My Healing Kitchen

My daughter was complaining of her dry and itchy throat when she woke up this morning. Sore throat I guess. I made a warm saline solution (1/2 tbsp. of salt in 1 glass of warm water) and told her to gargle it. Few minutes after gargling, she smiled and hugged me and said that I am very good. I am doing this every time she has sore throat. Aside from our medicine cabinet, I can rely on my cupboards for first aid remedies. Some plants, spices, minerals and fruits have their powerful healing properties that can be used to treat common ailments and injuries. Here are some of them:

Ginger can reduce intestinal contractions, neutralize digestive acids, inhibit the “vomiting center” in the brain and soothes tired veins. You can make some ginger tea or soak your tired feet in warm water with pounded ginger.

Mustard is a good decongestant, can help to reduce a fever or soothe a headache. You can crush a little mustard seed to a cup of flour along with a little water to make a paste. You can rub this in the chest. Mustard’s pungent heat thins mucus, makes it easier to breathe when you have cold or flu. Just be sure to wash your hands after. Soaking your feet in hot water with a little mustard powder can help reduce fever and soothe headache too.

Garlic can reduce high blood pressure significantly. This maintains the flexibility of the blood vessels. Eat 1-2 cloves (about 4 grams) of garlic daily (raw or lightly cooked).

Lemon is a source of antioxidant bioflavonoid, can assist in healing wounds and can help in reducing pain, occurrence of varicose veins and age spots. A single lemon contains 40mgs. Vitamin C. You can make lemonade or apply the juice directly in age spots.

Salt made from sea water consist of magnesium sulfate and is incredibly useful. A solution of 1tsp. in half a glass of hot water when rubbed into the skin can dislodge backheads, cleanse, open pores and freshen skin. Gargling the solution can relieve sore throat. Adding two cups of salt in a warm bath and soak can help to shrink swollen tissues, reduce sprains and bruises and an excellent soak for hemorrhoids.

Vinegar has a high solution of acetic acid which is a useful weapon against bacteria and a suitable disinfectant if you have a scratch or sore. Just boil some vinegar and water then use the warm solution in washing the itchy area. Vinegar rinse can also remove cigar smoke from clothes and can banish unpleasant odors from armpits and feet.

Incredible isn’t it that we can find these feel-better remedies in our kitchen? Yours can be a healing kitchen too. All you have to do is make some research on how you can use the things in your cupboard or even under your sink as first aid remedies.


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  1. nakakuha tuloy ako ng teknik sa sore throat, di ko ginagawa yan kahit meron ang anak ko na ST..pero yan garlic e matagal ko na ginagawa sa sarili ko para di mahi blod…dami mo tips ngayon ah? punong puno ka ng kaalaman

  2. ahh! Rossel… just looking at the recipes on your posts makes me sooo hungry again. hihi. kain ulit ako! yum yum.

    by the way, i’ve added both of your blogs to my blogroll already.

    let me know if you want to also exchange links with my other blog

    have a pretty day!

  3. this is exactly what I do when sore throat attacks my family….hehehhehe….very helpful kasi pag natural remedies lang..walang side effects…hehhehe..thanks for sharing Mommy Ross

  4. hi rosell.. i use saline solution too if someones in the family gets a sore throat. i love it than the medicine we get in the chemist shop.

    great post and very informative. thanks for sharing. by the way, thanks for dropping by and your comment.

    have a nice day and God bless always

  5. Hi Rosell. this is good info especially to mothers like us. Kids get easily afflicted with sore throat. And mothers who are getting old like me needs ginger for my tired feet. I only used ginger soap (salabat ) when one of us having cough .
    I didn’t know that ginger for tired feet. Thanks

  6. Thanks for sharing the tips, Rossel :-); minsan talaga di natin alam meron tayong gamot sa kusina na di nati alam gamitin eh…great tips!

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