Natural Food Remedies and Recipes

Frances Sheridan Goulart shares natural food remedies and recipes to help when you aren't feeling well and looking for alternative food medicine.

| March/April 1986

When you're not quite up to snuff, give Mother Nature a chance to clear things up before you run to the pharmacy. 

Even the healthiest bodies occasionally get out of whack. Everyday ailments — colds, sore throats, headaches, sinus trouble, constipation — afflict us all from time to time. And while there are lots of nonprescription remedies available, many have drawbacks. Some medications — such as nasal sprays and laxative — scan be addictive. Others (cold preparations, for example) contain combinations of ingredients designed to treat a whole range of symptoms that you may or may not have. A few are considered flat-out ineffective by the FDA. And a great many have undesirable side effects!

Natural Food Remedies

But you don't have to haunt the aisles of your corner drugstore the next time you're under the weather. Check out your produce bin instead! Fresh vegetables — as well as fruits and grains — have long-established medicinal properties that can alleviate the symptoms of minor illnesses.

I've put together a few concoctions that are good for what ails you. And rather than side effects, my natural medicines have side benefits,. They provide good eating and sound nutrition.

Do you feel a cold coming on? Get your vitamin C from the rose hips in Super-C Soup or from Ascorbic Acid Ice Milk. Suffering from a cough or a sandpaper throat? The soothing honey-and-garlic blend I call Nature's Penicillin has mild antiseptic, expectorant, and (some argue) antibiotic qualities. Sinuses acting up? Sgt. Pepper's Sinus Cure will help unclog your stuffy nose. Headache? Down a few Almond Aspirins; they're full of salicylates — as in salicylic acid, commonly known as aspirin — and they contribute substantial calcium, potassium, and B vitamins to your achy body. Constipated? I'd suggest Ex-Flax or Fruit 'N' Bran Balls. You say you're just feeling generally down and out? Try one of my high-vitamin pick-me-ups. Parsley Salad is packed with vitamins A and C and has generous amounts of calcium, potassium, and fiber . . . and B-8 Juice contributes goodly portions of A and C along with its dose of B vitamins.

Parsley Salad Recipe

1 medium bunch parsley
1 small clove garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 /2 lemon

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