Tuesday, September 10, 2013

10 Natural Home Remedies for Common Cold & Flu !

F O R 

Upon arrival of the Fall season, the air is suddenly cooler outside with occasional cold rain. Let's not forget it is also the beginning of Flu season. Coughing, sore throats, fevers, runny noses & etc – they are everywhere! The trips to the emergency room and the doctor's office is increasing. The Doctor will most probably just prescribe us with a bunch of medications/antibiotics or if it's not severe enough; advise to stay at home and rest it out with Drug Store friendly Advil/Tylenol.

But, instead of taking all that Synthetic Medicines what if we could just take a step back and think of our Ancestors back in the days? What did they do?

The Chinese used Plants, the Indians and Ancient Egyptians used Herbs.
I am all in for Natural Remedies whenever I can, it's the best thing we can do do our body. Mother Nature is the best source of cure ever!

For thousands of years Natural Remedies have worked its wonders so why not now?

I have listed below my Top 10 Cold/Flu/Fever Home Remedies
These have worked for me and my family for years without having to rely fully on Synthetic Medications. We were able to kick the Flu out of the Door with a Fast Recovery within 3 days! It may take shorter or longer for every individual. 

My Husband usually fights a fever overnight. How amazing is his Immune System, right? That's because he began his Natural Remedy journey years before I did. Which made him stronger during sicknesses. I am seriously jealous yet truly glad I don't have to look after a big baby for too long when he is sick!


Sore Throat and Fever?
Try -- My Herbal Tonic
(Infused with fresh Ginger, Cinnamon, Cloves and Raw Honey)

But not your typical "dip in the tea bag and add honey" tea. This tea is powerful. It heals sore throats, it helps the body with blood circulation, fights bacteria, boosts energy and last but not least hydrates. Drink this potion every 3-4 hours and you should see a big difference.


Water -- 8 Cups

Cloves -- 3 table spoons

Fresh Ginger Root (chopped/sliced) -- 4-5 tablespoons

Cinnamon sticks -- 4-5

Raw Honey (Manuka is best) -- As much as needed for your sweet taste 

Bring the water to a Boil on high heat, then decrease the heat to low. 
Add in all the Spices and herbs. And Cover and let infuse in low heat for 30 minutes or so. 

When done, you should smell the aroma of fresh gingers and Mint.

Strain the mixture and throw away the spices and herbs and add honey.
Drink Up!



Dry Cough and Itchy Throat?


How many of you just squinted your eye brows? Seriously tell me ! I know, it sounds totally weird to have Turmeric Spice and Black Pepper in your milk. 

But, this Yellow Goodness will make your annoying itchy throat and dry cough say Goodbye in a very short time! 

Not only does it helps the itchy throat and dry cough discomfort, it also helps in building your immune system back to normal and easing body aches and pains associated with your fever or cold. Turmeric is a a natural detox agent, so it will help the body flush out toxins and bacteria fast.

This is an Ancient Ayurveda recipe I learned from my neighbour years ago. She is from India. And her dad is a Homeopathic Doctor there! So, I had to take her seriously and try it. I could not believe the wonders it did. You have to try it to believe it too! 


Milk of your choice  -- 2 cups 
Pure Turmeric Powder -- 1 teaspoon
Black Pepper Powder -- 2 teaspoons
Raw Honey -- 2-3 tea spoons

Warm the Milk on a Stove or Microwave. Or make it Hot, if you can stand it. 
Add the spices and stir very well and drink slowly. Do not gulp down. Drink as if you are drinking tea. 
Fenugreek Fever Reducer Tea

Fenugreek has been used as a Natural Fever Reducing medicine for thousands of years by the Ancients. It has shown to dramatically drop fever when taken in Tea with Honey and Lemons. I have taken this and benefited tremendously overnight with a fever. I was also breastfeeding at that time, so I also noticed a great amount of Milk supply as Fenugreek has endless benefits and increase in milk supply is another one of them!


Fenugreek Seeds -- 2-3 Teaspoons
Water -- 2-3 Cups
Any Herbal tea, fruit tea or Green Tea -- 1-2 tea bags
Lemon and Honey for Taste -- Fenugreek can have a bitter taste, so do not forget lemon and honey!

Boil the Fenugreek seeds in the water until water turns brownish.
Strain and steep with the tea bag of your choice.
Add Lemon juice and Honey for taste. 


Honey Cinnamon Paste

HONEY is a universal Natural Remedy for Colds and Flu. When I say Honey, I really am talking about the Pure raw Honey here. The type that has not been heated, free of chemicals and preservatives. I bought myself a Manuka Honey Last year. And I still have it. It's such a huge jar, but only a little goes a long way along with its' amazing health benefits. 

Honey fights Bacteria, it heals, it soothes and it's sweet! And guess what? I used to HATE Honey before I tried Raw Honey. Raw Honey has absolutely zero smell that regular Pasteurized honey has. It also tastes much better, and light in flavour which I love. 

Cinnamon is another extraordinary spice that I fell in love with in childhood. I am very much addicted to sweet smelling spice. I can add it to anything I eat. I especially love it in my Cakes, Coffee, Milk and Smoothies. 

Cinnamon And Honey paste Benefits:
  • Fights bacteria
  • Reduces Pain
  • Cinnamon aids in digestion
  • Decreases Inflammation and heals
  • Helps in blood circulation and warms the body
  • Its powerful medicinal properties will kick a cold out within a day or two!

Raw Honey -- 4 Table spoons
Ground Cinnamon -- 2 tablespoons

Mix and consume every 3-4 hours in 1-2 teaspoons of serving.
You can also give this to kids over the age  of One
They love the taste!

Runny Nose, pain reliever, Cough relief
Garlic & Ginger Masala

I am a South Asian and I cook everyday with the above two ingredients. Without these two, my food would be like a Fish without Water. But, when I or someone in my household gets the fever, cough, runny nose etc. I make a Hot spicy Masala with the two herbs to throw that sickness away!! It is hot and spicy! It will smell a bit strong...Okay, a lot Strong. 
But, I am willing to go through that burning sensation in my tongue and that garlicky breath in order to feel better by next day.

Garlic has an anti-bacterial agent that helps the immune system to fight any infection, it add as a boost to the immune system. 

The Romans used to feed their Soldiers garlics before going out for a battle to strengthen their ability to fight better! Amazing ha? 

Ginger is another super powerful herb to fight bacteria and it contains dozens of Anti Viral properties.  Ginger is an awesome antiseptic and antioxidant herb. It's excellent for preventing and treating colds, sore throats and inflammation of mucus membranes. 
It has a mild sedative effect on the body, that will help the body rest during fever and cold. 


FRESH RAW GINGER ROOT -- Chopped 2-3 tablespoons
FRESH RAW GARLIC -- Chopped 1.5 tablespoons
Sea Salt -- a pinch
Mustard Oil -- 1-2 teaspoons (I will elaborate on Mustard Oil in my next post)

Mix the ingredients together and make a thick paste using a Mortar and Pestle or any tool of your choice.

Consume 1/2 teaspoon or so just directly and drink water if the taste is too strong.
This may not be suitable for kids. They will not like the taste, but if you really want you can add honey to it and feed them. 


THE NEXT 5 remedies will be on my next post.
I really don't want to Overwhelm my readers with so much information. Please stay tuned for the next exciting 5 Remedies I use.

Some of them will include tips on:
Canker Sores (That super painful sore inside your mouth)
Fight a Stomach Bug

and more ! :)

What did you think of these Home Remedies? Which one did you find most interesting? 
Do you have any tip that you would like to share? I love Comments so please let me know below 

See you next time beautiful ! 



Monday, August 26, 2013

TAMARIND Sherbet Drink - Natural Homemade electrolyte drink

Tamarind Sherbet Drink

Tamarind is one of my favorite fruits.

 It's sour! But, that's not why I like it. In fact I don't ever eat it directly unless it's the sweet ones from Thailand or the Arab. I usually add it to my drinks, smoothies, curries and soups for that burst of tangy flavor. It is a natural taste bud enhancer in my opinion!  

When it's ripened it has this amazing sweet and sour flavor that if added to cooking or drinks, you will want more!

As a child growing up in Bangladesh, I remember my mom used to prepare this Tamarind Drink. We call it "Shortbet" or "Sherbet" in Bengali language. 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Moong Daal/Lentil Soup - Vegetable Soup


Moong Daal Soup

Thursday, August 15, 2013

I can never have enough Mangos!

Mangolicious Smoothie

Every summer our house is filled with boxes of Mangoes. All kinds of them! 

Honestly, I can't remember all its names because the minute it arrives I find myself devouring in 

one right out of the box. 

My dad is my Mango King! He knows mangoes well! And we hardly  have to buy Mangoes

 because my super Dad always buys them for me!! Well, he used to buy for me now he buys

 especially for his grand son AKA my spoiled brat Sufyaan. He loves mangoes since he was a

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Smoothie for Breakfast! - tropical smoothie

Smoothies ( Blend of Fruits or Vegetables prepared in a Blender) are the solution to a quick breakfast!

I am a big time Smoothie Drinker. It's just so refreshing and easy to make, everyone has got to love it right?

I love the blend of fruits and veggies in my smoothies. I usually add Spinach as the 

Vegetable ingredient because Spinach has the least amount of flavor when blended with

 other fruits. Especially fruits that have a tart taste. 

I have never been a Break Fast or a Morning person. Yes, I was a spoiled child, my parents

 let me sleep until noon if I did not have school! And I even took afternoon classes in college 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Healthy eating doesn't have to be for weight loss. It also does good to your health!

Hi Foodies!

So, some people have e-mailed me and and showed concern and love for my absence from blogging and then from my previous post some have thought I got FAT and LOL so to answer some of your questions.

*I have not gotten OBESE, or fat that you can notice. LOL but I think all women at some point in their lives feel the need to diet to feel better. And after having my baby I was not able to live a fit lifestyle like prior to having a baby so I wanted to get back to fit shape by choosing good healthy foods and exercises. 

I am not going to say more but thanks to those who showed concern and love. I appreciate it a lot! :)



10 Reasons Why I Love Oatmeal
1. Low calorie food; stops cravings.
A cup is only 130 calories!  It also stays in your stomach longer, making you feel full longer.  You will have less hunger and cravings.
2. Provides high levels of fibre, low levels of fat, and high levels of protein.
It’s on the short list for the highest protein levels of any grain.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Missed Blogging! New Blog!

Hi Everyone!! (My new blog --> http://skindivalicious.blogspot.ca/)

I hope all my readers are doing great and having a wonderful beginning of FALL! Time for Pumpkin hunting and orange colors in our kitchen =)

I love love love Fall!

I have been missing from this blogging sphere for almost a year. Was very caught up with my personal life and family.

Just wanted to ask anyone who is reading this article to kindly stay connected and also do me a big favour by joining me on my new Blog where I write reviews on Cosmetics and Beauty Products as well as DIY recipes for everyday beauty remedies to health remedies!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


good evening Blog!
Just sneaking in to tell you my latest kitchen adventure story. But before that, I want to say I have been terribly busy with life. With my growing toddler who turns 2 next month! Everyday is a learning process, a new stage to overcome and feeding him has been my biggest challenge. So, I spent time away from doing almost anything to do with blogging! 
I will be posting my Toddler friendly recipes day to day from now on to show you what we have been up to!