Home remedies are becoming much more popular and for a very good reason. Not only are you more aware of what you are putting in your body, chances are high that you already have these things in your own home. So if you’re like me this sounds absolutely perfect! Saving money and going the natural route, it’s a win-win. Today I am going to tell you about 6 kitchen staples from your refrigerator, pantry and spice cabinet that have many uses outside of the kitchen
1. Lemons: I find it common that most people store these in baskets at room temperature. If this is you I suggest changing it up and place them in a sealed bag in the refrigerator (I promise they will last you a whole lot longer than leaving them out in the open.)
– Do you suffer from stomach issues? Every morning before eating drink warm water with lemon. This will help digestion and elimination of toxins.
-Looking for cheap natural way to help whiten your teeth? Mix lemon juice and baking soda until it bubbles. Using a cotton swab, apply the mixture to your teeth and let sit for a minute before brushing off gently. (DO NOT leave on for longer than a minute, it can erode the enamel on your teeth.)
2.Beer: I know what you’re thinking, but I promise there is more to beer than drinking.
– Pour a beer over your hair in the shower (make sure it’s a light beer, like a lager, and that it is flat. Try other kinds at your own risk, and let me know the results if you were brave! Beer can help remove a build up of product on hair and leaves the hair smoother and fuller. Rinse with cool water.
3:Apple Cider Vinegar:-Its common with the Standard American Diet to experience constipation. Instead of running to the drug store take a look in your pantry. Along with adding more fiber to your diet add apple cider vinegar. Drinking a few teaspoons mixed with 8 oz of water in the morning should show results within a few days.
-Maybe you’re like me and ridden with allergies, or you’re just suffering from a cold. Either way congestion is a factor for us both. Warm ¼ cup water (about 30 seconds in the microwave should do the trick) and then add ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp honey (I personally don’t use honey so I use about ½ tsp agave to sweeten) and juice from a lemon wedge. Before drinking/ gurgling breathe in the steam. This can be done twice a day, but I do not recommend any more. You should feel some relief in your congestion in sinuses and a loosening in mucus in the throat.
4:Coconut oil (organic and virgin): This is probably my favorite multi-use item in my pantry. I will give examples that I personally use but I recommend you to look into its other amazing uses!
-No matter what skin type you have coconut oil can help in many ways.
One way is to mix it with baking soda to exfoliate and moisturize your skin. Its best to experiment to see what the best measurements are for your skin type. I have combination skin so I do equal parts of both (summer I up the baking soda for oil control and in winter up coconut oil to prevent drying)
Another way is my favorite use on the face. Break off a piece of Aloe Vera plant, spread evenly over your entire face and leave on for approx. 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Once rinsed rub approx. 1/8 tsp warmed coconut oil on your face and neck. Your face will look and feel firmer and more radiant.
-Finding cruelty free shaving cream has been basically impossible. So instead spread coconut oil on the area you’re shaving before shaving and use it as the “shaving cream.” It gives you a closer shave and moisturizes at the same time.
5:Turmeric: Not only is it great for its anti-inflammatory properties and mood enhancing qualities, but it has some great home remedy uses as well.
-Making turmeric milk can help with stomach pain, colds and sore throats.
- 2 cups of organic almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, or soy. (whichever you have on hand)
- 1 tsp. ground turmeric
- small pinch of black pepper and grated ginger (fresh is best)
- 1 cinnamon stick//or 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 Tbs. local honey (I use agave, but stevia is also a good choice)
1.Simply pour all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a light boil, reduce heat and drink warm.
2.You may also consume this chilled, but warm is best. (Especially for sore throats)
3.Strain if you have large pieces of ginger, cinnamon, peppercorns, etc.
Sip and enjoy!
6: Cinnamon: Not only is cinnamon delicious its great for you!
– When its that time of the month cramps can be sometimes unbearable. Adding a stick of cinnamon to a cup of hot chamomile tea works wonders (it can help you avoid needing Midol)
-Not only can adding cinnamon to tea help cramps it can also ease the symptoms of stomach illnesses and help with sore throats.
The uses of these items is much more vast than I have covered above. These are just some of my personal favorites and ones that I have found to work best for me. I highly recommend researching and seeing what works best for your body.
Bridget Newman, nutrition and dietetics student at The University of Akron