First things first, this is not ‘medical’ advice – Nanimaa and Dadimaa just wanted to get that clear right from the start. While the ingredients in these home remedies are now being linked with medicinal properties, your grandmas don’t replace the doctor for medical care. But they do know a thing or two about raising kids and caring for them, so here are some of their tips you can try for that scratchy throat, sniffly nose and to boost your general health.
- The same spice that’s been turning Indian food yellow since the beginning of time has now been scientifically proven to contain an effective healing compound called curcumin – an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. As cold and flu season approaches, boost your body’s defence system by ingesting turmeric on a regular basis. Mix 1/8 tsp of this golden ground spice in a mug of warm milk (add honey if you like it a little sweet) and make that your night cap before bed.
- Honey is also an antibacterial and antioxidant and used for soothing those lingering dry coughs. Try a teaspoon straight-up or dissolve some in a little warm water. Or try honey in combination with some of these other ingredients you’d find in your kitchen cupboards for a variety of benefits.
- Gargle in the back of your throat with warm, salt water as soon as that tickly feeling comes on. You can also add a pinch of turmeric to this concoction. Do this every morning and evening for the first couple days and you might find that the duration of your sore throat and cold, in general, is shortened.
- Nothing says comfort from a cold like fresh or ground ginger in your chai. Ginger has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years and is usually used for upset stomach and nausea. However, it’s useful during a simple cold as well because it’s a warming spice which means it warms you up from the inside. If you don’t feel like drinking chai, just heat some water, add ginger, lemon and honey and you’ve got a delicious, light drink that will warm up those icy toes and fingers!
- A cool, damp cloth on the forehead to keep you cool during a low-grade fever may be reminiscent of your childhood. This doesn’t treat the underlying cause of the fever, but it can help to keep you comfortable while your body is working hard to fight the bug.
If you have additional desi home remedies, we’d love to hear them in the comments! Stay well!