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Natural Kitchen Remedies

Updated on May 26, 2015
Photos on this article are my own.
Photos on this article are my own.

Natural remedies and cures are in your kitchen cupboards.

The reason that kitchen cures have remained in use today is because they have proven over time that they really do work.

Common everyday foods, herbs, spices, and plants are the very medicines which were called upon in the past when a health issue arose and they are still used today.

You can often effectively treat yourself and your family of many common health problems by simply using the natural remedies that are sitting in your kitchen cupboard.

Traditional kitchen remedies for high cholesterol

Oatmeal can reduce cholesterol levels because it is a soluble fiber which has the ability to absorb cholesterol within it. Oatmeal traps cholesterol within its soluble fiber thus preventing it from absorbing into the body. The trapped cholesterol is then safely transported out of the body with the next bowel movement.

Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are the good fat your body requires for optimum health. Walnuts also balance out the bad cholesterol with the good and studies are showing that a handful of walnuts per day can help to lower your cholesterol. So throw a handful of walnuts onto the top of your morning porridge (it's delicious).

Walnuts are a natural health remedy for lowering high cholesterol.

Walnuts are high in omega-3 fats. One quarter cup of walnuts will give you about ninety percent of your required daily requirements of this essential fat.

There are good fats and there are bad fats. By consuming good fats, you may be able to balance out the bad fats in your diet, and in doing so reduce your cholesterol levels.

Omega3 fats are ones that you want to incorporate into your diet plan. Foods rich in these fats are walnuts, olives, flax seed, salmon, trout, herring and other fatty fish. Olive, canola, safflower, and sunflower, are oils that contain good fat. So grab a handful of walnuts.

Honey as a traditional natural health remedy.

Honey is a natural antiseptic and when you consume honey the strong antibacterial properties within it can help to improve the health of your digestive system.

Honey is a natural antibacterial so when honey is applied as a salve on open cuts there is a lower risk of infection in that area.

Studies have shown that honey is as powerful as commercially produced cough syrups for the relief of the common cold. One teaspoon of honey dissolved in warm water will effectively diminish a cough and soothe an inflamed throat.

Honey is rich in magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron and phosphate, as well as vitamins C and B. It is more easily digested than complex refined sugars with approximately forty percent less calories than other sugar sources. The natural sugars within honey help to reduce fatigue. The sweetness of honey actually fuels the body and thereby gives you an overall increase of energy and brain function when you consume it.

Shea butter and cocoa butter have anti inflammatory properties and absorb through your skin.

Shea and cocoa butter may be used to make chocolate but their health benefits extend beyond the kitchen. My skin inflammation was terrible for years. At one point a dermatologist suggested steroid shots in each of my fingers to help heal them.

Over the years I went through gallons of moisturizers but once I found shea butter my skin healed and my skin issues became virtually nonexistent. St. Ives shea butter is the natural skin cream that I use.

Shea butter contains natural antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties. When you apply the lotion these wonderful elements are absorbed through your skin.

Choose your personal care products wisely. Instead of putting chemicals into your body use natural cocoa butter and shea butter which contain antioxidants.

Natural traditional kitchen remedy for arthritis.

Omega-3 fat rich foods such as walnuts, olives, flax seed, salmon, trout, and herring. Olive, corn, canola, safflower and sunflower and other omega 3 rich oils.

Ginger, manganese, turmeric, apples, onions, strawberries, lemons, ginger, and cinnamon can all work to reduce the inflammation in your body. Strawberries actually act similar to a cox-2 inhibitor for reducing inflammation.

Antioxidant rich foods such as green tea, spinach, red grapes, pomegranate, goji berry, blueberries, broccoli, and other fruits and vegetables are very important foods for people who suffer from an inflammatory based illness.

Strawberries as a traditional & natural health remedy for arthritis.

The unique phenols within strawberries work much along the same principal as the anti-inflammatory drugs Aspirin and Ibuprofen but without the blood thinning properties of aspirin. Strawberries help to block the COX or cycloxogenase enzymes whose activity has been shown to contribute to inflammation.

Eating a handful of strawberries daily may actually help to reduce the symptoms of some forms of inflammatory based arthritis.

Cinnamon as a traditional natural health remedy.

A little known fact about Cinnamon is that it is a powerful antioxidant. Cinnamon also has antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties, and is rich in manganese, dietary fiber, iron and calcium. It also tastes great, so cinnamon has become common place as a seasoning for our household meals, allowing some people to forget that this common kitchen spice also holds a wealth of natural health benefits within it's tasty brown grains.

Cinnamon has been used for it's medicinal properties for thousands of years and is a very important traditional kitchen cure. Cinnamon is a natural anti-inflammatory and can be used to help reduce the symptoms of arthritis.

It's antibacterial and anti-fungal properties are the reason that cinnamon is useful in the fight against bacteria and bacterial infections.

Cinnamon has been used in blood-sugar control and may help to improve diabetes. It is also helpful for improving colon and heart health.

Cinnamon should not be taken in large quantities because of it's anti-clotting abilities so use it responsibly.

Soak your feet in epsom salts to absorb magnesium and help to prevent muscle aches and cramps.

Epsom salts contain magnesium (check your package to insure the brand you purchase does). Magnesium is easily absorbed through your feet and will help to reduce muscle aches, cramping, and pain. Take your magnesium the natural way - absorb it through the souls of your feet while you enjoy a relaxing foot soak.

Use salt as a natural health remedy. It has been used traditionally so for many centuries.

Salt kills germs and bacteria on and within the body. If you have a cut or open wound, bathing it in salt water will help it to heal faster, and help to prevent infection during the healing process.

Soaking your feet in salt water is not only relaxing, and cleansing, but it will also help to prevent foot infections from setting in.

If you are suffering from a flu or sinus infection then salt should be one of your first lines of defense. Gargle with warm salt water to help kill the germs and bacteria. Sniff warm salt water from the palm of your hand, a Neti pot, steamer, or pot of boiling water, to prevent or stop infection within the nasal passages. These two simple tips will help to fight the virus, germs, and bacteria that occur during a flu or cold.

Traditional kitchen remedies for cold and flu.

To help prevent the flu and cold eat garlic.

When you are suffering from a cold or flu drink throughout the day a beverage of hot water, honey, and lemon juice. Gargle with salt water 2 to 4 times daily. Sniff salt water into your sinus area.

An antioxidant rich diet of foods such as green tea, spinach, red grapes, pomegranate, goji berry, blueberries, broccoli, and other fruits and vegetables to help build a strong immune system.

Did you know that cocoa is a super antioxidant?

Cocoa is not only good for you when you eat it - cocoa is also good as a hand lotion. The natural antioxidants in cocoa are absorbed through your skin whenever you apply it to yourself.

When purchasing hand creams try to buy natural shea butter lotion or cocoa butter lotion. Why absorb chemicals into your skin when you can absorb antioxidants. Use natural lotions made from shea or cocoa butter.

Lemon is a traditional natural health remedy for colds and flu.

Lemon juice is a diuretic so it helps to flush fluids quickly through the body. This flushing of fluids is very important for people who are suffering from the flu or common cold, but also extremely important for those with gout, kidney, or liver problems.

Lemons are extremely high in vitamin C. Simply sipping a hot honey lemon drink, adding it into your tea, or using it to flavor your food each day can give you the recommended daily requirement of this very important vitamin.

Lemons were once used to prevent the onset of scurvy during long ocean voyages.

Traditional kitchen remedies for constipation.

Grandma wasn't kidding, prunes are still the number one natural remedy for constipation. Other supernatural laxatives are flax seed and rhubarb but be very careful how much of these foods you consume at any one sitting. Try not to exceed one teaspoon of flax seed per day.

Oatmeal, whole wheat and other whole grains are the next line of natural laxatives. After these come unpeeled fruit, leafy vegetables, Aloe Vera juice, avocados, grapes and most of all the other fruits and vegetables. These laxatives are the final line of defense against constipation.

Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will help to keep your stools softer.

Apples as a traditional natural method of detox. Eat an apple a day.

Apples help to flush toxins from your body. They are especially recognized for their ability to remove heavy metal toxins. With many unsolved health problems originating from lead, aluminum, or mercury poisoning eating an apple a day may help to detoxify your body of these hazardous metals naturally.

Many store purchased methods of body cleansing are proving to be extreme, unreliable, and unsafe for the natural health process of your body. If your doctor does not approve it then don't do it. Eat foods from your kitchen which will naturally detoxify your body. Apples are an amazing natural remedy for helping to detoxify your body of heavy metal poisoning.

Other good detox foods are lemons and rhubarb and don't forget the benefits of drinking a lot of water. Water will always be our first line of defense to help flush toxins through the body.

Natural alternative therapies help increase the effectiveness of modern therapy programs.

Not only can you use natural kitchen remedies for treating common household illnesses but you can also combine traditional and modern treatment programs to help improve your overall health and well being.

You can use traditional kitchen remedies as an alternative therapy in addition to your physician prescribed program. For more severe health problems such as arthritis, high cholesterol, and to aide in the fight against cancer these old kitchen remedies can be very beneficial.

It just makes sense that when you are living with a chronic or persistent health ailment you use every therapy available to help reduce the symptoms of your illness.

Combining modern, traditional, and alternative therapies into your existing therapy program may even help you to reduce the number of prescription drugs that you currently take.

What do you think of using natural traditional health therapies?

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @dellgirl: The natural therapies do become a very routine part of our lifestyle once we start using them. I am also going more natural in my cleaning products as well and using vinegar, green tea, and baking soda rather than harmful chemical based cleaning products. It all helps.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @NostalgicTimes: I think combining prescription prescribed programs with natural therapies can help to reduce the amount of drugs we are depend on and can help to increase our overall health dramatically. I do not know where I would be if I did not incorporate so many natural therapies into my lifestyle.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @BritFlorida: There really are so very many natural ways to heal ourselves and a lot of the time our illness or ill health is caused because of the toxins we absorb through our skin or the foods we eat. Not every food is meant for each person who consumes it.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Thank you so much for this fabulous information. The more natural, the better.

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      NostalgicTimes 4 years ago

      Awesome lens! It is very informative and interesting --- love that it's all about getting solutions naturally instead of relying on drugs. It is always best to try to find a natural remedy first and see if it would work. Thanks for sharing!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      What a wonderful lens, so full of helpful information. Thank you for sharing these awesome tips, I learned a few more natural remedies than I already use. ~Blessed~

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      angharad 4 years ago

      Excellent tips. I use many of these myself.

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      Brian Stephens 5 years ago from France

      Nothing wrong with natural and often I think it is better than harsh drugs with side affects. Mother nature knows best I think.

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      I always prefer to go natural! thanks for sharing another awesome lens on natural therapies, I appreciate them:)

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      mrkensworld 5 years ago

      I love sharing natural ideas with others. I agree with Joanne below as food is the best medicine. I love to do and do it everyday. People are getting great results with Nopal Cactus juice almost unbelievable! I love hearing the stories of peoples lives that are changed ! You can learn more about this at my lensabout Nopal Cactus Juice

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      jolou 5 years ago

      Food is the best medicine. I love strawberries and knew they were good for us, but didn't realize how helpful they can be to reduce inflammation. I love to freeze the fresh local ones so I can enjoy them all year.

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      SilmarwenLinwelin 5 years ago

      wonderful lens, very well-written!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Definite angel blessing on this one. :) I love it when people share their own story. I am very intrigued by the idea that your immune illness is actually a result of your body fighting off cancer. I am a survivor of cancer, and I also have had serious, serious allergies at times. It is like my body got into a state of fighting off cancer, until it was too tired and finally gave in. But then - I have beat it! It is strange, sometimes when we have chronic illness we begin to think of our bodies as enemies, in fact it seems that the body is working as hard as it can to heal us. Oh, did I already say Angel Blessed!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @akumar46 lm: Thank you for stopping by my natural therapies article. I hope you picked up a couple tips while you were here. Best wishes.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @ajgodinho: The sinuses really can harbor a lot of the bacteria or germs occurring during the cold and flu, so it helps to get rid of the sinus infection to speed up recovery, for me natural remedies are generally best.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @Virginia Allain: I do not use a neti pot. I simply dip a small amount of warm salt water into my nose cavity with my fingers and then sniff it into my sinuses. This works just as well for me. I do this two to three times a day as well as gargle with salt water when I am ill. It seems to really help.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love natural remedies when dealing with ailments and have used a few of the remedies you've mentioned in this informative lens. I use the neti pot regularly as well for nasal rinses. Well done!

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      akumar46 lm 6 years ago

      Natural traditional health therapies are better than modern techniques.....nice information.

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      Thanks for many natural remedies I did not know about!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I recently got one of those neti pots and am struggling with using it. Thanks for the videos to help me with it.

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      awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      I love using natural remedies! Excellent lens with lot's of helpful information.

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      mich1908 6 years ago

      Nothing beats being natural and you have given so many options! What a terrific lense. Thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The old good habits of eating natural and healthy are the best.

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      I'm always looking for more information on which natural foods do what for your health. Good information here. Thank you.

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      Joycevoice 6 years ago

      It is great to see how foods can impact specific health issues. Very interesting lens.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Very nice! I"m an herbalist and this is a really nice lens with good info!

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      Jackie Block 6 years ago from SE Michigan

      Wonderful collection of natural cures. Thank you.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Fabulous list of remedies. I have heard of some of them , of course, but several are new to me. I will definitely have to bookmark this page for return and reference. Most Excellent!

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      GeoffSteen 6 years ago

      I also had no idea about the beneficial properties of cinnamon! Very pleased, since we have it in our porridge most mornings.

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      Eliza Rayner 7 years ago from Boulder, Colorado

      I am a full believer that diet can cause or cure all ailments. A friend who had severe arthritis removed all corn from his diet in all forms and now his arthritis is 100% gone as a result. Since meat/dairy products are the only food sources that have bad cholesterol, its wise to remove that from the diet if you truly want to lower cholesterol. There is no reason anyone should need drugs for that at all in my opinion. oatmeal and walnut (which is one of my favorite breakfasts) is a great idea too! Thanks for putting this stuff out there :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My mother tells that her grandmother was way ahead of everyone else when it came to home remedies. Nowadays, she says that the medical profession is given out advise her grandmother use to give before WWII. Thanks for the lens.