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The Natural Remedies From Grandma

I remember the old days when the grandmother used natural remedies to treat the illnesses. Like, to treat cold she would put a warm mustard pack on the congested chest.

To treat itchy skin she used to apply a mixture of chaparral and olive oil and for earache she used a clove of garlic.

The natural remedies are passed down from generation to generation and they are sometimes very useful in treating the illnesses. The natural remedies came into being and have survived up till now because of the long distances between the towns, lack of medical professionals and money.

The natural remedies are still followed by many people, but since many years these remedies have not remained in their original form. They have been mixed with some false remedies due to which its reliability for treating illnesses has decreased.

For example remedies like placing spices under the pillow to improve memory,  predicting future by reading tea leaves, or hanging herbs to help children cut teeth etc has diverted the minds of many people from the curative effects of the hers.

This is the reason that most medical practitioners does not believe in the curative power of herbs and they regard it as old-wives tales. But still there are some medical professionals who think that herbs can help to cure various diseases. So the natural remedies have made a comeback.

In past when synthetic drugs were not manufactured, the only means for treating the disease was the herbs. The herbs were used to heal the wounds, to improve various body functions and to treat various illnesses. The synthetic drugs that are manufactured today have been made after studying the curative properties of herbs. These drugs mimic the actions of various herbs.

Now the question arises that, how did the men come to know about the healing power of herbs?  It started when the humans were living along with the wild animals in the forests and caves.

The men noticed animals’ using different natural things to cure their problem like a wounded bear prevents infection by rolling in mud, animals bitten by snake used to chew snakeroot which helped them to survive, deer with rheumatoid rests under sunrays to make joints more flexible etc.

Animals still use herbs to cure their problems but men’s have strayed from this path and have created their own remedies which are sometimes very costly, less effective and have many side effects.

It is better to work with nature so that we can decrease our chances of getting diseases and can lead a healthy life.

Abundant resources are available for healing purpose, but now it’s our job to look for it.

To prove my point I would like to highlight the multiple uses of a herb known as noxious or disposable weed.

Common Burdock can be found in Midwest United States intercropped with corn and wheat. The common Burdock when harvested for its roots can cure different skin problems.

The burdock acts as a blood purifier and it also helps in curing different skin problems like acne, eczema, psoriasis, canker sores, boils and syphilitic sores. For this reason it is also known as ‘king’ of herbs in treating skin problems.

Method of making medicinal tea: take 1 quart of water and boil it. Reduce the heat and add 4 teaspoons of burdock root (cut and dried). Then cover it and simmer for about seven minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool down. You can drink a minimum of two cups per day but you can also take more if the problem persists. It can also be used to wash the affected skin areas.

Burdock root can also be used to clear kidney and gallstones if used in combination with catnip. To make tea, boil four cups of water and add 2 tablespoons of burdock (either fresh or dried and chopped). After putting the burdock reduce heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes. After removing from heat, add 3 teaspoons of chopped fresh or dried catnip leaf. Strain after one and a half hour.

To make it sweet you can add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and half teaspoon of blackstrap molasses or pure maple syrup. Make sure that you drink the tea slowly and after finishing the tea take 1 tablespoon of pure extra virgin olive oil 10 minutes later.

This tea is a very good solution for breaking up or partially dissolving the stones and it also helps to sooth the irritated tissues. It should be taken three times a day. The olive oil used in the remedy helps to expel the stones more easily by acting as a lubricant. It is important to avoid things like fried foods, red meat, soft drinks, refined carbohydrates, or poultry products during the treatment process.

John Heinerman, a renowned author and medical anthropologist recommends taking the last cup of tea at bedtime along with oil and sleeping at right side. This will help to remove stones.

To treat acne and blemishes, make a powder of burdock root and mix it with dried red clover and dandelion root. Pack this in gel capsules. Recommended dosage is two times a day.

Red clover if used with burdock also helps in treating cancer and thinning blood. Dandelion can be used for treatment of warts and liver spots and it can also be given to patients of diabetes mellitus because it has high insulin content.

Chamomile can be used for treating inflammation of eyelids. Garlic helps to improve immune system and it can also be used as an antibiotic.

Fruits and vegetables are also a good source for improving health and immune system. Cabbage is  a good source of calcium and it is also used to treat duodenal ulcers. Celery is a good diuretic while radish can cure diseases of liver and gall bladder. Spinach and beets helps in increasing hemoglobin.

It should be taken care that natural remedies should not be used along with the synthetic medicines until and unless the doctor has a proper knowledge about both of them. Use of natural remedies along with synthetic drugs can be harmful at some instances like grapefruit which can reduce cholesterol should not be taken with cholesterol reducing synthetic drugs.