Israeli Facebook users have contributed ideas and suggestions for natural remedies to fight coughs, stomach aches and other illnesses.
The users take part in a competition, held in collaboration with Israeli websites Ynet and InfoMed, which offers prizes to those who contribute to the Facebook reservoir of grandmother-style remedies and cures.
In honor of latest bout of the cold wheather in Israel, here is a glimpse of the top suggestions for natural remedies by users who have sworn that these do indeed work.
1. Complete treatment for the flu
Tal and Danny suggest boiling water in a medium sized pot, sprinkle in a few drops of eucalyptus oil and then remove from the stove. Place a large towel to cover the pot and inhale the steam until water gets cold. An extremely runny nose will result, ensures Tal and the body will detox. Immediately afterwards, go to bed and place a buckwheat pillow on your feet, a cup of tea with a whole tablespoon of honey and drink as much as you can. By the morning you will feel a significant improvement.
2. Milk and figs
Ruth Behar’s treatment for the flu includes boiling milk with three dried figs. Grind the mixture and drink.
3. Enjoy the brandy!
Yafit Goldstein offers a winter drink of wonders: Mix a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, a tablespoon of brandy and a teaspoon of honey. Drink before going to sleep, make sure the bed is warm, and wake up as good as new.
4. Antibacterial wine
Immediate treatment against bacteria by Maya Ankri: Mix together half a cup of sweet red wine, freshly squeezed lemon juice (one half of a lemon) and a spoon full of honey. Drink and cough the bacteria good-bye!
5. Chew ginger
A cure for the common cold or flu by Ilanit Weisberger: mix fresh chopped ginger with a freshly squeezed lemon. Chew the ginger for a few moments until all the lemon juice is extracted and spit.
6. Warm salt to beat ear pain
Martin Salzman suggests warming up a cup of fine salt over low heat; stuff the salt into a sock; ensure the sock is tied and not too hot and put it against your ear. The heat emitted from the sock will make the pain disappear in a matter of seconds.