Effective Kitchen Shelf Home Remedies
Did you know, some of the common or garden items that you have on your kitchen shelves could actually help prevent ailments or have a healing, ameliorating impact on health? Common items of everyday use, things we add to food to enhance flavor, can also be used to cure small to medium intensity health conditions. Here are some simple kitchen ingredients that can help so that you don’t have to reach for pills and potions all the time:
Garlic has a lot of nature’s goodness packed into it. It is known to help control bad cholesterol naturally and effectively without having to resort to medications. Not only that, garlic is known to have natural anti microbial properties to help up the body’s immunity and keep minor infections at bay. To the extent possible, have garlic raw or in a state as little processed as possible. For people with high cholesterol, it is advisable to swallow a clove of peeled garlic with water, the same way you would a capsule.
This natural antidote to constipation has been known to us for centuries. Prunes are packed with nutrients and a natural way to add bulk to the stool, helping it pass easily and painlessly. Prunes are gentle enough even for babies – prune juice can be fed even to constipated infants.
This wonder spice is not just a curry ingredient; it is known to have amazing antioxidant and natural anti inflammatory properties. The ancients have long used this for minor cuts and wounds to help healing. We now also know that regular consumption of turmeric slows down mental degeneration and can also help delay diseases such as Alzheimer’s. To treat common colds, boil a pinch of turmeric in a cup of milk and consume hot. Cold notwithstanding, a pinch of turmeric a day consumed with milk is great for boosting immunity.
Oatmeal is an effective home remedy for eczema. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, simply grinding plain oatmeal, mixing this with water and applying the mixture directly to the skin can help to sooth breakouts. Consuming oatmeal for breakfast over a period of time is another sure shot way to reduce bad cholesterol.
5. Peppermint/ Mint
These herbs have natural digestive properties that traditional healing systems have valued for centuries. Having small amounts in paste form or having mint or peppermint tea can help soothe an upset stomach and help in digestion. If nothing else, simply chew and swallow about 10-12 fresh mint leaves after lunch every day. This will help keep your stomach cool, avoid acidity, and keep you glowing.
6. Olive oil
Consuming olive oil is good for health because it contains healthful omega 3 fatty acids. Simply replacing your cooking medium with olive oil can make a difference to the overall health of a family. Not only that; olive oil can provide effective home solutions to common hair problems such as dandruff, dry, lifeless hair and so on. Warm up some olive oil and gently massage it on your scalp with your fingertips once a week and leave on overnight. This will lend a healthy shine to your hair and make them stronger.
Ginger is one of the safest antidotes to nausea during pregnancy. It can also help people with seasickness. In addition, ginger is a natural treatment for sore throats and coughs. There is also some research to show that ginger could help as a supplementary treatment for some tumors. Consuming ginger juice with honey works wonders for the throat. Boiling it in water along with black pepper and basil leaves help relieve a cold or fever. Adding a little ginger to your tea everyday helps keep such ailments at bay.
We know that honey never spoils and that it has natural anti-microbial properties. It can help relieve digestive problems and its topical application can help soothe minor wounds, burns and ulcers too. Add a spoonful to warm water and drink to soothe a sore throat or deal with dry cough.
Chamomile contains beneficial compounds such as alpha-bisabolol and apigenin which have antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. Chamomile tea can also help calm the nervous system and promote relaxation. People with anxiety disorders or insomnia can try having chamomile tea just before bedtime.
The humble potato can be an effective home remedy for sunburn. Take cleaned, peeled potatoes and run them through a blender to make a paste (adding water if needed). Simply apply this to affected areas of the skin and let this remain on the skin’s surface until dry; then take a cool shower. It can soothe the skin and relieve pain as well.
Just look around your kitchen to lay your hands on some common ingredients that traditional societies have been using effectively for centuries. Why turn to pharmaceutical solutions that could cause side effects because of their chemical composition, when you can easily get the same results from natural, safe and effective ingredients; ingredients that are freely available at arm’s reach in your own home?