What are granny’s remedies?
For quite some time, granny’s remedies have been used as a tongue-in-cheek expression or considered strange. Frankly speaking, there is more to these remedies than meets the public eye. Although modern medicine has developed effective and specific solutions for all kinds of health problems, during the winter season we still use the knowledge passed down by generations, which relied only on nature to keep us healthy and to overcome multiple risks.
Herbs against winter illnesses
Just like granny’s remedies, alternative solutions for the challenges of winter rely on medicinal plants. It does not
matter whether you use ginger or honey in the tea, in a supplement capsule or as drops of an extract of a certain
plant, the bottom line is: Plants (which we will describe in detail below) help strengthen the immune system, fight
inflammations and infections, and some of them even help with specifically treating cold and respiratory tract
Ways to fight winter illnesses
How can we help our bodies to deal with the challenges of winter? Here are some things that may seem routine, insignificant or even strange, but using these recommendations properly and regularly may help :
- Tea with lemon, ginger, honey Probably, this is the most popular winter remedy of all, which is also pleasant, warming, and beneficial to the body. Lemon contains plenty of vitamins and its acidity creates an environment in your throat that makes it hard for germs to multiply. Studies have found that using ginger or honey helps your body fight certain bacteria in the respiratory tract and keep your upper respiratory tract
clear and healthy.
- Nutritional supplements Like most granny’s remedies, dietary supplements are also made from herbs with amazing medical properties. Echinacea helps fight infections, and elderberry helps treat inflammations in the upper respiratory tract. Nutritional supplements usually come in capsules, but there are specific nutritional supplements that are called beehive products.
- Chicken soup Everyone knows that chicken soup is famous for its healing effect. A study published in the medical magazine CHEST in 2000 established that chicken soup has an anti-inflammatory property, which
explains the relief felt by those who suffer from throat infections or colds. Besides that, its ingredients provide the body with many vitamins and minerals, which is an easy and effective way to return fluids and minerals that the body loses when being sick.
- Sliced onion This remedy is intended mostly for children suffering from colds and cough with phlegm. Put half of the onion next to the child’s head, make a few cuts in the onion, spread some salt over it (to make the onion juice come out) and let nature run its course. The pungent smell of the onion will draw the bacteria out, which should cause an improvement of the child’s condition overnight.