Do you do what Grandma did? We head to the medicine cabinet for quick relief. The first stop for Grandma was her pantry. It surprised us how many effective home remedies are already hiding in our kitchen or food cupboard.
A member of the YEI team always uses home remedies
to assist when the inevitable cold or ‘flu arrives in winter.
But now the question arises – “Is this still a wise practice during a Pandemic?”
It can be complicated because the symptoms of the various forms of virus
can be similar to a good old fashioned cold or ‘flu.
YEI’s recommends* that before you haul out your granny’s cold remedy,
you consult your health care advisor and find out if you are positive for Covid-19.
Then you take the necessary steps.
Back to Grandma!
Grandma used to always say that the cure to minor ailments can always be found in your kitchen cupboard or garden.
The YEI team did a little research into what the most popular
“Granny home remedies” are.
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.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is believed to have various health 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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Therefore, anything that can help fight chronic inflammation is of potential importance in preventing and even treating these diseases.
Here are a few recipes
using these helpful Natural remedies:
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.
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.
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.
Have you tried any of the above remedies?
Tell us about natural remedies
that have been handed down in your family over the years?
*Please note that the internet is rife with unproven home remedies for COVID-19. YEI does not endorse or encourage use of any non-medical treatments for Covid-19 and highly recommends that you seek medical advice, should you present with any cold or flu-like symptoms.
In addition: If you are taking certain medication, and wish to try herbal medicine, our recommendation is that you speak to your healthcare professional first to ensure that there is no interaction with certain medications.