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Garabi Maam- Grandma’s Home Remedies

The first person to suggest a remedy when one is not feeling well is a grandparent when they are around. These are usually herbal or natural remedies to have the grandchildren feeling better in no time, but for the most part can’t tell us why. Colds are so common that it’s included in the name sometimes. So, we went around to ask everyday Gambian grandma’s, what their favorite home remedies are and did a bit of research about their health benefits for those pesky colds. Here’s a little list for those flu the season blues:

Teaspoons Of Honey Honey contains antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. There’s also a strong believe that raw honey has shown immune-boosting and anticancer benefits. Whatever the reason is, if your grandmother is offering you some, take it because it just might be the immune booster you need for the day.

Moringa (Never Die or Nebe die) Tea – Moringa leaves are rich in many important nutrients, including protein, vitamin B6, vitamin C, riboflavin and iron. The most important for the Harmattan, being the Vitamin C to protect against that painful flu. A cup of Moringa tea a day just might keep the doctor away.

Lime – The older generation’s home remedy calls for boiling the leaves of the lime along with quartered pieces of the fruit. It is believed that lime clears the throat and chest. Lime also contains vitamin C and antioxidants and the combination provide support to the body’s immune system. When drunk regularly, lime water might help prevent and shorten the lifespan of colds and cases of the flu because of its high levels of magnesium and potassium.

Pepper Soup – This remedy is strictly for the taste buds and to clear sinuses. Whether chicken, beef or fish, throw your favorite veggies and spices into a pot for a delicious soup for that cold, but don’t forget the pepper.



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