It’s that time of the year again, only its your nose ringing with constant sneezes instead of jingle bells. What to do? Going to the doctor is the most obvious option, but not always the most available one: you’re too busy, the doctor’s out of town, or you’re just feeling downright lazy. Don’t fret, my fellow phlegm-thrower (haha, get it?), these simple, tried-and-true home remedies for the most common of ailments has got your back.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to suggest some ungodly and disgusting-tasting solution to you. Yet. The tastiest one is probably chicken and/or garlic soup. The chicken boosts your strength, and garlic kills the germs in your throat and tummy. Along with that, and here comes the icky part, drinking a mixture of half an onion, a clove of garlic, and lemon mashed together with hot water can actually do wonders for your cold: the onion and garlic kill germs in your throat and stomach, the lemon boosts immunity and supplies Vitamin C. You can do it, I have faith in you; just pinch your nose and gulp it down, you’ll thank yourself.
As someone who has cough and cold in varying degrees all through the year, believe me when I tell you that the real magic to get rid of cough lies in one word: steam. Lots and lots of steam. I know it’s really hot and you feel like you’ve voluntarily scalded your face but trust me; keep doing it, hold on until your entire face is hot and pink, and watch how all the cough comes gushing out of your breather. Cough, or phlegm, is very easily liquified when you eat or drink or even inhale something really hot–why do you think your nose becomes runny when you eat spicy food? For really severe cough, trying adding a tiny knob of balm like Zandu balm or Vicks. Once the balm melts in the hot water, it’ll transform into steam, healing you better inside out.
The best homemade remedy for fever is and always will be a good, long rest. The very reason as to why your body is acting up is, apart from various others, that you haven’t been getting enough rest and so your body has to shut down in order for it to get you to do just that. Tsk tsk. Shame on you. However, in the intervals when you may have the energy to wake up and consume something, try drinking tea with saffron. Saffron is known for its healing qualities and tea will boost your immunity. Drinking warm milk with a little bit of haldi or turmeric every night is also very effective.
The most sworn-by method to treat a sore throat, probably passed down by practically every single grandparent ever, is gargling with salt water. And they’re not kidding: it works like magic. Doing it every morning and every night can significantly improve your throat’s health. Another great remedy is green tea, but with basil, lemongrass and ginger. Chop up the lemongrass and basil (only half a handful; these babies are strong) along with a piece of mashed ginger and leave it to soak with the green tea in freshly boiled water. You can add a little honey, too, in case you have a sweet tooth.
It feels like there’s soda everywhere we go today. Soda in drinks, soda in milkshakes, soda with ice cream, you name it, and its there. But don’t discount this acidic wonder yet. Baking soda is one of the most effective ways to deal with heartburn. A natural antacid, mixing one teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces or 1 cup of water will soothe your heartburn immediately. Bananas, too, are also natural antacids, so you can consume them either dried or fresh–which is always better.
These are just the worst, aren’t they? For a sinus headache, boil fresh or dried ginger in hot water, and inhale. It helps to clear up the blockage in your head. For migraines, prepare a juice by adding 200 ml of spinach juice with 300 ml of carrot juice to prepare 500 ml or half a litre. Drink it regularly. JUST DO IT. I know it looks and probably smells really bad, but it’s only to help you get better. It is a proven natural cure for migraine headache. Alternatively add 100 ml each of beet and cucumber juices with 300 ml of carrot juice.
- Hangover (you’re welcome!)
You partied too hard, didn’t you? I knew it. Kids, these days. Anyway, here’s what you have to do: During a hangover your body needs to be hydrated. A lot. Drinking coconut water with its many immunizing qualities is a really effective way to help yourself stay alive through the day. To properly detoxify your body and cure your hangover, add a teaspoon of lime juice and a pinch of cumin powder to a glass of orange juice and gulp it down. Your body will thank you. Drink responsibly.
Usually a stomachache means you’ve got acidity in your tummy. Eno is the usual go-to option, but if that isn’t available, drinking coconut water 4-5 times throughout the day will ease your stomach and reduce the acidity. Chopped up mint leaves put in boiling water and sipped slowly after meals will also help relieve the acidity.
Oh, dear. Frequent trips to the bathroom, eh? Increase your fluid intake by adding salt and sugar to water to replace the glucose and minerals lost due to all that…well, you know. Ginger tea also helps in relieving any cramps and/or pain. A teaspoon of honey and mint juice paired with half a teaspoon of ginger juice will also help in your energy levels and restoring your essentials.
- Back pain
The only good thing about back pains is that you get massages. Like using eucalyptus oil can help your ache significantly when properly massaged into your back. Half a gram of cinnamon or dalchini powder with a teaspoon of honey is also a known remedy for back pain. Steaming your back with hot water while showering can also provide temporary relief.
Since these are home remedies, they don’t work as fast as pills do. So please have some patience before you actually achieve relief. Keep repeating a few of these habits regularly to rid yourself of common ailments for a longer time, increasing your strength and immunity in the process. Exercise regularly, drink lots and lots of water, and eat in moderation. Basically, all the things I don’t do. Just kidding! Stay fit, people.