The older generation often talks about the yesteryears where there was only one doctor in the town, who paid the visits at home when someone was really ill. No one actually resorted to his advice for day to day illnesses. But why? Well, all the doctors resided in our kitchen. From cloves to cardamom, cinnamon to bay leaves, all these kitchen ingredients have tremendous healing powers and were used to treat all kinds of health issues from cold, cough, flu to skin allergies and stomach aches to all kinds of body pains. Let us again try and resort to these natural items that help us deal with common ailments.
List Of 11 Great Home Remedies In Your Kitchen
Worshipped in India, this herb has medicinal values that can lower blood sugar levels and blood pressure. Basil tea is often sipped to relieve cold, cough and congestion. It is analgesic and anti-inflammatory and is used to treat headaches, fevers, nausea and vomiting. Basil can improve the overall brain and heart health and people suffering from joint pains can greatly benefit from it.
This spice can be ground and about 2-3 tsp can be boiled in water for 5 -10 minutes to get anise tea. Strain and drink this tea to heal yourself from a number of ailments like bronchitis and flu, as it can loosen mucus and induce normal breathing. Feeding moms are often given this tea to stimulate the production of milk. Anise tea is great for digestion, expels extra gas, and treats flatulence and acts as a laxative.
Bay leaves are known to stimulate appetite and better digestion. They are good for the hair and bay leaves can be boiled in a massage oil for 10 -15 minutes and cooled and strained. Apply this oil on the hair and scalp. Regular use promotes hair growth and helps in fighting dandruff. This oil can be massaged on the chest to relieve congestion, and also applied on joints to reduce inflammation and swelling.
Crush 7 peppercorns and mix with honey and eat every morning to increase the immunity of the body. Peppercorns are great home remedies for congestion, running nose, asthma and a sore throat. They can be used to treat indigestion issues and can be given to children who have worms in the stomach.
Cardamom is a spice that gives warm to the body. Cardamom teas are very popular and are drank in the winter months to stimulate the body heat. Chewing cloves of cardamom is known to expel excess gas from the stomach and provide relief from indigestion.
Cloves are strong smelling spices that can be brewed and had like tea to get relief from intestinal parasites and acidity problems. It is a great healing agent for a toothache as clove oil can be applied on the affected area for pain relief. And it is also very effective for rheumatism and joint pains. Chew cloves to expel acidity from the stomach and get relief.
This sweet tasting spice can provide comfort to women with uterine problems. It can be used to treat the excessive bleeding of the uterus and has warming effects to provide heat to the body and ease colds and cough. Cinnamon is anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory and can ease joint pains, backaches, menstrual cramps and arthritis aches.
This simple home remedy can be a solution to multiple problems. It there is a burning sensation while urinating, drink 2-3 cups of hot water to ease the urine flow. Hot water sipping also provides relief from cold and cough and is also useful to melt away excess fat in the body and reduce weight.
This can be used in warm water gargles and can also be mixed in scrubs to give better results. Add it to the massage oils and exfoliate the knees, elbows and feet using this scrub. All the dry and dead cells get removed and the skin is left sparkling clean.
When hiccups don’t halt, keep a heap of sugar below the tongue to stop the hiccups. The sweet taste affects the vagus nerve that controls this sensation and eventually the hiccups subside, if the hiccups are stronger, we can swallow the sugar in the throat for a stronger sugar affect. Sugar can also be used as a scrub for the lips, face and other areas of the body.
This fruit can ease heartburn and is a tasty way to treat an acid reflux. They contain pectin that absorbs all the excess acids in the digestive tract and also restores the pH balance of the stomach.