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Tonic for purifying the blood:
  • 2 oz (50gm) elder shoots
  • 2 oz (50gm) primrose flower and leaves
  • 1 oz (25gm) dandelion root
  • 1 oz (25gm) young nettle leaves

Use freshly dried ingredients for this tonic. Put 1-2 teaspoonfuls of the mixture in a cup and pour on boiling water. Allow to stand for a few minutes. Drink one cup of the hot liquid a day sweetened with sugar. This tonic helps to eliminate toxic substance such as a uric acid from body.

English tea

  • 4 oz (100gm) raspberry leaves
  • 1 oz (25gm) balm leaves

Use freshly dried ingredients for this tea. Mix leaves together and pour boiling water onto them. Add sugar if you like but no milk. This tea is a pleasant alternative to ordinary tea and aids digestion.

Footbath for colds and influenza:

  • 225 gm freshly ground mustard seed
  • Boiling water

Put the ground mustard seed into a muslin bag and boil in 1 liter of water. Add the liquid to a hot footbath to relieve the symptoms of colds and flu.

Aloe (Aloe Vera)
Aloe is well known from a very long time ago. Ancient Egyptians knew aloe vera and till now it has great a rule in folk medicine.

Aloe is originally found in east and South Africa and was introduced to India. The used part is leaves which contain viscose juice. That juice is evaporated to dryness and can be used at that form internally with caution of course.

Use:
In the dry form it is used as purgative, anthelmintic. The liquid form is very good in relive irritation of skin.

Anise (Pimpinella Anisum)
Anise is found in Egypt, Greece and west Asia. It is also cultivated in central Europe. The part used is fruit of anise which upon distillation produces a volatile oil contain anethol.

Use:
Carminative and pectoral. It is very useful against cough and chest infection, the steam of anise is useful to clear the chest. Anise tea in very good for infants to relive flatulence. If you have problems in your voice, we advise you to drink anise tea. In some countries the lower part of the anise plant is used in cooking as it helps in digestion.

Radwa Samir -

Radwa Samir has a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Cairo University.

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