A few weeks ago, some residents of a small village in Kilifi county drunk a gross amount of sugarless tea after someone told them it would ward off Covid-19.
Several locally available products are said to be potential remedies of the deadly virus. Some of them include garlic, turmeric, lemon juice, neem tea and aloe vera.
Ginger, turmeric, and garlic
Some people believe that a concoction of ginger, turmeric and garlic is effective against fever. Fever is one of the main Covid-19 symptoms.
Ginger contains certain chemicals that fight off colds and stop stomach problems. On the other hand, turmeric has chemicals that relieve pain in respiratory organs, including the throat. Garlic contains allicin which attacks and destroys viruses.
Last week, a faculty member at Zanjan University in Iran shared a text claiming that drinking warm water with lemon protects people from contracting the coronavirus. The text got lots of attention on social media. However, experts dismiss it as false.
Lemon contains a high level of vitamin C. Unfortunately; there is no proof that a high intake of vitamin C is effective against the virus.
A few people suggested that aloe vera might be a herbal remedy for Covid-19. However, a study was done by KEMRI a few years ago, and they concluded that aloe vera is not effective in battling infections.
Neem tree leaves
The President of the Traditional Medical Practitioners Association, Kojo Eduful, claims that inhaling steam from neem leaves successfully soothes flu and heals several other respiratory diseases.
Neem tree leaves contain zinc which prevents viral cells from replicating and also helps the immune system to fight viruses.
Havard Medical school published a report showing how some hospitals used high doses of intravenous Vitamin C on critically ill patients to reduce the effects of the virus. However, there is still no evidence that Vitamin C can cure coronavirus.