Home remedies using everyday foods

By: Health Local Staff Aug 05, 2013
Natural Health Remedies

From skin care to cuts and burns, the right food can do a lot more than just nourish our bodies.

Research shows that the right foods can help ease the pain of a stinging sunburn and even elevate your mood if you’re feeling down in the dumps. Below we break down some unique ways to use food.

Vinegar: Soothing a Sunburn

Vinegar is an inexpensive ingredient known for its cleaning prowess. But what you may not know is the sour stuff is also great at soothing skin that’s been baking under the hot sun. The best way to apply it is to soak a cotton ball and place it directly on the affected area. Try apple cider vinegar – your nose will thank you.

Lemon Zest – Aromatherapy

The shelves and shelves of room spray at the grocery store not only cost a lot of money, but they never make you as happy as the people look that spray them on television. A cheaper alternative that works well for boosting your mood is lemon zest. For a refreshing treat, add some lemon zest to your iced tea and take in the nice aroma to help boost your mood.

Yogurt – Helps Keep Your Skin Looking Young

Greek yogurt is lauded for its muscle building protein and bacteria that promotes digestion. But did you know its great for your skin too. Plain Greek yogurt can be used for a facial mask that promotes healthy looking skin. The live bacteria actually remove toxins from the skin leaving your skin with a healthy, vibrant glow.

Chamomile Tea – Skin Irritation and Inflammation

Nothing is quite as relaxing as sipping on some chamomile tea in the evening while reading your favourite book. According to dermatologists, chamomile tea can also help reduce irritated skin. For use on skin, make up a strong batch of the stuff and use a washcloth to apply the iced chamomile tea to your skin, and you should be feeling better in no time.

Honey – Cough, Sore Throat, Cuts and Burns

You’ve probably used honey to soothe a sore throat, but it also works great for minor cuts, wounds and burns. A recent study even showed honey has antibacterial properties that promote healing and prevent infection.

Salt – Sore Throat

Salt isn’t only great for adding flavour to our favourite foods. It also is pretty good at soothing a painful sore throat. To make the sore throat concoction, take a teaspoon of non-iodized salt and mix it with 8-ounces of warm water. Gargle the water enough until the pain is gone.

Oatmeal – Skin Conditions

Oatmeal is great for soothing inflamed or itchy skin caused by eczema or hives . Take some plain oatmeal and grind it up in to a powder and add it to a warm bath and soak.

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