some people think that natural remedies are far-fetched or just plain bizarre! However, you might find that a natural remedy works better than over-the-counter medication! Worth a try, we think…


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Everyday products from your pantry
can help your health and your pocket!


Check your pantry for everyday products that can help with a range of ailments.  In this day and age, we often look upon natural remedies,  that have been around for centuries, as possibly far-fetched or just plain bizarre!  However, you might find that a natural remedy works better than over-the-counter medication!  Worth a try, we think…

There are many ailments that may not necessarily necessitate a trip to the doctor (unless it’s serious, of course).  You could save some money if you find that the natural remedy has actually worked.  Please note, however, that we do stress that you should see your doctor if your symptoms persist.


Let’s look at these five natural remedies –

Turmeric and Honey – Nature’s strongest antibiotic

Experts have found that turmeric has potent anti-inflammatory properties and has been used in Chinese, Indian and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries.  It has been used in a myriad of complaints, such as respiratory issues, digestion problems, skin conditions and more.  It is however, also an excellent remedy for a cold.

Mix 1 tablespoon of organic turmeric powder with 100g honey in a glass jar.  Take ½ tablespoon of this remedy every hour for the first day.  On the second day, take the same dose, but every two hours.  And on the third day, take it three times a day.  Preferably melt the mixture in your mouth and don’t swallow it straight away.  You can also drink it in your tea.


Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic and Honey

This is reputed to be one of the most effective and healing combinations out there!   Some health experts say that this combo is ten times more efficient than penicillin.   Use this remedy to treat colds, infection, arthritis, gout and joint pain.  It is said to boost immunity, lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol. 

Mix 10 finely-crushed garlic cloves, 1 cup apple cider vinegar and 1 cup honey.   Blend this for 15 seconds.  Store in a glass jar in the fridge for no more than 5 days.  Stir the mixture every day.  Take 2 teaspoons of the syrup in the morning before you eat or drink anything.  The taste is very strong, so it might be preferable to combine this with a glass of water.


A natural antibiotic for bladder and kidney infections

For those who have suffered from bladder and/or urinary tract infections, you will know that they are extremely painful and unpleasant.  If the symptoms are severe, please see your doctor in case you are suffering from cystitis.

The natural remedy for this is: 250g root of well-washed parsley, 250g of the rind of organic lemons, 250g organic honey and 1 cup olive oil.  Chop the parsley and blend this well with the other ingredients.  Store the mixture in the fridge.  Take 1 tablespoon of the remedy every morning.  Drink lots of water (at least 8 glasses a day), as this does help to eliminate the bacteria from the bladder. 


Sinus infection sufferer?  Try this concoction…

Sinus infections, or sinusitis, bring on a multitude of unpleasant and painful symptoms such as a stuffy nose, headache, cough, fever, facial pain, etc.   Here is a homemade remedy for sinus infections that is often quite effective.

Boil ½ cup drinking water and pour it into a mug.  Add ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, stirring all of the time.  Cool, at room temperature.  Then add 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper, and 1 tablespoon of honey.  Stir once more. Add 1 squeezed lemon and stir again.  Drink this remedy on an empty stomach in the morning, and again at night, before going to bed.  Drink daily until the sinus infection symptoms have been relieved.


An accumulation of phlegm in your lungs

Here’s a natural remedy for those who suffer from discomfort and breathing difficulties due to an accumulation of phlegm/mucus in the lungs. 

Cut a knob of ginger into pieces.  Peel a piece of the ginger an add it to a bowl with water.  Boil this and then leave it to cool for ¼ hour.  Once cool, pour into a glass container.  When you need it, add a teaspoon of coconut oil, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of honey.  Mix this altogether and drink it right away. 


Do you have any natural remedies
that have been handed down over the years? 

Do consider sharing them with us – sharing is caring!!


Source:  Healthy Food House


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  • Alicia Myburgh says:

    Every home should have a small bottle of Friar’s Balsam in their home. In South Africa it has been manufactured by one of our oldest companies, Lennon’s for more than a century.

    When you hurt yourself and very heavy bleeding results, pouring this liquid over the area, instantly stops the bleeding. I recently cracked open my forehead…..I do not even have a scar. I was covered in blood from head to toe, alone and had to make my way upstairs, head held back to try and see…but found the precious bottle.

    My daughter until age 3/4 suffered with severe croup. She passed out many times and turned blue. Take a pail of very hot water, add a teaspoon of Friars Balsam. I had her lie on the bed with her head extending over the end, a towel over her bed, breathing in the water mixture. Instant relief. It was like a miracle.

    I hope this remedy, from my Scottish Grandmother, helps others.

    • Marilynh says:

      Thank you for sharing this remedy from your Scottish Grandmother, Alicia. Very, very interesting!

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

      • Faith Oosthuizen says:

        For flu. Tot brandy. Dessert spoon lemon. Cap full Jamaica ginger. Half glass water. Heat in micro for about 30sec. Then take 2 disprin and desolve in very little water as it doesnt desolve in the hot mixture. Add this to the brandy mix and take as hot as possible. Keep yourself well covered and sweat it out. Works excellently

  • Faith Oosthuizen says:

    Milk of Magnesium also stops bleeding until u can get help or wrap the place with cling wrap

  • Allet Vosloo says:

    For a running tummy take 2/4 cup of water and 1 teaspoon vinegar . it helps lot even for cramps and vomiting

  • Trish Thurtell says:

    Fascinating! I’ve copied them into a book to use when necessary – I am not fond of over-the-counter remedies, so thanks to all for these wonderful concoctions!

  • Flo Gray-Browne says:

    please can you tell me where I can get Staal druppels. I work in an industry where we use steel sheets and have twice now used staal druppels on cuts which are almost to the bone on a thumb. it stops the bleeding instantly and if a plaster is put on and left on for 3 days it heals over perfectly. I even used it when I cut the tip off my finger. stuck the piece pack put staaldruppels on, covered it and left it – 3 days later it was almost healed over.
    No friars balsam is nowhere close. I am down to about 3 drops and I guard it with my life because my local shops in East London just dont seem to carry it.

  • Ekin Kench says:

    Your bladder infections remedy seems to be incomplete – is there ginger in it as well?

    • Marilynh says:

      Hi Ekin

      Thanks for your feedback. There is no ginger in this bladder infection remedy, but you’re right, ginger is a very effective home remedy for UTI. It would probably be a good idea to add this.

      Kind regards, YEI

  • Chris Olivier says:

    Very impressive and informative,
    Thank you so much I really appreciate.
    Chris Olivier

  • Moleboheng Maminza says:

    Hi, my daughter is 9 years and she doesn’t have appetite. What can I give her.

    How to reduce gal

    • Angela W says:

      Thank you for messaging us. We are unfortunately unable to give you medical advise. We suggest that you contact your medical practitioner in this regard. YEI team

  • Khunjulwa Yengwa says:

    Almost all of these recipes have honey added, I am concerned as a diabetic having to use so much honey almost and sometimes everyday. What will happen if I don’t add honey. I’m lucky because I don’t have problems with bitter taste as long as I am going to benefit from the mixture.

    • Angela W says:

      Thank you for sharing, we can imagine that using too much honey would definitely not be good for someone with diabetes. As with everything you know your body and individual illnesses the best and will know what is best for you. Kind regards Angela, YEI

  • Amahle says:

    My daughter pees at night. Any home remedies to help wake up and go pee

    • Angela W says:

      Thank you for contacting You’ve Earned It. We are unfortunately unable to give specific medical advice and would suggest that you contact your primary medical doctor or your local clinic or hospital who would be able to advise you further. Kind regards Angela (YEI team)

  • Nomsa Busakwe says:

    I have osteoarthritis. Any remedy for constant inflammation and pain will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance

  • Ebrahim says:

    hi honey is very good…(organic honey)..u can consume no harm to th diabetics…lm a diabetic..

  • Zena says:

    Hi i am very small built lived a very physically abusive life in my former relationship had very many broken bones now have very bad Osteo Arthritus it keeps me in constant pain from my beck to my toes please can someone help ne i also have to use a scefual six meds fir obesity that is inherited from my granmother please help

    • Angela W says:

      Dear Zena, we are not medical professionals so are unable to give specific medical advice. We suggest you contact your doctor or a local Homeopath for assistance. Kind regards, (YEI team)

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