Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What's in Your Kitchen for Common Ailments?

You probably didn't know that the common ingredients that you use in your cooking can actually help you in a time of need.  Instead of running to the pharmacy, try these natural remedies first.

Arthritis and joint pain - use turmeric in cooking for soups, sauces, and stir-fry vegetables.  The ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been shown to ease arthritis pain and inflammation.

Nausea and stomach upset - make tea with grated ginger to alleviate nausea or drink ginger ale made with real ginger.  Or try a cup of peppermint tea.

Coughs - drink hot tea with honey and lemon. 

High blood sugar - use cinnamon in cooking and in teas and coffees.  Cinnamon has been shown to reduce high blood sugar in those with Type II diabetes.

Urinary tract infections - drink pure cranberry juice or eat cranberries.  Cranberries aren't just for Thanksgiving.  Apple juice added to pure cranberry juice will improve it's flavor.

Headaches - drink a glass of water every hour until gone.  Most headaches are related to dehydration or constipation.  Water will take care of both.  

Congestion - combine tomato juice or broth with 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and crushed garlic.  Warm and drink slowly.

Bad breath - chew on a small amount of fresh parsley.

Caution:  Headaches that occur suddenly and/or are very painful may be a symptom of a more severe condition.  See your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.

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