Natural Cures for Everyday Ills

Updated on January 7, 2018
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I write what I think about and that's the truth. Every once in awhile, some current event will pull me in and an article might pop out.

Wonder of The World

Which wonder is in your home?

Everybody gets sick. We hate when it happens. We hate to be left out of the loop, and I don't know about you, but if I have a cough and I have to go to the pharmacy for some medicine, people look at me like I have the plague if I cough even once. If it is an uncontrollable cough, they definitely behave as if it's the plague. I hate that.

Have you ever been sick and shocked that it happened? Sometimes you can feel a cold coming on, but other times it's like, boom, it's there. You don't know how and you don't know when, but suddenly you're sneezing your head off and hacking like a dog. It's on occasions like these, of course, that you don't have the medicine you need on-hand. I don't know about you, but I tend to get sick during the night. Perhaps it's because your body relaxes, and then the cold says, "They're weak now. Attack!" All I can do is speculate.

Over the years, this happened to me repeatedly, and I came to realize that it was something I had to face. I have come up with a list of everyday items that can be used to help with some common ills.

How To Make Hibiscus Tea - The Lime Juice is optional but makes it refreshing

  • For a sore throat, there are three remedies that work. One is gargling with salty (as salty as you can bear) warm water at least three times a day. The other is honey and lime. You can mix the honey with warm water and add the lime to drink it like a sort of tea or you can take it straight in a tablespoon. I prefer straight because I like my throat to sting as it gives me a little relief over the gravel feeling. The last remedy is using lime and salt. Mix it and swallow a teaspoon again like three times a day. This one really stings so I like it the best.
  • For a stuffy nose, I like to use ginger tea1. Just take a piece of ginger from your refrigerator, peel it, cut it up in some pieces, and boil it in some water for a few minutes. Drink the resulting liquid. It will clear your nose right up. You might not like the taste though but you can add honey to help it along if you like.
  • For the cough, the one you're so embarrassed about, the one where people turn and look at you like you're a walking germ . . . red hibiscus flower. Once again this is native to the Tropics but you can get dried hibiscus in some stores. The petals you boil. The water will turn red from the flower. You can sweeten it if you like because it tastes really good. Anyway drink this for a few days and it will take that cough away.
  • For constipation, Aloe Vera2 works like a charm but it tastes awful. Aloe Vera works as a cleanser and so after you have taken it you tend to feel better over-all. It is also said that it is a great worm medicine as well so perhaps this is why one tends to feel better and brighter after taking it for a few days. Since it does thin the blood, it is not supposed to be taken for more than seven to nine days. However, if you are constipated, one dose in the morning (which is about a teaspoon of Aloe Vera) should help to solve the problem.
  • For allergies and insomnia, the peel from an orange3 can help. You simply have to boil water and let the orange peel steep in it for a few minutes and then drink the resulting liquid. Some people add milk and sugar but I find the taste to be mild and pleasant enough on its own.
  • For parasites/worms, papaya seeds4. I have always eaten the seeds of the papaya. People swear that they taste horrible but I have simply swallowed them along with the papaya since they have a smooth coating around them. These seeds not only get rid of worms but they also cleanse the body and help with constipation. If you cannot swallow the seeds you can crush them and add them to a smoothie or better yet, you can dry the seeds and crush them as you would black pepper. Add them to the food that you cook and you will be able to eat them without having a problem.

Isn't it amazing what the things we have around our house can do?

1. Anti-Oxidative and Anti-inflammatory Effects of GInger in Health and Physical Activity. Nafiseh Shokri Mashhadi, Reza Ghiasvand, Gholamreza Askari,Mitra Hariri, Leila Darvishi, and Mohammad Reza Mofid

2.Aloe vera in treatment of refractory irritable bowel syndrome: Trial on Iranian patients. Hossein Khedmat, Ashraf Karbasi, Mohsen Amini, Aghdas Aghaei, and Saeed Taheri

3.An overview of Citrus aurantium used in treatment of various diseases. Jyotsna A. Saonere Suryawanshi

4. Effectiveness of dried Carica papaya seeds against human intestinal parasitosis: a pilot study. Okeniyi JA, Ogunlesi TA, Oyelami OA, Adeyemi LA



Red Hibiscus Flower

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      Nicole 

      13 months ago

      Hi i would like to know where I can get this amazing plant , that can help with cancer my mum has cancer for over 3 years and we try chemo , she change her diet to vegan so we need to find more help .. we are from chile , in need to get hold on this amazing plant .. thank you very much

      Nicole

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      North Wind 

      5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Thank you DDE. There are many natural medicines available to us we must always be careful to use them properly.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Informative Hub with many good reasons to use this unique plant.

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      moneycop 

      7 years ago from JABALPUR

      ah! i got it...thanks!

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      North Wind 

      7 years ago from The World (for now)

      Thanks moneycop! I appreciate it much! There really is nothing like ginger tea to clear the nasal passages :)

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      moneycop 

      7 years ago from JABALPUR

      I was just searching this kind of article, thanks...gonna read your hubs...beautiful collection.

      I also prefer ginger tea

    • North Wind profile imageAUTHOR

      North Wind 

      7 years ago from The World (for now)

      Thank you very much, Alex Simring! Yes the lime and salt does give instant and long term relief.

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      Alex Simring 

      7 years ago from Australia

      I liked your remedies for sore throat, particularly the lime and salt. Effective!

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      North Wind 

      7 years ago from The World (for now)

      You are so welcome, Hyphenbird! I really think the plants around us are there to heal and help us. We just don't know what to use them for!

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I am a believer in the healing properties of plants, herbs and foods. Thanks so much for adding to my knowledge. Hyph

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      North Wind 

      7 years ago from The World (for now)

      I am glad it was useful to you, Ladyt11. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      ladyt11 

      7 years ago

      Very informative and useful, thanks!

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      North Wind 

      7 years ago from The World (for now)

      You are welcome, Sherrylou57!Thanks for reading!

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      sherrylou57 

      7 years ago from Riverside

      Thank you, for this wonderful info!

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      North Wind 

      8 years ago from The World (for now)

      Thanks I just did a hub on the Wonder of The World and the names it is known by the world over, the Philippines being one of them! Isn't it great to know there are remedies for illnesses in your own garden?

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      Lita C. Malicdem 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      We call the wonder of the world "katakataka" and the hibiscus, "gumamela" in our Filipino dialect. Yes, you are right. My school children who showed up in school with mumps are given pounded katakataka leaves to ease the pain and swelling. The slimy hibiscus flower concoction does its proven effect for coughs. They are there in the garden, waiting to be tapped by those who don't know they can cure. Thanks!

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      North Wind 

      8 years ago from The World (for now)

      Sorry flora!

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      North Wind 

      8 years ago from The World (for now)

      It is mostly found in the Caribbean but you could try checking out a nursery that specializes in tropical fauna.

      It grows from one leaf so if you could find even one leaf, then you could get a plant from it.

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      Romance Reader 

      8 years ago

      I really want to try that wonder of the world plant...any idea where I would look for it?

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