10 Little Known Ways to Cure Common Aches you can Find in your Kitchen
By Samantha Samonte
It seems dear old Mother Nature never fails to keep surprising mankind. This time from the depths of our kitchen cabinets inexpensive, alternative cures for common aches and pains.
Nowadays when you simply don’t have time to see a doctor for every minor ailment, rest assured that what can feed you, can likewise relieve you from pain.
Before the dawning of modern medicine our ancestors used to rely on what we refer to now as Old Wives Tales. And while most may have been purely superstitious notions, some cures have now evolved to be regarded as herbal medicine or holistic-natural alternative cures.
These humble ingredients may either completely treat your ache or it will at least soothe it for the time being. If symptoms persist though, do see your doctor immediately.
1. GARLIC for swollen gums
Aside from Garlic being a kitchen staple that adds depth and flavor to a whole lot of dishes. It is also a highly potent antiseptic and anti-inflammatory that effectively kills bacteria and reduces swelling caused by a growing wisdom tooth, poor oral hygiene or excessive sugar intake. Peel one garlic clove, slice a tiny chunk, place directly onto the swollen gum area and chew slightly to release its healing oils. Leave in for at least 2 minutes or as long as you can handle its strong potent taste.
2. CHAMOMILE TEA for the relief of calluses and rough skin on your feet
Chamomile is commonly used as a sleep aid, it is known for its soothing and relaxing properties when ingested. Apparently it does the same to the skin as well. If you are prone to foot calluses and corns soak your foot in a warm chamomile tea bath for at least 5 minutes. The tea will soften your skin and relieve your foot from hard calluses and bumps.
3. TONIC WATER for the relief of pins and needles
An active ingredient in Tonic Water called Quinine has long been used as a muscle relaxant since the 17th century. Drinking a tall glassful will calm the repeated contractions of your muscles. Drink it before bed or after the pins and needles hit you.
4. SALT for scratchy throat and athlete’s foot
Salt has anti-bacterial properties that provide an effectively harsh environment for bacteria and fungus to thrive. For scratchy throat: Mix in 1 tsp of salt in a glass of warm water. Gargle for at least 30 seconds or more. For athlete’s foot: Before applying anti-fungal cream, soak feet in 2 teaspoons of salt mixed in a pint of warm water. The solution will decrease sweat while enabling the cream’s medicinal properties to penetrate.
5. HONEY for cuts and scrapes
This all-natural sweetener contains powerful healing properties from 3 main components, namely– Propolis, Sugars and Hydrogen Peroxide. These three respectively kills bacteria, absorbs moisture and disinfects the wound. Also, when Honey dries it leaves a bandage like coating that protects and soothes.
6. OLIVE OIL for eczema
A frequently used base for most lotions, conditioners and soap, Olive Oil – when used in its natural state free from chemicals and additives, keeps skin from drying out. Its anti-inflammatory properties also disinfect skin from bacteria and irritants. Pat and massage onto affected area. For severe cases, cover oiled part with plastic wrap and leave on overnight.
7. GINGER for stomachaches
This miracle root is effective in soothing stomach acids, relieving gastrointestinal disturbances and even motion sickness. Steep a tablespoon of minced fresh Ginger in hot water for 10 minutes, drain and drink!
8. BAKING SODA for urinary tract infection
Baking Soda’s high alkaline levels effectively wards off harmful bacteria that cause urinary tract infections. At the first sign of symptoms, drink a solution of ¼ teaspoon of baking soda mixed in 8 ounces of water. Drink daily. If symptoms persist, you may have to take antibiotics. Consult a doctor, get a culture and start taking you prescription.
9. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR for bruises
Apple Cider Vinegar is another excellent all-natural concoction that is rich in anti-inflammatory properties. Using a cotton ball, soak in some vinegar and rub directly on bruise. Or mix with egg whites and petroleum jelly to make a paste and smear on bruise.
10. LEMON for skin’s dark spots
The juices of lemons and other citrus fruits contain citric acid that lightens age spots and dark spots that usually occur on the elbows and knees. Cut lemon into wedges and place directly onto the darkened area for 10-15 minutes daily. Apply religiously for 6-12 weeks.
About the Author:
Samantha Samonte is a writer for Culinary One, a website about culinary careers, cuisines and food.