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Curing Colds For Under a Dollar by Khalida
February 2, 2009, 10:58 am
Filed under: February Volume I- 2009, Hakimah's Corner, Magazine/ Culture

Hakima’s Corner

By Umm Hazrat Maryam

Islamic Post Staff Writer

The cost of living has really become difficult for many people. Cars, food, children, bills, and there is always something unexpected that must be dealt with. Medical costs are possibly the most expensive of all. Advertisers are informing the public in commercials that drugs have horrible side effects. Most people just don’t care. They often fall into the trap of doing things fast and expensive, or cheap and toxic, because it is convenient. You have been brain-washed for years. It is easier NOT to do the right thing. If convenience is a problem, make the herbal remedies in advance.   Honey based cough syrups can be made in the summer or fall, using the fresh fruits, berries and leaves.

A simple infusion for an effective cough syrup follows:
Take one pint of strong herbal tea from cherry bark or mullein, or the herb of your choice. Add four ounces of honey.
Pour the cooled tea over the honey and store.
To this you can add limes, lemons, onions, garlic or cloves –not all together but in any combination you like.

Every illness needs attention and as the wise saying goes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  People usually wait too long to start combating illnesses.  Colds are very common and most people have one at least once a year.
A cold is an infection of the upper respiratory tract and, there are at least 200 micro-organisms, called rhinoviruses, which can cause a cold to develop. Colds affect children more often than adults because their immune systems are still developing.  The children infect each other through play or sleeping closely to one another.  However when you have frequent colds, it is sometimes an indication that your immune system is overtaxed or impaired.
When our immune systems are not functioning properly we can get infection from a greater number of sources.

Factors that wear down the immune system are:
Stress
Poor diet: processed food, preservatives
Lack of sleep: less than three hours daily
Food allergies, food additives
Lack of fruits and vegetables in the diet
Environmental toxins
Excess protein: too much meat in the diet
Not drinking water: minimum of three 8 ounce glasses daily
Eating foods that are out of season
Overly acidic diet
Poor elimination
Medication
Soap. laundry detergent, cleaning products
Over-use of antibiotics are major contributors to our weakened and suppressed immune systems. When penicillin was introduced in the 1940’s, it was able to cure almost every kind of infection.  Now, antibiotic resistance should cause everyone to worry.  Americans are now dying from infections that can no longer be cured with antibiotics.  The United States ranks number one in killing large numbers of unsuspecting patients with prescription medicine.  Statistics show that over 900,000 people have been killed by antibiotics. Another sad fact is that antibiotics only cure bacteria not viruses; however they are prescribed for all of our illnesses.  They are found in city water (because most city water is recycled), soda fountain drinks, local company soft drinks, poultry, farm raised fish and beef.  Antibiotics impair the body from absorbing nutrients. They leave the body full of toxins and kill off bad bacteria along with the good. Toxins in the blood can cause various allergic reactions, such as hives, ear aches/infections, body aches, and sneezing, itching, and runny noses. Chronic ear infections are no accident. Thousands of children are having more and more ear infections.  Drinking more fluids is very important.  Occasionally, fevers accompany colds and dehydration becomes a problem.  Water is a must and the best fluid to drink when you have a cold.  Water is continually leaving the body, by one of the organs of elimination –lungs, skin, or kidney.  The average person eliminates, about five pints of water in 24 hours, so drinking is a must.   Sponging patients’ bodies sometimes helps to break a fever.  If you are near death’s door, losing blood rapidly, or have lost a limb, go to a doctor immediately.  If not, look in your kitchen cabinet, and save a dollar!
Here are a few remedies for under a dollar that can be used for colds/flu/sinus problems and bronchitis:
Red hot peppers/ cayenne pepper:
Cayenne is good for coughs and colds. Cayenne can be used in many different ways.  One 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to 5 teaspoons of honey, add warm water, this can be mixed together and given to the patient.
Garlic:
Scientists have developed a synthetic version of garlic which is called Guaifenesin. It has the same chemical properties and is used as an expectorant. Guaifenesin is found in about 75% of all, over the counter and prescription drugs.  It is in cold tablets, cough syrups, Vicks Formula 44D, Sudafed, and Robitussin.  If it is eaten all winter you would probably never get a cold. It contains allicin which gives it its garlic taste.  Druggists have made a chemical copy of the all natural garlic bulb called s-carboxymethylcystein; its shelf name is (Mucodyne); it is a classic European lung medication that is used to regulate mucus flow. Garlic fights infection topically or internally. Garlic is an age old remedy for colds. Muslims, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Hebrews all have historical information and documentation on the wonders of this food. Garlic is so strong and effective that when you can smash it, and then rub the soles of your feet, in the center with it, in a circular fashion, you’ll taste it in your mouth.  This is how fast it works.  When children/babies have fevers and congestion, you can use it in this manner.  Adults can chew 2 or 3 cloves in the morning (if possible).  It lowers the cholesterol, blood pressure, cleans the blood and cures a cold.  Add a whole bulb to a pot of yaknee or chicken soup.
Fenugreek:
This herb is excellent for fevers, and colds.  The seeds are the parts to use.  It is also good for asthma and sinus congestion and can be used for lung and chest colds.  It is a stimulant rich in phosphorous, iron and sulfur. Fenugreek produces red corpuscles in the blood and gives energy.  It cures all debilitating diseases. This is a good tonic for men.   A cup of the tea 3 times daily is helpful.
Mullein:
This is a very soothing expectorant, healing in lung infections; it inhibits viruses.  It is useful for asthma, bronchitis, hay fever, swollen glands, ear infections and lung congestion. Make a tea of the leaves or flowers. Mullein oil, poured directly into the ear, is also good for ear infections. Have a warm compress available to cover the ear and let the patient rest.  It is free for the picking, all over the United States in the summer months.
Onions:
Onion is a very well known and effective plant that lowers blood sugar and suppresses formulations of blood clots as well as purifies the blood.  Onion soup is good for colds, wheezing, chronic bronchitis and asthma. Another remedy that can relieve congestion is ½ cup onion juice, 1 teaspoon honey, 1/8 of a teaspoon of freshly ground pepper. Mix these together well and drink as a cough syrup.
Mustard Seeds:
They are very effective in clearing and healing bronchial passage ways, coughs, colds and especially asthma. Rubbing the brown mustard oil on the chest and keeping the patient warm is very helpful. Make a tea by mixing the mustard seeds with equal parts black peppercorns; steep for several minutes and drink 2 or 3 times a day.
Yaknee (soup) is one of the best remedies for colds.  Give it to your family all winter long whether they have a cold or not.  It brings heat to the body and helps fight off infection.
The ingredients for yaknee are: Bones of lamb or beef, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, two garlic bulbs, cardamon, two onions, ginger, salt, cayenne, clove, peppercorns.
Put all of the ingredients into a pot, add water and boil all night or at least 5hours.  Barley can be added for patients who are convalescent or need extra strength. These are all foods of the prophet’s (peace be on him) tradition. Living closely to the sunnah of our Holy Nabi (peace be on him) is the best way to stay healthy.

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Both the holy Qur’an and Hadith refer to honey as a healer of disease.

‘And thy Lord taught the bee to build its cells in hills, on trees and in (men’s) habitations….. there issues from within their bodies a drink of varying colours, wherein is healing for mankind. Verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought’.
(Translation of Quran 16:68-69)

In addition, the Prophet (PBUH) said:

‘Honey is a remedy for every illness and the Qur’an is a remedy for all illness of the mind, therefore I recommend to you both remedies, the Qur’an and honey.’
(Bukhari)

The reader may be surprised to learn that the above quotation from the Qur’an is mentioned in a well known encyclopedia on honey (reference 3).

Every drop of honey holds the spark of life. The honey, specifically Sidr honey has been reported to be good for liver problems, stomach ulcers, respirotry infections, diseases resulting from malnutrition, digestive problems, constipation, eye diseases, infected wounds and burns, surgical wonds (incl. caesarian), promote speedy recovery after childbirth, facilitates menstruation, (with various herbs) it can be used against epilepsy, srengthened the immune systems, to promote general health and vitality.

Natural Arphrodisiac – Mixing Sidr honey with carrot seeds makes it an aphrodisiac. A blend of the honey with certain combination of nuts, ginseng and herbs are claimed to be better than Viagra, with no side effects.

Antioxidant – Some honeys are found to have as much as 75-150 mg ascorbic acid per 100g, while others have less than 5mg per 100g. Antioxidants are important in counteracting the damage caused to the body by ree radicals whic play a role in the aging process and in triggering diseases such as arterial disease and cancer. Research has found that darker honeys have higher antioxidant properties.

Antibacterial – Medical science is rediscovering the effctiveness of honey in the use of alternative therapies in areas where the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (the”superbugs”) spreads. Honeys may differ in the potency of its antibacterial activity thus affecting its healing abilities. Some honeys are no more antibacterial than sugar, while others can be diluted more than 100-fold and still halt the growth of bacteria.

To know more about Yemen Honey’s nutritional valus, and how to find this healing honey outside Yemen copy this link:
http://www.yemensidrhoney.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=56&Itemid=41

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