It’s time to return to “people’s medicine!”

Your kitchen contains some basic ingredients that you can use to make powerful remedies for common ailments. This is how you can increase become more independent in your health care!

“Medicine” doesn’t have to come from a shop! Your Grandma will recognise some of the wonderful recipes on this page!

Garlic Syrup

Garlic has been used since ancient times as food and medicine.
This syrup is excellent to treat coughs, colds, bronchial congestion, high or low blood pressure, heart weakness and nervous disorders.

Ingredients

  • ½ kilo fresh garlic, peeled and minced 
  • Equal parts apple cider vinegar (raw, unpasteurised) and distilled water
  • 1 cup vegetable glycerine (available from your local pharmacy)
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • A wide mouthed jar of about 2 litre capacity

Method

  1. Place the minced garlic into the wide mouthed jar.
  2. Add the cider vinegar/water mixture to almost fill the jar.
  3. Cover and let stand in a warm place for 4 days, shaking the jar a few times a day.
  4. Add 1 cup vegetable glycerine and let it stand for one more day
  5. Strain and filter through linen or muslin, squeezing well.
  6. Add 1 cup of honey and stir well.
  7. Bottle and store in a cool place.

Dose

Take 1 tablespoon three times a day before meals.
 

Fire Vinegar

This is a potion with a real kick to it!
Take it regularly immediately you feel a sore throat coming on. It’s similar to the “Sore Throat Syrup” but has way more of a kick.
You’ll need to have this on hand before you get sick though! It takes two weeks to brew!
This potion is also good for digestion, because it is warming and stimulating.
It also increases blood circulation and will help to reduce cholesterol levels and reduce blood pressure.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • ½ cup chopped garlic
  • ½ cup fresh grated ginger
  • 1/8 cup powdered cayenne pepper (reduce this if you are sensitive to spicy foods)
  • Honey to taste – about half a cup
  • Apple cider vinegar – enough to cover all the ingredients by 2-3 cm

Method

  1. Mix the chopped vegetables with the honey and pack into a glass jar.
  2. Pour in the vinegar until it covers the ingredients by 2-3 cm.
  3. Seal the jar and stir or shake daily for two weeks.
  4. Strain out the vegetables and herbs and bottle the liquid part in a clean bottle.

Dose

One teaspoon every hour or so.
For sore throats, let the liquid dribble down your throat in small sips for maximum effect.
 

Spice Tea for Nausea and Vomiting

I

ngredients

  • 3 parts cinnamon powder
  • 1 part nutmeg powder
  • 1 part cardamom powder
  • 1 part cloves powder
Mix these together and store in a tightly capped jar.

To Use

Put ¼ – ½ tsp in a cup, add boiling water or hot rice milk, steep for 10 minutes then strain. Add honey to taste.

Dose

Drink one cup every four hours

 

Fenugreek and Black Pepper Tea

This is useful for lung congestion and all mucous conditions.
  • 1 ounce (30 grams) crushed fenugreek seeds
  • 7 crushed black peppercorns
Decoct the seeds in one pint of water, by simmering gently for an hour with the lid ajar.
Drink the resulting tea in half cup doses during the day. Drink this tea warm.
 

Prune Chia Bowel Cleanse Smoothie

 
This drink is a gentle bowel mover and cleanser, which will lubricate your bowels and gently sweep away retained waste.
It is best used as breakfast for 2-3 weeks at a time, while following a meat and wheat free diet, rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains such as millet and quinoa, goats yoghurt, legumes and raw nuts and seeds.

Ingredients 

To make 2 breakfast smoothie sized glasses:
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed soaked overnight in ½ cup water (can substitute linseed)
  • 8-10 soaked and pitted prunes
  • 1 ripe banana, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon (to taste) raw unprocessed honey (or pure maple syrup/agave)
  • 2 cups filtered water
Blend everything together in your blender until smooth. It’s that simple!

Variations 

  • Use medjool dates to sweeten
  • Use ripe mango insteead of banana
  • Use carob powder instead of or as well as cacao
  • Use fresh fruit juice instead of water, and less sweetener
  • Use warm water in winter
  • Use more prunes for a stronger laxative action

 

Liver Cleansing Juice

 
  • 1/2 a fresh lemon and a little of the peel.
  • 2 green apples
  • ½ cup fresh broccoli florets
  • ½ medium beetroot
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 stalks celery
  • Handful fresh parsley
  • Some leaves of dandelion, rocket or cabbage
Put everything through the juicer, alternating juicy things with not so juicy, so keep the juicer from clogging.
 

Liver Cleansing Green Smoothie

 
  • 3-4 large leaves of kale
  • 1 medium tomato
  • Small handful fresh coriander
  • 1 teaspoon organic extra virgin cold pressed olive
  • 1-2 tablespoons organic tamari/2 tsp miso
  • Water as needed to blend
Optional :
  • add a shot of wheat grass juice to your final blended smoothie
  • add 2-3 fresh dandelion leaves
Blend everything together until smooth. Adjust the tamari or miso to taste.
Drink up and bless your liver!
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