When I was growing up I could remember my mom making a few different homemade remedies when my brother and I had a cold or suffer from any sort of sickness. Very frequently she used herbs, teas and juices from various fruits to help us out with a cough, sore throat and even constipation. As a mother of three little children, I often go to her recipes now and what I once thought was just silly polish traditions have now become truly helpful methods/cures(especially when your kids are too little to take anything from over the counter ). Below are a few of these old methods, I hope you find them as useful as I have through the years:
ONION SYRUP - EXCELLENT REMEDY FOR PERSISTENT, DRY COUGH
4 ONIONS, 1 GARLIC, 2 LEMONS, FEW SPOONS OF HONEY * (optional)
* Use with kids above 1 year old
Chop the onion and garlic very finely. Mix both vegetables together and place them in the jar. Squeeze the lemon juice from your lemons and add the honey *. Mix all the ingredients together and leave it over night. Take 2 tablespoons of syrup per day.
MILK WITH HONEY AND BUTTER- SORE THROAT/LOST VOICE
1 CUP OF MILK ( at least 2% fat ), 1 TSP HONEY, 1 TSP BUTTER, GARLIC (optional)
It is the best to drink it in the morning before breakfast or in the evening after supper. Heat up one cup of milk, add honey and butter. Stir it and drink it. This mixture not only coats up your sore throat but also clears up the bacteria.
SAGE AND CHAMOMILE TEA - SORE THROAT/ LOST VOICE
1 TSP SAGE, 1 TSP CHAMOMILE, CUP OF BOILING WATER
This actually doesn't taste very well and you DON'T suppose to drink it but just rinse your mouth and throat. Pour boiling water over the sage and chamomile (they can be tea bags). Keep it under the cover for 15 min. Rinse your mouth and throat with a warm solution.
LINDEN / ELDER TEA WITH A RASPBERRY JUICE- CHILLS AND FEVER
1 TBS LINDEN* , 1 TSP ELDER*, RASPBERRY JUICE, SLICE OF LEMON
*tea bags are ok to use as well
Pour boiling water over the linden and elder. Add some raspberry juice and the slice of lemon. Cover for 15 min. and drink it warm. This tea works like an aspirin: it reduces the fever, pain and fatigue. The best is to drink it in the evening, right before bed time. It is recommended to rest after drinking it.
One way to think about cupping is that it is the inverse of massage. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward.
Cupping was developed thousands of years ago and though the techniques have modernized, the original philosophy remains the same.
Cupping involves placing glass, bamboo or plastic jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove "heat" and pull out the toxins that linger in your body's tissues. You usually will feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup. Often, this sensation is relaxing and soothing. Depending on your comfort and your practitioner's assessment of the problem, cups may be moved around or left in place. They may remain on your body briefly or for longer amounts of time. Each treatment is unique to you on that particular day. One very common area to be cupped is the back, although cups work well on other areas, too — particularly on fleshy sections of the body.
My grandma Melania was the only person in my family who knew how to use that technique, later on my aunt Ela. I remember my grandma placing cups on my back when I had a bed cough and it would always help to go away. The only downside was staying in bed for a day or two. It was extremely hard for a kid. I learnt cupping from my aunt. When visiting Poland I brought myself a kit and I used it few times on my own kids. Even when they were very little . And... I swear by it! It is a great way to stronger your body but also eliminate persistent cough / bad cold.