We often smile on remedies by grandma, sometimes with condescension. Yet increasingly, they come back to help us. These tricks can relieve pain, treat minor injuries or even parry momentarily, in a crisis, and can be very useful without resorting to heavier medication immediately.
This article aims to place in context a popular pharmacopoeia and identify some simple remedies, made from natural products available, under the old rules of thumb that have been passed down from generation to generation – these recipes, however, are the origin of many pharmaceuticals that are found on our shelves today.
Warning: This is by no means a medical dictionary. We recommend our readers to avoid self-medication and use of medical specialists for any symptom.
How Does It Work?
Skeptics will immediately invoke the placebo effect. However, when it works with babies, animals and plants that are not “manipulated”, one can question their effectiveness. While we have to yet to find scientific explanations for most of them, some of Grandma’s remedies have proven and remain successful. It is also the case of some pharmaceuticals today. Aspirin, for example, which works effectively on several levels, remains a conundrum for researchers. It is partly composed of salicylic acid extracted from willow and meadowsweet spirea or that is synthesized industrially since 1859.
A Unique Perspective!
Anthropologist Jeremy Narby has made a startling discovery during his research on medicines tribes “primitive.” He found that, under trance, healers not only knew exactly what plant was used for healing, but also what part of the plant and under what conditions the use (time of picking, processing plant, dosage). He concluded that these healers “came in resonance” with the DNA of the plant to receive this information accurately!
They are generally simple products, present in our everyday life: clay, sea salt, seaweed, herbs, vegetables, bark, vegetable oils, animal fats, products of the bee (honey, wax, royal jelly), seeds, kefir, etc. The opening of markets has made is possible for the availability of these products of the most distant origins, in all kinds of exotic shops in the United States.
Therapeutic Properties of Some Products
The clay has an adsorbent and absorbent effect, antiseptic, healing, anti-acne, anti-inflammatory, bacteriostatic, fungicidal, hemostatic, and excellent for remineralizing teeth and bones, calm and heal ulcers.
LAVENDER: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic, promotes cell regeneration.
ROSEMARY: conditioner, skin and eyes tonic, antibacterial, antioxidant.
OREGANO AND THYME: antiseptic, stimulates circulation, anti-inflammatory, digestive.
GREEN TEA IN CHINA: tonic, helps sleep well, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory.
GARLIC: anti-infective internal (respiratory) and external anti-parasite, prevents colds and flu, stabilizes blood pressure, etc.
ONION: antioxidant, antihistamine, protects against bad cholesterol (LDL), antiseptic, healing, antirheumatic, powerful diuretic, expectorant, digestive, hypoglycemic, anthelmintic, analgesic, general stimulant, etc. (So you do not cry when cutting onions, freeze them for five minutes before cutting.)
LEMON: powerful antioxidant, a natural source of vitamin C, antiseptic, antipyretic, anti-flu, diuretic, remineralizing, accelerates the elimination of toxins; venous tonic. The bark is carminative tonic. The seeds are febrifuge.
CABBAGE (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, etc.): powerful antioxidant, anti-anemic, anti-fatigue, allergy, would help prevent certain cancers (glucosinolates) and intestinal problems, liver, lung.