Folk medicine has been a part of every culture throughout our history; herbal remedies have been with humanity for thousands of years. Many of these healthy recipes from folk medicine tried and tested and found to be effective and much safer and cheaper than artificial drugs and supplements.
The origins of folk medicine, also known as alternative or holistic medicine, can be traced back thousands of years to the very roots of medicine. The roots of alternative medicine deal with the symptoms of the "whole" person, not merely the physical signs of illness. This is radically different from traditional medicine today.
Eventually, folk medicine evolved into the traditional medicine we are familiar with in today's world. Despite the dominance of traditional medicine, there is still a place for folk remedies. It is used by many people around the world through the massage therapy, acupuncture, aromatherapy, herbal remedies, meditation, and many other forms of alternative treatments. Many physicians now support many of these treatments, making them less alternative.
You will find below some popular folk medicinehealthyrecipes that have been used in my family for generations. Hope you will find them useful in everyday practise, those home remedies is easy and proven to work.
Best Cough Medicine - Folk Remedies
Purchase any kind of fig and milk from your local produce market. Good figs will be soft and smell sweet. Milk has to be fresh and not fat.
For one portion you will need:
1 cup milk
5 dried figs
Wash figs and put them into a small pot, pour in a cup of milk. On medium heat, bring milk to a boil and cook down for 15 minutes, cover the pot with a lid, let it draw for about 30 min or until cool down. Strain the figs from the milk.
Take this delicious, sweet milk three times per day. It will reduce cough symptoms and relieve a sore throat.
Figs are actually highly alkaline and contain a powerful healing agent. Figs soothe mucous membranes, particularly in the respiratory system. The fig fruit contains a fairly potent bactericide; it reduces body heat, and helps to ease inflammation. Figs can soothe respiratory ailments by acting as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Cough down – Mood up
(Just for adults!)
You will need:
1 part Cognac or Brandy
1 part unpasteurised honey
1 part fresh lemon juice
1 small glass bottle
Squeeze lemon into a glass bowl (don`t use plastic) add cognac or brandy and honey, mix it all together, strain the mixture into a glass bottle, close the bottle and shake it well. Take a small sip every 30-40 minutes. But be careful, do not over do it – as mixture contains cognac which can make you drunk.
The cheapest one.
You will need:
To cook a diner!
Make a mashed potato for diner. While mashing (do not use mixer, do it manually) breathe in the hot steam. It will soothe mucous membranes, warm the respiratory tract and provide cough relief.
Mashed potato recipe:
1. Peel potatoes and cut into large chunks. Cook in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for about 20 minutes. Check the potatoes with fork; they should be very tender but not falling apart.
2. Drain potatoes well. Using a potato masher, roughly mash potatoes.
3. Add butter and mash thoroughly, add hot milk and mash again until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with extra butter and chives or dill.
I prefer to use the fresh herbs, but dried will do too. Sage, Marjoram, and Thyme can help clear the lungs and they all have antimicrobial properties. Lemon balm is antiviral and will help relax and fall asleep; chamomile will calm a spasmodic cough while helping to have a sound sleep. Make a tea blend of these herbs and drink 3-5 times a day before meal.
You will need:
Eucalyptus essential oil
Peppermint essential oil
You can add a few drops of the oils of eucalyptus or peppermint herbs to steaming and boiling water, inhale steam slowly to help open clogged sinuses, and clear out the respiratory passages, this inhalation will also minimize bronchial spasms and painful contractions that can happen during coughing. And the smell itself is just great!