10 Essential Home Remedies Using Common Pantry Staples
In my latest video, I review 10 essential home remedies to keep on hand in your pantry for treating everyday complaints, including coughs and colds, stomach aches, minor burns and scrapes, indigestion, and more.
And in this blog post, I highlight a few of those remedies from my video and provide you with detailed step-by-step instructional videos to help you learn more. Along with traditional medicine, these homemade remedies will help keep you and your family feeling happy and healthy.
Honey not only provides a sweet treat for our palate, but it can also help fend off colds when infused with garlic, ginger, and turmeric And as I share in my video, I was very excited to learn that honey can actually help treat a minor burn. (See the National Institutes of Health link below.) So for us home cooks, it’s definitely worth keeping a little container of honey by the stove.
- US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Up-to-date use of honey for burns treatment
Ginger is another wonderful ingredient to keep on hand to help you feel a bit better when you have a cold. It’s also great for quelling nausea. And what better way to enjoy ginger when you have a bit of a stomach ache than with a homemade ginger ale!
Apples are a tasty fruit to eat all on their own, and it turns out that the pectin in apples can actually aid in digestion. But there are a lot of ways to consume apples and reap their benefits than just by eating them raw. You can make your own homemade apple cider vinegar, which you can add to water with a bit of honey for a refreshing drink that can help calm indigestion.
But don’t worry, if vinegar is not your favorite way to benefit from apples, you can also make applesauce or even dry apples for a sweet snack. For drying apples, you don’t need any special equipment like a dehydrator. You can dry apples right in your oven!
These days, we hear so much about Turmeric. This spice is known for its wonderful anti-inflammatory properties. So next time you have a few body aches when suffering from a cold or flu, try whipping up a cup of Turmeric Milk—or Golden Milk as it is commonly called. With a little dollop of honey mixed in, you can’t go wrong. The delightful spiced fragrance and the warmth of the milk will have you feeling better in no time!
Salt & Sugar
The properties of salt and sugar play key roles in many home remedies. Salt, when mixed with warm water, can make an effective gargle when you have a sore throat. When mixed with a bit of olive oil, salt and sugar can make a great scrub for rough body parts like heels and elbows.
For me, the best home remedy when it comes to sugar is something I have known about for over 50 years! When I was a child, I was plagued with hiccups, but my mom always knew what to do. She’d place a little bit of sugar under my tongue, and it always calmed my hiccups down. And quite quickly!
We didn’t know the science behind the hiccup cure back then, but I have learned that the sweet taste triggers the vagus nerve, which calms the diaphragm and causes the hiccup spasms to stop. How about that for a home remedy!
A Final Word About Home Remedies
I am not a medical doctor, so to be safe, be sure to check with your physician before taking any natural remedy.
Home remedies are never a substitute for modern medicine, especially for serious illnesses, but they can certainly bring you a little bit of comfort when you are feeling under the weather. So be sure to stock your pantry with these common items for the next time you feel the sniffles coming on, have a touch of indigestion…or maybe you are simply trying to stop your hiccups!
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