Turmeric is also known as Curcuma, Indian saffron, and haldi. It is a plant that is a member of the ginger family. Turmeric is most often associated with cooking. It is used as a flavorant and colorant and is most notably found in curry powder. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin has great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which make it a great home remedy for phlegm build-up.
Generally, turmeric/curcumin are purchased as a powder or spice. But they can also be purchased in capsule form, as a tea, and as an extract. Generally if used in these forms, the health benefits are self-explanatory.
Make turmeric into a tea by combining a teaspoon of turmeric with a cup of boiling water. If necessary, strain the mixture before consumption. Alternatively, take a similar amount of turmeric with hot or cold milk (although it is important to note that dairy products are irritants to phlegm and may worsen the situation). Sprinkle turmeric together with cinnamon over a cup of coffee and ingest daily. Turmeric and ginger lemonade can also be a tasty, refreshing alternative. Make it with carbonated water, a teaspoon of honey and half a teaspoon each of ginger and turmeric powder.
Too much turmeric can lead to an upset stomach. Turmeric also acts as a blood thinner, so people who take blood thinners such as Warfarin should exercise caution and consult a medical healthcare professional before starting to use turmeric over and above the little that gets used in cooking. Turmeric and its healing products are well-known and it is hoped that the above ways of using it are helpful.
Homemade Chicken Soup
The concept of having homemade chicken soup when you have a cold or build-up of phlegm is something of a myth, old wives tale or urban legend. However, it does actually have healing properties. This is especially true if it is used in conjunction with ginger and garlic.
The emphasis here is on “HOMEMADE” chicken soup. The store-bought chicken soup contains very high salt levels and various preservatives, so homemade is best.
The little bit of salt in the homemade chicken soup together with the fact that it is served warm can ease a sore throat. The warm mixture also hydrates the body and moistures the throat. Homemade chicken soup also contains a compound called carsonine, known to help boost the immune system.
A variety of homemade soup recipes abound and in all likelihood, each individual has at some time or another had ‘grandma’s chicken soup’ or ‘mama’s chicken soup’. These soups are perfect for consumption when battling a sore throat caused by mucous congestion. As with most soups, the inclusion of vegetables such as carrots, lentils, celery, etc. can only make the soup healthier and give it additional flavor.
Because the healing properties of homemade chicken soup end when the soup is expelled from the body after digestion, consume it on an ongoing basis (2 to 3 times a day) in order to be effective. Cooking one batch of soup and then freezing it in small portions is advised (especially if you’ve traveled home for some good home cooked food!).
The healing powers of homemade chicken soup should not be dismissed as it has been proven to be very effective.
Outstanding Onion and Garlic
Onions possess antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties. So it not only eases swelling of the throat but assists with the expulsion of phlegm from the body and helps to fight off the infection that may be caused by the phlegm. Though not appealing to every palate, the user may have to grin and bear it in order to take advantage of the undisputed healing properties of the humble onion.
The most commonly suggested way of using onion as a home remedy for a build-up of phlegm is as follows:
- Peel and finely chop an onion
Place into a bowl and add a tablespoon of sugar. The mixture will eventually turn into a liquid. Stir it well. Put it in a bottle that and shake it prior to each use. Ingest a large spoon (or tablespoon) of the mixture every 2 – 3 hours to bring excessive phlegm under control. The mixture should last for a day or two. Thereafter, discard any unused mixture and make a new batch.
- Garlic is part of the onion family
It contains Allicin. The health effects of garlic are caused by the sulfur compounds created when garlic cloves are chopped, crushed or chewed. Garlic is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and manganese. It boosts the immune system and significantly reduces the risk of colds.
The two easiest ways of using garlic are the use of garlic supplements and the inclusion of garlic in your day to day cooking. Most people find garlic added to cooking delicious. Garlic features prominently in Italian cooking. People prone to colds are advised to include garlic in their food preparations.