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YEI is putting some of Grandma’s Home Remedies to the test.  We are asking our YEI members to weigh in on whether Grandma’s Home Remedies have any merit?


When we don’t feel well, a little TLC from Grandma or Mom goes a long way.
Grandma used to say that the cure for all minor ailments
can be found in the kitchen cupboard.
But just how effective are Grandma’s home remedies? 


Many ailments do not necessitate a trip to the doctor, unless it’s serious of course.  You may well find that some of these natural remedies do work and could save you some money.  But, we want your opinion – let us know whether you have tried any of the following and whether they have worked, or not?  And let us know whether you have any great remedies of your own?


Here are YEI’s top 5 remedies that you can find in your pantry that can help your health and your pocket.  What do you think?
Have they helped you and your family?




Honey has been used as a natural remedy for centuries. High quality honey contains high levels of anti-oxidants and antiseptic properties and as such is an important tool to boosting your immunity during times of stress and illness. It can also be used to assist in the treatment of amongst others High blood pressure, high cholesterol, certain burn wounds, foot ulcers and as a common cough remedy. Honey is also a natural alternative to sugar but it’s important to keep in mind that even with this healthier option, less is still more.

(Keep in mind, that certain cheaper types of honey may be adulterated with plain syrup. Although honey adulteration is illegal in most countries, it remains a widespread problem. So maybe keep your purchases local)




Turmeric may be the most effective nutrional supplement in existence and many studies have shown that it has major benefits for your body and brain. It contains compound called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin. It has anti-inflamatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. While inflammation is incredibly important in your body because it helps fight foreign invaders and has a role in repairing damage in your body it becomes a problem when it becomes chronic and attacks your body’s own tissue. Scientists now believe that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions *

Therefore, anything that can help fight chronic inflammation is of potential importance in preventing and even treating these diseases.


 apple cider vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar 

Apple cider vinegar is believed to have various healthful properties, including antimicrobial and antioxidant effects. What’s more, many say it may offer health benefits, such as aiding weight loss, reducing cholesterol, lowering blood sugar levels, and improving the symptoms of diabetes.

Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar also contains a substance called mother, which consists of strands of proteins, enzymes, and friendly bacteria that give the product a murky appearance.

Some people believe that the mother is responsible for most of its health benefits, although there are currently no studies to support this.




Garlic grows in many parts of the world and is a popular ingredient in cooking due to its strong smell and delicious taste. However, throughout ancient history, the main use of garlic was for its health and medicinal properties #

Scientists now know that most of its health benefits are caused by sulfur compounds formed when a garlic clove is chopped, crushed or chewed. Cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes are the world’s biggest killers. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of the most important drivers of these diseases.

It is believed that garlic supplements to have a significant impact on reducing blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.




The health benefits of lemons are probably due to its high vitamin C content that helps improve the skin quality, encourages weight loss, improves digestion, and acts as a breath freshener. Lemons may also help with the treatment of various ailments including constipation, dental problems, throat infections, fever,  respiratory disorders, and high blood pressure. It has been know for centuries for its therapeutic properties and can assist in boosting your immune system.


Here are a few recipes
using these helpful Natural remedies:

Natural Antibiotic

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.

Immune Booster

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.

Bladder and kidney infections

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

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

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. 



What do you think about the above remedies?
Have you tried them?

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

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


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  • Marcelle Warner says:

    Absolutely agree to all the above and although I am not a fan of garlic, it is a proven antimicrobial for the system.
    I think good old Chicken soup has actually been proved to be perfect for treating a cold.
    Think of delicious rum butters for healing the blues from flu…
    Soups high in parsley are great for arthritis – as are the fresh parsley leaves.
    Thymol found in the herb Thyme and Marjoram and Oreganum is a very good antimicrobial agent. These herbs are also wonderful for the help they offer for digestion.
    A lovely old book called :: Honey, Mud and Maggots by Book by Michèle Root-Bernstein and Robert Root-Bernstein, will enlighten you about many of these old remedies which are proving to be correct today.

  • Lyn Leader says:

    We make a tea of lemon juice, teaspoon of honey, pinch of turmeric and cayenne pepper and a thumb size of grated ginger…. pour very hot water, leave to steep, strain and drink – gets rid of phlegm and sinus/snotty noses – we swear by it – we also add all of the above to our veggie soups and chicken soups! We add parsley to almost every meal too….. so I wholeheartedly agree with Marcelle Warner’s comments! Sore throat – teaspoon of organic raw honey and a squeeze of lemon juice. Why spend a fortune on chemicals when the organic, healthy options are right there and so much, much cheaper!

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