Have you caught the flu bug, a sore throat and are feeling plain irritable?
Whether it’s a heaving cough, rumbling stomach or running nose, being sick is no fun. And while these common illnesses are usually not fatal and won’t have your doctor in a panic, they can affect your mood, sleep patterns and productivity.
Now, our grandparents didn’t have all these canggih medicines that we have today. So how did they do it? Well, check out some of these traditional home remedies passed down from the Ah Kongs and Neneks in our lives.
Combat any cough with black pepper (and honey)
Now, for most of us it’s just cough. However, if you think about it, there’s dry cough and phlegm-y cough. A dry cough usually means your airways are irritated by smoke particles, haze or other irritant and your body is responding by trying to get rid of it. A wet or productive cough means you are coughing up phlegm or mucus, also known as sputum. That’s pronounced spew-tum.
Either way, black pepper is a natural remedy because it improves circulation and mucus flow while honey has antibiotic properties. So mix 1 teaspoon of black pepper (ground) and 2 tablespoons of honey into a cup of hot water. Let it sit for a while, then strain and drink slowly.
Running a temperature? Cool down with wet socks and spice
If you’re having a low-grade fever, the important thing is to cool down. Experts suggest allowing low-grade fevers to run their course and let your body do the fighting. But if you’re not feeling great, take a shower in lukewarm (not cold) water or get a sponge bath.
You could also wear wet socks. Soak your feet in warm water, then slip on a pair of thin cotton socks that have been soaked in cool water and wrung out. Slip on a pair of dry socks over that and head to bed. This draws blood to your feet and increases circulation.
Sprinkle spicy foods like cayenne pepper or chilli in your food, drink herbal teas (elderflower or ginger) and stay hydrated with water.
For the common cold, you’ve got to fight everything
Having a common cold or flu is not an enjoyable experience; you get everything at once. There’s an itchy or sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, fever and headache, the list goes on. And while the best remedy at all times is good, solid rest with lots of water, herbal teas and Vitamin C-rich foods help.
Some other helpful remedies include raw garlic (minced with a small amount of water and honey), ginger tea, chicken broth, lemon juice with honey and apple cider vinegar.
Headaches, be gone with scented oils and apples
How many of us suffer from headaches? Battling a painful head throughout a work or school day can be incredibly tough. Migraines are basically continual headaches that have a pulsing character, and those can be so much worse. To combat headaches, local remedies include rubbing scented oils such as peppermint or lavender, local minyak cap kapak, or even cinnamon paste on your forehead.
Eat an apple with a sprinkle of salt, drink warm water after. Drink ginger and lemon juice mixed.
Soothe a sore throat with honey or salt
Between a sore throat and a cough, we don’t know which we’d rather have. Sore throats can be downright painful and thieves of our sleep, so they should be addressed immediately. While rest is a requirement, a home remedy that’s passed down through generations is to gargle with salt water and eat ice-cream (yes, this was really a doctor’s orders once!). Drinking iced drinks also helps relieve the inflammation.
What other passed-down remedies for common infections do you know of? Let us know in the comments below!
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