Turmeric and Honey
One of my earliest childhood memories is of my mother giving me turmeric and honey for a cough. I remember it as if it were yesterday; she dipped her fingers into her herbs & spices tin and took out a generous pinch of bright yellow turmeric powder, or ‘haldi’ as we called it. She mixed the powder with sweet honey to make a smooth, gooey paste and I licked it gladly, each swallow of the paste helping to sooth my tickly cough. It was my first experience of herbal remedies and the wonderful things they could do.
Next to our home in Jinja grew a large mango tree. There was with a little house built into it and in there lived a monkey we named Lilu. Our dog Chandu faithfully guarded Lilu day and night, never leaving his worn in spot at the foot of the tree. My mother had a close affinity with these animals and they with her. They refused food from anyone else. I felt privileged to have a mother with so much knowledge and wisdom, and learned a great deal from her over the years. She instilled in me the importance of embracing the nature that surrounds us, and taught me to nurture that closeness with nature that each of us holds within us.
Growing up, natural remedies were an integral part of my life and were my first port of call whenever a health need arose. Of course I always knew there was also a place for conventional medicine, and understood how and when the two could work together. It was this interest in medicine that led me to study pharmacy, and through my studies I gained a strong understanding of the power of conventional medicine and the ways in which it can support and further improve health ailments.
In 1992 I opened my own pharmacy, and it turned out to be one of the greatest learning experiences for me. I had the opportunity to meet people from all different walks of life, and find out more about their individual needs. Understanding a person and how they responded to health problems allowed me to provide options that would be most suitable to them and their circumstances. For example, over the years many mothers came into my pharmacy asking to try natural remedies that would be safe for their babies before trying any stronger medications. Having an understanding of both natural and conventional medicine, I was in a position to be able to offer tailored options to people. My own child suffered from infant febrile convulsions so I was only too aware of the dilemmas facing parents when it came to choosing the right medicines for their child. Thankfully, I had experience working with natural remedies as well as conventional medicines, and this allowed me to make a clearer determination when it came to the right course of treatment for someone.
Of course, if a client visited with an immediate need that would be better treated with conventional medicine I provided that as an option, explaining the reasons why and the particular benefits of that medicine. Explaining to someone, when possible, how the body responds to different treatments can help them decide which route is best for them, and it also gives them greater understanding and control over their own body and health.
Although the business I took over was a traditional pharmacy, it also offered homeopathic solutions, which was a whole new area for me. Customers would often enquire about alternative treatments and so I decided to do a Diploma in Homeopathy to ensure I was able to offer the best advice with regard to both conventional and alternative solutions.
Over the next few years I went on to develop an interest in nutrition. I began to better understand the importance of feeding the body with the right type of foods in order to help the healing process. During my pregnancy I was very careful about what I ate. The right foods can heal the body and the soul and I wanted to make sure both my son and I were truly connected.
From an early age, I have seen and experienced the positive impact natural remedies can have on a person’s health. There is so much more to natural remedies than people know or understand. My personal and professional background has given me a unique perspective when it comes to assessing and dealing with someone’s health problems, and it has become my mission to show people the benefits of using natural remedies, whether in their day-to-day life or for a particular condition. It was for this reason that I decided to take my career in a new direction.
In 2013 I made the decision to sell my pharmacy and set up Turmeric and Honey in order to reach people all over the world and share my knowledge and experience. There is information overload on the Internet and so I hope I can provide some accurate information to help people use natural remedies and conventional medicines successfully for the good of their health.
Turmeric & Honey
One of my earliest childhood memories is of my mother giving me turmeric and honey for a cough. I remember it as if it were yesterday; she dipped her fingers into her herbs & spices tin and took out a generous pinch of bright yellow turmeric powder, or ‘haldi’ as we called it. She mixed the powder with sweet honey to make a smooth, gooey paste and I licked it gladly, each swallow of the paste helping to sooth my tickly cough. It was my first taste of my mothers lovingly prepared homemade natural remedies.
Our house in Jinja, East Africa was an idyllic place to grow up, surrounded by all the beauties of nature. We loved to play out in the open, and the cuts and grazes we came home with after playing in the woodland or climbing trees were always soothed with a cooling paste made from turmeric and water. I can remember thinking this ingredient was truly magical, something really special.
Much of our childhood was spent out in the open, and we would run around in the fields near to our house for hours on end. If we could have we would have stayed out all day, but our hungry bellies usually compelled us to return home! My mother would smile sweetly when I came back covered in grazes, and always lovingly applied a paste of turmeric – a natural anti-inflammatory – to the wounds. I found myself beginning to develop a real liking for this magic spice, and I was just two years old when my love for turmeric, and honey, began.
As children, life for us was simple, uncomplicated. We ate delicious, healthy home cooked food and played outside in the beautiful sunshine, and my mother would make hot milk with a pinch of turmeric and a teaspoon of honey to keep our immune systems healthy. For me, it was the perfect start to a life dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of others.
Other Uses By My Mother
Turmeric truly was an elixir, and my mother had all manner of uses for it. With broken bones for example, she would give us turmeric and milk, warmed up, to drink every day – allowing healing from the inside out. To ease the injury from the outside, she would massage turmeric, salt and water into the bones.
Temperature/Fever Control Product
For fever, my mother would take a compress made from a small piece of muslin cloth, dip it in warm water and salt and place it on the forehead. She would follow this with a second muslin cloth dipped in room temperature water and cologne, again to place on the forehead. With this the two compresses would alternate hot and cold on the forehead and so bring the temperature down.