Those who know me well will be aware that I am not a huge advocate of the medical profession – unless your medical condition involves a broken limb or an advanced form of some heinous disease. Or if you need a medical certificate. It’s really nothing personal; I have just been misdiagnosed and over-prescribed so many times over the years that I have been left with trust issues.
[Incidentally, why is it that so many GPs still insist on prescribing antibiotics when they are convinced you have a virus? It’s like they’re in league with the pharmaceutical companies – or the superbugs.]
My favourite misdiagnoses over the years include:
- contact dermatitis, when I actually had a zinc deficiency;
- chicken pox, which turned out to be ringworm; and
- pregnancy when, as a virginal 14-year old who looked like a 10-year old [I was a late bloomer], I had sunstroke. I had been at a swimming carnival in full sun on the previous day.
Stepping off my soapbox, maybe you now understand my apprehensions. You may also share in my surprise when, after a recent visit to my local GP where I expected no more than a medical certificate, she turned to me with, “Yes, that sounds like the virus that’s going around at the moment -” (but that wasn’t the surprising bit, this was:) “would you like a natural remedy?”
“Y-yes,” I stammered, taken off-guard. With that, she started writing out a different kind of prescription.
“You can add some honey if you like, for taste,” she added as I walked out the door. So I thanked her and I went home and I made it.
As the good doctor suggested, I used the blend as an inhalant first, then drank it as a tea once per day for three consecutive days. It was sweet and clean-tasting. Quite delicious really, even without the honey. And I believe that it actually did my mind and body good.
|So what are the health benefits of coriander seeds and ginger? Among other advantages, both spices have properties that strengthen the immune system.
Coriander seeds. I discovered that these seeds have a positive effect on basically every ailment. Health Diaries distills much of the information available on other sites into a simple list of benefits, which include:
Ginger. I first introduced ginger as an antimicrobial in my post of 13 April 2009. Since then, I have discovered that ginger is also anti-viral, anti-toxic, and anti-fungal – which means it is also a useful cure for colds & flus (source: suite101.com).
Kitchen Wisdom is a helpful reference to the health benefits of certain foods, including ginger.
Thank you, Dr G, for restoring my faith in GPs and for my natural remedy.