2. South Africa: All About Garlic
“My grandmother claimed garlic was like a natural antibiotic especially for upper respiratory infections and illnesses,” says Montreal-based Nilanie Moodley Fletcher who hails from Durban, South Africa. “She would grind fresh garlic and add [it] to soups to create a cold tonic,” she recalls. Other tricks from her grandmother include inhaling a mixture of turmeric and boiled water to clear up nasal congestion, and for coughs she administered a potent cough syrup of half black pepper and half honey. “It actually does work,” Nilanie says.