In your pantry, you’ll find natural food remedies among your usual grocery items. From hiccups to heartburn, here are the pantry foods that can help
When you have minor ailments, it’s often a choice between going to the doctor (paying atrocious medical bills along the way) and enduring the discomfort. But there’s a third choice—just look in your pantry for food remedies that can surprisingly help.
- Broccoli – Do you feel moody and irritable during your menstruation period? That may be because you have low blood calcium levels. Eat some broccoli and other leafy veggies so you can increase your calcium intake.
- Apples – This is great for heartburn, especially when you munch on the golden delicious variety and other sweet versions.
- Cucumbers – Didn’t you ever wonder why some people have cold cucumber slices over their eyes when they relax in a spa? That’s because cucumber cools your skin and reduces the puffiness of your eyes.
- Cranberries – These are full of compounds that fight off E. coli, which causes UTIs. If you often have urinary tract infections, just drink a glass or tw0 of 20% pure cranberry juice to keep UTIs away.
- Oatmeal – Oatmeal works on your skin if you have problems with eczema and rashes. Grind into powder about ⅓ of a cup of plain oatmeal into powder, and then add it all into a lukewarm bath. Settle in and enjoy its soothing anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Ginger – The latest studies have indicated this can work well as a pain reliever if you’re having pain during your period. You can improve blood flow by drinking a cup of ginger tea, while you also fight off cramps and muscle inflammation.
- Sea salt – Check your heels, knees, and elbows. Do you have rough patches of skin? You can deal with these skin issues by scrubbing them with sea salt. Just mix the sea salt with some light massage oil, though olive oil works too. Once you have a moist paste, use it to exfoliate the rough patches on your skin.
- Prunes – Do you feel constipated? Eat some prunes to feel better. There are compounds in prunes that can work as a natural laxative. Prunes are also terrific sources of insoluble fiber, which bulks up your waste when you’re constipated.
- Turmeric – This has curcumin compounds. As a result, turmeric works very well as an antioxidant and as an anti-inflammatory. You can then use it as an antibiotic ointment to treat various superficial wounds. You can just put in a bit of the powder into the cup and you’re good to go.
- Sugar – Hiccups can be annoying, but you can get rid of this troublesome condition with sugar by fooling your stomach muscles. The key to this trick is to put a teaspoon of sugar right under your tongue. The sweetness causes your vagus nerve to react, and this affects your diaphragm so you don’t spasm with the hiccups anymore.