Tired of medical costs? Dreading injections. Somewhat older, definitely wiser, we have appreciated the age old advice and have re-introduced them into our lifestyles. Here are some good old homemade remedies that we have reintroduced as a measure of prevention against the common colds and generally as a boost to the immune systems.
As always, water flavoured with cucumbers and slices of refreshing lemons are the best healthy drinks, very easy to do in the office. A fruit bowl of lemons and oranges (Vitamin C) is a must have. Introduce a measure of sunlight (Vitamin D) and you are set for a good healthy future. If you are like me and LOVE the sunshine but battle the effects of her rays, then try the following remedy for sunburn.
1. Sunburn :
- Soak a cloth in milk and apply to the affected areas.
- To relieve itchiness, apply mustard oil which helps remove the burn and remedy the discomfort.
- No mustard oil? Try rubbing a sliced cucumber or potato to ease the affected areas.
- A personal favourite of late, is 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder mixed in 3 tablespoons of milk. Gently pat the paste on the skin and rinse off. Helped me enormously after we did a short drive and I neglected to cover up as I usually do.
2. Coughs :
- Melt 1 teaspoon butter/margarine. Grind about a half teaspoon ground black pepper onto it and swallow (that being the operative word for me!) Cuts, eliminates coughs and guarantees sleep.
3. Colds and Flus :
- A few tablespoons of oil, a few cloves, camphor and a dollop of Vicks vapour rub. Heat all on low heat and rub while warm on chest and back.
- Rub Vicks vapour on the underside of feet and wear socks for the night.
- The humble camphor leaves are miraculous. For all, especially children, cut off leaves (a staple item in my garden) and insert into a sewn cloth and pin to the garments. Guarantees easier breathing, especially when children are labouring heavily. No camphor leaves? Try slices of white hardened camphor available from spice shops, crush and sew that into cotton pouches and pin to garments.
4. Indigestion :
- In a glass of lukewarm water, add a spoonful of juice of lemon, one spoonful of ginger and two spoons of honey. Mix it well and drink, cures indigestion effectively.
- Take equal parts of baking soda and water, mix in a glass. Drink.
5. Toothache :
- Place a clove of garlic, dipped in rough salt, under the affected tooth. Ideally, for stronger teeth, our grandparents advised us to chew a clove of garlic every morning. Not a palatable remedy to try before school or work.
- Clove or Oregano oil can be soaked in cottonwool and placed over the aching tooth.
- Alternatively powerful pepper and a pinch of fine salt can also be placed over the affected area. Rinse mouth out with salt water.
- A firm family favourite, whiskey soaked in cotton wool can be placed over the tooth. A sip or long gulp would do just as well. Helps for teething babies as well, as it numbs, soothes away pain and makes them sleep.
6. Eczema :
- For ease and comfort, an application of coconut oil over the affected areas keeps the skin smooth and soft.
- Cooking with coconut oil is a good habit to cultivate, for numerous other benefits as well.
- Tumeric, our Indian friend married with neem (curry leaves) ground into a paste, can be applied to the affected skin. Takes some work but it is potently powerful as a soothing agent.
7. Hangover :
- For a hangover, ideally reach out for Vitamin C. If not then two teaspoons of fresh lime juice combined with a teaspoon of sugar in half a cup of water helps.
8. Insomnia :
- A cup of warm cup of milk with a generous dollop of honey.
- My faith in moringa tea or moringa water is unshakeable. I use a cup of hot water
, 2 tablespoons of honey, ½ a teaspoon of moringa powder and the juice of half a lemon. Mixed well, it is a tonic that works and guarantees a full 6 to 8 hours sleep. It’s effectiveness has been such, that I have recommended it to family and friends with confidence. I call it my miracle in a bag.
9. Puffy eyes
- Slice a cucumber it into fairly decent slices and place the sliced cucumber on the eyelids for burning and relief from the puffiness.ated and my under eyes areas.
10. Stress :
- Many people swear by the chewing of 10-20 leaves of Holy Basil everyday.
- Any self respecting Indian medicinal fundi will advise that it is best to have 5 almonds, along with a glass of warm milk, every morning for stress.
Tried and tested, these are our top ten “go-to” remedies to use in a pinch. All worthy of saving, trying and retaining for posterity.
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