Dr. Tieraona Low Dog's Home-Remedy Recipes

Take charge of your health with these three simple solutions.

The next time you're treating an upper respiratory infection, try umckaloabo as a natural remedy. This south African geranium treats upper respiratory infections gently and effectively, without disrupting your gut bacteria.

Umckaloabo comes in chewable tabs, liquid, and fizzy tabs that dissolve in water. You can find these options at your local pharmacy under name “umcka” as well as pelargonium.

Instead of a store-bought cough suppressent, try this at-home thyme syrup recipe. Thyme works as antiseptic in the throat and helps coat the receptors in your throat that make you want to cough.

1 cup water
4 tbsp fresh or dried thyme
1 lemon
1/4 cup raw honey


Pour near boiling water over fresh or dried thyme. Steep for 15 minutes. Strain. Add lemon and honey. Pour into glass jar. You can store this mixture for up to one week in the fridge.

Take 1 to 2 tablespoons every 3-4 hours, as needed.

Sage Gargle
The next time you feel a sore throat coming on, try a sage gargle. It not only relieves pain and kills bacteria, sage also acts as a great anti-inflammatory for your throat.

1 cup of water
2 tsp fresh or dried sage
1/4 tsp salt

Bring water to boil, add sage. Steep for 10 minutes. Strain into cup. Add salt and gargle.

Gargle every 2 hours, or as needed.