It’s really really magical stuff ~ the healing (& sometimes even life saving) health remedies just sitting in your kitchen cupboard…From menstrual cramps to heart attacks & even occasional gas, here’s some of my all time favorites ~ in no particular order

1.  FENNEL SEEDS FOR GAS

Some Indian restaurants place a bowl of fennel seeds by the door and now I know why…Fennel is amazing for relieving painful gas. Simply chew on some seeds (about a spoonful) and you’re good to go. You can buy a whole bottle of it and simply keep it in your bag or in your desk drawer at work.

Sidenote: I also really love using lemons for painful gas. Squeeze a  lemon into a 4 oz glass and swig it. My friend, Bella Boop, used this during her 2nd pregnancy and loved it as well!

2. CAYENNE PEPPER FOR RAPID PULSE / HEART ATTACK 

So cayenne pepper is now being studied for it’s ability to slow a rapid heart beat + actually stop a heart attack. I’m not even joking. I’ve had personal experience with it’s use for rapid pulse. For two days in a row, my 74 year old dad had an extremely rapid pulse accompanied with sweating/clamminess. We used cayenne pepper and it worked to slow down his heart rate… Of course use your own discretion especially in the case of a potential heart attack.

3. CINNAMON FOR HIGH BLOOD SUGAR

Cinnamon can help to lower blood sugar. So if you suffer from high blood sugar or simply ate too many sweets, adding some cinnamon to a cup of tea might do your body some huge favors! It makes sense why it’s so popular in desserts! Here’s a great article from Dr. Mercola. 

4. CLOVE FOR PARASITES

(+ A NUMBING AGENT!)

Remember when grandma use to drink castor oil? There was a good reason…Parasites! And if you follow Organic Olivia, you know we all have them! As such, it’s best to regularly destroy the little buggers as they can contribute to all sorts of diseases (arthritis, endometriosis, etc). Cooking with clove or simply chewing on the occasional whole clove is excellent for anti-parasite upkeep. Plus, whole clove is an incredible numbing agent. So if somethin’ needs numbin’, clove can be used. But be careful ~ it’s powerful stuff! And remember, anything anti-parasitic (like clove or neem) cannot be used during pregnancy.

5. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR FOR LOW STOMACH ACID

(+FOOD POISONING & MORE)

So mostly everyone knows that apple cider vinegar (ACV) is an amazing tool for overall health & detoxification. Dr. Josh Axe makes a great ACV tonic for this very purpose.  But one of the very best uses for ACV is as a (sort of) digestive enzyme! For those that suffer with “heartburn” /acid reflux, you actually have too little stomach acid (not too much!). As such,taking ACV a few minutes before meals can assist in balancing  your stomach acid. Another amazing use for ACV (that I personally thanked heaven for from the bathroom floor) is as a  food poisoning remedy. I took two tablespoons of ACV  and within 5 minutes I stopped throwing up and felt MUCH better. Just be sure to get the unfiltered variety with the “mother”…

Sidenote: Dogs and humans alike can benefit from ACV. When our dogs have an upset stomach, we sometimes give them a mix of raw honey, bentonite clay, water and apple cider vinegar.

6. BAKING SODA FOR ACID REFLUX

So baking soda  (the kind that is made without any chemical processes) is a great alkalizer!  As such, some swear by it for stomach acid relief. Again, that’s not where it’s beauty ends ~ literally. Baking soda can be used for acne (just add some to your cleanser ever now and then) as well as for oral hygiene (it’s an excellent addition to a fluoride-free toothpaste like Jason’s Sea Fresh). For my personal care baking soda needs, I like New Frontier or Mountain Rose Herbs. Unfortunately, Arm & Hammer does utilize a  chemical process so it’s best left for cleaning purposes only.

7. COCONUT OIL FOR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

(+DEMENTIA & ALS)

So if coconut oil isn’t in your kitchen cabinet alongside some olive oil, you might want to grab a high-quality bottle jug of it ASAP! Coconut oil is making headlines for it’s ability to prevent & even reverse alzheimers. It feeds your brain (which is mostly fat) critical “ketones”. It’s also a great oil to cook with as it withstands high temperatures (unlike olive oil which is better suited for salads and other cold dishes). Just make sure it’s fresh-pressed, unrefined, cold-pressed and ideally stored in a glass jar. It’s also being raved about in the ALS community (again, those ketones!). For medicinal purposes, you would consume a decent amount of uncooked oil everyday (about 2 or 3 tablespoons).

8. NUTRITIONAL YEAST FOR LOW ENERGY 

Nutritional yeast (not to be confused with cooking/rising yeast) is an incredible way to get more B vitamins in your diet (and therefore more energy!). Because of candida, everyone is afraid of any form of yeast and some believe even nutritional yeast will feed the bad fungi. As Kimberly Snyder describes here, that appears to be a bad myth. But of course, everybody is different! Always seek a high  quality, organic nutritional yeast that isn’t fortified with added synthetic  b vitamins like folic acid. Dr. Fuhrman makes a good one.

9. TURMERIC FOR ARTHRITIS

(+  PAIN RELIEF,  INFLAMMATION, ALZHEIMER’S, CANCER & MORE)

So turmeric (also known as yellow curry)  is a powerful pain reliever,  free-radical fighter & anti-inflammatory. The Food Babe describes  how she relied on turmeric in place of ibuprofen or other drugs subsequent to an injury… Keep in mind, fatty acids & black pepper boosts the absorption of turmeric. So if you’re taking it in the form of a supplement, it  should definitely include black pepper. Here’s a great recipe for homemade “turmeric bombs” from Empowered Sustenance (an amazing blog to follow). For store-bought supplements, I like Gaia Herbs.

Sidenote: I give my 14 year old dog some “golden milk” before bed (grass fed milk with turmeric &raw honey). It helps him sleep soundly.

10. SEA SALT FOR LOW BLOOD PRESSURE / FAINTING

Salt may seem simple, but it’s anything but… Salt was once more precious than gold (salt meant you could preserve food and conquer the world). It gets a bad rap these days, but that’s because of the processed & highly refined imposter: table salt. High quality, unprocessed sea salt or himalayan salt is a wonderful means for maintaining healthy blood pressure. For those who are prone to low blood pressure and fainting spells, don’t neglect to salt your food.

11. RAW HONEY FOR INSOMNIA

So honey can help you get a restful + good night’s sleep… But it needs to be raw and unfiltered. Highly processed and cooked honey does not have the same formula for creating a good night’s sleep. Ideally you also want it to be local honey which boosts the immune system and helps calm down seasonal allergies. And in case you were wondering if all raw honey comes in the “hardened” form ~ it doesn’t. 

12. BLACK STRAP MOLASSES FOR DYSMENORRHEA

(A.K.A AWFUL PERIODS)

Awful periods aren’t ideal for anyone. Especially the kind that make you pass out and turn white. The mageniusm and iron found in blackstrap molasses make it an ideal constituent in the fight against cramps as well as menstruation issues like anemia.

REFERENCES & FURTHER READING 

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