What if your "medicine" cabinet, was just your spice rack?
Here are 5 herbs you most likely have in your kitchen right now, and how they can help better your life, naturally.
Garlic: While chewing a few cloves of garlic a day might keep your friends away. Here's a few ways that it can keep the doctor away, as well. Garlic contains a compound called Allicin, which contains sulfur. Allicin is anti-fungal, and has antibiotic properties. Garlic boosts your immune system, reduces inflammation and improves cardiovascular health.
Prep: Allicin is produced when a clove of garlic is crushed or chopped very finely. If chewing a whole garlic clove is too strong, try crushing a clove or two and mix it with your meal. Do not allow the garlic to cook too long as the Allicin will start to deplete. Try combining it after your food has been cooked. And remember, BREATH MINTS!
Peppermint: "Natures vapor rub". To relieve nasal congestion, cough and cold symptoms; try rubbing peppermint essential oil directly on your chest, or apply to a cloth and breath it in through your nose.
For headache relief, rub some peppermint essential oil on your temples and forehead.
Bonus: Are you SUPER crafty and stir up your own home cleaning supplies? Try adding a few drops of peppermint oil to act as a natural air freshener.
Ginger: This should be EVERYONE'S go to remedy for nausea. It works like magic, and there are so many easy (and delicious) ways of consuming it! Ginger comes in the form of tea, capsules, seasoning and my personal favorite-CRYSTALLIZED. Chewy, sugar coated and slightly spicy, medicine is more fun when it tastes like candy.
Besides being antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-parasitic - ginger also is used for pain relief. Soothing muscle and joint pain, and has even been found to relieve migraine pain.
Deliciousness: Try adding chopped up ginger to your favorite cookie recipe for an extra kick. Now when someone tells you to tone down the cookie intake, you can tell them its just medicine, and medicine is good for you. ;)
Lavender: Now this is not as commonly found in your spice rack as some of the others, but it is totally worth adding it to your disorganized cabinet which, we know, you will organize "someday". Lavender oil contains 150 active constituents. The oil is ester rich, containing "antispasmodic" which suppresses muscle spasms.
In addition to it smelling like happiness and spring time, Lavender Oil is well known for its relaxing abilities, and is often used for aromatherapy to help with anxiety, insomnia, restlessness and depression.
Try rubbing Lavender Oil onto sore muscles and joints to relieve the pain.
Nature preservation: Planting Lavender in your garden not only makes your yard smell amazing, but our little pollinating, misunderstood friends called bees love this stuff. SAVE THE BEES!
Cayenne: Lets spice things up a bit... ;) Congested? Cayenne. Headache? Cayenne. Stomach ache? Cayenne. Snake bite? CAYENNE! Now I really hope you are not currently sitting at your desk chair with a rattler latched onto your leg, searching frantically for a home remedy so you don't have to go to the ER cause you don't want to stop binge watching Fuller House on Netflix. If that IS you; Hospital. NOW.
However, cayenne has been used as a poultice to treat snake bites, sores and wounds.
Think you're brave? Test your pain tolerance: Cayenne can be used to stop bleeding, (while I do advise that if you have a serious wound, go to the hospital). But if you just scraped your knee during the championship game of the neighborhood driveway b-ball game, and you just don't have time to hold a paper towel to that pesky little bleeder, apply some cayenne powder directly to the scrape and get back in the game! WARNING: This hurts... Duh.
Now, I hope you found this helpful, informative, and inspires you to go buy one of those decorative spice racks. The kind that spins. Now make sure to share with your friends, especially those who live in rattle snake territory. Just in case.