Who would have thought you have a medicine chest in your food cabinet? From the basic necessities you have in your cupboard, you have home-made natural uses for everything from toothpaste to weight-loss remedies. Learn the multiple uses for your common spices and household items you can apply in your daily life every day!
Garlic is a regular additive for your daily meals, but you can also use it to fight the onset of a cold or cough. You can consume fresh garlic twice a day when you feel the symptoms of a cold or cough, and you can inhale brewed garlic tea fumes to open up your sinuses when you’re feeling stuffy. The natural antibiotics in garlic work wonders to helping you get over and prevent a cold or cough.
Baking soda is an excellent tooth cleanser (it’s in many store-bought toothpastes) and combined with a few drops of lemon juice, you can brush your teeth once a week with the mixture to remove tooth and enamel stains from tobacco or coffee or tea, and the baking soda will battle bacteria in your mouth, warding off cavities, decay, gum disease, and bad breath.
Ginger soothes an icky belly and also boosts your metabolism to help you burn more calories and lose weight. When you’re feeling queasy, take a teaspoon of ginger brewed into a tea to calm your belly (perfect for car sickness) and to aide in weight loss drink ginger tea twice daily to boost your metabolism to burn more calories.
Orange peels boiled on the stove provide a fresh citrus scent that permeates the air and open up sinuses closed due to allergies, cold, infection, or irritation from dust and pet dander. Also works great in clearing oil and meat scents from the air after cooking. Grapefruit peels work wonderfully as well.
Honey can be used on your face as a face wash and and acne treatment, and provides hydration at the same time to moisturize and tighten the face. A great anti-wrinkle treatment, apply honey liberally to your face once weekly, allow to dry for 15 minutes, and rinse with warm water. Can also be applied to a zit and left overnight to reduce the swelling and redness of the acne.
Salt an be used to treat a canker sore in the mouth, and salt water (1 teaspoon per 1 1/2 cup water) provides a saline solution to flush out your eyes if you have debris in them or to clear mucous. Also great for gargling for a sore throat.
Black pepper and honey is another concoction to boost metabolism and can aide in relieving a cough. Add a teaspoon of ginger to further boost metabolism.
Avocado can be applied to the hair as a conditioner, and avocado also makes a great facial cleanser moisturizer. Simply crush an avocado and apply it to wet hair and leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse for healthy shiny hair, or take the mashed avocado and let it dry as a mask on your face for 15 minutes or so and rinse for glowing, hydrated skin.
Cumin aides in relaxation and helps people get to sleep at night. It helps the body properly digest and has a relaxing effect on the body and can help sleep become easier.
Mustard seeds boost your metabolism, treat migraines, and aide in digestion. Even consuming mustard in the bottle helps aide in digestion, and can help lower blood pressure.
Pickle juice works a lot like cranberry juice in its ability to cleanse out the kidneys and ward of bladder and kidney infections. The high amount of vinegar in pickle juice is a natural body cleanser. Be careful when using as there is a lot of sodium in pickle juice as well.
Olives, especially green olives, can help reduce the severity and frequency of hot flashes in menopausal women.
Oregano is full of antioxidants. It is very helpful in treating the bacterial disease Giardia, and is also great for boosting the immunity in the body to prevent illness from bacteria.
Rosemary, taken as a daily supplement is believed to aide in the fight against getting Alzheimer’s in old age and is also great for providing nutrients to the body in daily use.
Vinegar can be applied directly to varicose veins and bruises to help them fade and ease the swelling and pain and encourage blood flow in the body. Taken daily (equal parts vinegar and water, add a teaspoon of baking soda to neutralize acid) can encourage vein health and blood flow every day. Vinegar is also a natural fabric softener when 1/4 to 1/2 cup is added to your rinse cycle. Perfect for sensitive skin individuals as it also helps detergents wash fully out of clothing at the same time and its scent will not linger.
You can apply milk directly to a burn and sunburn to draw out the pain of the burn before applying a balm to the affected area. It works as well in easing burning spices in the mouth and throat and a bath with a few cups of milk in it soothes burning, irritated skin due to sunburn, mosquito bites, plant irritation and skin itchiness.
Consuming black pepper can alleviate gas and constipation. Consume a teaspoon of black pepper with a teaspoon of honey to relieve painful gas and mild constipation.
Coffee grounds rubbed on the skin during your shower plumps up skin cells with the caffeine and reduces the appearance of stretch marks and is an excellent exfoliant. Cold black coffee as a hair rinse luminates dark hair.
Cinnamon can aide in relieving a yeast infection when other medications and treatments aren’t working, or in addition to yeast infection antibiotics. Making a cinnamon tea (add lemon and honey) with a teaspoon of cinnamon 3 times daily can make a yeast infection go away. Cinnamon is also a metabolism booster to aide in calorie burning daily.
Vanilla extract can work to alleviate headache and migraine pains, and can help with menstrual cramps. Aromatic vanilla has a calming effect on the nervous system and eases anxiety. Vanilla oil can help strengthen the memory as well.
Raw potato wedges can retrieve stubborn light bulb pieces from your fixtures, and raw potato also removes onion smell from your hands after cutting onions. You can apply raw mashed potato to a swollen area of the body to relieve inflammation and even when applied to a scar raw potato juice can help the scarring fade more quickly.
You can keep ants out of your home with flour. Where you see ants entering your home, sprinkle flour and it will repel them, keeping your home free of the invading insects without chemical use.
Basil can be used in a tea to treat nausea, constipation and gas.
Thyme can also be drunk in a tea to treat coughing and whooping cough.
Even dandelion, that weed in almost every body’s yard has useful purposes in medicine. Dandelion milk can be applied to a wart before applying a band aid to fade the wart over time, and dandelion tea is great for treating heartburn, for counteracting the jittery effects of too much caffeine, and for giving you energy throughout the day.
There are many medicinal and home health uses for many of the products you use in your cupboard every day, and nearly everything you have has another use that’s helpful than what it’s commonly used for. For people just beginning to incorporate more natural living in their lives, starting with what you already have is a great way to get you started!