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For every common ailment there’s at least one or two middle eastern home remedies that people swear by. I mean, if your parents didn’t tell you to drink ginger ale or 7up when your stomach hurt, are you even really MENA? There are so many tried and true solutions to these less major conditions from sore throats, to cramps and even passing out. Even though our remedies are now referred to as “alternative medicine” or “natural remedies,” we have been using these techniques for thousands of years (like back in ancient Egypt) and continue to pass them along.


[Please be sure to check with a medical professional before using any of these remedies if you are pregnant or have other underlying conditions. Though these are all natural herbs, it is best to be safe.]

Plain yogurt & garlic

What it’s for: Sore throat, tonsillitis, throat infection. 

How to: Mix 1 cup of plain European yogurt and add 1-2 small cloves of garlic (minced.) 


Mint tea 

What it’s for: Stomach ache, period cramps, nausea. 

How to: Bring water to a light simmer and take off of the heat. Next add mint leaves and stir constantly making sure the mint leaves don’t burn. Use 4-5 mint leaves per cup of water.

Anise tea

What it’s for: Constipation, stomach ache, aids in digestion, gastrointestinal issues.

How to: Bring two cups of water to a boil and remove from heat, then add 2-3 tbsp of anise seeds and let steep for 10 minutes. Serve with sugar or plain. 


Honey & turmeric tahini

What it’s for: Cough, irritated/ sore throat.

How to: Mix together 1 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp tahini paste, 1 tsp honey and eat it by itself.

Blossom water 

What it’s for: After fainting 

How to: Get 1 tsp of blossom water and put it under someone’s nose if they have fainted or put it on their nose. 

Dried lime in tea

What it’s for: Cramping 

How to: Boil water in a kettle and then place it in a cup with your preferred tea. Then use a whole dehydrated lime and cut it in half. Let the dried lime soak in the hot tea for a few minutes, then drink up to reduce cramping.

Hot milk & butter

What it’s for: Sore Throat, Tonsillitis, Throat Infection or Irritation

How to: One way is to boil milk in a pot while consistently stirring the milk, then add a teaspoon of butter and mix until completely melted. Another way is to place milk in a mug, then add the teaspoon of butter and place it in the microwave for a few minutes until very hot. Drink this to soothe a sore throat. 

Warm tea bags

What it’s for: Irritated eyes, Styes, & Pink eye 

How to: Boil water in a kettle, then soak two tea bags until softened. Then take the tea bags out to let them cool off until warm. Then place one on each eye to soothe the infected areas.

Coffee grounds

What it’s for: To stop bleeding cuts & wounds

How to: Take raw coffee grounds and place them over the cut to help with clotting to stop excessive bleeding. 

Chamomile tea

What it’s for: Promotes sleep, soothes stomach aches, reduces stress, 

How to: Bring 1 cup of water to a simmer and remove from heat, add 3-4 tbsp of chamomile flowers and let steep for 5 minutes. Store bought chamomile tea is fine also.

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