Discover 10 Natural Health Remedies in your pantry. We all know that we need to ensure our daily food intake includes the right types of food. This includes those that we know will boost our bodies absorption of minerals, vitamins, and nutrients.
We also know that we need to maintain a healthy balanced diet if we are to achieve optimal well being.
However there are a number of foods, usually found in our cupboards, that are not only healthy to eat but which can also help to alleviate other common place health related issues.
As always we urge that if you have been diagnosed with any serious medical condition you should check with your doctor before starting any alternative health treatment.
This article provides suggestion for using everyday ingredients to treat those more common, everyday health problems.
Our remedies are a great alternative to pharmaceuticals, and they are effective. Why not try them, especially if they exist in your pantry cupboards!
The 10 Best Natural Health Remedies In Your Pantry.
1. Ginger – Natural Health Remedy for Menstrual Cramps.
Many cultures have long held the belief that ginger is a key component for natural health treatments.
Traditional Chinese medicine, for example, has used ginger in treatments and medicines for more than 2,000 years.
Ginger is known for its excellent properties of improving blood flow and reducing inflammation in our muscles.
It is widely recognised as being an excellent anti-inflammatory, and is especially good for providing relief to pain in the uterus where cramps originate.
For those who suffer from menstrual cramp why not try this suggestion from the 10 natural health remedies in your pantry list.
To use as a remedy all you need to do is cut some fresh ginger root into chunks. There is no need to peel.
Add the chunks of half a ginger root to 2 cups of water and bring to the boil. Cover and let the ginger steep in boiling water.
After 15 minutes strain the mix and add some honey to taste. Take a cup morning and evening. If the taste isn’t appealing you can always add your favourite tea bag to the ginger broth.
2. Cranberries For Urinary Tract Infections (UTI).
Cranberries are an amazing little berry. They contain proanthocyanidins, which is a compound that fights off the bacteria which cause urinary tract infections (UTI).
It is believed that E. coli is usually the main culprit in triggering a urinary tract infection. Proanthocyanidin, found in cranberries, has been shown to prevent infection. It does this by preventing the bacteria from attaching to the bladder walls.
It is important to note that if you already have a UTI, cranberries probably won’t cure it, as the infection has already lodged.
However since 20% of women who contract a UTI will at some stage get another one, simply drinking one to two glasses a day of 20% pure cranberry juice will help prevent recurrence.
3. Calcium Rich Foods For PMS.
It is thought that around 85% of menstruating women experience at least one PMS symptom every month.
Are you one? Tired of those annoyingly irritating symptoms?
Well the good news is simply by tweaking your daily diet and adding calcium rich natural foods you may well lessen your symptoms.
Studies have shown that women with PMS also have lower blood calcium when compared to those without PMS. It is recommended for adults to consume around 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day.
We are all aware that dairy products are rich in calcium. However less known is that almonds, broccoli, leafy greens, and sardines are also high in calcium. These are a great supplement for your diet.
4. Eczema improves with Oatmeal.
Did you know that you are able to calm itchy, inflamed skin with your breakfast food?
Simple oatmeal is able to soothe rashes. This is because it’s packed with phytochemicals which have anti-inflammatory properties.
You are able to create a rash soothing bath simply by grinding 1/3 cup of plain oatmeal into a fine powder. Use your household blender or a pestle and mortar.
Then pour your powdered oatmeal into lukewarm water. Stir evenly with your hands until the water is a milky color. Then soak a clean cloth in this water and apply to the rash area. Leave the oatmeal water soaked cloth in contact with the skin for at least 15 minutes.
Another method is to grind 1/4 cup of oatmeal and then add just enough water to form a thick paste. Then apply the oatmeal paste directly to the skin. Leave on for 15 minutes and then rinse off.
5. Dry Skin Disappears With Sea Salt or Sugar.
Now there is no more need for expensive skincare product to treat rough patches on your knees, elbows, and heels. Making a sea salt or sugar scrub at home is just as effective. It’s also far more economical.
The use of sea salt or sugar as an exfoliator is excellent because of the thick particles. They do a great job of clearing away dry skin.
Simply mix 1 cup of sea salt with 1/2 cup of a light oil. It is important that the final mix is still solid. Don’t dissolve the crystals.
The final product should resemble moist sand. It is important to remember that this product should be used on dry skin areas only. Do not use on sensitive areas as the salt can be harsh.
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6. Cucumbers For Puffy Eyes.
We have probably all seen the photos of movie stars with cold cucumber slices over their eyes. While this may seem far fetched, or even a little silly, this technique really does reduce puffiness.
Cucumbers are 95% water. Therefore they offer a nice cooling sensation.
The cold temperature causes our blood vessels to constrict which in turn reduces inflammation.
Cucumbers, believe it or not, work even better than ice packs.
Cucumber slices fit to the contours of our eyes perfectly. This helps to reduce swelling.
Place chilled cucumber slices on your eyes for 10 minutes. You will notice remarkable reduction in puffiness as well as a much refreshed feeling overall.
7. Prunes For Fiber – Natural Health Remedies In Your Pantry.
Prunes are simply dried plums. They are rich in insoluble fiber which is a key nutrient to help fight constipation.
Insoluble fiber is simply the type of fiber that does not dissolve in water.
The insoluble fiber in prunes creates more bulk. Thus helps waste pass through the digestive system. As well as insoluble fiber Prunes also contain substances which act as natural laxatives.
These natural laxatives are sorbitol and dihydrophenylisatin. These laxatives build up in your body over time. They are far more effective than any store bought laxative.
Just one prune a day is sufficient for natural constipation relief. If you do not notice improvement within a week take 2 prunes per day.
8. Hiccups & Sugar!
Hiccups is simply when our diaphragm gets caught in a series of spasms. It is said there is no cure for hiccups … however!!!
You can fool your body.
You can stop the hiccups and spasms by putting 1 teaspoon of sugar underneath your tongue.
The sweetness creates sensation which is strong enough to stimulate the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is the longest cranial nerve in our body. It starts at our brain stem and extends down to our diaphragm into the stomach.
Once we stimulate the vagus nerve we take back control of the stomach and diaphragm.
By keeping the sugar under our tongue you actually will stop hiccupping. Once the hiccups stop you can simply swallow any remaining sugar!
What did Mary Poppins say? Just a spoonful of sugar? If she was referring to hiccups she was correct!
9. Eat Apples To Ease Heartburn.
Fried Foods, Soda, High Fat Beef etc are triggers for Acid Reflux.
One food to keep at hand are apples. Apples have an ingredient known as Pectin. Pectin is a soluble fiber. It is excellent at absorbing stomach acid.
As well as Pectin apples also contains 2 types of acid (malic and tartaric).
It may sound odd to add additional acid to our diet. These acids work by actually neutralizing the juices that flow up from your stomach. The best are red or golden delicious apples. They are naturally sweeter than most apples so are considered alkaline.
Sweet apples are known as alkaline foods. Alkaline foods work at a cellular level to restore pH balance which prevents Acid Reflux and heartburn.
10. Treat Infection With Tumeric.
The mighty spice turmeric is known, and rightly so, in India as a “holy powder”. Turmeric is used to prevent infections and treat wounds. This is due to a compound found within turmeric called curcumin.
Foods with curcumin have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. They help with cleansing and healing.
Curcumin has the ability to stop bacteria from multiplying.
If you are ever running low on antibiotic ointments try dabbing a little turmeric powder on your cut or scrape instead. Remember this should be only for minor or superficial wounds.
You can also use turmeric by making a paste. Use half a teaspoon of turmeric powder and add a drop or two of water. Mix and apply to a non bleeding wound.
If the wound is still bleeding apply the turmeric powder without water.
Once the area is dry cover with a clean dressing. Now let the healing begin.
I hope you enjoyed this article. Have you tried any of these remedies? Did they work for you? Do you have suggestions for other natural health remedies? Please do let us know by adding a comment below or you can contact me directly by clicking here!