The most common and, at times, unusual ingredients that we have in our kitchen have the answer to many of our ailments.
Home remedies are a universal resource in South Africa when we need treatments and cures: it is about race and culture. We all have tips, tricks, hacks and herbs that have been passed on to us from previous generations.
That remedy against the flu that he hated as a child, that his grand oath has now become his own remedy. If the arrangements really work, it's someone's guess.
Some prefer to drink a spicy and hot drink and hope for the best before calling any medical professional.
What makes these home remedies the first choice for many is that they are natural and most of the ingredients can be found in your kitchen pantry.
From garlic and ginger to lemon and honey, and maybe even a touch of brandy for the perfect and hot toddy.
While these mixtures can be difficult to swallow, many of the ingredients have been scientifically proven to help stimulate the immune system.
Take garlic, for example, it is not just a great pizza cover, a study published in the journal Advances In Therapy found that the daily intake of garlic can reduce the number of colds by 63%.
The study also shows a significant reduction in the duration of cold symptoms by 70%.
Cinnamon and honey are undoubtedly two of the best and most popular combinations of immune stimulation that exist. It is said that cinnamon has been used for a long time in traditional medicine to support the recovery from cold and flu.
According to thehoneybear.co.za, a Spanish scientist has shown that honey contains a natural ingredient that kills the flu germs that cause the flu.
If you are suffering from a common cold or severe, you only need a teaspoon of warm honey with 1/4 tablespoon of cinnamon powder per day for three days. Doing this will cure your cold and clear your breasts.
Is there something that Rooibos can not do?
A recent survey conducted by a South African health company that specializes in colds and flu, found that one third of South Africans use Rooibos to fight colds and flu.
Studies suggest that Rooibos has powerful antioxidant, antiviral and immunomodulatory effects, which strengthen the body's natural defense system.
Another health gem of South Africa is the buchu.
Buchu only grows in the Western Cape and is known for its numerous health properties.
Cape Kingdom Managing Director Karin McCann, incorporating buchu into her daily routine is an excellent way to fight against the unpleasantness of winter.
"Winter presents some challenges in terms of keeping us healthy. Maintaining an optimal immune system is key to fighting colds and flu, "she says.