Homemade Remedies, Do They Work?

Homemade Remedies, Do They Work?

I'm all about healing the body in natural ways.  I actually avoid medications as much as possible.  You know what?  It works!  When I focus on taking in the proper nutrients, my body takes care of itself rather nicely... and this is coming from someone diagnosed with Hashimoto's.  My symptoms are virtually non-existent if my diet is proper.  I've been growing an interest in learning about other natural remedies, so I've been following one of my friends, and fellow Chicago Now blogger, NaShantá Fletcher (you may know her as Alter Ego Maniac).

NaShantá has been dabbling in natural remedies for a while now, so I asked if she'd like to guest blog and share a favorite recipe.  She said YES!  So, without further delay, I give you her guest blog...


HOMEMADE HONEY GINGER COLD MEDICINE

by NaShantá Fletcher

Like most people in America, my medicine cabinet was filled with all sorts of over the counter pharmaceuticals. Whenever I started to feel sick, or something was irritated, I would grab cold medicine, pain/headache medication, or whatever bottle claimed to cure what ailed me.

After a while, the suggested dosage of medication was doing nothing for me anymore, and I would have to take a little more than the normal dose. I became unhappy with the amount of over the counter medication I was consuming. So I decided to look for natural alternatives to these medications.

At the beginning of this year I started researching herbal medicines and natural remedies. I've been brewing up my own herbal remedies since February. I can proudly admit that since February I haven't taken any over the counter allergy medicine, cold/flu medicine, headache medicine, or sleep aids (which are the types of medications I would say I took religiously before).

Medicinal Herb Book
 

Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginnger's Guide has been like a medicinal bible for me. If you're interested in learning about medicinal herbs, this is a great introduction. It's full of basic information about how to grow these herbs, how they're used to promote good health, and there are a number of recipes in the book.

Whenever I feel ill now, I turn to my homemade herbal tinctures (concentrated extracts), herbal teas, or homemade cough syrup. The worst cold I've had since switching to these herbal remedies, only lasted a day before I felt well enough to go back to work.

My Honey Ginger Cold Medicine was the first remedy that I ever brewed, and it's super easy to make. If you look online, there are tons of cold medicine recipes. After reading about what all the ingredients do, I created my own recipe. The recipe roughly makes about 4-5oz of medicine.

(Note: I use the term recipe loosely, since I don't actually measure out the ingredients)

Here's what you'll need:

  • Raw Honey
  • 1/2 Medium Lemon
  • Ginger Root
  • Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Cinnamon
  • 8oz Mason Jar
  • 4oz Glass Bottle (Optional)

Raw Honey is different from your average honey, because it is unfiltered and unheated. When honey is heated, a lot of the natural nutrients and live enzymes are cooked out. Raw Honey is packed full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and organic acids. Honey is also great for sore throats because it helps ease the inflamed raw tissue.

Lemons are always the go to food when fighting off a cold. People often use lemon in tea to soothe a sore throat. Lemons are rich in vitamin C, full of antioxidants, great for digestion, and also antibacterial.

Ginger is great for the immune system, aids with circulation in the body, and is a popular decongesting herb. Ginger is also a very effective remedy for nausea, and stomach cramps (which may be the reason why our moms grabbed ginger ale for tummy aches).

Apple Cider Vinegar is made from fermented apples. Apple Cider Vinegar is rich in nutrients, contains active enzymes, is antibacterial, and is great for fighting off colds and congestion. Please note, because Apple Cider Vinegar is highly acidic, it isn't recommended to drink it straight. It should always be diluted with another substance.

Cinnamon is used not only to add flavor, but for its medicinal properties. Cinnamon is used to improve circulation and to clear congestion. It is also a powerful antiseptic, which helps in fighting off a cold.

Here's what you do:

  1. Add equal parts Ginger Root and Lemon Slices (1/2 of a Medium Lemon) to a pan
  2. Place enough Raw Honey in the pan to just cover the Lemon and Ginger
  3. Turn the pan on a very low heat
  4. Stir for about a minute or two
  5. Squeeze lemon juice into the pan from the other half of the lemon
  6. Add 2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
  7. Add Cinnamon to taste
  8. Stir and remove pan from heat
  9. Pour all the ingredients into a small mason jar, and secure with lid
  10. While still warm, shake the jar around
  11. Enjoy

Take about 2 Tablespoons as needed.

Finished Medicine
It's important that you use a low heat when making this medicine. To maintain the maximum healing power of raw honey it shouldn't be heated above the natural temperature found in the hive (roughly 95°F).

You can just spoon the medicine out from the mason jar, or you can transfer it to a glass bottle. I usually wait a few days before I bottle it, so all the good stuff gets absorbed into the honey.

Make sure you shake up the bottle (or jar) before you take a dose, because some of the ingredients can settle to the bottom.

When I have a cold, I take this Honey Ginger Cold Medicine along with orange juice, water, and echinacea tea. It works wonders!

Bottled Medicine

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