Most of us have some secret health remedies lurking in our kitchen cupboards, we just don’t know how or when to use them. Here’s a quick look at which herbs and spices can help clear up common ailments your family might be experiencing.
Health remedies you have at home
Nutmeg is a great remedy for acne. To use, mix equal parts nutmeg and honey and dab it on a pimple. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes before washing off. The compounds in nutmeg are antibacterial and antifungal, plus the antimicrobials in the honey will also help fight the infection and reduce inflammation.
To help ease constipation, pulse a tablespoon of sesame seeds and sprinkle the powder on other foods like cereal, salad, or even yoghurt. The oil from sesame seeds helps lubricate your intestines, which of course helps to move dry stool along more easily.
If you’ve got an annoying cough going on, give your throat a break with some peppery tea. Place one teaspoon of black pepper in a cup and then fill with boiling water. Cover the cup and allow it to steep for at least 10 minutes. Next, add two tablespoons of honey and drink it warm. While the pepper acts as a decongestant, the honey is antibiotic, which helps soothe the throat.
Fighting dandruff can be a real pain in the butt, but if you’ve got rosemary leaves, it doesn’t have to be. In most cases, dandruff is caused when the scalp produces too much sebum, and a rosemary rinse can help prevent that. Make your rinse by adding rosemary leaves to one cup of boiling water before covering and allowing to steep for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, strain the liquid and allow to cool. Apply the rinse after shampooing and conditioning your hair and don’t rise out once you’re done.
If you’re battling with flatulence, add some basil leaves to a bean-heavy dish to counteract the effects of the legumes. Basil can help prevent the formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract.
Seasonal allergies can be a real schlep, but it is relatively easy to combat with a little use from Mother Nature. Try stirring one teaspoon of ground turmeric into a large glass of water and drinking it. Turmeric contains some antioxidants that can help suppress histamine production, which is what causes seasonal allergies in the first place.