Surely everyone knows at least one home remedy for a cold, headache, heartburn or other ailment.. They are often passed down across generations. Today, modern medicine has made unparalleled strides in prolonging the lifespan of our species. Still, “grandma’s” home remedies are frequently effective; do not underestimate the wisdom of our grandparents! And although some of these recipes are not fully backed by modern medicine, they work better than medications/drugs. There’s a reason they’ve made it so far, without being weeded out of our culture.
If you have a cystitis or a cold, for instance, there’s a good old home remedy for you.
Note: The contents in this article are by no means meant to offer medical advice. For medical advice consult a doctor or professional who is able to serve and attend to your unique individual medical needs.
Fennel, parsley and aniseed as breath fresheners
There is no need to use chewing gum. Nor do you have to buy special breath fresheners or mint candies in order to have a fresh breath. For that purpose, why not try chewing fennel seeds, aniseed and parsley leaves. These leaves should be chewed after each meal, thoroughly and slowly. What’s more, parsley contains a lot of chlorophyll (green pigment) which has an antibacterial effect. It is worth adding it to dinner dishes too! Additionally, take a peek at our article about all the benefits of green tea here.
Garlic or lemon for earache
According to grandma, eating raw garlic can alleviate earaches. This home remedy has been used in the fight against earache since ancient times. This is mainly because of its component, ‘allicin’, which helps fight bacterial infections. However, if you are taking other medicines, it is better to consult this action with your doctor, as garlic can alter the effect of antibiotics. Always consult a Doctor.
Nettle for hair loss
Although hair loss is more common in elderly people, excessive hair loss can also occur in children. This problem develops gradually or it can appear suddenly and be permanent or temporary. To prevent hair loss, a brew of nettle leaves can be used to strengthen hair, skin and nails. Nettle is a rich source of vitamins such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and beta-carotene, which are essential for our beauty.
Olive oil for motion sickness
Most of us have the comfort of being able to travel by car, train or plane without any problems. Unfortunately, there are also those who, after a few minutes on the road, feel nauseous, tired and sometimes even vomit. Oils come to the rescue. If we want to reach our destination without any difficulties, it is advisable to eat an olive from time to time during the journey. Probably better consult a doctor.
Baking soda for urinary tract infections
If you have experienced a urinary tract infection at least once in your life, you know the pain and discomfort it entails. This is where baking soda and lemon come to the rescue. Mixed with lemon juice it will effectively relieve the pain and burning sensation. It is enough to drink a glass of water with two teaspoons of baking soda and juice squeezed from half a lemon. The taste of the concoction may not knock, but the important thing is that it is a very effective home remedy.
Cherries for headaches
A headache can be caused by many factors, including vitamin and electrolyte deficiencies and stress or even dehydration. When you get a headache, you don’t have to immediately reach for the painkillers. Fortunately, there are fruits that can naturally get rid of this pain. Cherries have melatonin and polyphenol, which relax the muscles and blood vessels, allowing better blood flow. All you need to do is make a cherry cocktail, which will not only refresh our body but also help us fight the ailment.
To prepare the smoothie we will need two glasses of seedless cherries, one banana, two glasses of coconut milk, one tablespoon of linseed, one tablespoon of honey and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract. Just put all the ingredients in a blender and blend. And the smoothie is ready for consumption!
Chamomile for a sore throat
Chamomile is one of the most valuable and well-known medicinal plants with versatile uses. It kills bacteria in the body and helps heal a sore throat. It is also ideal as a natural remedy for cold and flu. We can also add lemon and honey to chamomile tea, which will further enhance the antibacterial effect. Chamomile sachets can also help us with ailments related to the digestive system, including digestive disorders, feelings of fullness or bloating. So, it’s worth stocking up on chamomile tea because you never know when an ailment will strike.
ALL IN ALL
If we do not like to poison our body with all kinds of medicines, it is worth reaching for natural products to help us with our ailments. We do not have to immediately reach for ibuprofen or other painkillers when we have a simple stomach ache or a headache. Let’s try one of the oldest herbal methods, which were used by our grandmothers and great-grandmothers alike. If our grandmothers managed to raise healthy generations without all the intricacies of modern drugs and medicines, then we can most certainly do without a painkiller each time we get the slightest hint of a headache.