Courtesy of a subscription to Body & Soul magazine, here are some natural cures made from ingredients you can find right in your kitchen. If possible, it’s always better to try natural remedies before reaching for a bottle of medicine. Some of them we have tried and others are on our “to-do” list, so if something doesn’t work, don’t blame me!
Fill a tablespoon halfway with honey and then squeeze a lemon to fill up the spoon. Add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, put the spoon in your mouth, and suck on it slowly.
Add a few drops of water to 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves to make a paste. Pack this on the sore gum for 5-10 minutes, then spit out. Repeat as needed. (Not for babies or toddlers)
Grate an inch of peeled, fresh ginger. Take a pinch of it and mix with a pinch of sea salt to make a paste. Chew on the mixture for a minute then swallow, washing it down with warm water.
Fill a small bowl with ice water and add 5 to 7 drops of peppermint oil. Dip a washcloth into the bowl, wring it out, and apply to forehead for 10-15 minutes.
Apply a banana peel, fruit-side down, directly on the bite and hold it until the itching subsides.
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Pick up a jar of spicy salsa and snack away!
Make your own pesto. Add a cup of fresh basil leaves to a food processor along with a clove of garlic, a pinch of salt, and 2 tablespoons of pine nuts. Turn the processor on, drizzle in some olive oil until you like the way it looks. Eat 3 spoonfuls whenever you need to!
Spread a layer of honey over the infected skin and cover with a secure bandage. Leave it in place for 24 hours if you can. Honey is great for this because it promotes granulation of the tissue and draws infection out of the body.
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over a stick of cinnamon and steep for 10 minutes. Drink away!
If you could add to the list, what you you add? What do you use at home to fix what ails you? Let me know in the comments!