7 Kitchen Ingredients that Work Like Medicine


Increasingly, people are looking not to their pharmacies but to their kitchen cupboards for medicine to treat a whole variety of ailments. At-home remedies are becoming more and more popular and for a number of good reasons: they can save the time of having to go into a medical clinic, they can save money and they can be just as effective as traditional treatments. Below are 7 common kitchen ingredients that are effective medicinally. Turmeric A popular ingredient in a number of Indian dishes and curries, turmeric has received a lot of attention in the medical community in recent years because of the array of health benefits it can bestow. Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic properties make it a wonderful treatment for everything from wound care to arthritis and even more serious conditions like Alzheimer’s and cancer. Ginger This pungent spice has long been used for treatment of nausea and other digestive complaints, but it also has proven anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-spasmodic properties. It is a good treatment for menstrual cramps, respiratory complaints, and has also proven useful as a treatment for various forms of cancer. Cinnamon This common spice for pies, desserts and baked goods is also valued for being a strong antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It has been used to help with colds, digestive issues like flatulence and heartburn and painful menstruation. What has also gained it so much recent press is its ability to help Type 2 diabetics keep their blood sugars under better control. Garlic Long hailed an a “superfood”, garlic is best known for its powerful antioxidant properties and its ability to help boost the immune system and help the body to fight off viral and bacterial infections. It also is a proven booster of cardiac health and can help to lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure. It is additionally being studied for its ability to fight off the development of cancer. Lemon Lemon, like garlic, is a strong anti-oxidant and can help boost the immune system and help the liver to detoxify the body. Regular consumption of lemon water can help support urinary tract health by preventing infections and also the development of kidney stones. It has also been shown to help support cardiac health and lowering the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Honey Used since the times of the ancient Egyptians for its medicinal properties, honey is now used routinely in many wound care clinics to help promote wound healing and prevent infections. It is also used to help treat sore throats and respiratory complaints and can help to enhance the performance of athletes if used during a game. Cloves One of the best known use of cloves is as a home remedy for toothache because of its analgesic properties. However, it is also known as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and a carminative. It has been used to treat joint inflammation and arthritis, body pain, digestive complaints like nausea, flatulence or gastric irritation. These are just seven of the common kitchen ingredients that can be used for a home remedy. They treat a number of ailments from the minor to the severe and can save time and money, as well as being just as effective as more traditional treatments. More From Mayimina 6 Affordable superfoods to add to your grocery list 10 Ways to Use Leftover Banana Peels 7 World’s Healthiest Spices You Should Be Eating

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