In my effort to share all my tried and true natural cold remedies, this blog is about Umcka products. The main ingredient is Pelargonium sidiodes, which is a medicinal plant grown in South Africa. It’s often called Umckaloabo and South African Geranium.
For centuries, cultures like the Zulu, Basuto, Xhosa and Mfengi have used this plant to treat bronchitis, the common cold, and sore throat. Then, the plant became very popular in Germany, and is now spreading to America.
One of the only natural remedies on the market today where Pelargonium sidiodes is an active ingredient is called Umcka. It is used to treat:
Flu (Cough, Fever, Sore Throat)
Ear, nose and throat infections
Many studies have been conducted on the plant’s effectiveness, and results have shown that it’s very effective in treating bronchitis and other respiratory issues.
“In one RCCT Study 103 patients with nasal drainage, nasal congestion, sore throat, sneezing, scratchy throat, hoarseness, cough, headache, muscle aches, and fever were evaluated. After 10 days of treatment 78.8 % of treated patients vs. 31.4 % of the placebo group had complete relief of symptoms,” states truebotanica.com.
I found out about Umcka products from a sales associate at Whole Foods when I was sick last year. You can purchase it at the store or online in these forms: Nature’s Way Umcka Cold and Flu Chewable, Berry, 20 Count or Nature’s Way – Umcka Lemon Hot Drink, 10 packets
My family and I have taken Umcka for the last year at the first sign of a cold, and it works great. The best part is that we don’t get sleepy or tired like from traditional cold medicine, which just masks symptoms for a couple of hours. Umcka actually makes symptoms go away!
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