8 Natural Remedies in the Kitchen

By Dominica

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Last Updated: February 18, 2021

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Natural remedies are always becoming more popular.  With many people avoiding going in public as much as possible right now, it’s helpful to learn natural ways to help heal aches, pains, skin issues, and more using things you may already have in your kitchen.

People have been using common kitchen items to aid in healing the body since ancient times. Of course, we appreciate medicines and cures that have risen over the years.  There are thousands of helpful medications that help in so many ways.

But knowing how to take care of minor ailments and help keep your body healthy using common kitchen staples can also be helpful.

Today, let’s discuss 10 natural remedies you can store in your kitchen cabinets for minor aches and/ailments.

1.      Baking Soda

According to WebMD, baking soda can be used as a remedy to ease indigestion. Simply add ¼ of a teaspoon to a glass of water and drink. This will temporarily reduce the amount of acid in your stomach, helping you feel less indigestion.

If you’re already using medication for indigestion, acid reflux, or GERD, ask your physician if they recommend you adding baking soda to your diet.

In addition, baking soda is known to help minimize the pain and/or itching that comes from a bee sting or insect bite. Make a thick paste and apply!

Lastly, you can use baking soda to help deal with body odor as it is a natural antiperspirant. If you have overly sweaty armpits, dust them in baking soda.

2.      Olive Oil

Healthline asserts that olive oil can help reduce inflammation in your body and is good for heart health. It also has potent antioxidant properties.

Olive Oil can be used to help relieve the irritation caused be eczema. Simply rub it over the irritated area.

For best results, data suggests using extra virgin olive oil.

3.      Bananas

Bananas are wonderful fruits to eat, but there are other things you can do with bananas that will bring you benefits.

For example, banana peels are said to help reduce inflammation. So the next time you experience sunburn or an insect bite, such as a mosquito, grab the peel of a banana and place it on the agitated area. Think of it like you would a cold compress.

Dry skin? Mash up a banana with some oatmeal and apply.  Leave it for 20-30 minutes. Or, if you want a body scrub, add some sea salt to the mix and gently exfoliate your skin.

4.      Ginger

Ginger is thought to help reduce nausea or upset stomach. You can grow your own ginger or purchase from your local supermarket or farmer’s market. Make some ginger tea and drink once or twice a day. You can drink it hot or cold.

Peel the ginger, chop it up into smaller chunks, and add to boiling water. Let it steep for about ten minutes before filtering and drinking.

5.      Honey

Honey is a wonderful source of nutrients, so be sure you’re adding it to coffee, tea, and other drinks or recipes.

According to Healthline, it also helps with your cholesterol levels, decreasing the “bad” LDL, and boosting the “good” LDL cholesterol.

It also helps can help heal scratches and cuts. Simply cover the injured area with a little bit of honey and will help soothe it. It may also keep bacteria from spreading.

6.      Salt

To help cure athletes’ foot, fill a container with warm water and add salt in a ratio of 2 tbsp of salt for every half liter of water. Soaking your feet in this bath for 5-10 minutes every day will help reduce sweating and soften the skin as well.

Salt also helps minimize the pain associated with a canker sore. As we all know, canker sores can be quite painful. It’s tough to eat when it feels like your mouth is on fire.

Grab a glass, add warm water, and add a teaspoon of regular or sea salt.  Swish this in your mouth several times a day to relieve the pain and help that mouth sore heal.

7.      Mint

Mint is a wonderful plant that you can eat use topically to benefit you.  Research suggests it helps reduce indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and may improve cold symptoms.

It’s also a great way to freshen your breath.

Growing mint at home is super easy too.  In warmer climates, it grows quite well in the ground. If you live in a colder climate, grow it in a pot and bring inside for the winter.

You can use mint in tea, make it into an oil and apply to muscle aches, or diffuse it an oil diffuser. Granted, creating oil takes quite a bit of mint. I purchase peppermint oil and diffuse it, as well as apply to aches and it helps me a lot.

8.      Garlic

Great at preventing and helping with the uncomfortable symptoms of a cold. WebMD also states that it’s good for helping fight bacteria, parasites, and viruses.

What’s the best way to get the healing properties of garlic?

Research says eating it raw may be most beneficial. However, if you’ve never taken a clove of garlic and chewed it up, I’ll warn you that it’s super HOT.  You’ll feel like you are eating a really hot pepper.  You can also take garlic in capsule form.

Others prefer garlic tea or simply adding a good bit of garlic to their home-cooked meals.  If you opt to make a tea, crush the garlic and boil for two to three minutes.

Use What You Have

There are many more natural remedies than the ones listed here, but these are a great place to get started.  Mother Earth provides so many natural remedies to help us out. Keep doing your research and note what works for you.

This also makes for a great family learning endeavor. Gather your children and experiment with various things in your home. Enjoy the process of learning what works and what doesn’t.

Feel free to share what natural remedies you are enjoying with common household items.

 

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