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Pomegranate Recipe Eases Diarrhea

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Q. My grandmother administered, with great success, a pomegranate 'infusion' for treating diarrhea. She would cut the fruit in half and boil it in water and reduce it. It's nasty tasting but effective and we continue to use it in our family.

A. We have heard from a few other readers that pomegranate juice can help. A Caribbean remedy uses the dried red pomegranate peel to make a type of tea to treat diarrhea. It sounds like your grandmother's remedy is a variation on that theme.

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I have seen coconut, either flaked or in cookies stop the runs almost immediately. It is part of my 'first aid' kit now. Many natural food stores carry a type of coconut macaroon that is made from only healthful ingredients, are moist and delicious and keep well because they come in a container with a lid. ~ Cindy

Blackberry tea (like the kind that Lipton used to have) is another great diarrhea remedy -- as well as brown rice tea (genmaicha). I've also heard that Archway has revived their coconut macaroon cookies, so that's great news. I always keep some enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules around for this concern as well -- but don't bite into them, as that could be disastrous! Thanks for providing this service as it really brings up a lot of interesting and surprisingly effective remedies.

Is it good for food poisoning? I have some drinkable pom. What about throwing up and diarrhea??

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