Did you know that some of the food items or even fruits you consume can have other uses other than making you great tasting food and filling your stomach?
Here are some home remedies you can derive from regular food items.
1. GINGER FOR MENSTRUAL CRAMPS: Ginger can improve blood flow and reduce inflammation in your muscles, including those in the uterus where cramps originate. Research proved that ginger was as effective as ibuprofen for relieving period pain (more research is needed). To make your time of the month a little more bearable, try making some warm ginger tea by grating a small piece of ginger and boiling it in a cup of water for five minutes, then you can strain it and add a little honey and lemon juice.
2. OATMEAL FOR ECZEMA: Oatmeal is one popular breakfast item that can also be used to calm eczema as it is packed with phytochemicals with anti-inflammatory properties. 1/4 cup of oatmeal and enough water can be used to make a paste that you can apply directly to the skin for 10 minutes to soothe the eczema rash.
3. APPLES FOR HEARTBURN: Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux which occurs when stomach acid rises into the esophagus. Apples have pectin, a soluble fiber that’s really great at absorbing stomach acid and it contains two types of acid that work to beat back any juices that flow up from your stomach. Sweet apples rather than sour help neutralize this acid by creating an alkaline environment in the stomach which helps reduce the heartburn caused by the acid reflux.
4. HONEY AND GARLIC JUICE FOR SORE THROAT: This mixture both soothes your throat and cures the sore throat because raw honey is soothing and garlic has antimicrobial properties that destroy the bacteria causing the sore throat. Crush some garlic into a glass of warm (not hot) water, then add in some honey and let the mixture sit for ten minutes. Mix and gargle with the solution twice a day. Within three days, your sore throat should be gone.
5. TURMERIC FOR INFECTIONS: Turmeric can be used to prevent infections and treat wounds as a result of a compound called curcumin which has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to help with cleansing and healing,” says Dr. Andersen. Curcumin also has the ability to stop bacteria from multiplying. If you have a minor wound, you can use half a teaspoon of turmeric powder with a drop or two of water to make a paste, or if the wound is still bleeding a bit, you can apply the powder without water. After the area is dry, cover with a dressing and let the healing begin.