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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