Broomstick days people, dark broomstick days. The girl behind the blog had been going berserk with cold, flu, cough, throat ache, etc- just name it- and I am telling you it’s disgusting. Thanks to our super hot Indian Summers, constant AC and then surprise cold splashes with the advent of monsoons that I am now a soft mush of muscles with half opened eyes and a very runny nose. But this day, I’m looking better. Also, this time I consciously avoided antibiotics and took to natural cures that can be whipped up in your kitchen. The experience was pretty interesting.
You see, I am used to pills. Different kind, for different things and maybe two for the same thing. I remember growing up in a household with cabinet full of medicine and you could possibly open an illegit clinic and start treating people. Motions, cough, cold, flu, common cold, viral, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, pain-killer, and also anti-nausea, headache and dizziness. I can tell you the names if you want me to!
After I moved to Mumbai, and specially after I met Rohan, I saw this general reluctance to medicine. They’d go without pills as far as possible and pop one only when things are beyond natural cure. Honestly, I am completely alien to the idea of suffering and not having pills. I just had to sneeze to pop an antibiotic. I suffered a Tonsil condition for a very long time as a child and I had to literally live my childhood on Septillin. Days and days of not being able to eat food properly, fever and weakness: I think its this panic which makes me have medicines like crazy. Like before this disease catches up and i suffer, I’ll fill my body with random antibiotics. But in doing so what really was happening was my body was getting immune to the prescribed dosage. I eventually found out, most medicine that once worked on me now required double strength. I began with Sporidex 250. Soon I was taking Sporidex 500, 3 times a day. I also somehow believed that without Sporidex, I wont be okay. It had affected me psychologically.
Now, let me tell you though it seems like meds work faster and home remedies take their time, the truth is, the recipes I am about to shell out are just as effective. But remember these are effective for in common-cold, throat-ache and pharyngitis. You see, I am a seasoned sufferer. It took me years to shake my inhibitions and turn around and i have to agree that it worked wonders. I am much better than I was yesterday!
Here’s My homemade Peppermint Tea Recipe
A handful organic peppermint- preferably from your garden
A teaspoon of organic honey
A dash of lime
1 mug Boiling water
add mint leaves to water and boil for about a minute or two.
Keep leaves in a tea-infuser and pour the liquid
Add honey and a dash of lime
Have atleast 4 cups a day and you’ll see a considerable change in your throat condition
Homemade Ginger lemon and Honey Tea
Just add about 2 teaspoons of chopped ginger to boiling water
Boil it for a good 2-3 minutes
Strain, add lime and honey
Milk with Turmeric and Honey
Boil a cup of Milk
Add a teaspoon of turmeric and 1 teaspoon of honey
Have as hot as you can
Turmeric is antiseptic and has been used in our culture to disinfect for centuries. You won’t believe how effectively it soothes itchy throat. This is best when taken at night before zzzz.
Do you have any home remedies up your sleeve? I can still really use some, so feel free to suggest.