10 Health Remedies Already in Your Kitchen

Amanda Page Oct 15th, 2013 (updated May 6th, 2014)
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It’s no surprise that eating well will help you feel well in the long run, and the best way to do that is to eat a diet rich in colorful fruits, vegetables, and grains. But what about when you need an immediate feel-good fix? It turns out that Grandma may have been on to something with that bowl of chicken soup. Here are some other fast and easy home remedies.

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Honey
Honey

If you aren’t a regular tea drinker, this one may come as a surprise.  Honey is not only a natural cough suppressant--the Mayo clinic found it to be just as effective as over-the-counter cough medicine--but it’s also can be effective at alleviating allergies, treating burns, and lowering blood sugar levels.

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Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar

Got a case of food poisoning? A recent study shows that apple cider vinegar may have antimicrobial properties that can hasten your recovery.  It also can help in the management of glucose levels and in relieving bloating.  

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Cayenne pepper
Cayenne pepper

This potent spice is rich in quercetin, which can act as a natural antihistamine that helps alleviate seasonal allergies.  Don’t have allergies?  Cayenne pepper is also believed to aid weight loss by decreasing appetite, while stimulating digestion and blood circulation. 

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Thyme
Thyme

Thyme is another herb that can provide a quick health boost.  Thyme has not only been linked to improved respiratory health, but it is also packed with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a good option for treating acne

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Salt
Salt

Salt water is a perfect saline solution that fights fungus, minimizes perspiration, and softens skin – thus increasing the effectiveness of topical medications.  Also, for athlete’s foot, combine two teaspoons of salt per pint of warm water soak your feet in it for five to 10 minutes.  Some also find that gargling salt water can relieve a coughing fit.

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Ginger
Ginger

This root is a popular tummy soother and is great at treating motion sickness, morning sickness, and all other types of upset stomach.  More surprisingly, ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that can lessen joint pain and stiffness related to arthritis. Ginger can also ease muscle aches and menstrual cramps.  

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Cinnamon
Cinnamon

This popular and tasty spice packs a host of health benefits.  Studies reveal that cinnamon has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties.  Cinnamon may also help regulate blood sugar, making it a great addition to a diabetes-fighting diet.  

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Lemon
Lemon

Adding lemon to your water in the morning can help purify your liver and jump-start the digestion process.  Additionally, the acid in lemon juice may help to fade light age spots – though this is a more gradual process.  The cosmetic benefits could take between 6 to 12 weeks to notice.  

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Garlic
Garlic

Garlic packs a healthy punch with immediate and long-term health benefits.  Because of its antimicrobial properties, garlic supplements may help fight a cold. Additionally, garlic may help reduce your blood pressure and help lower your risk for heart disease.

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Baking soda
Baking soda

Baking soda helps alkalize the bladder, preventing bacteria from spreading – thus helping to prevent urinary tract infections.  At the first signs of UTI, try drinking a solution made from one-quarter teaspoon of baking soda mixed in eight ounces of water.