Natural Home Remedies
June has been an extremely busy month. I was delighted that Citadel Maria Cruz was able to host our last English Conversation meeting on 19 June 2017.
The theme was "natural home remedies" which have always existed. Some may have been forgotten but are now being revived. Citadel shared her knowledge and experience of making her own natural body cream and lotion, soap and even toothpaste.
“Prevention is always better than cure. Let’s begin in our home kitchen”.
Traditionally mint is used as a home remedy to relieve gastric discomforts; ginger helps the body to dispel cold; rose water is a remedy against stress and headaches; chicory, sometimes known as endive, helps regulate both blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Every part of the coconut - coconut water, oil and meat -is full of nourishment. Eucalyptus oil is great for easing and cooling joint and muscle pains. Mushrooms are hearty and filling, high in antioxidants but low in calories.
Green tea is not only a refreshing beverage, it may help prevent cancer. We can also cook rice with some green tea leaves. Have you tried green tea with Umeboshi plum, which is a salted pickled plum? The Japanese believe that daily consumption of an Umeboshi plum can improve stamina and prevent fatigue.
Moringa trees, native to India, are now widely cultivated in many parts of the world. Moringa leaves have been imparting a multitude of benefits across various cultures since ancient times.
Finally, the cosmetic companies will not be very pleased if they know that some of us are using our fresh fruits and vegetables as natural home beauty treatments. Fresh avocado as natural facial oil, ripe banana and papaya as facial masks, fresh aloe vera as an anti-age gel and lime or orange juice as a great skin softener or lightener of dark spots.
We thank our participants for their contribution to a very cheerful morning with delightful conversations. Most of all, we thank Citadel for her warmth and generous hospitality extended to us.