Basil is more than just a pesto ingredient.
Aside from helping enhance the taste of food, it is also regarded as a powerful antioxidant known to help reduce stress, treat ulcers, and fight bacteria.
This popular kitchen staple is just one example of a plant valued for its medicinal and therapeutic properties.
You may not realize it, but your cupboard is full of plants and herbs that can help cure common ailments such as toothaches and migraines.
Prior to the advancement of modern medicine, people from different parts of the world relied on natural remedies to fight and cure different kinds of ailments.
The World Health Organization says that the worldwide market for natural remedies is currently at $60 billion.
Why use household cures, you ask? Here are the reasons why natural medicine is good for you:
● You will rarely experience side effects and adverse reactions
● Natural medicine uses the body’s natural healing process
● It promotes overall health, and
● It’s super affordable (sometimes, it will cost you nothing!)
Ready to try it out?
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are some of the most common and useful household cures to common ailments that can save you a trip to the pharmacy!
Easy Household Cures To Treat Common Ailments
1. Tea tree oil for nail fungus
Also called onychomycosis, nail fungus is characterized by swelling, and crumbling of the nail itself. It’s not only unsightly, it’s very painful too.
Tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant that can help you deal with this unpleasant experience.
There are two ways to use tea tree oil in treating nail fungus:
First, you can put five drops of tea tree oil in a basin of water, and soak your feet for fifteen to twenty minutes.
Alternatively, you can add a teaspoon of tea tree oil to half-a-teaspoon of olive oil, then apply the mixture directly to the affected area using a cotton ball.
It is important to religiously do this treatment twice a day, ideally once in the morning and once in the evening.
Also, keep in mind that you should start the treatment as soon as you notice the earliest symptoms of nail fungus. Don’t wait for the problem to become more complicated, or it might be difficult to treat with simple solutions.
2. Ginger tea for headache and migraine
Ditch those painkillers the next time you get a headache or a migraine attack. Use ginger instead.
Ginger is known to block prostaglandin synthesis, which is exactly how over-the-counter drugs like paracetamol and ibuprofen cure headaches.
The easy way to do it is by making your own homemade ginger tea. You can do this by crushing fresh ginger and gently simmering it with two cups of water for thirty minutes.
If you do not like the taste of ginger tea, you can opt to inhale the vapors instead. To do this, just crush fresh ginger, add it to boiling water and inhale the vapors.
3. Cloves for toothache
If you have a killer toothache and your dentist is unavailable, you can use cloves for temporary relief.
Cloves contain eugenol, which is known as a local anesthetic.
The easiest way to do this is to simply put a whole clove in your mouth and wait for it to soften. Put it as close to the sore area as possible. You can also give it a soft bite to release all the oils. This procedure typically takes around thirty minutes or so.
If you cannot bite because of the pain, you can crush the clove prior to putting it in your mouth. To do this, simply crush the clove then sprinkle it on the painful tooth. Your saliva will help release the natural oils.
4. Turmeric for infection
Turmeric can be used to treat minor open wounds. It can help kill infections, reduce inflammation and speed up healing. Turmeric is known to help boost immune system too.
According to several studies, a compound found in turmeric called curcumin is known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
If you have a cut or wound, turmeric can provide temporary relief. You can make turmeric paste by mixing ground turmeric with water. Simply apply this to the affected area to treat infection.
Keep in mind that turmeric is great for minor cuts and bruises, but if the condition is serious, you might still need to visit the doctor afterwards.
5. Prunes for constipation
Constipation is definitely not fun to deal with. Prunes can help solve the problem.
This small dried fruit is known to contain natural laxatives which are better for our bodies than drugstore options. It is also very rich in fiber.
You should consume about 50-60 grams of prune twice a day to see results.
If you don’t like the taste of prunes, a good alternative is to drink prune juice instead. The ideal serving is about half-a-glass, twice a day. For children and babies, it is best to consult your physician first.
6. Basil for an upset stomach
We all know the culinary of basil, but its medicinal value makes it even more precious.
Basil is known for its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also known to help lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels.
Interestingly, this wonder herb is also known to help calm an upset stomach.
According to studies, basil contains significant amounts of eugenol which can protect your gut from nausea, cramping and even diarrhea. You can even use it to control acid reflux.
You can even make a basil tea if you want. You just have to add around 12 basil leaves to a teapot of boiling water and enjoy your nice cup of basil tea. If the taste is too strong, you can add a bit more water.
Better yet, just make basil a regular ingredient in your meal plan to avoid tummy troubles.
Go ahead and load up on Caprese salad and creamy pesto pasta for your stomach health.
Sandy Getzky is the executive coordinating editor at The Global Nail Fungus Organization, a group committed to helping the 100+ million people suffering from finger and toenail fungus. Sandy is also a registered Herbalist and member of the American Herbalist’s Guild.