Marnie Downer Naturopathy - remedies

If you suffer from bad breath you may have digestive problems. It’s also worth getting checked for Helicobacter pylori (the bug that causes stomach ulcers).

Try this recipe
Pour 500mL of boiling water on 30g of dried rosemary, then cover and steep for 30 minutes. Strain and gargle several times a day. Store, covered in a sterilised container in the fridge.

P.S. If you have gone heavy on the garlic, try eating fresh parsley (unless you are warding off vampires).

Keep an aloe vera plant in the garden (hard to kill even for the blackest of thumbs). If you burn yourself break a piece off and rub the gel onto the burn. Repeat every couple of hours.

This little recipe comes from one of my clients’, whose father attributes this to his lowered cholesterol.

1 cup oat milk (check the sugar content).

1 1/2 tablespoons LSA (linseed, sunflower and almond – all ground up).

1 teaspoon lecithin (helps the liver to break down fats).

1 teapoon psyllium


Blend together and drink daily.

Chicken soup all the way. Finally science catches up with tradition. It’s thought to raise immune enhancing properties. Here’s a recipe.

Chicken soup

  • 1 1/2 kilo chicken parts: bones, wings, thighs, feet, gizzards, hearts, skin in any ratio (preferably organic)
  • 2 large carrots, washed, unpeeled, chopped into coarse pieces
  • 1 large onion, peeled, cut into quarters
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into quarters
  • 1 medium parsnip, washed, unpeeled, cut into three pieces (or parsley root)
  • 6-8 sprigs fresh Italian parsley, whole
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, whole or 2 tsp dry thyme
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp whole black peppercorn

Place all ingredients in a large stock pot and add water to cover (3 to 4 litres). Bring water to boil over medium heat but watch the pot so water never comes to rolling boil (to avoid clouding the soup). When water is just about to boil, turn heat to lowest setting so only a few lazy bubbles break the surface. Cover pot and let simmer for 4 hours. (Longer simmering will not hurt soup.) Remove pot from heat, take out most of the chicken parts and vegetables and discard. Strain the liquid through a fine strainer and skim off any fat. Adjust salt to your taste. Makes about 3 to 4 litres of chicken stock.

For soup body, take about 1/4 cup dry vermicelli (broken into matchstick lengths), 1/4 cup peas (fresh or frozen) and 1/4 cup thin carrot slices per serving. Cook vermicelli in salted water, blanch peas and carrots in boiling salted water until cooked but still crunchy. Garnish with coarsely chopped fresh Italian parsley.


Are you drinking enough water? Are you getting enough fibre?

Here is a chia seed pudding recipe to increase fibre and help you bulk up (your poo that is).

Vanilla Chia Pudding, makes one serving.
2 tablespoons chia seeds

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

a pinch of salt

1 tablespoon honey

In a small bowl or jar combine the first four ingredients. Give it a good stir and refrigerate for at least one hour. After the first thirty minutes give the mixture a stir, so it doesn’t clump together. Once you’re ready to eat, stir in the honey (add more if you don’t think it’s sweet enough) and top with your favorite fruit or chopped nuts.
Boil 6 tablespoons of bran in 2 cups of water, strain and add the juice of a lemon or orange. Take a half a cup three times daily. Make fresh every other day.

I found this in my Nanna’s CWA cookbook (1942). I haven’t tried it myself. I am quite fond of my freckled complexion.

Juice of one lemon and half a pint (235mL) of rose water. Mix and apply at night.

Three or four cloves added to a cup of tea will relieve headache almost immediately. So says Mrs J. Urquhart of Narrogin (CWA Cookbook, 1942).
Nutmeg answers for violent headaches. Use in a little hot water according to Mrs Layton of Donnybrook.

Chia seeds

If you are at the onset of a migraine, try putting your feel in hot water (don’t burn yourself). This may divert blood away from your head and relieve the headache.

Try cutting an onion and leaving it next to your bed. Onions are very good astringents (they draw stuff out). Stinky, but effective.

My great aunt placed half an onion on red-back spider bite to draw out the poison. They were station people and a long way from help…

Try pouring warm water over your lady bits as you urinate. This may relieve some of the pain.

My Nanna recommended this recipe:

Lemon Barley Water
30gms pearl barley
Rind of a small lemon
1 litre water

Wash barley thoroughly. Cover with ½ the water, bring to the boil. Simmer 15 minutes. Strain off water and discard. Pour on other half of water. Bring back up to boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the rind. Set aside to cool. Strain and drink as required.