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Secrets of the pantry: Get healthy with these 5 natural home remedies

Oct 21, 2011, 11:06 a.m.

Secrets of your pantry: Get healthy with natural home remedies

Whether you’re struggling with insomnia or just need a Band-Aid, there’s no need to head to the pharmacy to make it all better. Shop your pantry for these natural home remedies to everyday health concerns.

Insomnia

As we age, sleep becomes more fragmented, and we may struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep. Your solution: A warm glass of milk. Yes, this old wives’ tale really works! Milk contains tryptophan, which enhances relaxation. For an added sleep boost, diffuse lavender oil in your bedroom.

Restless leg syndrome

Is your insomnia due to restless leg syndrome? The quinine in a 6-ounce glass of tonic water can provide temporary relief from repeated muscle contractions. Drink it right before going to bed.

Cuts and scrapes

Leave the Band-Aid in the first aid kit and pour on a dollop of honey. Nature’s sweetener disinfects the wound and kills bacteria. Plus, honey dries to form a natural bandage.

Stomach pain

Overindulge in spicy foods last night? Suffering from motion sickness? Ginger is a natural stomach-soother for gastrointestinal problems. Steep one tablespoon of ground ginger in eight ounces of water, strain, and drink as a tea.

Bruises

Make a paste out of apple cider vinegar, a natural anti-inflammatory, and petroleum jelly. You can also substitute an egg white for the petroleum jelly.

Urinary tract infection

While a UTI requires antibiotics to effectively treat the infection, a baking soda mix can relieve symptoms until you are able to see your doctor. Baking soda is an alkaline substance and can impede bacterial growth. Mix ¼ teaspoon of baking soda with eight ounces of water.

Dandruff

Banish bad hair days with green tea. Steep two bags in one cup of hot water, let cool and then massage into your scalp. Green tea’s anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe the scalp and stop the flakes.

Dull hair

Out of conditioner? Tired of dry hair and split ends? Massage in a dollop of mayonnaise or warm oil (any oil works, including vegetable, olive and canola), cover with a shower cap, and let sit for an hour. Rinse thoroughly and shampoo out the treatment.

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