After my recent trip to Germany I developed a hacking cough which gave me headaches and made me dizzy at times. I very seldom get colds because I exercise regularly, take my vitamins and eat a healthy diet. Therefore, I wasn’t too concerned when the cough persisted for more than a week. When somebody asked me if I had done something for this bronchial cough, I listened up. I checked out natural treatments for bronchitis. One solution suggested making Quinine water which is a powerful expectorant for phlegm.
Wow, there was so much to learn. First of all I came to understand that phlegm is produced by the lungs due to inflammation while the body produces mucus all the time. Second, I learned about bronchitis which is an inflammation of the mucus membranes of the bronchi, the airways that carry airflow from the trachea into the lungs. Since most of this inflammation is caused by viruses I started looking for a natural treatment (antibiotics don’t treat viruses). That’s how I discovered the benefits of Quinine.
What is Quinine?
Quinine is a natural white crystalline alkaloid. Quinine or Tonic water it is a good bitter and helps with digestion. It also helps to control bacteria, pain, fungus, inflammation, and stress. It also has a muscle relaxing agent and works well to treat leg cramps.
Where do we find Quinine?
Quinine is naturally found in the cinchona tree in the forests of South America and has been used successfully to treat malaria malaria. It is also found in the rinds of citrus fruits like grapefruits and bitter lemons.
What are the benefits of Quinine Tea?
According to a website called Earthtym and as mentioned above there are many:
Quinine has many uses and applications. It is analgesic, anesthetic, antiarrhythmic, antibacterial, antimalarial, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antipyretic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, bactericide, cytotoxic, febrifuge, fungicide, insecticide, nervine, stomachic, tonic.
I want to focus here on the making of quinine water from grapefruit rind.
Take the rind of 2-3 grapefruits. Take the peel only and cover it with water about 3 inches above the peels. Let it simmer for about 2 hours. Sweeten the tea with honey or sugar since it will be bitter. Take 1 tablespoon every couple of hours to bring up the phlegm from your lungs. Discontinue as soon as you get better.
Note: Excess quinine is toxic to the kidneys. Pregnant women should not drink quinine.
There are other benefits of grapefruits.
Here is a video by JenOalltrades, the biochemist, demonstrating her concoction.
Here is a link to more natural alternatives to get rid of colds and coughs:
If you encounter some of the nasty respiratory problems this spring, I hope you can find some solutions here.