Why go to the drug store when there are natural remedies right in your house, specifically in your kitchen?
With the seasons changing you can’t afford to not have the proper remedies for you and your family. Once the weather gets colder nobody wants to trek outside to get medicine (I know I don’t). Just go to your kitchen for all of your needs!
Whatever you don’t have, stock up beforehand. Your regular grocery store should have all that you need to help with common everyday illnesses (although all of the items I listed below can help with a variety of other conditions, but we won’t cover those here).
Check the list below to see what items you may already have in your kitchen (or need to add to your grocery list). Some of these things you may use in the form of an herbal tea, supplement, oil blend, or in its raw whole form, depending on the item, your need and your preference.
Garlic: The active ingredient in this herb is a chemical called allicin, which is what makes garlic so useful as a medicine. Garlic may strengthen the immune system and be effective for treating hayfever (allergic rhinitis), cold and flu. Other uses include treatment of fever, coughs, headache, stomach ache, sinus congestion, asthma, and bronchitis.
Basil: Basil, another herb, can be used to treat constipation, stomach cramps and indigestion as well as the cold, flu, asthma, whooping cough, bronchitis and sinus infections.
Thyme: Thyme (an herb) is taken by mouth for bronchitis, whooping cough, sore throat, upset stomach, stomach pain, diarrhea, and flatulence. It may also be used for laryngitis and tonsillitis.
Lemon: Lemons are acidic and rich in Vitamin C, so they will be effective against conditions like the cold, flu, and recurring ear infections. They have also been used as a treatment for throat infections, indigestion, constipation, and fever.
Ginger: The taste of ginger is not for everybody, however, it can be used to suppress allergic reactions and combat morning sickness, upset stomach, gas, and diarrhea. Other uses include menstrual pain relief, upper respiratory tract infections, cough, and bronchitis.
Honey: Who would have thought that the regurgitated byproduct of a bee could have so many healing properties? Honey can be used to minimize seasonal allergies, suppress a cough, reduce throat irritation, and boost the immune system. Mixing raw honey with water produces hydrogen peroxide, which can be used to treat minor wounds.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil is cholesterol-free and has many health benefits. However, it is still a saturated fat so don’t go overboard with it. If you’re going to consume it for health benefits, make sure it’s cold-pressed, unrefined, virgin, and organic. Coconut oil can boost the immune system and is believed to speed recovery from sickness. It also helps with treating excess candida, allergy symptoms, and clearing up cold sores. Oil pulling with coconut oil also helps maintain good oral health.
Turmeric: Normally a spice used in Indian dishes, turmeric is a powerhouse spice that has been used for thousands of years to treat various conditions. The main reason why turmeric is so powerful is due to the curcumin, which is a powerful antioxidant by itself. Turmeric is known for so many things including helping to boost the immune system to fight off infections, treating digestive problems (which is especially good for those like me with IBD), and reducing inflammation.
What’s your favorite natural remedy kitchen spice?
(Post updated Aug 5, 2016)