My Grandma's Natural Remedies for Diarrhea
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- Ready In:
- 1 -3 banana, peels discarded
- 1 pint whole blueberries (fresh or frozen)
NUTMEG TEA REMEDY
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (DO NOT USE if pregnant or breastfeeding. DO NOT GIVE to children three years old and under.)
- 8 ounces water
- honey, to taste (optional, added only for taste because drink is bitter)
- BANANA REMEDY: On the first day of treatment, eat 1 to 3 bananas. Then, eat 1 to 2 bananas each following day for as long as needed for up to 10 days. If diarrhea persists after 10 days of treatment, see a health care provider.
- BLUEBERRY REMEDY: On the first day of treatment, eat 1 pint (12 ounce package) of blueberries in one sitting. Then, eat 1/2 pint (6 ounce package) of blueberries in one sitting each following day for as long as needed for up to 10 days. If diarrhea persists after 10 days of treatment, see a health care provider. Note: A one pint (12 ounce package) of blueberries equals about 2 1/2 cups in a measuring cup.
- NUTMEG TEA REMEDY: Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not give to toddlers or infants. DO NOT CONSUME MORE THAN 8 OUNCES OF NUTMEG TEA OR 1/2 TEASPOON NUTMEG PER 12 HOURS. On the first day of treatment, put a level 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg into a mug. Heat water to boiling and pour into mug. Cover top of mug with a saucer to keep therapeutic oils from evaporating. Steep for 15 minutes or longer. Stir in honey if using. Stir before drinking to incorporate nutmeg granules. Ground nutmeg will sink to bottom of mug so use a spoon to eat all the nutmeg granules after drinking the tea. Another 8 ounces of nutmeg tea can be consumed 12 hours later. Then, drink 8 ounces of nutmeg tea each following day for as long as needed for up to 10 days. If diarrhea persists after 10 days of treatment, see a health care provider. DO NOT CONSUME MORE THAN 8 OUNCES OF NUTMEG TEA OR 1/2 TEASPOON NUTMEG PER 12 HOURS. ALSO, DO NOT CONSUME MORE THAN 16 OUNCES TOTAL OF NUTMEG TEA OR 1 TEASPOON TOTAL OF NUTMEG PER DAY.
- BANANA AND BLUEBERRY REMEDY FOR CHILDREN: The recommended amount is for adults. For children, half the recommended amount of banana remedy and blueberry remedy. Banana Remedy and Blueberry Remedy are safe for children 7 months old and up; just make sure the little ones do not get choked. Puree remedies for infants. Cut the individual blueberries in halves or quartered for toddlers.
- NUTMEG TEA REMEDY FOR CHILDREN: The recommended amount of Nutmeg Tea Remedy is for adults. For children, use a level 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg in 8 ounces of hot water per day. CHILDREN ARE NOT TO CONSUME MORE THAN 1/8 TEASPOON TOTAL OF NUTMEG PER DAY. DO NOT GIVE TO CHILDREN THREE YEARS OLD AND UNDER.
- HINTS: Taking these remedies at breakfast is best because they will stop diarrhea for the rest of the day. The Banana and Blueberry Remedies usually work within 3 hours and last for 24 hours. Nutmeg Tea Remedy usually works with 30 minutes and lasts for 24 hours. You can use all three remedies per day or use only one remedy per day.
- EXAMPLE #1: For breakfast, I will drink 1 cup of nutmeg tea and eat 1 pint blueberries.
- EXAMPLE #2: For breakfast, I will drink 1 cup of nutmeg tea and eat 1 banana.
- Bananas are high in potassium, one of the most important electrolytes that is deplenished by diarrhea. Blueberry skins are high in antioxidants and fiber and contain anti-inflammatory and antiviral compounds that fight infections and boosts the immune system. Nutmeg is antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic.
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<p>My grandfather did not speak or read a word of English when he moved to America from China at eleven years old. With a lot of hard work, he proudly became an US citizen and began his own Cantonese restaurant in Kingston, NY, from the ground up. He is not a trained chef but has a natural gift for combining unexpected flavors and ingredients into the most delicious dishes. Although the food on the menu is the absolute best Chinese food in the country, the really out-of-this-world dishes are the ones that he serves his family in the back of the restaurant. He doesn't read cookbooks or write down any of his recipes; all his creations are original. Growing up, I spent every summer with him eating these foods. Every morning, we would pick fresh vegetables from his garden that he would use to make the noon and evening meals with. He stuffed garden zucchini the size of my arm (of course, my arm was smaller then) with fresh lobster and shrimp. This is just one example of a simple summertime lunch for him. Without a doubt, his cooking is the greatest influence on my tastes in foods and my own recipes.</p>