Herbal Remedies
Maybe Grandma Had Something After All

Early herbal remedies, sometimes referred to as "Grandma's remedies" or folklore healing practices, were often guarded and passed down from one generation to the next.

Does chicken soap really have healing powers? And does grandma really know what she's talking about when she tells you to eat more garlic to get rid of that cold?

Remember the days when Grandma strapped a warm mustard pack to your congested chest when you had a cold? Or used a warm tea bag to rid pink eye, a glove of garlic to stop an earache, or prepared a mixture of chaparral and olive oil as a cure for itchy skin?

Of course, some of these old touted cures were simply superstition and myth "remedies" without any practical application at all, even though many people swear by these old traditions and remedies.


Little by little and throughout the years, suspicion as to the validity of herbal remedies began to take root.

But with the seemly "witch doctor" approach of hanging herbs around a child's neck to help with cutting teeth or placing certain spices under the pillow to improve memory, many people were prejudiced toward the genuine curative uses of herbs as remedies.

This is probably why many modern day practitioners regard the medicinal use of herbs as "quackery" and nothing more than old-wives tales.

There are, however, a growing number of otherwise conventional medical professionals who are beginning to acknowledge what Grandma knew all along. These remedies consisting of natural herbs are valid and can help maintain good health and cure diseases.


Grandma's herbal remedies are on the rise and making a comeback.

Interest in medicinal herbs is on the rise again and the interest is primarily from the pharmaceutical industry, which is always looking for new drugs and more effective substances to treat diseases, for which there may be no or very few drugs available.

Synthetic drugs used today are formulated to mimic their natural herbal counterparts. By working with, and not against nature, we increase our chance of a more healthy life, while decreasing our risk of disease and premature bodily limitations and dysfunctions.


There are many common and not so common herbal remedies worth trying.

Investigate for yourself if and how some of these remedies can eliminate symptoms and aid in recovery but do not substitute "Grandma remedies" for any illness or ailment without consulting your doctor for his professional medical advice and never use alongside synthetic or prescription drugs without the prescribing doctor's knowledge..

Here are just a few examples of some of Grandma's natural remedies:

  • Burdock: Make a tea by bringing 1 quart of water to a boil adding 4 teaspoons dried burdock root. Simmer for 7 minutes then let steep for 2 hours. Drink 2 cups a day on an empty stomach for treating eczema, acne, psoriasis, boils and canker sores.
  • Dandelion Root: Cure for warts and liver spots and a good sugar substitute for people who suffer from diabetes mellitis.
  • Garlic: An excellent natural antibiotic and immune system builder.
  • Onion Air: Cut an onion in half and placed near your bed to remove bacteria in the air around you.
  • Pepper and Vodka: Mix 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper in 1.5 ounces of vodka. Drink to induce sweating and treat fever.
  • Chicken Soup: Add cayenne pepper or curry to the mix stimulating circulation and loosening congestion.
  • Boiled Wine: Mix 1/2 red to 1/2 white wine, 2 cinnamon sticks, cloves and sugar. Boil, filter and drink to clear nasal passages and get a gentle warming and sweat-inducing effect.
  • Grape Juice: Grape juice three times a day or a tablespoon of amla juice mixed with a cup of karela juice or eat 10 fresh curry leaves for help with diabetes
  • Curd and Honey: Eat plenty of curd or drink a glass of water with 2 teaspoons of honey for insomnia.
  • This leaves us with the nagging question "are remedies found in the cough and cold aisle more or less effective than Grandma's herbal remedies?

    Perhaps future research down the road will give us a definite answer. But in the meantime, why not try giving "Mother Nature" a chance.

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