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Published June 4th 2012
It's cold and flu season again. When treating winter ills I like to take a multi faceted approach. Here are a few suggestions for remedies which can easily be made at home, are cheap and a good alternative to conventional drugs.
Oxymel of Garlic
An oxymel is a medicine containing vinegar and honey. Acetic acid (vinegar) is mildly expectorant and honey has some antimicrobial action
30 g (about 10 cloves) garlic 4 g (1 hepaed teaspoon) fennel seeds
4 g (1 heaped teaspoon) caraway seeds 100 ml apple cider vinegar 40ml (about 2 tablespoons) honey
Method 1 (for mild garlic taste and effect)
Simmer seeds in vinegar. Remove from heat. Add peeled and crushed garlic. Strain and add honey. Warm to combine if necessary.
Method 2 (for very strong garlic taste and effect)
Simmer seeds in vinegar for about 10 minutes then strain. Add honey and warm to combine. Peel and crush garlic and place in jar. Pour warm honey and vinegar mixture over garlic and steep. Best to use a sterilised jar
Take in teaspoon or dessertspoon doses as necessary for sore throats, colds, coughs, flu etc. I found the remedy made via Method 2 was indeed quite strong to take but well worth it.
Photo: Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez (Wikimedia Commons)
Partly fill a large bowl with very hot water to a level sufficient to cover the feet. Mix 3 level teaspoons of mustard powder in a cup of water and disperse this in the bowl.
Soak feet for 10-15 minutes. After drying keep feet warm with socks. Caution - Mustard can burn sensitive skin so if any burning sensation is felt discontinue and immerse feet in cold water. It is normal to get reddening or tingling of the skin with this remedy but not burning!
Sage, Cinnamon and Chilli Gargle
Make a decoction of 1 cinnamon stick with 1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder by adding these to 1 cup cold water, bringing to the boil and simmering for 20-30 minutes.
Remove from the heat and add a small handful of fresh chopped sage leaves. Infuse for 10 minutes in a covered vessel. Strain and add honey if desired.