Natural remedy for coughs & cold

  How to Naturally cure coughs & cold: Natural remedy with good benefits. Remember when your Nana or Mama would make porridge and would add a few grains of a specific black spice called “So” (Dangme), “Whentia” (Akan) whenever you were down with a fever? Let’s just say they knew exactly what they were doing […]
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How to Naturally cure coughs & cold: Natural remedy with good benefits.

Remember when your Nana or Mama would make porridge and would add a few grains of a specific black spice called “So” (Dangme), “Whentia” (Akan) whenever you were down with a fever?

Black spice

Let’s just say they knew exactly what they were doing and now, you too will come to know it.

Three years ago, I got to know the spice intimately after my (step) father introduced me to it as a potential cure for my dry cough.

At first, i insisted on ginger but he advised that ginger felt hot but this, this worked far better.

The first time was uncomfortable (this was only a feeling in my head) so i took each grain with sweets, until I realised I was kidding myself by pretending that the taste was not pleasant.

After chewing on two grains, it felt good. I realised that my cough became more moist with each grain; swallowing the juice that saliva formed with chewing of the spice gave a bit of minty feel which soothed my throat while dissolving phlegm. I repeated this a few times while editing news stories at my desk.

One the third day, I tried to recall when exactly it was that the mean dry cough went away but couldn’t. Chewing on “So” had become a three day old habit (that I wasn’t willing to admit that I would miss once the cough was gone).

I found that “whentia” served different purposes to different people. It multiple characteristics, I believe, is why it has many names including pepper selim, uda seeds, kieng, chimba, african pepper, negro pepper, & xylopia aethiopica, if you are a botanist.

Though generally used as a spice for hot sauce, porridge & soups across Africa & the Caribbeans, Negro pepper has indisputable medicinal values. It contains anti-oxidizing properties & works as a laxative & calming agent. It additionally serves as an antimicrobial agent and is used by some people to cure infections.

I cultivated a habit of dropping about two grains in my drinking water after crushing them slightly with my teeth anytime I felt I was coming down with something (practically anything especially in my throat, that is). You may well use it for herbal tea.

However if you get to use it, let me know the results of your observation.
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