Grandma’s Secrets!

In this fast-paced world, the last thing we need is for minor aches, pains and inconveniences to slow us down. While it’s become increasingly common way to treat these small problems by popping a pill, it’s a good idea to pause a moment and look around; alternative medicine is often available, right from your average kitchen shelf!

Many herbs, spices, condiments, fresh fruits and vegetables are endowed with unique medicinal properties that can directly attack the source of a problem. These act as herbal substitutes which are mild, since they don’t contain strong components, and come straight from Mother Nature!

Grandma remedies

Here are some quick tips, taken right from good ol’ granny’s diaries – 

  • Two or three drops of rose water can soothe tired eyes.
  • To cure a headache, try making a paste of cloves and salt crystals, and add to a half cup of milk. Salt, being hygroscopic, absorbs excess fluids in the head, decreasing tension.
  • Closing your ears with your fingers and drinking water through a straw can stop a case of the hiccups. Another quick way to get rid of them is to eat half a bowl of curd with 1-2 tablespoons of salt.
  • Eating protein-rich food for a couple of days before long travel builds up the tenacity of the body, and also helps reduce the effects of jet lag. Including foods rich in vitamins A and K can help the body adjust new time zones.
  • For a sore throat, try a concoction made of warm water, a teaspoon of black pepper, a teaspoon of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon powder.
  • Can’t sleep? An infusion of bitter chamomile flowers just might do the trick.
  • For a case of indigestion, soak a teaspoon of celery seeds in a glass of buttermilk for a few hours, and grind them in the same mixture. 
  • Ginger juice is an excellent painkiller; when applied to the gums it helps reduce toothache.
  • Cut a few small pieces of raw potato and cover your eyes with them for 10-15 minutes. This keeps your eyes clear and fresh-looking.
  • A mixture of tea decoction and sugar is an excellent cure for headaches caused by the common cold.
  • For extra shiny hair, boil used tea leaves in water and set aside to cool. Use as the last rinse after shampooing.
  • A mixture of honey and tomato juice acts as a good face mask, and gives your skin an extra glow.
  • Make an infusion of 9-10 fresh rose petals and raspberry leaves soaked in water for a few hours. Then wash your tired eyes for some quick relief.
  • Tea made with cumin, ginger and coriander seeds is an excellent home remedy for a headache.
  • Espresso not only fights drowsiness, but acts as a great conditioner for dry hair! Pour some espresso coffee over your hair and leave in for about 15-20 minutes for that extra bit of shine and luster.
  • Make a paste using pineapple juice and turmeric to reduce dark circles under your eyes.
  • Cucumber can be used to tackle dryness of the face. The juice has a cooling effect and replenishes the lost water content, reducing dryness.

Grandma remedies

Nothing beats a healthy lifestyle that includes a wholesome diet, regular exercise and a good night’s sleep. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water and switching to fresh natural juices is an excellent way to detoxify the body. A diet rich in green vegetables, fruits, sprouts, honey, cereals and nuts helps the body stay healthy. For healthy skin and hair, include fish and soybeans in your diet. Fresh fruits give the body the water content it needs, purify the blood and give your skin a healthy glow.

As granny always says, instead of reaching out to the medicine cabinet, peep into the kitchen cabinets and you’ll surely find a natural remedy to do the same job. After all, Mother Nature has got something fresh and pure in her kitty for just about every ailment!    

 - Pallavi