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Kitchen cures: You can fix these common ailments with things in your fridge and pantry

Nothing replaces a visit to your doctor, but there are some amazing home remedies for common ailments that can be found in your kitchen cupboards.

From oatmeal baths for eczema and turmeric for a sore throat – you’ll be surprised to learn you have a heap of things on hand.

Check it out below…

10 things you can find in your cupboard with additional health benefits

1. Oatmeal for eczema

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, oatmeal helps reduce itchiness, inflammation and irritation of the skin.

If making an oatmeal bath, make sure the water is warm, not hot.

2. Teabags for swelling and inflammation

Remarkably, the tannins and caffeine in teabags can help reduce swelling or puffiness.

In fact, green tea is the best teabag to use as it also contains an anti-inflammatory compound. Used teabags should be stored in the fridge for 30 minutes before being used near skin.

3. Avocado for inflammation

Kitchen cures: You can fix these common ailments by digging in your fridge and pantry

Avocados contain antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammatory.

What’s more, they are packed with natural oils that moisturise your skin, and can prevent blemishes, acne, and wrinkles.

4. Ginger or peppermint tea for gas

If you are feeling bloated, then sipping on ginger or peppermint tea can help reduce any gas you are experiencing.

Ginger tea been used for stomach-related ailments since ancient times.

5. Apple cider vinegar for mouth ulcers

Kitchen cures: You can fix these common ailments by digging in your fridge and pantry

The anti-bacterial properties in apple cider vinegar help heal your mouth ulcers.

However, mix one-part vinegar with two parts of water and use cotton swab to dab on to the affected skin.

6. Turmeric for a sore throat 

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Curcumin, which is found in the popular spice, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and it can help with soothing a sore throat.

Turmeric is widely used in Eastern medicine for its healing powers.  

7. Frozen vegetables for a sprain

You probably already knew about this one, but it’s worth mentioning.

A bag of frozen peas of frozen peas of veggies wrapped in a tea towel can be used as an ice pack to reduce swelling and pain

8. Cucumber for bad breath

Run out of mouthwash? Then fear not, just grab a cucumber from your fridge!

By holding a slice of cucumber against the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the photochemical inside it will kill the bacteria that causes bad breath.

9. Bicarbonate of soda for athlete’s foot

Baking soda or bicarbonate of soda can be used on foot fungi such as athlete’s foot and toenail fungus.

Just mix half a cup of baking soda in a large warm bucket of water and soak your feet for 15 minutes twice a day. Make sure to dry your feet thoroughly but not rinse.  

10. Cling wrap can be used to help treat a burn

Cling wrap can be used to treat burns, but it should be applied loosely and not on the face.

Why cling wrap? Because it keeps the area clean and can also be removed easily once you reach medical care for examination.

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