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Fancy some medicinal tea?

In the past few weeks, most of my family and colleagues would have battled a version of the virus. As of two years now, the scare of every virus, cough or cold was thought to be Covid-19; however, as safety precautions would have it, Covid tests all came back negative which brought a sense of relief. It is safe to say that the common cold is still around, and regular viruses are very prominent.

In recent years, our home remedies have been proven effective when fighting cold and flu season. Here are two proven remedies that you can turn to for the common cold and cough:

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) Tea

Fever grass is very popular in Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica as it is traditionally used in tea where the leaves are tied together into a bouquet and simmered, with sugar added. Lemon grass is known to have antioxidant, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties; it promotes sleep, relieves pain, boosts immunity and many more.

The essential oils from the leaves are used to make various medicines. It is commonly taken orally, applied directly to the skin, or inhaled as aromatherapy. In the manufacturing sector, lemongrass is used as a fragrance in soaps, cosmetics, deodorants and in the making of Vitamin A.

Papaya Leaf (Carica papaya) Tea

Today, papaya is one of the most widely cultivated crops in the world. Its fruit, seeds, and leaves are frequently utilised in a variety of culinary and folk medicine practices.

Many papaya leaf preparations, such as teas, extracts, tablets, and juices, are often used to treat illnesses and promote health in numerous ways:

  • May treat symptoms related to dengue fever: One of the most prominent medicinal benefits of papaya leaf is its potential to treat certain symptoms associated with dengue fever.
  • May promote balanced blood sugar: Papaya leaf is often used in Mexican folk medicine as a natural therapy for treating diabetes and improving blood sugar control.
  • May support digestive function: Papaya leaf teas and extracts are often used as an alternative therapy to alleviate uncomfortable digestive symptoms, such as gas, bloating, and heartburn.
  • May have anti-inflammatory

effects: Various papaya leaf preparations are frequently used to remedy a broad range of internal and external inflammatory conditions, including skin rashes, muscle aches, and joint pain.

Remember, if you catch the cold and your Covid tests are negative, the usual rules apply such as staying hydrated by consuming water, juice, clear broth, or warm lemon water with honey. Get lots of rest and sip warm liquids such as chicken soup, tea, or warm apple juice.

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