I remember when we were young, our suburban home was so much bigger not by size but by perspective. Before our house was renovated, we lived in a bungalow surrounded with fruit-bearing trees, flowering plants, vegetable vines, root crops, and herbal medicines of all sorts. My sister May and I would mix and boil our own concoction of medicines and healthy drinks from grandma’s invisible receipe book, like fairies and nymphs in the garden. There’s always a natural elixir for every sickness and my grandma always said, “Before there were capsules and tablets, we only had leaves and roots and we are all very healthy.” My great grandfather Casimiro lived 105 healthy years (he died of old age, not of any disease) and my grandmother Rosalia lived 89 happy years. She died of old age too. Not that I’m against modern medicine. I have friends who are doctors and I myself always consult and follow my physicians’ advice but for simple colds and cough, before going to the pharmacy for some over the counter relief, our family always opt to try natural healing. My mom has been sneezing and this is what she takes: Oregano leaves. Yes, we have oregano plants at home 🙂
Oregano Herbal Medicine for Cough and Colds
- Pick 4 oregano leaves (5-6 if the leaves are small) and wash them thoroughly.
- Steam the leaves for 2-3 minutes and squeeze the leaves into a spoon, a small bowl or cup.
- Squeeze lemon, lime or calamansi on it (about a teaspoon is enough) and filter to remove the seed.
- Add a small amount of fresh honey (honey helps expel the phlegm).
- Take this 3x a day.
Oregano Tea for clogged nose
- Pick 3 oregano leaves (4 if the leaves are small) and wash them thoroughly.
- Pour boiling water onto your cup and add the oregano leaves.
- Squeeze lemon, lime or calamansi and…
- …add a teaspoon of honey.
- While your oregano tea is scalding hot, smell the steam coming from it. It will help relieve you of your clogged nose.
- Drink while still hot.
Although herbal medicines are naturally safe, please always consult your doctor first especially if you have other health conditions like if you’re pregnant, if you’re allergic to some food, or if you’re taking other medicines. I’ll be sharing more from my grandma’s recipe book… 🙂 P.S. I got the tea set, saucer and egg holder from TableArts – Tableware with Passion. They sell elegant hotel porcelain, glassware, cutlery and table accessories from Europe and US.