It’s that time of year already – the cold and flu season is in full swing! Before opting for over the counter meds, here are a list of natural alternatives to help alleviate various symptoms and conditions of the cold season – among other common ailments!
***Please note: as natural remedies can have interactions with certain medications or health conditions, always consult your doctor before starting any course of treatment.
CINNAMON FOR COLDS:
Mix a gram of cinnamon powder with a teaspoon of honey to cure cold. Prepare a cup of tea to which you should add ginger, clove, bay leaf and black pepper. This should be consumed twice a day. Reduce the intake as the cold disappears.
GINGER FOR COLDS: Preparation of tea: cut ginger into small pieces and boil it with water, boil it a few times and then add sugar to sweeten and milk to taste. Drink it hot.
GINGER FOR BACKACHES – Rub ginger paste on the backache to get relief.
TUMERIC – FOR DRY COUGHS: Add a gram of turmeric powder to a teaspoon of honey for curing dry coughs. Also chew, a cardamom for a long time.
TURMERIC – for INJURIES: For any cut or wound, apply turmeric powder to the injured portion to stop the bleeding. It also works as an antiseptic. You can tie a bandage after applying turmeric.
TURMERIC – for ARTHRITIS: Turmeric can be used in treating arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory property. Turmeric can be taken as a drink other than adding to dishes to help prevent all problems. Use one teaspoon of turmeric powder per cup of warm milk every day. It is also used as a paste for local action.
TUMERIC – good for the HEART: Turmeric lower cholesterol and by preventing the formation of the internal blood clots improves circulation and prevents heart disease and stroke. Turmeric can be taken as a drink other than adding to dishes to help prevent all problems. Use one teaspoon of turmeric powder per cup of warm milk every day. It is also used as a paste for local action.
TUMERIC – good for INDIGESTION: Turmeric can be used to relieve digestive problems like ulcers, dysentery. Turmeric can be taken as a drink other than adding to dishes to help prevent all problems. Use one teaspoon of turmeric powder per cup of warm milk every day. It is also used as a paste for local action.
CAROM SEEDS FOR NOSE CONGESTION:
For blocked nose or to relieve congestion, take a table-spoon of crushed carom seeds, tie it in a cloth and inhale it.
CUMIN SEEDS FOR SORE THROAT:
Add a tea-spoon of cumin seeds and a few small pieces of dry ginger to a glass of boiling water. Simmer it for a few minutes, and then let it cool. Drink it twice daily. This will cure cold as well as sore throat.
AJWAIN/AJMO FOR ASTHMA:
Boil ajwain in water and inhale the steam.
GARLIC FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE:
Have 1-2 pod garlic first thing in the morning with water.
Mix 1 table-spoon and 1 table-spoon ginger juice, 1 table-spoon of crushed cumin seeds, and have it twice daily.
PEPPER POWDER FOR MIGRAINE:
For the cure of migraine or acute cold in the head; boil a tablespoon of pepper powder, and a pinch of turmeric in a cup of milk, and have it daily for a few couple of days.
BITTER GOURD/KARELA IS GOOD:
A tablespoon of amla juice mixed with a cup of fresh bitter gourd (karela) juice and taken daily for 2 months reduces blood sugar.
MUSTARD OIL FOR CRAMPS:
You must do a self-massage using mustard oil every morning. Just take a little oil between your palms and rub it all over your body. Then take a shower. This is especially beneficial during winter. You could also mix a little mustard powder with water to make a paste and apply this on your palms and soles of your feet.
ALMONDS FOR HEADACHES:
If you have a regular migraine problem, include five almonds along with hot milk in your daily diet. You could also have a gram of black pepper along with honey or milk, twice or thrice a day. Make an almond paste by rubbing wet almonds against a stone. This can be applied to forehead.
OTHER AILMENTS – FOR HEADACHE: Eat an apple with a little salt on an empty stomach everyday and see its wonderful effects. OR When headache is caused by cold winds, cinnamon works best in curing headache. Make a paste of cinnamon by mixing in water and apply it all over your forehead.
FOR HICCUPS: Take a warm slice of lemon and sprinkle salt, sugar and black pepper on it. The lemon should be eaten until the hiccups stop.
HIGH BLOOD CHOLESTEROL: In 1 glass of water, add 2 tbsp of coriander seeds and bring to a boil. Let the decoction cool for some time and then strain. Drink this mixture two times in a day. OR Sunflower seeds are extremely beneficial, as they contain linoleic acid that helps in reducing the cholesterol deposits on the walls of arteries.
VOMITING: Take 2 cardamoms and roast them on a dry pan. Powder the cardamoms and thereafter add a tsp of honey in it. Consume it
frequently. It serves as a fabulous home remedy for vomiting. OR In
the mixture of 1 tsp of mint juice and 1 tsp lime juice, add 1 tsp of
ginger juice and 1 tsp honey. Drink this mixture to prevent vomiting. OR
Lime juice is an effective remedy for vomiting. Take a glass of chilled
lime juice and sip slowly. To prevent vomiting, drink ginger tea. OR In
1 glass water, add some honey and drink sip by sip.
WARTS: Apply castor oil daily over the problematic area. Continue for
several months. OR Apply milky juice of fresh and barely ripe figs a
number of times a day. Continue for two weeks. OR Rub cut raw potatoes
on the affected area several times daily. Continue for at least two weeks. OR
Rub cut onions on the warts to stimulate the circulation of blood. OR
Apply milk from the cut end of dandelion over the warts 2-3 times a
day. OR Apply oil extracted from the shell of the cashew nut over the
warts. OR Apply Papaya juice OR Apply Pineapple juice.
URINARY TRACT INFECTION: In 8 oz of water, put 1 tsp of baking soda and drink it. OR Drink plenty of water, as it aids in flushing out the waste products from the body. OR Drink Cranberry juice. You can also add some apple juice for taste.
SINUS: Mango serves as an effective home remedy for preventing the frequent attacks of sinus, as it is packed with loads of vitamin A. OR Another
beneficial remedy consists of consuming pungent foods like onion and
garlic, as a part of your daily meals.